Jefferson Millhouse pt4

Collaboration, Jefferson Millhouse

HeylenThienes-_-152-Bath-&-BedR: Original sink, Tile from Dal-Tile in Bend.  L: Light fixtures from Home Depot, duvet covers from Ikea

Continuing this series of how this forgotten little house became a cute vacation home, today I wanted to share the after pictures.  In previous posts I mentioned the state it was in, planning and scheming our vision for the house, and getting down + dirty and taking the house back to the studs.

One of my favourite things about working on this project, was seeing how proud everybody who worked on it was, from the floor guys to the landscaper, from the cabinet maker to the painters.  All the planning and research paid off.

Doing your research and planning is half the job, as without it you’re going to get lost and overwhelmed.  But make sure you leave room for spontaneity and take advantage of opportunities.  As we started to execute our plan, Seth’s uncle found out that his friend had just acquired two trees that had naturally fallen on the McKenzie Hwy: a Doug Fir and a Chinkapin, and they would both be enough for all the woodwork needed in both units; so the kitchen, counters, trim and benches in both units are all made from one single tree respectively.

Being open to opportunities like this enables you to make your home (or project) unique, give it character and a story.  Our guests have LOVED hearing about this.

HeylenThienes-_-156-Kitchen HeylenThienes-_-152-KitchenTop Left: Custom Kitchen, Restored Light fixture, Farmhouse sink from Home Depot. Top Right: Wing Chair from family piece, Southwest Cushion Covers Iron Horse, Sofa bed Urban Outfitters. Bottom Left:  Hardware from Vintage Hardware, Restored Sink. Bottom Right: Custom Chinkapin Kitchen, light above sink is antique

As the project started to wrap, it was my job to go furniture shopping.  We had discussed that we wanted one side to pay homage to the era the house was built in, and the other side to be more modern and rugged giving each side its own personality.  We foraged countless of thrift and antique shops from Jacksonville, Or to Portland, Or in search of unique and functional pieces to mix in with others from big box stores; patience is key to this, as is having a plan and keeping your eyes opened.  Once you’ve envisioned what you want, tell/describe it to all your friends, so they can also keep an eye out for you – this is how we found a lot of things (like WW2 trunks that became a side table).

The most important thing to know, is that whether it’s your vacation house, a paid project or the place you call home, it’ll take time to get it to look the way you want it (see this interview/home tour), and you’re not going to find all the perfect pieces at once – and that’s what makes the whole experience so beautiful!

HeylenThienes-_-JM-PicturesBottom Left: Side table from Redoux, Lamp from Ikea, Duvet covers Pottery Barn. Top Left: All Hardware from  from Vintage tubs, Original claw foot tub. Bottom: Sofa bed from Urban Outfitters, Lights from Target and Customized, Side table and beige chair from Wold Market, WW2 trunks second hand, Antique 1900’s phone.

If you would like to see all the pictures and have more info on how you can stay at Jefferson Millhouse, please visit the Facebook page! And if you live in Bend, Oregon and would like a list of our subcontractors (who we highly recommend), leave a comment below and I can email it to you!

Next time: How the branding and launch came along!



Jefferson Millhouse: Part 1

Collaboration, Jefferson Millhouse, Personal, Remodel

Last year I got to be part of a very unique remodeling project alongside my husband. He and his uncle remodel homes here in Bend, Oregon, often transforming them from something you wouldn’t want to set foot in, to wanting to make it your forever home. Well this project was like nothing I‘d ever done before, sure, I’d watched them draw up plans, tear down walls and build beautiful bathrooms, but had never been part of the process as closely as with this one.

In December 2012 they bought a little craftsman 1920’s mill house at an auction, and while the house, which was split in to two separate living units, had a ton of character – with original claw foot tubs and hardwood floors – it was in desperate need of love (it also had original wiring).  There were so many unique things about this house, from its history and how it rang a bell with my husband’s family history, to the way it was so conveniently located – close to downtown, the river, the Old Mill District… It was easy to see from the start that this project was going to be different.

As a result, after a lot of discussing and planning the goal became to keep the house as a vacation home and not put it back up for sale (for now, anyway). My job was to give them some art direction in how to make this home a place where people would want to come and dwell in on weekends, holidays etc; from researching colors, light fixtures, bathroom designs to staging the home and designing the visual identity, bringing everything together. I had never done this before, so not only was it a huge challenge and learning experience, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Since this project was (and still is) so special to us, so many people were involved and so many people always ask us about it, I wanted to share a bit about the process and show you how it all came together.

Going from this:

Jefferson Millhouse | BeforePhoto: Google Maps

To this:

Jefferson Millhouse | AfterPhoto: Stefanie Holland

If you can’t wait until I post all the after pictures, you can see current pictures here and here