"It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world." - Dolly Parton
Join us as we tour Cat Farotte's 1940's Portland apartment. Not only is she an avid collector of one-of-a-kind treasures, but you might also recognize her as our right-hand gal at Artifact! With her impressive collection of Americana artifacts, Cat's home tells a beautiful story of her heritage and life adventures.
Take a peek inside and enjoy all of the magic this sweet home has to share!
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Artifact: What are the pros of apartment living?
Cat Farotte: I think the biggest positive aspect of apartment living is the sense of community, as you are able to meet a diverse group of people. Getting to know your neighbors and their lifestyles and how they interpret their apartment layout is inspiring.
Artifact: What are your top three most prized treasures in your home?
Cat: I love my turn of the century 1905 French Boudoir photo. As you can imagine this was something pretty risqué for women to do at that time. Women used to have these photos made in etched glass and give them to their husbands or lovers to carry with them. I don’t know the history of the woman in the photo but I love to imagine the story behind who she was and her having the guts to take this photo and give it to her true love.
Artifact: Tell us more about your impressive collection of skulls, hides and taxidermy.
Cat: Most of my collection is from my father’s trips to Namibia and Mozambique in the southern portion of Africa. My father would hunt with the Himba and Damara tribes. In Africa, animals are celebrated and every part of the animal is utilized to feed the local tribes. Which has always been an important philosophy to my dad. I have been lucky to have been given a beautiful collection of a Kudu, Gnu, Wart Hog, Dik-Dik, Baboon, Steinbok, Leopard and Zebra. I also have a Ram, deer and ostrich that I have also collected throughout the years.
Artifact: Music seems to be a passion for you. How has music shaped your own personal style?
Cat: I’d have to say I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock n roll! Music is one of the most important things in my life from the bands that I love, to having influenced my personal fashion style, to my home decor. Music invokes an emotion in you and I want my space to reflect that.
Artifact: What are your top three most prized treasures in your home? (Continued)
Cat: I think lastly my record collection. My love of music started at an early age and has always been something very important in my life. My mom had given me her records when I was young and I remember putting on the Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison record and she told me that the last time she had played that record my dad and her were listing to that album digging in the couch for pizza money when they were kids. Something she hadn’t thought about in years. I love that music can hold memories and takes you right back to a specific moment in life no matter how simple or significant of a memory it might be. Music holds different meanings and memories for everyone and I just love that.