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Home Tour: Cat Farotte

July, 20, 2017

Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte.

"It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world." - Dolly Parton

Today we stepped inside the home of Cora Schleicher, our social media gal! We toured her colorful 1912 Portland bungalow, chatted about what inspires her and fell in love with her eclectic abode!
Take a peek inside and enjoy all the beauty this home has to share!
Today we stepped inside the home of Cora Schleicher, our social media gal! We toured her colorful 1912 Portland bungalow, chatted about what inspires her and fell in love with her eclectic abode!
Take a peek inside and enjoy all the beauty this home has to share!

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!

Today we stepped inside the home of Cora Schleicher, our social media gal! We toured her colorful 1912 Portland bungalow, chatted about what inspires her and fell in love with her eclectic abode!
Take a peek inside and enjoy all the beauty this home has to share! 

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   Home Tour of Portland collector, Cat Farotte! Skull, woven textile

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. 

Home Tour of Portland collector, Cat Farotte!   Home Tour of Portland collector, Cat Farotte! Vintage pop-corn machine

Cat Farotte Artifact Home Tour
antique glass photograph

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 Home Tour with Cat Farotte.   Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte. Woven textiles, skulls, Mexican blankets

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 Home Tour with Cat Farotte. Skulls,, vintage Portland home
Artifact: What are your top three most prized treasures in your home? (Continued)
Cat: My antique 1920’s Victrola holds a special place in my heart. When I was a kid I had begged my father for a stereo for the house and he came home with that. As you can imagine it’s not what I was expecting, and being a kid made me pretty angry, as I wanted a stereo like all my friends had! My dad had told me the story of where the Victrola had come from, it was from the Chesbro family who were early settlers in the 1800’s in Gilroy California (the town I grew up in) and at the time was their only source of entertainment. That fascinated me and I think started my love of the history of antique items. This piece is something I absolutely cherish and it makes me laugh every single time I think about my dad coming home with it. 
  
Home Tour with Portland vintage collector, Cat Farotte.
Home Tour with Portland vintage collector, Cat Farotte.

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. 

Vintage treasures, Americana collectables   Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte. Vintage Americana collectables

Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte.

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. 

Vintage Home Tour, Record collection, textiles   Vintage Artifact Home Tour, Americana vintage, Country, Willie Nelson

Artifact: What three songs best represent you?
Cat:

Vintage kitchen, metal tins, American flag

Vintage kitchen, metal tins, American flag

Artifact: How has being a buyer at Artifact changed your ideas of style or interior design?
Cat: I love buying at Artifact! You never know what is going to come through the doors. We see such unique and amazing pieces come through everyday you can’t help but be inspired. I’ve always had a love of vintage and oddities but I would have to say since I’ve been buying for Artifact the biggest impact on my personal style has been my love of textiles. We get some truly beautiful textiles, tapestries and rugs through that I’ve just fallen in love with incorporating them into my home. 

Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte.

Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte. Religious art, vintage elevator door   Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte.

Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte. Frida Kahlo,

Vintage turquoise jewelry, coral jewelry, rings

Artifact: How has your style (both home and self) changed over the years?
Cat: I think for the most part my over all style has stayed the same. I’ve always been pretty eclectic. I have never really cared much about what’s trending but rather more about what pieces have a cool story behind them or hold a sentimental value for me. I have had since a fairly young age a love of vintage, oddities, antiques and music and have tried to create a space with items that can translate and tell a visual story of who I am.

Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte. small bathroom, apartment living   Vintage bathroom shelving

Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte. Pendleton fabric towels, small bathroom

Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte. Small bathroom, vintage bathroom vanity, mason jars   Artifact Home Tour with Cat Farotte. Small bathroom, vintage bathroom vanity, mason jars

Artifact: Do you have a favorite quote at the moment?
Cat: “ Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things.” - Tom Petty 

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  • Kat-your home is as lovely and unique as you. Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your home and into you. Your light shines bright and I am so happy to know you. Your beauty and the beauty that surround you inspire me. Char

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