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Home Tour: Max Humphrey

May, 22, 2017

Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey.

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." - Gore Vidal 

 

Join us as we step inside the beautifully layered home of punk rocker turned Portland interior designer, Max Humphrey. A master at mixing vintage treasures with modern spaces; Max takes ordinary rooms and transforms them into something truly spectacular!

Take a peek inside this gorgeous abode and enjoy all of the exciting beauty this home has to share!

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Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey.
Artifact: How did you get into the world of designing interiors?
Max Humphrey: A million years ago in Los Angeles I was playing bass for a punk band that I had started with some friends and at the end of our last tour I had to get a real job again. After spending a few years on the road I had found a new interest in fixing up my apartment and 6 months in to a job search a lightbulb moment went off because I was sending all my time decorating my place instead of finding a job. I read up on the interior design industry and when I felt like I was ready I cold-called a local boutique design firm and begged for a job. I stuck around for over 10 years before leaving LA for Portland to start my own firm.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey. Eames chair, modern kitchen
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey.
Artifact: What is the best part of being an interior designer?
Max: Spending other peoples money! As a compulsive shopper and lifelong vintage fanatic my job allows me to shop til I drop without actually draining my own bank account. And if I get lonely I can go to my client’s homes and visit all the treasures I’ve found them.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey. Shelfie, neon, neon sign
Artifact: Do you specialize in a certain era of home decor?
Max: It’s all about the mix for me but I tend to want to put the opposite style of furniture in to whatever era the home is. I wouldn’t necessarily fill a modern home with all modern furnishings or a more traditional home with only fancy stuff.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey.
Artifact: What is the best item you've found for a client?

Max: Too hard to choose but vintage lighting is always a fun category and I’ve found some mid-century pottery table lamps out there that I still kick myself for not keeping.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey. Hanging chair, gallery wall
Artifact: It's obvious you love to collect unique treasures! What is your most prized one?

Max: I bought a 1970s Gucci fine porcelain coffee service set at an auction years back that somehow flew under the radar of other bidders. I use it on special occasions. The coffee cups are the kind you can only feel cool drinking from if you stick your pinky out like some 11th century aristocrat.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey. American flag, industrial sign
Artifact: What are your top rules when adding (or taking away) pieces for your home?

Max: One rule is to not be sentimental about stuff. If I even have to think twice about buying something I don’t bother. I’ll know it if it’s something that has to come home with me. And If I do take anything away it’s more fun to give it to a friend then try and sell it.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey. American flag, PDX, record player
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey.
Artifact: Where are your favorite vintage spots to shop in Portland?

Max: OTHER THAN ARTIFACT I shop for antique Moroccan rugs at Kat and Maouche for all my clients. I’m always finding treasures at City Home and I love driving out to Aurora to go to Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey.
Artifact: Are there any websites or blogs you are loving at the moment?

Max: No but I read a lot of retail catalogues. I like the pretty pictures and over the top styling. The new Schoolhouse Electric Catalogue rocks.
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey. Modern bedroom, textiles, pdx
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey. Chinese lantern lamp, textiles, modern bedroom
Home Tour with Portland Interior Designer, Max Humphrey.
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