"Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story" - Erin Flett
One of the reasons we started our Home Tour feature was to connect with the movers, shakers and makers of Portland and to peek inside their wonderful homes. Meeting Sarah Voss of Trouvaille Lifestyle Shop was no exception.
Each room in Sarah's home is thoughtfully curated with a soft, neutral palette and an abundance of textures and natural light. Sarah and her family have created the perfect space to showcase their beautiful treasures that inspire endless ideas for Trouvaille Lifestyle Shop. Follow along as we tour Sarah's charming abode and enjoy all of the beauty this home has to share!
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Artifact: How would you best describe your interior design style?
Sarah Voss: I think the best way to describe my design style is "Modern Indie" or a version of "Muted Jungalow". Unlike traditional Jungalow with its vivid colors and bold patterns I keep a very modern muted palate. Our home is all about creative reuse, personalization, ethical and thrifted finds. The most important element to me is to bring in the eclecticism of nature and the wild–indoors. I do this by using a variety of plants and natural elements. I think it creates a very cozy lived in feeling.
Artifact: When adding new items to your home, what are the top requirements?
Sarah Voss: I would say that the top requirements for adding items to my home is functionality, authenticity, durability. Functionality is my biggest requirement. I do not like to just have "stuff" on my shelves. I like to be able to to take it down use it and put it back knowing that it serves a purpose and not just for looks. Authenticity is my second requirement. I like to have things that have survived the test of time. That could have stories to tell if they were able to talk. The kind of items that you can see its history of use by its worn marks. Durability is my last requirement. I strive to buy items that I know will be able to outlast my children. I can be pretty confident if a dresser survived 3 generations of people before my family it should definitely survive mine. The category of durability also pertains to the fact that I use a lot of wood, brass, copper, and metal items in my home. I don't use a lot of glass because one I don't want to clean it and two it's often not functional. Most glass pieces are usually "Just for looks" and our family just isn't geared that way.
Artifact: Tell us more about your store, Trouvaille!
Sarah Voss: The word Trouvaille means "a valuable discovery, or a lucky find". This is what we believe we bring to our customer. The shop is a collection of 60% made goods, 30% found and vintage goods, and 10% ethically sourced fair trade goods. The MADE collection that we offer in our shop is comprised of block printed textiles, handmade African Mud Cloth textiles and soft goods. All of our textiles are monochromatic in color scheme so they really fit in with anyone’s esthetic.
At Trouvaille, we value items that get better with time and add to the stories of our lives. We mostly do pop-up events around the Pacific Northwest such as Rebel Junk Market, Farm Chicks Antique Faire, Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire, Camas Antique Faire, and Junk Bonanza. These events are backbone of our business but we also offer an online shopping experience as well. www.trouvailledesign.com
Artifact: Having young children while keeping a stylish home may be challenging. What are some tips you have for achieving a kid friendly, yet decorated home?
Sarah Voss: My children aren't super young they are 5 and 15 years old so while they don't have sticky fingers and want to touch everything. They do however come with A LOT of clutter. To make things easier for me I have placed baskets on the bottom steps of the stairs that lead to the bedrooms above. Each person has a basket and when I find something downstairs that the kids or hubby have left I just put it in the basket. It saves me answering the endless question of where is this or that. IF I have seen it then it is in the basket. Every time they go past the basket on their way up to their room they bring it with them to put the items away. I use additional baskets under carts and tables to contain games, papers, drawing supplies, crafty supplies, other odd things that aren't esthetically pleasing to look at. This allows the items to be quick at hand when the times that they are needed and super easy to put away after they're not needed.
Artifact: Where are your favorite local places to treasure hunt at?
Sarah Voss: Oh goodness! I can't give away all my secret cache of finds... but I can tell you I LOVE Artifact! I have bought a large selection of small furnishings and rugs from your amazing company. I shop each of the locations that ill tell you about based on what I am looking for personally and professionally. I always find some great smalls or cool chairs to reupholster at Village Merchants. There is always a huge selection of silver plate at the Goodwill on 6th St in Portland. I look for awesome old books Union Gospel in Tigard they have $1 hardback books. Wood Items I tend to find a ton of at the Saint Vinnie. I think I'll keep some of my other locations secret though because Portland is an amazing place to find goods and it's all about exploring! Getting out there and seeing what your community has is always an adventure!
Artifact: What destinations are on your travel list?
Sarah Voss: Traveling is always on my list. My husband and I have gone to Italy and it really opened our eyes to International travel. We both have a visit to Scotland and Ireland on our list. The breathtaking views, the open rolling hills of green. To be able to walk through hundreds of year old castles and feel the history of it all. We would love to be able to roam the countryside of our ancestors; to walk where they walked would be an absolute thrill. Though wistfully we believe that we will go someday the kids more practically want to go to Hawaii so that will more than likely be our next destination in the Fall. Bon Voyage!