Angela Medlin’s Chic Victorian House in Portland, Oregon
“Miss Vicky, as I affectionately named her, is a touching woman with a little nervousness,” said Angela Medlin in an introduction to her 1906 Victorian cottage in Portland, Oregon’s Sunnyside. Medlin is a fashion designer and self-proclaimed “business creator” specializing in sportswear: a series of works overseeing clothing collections for Adidas and Jordan’s brand of Nike led her to move to Portland, Oregon, three times. She currently stays there, lives and works at Miss Vicky.
Medlin bought his house five years ago – “I was renting a place around the corner and drove by while the broker staked the For Sale sign” – and what started out as a purely cosmetic remodeling ended , as they did so often, requiring unforeseen structural work. Seven months later, Medlin left with a new kitchen (and foundations underneath) and a house with an entirely different appearance: instead of the “mustard and ketchup” exterior, it presented a charcoal black majestic and unifying.
We first discovered Medlin as fans of House Dogge, its elegant dog toy company, and then via a blog in Schoolhouse Electric. Intrigued, we came (digitally) to knock and she welcomed us.
Photo courtesy of Schoolhouse Electric, unless otherwise noted.
“My friends and family will tell you, they weren’t convinced by my vision,” says Medlin. “Ha ha, Miss Vicky just needed a little love. As a non-traditional designer, I followed my instincts and chose the color to reinvent the look of this traditional house. “