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Portland’s Best Home Stores

By Sophia Rosenberg, September 11, 2018

I’m that person that goes to Ikea to aimlessly walk and destress.  Yes, you read that right.  I enjoy a meditative stroll through Ikea.  I won’t blame you for judging me, although their 2019 line does have some goodies.

That being said, the Interior Designer in me is constantly searching for home shops and lighting shops that I can suggest to my real estate clients.  Those that are non-big box and unique to Portland.  The kind that inspire as you browse.

Here are a few of my favorites; Portland’s Best Home Stores (in my humble opinion, of course):

Schoolhouse Electric

Inspired by, “an innate affection for pieces with a past and the belief that something worth owning now is worth owning forever.  Schoolhouse Electric beautifully mixes eras and styles, with an ever-present focus on quality…”

Favorites from Schoolhouse include the “Work Hard & Be Nice to People” print, as well as the “Spitfire Ceiling Fan.”

Monticello Antique Marketplace

The 20,000 square foot building hosts more than 100 dealer spaces.  New inventory arrives every day and is constantly changing.  The perfect place to shop or browse on a rainy day!

I’ve scored side tables and art prints here, and love exploring Montavilla’s eclectic neighborhood after I’m done.

City Home

Fans of Justina Blakeney and Joanna Gaines will go crazy for City Home.  With two locations, City Home is, “an inspired collection of vintage, reclaimed, mid-century modern and industrial home furnishings…”

Furniture is reasonably priced and I dream of one day having a kitchen or basement large enough to display one of their retro neon signs.


Situated close-in, this city block is filled with over 40 curators of new and used art, furniture and lighting.  The staff is also super helpful.

Favorite purchases have included throw pillows and vintage storage options.

What non-big box stores have I missed?  Always looking for new sources!

Interested in buying or selling in Portland? Reach out to Sophia: 503.936.7499. Or learn more about her background and experience here.

Sophia Rosenberg

Earth Advantage & ADU Specialist Broker

Home, hospitality and community have long been signposts to Sophia’s heart, and they also happen to represent key stages of her life so far. As a young, up-and-coming designer, she put an interior architecture degree from the University of California to work managing the design and styling of new openings for the popular Kimpton Hotels brand. After completing Babson’s renowned entrepreneurial MBA program, Sophia began creating the marketing and branding plans for a host of new luxury hotels — including Joie de Vivre’s beloved boutique hotels — as director of branding for a hospitality group founded by the Hyatt scion John Pritzker. But amid all the travel and excitement, she began to feel a desire to be closer to “a community I’m proud to call home while helping families find their perfect place.” Her first home was a 1938 English cottage that she successfully renovated, decorated and sold. And as she turned from creating homes away from home, to home sweet home, it turns out that real estate brings it all together for her: Nimble management skills. A passion for design. Love of community. An accredited Earth Advantage Real Estate Broker and ADU Specialist, she offers clients an abundance of green home expertise with hands-on experience creating backyard cottages (check out her charming loft on AirBnB). Among clients and colleagues alike, she’s known as much for her tenacity and enthusiasm for negotiating and navigating multiple offers as she is for nurturing and maintaining relationships long after her deals are closed.
When she’s not helping her clients, you’ll find her renovating her 1911 Four Square, shopping vintage and spending time outdoors with Maya, Archie and Danny — her young daughter, son and sneaker obsessed husband.
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