Great Gatsby-esque Party
at The De Wolf House

Support the Lan Su Chinese Garden and attend an exclusive party in one of Portland’s most prestigious historic homes!

Anne & Richard De Wolf open their doors for a “Great Gatsby-esque” party in their restored 1904 historic home on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Isam White House, the home is a stunning example of a Colonial Revival in Portland’s Alphabet Historic District.

Tickets are $100 per person ($50 tax-deductible) and all proceeds benefit Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Live jazz by Mia Nicholson, couture cocktails and select hors d’oeuvres from clarklewis.

Midcentury Modern Home Tour, Lecture/Panel and After Party

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Our Urban/Nature Fusion house will be featured on this tour of midcentury modern style. The project included a new roofline, large windows and doors facing the city view and the back deck. The floor plan is mostly original, with walls moved only to create the master bathroom and reconfigure the basement’s laundry room and bathroom.

Don’t miss: Anne De Wolf will be speaking on the project May 10th at the “Retro Rehab – Moving Mid-Century Modern Forward” Lecture & Panel prior to the Tour

No matter what style or era of house you prefer, this self-guided tour offers something for everyone. Homes on the tour represent many of the most common eras and architectural styles in the Portland area.

May 10th and 11th, 5-9pm

Home Design Workshop Series

We look forward to inspiring you with a series of home design workshops this year! We’ll start with a Whole House Remodel Workshop in April, then we’ll focus on designing your home around your unique family needs, from pets, to children, to aging parents, with our Inspired by Family Workshop in June and we’ll wrap up the year with a workshop on ADU’s and Air BnB’s at the DeWolf’s beautifully remodeled historic mansion in which they’ve installed three air bn’b units with a unique and easy design for guests. This workshop will be held in October. Stay tuned for more details!

April | June | October

Whole House Remodel Workshop

Approaching a project holistically is the most fun and least stressful way to what is, by nature, a challenging undertaking. In this workshop we’ll show you how to put your whole house remodel plan into action with detailed information on our 5 phases to success: consulting, developing, documenting, building and sustaining.

We’ll show you how to identify your goals, develop an aesthetic concept and prepare for budget, feasibility and code considerations as they relate to the structure, HVAC, electrical and plumbing of your house.

We break down the complex process of home remodeling in a fun and inspiring way so you can get motivated to start your project!

Tuesday, April 9th, 5:30 – 8PM at the Architectural Heritage Center

Open House

With a series of remodeling projects over ten years, ARCIFORM owner and principal designer Anne De Wolf worked with homeowner Kerri Hoyt-Pack to create her unique, personalized vision of her home. Come see this inspiring design and learn how we work closely with our clients, drawing from the stories of their homes to create spaces as unique as they are.

Thursday, April 11th, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Old House Revival Tour

No matter what style or era of house you prefer, this self-guided tour offers something for everyone. Homes on the tour represent many of the most common eras and architectural styles in the Portland area.

Saturday, April 13, 2019    10am – 4pm

What does “Inspired by the Story” mean to us?

From our earliest recorded history, stories have been an important part of being human. From ancient gatherings around the fire in cave dwellings to listening to Uncle Jim’s oft-heard humorous tales or reading bedtime stories to our children, storytelling has been used for thousands of years to create connections, build shared meaning, teach important lessons and pass down traditions, beliefs and folklore. In his article “The Art of Immersion: Why Do We Tell Stories?” Frank Rose explains: “Anthropologists tell us that storytelling is central to human existence. That it’s common to every known culture. That it involves a symbiotic exchange between teller and listener – an exchange we learn to negotiate in infancy. . . Stories are recognizable patterns, and in those patterns we find meaning. We use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others.”

We understand the role of stories in our personal lives, but how does this come into play when remodeling a home? One’s home is deeply personal; it’s where we spend most of our time, engaging with friends and family around the dinner table, sharing holiday traditions and building memories. It’s our refuge from the ups and downs of life that we all inevitably experience. No matter who we are or what our position in life, we all want our homes to be warm, inviting, comforting spaces where we feel at ease and can be ourselves. This sense of comfort and belonging is why the phrase “feeling at home” carries so much weight. Thus, the stories that come into play when remodeling a home – encompassing personality, history, family, friends, interests, and needs — must be considered in the process.

Sometimes the inspiration for ARCIFORM’s work comes from a well-known story itself, as seen in this 1902 Victorian in Sellwood. Included in the extensive renovation was a dormer addition based on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Visitors to Disney’s Jules Verne Exhibit, 1955
A short trip up this ladder leads to a whimsical loft with a view.
The nautically-inspired reading loft. Photo by Shannon Butler

Intended as a reading area for the family, this magical nook includes a loft overlooking the main stairwell, a custom boat ladder and railing, and most interestingly, a submarine-hatch-like opening to the rooftop deck.

Adventures lie above the stainless steel and glass boat hatch, opening onto a rooftop deck.

Another of ARCIFORM’s projects with a story to tell is the Barnes Mansion, built in 1913 and on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was known as the “haunted house” in Beverly Cleary’s popular Ramona Quimby children’s books. In a This Old House article, owner Anna Quarum says this isn’t a surprise because “in the early 1970s, the mansion was painted battleship gray and was very scary-looking. Kids were afraid of it because the owners played a pipe organ that shook the whole neighborhood!”

Barnes Mansion. Photo by Greg Kozawa

No longer a scary, gloomy gray, the Barnes Mansion has been beautifully renovated, with the ARCIFORM team handling an extensive remodel of the kitchen, which included new windows and doors designed to match the home’s original elements. The kitchen design was inspired by French bakeries and included a custom-built island with zinc-lined flour bins.

Lead carpenter Jamie Whittaker puts finishing touches on the custom island.
A painted tin ceiling, mahogany cabinets, custard yellow walls and displayed antiques bring charm and depth to this well-loved kitchen. Photo by Greg Kozawa

Making meaning and forging real human connections is part of ARCIFORM’s process when working with clients. At the heart of their business is the belief that these stories and their clients matter, a value that is demonstrated clearly in ARCIFORM’s “Inspired by the Story” video. In their phased remodel of the Hoyt-Pack house, which was built in 1909, ARCIFORM showcased their client’s flair and eclectic style. Homeowner Kerri Hoyt-Pack says, “The goal was to really respect and honor the character and history of the house, but be able to take it into the future,” and explains the value of being able to share her ideas in collaboration with principal designer and co-owner, Anne De Wolf. Anne also values this collaborative process and getting to know her clients in a personal way that is well beyond just a normal working relationship.

Through building these close relationships, Anne and her team at ARCIFORM learn about the stories that turn each person’s house into a home they adore. Anne says, “We love when our clients love what we’ve done for them. We don’t shoot for like — that’s a pretty low bar. We aim for love.