Inside Arciform

See us at Design Week!

Open House of our 1909 Cottage-Style Bungalow, Thursday, April 11th, 4-7pm : : 1541 SE Lexington Street 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 a unique, personalized vision of her home, which included designing a room around a […]

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 […]

2018 Holiday Gifts: Make Home More Homey

Now that we’ve landed in December, many of us are hunting for holiday gifts for special people in our lives. Seems the older I get, I’m giving practical gifts for the home that are also comforting, happy and, yes, even gorgeous! If you need inspiration, follow me to some special Portland stores for goodies for your favorite people whether they live in a compact apartment, comfortable condo or large, rambling house. If you can’t get to these fantastic shops in person, many of them have online shopping*, too.

Morris Marks: Through the Eyes of a Budding Architecture Student

This week we welcome our newest intern, Kylee Hansen to the ARCIFORM team with a post she wrote on her favorite project; the Morris Marks house.

An old, forgotten Italianate house sat quietly on SW 12th and Main. Arched windows were boarded and the property fenced off. As I surveyed each cornice, bracket and quoining detail, I was staggered: how could this architectural beauty be abandoned?

An Alameda Ideal

The Henry-Gonzalez residence was a renovation opportunity its owners couldn’t pass up.
As the autumn leaves turn color and fall from the trees, and we turn our attention to the holidays with their family gatherings, it’s hard not to look at the fully renovated Henry-Gonzalez house and want to step inside for a warm beverage. With an exceptional array of architectural features and popping with color, this place is ideal for entertaining or for just getting cozy.

The Morris Marks Diaries: Moving Day

If you were downtown on Saturday, September 30th, you may have noticed a 2,860 square foot historic house moving through the street… in two pieces. Don’t believe us? That’s right, we cut an 1880 Italianate in half, and with the help of OXBO, moved it 1.5 miles through PSU’s park blocks across the 405 freeway and to its new home at the intersection of Southwest Broadway Drive and Grant Street.

An Irvington Revival

Just in time for Halloween comes a story of black cats and a resurrected old house. Well, maybe that’s stretching things a little. But amidst this gorgeous remodel, there is at least some cat-themed wallpaper to discuss.

Inspired by Family Home Tour

If you enjoy walking down Portland’s tree-lined streets to admire lovely old houses, join us on Saturday, October 20th, to tour some of our favorite Irvington, Alameda, and Beaumont-Wilshire homes on ARCIFORM’S Inspired by Family Home Tour. Our day begins at The Old Church Concert Hall with our free Changing Family Workshop that will demonstrate […]

The Pros and Cons of Induction Cooking

Are you unable to install a gas range in your home, but unhappy with your electric cooktop stove? Consider a magnetic induction range. What is magnetic induction and how does it work? According to Fine Cooking: “An induction burner consists of a ceramic plate with an electromagnetic coil beneath it. When you turn on the […]

Photoshoot Day: The Kerri Hoyt-Pack House

Last Tuesday we held a photo and video shoot at Kerri Hoyt-Pack’s Sellwood home. It started with a visit to the wrong house—but not to worry, the gentleman who answered the door knew Kerri. “Kerri? She works at Nike?,” he asks. Well, she used to work at Nike, but not anymore. After an extensive career […]

Dan Volkmer’s Kitchen Remodel

Dan Volkmer, Portland real estate agent with 40 years’ experience specializing in historic homes, and Anne De Wolf, principal designer at ARCIFORM, have had a symbiotic relationship since the early years of Anne’s career.  Through the years, Dan has referred many-a-client to ARCIFORM, as they are a premiere design/build team in Portland for restoring period […]

The Morris Marks Diaries: Old House Revival Tour!

The month of April was a busy one for us here at ARCIFORM. Not only did we host a workshop on ADU’s and Short-Term Rentals, a Design Week Open House and a Lan Su Chinese Garden benefit party at the De Wolf home, we also showcased what is becoming one of Portland’s most beloved old […]

An Urban/Nature Fusion: The Eugenis & Amy House

We surprised Christy Eugenis on Thursday. Arriving a bit early for our scheduled meeting to discuss Design Week, photographer Mitch Hose and I wanted to get a few shots for a blog piece as well. But Christy, a former photo stylist, videographer and fashion show producer, took it in stride. I would have picked up […]

A Night to Remember

Last Thursday night we celebrated 21 years of preservation, remodeling and design, 24 years of marriage and the launching of a new website—very soon! For those of you who have ever built a website, you know that sometimes it takes longer than expected… Richard and Anne answered questions on the stage in the beautiful TOC […]

Reimagining a Master Suite for Comfortable Style Now – and in Years to Come

This week I caught up with ARCIFORM Designer Tara Douglas on a master suite remodel the firm completed last month for a couple in the Irvington neighborhood. A major focus of this remodel was to create spaces that suit their needs now while preparing for future aging-in-place. “The clients want to stay in their home […]

5 Kitchen Remodels We Love

There’s a reason they call kitchens the heart of the home. A kitchen is where you spend  time not just making food for yourself or others, but also where you grow your family. Kitchens are lively and full of energy when friends and family gather. They’re a calm and comforting nest after a heated discussion. […]

The Morris Marks Diaries: Structural Development

An update from project manager, Joe McAlester Perhaps while stuck in traffic, you’ve noticed the old house sitting at the intersection of Southwest Broadway Drive and Grant Street—you know that busy intersection to get on or off I-405 near SW 6th? It’s an area you might not have given much notice before, other than that […]

A Kitchen for Cooking, Cats and Comfort

“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” – Jules Verne Linda Schmidt loves cats. This is the first thing I noticed about the 1929 Tudor home. The cat shaped topiary as I walk through the front door, the bengal cat, […]

Linda’s Chewy Ginger-Molasses Chocolate Chunk cookies

Recipe modified from Martha Stewart’s December/January 1997 issue INGREDIENTS (makes 8 dozen – you’ll need alot for the Holidays!) 64 TJ pieces (4 bags Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chunks) 6 cups plus 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour 5 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 4 tablespoons cocoa powder 4 sticks of […]

Creating an AirBnB Worthy Basement Renovation

Arciform designer Kristyn Bester contributed the following article to the January 2014 edition of NW Renovation magazine. It is reprinted here for your convenience. Of all the possible home remodel projects, adding a guest suite or creating an ADU in the basement can seem the most daunting.  From deciphering code compliance challenges to choosing an […]