Michael November 23 2020

Born and raised right in the heart of Portland, Michael was introduced to design at an early age by his mom, an avid antiquer. Most weekends involved traveling to flea markets and estate sales on the search for antique vanity sets, perfume bottles, art nouveau side tables, and very often, Persian rugs. Upon receiving a business degree from Portland State University, an opportunity to work with a high-end residential architect influenced his decision to follow his passion for design which led him back to school for his interior design degree. After graduating from The Art Institute of Portland, Michael spent the last 10 years in the commercial furniture industry designing and collaborating with designers on commercial and hospitality spaces. Working and collaborating with clients and colleagues is where you’ll find Michael at his happiest. He strives to build lasting relationships with his clients and become a true partner by ensuring projects finish on time and within budget.

Perfect PDX  Day:
Waking up bright and early to discover a cool and sunny Portland morning.  After enjoying a cup of French press coffee (preferably a bold dark roast) on the back patio, Michael takes his dog, Pippa, on a walk through the neighborhood, stopping by to visit Pippa’s best friend Potato on the way back home.  Then it’s off to a workout and meeting up with friends for brunch and good conversation.  Afterwards, an afternoon hike with Pippa from Lower Macleay Park up to Witches Castle to admire Portland’s natural beauty.  The day wouldn’t be perfect if it didn’t involve a little baking, so Michael would bake a cheesecake to share with friends and family.  After dinner with his twin brother at one of their favorite restaurants of the moment, the day would end snuggled up on the couch with Pippa to watch a good sci-fi movie.

Dream Trip:
A trip to South America has always been on Michael’s bucket list.  First stop, Columbia, to take in the nightlife and Caribbean beaches. Then, pass through Ecuador to the Galapagos for the amazing wildlife native to the volcanic islands. Afterwards is Peru for the street food and art scene.  The trip to Peru wouldn’t be complete without a hike to Machu Picchu to take in the Incan ruins and incredible views. After Peru is Brazil and stops in Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo. After checking out Iguazú Falls, the trip would end in Buenos Aires, the city Michael most wishes to visit for its rich cultural history and architecture.  After filling up on way too much good wine and food (steak, steak and more steak), it’s time to get on a plane for the long flight back home.

Cats or Dogs?
This is a no-brainer… Dogs for sure!  Michael is the proud owner of a grey and white Boston Terrier puppy named Pippa and shares custody of a puggle named Jackson with his twin brother.  They love going on walks together and capturing everyone’s attention with their cuteness.

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