Shoptalk - Ann McCulloch

What are some of your favorite projects you’ve worked on during your career?

Master Plans for historic homes are a passion of mine. A lot of older homes are not suited for a modern lifestyle. I find it extremely satisfying to create a home for a modern client while retaining the soul of an older home. When completed, the Master Plan allows the homeowner to have a big picture of the final home design before starting any work. It is very rewarding to start and complete each phase over the years.

You recently opened Ann McCulloch Shop & Studio, what led your move into retail?

I have had a retail space in the back of my mind for years and wanted a store that I would enjoy shopping in with some unique product that wasn’t available in Portland previously. Not everyone is interested in hiring a designer and with the shop we can assist customers with furniture and accessories and special orders no matter what size their project is.

What is your vision for your Shop & Studio?

My goal is to be a fantastic resource where customers can find furniture, lighting, fabrics and carpets. In addition we are carrying accessories; jewelry and other items that make great shower, hostess, birthday and Holiday gifts. We are sourcing from smaller companies (woman owned when possible) throughout the US and overseas, many of them do not sell on Amazon, meaning your purchase will be unique.

Many of our products are handmade. I recently visited a vendor in Mexico and watched the artisans creating the most beautiful metal boxes and wine coasters. I also am a vintage junkie and search estate sales and antique stores for beautiful antique treasures.

Favorite Era of Design?

Late 1800’s for all the revival styles and ornament. I have a particular fondness for Carnegie Libraries and look for them in every small town we visit. They are always architectural gems.

Favorite American City?

Butte, Montana because of the beautiful, though neglected architecture.

Prized Possession?

My Curtis photographs, purchased in my twenties.

Dream Vacation?

Montana, always.

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