The Delaney Home

Bartley Home | 2016 Duniway Holiday Home Tour
Photo courtesy of Norman Hersom

The Delaney Home

Michele and Chris Delaney have enjoyed living in their Eastmoreland home since 2006, when they relocated with their young son Cole from Pasadena, California (daughter Maddie arrived the following year). After many house hunting visits to Portland, they narrowed their search to the eastside. They were drawn to the tree-lined streets, diverse architecture, sidewalks, neighborhood school, and family-friendly atmosphere of Eastmoreland, as it reminded them of Pasadena, as well as Minnesota where Michele grew up. The Delaney home is a comfortable and elegant space that has been warmed throughout with tasteful updates, family heirlooms, and unique art pieces, including many the Delaney children created through Duniway’s cherished student art program.

Visitors arriving at the home will view a semi-circular walkway that curves from the driveway to the sidewalk. A prior homeowner was a landscape architect, and much of the established foliage remains in place throughout the front and back of the property. Once inside, a formal living room invites guests in to admire a Christmas tree adorned with vintage handmade German ornaments and mementos collected on the family’s travels. Throughout the home, guests will see on display a unique collection of Christmas figurines and handmade items brought from Germany by Chris’s family after World War II. Just off the living room, Michele’s home office features a hand-carved antique partner’s desk and stained stencil inlay on the hardwood floor, surrounded by windows that capitalize on the natural light.

Originally, this spacious home had a narrow and very dated galley kitchen. A few years after moving in the Delaneys took on a major remodeling project that not only updated the kitchen, but reconfigured and enlarged the space to fit the needs of their busy family. Storage options were carefully implemented throughout this area, including the mudroom near the secondary staircase. Past the built-in espresso machine in the pantry area, a swinging door leads to the formal dining room. A vintage baroque chandelier hangs above the French antique table, setting the tone for the room. In addition, a work by Southern California artist Millard Sheets can be viewed in this room as well.

Ascending the primary stairs to the second level of the home, guests will find a tranquil and private master suite, boasting a walk-in closet and renovated bath whose marble hex-tiles acknowledge the 1920s era of the home. Three additional bedrooms and a remodeled full bath can also be found on this floor. In each of the children’s rooms, classroom art acquired from the annual Duniway auction is displayed as a focal visual element. A staircase leads from the second level to a third floor loft space that is currently utilized by both Delaney children as a play and study space.

Descending down the secondary staircase and returning to the kitchen, guests will head to the last destination on the Delaney home tour: the basement. Both walls along the basement stairs are adorned with unique art pieces created over the years by the Delaney children. A fully finished space, the basement serves a multitude of activities and purposes. Guests will note an informal entertainment center, craft room, wine cellar, and updated bath.

The Delaneys love to entertain and host visiting family and friends. They appreciate their home’s livability and suitability for hosting guests. A classic example of French/English Cottage architecture, this home is a fine representation of how 1920s construction and design can be adapted instead of sacrificed to fit the lifestyle of a 21st-century family.

Drawing of the Delaney Home by 1st Grader, Vera Quast.

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