The Topliff Home
Photo courtesy of Norman Hersom
Jenn and Brad Topliff are the original owners of this Craftsman-inspired stunner built in 2015, having moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Portland with their daughters as soon as construction was completed. The home is an embodiment of style and function, with an emphasis on “fun,” perfectly representing the Topliffs and their taste.
According to Jenn, their home is eclectic and colorful — inspired by texture, cozy spaces and unique objects. The family is particularly fond of the home’s main level flow, enjoying how the spaces support their social lifestyle and family dynamic. The kitchen, dining room, and family room seamlessly blend together to facilitate an entertaining area for any event size. The home’s hallmark feature is the installation of wallpaper throughout, turning spaces into statements.
As guests enter the home, they’ll immediately be greeted by the many sets of watchful eyes from a Fornasetti Wall Plate collection looking toward the front door. A work by Canadian cinematographer-turned-painter, Grant Innes (called “Gunther the Cat”), hangs joyfully above the hearth, setting the scene for what’s ahead. Passing through, guests will notice a large canvas print just past a massive sliding barn door. Be sure to ask a house angel about this social justice display. Just beyond, a central powder room exudes an air of whimsy with its bold “Acquario” wallpaper.
A comfortable, yet luxe, family room possesses many aesthetically pleasing elements, such as grass-cloth textured wallpaper, custom-sewn striped draperies and a bold floral ottoman that was commissioned specifically for the space. Conversation can flow reciprocally between the family room and the kitchen, which is comprised of a large marble-topped workspace and eating bar, modern appliances and clean white cabinetry. A large dining table is accentuated by an intricate, blue-grey beaded chandelier that unifies the palette of surrounding areas.
Upstairs, a large picture window at the transition landing provides a deluge of bright light, illuminating a displayed pack of happy looking faux-taxidermied dog heads. Further up, each daughter’s room reflects a tranquil, modern and individualized setting, of course using two very different wallpapers as primary elements of the composition.
Just outside the children’s shared full bath sits a wooden chair that dates back to 1852, when Brad’s third great grandparents set out on the wagon train from Michigan to Oregon. In 1870, a second journey was made by Brad’s second great grandmother, who retraced the steps of the original migration and chronicled her experience in a diary (on display). At hall’s end, guests can view a pair of prints by South African artist Walter Batiss brought back by Jenn’s father after living abroad in Africa.
The art is a perfect segway to the recently completed nursery, which will soon house the third Topliff child. A habitat all its own, this space is bold yet neutral, and chic while maintaining a playful edge.
Finally, the master suite pumps up the drama, beginning with a giant, specially-made Layla Fanucci print above the entry bench. Rich deep blues, bursts of green and yellow, foliage, and mid-century elements produce a modern Palm Springs quality. This theme is carried into the bath, a modern space that has classic touches throughout, and of course, wallpaper!
Jenn subscribes to a “more is more” outlook on design, and together with her family, has both imagined and executed the creation of a truly unique and special home.
Drawing of the Topliff Home by 2nd Grader, Peyton Sendecke