The Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in an Artist’s Portland Home — House Tour

Name: Pilar Zeta and husband
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 3,500 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, owned

Let 2019 be the year of exploring homes that are inspiring representations of the people who live within. This Portland, Oregon, house is home to Argentinean visual artist and creative director Pilar Zeta, whose professional life has been marked by impressive creative collaborations: She was the art director for Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams” album, created live visuals for Katy Perry’s “Witness: The Tour,” rebranded EM Cosmetics, and has been featured in publications like Vogue and T Magazine. Successes no doubt due to her very recognizable visual style, which often features vibrant hues, strong shapes, minimal compositions, and “1980s and 1990s meet the future” vibes. Everything from her recently released debut music album “Moments of Reality” to her carefully curated clothing style to the interiors of the home she shares with her husband are all a tight expression of her creative vision. And an inspiring reminder to everyone that it’s your home and you can do whatever you want.

Pilar shared a few photos of her home and explained the motivations behind it below:

“My home is my creative sanctuary. I live with my husband and my three cats outside of Portland, Oregon. We were living in L.A. at the time and wanted to move closer to nature. I always dreamed of having a ’90s inspired home with lots of windows to connect with nature.

“Every day I wake up and I feel so grateful to the universe that I am able to live the dream of having a house where it resembles my creative thoughts.”

We are both in creative fields; it’s important our home is a source of creativity. My husband is a music producer and I am a creative director. I spend lots of time researching, meditating, and working; every detail of my home needs to be visually inspiring to fulfill my creative cravings.

We are constantly creating new things. Music, paintings, performances, album covers, and physical artwork. Every day I wake up and I feel so grateful to the universe that I am able to live the dream of having a house where it resembles my creative thoughts.

I’ve always been a big fan of the ’80s and ’90s decor. I’m constantly looking online and visiting specialized vintage shops. When I find something I love I get so excited as if I just hit the jackpot. It makes the object I find very special.

I love to be quiet, meditate, and read. I have a big collection of books where I find ideas and research. My family is from Argentina so from time to time they come visit and stay with us. Our house is great for hosting people. Our backyard has land with woods where lots of deer live and every day I enjoy looking at them pass; it makes me feel connected.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: End of 1980s and beginning of ’90s Postmodern.

Inspiration: 1980s – 1990s and Postmodern Art, Art Deco, and some elements of feng shui.

Favorite Element: Round and wavy shapes.

Biggest Challenge: Decorating my husband’s music studio [not pictured].

Proudest DIY: All my artwork.

Biggest Indulgence: Looking for pieces in vintage books and then find them on eBay.

Best Advice: Create a space where energy flows harmoniously


Bed — CB2
Nightstands — West Elm
Murano Egg Lamps from the 1970s
Art Deco Sculpture — Found at a thrift store
Art Deco Lamp — Found at a garage sale
Golden Side Table — Target
Artwork on top of the Bed — 1980s airbrush paintings found on Etsy.
Dresser — West Elm
Vase — Vintage ’80s

Bed — CB2
Cheetah Bed Sheets — Anthropologie
Cushion — Anthropologie
Blanket — Pilar Zeta
Wall Artwork — Pirelli Calendar 1986
Wall Ceramic Cheetah — Thrift Store
Lamps — Vintage 1970s Art Deco

Desk — CB2
Phone — Cono Phone 1980s
Marble Side Table — CB2
Lamp — Vintage ’80s
Artwork — Raul Del Rio 1980s
Rug — West Elm

Coffee Table — Vintage
Tea Set — Fujimori Kato Kogei Manhattan
Rug — Target
All artwork — Pilar Zeta
Lamp — Thrift Store ’70s

Sofa — Secondhand
Rug — IKEA
Table — CB2
Lamp – Secondhand, ’80s
Vase — ’80s
Wall Art — Pilar Zeta

Thanks, Pilar!

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