What is apparently a normal suburban house from the exterior is really a rustic western hideaway for newlyweds Matt and Kimberly Weishoff. “We would really like to live on a ranch, but we can’t afford it at this time. We’ve made our ranch [style] home into a little ranch.” The newlyweds have been crafty with their decorating, building a few things by hand with repurposed materials. Kimberly moved in 2003 into the house. Bareback rodeo rider, Matt Weishoff, moved in with Kimberly in 2010.
at a Glance
Who lives here: Matt and Kimberly Weishoff
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
Size: 1,728 square foot, one-story house with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
You are greeted by A large photograph of Matt and Kimberly . The few cut into squares and had the image enlarged, and it served as their wedding guestbook. Friends and family left messages for Matt and Kimberly on the rear of the photographs, and each piece is numbered so it would be pinned to a specific spot in the grid. The sections of the photograph have been fastened with nails to part of an old weapon, and can easily be removed to so that the couple can read the personal messages on the trunk.
Matt discovered a piece of wood beyond the house which works perfectly as a coat rack.
“Pretty much everything we have is something we’ve either created or something we adore as a lifestyle,” Matt says. Matt built the pub and the saddle stools. Matt says they bought the saddles for next to nothing at a tack sale.
“We’re all about going in search of what is different, what is old and what’s some history.”
The makeshift buffet table on the wall can be tucked away when not in use. It is held up using an old article of barn timber and latigos . On the opposite wall, Matt repurposed saddle fenders, which were left handed in the saddle seats, as stands. He used horse reins and horse tack to make a strap. They expect to produce a little business out of selling saddle stools and the wine racks.
The classic blue pantry is out of New Mexico; Kimberly purchased it on Craigslist 10 minutes after it had been listed. She uses it as a liquor cabinet.
When Kimberly moved into the house, she painted walls and installed barn-wood laminate flooring. She added granite tile and kitchen cabinets. “I pretty much re-did everything in the floor up. It had been 1970s into the bone,” says Kimberly.
Cowgirl boots collect. She has around 40 pairs which she uses and wears as décor. “I need a 12-step retrieval program” She states. She has made a rule for herself to not spend over $50 on a pair of boots. She discovers her boots at antique shops and online through Amazon and Etsy.
A painting of Matt riding bareback is with a family member who used a photo of Matt at a rodeo in Phoenix for inspiration.
The ottoman is handmade; Matt spent $5 to an old horse saddle pad and discovered stumps in a nearby woods to use as the legs.
The Weishoffs use saddle pads as rugs. “They’re different, they are brilliant and they are inexpensive. I really don’t think we’ve paid over $8 for a carpet,” says Kimberly.
Pendleton blankets across the house add pops of color. A friend made the stained glass vases. The dining room table is from Mexico — another of Kimberly’s Craigslist finds.
Kimberly’s brother bought her the boot artwork for Christmas from a flea market in Arizona. A boot was cut in half and placed on barn wood for screen.
Matt built the wine rack. He’s in the process of constructing a similar piece that can extend from floor to ceiling. Other endeavors include sprucing up the guestrooms and functioning around the backyard. This summertime Matt and Kimberly would love to put in French doors extending out to the rear patio.
A friend made this hint for a wedding decoration. The indications point to places where Matt and Kimberly have studied, visited or lived.
“We encounter things and think,’What can we do with this?'” says Kimberly. She discovered an old rain gutter and turned it into candle holder. Kimberly made the stained glass artwork that reads”Lucky in Love,” as a wedding decoration.
The Weishoffs adore the feeling they get when they walk into their home. “It is warm, inviting and cozy. You’re almost transported to someplace you would not expect to be from taking a look at the exterior,” says Kimberly. “It’s a place we would like to be.”
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