Emily Katz spreads her talents between macrame, art directing, styling, and interior design projects and products. Emily and her partner Adam Porterfield of Golden Rule Design share a beautiful Northeast Portland home full of creativity and charm. There are areas of the house that resemble a well-curated jungle with a wide array of plants in unique vessels and great artwork. She says her house is a work in progress and there is still a ton to do but what is already finished is truly stunning. Each item is hand picked and there are no sub-par surrogates, everything is personalized and has purpose. While in her studio we talked to Emily while she worked on some of her macrame, and she mentions her recent travels with macrame workshops that she has been teaching across the country. Please enjoy the thoughtful details and imaginative wonder that we captured in talking and sharing the morning with Emily at her home. Since our visit Emily has moved into a brand new dream studio space that we can’t to visit!
1. Why Portland? What was it that drew you to Portland or has kept you here?
I have lived in Portland since the 1st grade, left a few times, and travel frequently, but I still love to call Portland my homebase. My family is mostly here, and we live in a beautiful house and the mortgage is cheap!
2. What are your favorite things happening in Portland (design or otherwise)?
Sunset picnics, watching Blazers games, the fact that at least 8 of my friends live within walking distance. It also still feels like "everything is possible" here.
3. How did your brand start?
I have had so many different brands and self made jobs over the years, but my work in macrame began after a team of Japanese magazine editors inquired about where to buy the plant hangers that were hanging in my shower. After they left I called them right back and invited them over to teach them how to make them. It was my first class ever. That was at the beginning of 2o14, and already I have travelled around the country mixing macrame and inspiration.
4. What has been your biggest obstacle?
Having enough time to do everything. I need the perfect assistant. Know anyone? Also keeping up with my blog. I love traveling and taking photos, cooking and writing recipes, but getting it all online takes a little more dedication. I am working on it though!
Magicdreamlife.com is happening!
5. What or who inspires your design?
Vintage textiles, other creatives, imagining where the pieces I make live once they enter the world.
6.What are your favorite things about Portland?
There are so many amazing places to eat and drink here, we are trying to not go to the same place twice until we have tried more of the new restaurants. I love the Hoyt Arboretum, Forest Park, the roses blooming right now. We host people at our house via Airbnb, and we are always making curated maps for people depending on their interests.
7. What is your favorite part of your studio?
We spray painted a vintage steelcase desk and made a new birch top for it. I love it. It is sturdy enough to sew on, but elegant at the same time. We are about to move into a new studio, so I kinda have one foot out the door here and don't feel totally settled since I have been anticipating the move for a while. I can't wait for the new space. It has big industrial windows, beautiful light, wooden ceilings and so much more...
8. Your favorite thing about your workspace?
9. Tell us two truths and a lie!
-I was once an intern at a chocolate factory
-I once sailed in a Trimaran off the coast of Puerto Rico
-I love ketchup
10. 5 things you can’t live without.