Contributors to Where's Your Living Room?


Jen Bell, Premier Mortgage:

As a loan officer, ex-naval instructor, CrossFitter, and horseman—Jen knows that all of these things take hard work, knowledge, problem solving, perseverance, passion, care, attention to detail and integrity. She cares about people and sees herself as a teacher rather than a salesperson. It’s  important to Jen that how she makes her living makes a difference. This idea motivates her to be a great loan officer for her clients and a valued professional partner for over 10 years.

Jen Bell, Loan Officer, NMLS 2191215  Premier Mortgage Resources, NMLS 1169     Equal Housing Lender   PH: 971-254-9576                                                            


Lauren Chandler, Lauren Chandler Cooks:

Lauren works one-on-one with clients, bridging the gap between the health care provider and the healthful plate. Amidst the conflicting definitions of what constitutes a nutritious diet, she stays out of the food fight and focuses on the individual's unique cooking and dietary goals. She develops and teaches culinary classes in the Master of Science in Nutrition program at the National University of Natural Medicine and has been teaching cooking for 20 years.


Mickey Deagle, Founder and Lead Designer of Isolary:

Isolary is a small group of artists and geeks from Portland, Oregon who work together to build beautiful, functional websites every day. They are real people—professionals with decades of experience in web design, application development, and marketing strategy.


CAROL FERRIS, M.A.                                                                                 

Carol is an astrologer with four decades of experience. She is an adjunct professor at the Portland School of Astrology and has a full-time consulting practice. Her 2013 Master's Thesis from Marylhurst University was based on her study of Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) philosophy and was titled, "The Sky's Body: Constellations and Medicine." Her research delineated the relationship of the macrocosm of the heavens to the microcosm of the body in both western and Chinese cultures.


Jess Graff, Reading For Literacy:

Jess Graff is an artist and educator who has been working professionally in the arts for over a decade. Currently the Residency Manager at Portland Children’s Museum, Jess enjoys supporting creative inquiry and play through open-ended art projects. For more information about Jess’s artistic adventures or to inquire about contracting the artist please visit . To learn more about the Artist in Residence Program at Portland Children’s Museum please visit


Ashton Ford Horejs, founder, Ashton for Design:

Ashton has a strong focus on connecting with the local community and collaborating on projects both large and small. Whether the job calls for custom design, catalog sales, or salvaged items, she knows where to find it. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, her abilities range from concept and research to development and execution. Interior design improves and elevates a space while catering to the needs of the end-user.


Davia Larson, Editor

Editor, content writer, podcast producer. Davia is a Portland native who looks at her home town with wonder, skepticism, and familiarity. She’s the girl next door who is always up to something new. Contact at


Sarah McBee, Living Room Realty Agent Services Manager:

Sarah handles multiple aspects of running the company. She makes sure the agents are well served, helps with new agent recruitment, and oversees the millions of details of opening a new office. Though much of her work is behind the scenes, her oversight of 86 agents, 11 staff members, 6 offices, and leadership role on many projects, including Where’s Your Living Room? is a crucial contribution to Living Room’s success.


Johanna Palmieri, Photographer & Artist:

Johanna is an independent artist located in Portland, OR. She graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a B.A. in Art History. Her photography has been published in Canvas Creative Arts Magazine in five volumes between 2009-2013. She finds inspiration in her travels and the allure of an earlier time.



Jamison Sellers established Bolster in 2013. The studio designs and builds custom furniture and fixtures for residential and commercial clients. Bolster strives to create and refine minimal forms that emphasize simplicity and efficient use of materials.  phone: 813-240-7514

We are grateful to Jamison and Bolster Furniture for providing studio space for the DIY Custom Headboard photo shoot. 



We made the editorial decision to focus on Brookford even though we didn't know anyone who lived there. That's a big hurdle for a new magazine that bases its content on resident interviews and photos of their homes. I loved the area so much that I set out with our photographer, Jo Palmieri, walking the neighborhood on bright September Saturdays, taking background photos and hoping to meet neighbors on the street or in their yards.

Two months later, I feel as though I have met a neighborhood full of new friends. I'm overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of everyone we've met, who opened their beautiful homes to us, and shared what they love and remember about Brookford.

Our instincts were right. Brookford is a close-knit community with a story worth telling-a pocket neighborhood that has been overlooked for too long. For all the imperfections and omissions in this first Brookford essay, I hope the neighborhood will take this beginning and keep documenting the history and life of their remarkable community.

When Robert Strahorn, the Brookford developer, titled the marketing brochure, "Better Homes for Better Living," he couldn't have known how true those words would be. It's a uniquely beautiful place filled with mid-century architectural features, park-like streets--not to mention an actual park—and caring, thriving families and individuals. 

I'm deeply grateful to everyone I've met, and who contributed time, energy, and resources to make this photo-essay possible.

Warmly, Davia Larson, editor


We gratefully acknowledge the many neighbors, makers, artists, business professionals, and community members that have given generously of their time and energy to make this magazine possible. We especially wish to thank,

Living Room Realty staff and agents who go above and beyond: Brad Twiss, Carson Mead, Bianca Rios, Kate Austin, Alyssa Hacmac, Eve Styles and Justine Ahearn.