A Chat with Melody of Emerick Architects

Mother Earth Living chats with Melody Emerick of Portland, Oregon-based Emerick Architects.


  • One of Melody's favorite things is spending time cooking and eating dinner with Brian and daughters Iris (left) and Lily.
    Photo By David Papazian

Mother Earth Living sits down to chat with Melody Emerick of Portland, Oregon-based Emerick Architects about her home and family. To read about the Emerick family's home, check out the original article, Built to Last.

What’s your favorite thing about your house?

That it is really livable.  We didn’t want a showpiece or a design statement. It is tough as architects to not want to flex those design muscles to try and impress people, but ultimately we wanted a home—a place where we raise our kids and family comes over for Thanksgiving and that we gather around the fireplace and read. We wanted it to be well-crafted and beautifully proportioned, but not fancy. We wanted to use every room in the house and enjoy the experience of being in it.

How do you encourage a love of the outdoors in your kids?



We are big outdoors people. We love to camp, and most weekends we do a family hike or run or something that takes us outside. Brian has a wooden drift boat that we take out on the water often. Brian loves to fly fish. Our girls jump off of the boat into freezing cold waters as we glide down a river.  Plus, we bike commute or walk to most places.

What’s a Sunday at your house like?



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