This issue of Vintage Holiday magazine features a story on Certified Girlfriend™ Jami Doupé’s home. The article and photos are by me!
I met Jami at her beautiful shop in the North Coast Antique Mall, in Seaview, Washington. I dragged my dad there for treasure hunting after he took me on his own brand of a treasure hunting trip: Clam Digging.
Jami’s shop was sophisticated and romantic. I told her it belonged in Romantic Homes magazine.
Both of us were in a hurry to get out of the mall, but we realized we were destined to be friends. Kindred spirit bffs at first sight. As we were about to say our good-byes, Jami threw in an offer to show us her home. Excitedly, we got in our car and followed her there.
Jami and her beautiful daughter Lily, another Certified Girlfriend
The home is called Jamison Cottage because it belonged to the Jamison family for nearly 100 years before the Doupé’s owned it.
The front of Jamison Cottage faces the ocean, away from the street
Once I saw Jamison Cottage, I contacted the Editor of Romantic Homes. I told her I had just been to the most romantic home and that it was perfect for the magazine.
Jami and I thought a Christmas shoot would be fun. The challenge was that Seaview is off the beaten path. It is a 3 hour drive from Seattle and a 2 hour 15 minute drive from Portland. Lining up a photographer, during the holidays, isn’t always easy.
You can read about this fireplace surround and sofa in Vintage Holiday magazine.
I was going to style the shoot and then I asked if I could also write the story. Because of a scheduling glitch, I got to photograph the story, as well. It was a LABOR of love. I am by no means qualified, but the magazine was able to work with the photos I submitted. Romantic Homes sent the story to Vintage Holiday Fall 2015, which is published by the same parent company.
To see photos that are not shown here and read more about Jami’s home, her decorating philosophy, Christmas at the Doupé’s and some of Jami’s decorating tips, look for the magazine at any good magazine stand or book store. It’s pull date is November 10, 2015.
A vintage fridge on the left side of the kitchen and a charming antique range on the right side. The Doupés really use these! I have eaten delicious meals in their home, which proves a huge gourmet range and an oversized fridge is not necessary for delectable cuisine.
Some of the things Jami loves: old labels, numbers, and antlers.
These labels, attached to the canisters, crack me up! Many of the labels are from old prescriptions, accounting receipts, checks or advertisements. Jami, her husband, and friends find them at estate sales, grandmas’ attics, and old businesses.
Jami’s genius sense of humor is perfectly illustrated here.
Pretty French settee in Jami and Joe’s bedroom.
Ostentatious figurines seem more subtle when they flank neutral colored tattered books.
A bejeweled mirror with sconces and vanity tray, this causes me to swoon.
In addition to Lily being a fashionista, she is also an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician.
Lily’s room. I originally messed up the bed covers to style the room, but it turns out Lily is actually this tidy!
Lily’s make-up table and much played guitar.
The Doupés and their friends take advantage of good old fashioned fun. With chairs gathered around a bonfire, they roast marshmallows, play musical instruments and sing together.
This inviting bed is equipped with an electric blanket!