A profusion of paint colors plus inviting porches and gathered pieces create a welcoming feel in a retired couple’s 100-year-old home

An Oregon Cottage With 21 Flavors of Color.

Eric and Mimi Kauffman’s 1912 cottage in Oregon is a bold reflection of their zest for life, cuisine and comfort. Bright colors and a verdant garden invite those strolling by to linger and enjoy the wonderful aroma from the kitchen window.

The couple spent the first few decades of their marriage traveling far and wide, guided by their bohemian spirits. When it came time to put down roots, they chose Halfway, Oregon, nestled in Pine Valley near the spectacular Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Halfway is also the gateway to Hell’s Canyon and the Snake River. This town, with a population of 350, is known for ranching, outdoor recreation and, above all, hospitality.

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Eric and Mimi Kauffman and their cat, Dottie
Location: Halfway, Oregon
Size: 1,200 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms