Construction Diary: A Self-Taught Designer Makes a Career Switch After Building an Artful ADU

Construction Diary: A Self-Taught Designer Makes a Career Switch After Building an Artful ADU

By Robin Cornuelle
An advertising strategist in Portland, Oregon, builds a minimalist retreat in her own backyard—and launches her own design business in the process.

Though she had worked as an advertising strategist since graduating college, Robin Cornuelle had always been drawn to a career in design and architecture. She tested the waters on her own home, a 1894 bungalow in Portland, Oregon’s historic Woodlawn, furnishing it with estate sale finds and collected art—until finally, she decided to take the plunge and build something from the ground up.

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