I had the very special pleasure of designing a piece of furniture for a family who was dealing with the scary reality of cancer. This family love each other intensely and they wanted a place where they could go and all three girls and their parents can snuggle together. So I designed “the nest”. The room it is in used to be a sun room then it was just a storage room. The family wanted to reclaim it as a cozy destination. I think we did it. Eventually it will be where the cello is set up and practice can happen while looking over the beautiful lights of Portland, Oregon. These clients/friends are absolutely some of the best people I have ever met. I am honored to know them and witness the strength of love during this battle. And the best news ever is that the cancer is gone! Yay!
Are you looking for something local, one of a kind and totally on trend for your home’s interior design? Go to Seek the Unique on SE 6th in Portland. Andrea, the owner, is having a blast with her business and it shows. She scourers the old barns and homes across the countryside and comes up with some very cool stuff.
Her husband crafts amazing tables and lights from their finds. Andrea’s flair, along with the keen design sense of her sweet and helpful staff, create an atmosphere that helps you to imagine these classics and oddities in your home’s interior. So worth checking out!
Andrea is helpful to the businesses around her and is happy to send you down the street to one of her neighbors if you don’t see something that works for you. That’s how a thriving community works, we support each other. It’s a beautiful thing!
My first real commercial endeavour! Michael and Lynn Madigan are long time friends and clients of mine. They have provided me with so many opportunities to participate in fabulous projects from remodeling their home, design of their new home and most recently…although they have been open since February…their new business, KitchenCru and CorksCru.
Here are the befores and afters of this very unique space a first in Portland. Check out their website to learn more as it is a multi faceted kitchen and event space and not to mention one helluva wine shop! Whenever I walk in this space the energy is contagious. Everyone genuinely seems to love what they are doing and who they are sharing the space with.
It just goes to show that when you do what you love good things happen and good people want to be around you. Michael and Lynn are inspiring people and I am genuinely honored to be a part of their lives.
Almost done! This project took a very poorly designed master bathroom and closet and blew it out into a spa like bathroom with an amazing walk in closet. We also redid the hall bath from very typical to very special. I just love it! I will take more pictures later as well as provide kudos to the folks that made this all happen. But I just had to post the progress because I’m so excited about the results. It just goes to show that good space planning and great design can take an early 90’s suburban home and make it feel like a spa in a Peal District loft.
I apologize to the universe for whatever I did to deserve this day. My dear, long-time client/friend Michael Madigan of KitchenCru, this is one of my interior design projects I did for him. He has been waiting for these @#$! chandeliers for over 2 months. They FINALLY arrived with MUCH ado and there is a fork lift jab in the crate that shattered one of the globes. Yes I am drinking wine right now. Sigh. All I can say is that Michael is a saint. I am grateful to have been chosen to work on this project, my first commercial one, and that Michael Madigan of KitchenCru http://kitchencru.biz/ is the nicest guy around.
It’s Oscar time! My husband and I finally got around to watching Inception last night in preparation for an Oscar Party tonight. ( Last year we only saw Up. We feel the need to redeem ourselves.) The movie’s story was just way too much for me to keep track of. I’m a simple gal. But the set design was spectacular as was the cinematography. I couldn’t get, what I call the lantern room, out of my mind. It was just gorgeous. Let’s take this idea of lantern repetition to our back yards this summer with paper lanterns or votive’s of all kinds. Think about the up lighting on the gold leafed walls. That glow makes anyone look fabulous. Could you do a version of this in your dining room or entrance? How about your bedroom? Oh ya, the bedroom. Who doesn’t want to look fabulous there? :-)
Welcome! This is my first post on my new website and my “inspirations” page. I hope to be regularly posting cool and interesting things that I hope someone somewhere will enjoy.
This photo is from a very cool shop called “Seek the Unique”. Andrea is the owner and has great industrial chic taste. Her shop is on 931 SE 6th, Portland 97214. I’ve been in there before when people are shopping it to use items they find there for photo shoots. It’s that cool. Check it out!