The warm weather today along with seeing the first Daphodils opening up has me thinking about my patio. There is a talented group of designers in Portland at Revolution Designhouse who are responsible for the lounge chair in this picture and many other, locally designed and produced products. They are well made, classicly modern and, well, I must have some! Spring’s on it’s way…YAY!
Practicality cleverly disguised as fun, whimsy is good design…if I do say so myself! I was asked by my awesome client, Peggy, to help her take a beloved playhouse from sad to super cute for their grand kids. I had the paint colors picked out in my head before she ended her sentence.
I love disguising function with whimsy and this playhouse was the ultimate test. We needed to provide a place for all four grand kids to hang out. We also needed to keep in mind that they won’t always be little kids and frankly, once the “playhouse” thing goes away, we wanted a great place to sit and drink wine for the grown-ups.
I drafted up a plan that allowed for taller doors so you no longer had to duck to enter. This was met with some opposition. Peggy and I stood shoulder to shoulder with arms crossed insisting that it is the right, and darn cute thing to do. Heads shook, “whatever’s” were muttered but we knew it was right…and it was. I found the doors in the Salvage Yard at Rejuvenation. They were originally side lights and were painstakingly re-purposed by Doug, of BC Custom Homes, into French doors.
We, I mean Doug, added a cute new front porch (for the aforementioned wine sipping area) and continued the same decking into the playhouse. New windows were added and a huge new one was added for more light and ventilation. Lori from One Horse Studios white washed the tounge and goove pine for us. More head shaking and whatevers, but again, it was the right thing to do.
Once the interior and exterior upgrades were made we were on to the decorating! Peggy showed me an 8’ round area rug she bought from Sofa, Table Chair and that launched the color palette for me. I found head and foot boards from Justin & Burks with the perfect patina, bedding and pillows from Filling Spaces which play perfectly with the colors of the rug. Custom mattresses, covers, bed skirts and window treatments were all created by Alex of the Workroom who also has a line of custom pillows called Alberta Street Owls (that are selling like crazy!) and she very generously gave four of them to my client’s grand kids. All of these pillows along with ones found at CB2 make for a snuggly place to hang out or for great items to throw at your brother or sisters head.
There are little electrical odds and ends that need to be finished up and once that’s done, final photo’s and a video will be done to show you all the great details and show the kids enjoying this great little space.
Thanks to all who made this such a fun project, especially, Peggy. You are such a blast to work with!
Living beautifully is in the details. From hanging laundry to wiping off your hands to sitting out on the back patio. It doesn’t take much in fact it’s best when simple. I love Pigeon Toe a local boutique who is making it big by keeping it simple. I have seen their outdoor lights featured in House Beautiful. This year they will be featured in my house which I think is beautiful. :-)
I get to remodel a playhouse! I LOVE WHAT I DO! Here are some shots of the playhouse so far. Peggy (the client) and I wanted to add some whimsy to the little house. We also kept in mind that their grand-kids won’t be little for long so we want it to be accessible by taller people and cool enough for teenagers and adults to enjoy down the road. The new doors are actually old side lights I found in the salvage section at Rejuvenation. Bill, the owner of BC Custom Homes (who is the builder of my clients home) and Doug his contractor have been indulging us in our little project and might be enjoying it as much as we are! The interior design is coming together and looking very funky/sweet. I’ll get photos and a video up in a couple of months. Stay tuned!
What an amazing first day of Autumn! I’m enjoying it by eating lunch down at Willamette Park. Life is good!
The thing that I can’t convey in photo’s is the sound. These pieces of kinetic art by Anthony Howe that we experienced on Orcas Island, WA were in a setting that my photo’s give no justice to and the sound that they made when the wind blew was eerie but sweet. You have to go see and hear it for yourself. Here is a YouTube that someone posted that shows one of the pieces in motion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8sjtGrVrkw
I will give you a break from the Orcas Island posts, I’m beginning to bore myself so I can’t imagine your boredom! I’ll be back soon with some before and afters of a project I did recently. Until then, take care all!
This is an experience that reminds you to be greatful….for everything. Such a dreamy, amazingly calm place. I am eternally greatful for this experience and look forward to a return visit. Thanks again to the warm generosity of Christian and Sarah and Morning Star Farms.
It’s the simple, little things that make life sweet. I hope you all enjoyed this beautiful day!
If you’re looking for something to add a little spring to the spring that has FINALLY arrived here in Portland, check out Pigeontoe Ceramics at 727 SE Morrison St. It is a tiny showroom with huge ideas and talent. All local or regional artists. I am fantasizing about outdoor lights with a salmon colored glaze inside swinging softly in the breeze as I hang out on my back patio this summer. Pigeontoe just happens to have or can make what I want to have this dream come true.