I had some one ask about this photo that I used for one of my clients (you can see more pictures of this project on my website at Lord Design). The photo is by Steve Eltinge my dear friend and photographer. I gave him an idea of what I wanted, he took some shots that fit the description of what I was looking for and let me chose just the right one. He then had it enlarged and made into a giclee to fit what I had designed in for the wall in my elevation (that’s the little drawing shown here). It’s an awesome way to get original, local art for my clients! Thank you Steve for being so great to work with!
I know it’s only Tuesday but here’s something to do this weekend. Portland Open Studio’s. All the info is on the website. I highly suggest paying the 15 bucks for a beautiful book that helps you to decided where you want to go and what art you want to see. It’s a really great way to see fantastic art, meet the artists and experience some really inspiring studio spaces.
I bumped into one of my favorite past clients, Nancy (Hi Nancy!) who said that designers should have their clients go on this tour. So, to all four of you who follow my blog …. go! Keep it local and buy from the epic talent we have right here in our own community!
The art up above are just a few of the ones we enjoyed seeing. Check it out for yourself!!!!
Wrightberry’s is yummy and smells like heaven and I think in heaven, you can eat all the gluten laden baked goods you want! Check out their shop if you get the chance or go to their website www.wrightberryweddingcakes.com
We stumbled on this sugary oasis while checking out down town Oregon City. It’s only a short little drive from Portland. There are a ton of cute, historical homes and buildings. It’s a little sleepy but you can see that it’s on the cusp of coming to life. I hope it does, ‘cuz it’s really cute there!
Keeping it local in design and in life! These pieces of art were found by my client at Saturday Market in Portland OR. I wish I knew the artists name, sorry! We took these amazing pops of color to Moreland Frameworks and Gallery in the Westmoreland neighborhood of Portland. The owners, Rob and Cathy, are two of the sweetest, hardest working, talented and caring framers you will ever want to meet. They are local, they support local and they always have really good chocolates laying around!
Speaking of local, that sweet little dog in the picture, Casey, was adopted from a fabulous little place in the Pearl District of Portland called Dogstar. She is awesome as is this business!
These photos were taken by Steve Eltinge who is a big dog lover himself!
I am so fortunate to have people in my life who inspire me. Michael and Lynn Madigan, the owners of KitchenCru and now The Bowery, are dear people who have provided me with so many opportunities to spread my wings and just design. (Previous collaborations include interior design for KitchenCru.)
Here are pictures of the latest venture we worked on together. The space provides a quietly vintage yet modern setting (if I do say so myself) to sell their hyper-local products. They are produced by in house as well as by the clients of KitchenCru. You absolutely must try the bagels and all of the other treats they have. You will be back and perhaps you too will be inspired—at the very least you will be well fed.
BEST. BAGELS. EVER. The end.
Seriously, stay tuned for the newest bagel shop in town coming in mid June. Check out the story in Portland Monthly to learn a little more and to learn how you can get these bagels for (1 buck!) even before the shop is open. I am lucky enough to have the owners of this new shop as friends and clients. Last year they opened KitchenCru and CorksCru which you can see more of on my blog. And this year it’s Bowery Bagels and MarketCru. I love my job! I get to work with the greatest clients and eat some damn good bagels!
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 have a new love and it’s in the form of a Turkish towel. My husband and I were doing some Christmas shopping in the Multnomah Village of Portland and scored some amazing gifts for ourselves and family at Indigo Traders. Samir, the owner, graciously educated us on the various qualities of these amazing towels along with the sumptuous and stunning table linens, soaps and lotions. I was seriously mesmerized. My husband had to tell me to take a deep breath. I was surrounded by color, texture and scents that I wanted to touch, smell and buy all of!
We tried the new towels in our kitchen and bath already and they are everything Samir said that they would be. Aside from being a dreamy aqua color, they are very absorbent which is surprising since they aren’t the big fluffy things we assume are more absorbent. They also dry more quickly so when you go to use them again, even later the same day, they aren’t damp and musty. Because they are so thin, you won’t have to tumble them long in your drier, which is a nice earth and budget friendly detail. There is a large assortment to compliment any kitchen and bath design. I can’t wait to hang mine from the clothes line in the summer. They will be so beautiful fluttering in the breeze.
Go to his shop or check out his beautiful website. You will not be disappointed! His service and love of what he does comes through in your experience with him whether it’s online or in person.
Surrounding yourself with simple beauty and loving what you do, that’s living beautifully.