Friday, October 11, 2013

Serving up Style: Call of the Wild

Another year of Serving up Style under the belt!

The star of my show 'Twilight in Tanzania' was this beauty:

She is a 6' lioness from Paxton Gate in the Mississippi District of Portland.

'Paxton Gate once described by Time Out London as resembling Martha Stewart Meets David Lynch—is a store known for its almost magical mix of neo-Victorian delights, eclectic animal and plant ephemera, taxidermy, exotic plants—including the carnivorous variety—framed and mounted insects, jewelry, affordable art, furniture, unique gardening tools and more.'

It is a magical place that makes me feel like a child every time I enter the door!

Not only can you stimulate your inner science nerd, but it is a great place to shop for local art.  Last year Jennifer Ament was the featured artist in my Serving up Style space.  Here is a selection of her fabulous art in the store:

You can also find cool sculptures...

...and delightful art for your kids!

Stop by Paxton Gate!  Once you do you will irresistibly drawn back time and time again to delight your senses and find the unique gift, or piece of art that will connect your interiors to the natural world.
'We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.'  ― Henry David ThoreauWalden: Or, Life in the Woods

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Serving up Style 2013

It's that time year once again!  I am pairing up with Rejuvenation to compete with 24 other designers in Serving up Style an event to benefit Molly's Fund.  I couldn't be more excited to play out my concept for this year.

But first I must say that I am writing this from my vacation rental in Verona, while nibbling a hot panini and listening to the motos whizzing by.  Italy is fantastico!  But I digress.

I was driving home from the event last year when I passed Beckel Canvas in SE Portland. And wham - like the lighting bolt that hit Michael Corleone when he first saw his wife to be in Sicily - I was struck with idea of GLAMPING!

Glamorous camping is a hot trend right now. You can go anywhere in the world and rent luxury tents with giant beds and high thread count sheets.  I wish I could say as much for my Veronese bed!

Of course we are Serving up Style - so my room will be a dining space.

My first step in fulfilling my GLAMPING fantasy was talking to Kathy at Beckel Canvas about making us a tent.  Ten minutes later she kindly agreed to make us a custom 12 x16 walled tent.  This baby has five foot walls and a nine foot peak!

I can't wait to get back to Oregon and set up that magnificent beast in our space.  Actually I can wait. At least until I meet that beautiful architect Enrico, that I met last night at the oldest doorway in Italy for a private tour.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Everything Old is New Again

I was watching CBS Sunday Morning when this little video treasure about the first electric stove came on.

I rarely think about how easy it is to make a soft boiled egg in the morning or  roast a chicken when I come home from work.  As a kitchen designer, appliances can be a challenging aspect of kitchen remodeling for my clients.  So much to consider!

-Energy efficiency

Sure there is Consumer Reports, but rarely do they cover the more high end lines.  At the end of the day we want them to fit our need and our look.  Some clients prefer to mask them with matching cabinetry - almost make them disappear. Others want to proudly show there brand name.  A Subzero as BMW if you will.

I often find the challenge is the period appliance.  I am often asked how a modern appliance fits with vintage decor.  I refer back to form over function.  While a farmhouse may have had a stove fed with fire, I am sure they would prefer a more convenient heating method whether it is electric, gas or induction.

I was thrilled to see that GE recognized this need!

Introducing GE Artistry™ Series

Affordable Style

The GE Artistry Series offers a unique alternative for customers seeking a full suite of appliances with a distinctive style and all of the must have features. With a nod to the iconic age of American design, this new class of strikingly bold appliances brings “cool” back to the kitchen. It’s the essence of a stylish life, all within reach.

Of course they are not the only game in town.  Elmira has many fine options.

I am so pleased to be able to add more tools to my design toolbox.  Anyone ready to remodel?!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

2013 Pantone Color of the Year is EMERALD

Green is my favorite color.  It is delightfully multifaceted - it can range from almost neutral to positively eye-popping.  So I was excited to see that emerald is the Pantone color of the year.

When I was in Rejuvenation I snapped some photos of a few gorgeous emeralds that caught my eye.

This amazing salvage liquor sign would be a showstopping way to incorporate the color of the year!

Rejuve is selling glass Blenko table lamps in fantastic jewel tones.   This emerald beauty is a statement piece for sure.  Check out that flame finial!

This luxe leather chair and ottoman want to go home with me I just know it.  Pairing the green overdyed patchwork rug with it is a funky touch.

Add this vintage trunk and your friends will be green with envy.  

Emerald is definitely a bold, rich color.  Incorporate touches here and there.  I plan on mixing it with turquoise!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Holiday Decorating with Salvage

I love forcing bulbs.  It is so easy and satisfying.  This year I have my showy red amaryllis, but I am bananas for my paper whites.

I took a salvage commercial baking tin, layered it with gravel and potting soil.  I nestled in the bulbs around a charming concrete salvage squirrel and added some lichen I collected on a hike in Bend.

How sweet!  I can't wait til they start growing...

Here is the finished space for Serving up Style.  

Many thanks to:

Rejuvenation Lighting and Houseparts for salvage, furniture, lighting and carpentry
Jennifer Ament for your amazing display of artwork
Kush Handmade Rugs for the layered rugs
Yolo Paint for your zero VOC paint
West Elm for tabletop
Houzz for sponsoring this great event
Emily Henderson for your support, energy and great judgement

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Serving up Style - KUSH Handmade Rugs

We're getting closer!  The team from Rejuvenation and I are heading to the Expo Center this morning to set for Serving up Style.  Today the walls go up, we paint + plaster and tomorrow we get to 'move in'.

What really sets the tone for our room - anchoring it if you will - are the layered rugs we are using.  My client is a world traveler and these rugs are a perfect representation of her many trips. I met with Brian + Rebecca and we quickly settled on a vibrant and eclectic design scheme.  I appreciated their fresh approach to interiors.

'A hand-made oriental rug is a unique synthesis of artistic expression and utility.' - Kush Handmade Rugs

Here is what we are using!

Kush believes 'In a world increasingly geared towards a disposable mentality a fine rug will endure, growing more beautiful as the years tumble by.'  This is the same purview that Rejuvenation and I share.  That is why our bond with Kush continues to thrive.

Stop by their showroom and revel in the beauty!

205 N.W. 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
P: 503.231.0700


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Serving up Style - Jennifer Ament

For Serving up Style we solicit companies to donate product to support our efforts.

When I first saw Jennifer Ament's work in the Rejuvenation catalog it knocked my socks off!  It's whimsical, strong, diverse, graphic and really spoke to me.

My space is an artist's loft and I could just picture her as my artist.  I called her to ask her if she would curate a show in my room and she was on board when she found out about the event and Molly's Fund Fighting Lupus. 

I can't thank her enough!  Here is a taste of what you will see...

Jennifer has a wonderful blog - Art and Lair.  Please take a look - I enjoy her writing and world view.  Most importantly - you can purchase her amazing pieces at Jennifer Ament Art.