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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

a case of house envy in downtown Portland.

[Nathan Loeb House, built in 1893]

Some of you may know I live in Portland Oregon.

What you may or may not know is that the neighborhoods around downtown Portland are filled with absolutely gorgeous turn of the [last] century homes.  I adore the fact that most of them are still private residences, lovingly cared for by their owners.

So you can do some serious house drooling around here. For reals.

One of my favorites is the Nathan Loeb House on NW 22nd Ave.  It's a stunning Queen Anne with even more stunning stained glass windows, scalloped siding detail around that big round front window, and a super cool bat light on the front porch.
[Nathan Loeb House, built in 1893]
[So sorry I thought I caught a shot of the bat light on the front porch, but alas...I didn't. it's this one from the wonderful Rejuvenation store in Portland]

Quite near the Nathan Loeb House is another favorite, which I'm not sure has a name:

Don't you just adore the paint colors? And the lacy corbels? And that porch? And, and, and...


I'm so glad I remembered to share these beauties with you today! Thanks for house-drooling with me, friends!




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Friday, January 2, 2015

after Christmas - decorating for winter.

Happy New Year friends!
I hope you had a gorgeous holiday season.

Didn't it just fly by? I can't believe I'm [slowly] taking down the Christmas decorations.

But don't despair! Even though Christmas is but a memory, there is still plenty of winter left for cozy decorating:

Pull up a chair. Throw an uber cozy faux fur blankie on top. Fill a wonderful basket with frosty pinecone wreaths.  Hmmm now what's missing?

Oh yes. The coffee. Sorely needed to survive a Christmas dismantling session.

[Interesting how that meant the basket needed reorganizing after the coffee came around!]

What about you? Does Christmas decor still rule in your house? Or is it already long gone?

Wishing you all the best this New Year!




accessory sources...
HomeGoods: basket on table
Pier1: frosty pinecone wreaths, faux fur blankie
DecorSteals: Reindeer Feed pillow
World Market: hanging basket


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Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas wrapping ideas - rustic elements.

Can you believe it's only 3 days till Christmas?
We go walking at night and the neighborhoods are so beautifully decorated this year. The house is a joyous mess of lights, reindeer, the scent of pine and cedar, and ornaments, so many ornaments.  I just adore this time of year.

This year, I'm all about the rustic look and that includes presents wrapped in brown craft paper.  Have you ever done this?

I think it looks wonderful with simple ribbon, this year I chose a pretty gunmetal grey.

Maybe tie on a bleached pine cone or two. And how about some twine wrapped around and around?

I meant to cut some fresh cedar from the garden and tuck that in too.

Ah well, there's always next year!



Merry Christmas, my friends!

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[PS...you probably noticed I keep using my galvanized pipe garment rack for everything except garments, huh? I just can't help myself, it's such a great base to put stuff on]

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas tour of my parents house.

[Christmas vignette].
Hi lovelies!

I just returned to Portland from two weeks at my parents' house.

Their taste is flawless! And I was so charmed by the Christmas touches in their home, I wanted to share them with you. 

[of course I asked permission first! don't want to get put on restriction don't you know]

So last Spring my parents moved to this charming little town near Ft. Worth TX, called Granbury. 
It has a wonderful courthouse square in the old downtown, surrounded by shops and an opera house.
This is the courthouse on the Square:
[granbury courthouse at the Square].
Can you believe how wonderful? Those are Christmas lights at the top that stretch down to each corner of the Square.  I loved that shot so much I've already blown it up to 16x20 and framed it!

But I digress.  I'm meant to be showing you Christmas decorations at the house, I think.

This is the family room.  I love the elegance of the red berries in the vase, and the little vignette on the coffee table.

[lantern with lights near the fireplace]
The dining room has pops of red with more berries and a snowflake runner, as well as twinkle lights and chandelier greenery:

[I've already got dibs on this sideboard if they ever tire of it]

Love those battery operated twinkle lights! They're on flexible wire so they're super easy to tuck into tight spaces without seeing the bulky cord you typically have on Christmas light strands.

Their master bedroom even got in on the act!  With red and cream as the primary colors in their room, a red lumbar pillow and a wicker tray of berries add the perfect Christmas touch.


A snowy wreath with berries and plaid ribbon bring Christmas color to the dresser wall.  Oops I forgot to move the Christmas card box!


You might've noticed I didn't have a shot of a Christmas tree...unfortunately it got lost in their move so they'll be buying a new one.  Next year!




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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

free Christmas printables.

Hi friends!
One of my favorite-ist seasonal decorating tricks is to swap out the art in my frames.

Simple. Easy. Right up my alley.

So here are a couple of free Christmas printables for you. I made them 3300x4800 so they should print up pretty well at larger sizes. I usually print mine at Costco; when I uploaded them to Costco's online service I didn't get a resolution warning till I went above 16x20 in size.

To download the files:
right-click [or control-click] on the image and save/download the file. It should download the full size; please let me know if it doesn't and I'll fix it.





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