Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Beautiful Last Minute Gifts!!

Wishing you all the best the season has to offer. 

Even if you are shopping at the last minute, we still have some unique and special gifts--from Butter of London nail polish at 25% off to beautiful hand crafted ornaments that are guaranteed to become family heirlooms to colorful pillows.  Come and see us today through the 23rd.  

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Ready!

I wanted to share with you my latest project that will also be featured in About Face magazine!  What you can't see here is that the sofa/chaise faces a beautiful view of the river.  The homeowner is an artist with a great sense of color, so we wanted to use colors that would  be enhanced by her beautiful artwork.

The sophisticated light fixture over the dining room table is custom from Stonegate--I love the square shape.  The sofa/chaise from Bernhardt was a perfect solution for viewing the ever changing river view as well as being able to recline and watch tv or read a book.
This floor includes the living room, dining room and kitchen and the homeowner was happy to report that they had a gathering of 18 people and everyone could move around comfortably, in fact they could have had added a few more guests!  

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bats At The Beach!!

This post has nothing to do with interior design but does have to do with being friends for over 40 years and the adventures that can happen!  Lest you think the title has to do with two old bats who are friends, NO!!  I am talking about the Real McCoy.  OK, maybe we are two old bats but that is not what this story is about!  

Our adventure started as we headed to the beach on a Thursday evening for a much anticipated girls "Spa Weekend" at my beach cabin in Rockaway.  We left with several bottles of wine, a dinner ready for the first night and some movies in tow.  I had scheduled us for facials and massages in Manzanita on Friday afternoon, and then we planned more wine and dinner.  As you can see, this story involves lots of wine!  Everything was going just as planned, and Friday evening after watching a too long romantic comedy, Just Go With It starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, we headed off to bed.  

I was dead to the world when we both awoke to a crashing sound.  It sounded like something had fallen off the wall.  Trying to ignore it, we both tried to go back to sleep, but of course, at that point we started hearing all manner of strange noises.  Little scrapings and scratchings. 

In the past we have had our run-ins with mice at the cabin, but since getting a varmint control that emits an ear piercing continuous beep we have not experienced any problems for several years!!  But now as we laid in bed, we heard strange scraping sounds.  OK, that was it, I got out of bed, turned on the lights and went to take a look.  Donna stayed in bed while I checked it out.  I turned on all the lights and saw that a picture had fallen in the bathroom.  Hmmm, quite mysterious, as it was leaned up against the wall on a 12" shelf, unlikely that it would just spontaneously fall off a 12" ledge, is it???  I decided to arm myself with a broom as protection against God knows what.  Then in a stroke of genius, I told Donna that I am going to turn on the varmint control.  I opened the closet door, turned on the control, and at that moment a BAT, yes a BAT started flying around in circles in our room!!!  Donna, immediately covered her head with the blankets while I let out several yelps and jumped up and down.  At that point I turned out the lights.  When I turned them back on, no sign of the bat.  I have read Stellaluna, (if you haven't, you should), so I tried to think of this from the bat's point of view, but it wasn't working too well.  At this point I decided to make use of the broom by wacking all the drapes, the dust skirt etc.  Nothing.  Where was he??  Donna got up and got dressed.  Now I decided to check the back side of the drapes, and there he was!!, hanging on the inside of the drapes!!  How do we get it out?  I picked up a wicker garbage can instructing Donna that I could sweep it into the can.  She pointed out that a lid might be helpful to keep it in the can, so she went off to the kitchen to get a lid.  Alright, we were just about ready to execute the plan when I had another brainstorm--what if I OPENED THE WINDOW?  Donna solemnly held the broom handle against the drape to trap the bat in the fabric while I, summoning great courage, opened the window.  We closed the drape and then I gave it a good wack with the broom and voila--the bat was gone into the night!!  This episode started at 2 a.m. and when it was all said and done, it was 4 a.m.!!!  We were certain we wouldn't be able to fall asleep again, but guess what, Donna was up at 8:00 making coffee. We had both fallen asleep.  We had a good laugh over coffee and cinnamon rolls as we discussed our escapade that we can add to our repertoire of over 40 years of giving our husbands and children fodder for amusement.  

Thanks Donna, for our years of friendship and adventures--you're one in a million.    

Friday, June 24, 2011


Can it really be time for fireworks and picnics??  Well I guess it is, the kids are out of school and I see the fireworks stands going up in our neighborhood.  It's time for outdoor entertaining and of course, here in Oregon, not a moment too soon!  Speaking of picnics I want to share with you this great picnic table that we at said can have custom made to your specifications.  The legs are metal and can be just varnished for that industrial look, or painted for a happy colorful look.  The top is re-claimed lumber and I think it is the perfect piece for outdoor gatherings.  I can see a cotton tablecloth and a beautiful vase of flowers along with all the bbq'd chicken, ribs and potato salads.  We can also have benches made to go along with the table. 

I wish you all a fun filled 4th of July!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Let's Get This Party Started!!

Valentines Day is just around the corner and who wouldn't like the most adorable dress to wear for this most romantic of calendar dates?  Even better, what if you made it yourself?  Here at said we have a new book by former Portlander Mary Adams, called The Party Dress Book (or how to sew the best dress in the room).  I loved this book so much, that I was inspired to make a garment for the first time in many years and as you can see it turned out so cute.  I used vintage fabrics that I had had for years, added a crinoline and voila!  The best part is that the patterns are included in the book and Mary's instructions are clear and easy to follow. 

Mary has been sewing all her life and for a short time in the late 1970s sold her designs at the Portland Saturday Market where, believe it or not I had a booth around the same time.  I am sure we must have run into each other at one time or another.  Mary later moved to New York where she still has a shop where she will design a custom dress for you or you can buy a dress off the rack.  You may even run into a celebrity or two as she has designed dresses for the likes of Amy Sedaris and Bernadette Peters. 

We hope you will be inspired to pick up the book and make your own creation.  Stay tuned for events here at said to inspire you to look at fashion and home design in a new and creative way.  See you soon!