A little experiment...a playful, romantic, and spring-inspired arrangement of white tulips with a candy pink stripe, green hypericum berries, white ranuncula, Supergreen roses, Moonstruck roses which are normally white but have a precious pink blush this time of year, and yes red radishes.
Ok - I'll admit it. My name is Pam and I am addicted to magazines. It's not enough that I have piles of magazine clippings to file or do research on in my office... I actually must have those little multi-colored post-it flags next to the bed so when I read mags at night I can mark on the great finds. I would feel guilty but I know many of you out in blogland have the same affliction and this "blog thing" is just a paperless form... Anyhoo - to feed this frenzy of eye candy comes a well-designed new magazine, Portland Spaces. It is done by the publishers of Portland Monthly and Portland Bride and Groom - both great publications. I like the clean design and lifestyle approach they are planning with the magazine. They cover a variety of architectural styles and products. Here is the cover of the 1st issue. These photos feature a home designed by Skylab - owned by Jeff Kovel (his home was on the Street of Eames tour last year - see the floral designs I did here). Portland Spaces also has a fresh new blog! I was contacted by Rachel DeSchepper, a writer from Portland Spaces and was thrilled to be featured on the blog here.
Last week I had the pleasure of a delightful visit to Portland restaurant Broder with my good friend. It's Scandinavian inspired food in a hip comfortable setting. I loved everything about it! The logo on the door - so graphic and bold with a turquoise and sour yellow tree. Then there was my delicious breakfast - a Swedish breakfast board. Simply arranged atop a wood plank was a slice of cheese, butternut squash, butter and lingonberry preserves, a hearty grain bread, 2 poached eggs in the cutest egg cups, and a pot of yogurt with fresh fruit. A true feast - I love meals that have lots of little tastes of different things so it was perfect for me. Very clean and fresh flavors. We were too full to try the Abelskiver - little Swedish doughnuts - next time! Then there was the decor... I loved these aqua dot chairs all in a line with a bench of dark wood along the wall framed by white subway tile. And that continuous ceiling lighting fixture - shaped as a modern tree is stunning.To pick up on the logo colors, they also had these stools behind the counter. The bottom picture shows a cute wall rack system that they built out of what looks like vintage metal book dividers. These are placed in front of a warm wood slat wall. All-in-all well-designed, charming, and tasty!
Oh what a sweet idea - would be a lovely Valentine's gift for someone. These soft veggies and eggs (and maybe a squid?) are from Go Buggy's shop at etsy. Too bad I missed out on the gyoza set (bottom pic). Delightful.
Ok I have finally given in - I was going to spare you all, but I have been tagged 3 times this week - once from the talented Sweet Paul, once from the lovely Ez of Creature Comforts, and finally from D. Sharp...
So here goes...7 things you may not know about me... (to see 7 OTHER things you may not have know from last time click here.)
1. I LOVE people watching - I never tire of it. Preferably at a cutie little cafe in a charming city, but nonetheless...
2. One of my favorite desserts as a kid was a Hungarian delicacy - a
cabbage strudel - not sure how cabbage is considered dessert but it was
3. My all time favorite travel destination was Bali, Indonesia. My mind was just whirring with all the visual inspiration. And green moss and plants for miles! We have a CD of Degung music we sometimes listen to that we bought on Monkey Forest Road in Ubud. It make me sleep like a baby.
3. When I was in 4th grade I was voted "most organized" - um... not quite sure what happened - but, please don't look at my office
4. I am in love with ribbon - good for a florist, eh? Yup, right on target...
5. I couldn't live without sticky notes (see note about organization above)
6. I love flowers, plants, and gardening but I hate the part where you have to dig holes. Wimpy, what can I say? Can you say "container gardener"? I am envious of people who plant bare root trees and large things.
7. I like to look at paint chips at the hardware store. In fact, in recent years I have been known to squirrel them away. I just love how they look. At any given time, I can always think of some way to be inspired by them! I finally splurged and bought my own Benjamin Moore and Pratt and Lambert fan decks.
Thanks for reading and now back to our regularly scheduled programming!
The English Department is doing a lovely bridal fashion show Feb 13th. I will be doing the custom bridal bouquets and other floral decor at the show. It should be a nice event! So if there are any brides out there getting married in Portland this year- you may be interested! Go to the English Dept for more info and to RSVP.
I love the look of this restaurant in New York called Cantina. It was designed by Jason Volenec. The subtle colors are so moody and all the time-worn furniture adds to that mood. Think mismatched plate settings and furniture, dulce de leche sauce, Jarritos, and vintage charm. Next trip... (link via NY Now - newsletter of the NY International Gift Show).