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A break, and other news

Hi All. We have been on a break, a long one. One month to be exact. Lyn has been crazy busy at work, and I have been crazy busy at life. A month ago, I decided to leave my job in product creation of 5 years, to pursue this blog full-time. I will also take on design work and projects on a part-time basis. I am super excited to have some more time on my hands to work on my own projects, as well as be available to help others with their home decor/improvement needs.

In other “big news” I just made a really important purchase. New dining room chairs. I have been spying/coveting these chairs for years and I finally saved enough to get them. (Also had some serious convincing to do with the Mister). Check out below and please understand that the dining room is a work in progress.

These are the Victoria Ghost chairs. I purchased from a local store here in Portland, Hive Modern. They were outstanding to work with, delivery was prompt and courteous. Before you freak at what I paid for the chairs, I have to explain the rest of the furniture in the space. The table was given to us by a dear family friend. (It is an antique Duncan Phyfe) We only paid to refinish the top, which I was told is rare Honduran mahogany. Score! The houndstooth parsons chairs were a housewarming gift from my mom and dad. Thanks! The solid wood antique hutch was $200.00, I purchased from a former co-worker when she upgraded to a larger piece. The mirror and chandy were given to us by my mother in law when we purchased the family home. So….really, I could splurge on my chairs. That is what I tell myself.

This room still needs:

1. An area rug. We have a lovely one we will most likely use, which belonged to my husbands Grandfather

2. Sconces on either side of the mirror, like below…

3. A fabric buffet table I previously blogged about here for the opposite wall, using fabric I already own.

Now that I have the time to get all my ideas in order, I will be regularly posting the progress. Hooray.




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Weekend Window Shopping

This weekend I was out and about around PDX browsing for a client. That’s right you read this correctly, a client. We have an exciting announcement, we have landed our first official design job. More to come on that later this week, for now I want to share with you some of the pretty objects I spied while I was strolling around town.

Here are some lovely little things from  Thea’s Vintage Shop in the Pearl.

Vintage Tin Letters, a screaming deal and so fun to spell out a name, saying, or special word in all different colors and fonts

Teal, coral, and gold lamp. Yes, please!

Vintage British trolley sign, I'll take one! Or two, or three.

Love that glass dome. Could be used for cheese, or to display a pretty object or heirloom.

Recovered, re-furbished chair. I love you!

Recovered, re-furbished chair. I love you!

Re-furbished chair. Lovely, wait till you see the back...

Back is covered in vintage trolly sign!!! Amazing!

Lastly, chandeliers galore. You know Lyn and I love chandy's!!! These are real gems.



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Dining Room Focal Wall Ideas

Hi there. I am puzzled about my dining room wall. I have been slowly trying to fix up this room and incorporate the style into the rest of my home. I am (no pun intended) hitting a wall.

My Bare and Un-Inspiring Dining Room Wall

I love symmetry, and so my first thought was to place pretty candle sconces on either side of the mirror. Though now I am thinking that a nice display of plates might allow me to play with asymmetry and break out of my comfort zone. Check out what Teresa from the lovely blog The Stamford Wife did here in her dining room.

Pretty Blue Plates=Lovely Art Wall

I have been inspired by plate art walls ever since I was a guest at the gorgeous Viceroy Hotel for a buying trip years ago. So maybe I am meant to have one of my very own some day. See below the massive grey and white display of plates from the poolside bar at the Viceroy.

Image Courtesy of Remodelista Blog

Also check out this post by Remodelista about decorating with plates. There are some amazing and inspiring images. Here are the plates that I am admiring and loving for my space. Images courtesy of the beautiful local Portland shop Cielo Home.

Wall Medallion, yes please

John Derian...oh how I love him

More John Derian...I want it all

And again, John Derian

Check out the full range of John Derian at Cielo Home here. Now I just need to save so I can buy all these pretty plates and create my own special wall of loveliness.

Happy Friday. I wish you fun times with friends, good food, and lot’s of sunshine.



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June Showers bring pretty Peonies

Here in Portland we have not seen the sun in weeks. The rain keeps coming, and coming relentlessly pouring from the sky. One happy thing I can report from all this dreariness is that my Peonies have never been prettier.

Peonies in the front yard

Upstairs Guest Bath

Oh Oregon, bring us some sunshine! Apparently we will have the warmest day of the year tomorrow, it’s about time. I have been enjoying gardening, but I am ready for a costume change. From rain boots and a waterproof jacket to shorts and a T shirt please!

Have a swell weekend!



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Local Love

We are starting a monthly post here at TLS called “local love.” The goal here is to highlight vendors we have used in our home improvements/decorating projects in hopes that we can spread awareness of our favorite places to frequent, encouraging other Portlander’s to use local resources. Rest assured that all services, businesses, and products we are recommending are tested and approved by 2 home improvement/decorating junkies. Our first installment is shining the spotlight on our go-to resource for flooring. The honor-roll in this category is Eco Floors located in the Sellwood area. I have used Eco Floors fantastic flooring in my previous home (tile and carpet) as well as our new home (Carpet and decorative runner for the stairs). The selection at Eco Floors is fantastic. Cork, Bamboo, Marmoleum, Tiles, as well as walls of carpet options. (Check out their selection of wools, so many to choose from and so beautiful). The best part about Eco Floors should be obvious, they are an eco conscious vendor. All products and installation materials are low chemical, and sustainable. The staff at Eco Floors is extremely knowledgable, helpful, prompt, and kind. Read “about” them here. Another helpful hint: Owners Sam and Darius will apply a 5% discount to returning customers. We love that “pass it on” attitude which is why we are shouting from the rooftops our praises to the guys at this fabulous company. All we ask, is if you happen to purchase or install through EF, pass along our info. Tell them that Susan and Lyn from TLS sent you.

Eco Floors Tile- (Pictured in our previous home)

Eco Floors 100% Wool Runner (Pictured in our new home)

Here is to happy floor-shopping! Cheers, Susan

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