Located in Oregon City, the 1958 International-style home was designed by Dimitri Alexis for Edward & Helen Kaen. Cocktails from Townshead's Distillery and generous hors d’oeuvres will be provided!
The program will begin with a short history of the house by Kristen Sandberg, followed by a presentation from Tina Buescher on board games of the 1950s and 1960s and their impact and response to society/culture. Afterward, guests can tour the house, play some board games, or enjoy cocktails while overlooking the breathtaking views of the Willamette Valley. Mt. Hood, and Oregon City the home offers.
Located in Oregon City, the 1958 International-style home was designed by Dimitri Alexis for Edward & Helen Kaen. Cocktails from Townshead's Distillery and generous hors d’oeuvres will be provided!
Per the cherry blossoms in full bloom, spring has sprung on the west coast. It is also in full bloom at Anthropologie. This post is a dedicated roundup of Anthro home items to help usher the new season into your space.
1. Blooming watercolor wallpaper // Would look great in a kids rooms, or in a powder room.
2. Colorado footed bowl // Great centerpiece on the dining table, or use for a pop of color along the kitchen counter.
3. Patterson chair // My chair obsessions are real. Would love to own a store with nothing but chairs to mix and match!
4. Pierre bar cart // Elevate your bar cart with a touch of terrazzo and muted pastel palette.
5. Woven edna pillow // I can't have roundup without including a pillow! Chunky texture, yet comfortable feel.
6. Hand-embroidered safari rug // Layer over a larger neutral rug, use as a stand alone next to your bed, or in the bathroom. Endless possibilities for this fun piece.
7. Be my guest decorative tray // How cute?! Use it in your guest bedroom as a catchall or serving tray.
8. Kalmar armchair // Another chair, for another lounge opportunity. Love the design of the reclaimed wood and fabric choice. Bit of a traditional modern feel.
9. Laura taper holder // Always good to have a beautiful candle holder on hand. It's fancy without being fussy.
10. Zephyr dinner plate // Stoneware is having its moment! Affordable, dishwasher safe, and you can mix and match colors as you please.
Moody jewel tones to bright pinks with metallic finishes sets the tone for this post. Additionally, each piece expresses the melding of new (modern) and old (traditional), and how color truly sets the overall tone of any space. While this palate isn’t for everyone – it is a welcomed juxtaposition to minimalism or the Scandinavian-modern style that has reached every corner of the interior design world. Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE Scandinavian-modern, but I have yet to successfully live in such a minimalist space! Cristina Celestino ottoman’s are a modern update in suede and leather – almost too beautiful to want to sit on or rest one’s feet atop. The vintage pair of wall lights from the apartment are hot pink fringe. Need I say more? If you are looking for a comfortable and totally lounge-worthy sofa, Toward designed by Anne Boysen is for you. It comes in five color combinations and features solid oak legs, and brass or aluminum “shoes.” Now depending upon how bold and beautiful you want your space to be – you can continue with this color palate regarding your rug choice, or you can bring-in some neutral texture to let your furniture and other objects stand out. And bring some saturated color to your outdoor area with this pair of peter shire painted metal chairs.
Floral patterns keep coming back, or perhaps they have never left. And they are a refreshing pattern to infuse throughout your home in the warmer months. As a personal preference regarding furniture, textiles, and the like, I gravitate AWAY from muted large floral patterns circa the late 1980s through the 1990s. I love the patterns that invoke a midsummers party, Botticelli paintings, hand-drawn animals, and the like. Scroll through for current favorites to update and refresh your space for summer. For a bold and beautiful statement, the ARTEMIS Wallpaper Amaranth Pink by HOH x William Morris is divine. This wallpaper would work well in a dining room, hallway, or powder room. If wallpaper is too much of a commitment: hang an original acrylic piece by Jess Phoenix. The Branded Stripe Losange Chair is a modern-traditional and monochromatic nod to fauna. Another chair, because one isn't enough: the floral accent chair that works year round. Comfortable for lounging as well. Rifle Paper Co. offers fabric in addition to their beautiful paper collections. Grab their new Wonderland Collection fabric bundle to create any and every type of textile one can imagine. This collection features floral, fauna, and delightful geometric patterns in rich colors. Holli Zollinger designed the versatile Deny Desert Moonflower Credenza. Its metal legs are removable and features an adjustable shelf inside. Rounding out this list of flora + fauna is the Holy Mountain Embroidered Coverlet by Aelfie. It's bold, beautiful, embroidered and for both adults and kids, or perhaps the adult child!!
I love when I "discover" (more like finally learn about) artists from the POP ART movement. While visiting PAM for the Warhol print exhibition- which was absolutely refreshing to experience. Finally, a Warhol exhibit that shows the arc and development of the artist. For those that are not familiar with Warhol, this collection of prints showed how he developed and matured into the POP ART icon that we know. His Shadow prints were a favorite highlight among the exhibition due to how magnetic, yet subtle they are compared to the more commercial/popular prints.
Additionally, I was blown away by another exhibition featuring an artist from the same POP movement: Corita Kent. The curation for this smaller exhibit was fantastic even though it was in what I like to call the "basement" of the museum. Thankfully, PAM is getting a new design, which will hopefully correct the maze of disjointed gallery spaces. Personally, Kent's 'Power Up, 1965' and 'Me must be turned upside down to become we, 1972' with text quoted from D.H. Lawerence were my favorites. Not only for what they communicate, but the COLOR. The color works to give additional depth to the weight of what Kent is communicating through text. This exhibition couldn't come at a better time in regards to our current political and social climates. Kent's innovative and beautifully depicted calls for social justice, peace, kindness and hope are just as needed today as they were 30+ years ago.
Comprehensive overview of Corita Kent found here: SISTER MARY CORITA
It is officially the end of October - which means it is that much closer to my favorite holiday: Halloween. In preparation here is a round-up of home goods that work especially well for this spooktacular month- but can also be incorporated into your space through out the year because black & white is timeless. Beginning with home accessories, which at the moment I can't get enough of- the Vintage Vogue Rain tray by Charolette Cannon is my new current obsession. Simple, modern, three sizes to choose from, and a pinch feminine, it is great for use in any room of the house. The Vintage Vogue Rain tray pairs well the Bean coffee table by McCollin Bryan. Although scagliola, the coffee table looks like buffed black marble. Now, instead of the predictable geometric Moroccan black and white shag rug, give the Aldana rug a try (it also comes in a burnt orange color!) For task lighting the gold dipped lamp also from Anthropologie is a more affordable option for those that enjoy a mid-century aesthetic. And, I could not do a black & white round-up without including pillows and a sofa! The Citizenry has so many beautiful pillows, it's hard not purchasing more than a few at a time. For the sofa (or arm chair) the butter leather with black legs Rondo sofa by Lucky Kurrein for Molinari is craftsmanship at its best.
I serve on the board of the Oregon chapter of DoCoMoMo_US. Could not be more excited to share our ongoing efforts to document the modern resources (buildings only currently) of Oregon. Bit of background on DoCoMoMo_Oregon: A non-profit dedicated to promoting the interest, education, and advocacy of the architecture, art, landscape, and urban design of the Modern Movement. We offer interactive programs including, walking-tours of our states modern movement buildings, sites, and neighborhoods, as well as educational lectures led by nationally recognized architectural historians, architects, and preservationists. And here is our on-going inventory you can help us shape: Inventory of Modern Buildings. A few of my favorites are highlighted above.
A great piece of leather furniture will last a life time. By great piece, I am thinking a sofa, side chairs, lounge chair, bench or stool that can withstand the ever changing "home trends" of the moment. Think of a this type of leather furniture as an high-quality LBD equivalent. It will never go out of style. Whether you pick a vintage, modern, or contemporary piece leather furniture will always be in vogue. Personally, I gravitate towards leathers in various shades of brown, and the occasional cream or black leather piece (Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman!) As of late, I have been enjoying lighter tan or pale pink leathers that invoke a relaxed northern Californian meets Southwestern vibe.
Looking at efforts to repair and utilize some of Portland’s recent past architectural resources.
DoCoMoMo_Oregon, a local chapter of DoCoMoMo_US, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the interest, education, and advocacy of the architecture, art, landscape, and urban design of the Modern Movement. Recently the Board voiced concerns for the type of alterations proposed for the late modern (post modern!) PacWest Center designed by Hugh Stubbins & Associates / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which underwent a Design Advice. John Russell, the original developer of the project who chose Hugh Stubbins as the architect, from a shortlist that included Philip Johnson and Minoru Yamasaki, provided testimony that agreed with the design team that the retail in the building isn’t currently working, but that the building’s design isn’t the major contributor. Overall, the Design Commission encouraged the design team to treat the PacWest Center like a historic building, and use the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards as an approach for the renovation.
The Koin Tower, designed by ZGF Partnership in 1984, is one of the most prominent buildings in Portland’s downtown rising sky-line, and an example of Post Modern architecture. It is Post Modern with whimsical lines and historical references to Gothic, Spanish, and Deco architectural characteristics. (King, 106) However, unlike the Post Modern Portland Building (interiors designed by ZGF), the Koin Tower has been accepted for its architectural whimsy in a place with a known tag line, “Keep Portland Weird.”
And on a smaller scale that truly connects to placemaking, the Lovejoy Fountain Pavilion designed by Charles Moore in 1962 as part of Lawrence Halprin’s fountain sequence was thoughtfully restored in 2012.
Appreciating the Recent Past
So, has Portland come to appreciate its architectural heritage from the recent past? While these three examples offer a glimpse of optimism towards the maintenance and rehabilitation of architecture from the recent past, there is still an uphill battle towards the preservation and rehabilitation of Post Modern, Modern, and historic architectural resources. This is not an argument to save every resource, but it’s our responsibility to our present and future communities to have places rich in architectural resources from different movements of history- architecture rich in diversity. For architectural diversity contributes to our place making, culture, and identity. Let’s Keep Portland Architecture Weird by both adding to and maintaining and rehabilitating.
The Pantone 2016 colors are subtle, muted, yet charming and playful colors. While slated for this year’s colors, their subtle and charming nature allows for them to stay relevant for much longer. In this color punch round up, the focus is my favorite of the two colors, Rose Quartz. Who doesn’t love a light pink that is versatile enough to act as the main color or accent on textiles to wall treatments, as art or objects, and for furniture. Starting with the perfect mix of modern meets traditional, the linen glenlee sofa is beautiful as comfortable. Douglas and Bec's Line collection of lighting (table to floor) offers an elegant rose quartz light, which utilizes hand blown glass. For under foot a wool Moroccan rug with complementary colors provides a minimalist geometric focal point to your space. However, its texture and color can also be paired with furniture objects that provide a more boho energy. And because my pillow obsession and collection is real, the dash pillow from leif shop is super soft thanks to its merino wool fabric. Rounding off this round-up is a beautiful print by Lene Norgaard. Rose Quartz, a subtle yet powerful color punch.
California modernism has long been generally associated with architecture & design from Southern California. However, Northern California has a vital architectural history that contributes to California modernism. Pierluigi Serraino successfully demonstrates this in: NorCalMod. Icons of Northern California Modernism. The author rediscovers the complexity and richness of Northern California modernism that for many in the Bay Area and surrounding communities is hidden in plain sight.
As of late, my focus has shifted from the living room to the dining room. Perhaps it’s the upcoming holiday of feasting with friends and family, or that I have finally been able to decorate one. Regardless dining rooms offer the opportunity create a space for more than dining. The foundation and focus of the dining room include the table and chairs- all the fabulous chairs one could include. I have a preference for mix and matching chairs, or using the same type of chair in various colors. Another option is to have a bench or reclaimed church pew along one side, with chairs along the other. Breaking up the type of chair and seating allows your dining space to avoid looking like a conference table. For table wares and textiles one can get as fancy or minimal as they like. Table linens are great for incorporating texture and color into your space. And the same goes for table wares. Additionally, these components are the best for changing out depending upon what type of gathering you are having. Go gather.
Can hardly believe it is already (almost!) Halloween. Rather than focus on home accessories and decorations- architecture with a pinch of macabre art is the focus of this post. From black façade's, real American ghost towns, to a vernacular of architecture destined to be haunted, these structures will get you in the Halloween spirit. Black façade's are here to stay despite their current trend status. Although mainly depicted on modern & contemporary architecture, Victorian and Mid-Century architecture with black façades are just as alluring. Regarding Victorian architecture, have you ever wondered why this vernacular of architecture is most commonly associated with the ghastly and gruesome? From real life to Hollywood produced horrors, Victorian architecture seems to be the perfect backdrop and, Art Historian Sarah Burns might have the answer to why. Ghost towns are a real thing across the globe. I have visited a few in the states, and even if they are technically not haunted, there is something unsettling in abandoned towns or neighborhoods (hello Detroit). Finally, the art history lover in me couldn’t resist the Getty’s latest post on Illuminated Manuscripts that highlight how death and meditations on death were a daily presence during the Middle Ages through the Medieval periods. BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
In my recent travels, I was introduced to one of the best collections of refurbished mid-century modern furniture. Reeves Antiques in Houston, TX. While the shop has a robust inventory of mid-century furniture, naturally I was drawn to the chairs (obsessions!) Additionally, the majority of the upholstered pieces had been refurbished in house, with fabrics as close to the originals as possible. From the wood, acrylic, or metal framed to purely upholstered pink velvet barrel back chairs, it was hard not to try and lounge in or purchase them all.
Tile isn't just for the bathroom and kitchen. Whether you go bold with color and pattern or streamline and traditional, tile is a great alternate flooring (or wall!) option to hardwoods and carpet. A large part of tile is the pattern created from solid color tiles or patterned tiles. Adding another dimension to creating pattern, is using curved ceramic tiles. Marazzi Progetto Tiennale via Archiform has beautiful curved ceramic tiles that spark a dialogue between present production and their inception in the 1960s. Additionally, they can be used as wall or floor tiles. Now for those that truly embrace the bold- sitio by commune slash tiles are amazing. They have a limited color palate, but the geometric pattern created is a tile trend worthy of lasting a lifetime. The herringbone pattern is quite traditional, but when executed in a bright color, the result is a classical revival (modern!). Another option is encaustic cement tile. It can be used for both floor and wall tiling, and has a nice smooth feel to its surface. And for those that love traditional Spanish / Mexican tile, Latin Accents is a great resource for sourcing.
Mid-century lighting design is equally as fantastic as furniture design from the same era. It expresses a bold geometric form thru simplistic line- with circular shapes dominating its shades and other bulb coverings. From floor to pendant residential lighting, mid-century lighting is still contemporary today. A few of my favorite inspirations include: brass sputnik pendant light; gorgeous Italian Lumi ceiling lamp with enamel details; French Lightolier sputnik inspired pendants; Serge Mouille minimal floor lamp; and the retro Angelo Leli floor lamp. From pendant to ceiling to floor-lightening from the mid-century is as illuminating as ever.
Summer has arrived, and my plants need extra watering. For being a daughter of a landscape designer, my thumb isn't exactly green. However, my home is filled with plants that can go a few extra days with out watering - i.e. cacti. And others that are part of my watering calendar, including, palms, money trees, asparagus ferns, devils ivy, and succulents (creating a calendar of when to water has saved many an indoor plant). Above are images to inspire your indoor living-green accents. Ceramics and plant stands for your indoor garden favorites include: Eric Trine, Universal Isaac, and pieces from Leif. For tips on which indoor plants are best for eliminating air toxins, low light or direct light, I can't recommend enough: How to Grow Fresh Air.
West-coast artist Richard Diebenkorn was influenced by his surrounding environments and successfully combined abstract expressionism and color field painting. He was the alternative (laid back and more private) to New York artists Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning. His Ocean Park series has long been a favorite of mine for their color palates, expressive brush work, and grid-like planes. All painting images found online via: Glasstire from a past exhibit at the Orange County Museum of Art / OCMA
Holy pink! One of my favorite colors and animals is everywhere in design as of late. Now, pink is a tricky color, because the wrong shade can mimic pepto-bismol, and too much pink is overwhelmingly frightening. Flamingos on the other hand are simply fabulous. And I am enjoying their less campy iterations currently found in design (from interiors to fashion). But nothing is wrong with a little outdoor whimsy to bring inside for a punch of color. Back to the pink- the glas italia table iridescent pink, blue, yellow hues bring a modern glow to your space. Its simple form and modern assembly works well as an accent or side table in ones living room or bedroom. Textiles and texture are presented well in a dark spotty pink on the flutura occasional chair. And if you prefer pink with a deep purple/blue undertone the patricia urquiola upholstered modular sofa for moroso is lounge and envy worthy. The geometric pastel pink pillow with gold accent is one of my paintings transformed to textile. Rest your head on some art. (gorgeous marble and metal shelving found via Pinterest)
Springtime has arrived, with a tease of summer weather. All I want to do is lounge outside with a cold beverage-in-hand with books (or magazines) galore. Mid-Century modern outdoor furniture has seen a surge in reproductions or like-minded designs from popular furniture design stores and pop-ups. And there is reason for it- timeless design aesthetic with simple and effortless looking lines that complement lounging. I am also partial to power-coated steel and wood outdoor furniture. These materials couple well with bold textile accents. Also, the true vintage ones have beautiful aqua, pinks, and orange colors that offer the perfect pop of color to an outdoor backdrop. Now get outside.