Roost in Spokane

I was downtown last week to check out the vegan bakery Boots on (approximately) Main & Division and was pleasantly surprised. While waiting in line for my vegan chocolate cupcakes for Valentine’s Day I felt like I’d been picked up and plunked down in Portlandia! I love Portlandia … it makes me miss Portland even more though. I turned to the woman behind me and said as much. Her reply? “You are in Portlandia.” She said she was a transplant here due to her husband’s job move.

And since I was right across the street, I popped over to Roost to check out their inventory. Pleasantly surprised was I, when I found a darling little, pink ceramic flower pot, a bird cage top, shabby black bucket, pink bud vase and a couple of nests. We’ll be using lots of nests etc. for Lola’s Girls birds in upcoming shows. Here’s a quick photo of my treasures. Oh and the candy dish on the left is one I bought there a couple weeks ago and filled with Pottery Barn’s artichokes.


sd Treasures from Roost!

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for Lola’s Girls!!

Merry Christmas … Happy New Year! Oh I’m so lame. Between dinners, presents, no travel because of snow and just pure lazy days … I have been remiss. I’ve also changed my isp and added new software. Excuses … Excuses. I know. I’m doing a Women & Art section special feature in January so my interest was piqued by this Youtube video. Check it out.

There are nothing but sales right now … doesn’t matter where you’re shopping. I happened to be at Kitchen Kaboodle saleeverything1on NE Broadway and picked up a very badly needed le Cruset spatula. My (hard-headed) spatula flew off in pieces this year into some cookie batter I made. Not exactly the Martha way to be baking. Anyhoo I was happy with the 50% off price tag.

Then I had to have this little corgi board. Adorable yes? dsc_0075

I’ve got my shop on! tomorrow … the roads are dry and drivers have regained their senses. What is the matter with you people when it rains? Let alone snows?

Flor and/or Floor … six 6×6 samples … $6

Yes I know. Kind of confusing. Have you seen the Flor carpet squares? I’ll drop in samples of the different varieties as we speak. tehe. Form and function.

You can look at all the variances all day long (which you can  catalog now.) Yes, they're 12x12 tiles.

Well they’re not all squares. They came out in 2003 and I wrote about them at the time a couple of years ago, but they’re just expanded like craziness. And Martha’s stepped on board … you know “seen on Martha Stewart’s Show.” Or maybe she was already on board.florgraphic






You know it’s so hard to tell. But here’s what they say: 

Launched in the spring of 2003 and based in Elmhurst, Illinois (just outside Chicago), FLOR is a line of design-inspired carpet squares for the home that lets you create unique area rugs, runners or wall-to-wall carpet designs quickly and easily.

The company was founded on the idea that carpet could be fun, stylish, practical and responsible. We think FLOR carpet tiles answer the call. The modular design means you can customize FLOR to fit any size space, even the most difficult layout, and take FLOR with you wherever you go. FLOR is also eco-friendly having some of the lowest Volatile Organic Compound emissions (VOCs) in the industry. Plus, FLOR comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures so it gives you freedom to create exactly the right design for your room and your style. 

Here’s another taste of the choices you’re going to be faced with. Remember with choice comes responsibility! Shop on. 




Transform your problem walls with wall flat … instant elegant!

Do you have walls with cracks, holes and and/or walls that could use a disguise? I had walls like that in a couple of houses I’ve owned. If I’d had access to The Design Public Outlet I could have transformed them with Modern Wallpaper by Inhabit. 'Braille' by Inhabit

This wallpaper is incredible. It comes in 18×18 inch wall flats – with peel and stick adhesive tape that are simple to put up and it’s paintable!

Here’s another choice called Seesaw by Inhabit which are designed to expand in any direction.'Seesaw' by Inhabit

You can customize to your heart’s delight with the design you use to attach the tiles and/or paint to match your very own home décor. These wall flats are molded Bamboo Paper Pulp (sustainable) as well.

I love the textured effect you get and if you want a flat even color – add paint! What a great solution for any problem walls.

There you have it … my solution for problem walls. Have at it. 

And shop on!



HGTV’s Taniya Nayak rocks!

Taniya Nayak of HGTV’s Designed to Sell show – recognize her? She’s the one that goes in after the critique of the property and helps the homeowners spruce up the place and stage it. I love her energy and enthusiasm. She’s very edgy and innovative. And, she reminds me of my friend Abby! Definitely a plus. 


I’ve been thinking about making a headboard out of … well … not sure. Which is why I’ve been watching HGTV. Well not really. I just love watching HGTV. I could probably watch it all day. I have watched it all day. I really need to get a job don’t I?

So anyhoo … Ikea has fabric now. Who knew? So headboard: plywood, batting and fabric=inexpensive headboard. Check out Ikea’s fabric. Very different and yet easy and design savvy.

Most of it is $5.99 to $9.99 and is 59-inches wide. Which means turned sideways it will cover just about any height you need, and you can use the width for full/queen or king size bed. That’s my plan—photos coming I promise.






I’ll just get right on that after the other 10k things on my list this week. Which include putting the new picture I bought at the designer sale over the weekend above the fireplace. The fram has a gorgeous, gold, sparkly frame that brings out the gold and bronze glaze I painted on the fireplace. Be still my beating heart. 

Someone just reminded me that I haven’t been to Amalee on Mississippi Blvd. in too long! Love their clothes – think relaxed, comfortable and very hip.

Oh, it was PDX Shopgirl on Twitter. Check out the PDX Shopgirl blog too. She just put up a list of the hottest, hot stuff in PDX!

Thanks Dani! And shop on.


Sofada rocks

Check Vivian McInerny’s latest blog. She’s fashion editor at the Oregonian and writes a blog regularly that I love to read. She’s very up, of course, on the latest and greatest in fashion around the country as well as the Portland fashion scene.

Her latest (blog) is entitled Chic Shorts Seen on the Street. It’s about a bunch of different women – who they are and what they’re wearing on the ground in Portland so to speak. There’s a flight attendant from Philadelphia, a musician in the wings before a performance and a sales person from the Jeri Rice Boutique downtown.

There’s also a discount coupon for the Knit & Crochet Show on Sept. 12-14 in Portland.

My favorite part is at the bottom when she profiles Alice Dobson, owner of Sofada. I’ve done lots of blogs and a couple of stories on Dobson and I love her designs. She has a runway show coming up on Friday, Sept. 12 at Jax Bar 826 SW Second.

Sofada is reportedly doing very well in their relatively new location at 2937 E . Burnside. Tickets to the show are $20 and proceeds from the event benefit CARES NW, a community-based medical program benefitting the treatment and prevention of child abuse in Oregon. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. I’ll be there with my bells on! Tehe.

BTW Dobson has an apprentice program I did not know about! You can read about it too … online

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