Must Be The Season of The Kitsch

Tag sales, garage sales, rummage sales, lawn fetes, yard bazaars– whatever you prefer to call them, the season is now upon us. Those types of sales are all fine and good for most people hunting for a bargain, but I prefer rummaging exclusively through dead people’s things. Ok, that sounded way more creepy and goth-y than…

With a Retro Yell, She Cried Floors! Floors! Floors!

Some people like to constantly Instagram their restaurant meals. Others obsessively selfie with friends. I, on the other hand, exhibit similar compulsive tendencies when my iPhone and retro flooring end up in the same room together. This most commonly occurs during open houses or estate sales, but can also happen in Chinese restaurants, 1960’s office buildings, or dressing rooms…

Hang It Like a Mother

In honor of Mother’s Day, this post is about the one common love all mothers have. And no I’m not talking about Tom Selleck, I’m talking about the holy grail of home decorating: wallpaper. Gone are the days of struggling to keep yourself entertained while your mother browses the oversized wallpaper pattern books at Sherwin-Williams, snipping…

To Weed or Not To Weed

Well I think we all know the answer to that question. And it includes having 7 yards of gravel dumped into your driveway on a rainy Saturday morning in late February, so you can finally put an end to the 24-hr. weed-breeding factory that is laughingly known as your side yard. The area I’m referring to was…

I Like To Move It, Move It

“Hot damn, we have a money-tree!” I shrieked after David told me the high valuation our sod landscape crew had attached to the Japanese maple growing inside a barrel next to our back patio. “No, a money-tree is something that gives you money. This is likely going to cost us money. Especially now that I know it’s value and…

Retro Ranch Dressing

Not everyone will tell you what’s in their secret sauce. Have you ever gushed over the decor de jour at a friend’s house, casually inquiring how they assembled such an exquisite collection of complimentary pieces, only to be met with the reply “Oh, I just discovered them in my travels…” or some other nonsensical vagaries? Well I like…

Rummer Loving Happened So Fast

If you’ve driven around Portland, Oregon you’ve seen them. There are at least a couple hundred scattered throughout the residential neighborhoods that surround the city. Their sleek, gabled rooflines, clerestory windows, vaulted entranceways illuminated by globe pendant lights, and carports that sometimes house swanky vehicles like old Mercedes SLs, Dodge Dart Swingers, and maybe even…