May 10, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments
My daughter and I recently took a short trip up to Portland, Oregon. It was our first visit and we both loved the city. True to its reputation, the people are friendly, the food is fantastic (even to these spoiled SF dwellers) and the tax-free shopping can’t be beat! If you haven’t been, we highly recommend the short flight (at least from the Bay Area). It’s a beautiful, lush city surrounded by mountains and water. We spent our few days spending time with friends and exploring the city, mostly by foot. On our next visit, I’d definitely like to spend more time outside — there’s so much to see, from Mt. Hood to the beaches and numerous waterfalls. We can’t wait to go back!
In the meantime, check out our recommendations for your next trip:
We stayed at the newly-opened Dossier Hotel, which has a great location in between downtown and the Pearl, but tucked on a quieter street. We were lucky to have a view of Mt. Hood from our room. The design was inspiring and just hip enough for this mom and teenaged daughter. It’s restaurant, the Opal, is a great place for a quiet breakfast or a more lively happy hour.
After doing my homework, our mornings started off with Heart coffee (for me) and Blue Star donuts. Both were just a quick walk from the hotel and got us pointed in the right direction for our self-guided walking tour and shopping route, starting at Powell Books (which opens early and is HUGE!).
The Pine Street Market is a foodie’s delight. Our group tried Marukin Ramen, Kim Jong Smokehouse and OP Wurst for lunch. Of course we couldn’t resist a soft serve from Salt & Straw despite having very little room for dessert!
Though Le Pigeon is probably the most well-known restaurant in Portland, we opted to dine at its sister restaurant, Little Bird Bistro. The classic french restaurant lived up to its reputation by taste, though the timing of service was a bit off on our visit.
Portland is a very design-centric city and has a wealth of chic home decor, clothing and lifestyle stores. It’s easy to take advantage of the tax-free shopping at these local boutiques (in addition to your favorite chains).
WM Goods ~ 1136 SW Alder Street
Alder & Co ~ 616 SW 12th Ave.
Carter & Rose ~ 3601 SE Division St.
Parachute Home ~ 820 NW 23rd Ave.
Multnomah Falls is a must-see and is only 15 minutes away from the airport. While we were taking in this majestic waterfall, a proposal happened (and was accepted) right next to us.
Portland Art Museum — The Art, Science and Life of LAIKA was an inspiring and educational exhibit, despite our lack of familiarity with his animated films. The level of detail and work that goes into making these films is awesome. We also appreciated that this museum has a separate wing that focuses on contemporary art, which I prefer. We were lucky to get exceptional weather during our stay (into the 80’s in April!), and the short, tree-lined walk from downtown to the museum was lovely.
Do you have any Portland favorites to share?
Unless otherwise noted, all photos original to RevolvingDecor.com and Act 2 Decor, LLC.
May 7, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments
We love this new find so much that we thought of keeping it to ourselves, but Bells & Becks is too good not to share. Curated in San Francisco and hand-made in Italy, their designs are made for the modern woman who is looking for quality and timeless styles with just a bit of something extra. Like gold tassels on a slip-on loafer . . .
A touch of gold on the heel of these work and play appropriate flats . . .
A combination of natural leather with wine colored velvet straps . . .
And my personal favorites — which are just waiting for more sun in San Francisco to be taken out — these metallic silver and grey velvet strappy slides:
Click on photos for sources, and shop Bells & Becks to see all their styles.
May 1, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments
I have never really thought of concrete floors as an option for my projects. Typically, I’m renovating a residential space and wood and tile make the most sense. But, right now I have a couple of commercial projects that have allowed me to consider looks that I may not have considered in the past. One of those looks is concrete flooring.
As it turns out, there are many benefits to concrete flooring. First, the maintenance is relatively easy. This is especially important in a commercial space that will get a lot of foot traffic. Second, the cost can be much lower than wood or tile floors. Third, concrete floors – even those that are aged and cracked – seem to get better with age. Finally, because they can be fabricated in nearly any color with a variety of effects, they work well in many different settings.
It should come as no surprise that in residential spaces concrete floors work especially well in kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways. These are high traffic areas that require easy clean up. Concrete floors are easy to maintain and can take a beating.
Image courtesy of ApartmentTherapy.com
Concrete can also transition well into other types of flooring. In the image above, thin brass strips are used to ease the transition to wood flooring as well as add an air of elegance.
My favorite look with concrete flooring is the inclusion of decorative brass to create a bit of visual interest. The brass takes the concrete up a notch to create a truly elegant look.
I absolutely adore the abstract nature of the brass detail in the floor above.
I will definitely be using concrete in my next commercial project but I am also seriously considering it for the right residential space. It is a beautiful, versatile look. I wish I would have thought of it sooner.
April 27, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments
We arrived back from our spring break trip and got the best surprise ever. Serena & Lily is opening a boutique in our neighborhood. I really love Serena & Lily. When we moved to Chicago I missed being able to pop into the Sacramento Street boutique in San Francisco. It was so easy to pick up wallpaper samples, try out their furniture, and see the art in person.
My absolute favorite thing to buy at Serena & Lily is sheets. I find them to be the softest sheets around and they get better the more you wash them. What is especially great is that they do not fade. I have had them in our master bedroom as well as on my son’s bed for at least five years and they look as good as new.
My second favorite thing to buy at Serena & Lily is towels. I have a set of herringbone guest towels that I plan to never part with (unfortunately they no longer carry them). I recently purchased their “fouta” towel for our powder room and I really love that line as well.
If you read this blog on a regular basis, you will notice that much of the lighting, pillows, and other accessories that we highlight are from Serena & Lily. If you live in Chicago, I highly recommend that you take a trip the to the new Serena & Lily boutique when it opens. I know you will not be sorry.
April 23, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments
We’re sad to see one of our favorites — Madeline Weinrib — close its doors this week. Her designs are the first to come to mind when we are looking to infuse vibrant color and patterns into interiors. As devoted fans and frequent visitors, we will miss the beautiful San Francisco showroom. As a consolation, we managed to snatch up a couple rugs to use in our own home at a deep discount.
If you live in the Bay Area, be sure to stop by before they bid San Francisco farewell this Friday, April 27th.
In the meantime, take a look back at some of our MW-related posts:
Photo courtesy of Madeline Weinrib.