"Networking" - It's a good thing!

I recently had the opportunity to partner on a networking event with a good friend and furniture designer Greg Holt of Vance~Oubre. Also involved were Mark Stephens of Stephens Homes and Matt Sander, Landscape Designer. The private event was held at Greg’s residence, outside in his backyard. There’s something to be said for an intimate surrounding and personal contact.  In this age of social media, it was great to talk to folks face to face about what we do, and share our portfolios while adding personal stories and antidotes.  It was a beautiful, warm day and a very successful event.  Many connections were made, and lots of custom furniture was carted off to good homes.  Interior design is such a visual and tactile experience, and being able to see and touch the furnishings made all the difference.  Thanks to everyone that came out to support this local group of creative professionals!

To see the full gallery of the event, click here.


Extend the life of your outdoor space well into Fall . . .

With fall weather just around the corner, we Oregonians want to make every outdoor moment last as long as possible. There are some easy ways to add to your exterior "interiors" that won't break the bank.

For instance, keep a basket of colorful wool blankets around to provide your guests when there’s a nip in the air, or adding a small fireplace or "chiminea" might do the trick.  You can use a large oversized patio umbrella if you don't have an overhang to keep out of the drizzle, but just make sure that it’s waterproof.

Many times the addition of a propane heater along side an out door fireplace or fire pit is all you need to cut the chill. And of course there is always the tried and true "hot toddy".

So embrace the change of season and enjoy those beautiful fall colors and your out door spaces with friends and family!


It's all in the hunt . . .

One of our favorite interior design styles here at Urban Elements Interior Space is the blending of old and new together, as it can create and add a more personal touch with an overall cohesive look. The last thing you want is for your newly redecorated room to come across as a furniture showroom with no life or personality.

I regularly shop consignment for many of my clients, and not only is it a great way to lower your budget but also a fantastic way to add immediate interest to any room.

One of my regular haunts is La Maison Consignment in Beaverton.  I’ve found some really fantastic pieces for my clients from lamps and coffee tables - to art work and accessories. Take a look at these custom vintage Adirondack chairs that just came in and still have some pine needles on them. This shop is definitely worth a look next time you’re in the area - or check them out on line at www.lamaisonconsignment.com.  You never know what you’ll find – and that’s part of the fun!

Until next time,