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Country Wedding

The wedding of Gabe and Hana was set in a wooded meadow on 20 acres overlooking the Clackamas River. Besides having a beautiful country setting and theme, the bride and groom looked amazing and very much in love! This was by far the most fun i’ve had at a wedding due to the fact that everyone involved was grateful, excited and truly happy to be there. Enjoy!

The Bride & Groom

The Bride & Groom

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The cutest ring bearer ever

The cutest ring bearer ever

I love her Adam Arnold dress

I love her Adam Arnold dress


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Planting Projects

Here are a few photos of a recent installation at Covet, my favorite boutique in downtown Portland. The stainless planter boxes are filled with cacti, sansevieria and tillandsia and also happen to be virtually maintenance free. Both the sansevieria and the cacti, favorite plants of mine, thrive on neglect and require watering seasonally.

Stainless planter boxes

Stainless planter boxes

Organic plantings at Covet

Organic plantings at Covet

The sale rack, which is full of fabulous finds, is a bit more organic and NW in style but once again, maintenance free. I love the tall snake plant protruding out of the birch tube.

Below are a few other projects that i’ve recently completed, Enjoy!!

Summer plantings for the Cleaners

Summer plantings for the Cleaners

Event space at the Ace Hotel

Event space at the Ace Hotel

Terrarium centerpiece

Terrarium centerpiece

Ipe deck, custom table and calligaris hero chairs

Ipe deck, custom table and calligaris hero chairs

Pink bullet planter and chinese garden stool

Pink bullet planter and chinese garden stool


Spring gardening and wedding season

I love spring gardening and recently finished the installation of this mid-century garden,before-garden a funky space with a mixture of yucca, heavenly bamboo and a 3′ deep cement lamp post! The clients requested a low maintenance garden with a tight color pallette, summer flowers and winter interest. Since the garden is partial shade I choose white peony, white calla lilies, hellebore, acorus and huechera as the flowers and also “quick silver” hebe, acanthus and contorted filbert as plants with interesting winter foliage. The burgundy of the heather, succulents and huechera look great with the deep green of the Japanese holly ferns and pair well with the pink of the home and the brick facade. Irish moss and pink ajuga were the chosen ground cover. I’m really happy with the space and also inspired to work in my own garden. I’ll be planting masses of black mondo grass under 2 magnolias that flank the entry of my house and am also looking for the the perfect evergreen shrub to replace a bed of hebes that didn’t survive our brutal winter. I currently have masses of “red martin” euphorbia massed in the entry beds and am unhappy with the leggy and scraggly appearance of the stems.

 

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 I also had the honor of doing the flowers for Jason and Christinas wedding this past weekend. I love that they chose orange as there color pallette as Leonida roses, orange parrot tulips, orange vandas and calla lilies are perfect spring blooming flowers. 20 orange “disa” orchids planted in terrarium globes made for stunning centerpieces. Enjoy!dscn1767dscn1776


Neighborhood Notes

Space Design has a very cool write up on the Neighborhood Notes site. 

Go to neighborhood notes to check it out.acegiftI recently had the pleasure of spending a few days at the new, and very fabulous, Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Above is an open bowl arrangement inspired by my trip. I especially love the texture of the cacti bark and antler along with the orange flowering cactus and “butzii” tillandsia. Enjoy!


Bathroom Remodel

I’ve just spent the last 3 months remodeling the master bathroom. This remodel was probably the most rewarding and successful of all the personal home projects i’ve ever designed. It’s now infused with the charm and good bones of the 1904 architecture and well as the amenities and chic style of today. I’ve attached a few before photos for some visuals of just how awful this bathroom was. I think the original remodel was circa 1960, powder blue walls, vinyl flooring, gold speckled tiles and a wall built into a window were just a few reasons we decided to redesign the space.

     
My first priority was to create a space that was not only functional, but modern, elegant and as spa-esque as possible. A steam was added in the enclosed shower-tub, as well as a large limestone seat at the end of the angled bathtub. The fixtures are all Duravit and purchased from the Chown showroom in NW. The lighting was also an important design feature to me as the before bathroom had one of the worst lighting plans with some of the ugliest fixtures i’d ever seen in my life. 3” halogen cans were strategically placed as well as sconces from Lux lighting. The 12 x 18” limestone was scored on at an Ann Sacks warehouse sale more than two years ago. The fir floors, that were covered with layers of vinyl and adhesive, were restored and stained a beautiful honey color. The pink dress painting was a 1st Thursday purchase and the Russo lithograph was an antique store score…..I’ve since been on a Michelle Russo art hunt and will save my latest art addiction for another blog entry!!
                

The bathroom, before the remodel, had a wall built into the middle of the double windows, meaning one window was in the bathroom and the other in the master bedroom. The master bedroom is actually home to Mikola and explains the fashion collagead wall. Because the wall was taken out we were able to design a master bedroom vanity area as well as an alcove for the bed to sit in. Enjoy!!


China Berries

Here are a few photos of some recent arrangements with my new favorite floral berry……China berry. I’m not sure how it got its name or even where it grows but its been available through one grower at the market for the last few weeks. I love the color chartreuse and how it looks with hot pinks and the summery yellow of sun flowers. Enjoy!!


Ubloom!!

Here’s the link to the ubloom segment about Space Design. Happy Summer and Enjoy!!


Weiden & Kennedy

I was commissioned to make 5  “green pieces” for a meeting in Weiden and Kennedy’s conference room last week. The pieces will live on the Starbucks and Target work table after the meeting. I had spent the previous week on vacation in Manzanita and went on daily collecting trips to the beach. I paid the kids .50 cents for unusual, textural and natural beach items, and we spent hours happily combing the beach. You’ll see bright green pine cones, perfectly silvered driftwood and large pieces of black lichen from our treasure hunts. I love the mix of forest moss, tillandsias and succulents with the silvered driftwood and peacock feathers. Enjoy!!


Smoke Free

I celebrated my one year anniversary of being smoke free yesterday!! Quitting smoking has quite possibly been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. In the year that I’ve quit I’ve gained 10 + pounds, have become an excellent bicyclist and am also walking or jogging at least 3 – 4 miles per day. I can really taste my food and overall just feel better!! As Steven says, “It’s a good monkey to have off of your back”.

A Space Design blog entry just wouldn’t be complete without a little design in it, so here’s a photo of my cat Edna sitting next to a globe style terrarium. I’ll soon have a “shop” page on my website, stay tuned, and this style of terrarium is one that I’ll be offering for sale. Enjoy!!


EREMURUS

I’ve decided that I’m a horrible blogger. I have great ideas and intentions but lack the time and discipline to actually sit down and write!! I’m working on SO much at Space Design these days and have enjoyed taking the weekend off to paint my bathroom. More photos and that blog entry soon……??

I’ve been using Eremurus in my bouquets lately and am thinking that its bloom season is coming to an end very soon. Eremurus is my favorite “modern” flower that comes into season in early June and is gone in the blink of an eye. Eremurus is more commonly known as the fox tail lily and is a bulb that grows all over the world and originated in Central Asia. Eremurus bulbs grow in Oregon and the dramatic flowers can reach up to 12′.  Here are a few photos of recent Fenouil arrangements and the photo at the top of the page is an arrangement in my home, I love the shape and color of the Anthropolie vase and the tillandsia that are

resting against the deer antlers.

I had a great visit with Sunset magazine a few weeks ago and spent the morning shooting a terrarium “how to”, for an upcoming web profile on Space Design. The crew works for Cottage Living, Coastal Living, Southern Accents and Souther Living as well as Time and Sunset. Here’s a photo of the crew and I, there were actually 11 people involved in the shoot……..Space Design is hardly 500 square feet so you can imagine how cozy we all were. Any way it was a blast and I’m excited to preview the interview! Enjoy!!