Portlandia: a retrospective

7:06 PM
GET IT?! RETRO... because we love old things. And, because I'm a terrible excuse for a blogger. I really ought to get with the program. Someday I will... but until then, I'll just do my best to get this put together before I fall asleep.

As you may recall, we went to Portlandia! Land of Ports! We saw many delicious things, including (but not limited to!) antiques, architectural salvage and friends. (I don't know about you, but MY friends are delicious. xo)

Here we are! Waiting to be called for a table at the most excellent Cricket Cafe. If you haven't yet been: GO. NOW. Stop what you're doing, and go to there.

After that, we plotted and planned our master course..choosing desinations deliberately so we could maximize our time and see as much as possible. We eventually ended up at Aurora Mills. It was all I had hoped for AND THEN SOME.

Please, readers, excuse this photo dump. It really is excessive (still, I'm not sorry...):

Keys, Louise. My favorite (and only acceptable) knick-knack.

This just might be THEE TRUNK!

Drawer-knobs. (HA!)

I'm SO obsessed with these crates. I love them.

Do you need a new newel post? I found a couple...


More keys. Yep. Still smitten...

Post! I dream of a day where my bills are thrust through a slot this fancy.

Rummaging for a register. Naturally, in an odd size.

He's a ghost.
Everyone needs a wall-o-lights. I know I do!

Guess who found the right size?!


...I'll be back...



11:10 AM
I love Portland. I love that small-business is king in Portland. I love everything about most neighborhoods here .. Most of all, I love wandering down the main drag of a neighborhood, weaving in and out of shops (all or most, being the only one of it's kind) finding something I never knew I needed. My best friend, Hoot, calls our adventures "Treasure Hunting", and she's right.

Yesterday, at breakfast, we sat down with our print outs of all the salvage shops we hoped to hit up this weekend and devised a plan of attack. How many were open Saturday AND Sunday and which were top priority.

We hit up Old Portland Hardware - Now a staple to every visit to PDX. We adore this shop. Definitely not your typical salvage shop .. this shop is organized, tidy and meticulously detailed and it hasn't gone unnoticed. This store is BEAUTIFUL .. his wares are great as well. We needed to pick up two (2!!) pre-hung, five panel, stripped doors. Very exciting stuff... Stay tuned for photos

Next, we stopped at Salvage Works, which was new to us .. partly to rummage through the plethora of doors and windows and other assorted wares. But! ALSO! To check out their Chicken Coops - made entirely of salvaged materials. (Yes, this spring, we will be proud parents to two [three? FIVE?!?] hens. Friends: prepare to be bombarded with free eggs)

Then we schlepped over to The ReBuilding Center - and frankly, were underwhelmed. This was more in line with the salvage shops I've seen before. A loosely organized warehouse full of doors and windows in varying state of wear and quality. No, I don't need a vinyl bay window or a fogged (gold) glass shower door... So we moved on fairly quickly and discovered some amazing shops just down the street, like Bella Norte (An antique shop that is home to a trunk that JUST might be 'the one) and the adjacent Porch Light .. So, the visit to the first place wasn't entirely wasted, since we wouldn't have discovered these shops any other way.  OH! AND!!! Pistils Nursery .. An adorable little nursery that had a WEALTH of information on chickenkeeping in the city.

We're off to Aurora Mills today .. we might not make it home.




10:30 AM
Tonight we'll be skipping town to drive to Portland. If you're in the
Northwest, you know that Portland has the most* antique and salvage
stores per capita than any other area. We're currently on the lookout
for a vent cover: 13.5" x 9" (with louvers), a Closet door : 2' x 6'
(left-hand swing) and misc bedroom furniture.

In addition to all those specifics, we're always on the lookout for
antique trunks and crates (wood with galvanized metal edges) rugs and
side tables. We don't need to hunt for a lot of furniture, since we have
most of what we need and plan to buy most big pieces new (like our
couches and our new bed - from Restoration Hardware).

Currently, the bulk (all) of our furniture (was his) is ultra-modern and
therefore looks weird in a Victorian house. A word to the wise: Ikea and
Dania furniture doesn't work in all homes. Restoration Hardware is
great, Pottery Barn is okay .. But unfortunately Spokane is painfully
devoid of truly unique furniture dealers. There's a LOT of schlock here.
Like... a lot. Slipcovers reign supreme. It makes me want to die
inside... so we leave town a lot to hunt throughout Seattle and
Portland's wealth of resources. It helps that I lived in Seattle for 8
years and that we both have family and friends scattered up the coast.
It makes these weekend trips doubly beneficial.

Oh, and Portland's endless food cart options .. But that's another blog
for another day. Back to being a teacher. Xoxo!

*I have no idea


Finding time

8:51 PM
So, this blog has been banging around in our (read: my) head for a while now. Not because I feel like we're doing a spectacular job at restoring our home, but because I'd like to chart the progress in a tangible way and keep us accountable. I'm not gonna lie .. sometimes it feels like we'll never be done. Other days (like a few this week!) it feels like we're on the cusp of a major breakthrough.

Most of the photos I have are trapped in my phone (I know) until I have more than a few minutes to email them away - but rest assured, they will be freed and you'll be able to witness all our progress changes.

We're trying our best to do everything right (read: the hard way) and keep things authentic where we can, and fake it where we can't. In any case, it's hard work but we're doing it together and it's going to be so fucking worth it.

If it isn't, we can always burn it down, right?