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After a scrumption brunch at The Woodsman Tavern of pan fried trout topped with a light bernaise sauce, elegantly perched on a nest of pan fried potatoes seasoned with diced sauteed red peppers and onions; and delightfully paired with a, body and mind warming, Hot Toddy – I wandered through Old Portland Hardware & Architectural.

The store houses a magnificent collection, over 5,000 sq. ft., of antique lighting, salvage, fixtures, windows, doors and “funky finds.” It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to add a little bit of history or a vintage architecturel element to a modern home or the perfect addition to an already charming vintage home; this store is a lovely way to spend an hour after brunch or whenever you happen to be in the neighborhood.

Old Portland Hardware and Architectural

4035 SE Division St


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It’s The Little Things


It’s the little things that mean the most-

Laughing with friends,

A compliment from a complete stranger,

The excited faces of kids mixing cookie dough,

A movie quote that warms the heart.

It’s the little things that turn out to be some of the biggest motivating factors in our lives and can also be our most memorable accessories! What? Yes, I did just take a very profound sentiment and give it a fashion spin! This is a blog about the The New Spaces, Places and Faces of Portland ,after all, and not words of wisdom from The Happy Buddah. [Read more…]



Wine carries the same emotions I have towards shoes. Less is never more. Each one distinctive to your mood at the moment and each one evokes fond memories of monumental or playfully petty snapshots from your past.

So when I see a wine shop, just as a new shoe display, I am drawn in to take a peek. That’s exactly what happened the other evening as I was walking with a friend down 23rd.  We both had commented about the opening of the new wine shop and decided to seize the moment, put our other plans aside, and relax with a glass of vino. [Read more…]

Education On The Run


While jogging up Morrison St. yesterday I read this statement on the window of a vacant business building “Portlandia is the second largest hammered copper statue in the world (the Statue of Liberty is the largest.)”

Interesting, I thought. My next thought was who is *Portlandia? Isn’t that a show? As I ran past the next window it said “Portland has more movie theaters and restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States.” 

I looked and sure enough, more windows, more interesting facts about Portland. This is the point when I stopped jogging ( thank goodness- any excuse is welcome.)

The vacant business building on the corner of SW Morrison and Park just up from Brasserie Montmartre, has 11 windows embossed with interesting, well known & not so well known, tidbits about our fare city – Portland. [Read more…]

A Little Night Magic. A Lot of Spectacular Lights!


Maybe I was due for a little magic, maybe it was the unforgetable delight that reflected off my 2 year olds face, maybe it was the perfect mild weather we had that night – whatever it was – I LOVED the ZooLights this year!

From the moment you pull into the parking lot you are greeted with bright, turn your frown upside down, lights!  As you enter the zoo you walk under an illuminated canopy of white lights and the word ZOO spelled with animal like letters. Reindeer leap over head, walk under massive archways of evergreens adorned with red bows. Pathways meander through lighted forests inhabited by crocodiles, hippos, giraffe’s and a parade of elephants complete with trunks that spout out an aqua blue shower that bestows a smile on all who watch.  Carousels of animals move and mesmerise the youngest of eyes. Monkeys swing  vine to vine, lions roar and an inchworm follows your lead. Birds and butterflies. Sea Lions and penguins who dive and glide through a LED crafted sea.

Don’t forget you can also enjoy a ride along a bedazzeled steamer train and see light displays that can only be viewed gazing out its windows. I could go on and on but it wouldn’t do this holiday spectacular justice. No matter what holiday you celebrate, spend an evening gazing at the zoo lights and let the joy of this holiday season radiate all around you and warm your heart.

Disclaimer: no matter how warm your heart gets there is no guarantee your toes will stay warm, so don’t forget those wool socks and $2.25 for a cup of cocoa. [Read more…]

Inspirational, Colorful, Reclaimed and Never Regifted – Vanillawood


This is one of my new very favorite retail spaces to share with friends (you all), to browse for myself and to buy those “wow” gifts that your friends will always remember and never regift!

Vanillawood is a full service Design/Build and Interiors Business. The husband and wife team of James and Kricken Yaker’s have been designing and remodeling in Portland since 2006. Their design style emphasizes blending an open plan urban living space with functionality, comfort and luxury. Organic and green materials are fused together and finished off with a touch of contemporary flare to create spaces that are warm, relaxing and perfect for lounging or entertaining. [Read more…]

Freaky But True, Portland’s Peculiarium


The Peculiarium

The name gives you an idea of what to expect, but really – a visit is a must- to fully comprehend the strangely peculiar wares that are housed in this museum.

 It is said the famed, yet unknown Portland adventurer, Conrad Talmadge spent a life time traveling the globe in search of the inexplicable and the freaky. The peculiarium is the product of his strange obsession. 

As you enter the pepto bismol pink building on NW Thurman St, all your senses are instantly stimulated. A streaming loop begins to play through the hollows of your head, my voice takes on the persona of Mel Brooks and says: What in the Wide World of Sports is a-going on here? 


 Of course!

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