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someday i’ll have a balcony

24 Apr

And hopefully it will be as awesome as these. I first fell in love with French-style bistro chairs and tables when my mom opened her outdoor design store in Portland’s Pearl District. Every day after middle school I would ride the bus to the store, gawk over the pieces and usually head over to legendary diner Byways Cafe for a BLT to-go (on sourdough, obvi). Flying to California to hunt the LA Flea Market for new pieces for the store was another highlight, and it was then I developed my affinity for this patio furniture.   Luckily, Sweden’s Alvhem Makleri Design & Interiors loves them too.

Who wouldn’t want to hang out there? Delicious breakfast carbs..check. French press…check. Europe…check. Perfectly styled patio…check. I could really just go for renting an apartment in Sweden for a week and calling that a pretty good time.

a dream entryway

23 Apr

I wish wish wish I knew where this came from. Simplicity meets elegance:

Instead of the hanging light fixture, I might select something like this instead:

This chandelier happens to be from one of my favorite brunch spots in Portland (where I ironically had breakfast yesterday), Mother’s Bistro. I think it would look awesome in that entryway paired with more modern furnishings. I can just see this place as a brownstone in NYC with the city just steps outside your door.