fun in the shade

the heat wave here in the pacific northwest has me thinking about shade{s}. in celebration of summertime sun and the ever-evolving lamp-shade, here are some bright ideas to contemplate {preferrably while sipping iced-tea}:
my uber-talented friend, jordan ferney, just posted about this adorable & lovely way to create some extra shade at an outdoor party....clip-on umbrellas! as you know well by now, i adore all kinds of umbrellas, with a passion. so i'm extremely excited to learn about this new clipable kind. insta-addition to my wish list! you can buy them here, and you can see the rest of jordan's post here.

storage, display & lighting all in one ~ brilliant shades by pottery barn. even though you could buy them for about $99, it would be a fairly simple d.i.y. project too: just take almost any lampshade and hand-sew the cloths pins to it with an extra large needle using tight criss-cross stitches. what a bright idea!

if you've got a need for more shade for your patio or yard, for a construction project, then these awesome shade sails are for you! they can be stretched between trees, posts and buildings from the d-ring at each corner. the seamless extra wide fabric these are made from comes in seven colors. the same site also provides photos of residential installations, sample layouts and sells the installation hardware.

ok, these are kinda kitschy. but i think they could be a great smile-inducing addition to the right space....maybe in a pool-house bathroom, at a beach cafe or in a kids bedroom at a beach house? designed by toby sanders and found at his website: tobyhouse.

these beautiful copper shades are created in colorado by artist uriah beuller. found at parasoleil , they are made of pattern-cut copper in a 36”x 96” size, though custom panels can be made, too. and even better, the panels are green-certified with 90% recycled content... parasoleil has a choice of several patterns that can be cut into the panels, creating shadows and light in outdoor spaces. the copper material is low-maintenance for outdoors, as it will patina and last a lifetime without corroding.


colors of summer

garden watered, baby fed, bicycle ridden, new sewing project started, and now it's time to pick some berries. . . . hope you're enjoying this glorious summertime day as much as i am!


look who's turning 10 {months that is}

nowadays my sweet little peach is standing up, starting to crawl, getting a little more hair, and trying to pop a tooth or two thru. there is more joy in this wee bundle of baby than i ever thought possible. thank heavens for such tiny surprises and momentous discoveries!

20x200 finds

{praia piquinia, by christian chaize}

{untitled thrift, by brian ulrich}

{nymphenburg, by greggory krum}

{arika, by dorthe alstrup}

all images are for sale at 20x200 ~ a place to find great art


lounge lizards live on

over the last several weeks we've traveled all over oregon and down the coast through california to san francisco. we've had many wonderful celebrations {birthdays, weddings, & many dinner parties just because}; and we've also gone through some unfortunate situations {long traffic jams, and a baby peach falling & getting a bruise on her sweet head}. so now that we're back in the calm days of summer in the willamette valley, it's time to catch-up on blogging.
i've been dying to share this fantastic find with you:
lounge lizard on south east hawthrone street in portland oregon.
if you like vintage furnishings, cool sales people and a treasure trove of unique housey items, you absolutely must check out this shop.
looking up, the ceilings are full of glowing treasures the walls are covered in art and artifacts, like a crazy quilt in 3-d:
what a fabulous place to find the time
all this vintage eye-candy can make a lady swoon of course the shop's new favorite model is pint-sized
i imagined purchasing dozens of things, but left without a one. but believe you me, as soon as i get my new place to call home i'll be driving a big van over to lounge lizard & loading it up!

more photos of a few of my favorite items can be seen on my flickr set.


these are the days

we've been traveling around and having lovely adventures....so blogging is way behind. will catch up when we're back home again! meanwhile, please check out these gorgeous photos from my birthday party, taken by mr. tom connard!