…and behind door #1

As we mentally prepare to transition into the fall season, we are big fans of updating your front door curb appeal. Think of the all of the guests that will ring your doorbell in the next few months; whether you have friends coming over for the game, trick-or-treaters looking for a king-size candy bar, or hungry Thanksgiving dinner guests, traffic through your front door will most likely increase.  

Maximizing curb appeal not only is a great tactic for selling your home, but for enjoying it year-round. While you can structurally change the outside of your home by adding a porch, columns, rock walls, pathways, and majorly changing the facade of the house, there are many simple fixes that can add a punch.

By adding a welcoming, fresh coat of paint to the front door or shiny, new house numbers, you can easily update the look and feel of your home. Another idea? Update builder-grade front door and garage light fixtures to add personality to your home. Change out the hardware on your door, add some potted plants and keep the lawn under control before the winter season kicks in.

Nothing says “welcome to the neighborhood” like taking pride in the outward appearance of your home both for you, your guests and neighbors.


Here’s some inspiration for creating some major curb appeal:


bon appétit

Happy 101st birthday to Julia Child, the chef, author, and television personality who brought the art of French cooking to America.

Julia’s Cambridge, Massachusetts kitchen was designed by her husband in 1961 and was the setting for three of her television shows. Her kitchen measured just 14’ x 20′ and featured some familiar elements. A colorful KitchenAid mixer, painted cabinets, and stainless sink have become features that we now consider essential to home cooking. Her kitchen was also very personalized and organized to her standards. The maple countertops were built two inches higher to suit her 6-foot, two-inch height.

Her actual kitchen is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The exhibit features 1,200 artifacts, including everything in the drawers and cabinets, as well as the drawers, cabinets and appliances themselves.

We’ve learned a thing or two from Julia and her kitchen. While it screams function, it was designed as a working kitchen first and foremost. Everything has a place! Her husband Paul designed the now-famous pegboard storage for her numerous cooper pots so they were within reach. She even outlined the shape of the pot so she knew where they belonged.

Julia Child changed the way many Americans think about and prepare food and enjoy cooking. She said, “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”

And if you feel like reliving the best of her television series, you can stream the episodes here. Or pop in Julie & Julia and cozy up on the couch as your peruse cookbooks for your favorite recipe. 

“Bon appétit”


jump right in. the water’s fine.

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Street of Dreams Opens Saturday!

One of our favorite summer traditions is back! The 2013 NW Natural Street of Dreams returns for the 38th consecutive year with nine, acre-sized properties featuring the latest innovations in home design. The show starts this Saturday, July 27th.

The location is in the Stonehenge neighborhood of West Linn, known for spectacular sunset views over Lake Oswego. The show runs daily from July 27 through August 25, 10 am–9 pm, with ticket sales ending at 7 pm.

Print off this coupon for $2-off coupon valid Monday – Friday at the show ticket office only.

For more show information, visit



hard hats off to our Veterans

While Memorial Day Weekend can mean a day off, a family BBQ, or the start to summer vacation, don’t forget to take time to reflect and remember the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes. As we honor the American soldiers who died serving the country in wars, we can’t help but think about those who are currently defending our freedoms both at home […]


10 home remodeling projects you shouldn’t DIY

Home remodeling is on the rise. It can be satisfying to complete a DIY home project (and save money!), but some projects are best left to the professionals.  Before you take home improvement matters into your own hands, look at these 10 projects you really shouldn’t DIY. There’s nothing fun about wasting time, money, or […]