Fellow Portlanders! I have my hands on this year’s upcoming Portland Flea dates and wanted to share the official flea calendar with you. The first flea of the year will be this Sunday, Jan. 20. As for the rest of 2013, here are the dates: 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17 & 12/15. Per usual, the flea is held at Union/Pine on 525 SE Pine Street in Portland. For minute-by-minute vendor and item updates, follow Portland Flea on Facebook here.
Word on the street is that there are a number of new vendors in the mix this year, and plenty of vintage finds to be had. I took a break from bargain hunting to focus on the remodel, but now I’m back in action. I’ll be at Sunday’s flea looking for some comfy new sitting chairs for our living area.
In other Portland happenings, WoonWinkel is kicking off its expanded furniture collection with an upcoming furniture sale! From February 1st-17th,Woonwinkel will offer 15% of all custom and in-stock furniture by Hay and SCP and 20% off select home accessories.
Rejuvenation is also having it’s attic sale this weekend. Save more than 75% on lighting and other decor items. We’ve picked up numerous goodies from these sales in the past and they are great to check out if you are flexible in terms of colors, shades, and sizes.
And, Grayling Jewelry is also having a sample sale this weekend. Katy Kippen is the queen bee of jewelry design, and I can guarantee you there will be beautiful jewelry and good deals at her darling shop.
Happy shopping and, cheers to a cozy winter weekend!
I’ll continue rolling with the kitchen remodel - let’s talk open shelves! Even though we love the look of open shelving in kitchens, we were a little hesitant to install them in our own kitchen because they aren’t super practical. Open shelves mean you see everything. And I mean, everything. But, because of where the windows were placed in our space, we didn’t have many options when it came to upper cabinets. After going back and forth, we ended up moving forward with open shelving. We had our cabinet guy custom make the shelves, as we wanted them to perfectly fit in between the windows.
The last decision we had to make when it came to open shelving was spacing. This element is crucial. We knew we wanted 18 inches from the counter to the first shelf, but we weren’t sure how many inches we wanted in between each shelf. To help us decide, we placed painter’s tape on the tile and lived with it for a few days.
When it came time for our cabinet guy to actually install the shelves, I must admit, I was nervous. You see, once you drill in to tile, there’s no going back. I felt good about our placement, but I wasn’t 100% certain because it’s hard to picture shelves when all you see is blue tape. I’m so, so happy to say that the shelf placement turned out swell, and we can now finally unpack our kitchen dishes! Here they are empty…
And here they are full…but NOT yet styled…
We still have loads of dishes to unpack so again, I haven’t arranged these shelves as I’d like, but it’s progress. And when you’re in the middle of a kitchen remodel, progress is huge:).
Cheers to a happy week, friends!
As I’ve expressed before, 2012 was a messy year. I forgot how to use the word “no” and way over-committed myself in practically every aspect of my life. Now, I’m trying to pick up the pieces. Upon hearing about my busy schedule and crazed lifestyle, my dear friend Meg shared a “ To Do” list she’d created. I immediately printed it out and have been using it daily. It not only gives me a snapshot of what my focus items are for that day, but it also maps out an area for me write “things I’d like to do today” and “things I’d like to do someday”. It’s brilliant. It not only captures what I MUST do that day, but it also highlights the things I’m dreaming about. It’s the perfect list for someone like me….someone who’s brain is just not thinking about today.
I’m super pumped to report that Meg is letting us all in on her little organizational secret, and her lovely To Do list is now available for downloading here.
Meg – thanks for saving me and my unorganized thoughts and life. Here’s to hoping you all put Meg’s list to good use too!