Sunday, September 27, 2009

North of Northwest Lovejoy

The newest "it" neighborhood in Portland is NoLo. That stands for North of Lovejoy. It runs from north of lovejoy to the river and west to 20th. It's the Pearl, but across I-405 to 20th. It's the only place left to build. Mix writes in the October issue the area "was considered the next big thing. Then the bottom dropped out. Businesses suffered from a lack of foot traffic..."

But there are some interesting things happening. The Pearl District Business Alliance (PDBA) has formed a group that will bring the merchants and real estate owners together to promote the area using all their social networking skills.

Mix says there are new restaurants going in. There's Wine Unwind that took over the space vacated by Vinideus at 1019 NW 11th. "Drop by on weekend evenings, when bluegrass and jazz combos offer live music."

There's Via Delizia, 1105 NW Marshall - gelato, neighborhoodcoffee shop and lunch spot - at night illuminated lanterns make you feel as if you are in Sienna.

MetroVino, a new bistro and wine bar, opened this year in the D.F. space at 1139 NW 11th.

Little Green Grocer is at 1101 NW Northrup, on the streetcar line. "Eat Well, Drink Well, Be Well" is the motto on the window.

Then there's Bridge Port Brewpub &Bakery, 1313 NW Marshall. The "transformation from warehouse to upscale neighborhood" has happened at the brewpub in a remodeling that save s the best of the old. It's where we meet.

You will see more more happening in the NoLo. Stay tuned and come visit.

Bev & Mike
Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery
We love it in NoLo across from the new Magnum Opus, arriving in late October.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Don Draper's Furniture on "Mad Men"

Are you a fan of "Mad Men" like we are? It is such an eye opener to see how just a little over 40 years ago, men were such smokers, drinkers, double-standard chauvinists. It's fun to see how the role of women has changed radically since those days in the early sixties.

You may be wondering where the show got some of the furniture seen in Don Draper's office.

Not everything on the "Mad Men"set is genuine 1960s vintage Manhattan. The sofa, chairs and coffee table in Don Draper's office are made in Los Angeles by Futurama. Owner Jeffrey Perry, who began selling vintage furniture in 1986 and has since reproduced classics in the manner of William Haines and Vladimir Kagan, created the Boxy sofa ...with a nod to the late Southern California designer Milo Baughman.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Interior Design with Color Contrast -

Here's an interview of interior designer Libby Langdon about adding color. Interior Design with Color Contrast -

If you are an interior designer, take a look at how she markets herself and her website Libby Langdon Homepage.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Miche Bag!

Here's a departure from furniture, but it's right in there as far as frugal and fashionable, the Miche Bag. Here's a video that shows how the handbag works

Friday, September 11, 2009

Explore The Pearl Ad

See our ad in today's Explore The Pearl magazine

Bev & Mike
Landfair Furniture + Design gallery
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B, Smith Teams With Hammary

Hammary, a La-Z-Boy subsidiary and carried by Landfair Furniture, will introduce a new line of licensed case goods as part of the B. Smith Home Collection at next month's High Point Market.

The introduction, part of lifestyle expert, television personality and restaurateur Barbara Smith's line of home furnishings, will include around 34 pieces for occasional, bedroom and dining room.

The B. Smith look embodies contemporary design inspired by transcultural influences that merge eclectic style with ethnic influences that draw their inspiration from Smith's world travels as a model, author and business professional.

Signature items in the collection include a platform bed and coordinating dresser in a luxurious, dark mahogany finish with dramatic, carved accents.

"The bed is a statement piece that is a fusion of Asian, African and Caribbean influences," Smith said. "It epitomizes my vision of blending design with a world view."
We'll have pictures next month.

Bev & Mike
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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

ZGF Has A New Portland Home

Somehow, we've missed this addition to the Portland skyline. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF) has a new home at 12th and Washington and is on track to achieve LEED (NC) Platinum and LEED (CI) Platinum. The new building has wind turbines on the roof that will generate 1% of the building's energy needs. Those turbines were mounted in mid-August.

Other sustainable features include a 6,000-sq.-ft. terrace and eco-roof that serves to mitigate storm water and reduce the building's heat island effect. Office ventilation mainly is achieved through a combination of an Underfloor Air Distribution System (UFAD) and natural ventilation. The system provides individual control through adjustable diffusers at each workstation. Passive chilled beams will aid in cooling on particularly hot days. Passive chilled beams are perforated metal panels mounted near the ceiling and chilled with cold water tubing.

The new mixed-use building not only will house ZGF, but will have street-level retail space, four floors of office space (for ZGF) and 17 floors of residential living space.

Bev & Mike
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