Thursday, January 25, 2007

Color in 2007

On Bridget Otto Thursday, the topic is color and pink in particular, in Pink has punch -- or does it? Is "Pink" the color of the year, 2007? Glidden thinks so when a press release says "pink is causing 'quite a stir among designers and homeowners alike'." Otto asks, Is it really?"
... although pink does seem to be popping up in clothing accents and midcentury modern furniture design, it's anyone's guess whether the color experts' prediction of pink -- "a truly worthy renaissance of a colour so long constrained" -- will catch on.
Otto quotes the Color Marketing Group and they see different colors for 2007:
* softer, more botanical greens inspired by nature.
* true blues from nature will be everywhere.
* the colors of rock and stone and soil.
* Deep, rich ethnic reds and warm, glow-y oranges
* No mention of pink.
Otto talked with interior designer Kimberly Jaynes
Not afraid of unusual and bright colors -- "In the Northwest, we need color" -- Jaynes used hot pink in a home in the Pearl about four years ago. It was a shocking pink, she says, that she tempered with chocolate brown and mixed in some blues and greens.
and Otto quoted yours truly,
Bev Landfair with Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery isn't exactly thrilled about softer pinks making their way back. They're hard to work with, she says, and remind her of the last time pink was big.

"You get that poodle feeling."

Taking her shot at predicting color, Landfair votes for white.

"I'm seeing a resurgence of white -- especially in contemporary furnishings," she said. "
In another article in today's Homes & Gardens, Bridget A. Otto visits the home of Bob and Stevie Burke.
It took more than two years to create the Burkes' home on the property they bought six years ago. The original structure, a three-story cabin, was demolished -- save for part of the entryway and some of the framework -- and removed from the hillside nearly piece by piece before the site could be excavated.
Just look at the front door. It reminds me of doors we saw in Florence, Italy.

The photo taken by Marv Bondarowicz shows the front door found in India

I noticed that Stevie credits interior designer Karol Niemi "...for infusing the house with color."

Bev & Mike

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Duralee Fine Furniture acquires Owners Select

Duralee Fine Furniture, owned by high-end fabric supplier Duralee, has acquired the assets of upscale upholstery producer Owners Select.

Bruce Narolis, former president of Owners Select, has joined Duralee Fine Furniture as director of manufacturing.

Owners Select, which relocated its production this month from High Point to Duralee’s 180,000-square-foot facility in Morganton, N.C., features kiln-dried hardwood frames, eight-way hand-tied seat suspension, premium fiber back cushions and throw pillows, as well as exposed mahogany, European beech and maple.

Owners Select, now a separate division within Duralee, will continue to operate under its own name. Its product will be sold exclusively to the trade through its sales representatives.

Robin Gordon, director of marketing and advertising for Duralee, said the Owners Select brand is “poised to reach a larger, high-end clientele and is the perfect complement to Duralee and Highland Court fabrics.”

Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery is proud to carry the Duralee Furniture line along with Duralee fabrics.

Bev & Mike

Saturday, January 20, 2007

It's Official. Landfair Moving!

The Pearl Design Center is the newest addition to the growing
Home Design area in the northern end of the Pearl District. With over 47,000+ sf, it's a great location for retailers, showrooms, and studios specializing in home furnishing and design.

At this time we'd like to announce the first Tenant to Pearl Design
Center: Landfair Furniture & Design Gallery. Currently located on Macadam, Landfair Furniture & Design (Gallery) showcases high end furniture and home furnishing lines, and is a favorite of local Interior Designers. Pearl Design Center is proud to be their new home.

Pearl Design Center is being completed in phases, with just over 6,000 sf currently ready for Tenant Improvements. An additional 18,500 sf is being pre-leased, with 15,000sf slated for completion in Spring 2007, and 13,500 sf, slated for completion in Summer 2007.

For more information call or email.

Tami Wood
WDC Properties
1205 NW 14th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
(503)221-2900 phone
(503)223-2567 fax

We are very happy to be almost doubling our size and are looking forward to being near other designer destinations.

The new address is 1636 NW 15th, Portland, OR 97209

Bev & Mike

Sunday, January 14, 2007

R.I.P. Ed Zieg

Our friend Charles Edward "Ed" Zieg, born in 1941, husband of interior designer Nancy Zieg, died this past week of lung cancer. Ed was a tall drink of water, a good ole boy and we loved his wry sense of humor. Mike and I are happy we got to know Ed over dinners with Nancy.

About two years ago, while out walking with Nancy, he felt a sharp pain in his chest. He had it checked and doctors discovered lung cancer on a lobe of his lung. He had it removed and underwent chemo and hoped they had the cancer licked. A subsequent checkup by the doctor last summer found that the cancer had returned. This time the doctors didn't give him much time to live. We will miss him and miss the dinners we could have had together. Our hearts go out to Nancy and their four children and their extended family.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00, Tuesday Jan 16th, at Adams Chapel in River View Funeral Home on SW Taylors Ferry Rd.

Bev & Mike

Updated 12:45 on 1/14/07

Friday, January 12, 2007

Artichokes At Risk!

One of my favorite sights is to be in QFC or Fred Meyer and see Artichokes 10 for $10! I get my Mike to put one on a 5:30 PM in a pan of boiling water with some special herbs and olive oil. About 7:30, I am ready for a "prickly" feast. That's what Mike calls them, as in, "Do you want me to fix you a "prickly" for dinner?"

I read today that the cold arctic air that passed through Portland is now as far south as the Artichoke fields in Castroville, California and the farmers are working hard to save the crop from the cold.
...beefed-up field crews raced Thursday to behead the prickly buds before Mother Nature leaves them rotten to the core.

The stakes are high. At Ocean Mist Farms, a grower whose name is synonymous with this 'choke-crazy town of 7,000, they're bracing for more than just a frigid weekend.

``We expect to lose as much as $1.5 million if we freeze,'' said vice president Dale Huss, who's bracing for temperatures in the low-to-mid 20s today and possibly through Sunday.
Bev & Mike
Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery

Monday, January 08, 2007

Barware: Alluring Accessories

From Home Accents Today by Tracy Bulla:
Eye-popping accents stock the bar this season with the emphasis firmly on chic. Decorative trays, wine stoppers and ice buckets boast animal prints and lavishly shimmering metallics to amp up the glam and glitz.
One of the vendors featured is this accessory from Global Views:

Picante Red trim spices up the retro hexagonal frame of Global Views' walnut trays and coasters
Global Views is a featured vendor at Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery.

Bev & Mike

Voluptuous Vines

From Casual Living:
The graceful, meandering lines of the vine come front and center in home accents this season. Equal parts rustic and sophisticated, vines are showcased in ultra-modern prints or classical translations. The real thing also gathers steam in other interpretations, feeding into the eco chic, renewable resource movement. Whatever the case, vine-themed designs are heavy on style and substance.
An example of "voluptuous vines" from Palecek:

Palecek's dimensional Vine wall art is crafted of all-natural, renewable resources for an eco-friendly alternative that packs plenty of style.
Palecek is featured at Landfair Furniture + Design Gallery.

Bev & Mike