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Portland’s Color Scheme

September 2, 2015

Our trip to Portland this summer got me so inspired about modern-but-still-classic color schemes, especially on the exterior of homes.

I think one of my favorite things about Portland is the homes. We stayed in an airbnb in a family’s basement and the interior and exterior were both so beautiful. In fact, driving down any street you will be able to feast your eyes on some beautiful homes. The architecture style is often Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Bungalow, and my personal favorite–one of those I previously mentioned plus modern additions and revisions. A modern fusion, perhaps. There’s even a cool hashtag for those on instagram– #housemullet.

My computer is giving me some problems, so I can’t create an inspiration board or anything for you right now. So how about some eye candy?

From 2012 “Portland Modern Home Tour.”

From “Steph & Phil’s Reimagined Victorian” on Apartment Therapy

From TinyHouseTalk

I think the magical combination is natural wood + soft green (or earthy purple) plus a pretty punch of matte black. Something to contemplate as the fall approaches… pretty color scheme for a dinner party, or a small room refresh, or outfit!

I’m Around

July 28, 2015

Well, it is hard to blog without a photo editing software. Photoshop had been making my mac run like quicksand, so I updated the RAM and now it is having some visual component problems. Calling in some friend favors to tinker with it… but for now I am more or less photo-less. I’m not hiding in a cave though– iPhone to the rescue! Follow me on instagram to see what I am up to.

In the meantime, I am…

Soda & Swine

eating at the new Soda & Swine in Liberty Station. Eager to support such a delicious eatery much closer to home than North Park (where most of the good food is). Mmmmm… meatball sub….

drinking Pope’s Blend coffee from Reverie Roasters in Wichita. Was gifted a bag and some mugs and am thoroughly enjoying both.

cooking a lot! Doug and I took a Sur La Table cooking class last week and the food was phenomenal. I am eager to recreate the recipes at home. However, last Saturday we had friends over and I made choripan and pebre which was an all-around hit.

stressing out about our refinance. It’s been a little over a year since we bought our home and already we have made money! But I can’t wait for the phone calls, e-mails, and hurriedly faxed documents to come to a close (and have a little more money in pocket each month, too).

Balboa Park

viewing the Coney Island exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art. With art museums, I tend to be easy to impress. I love art! That said, this Coney Island exhibit not only impressed me but blew me away! The combination of paintings, photos, original ride components, postcards and ephemera, and videos dating from 1900-today was very, very well curated and encompassed the whole feel of Coney Island. Even though I have never been there, I now feel that I have! Psst: The art museum is only $5 on Fridays 5pm ’til close.

watching How I Met Your Mother, the last season. When you know what is coming at the end, and then re-watch, it is all very obvious and much less outrageous. Unpopular opinion: I loved the ending the first time I saw it! And even more so now!

So… what’s new with you?

The Madonna Inn

July 2, 2015

madonna inn 3

Madonna Inn

Our friends got married at the Madonna, in San Luis Obispo, a month ago. Wow, The Madonna Inn is a hard place to photograph. I think it lends to its specialness… The whole inn is so sprawling, twisting, multi-tiered, that it’s impossible to get a photo of the whole thing at once, unless taken from the air!


Madonna Inn

We left work on Friday at noon and made our way up to San Luis Obispo. There was a bit of traffic in Santa Barbara (which I hear is normal) but overall we made good time, especially considering the first night of a three-day weekend. We checked in while it was still light out and met up with a few friends in town for dinner and then made our way back to the hotel. One of the most fun and inspiring parts of the wedding weekend was the Friday night tour of rooms! Viewing the rooms on the Madonna Inn website is fun, but being inside them is so much different and awesome.

Madonna Inn

I am so glad that we were part of a large event because we got to see inside probably 10 or more rooms! Above, one of my favorites, the beautifully kitschy “Oriental Fantasy.” Many rooms had rough, dark rock walls and some even had rock showers! Below, the blue room is the famous circular “Voux” room.

Madonna Inn

We chose, in my opinion, the most striking (out of the cheap rooms), the Chestnut Foal. The paint was certainly green, the wallpaper- funny, and the light fixture was a show stopper! Oh yeah, and the bed was very comfy. An important factor in hotel choice, but here it pretty much becomes “a plus.”

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn

Overall, the Inn seemed like a strange alternative universe. Sort of like a grown-up Disneyland. The exterior and interior were adorned with gingerbread trim and carved wood– details upon details! I didn’t have a chance to visit the pool or spa, but the breakfast cafe was underwhelming (yet packed full of guests). It’s worth noting that the wedding dinner was very delicious, much better than the on-site breakfast. It seems like the hotel is straddling the line between tourist-chic, luxury-aspirational, and nostalgic kitsch. It’s truly a one of a kind place, absolutely worth visiting.

I am so happy and grateful that our friends decided to have their special day at such a fun and unique place. There are so many cool places in California, let alone the whole US, that sometimes it takes a special event to bring you somewhere you otherwise wouldn’t know about. I would never have visited The Madonna otherwise, and now I am so glad I had the chance to do so!

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn

Need a recommendation for where to stay? Check out my Your Turn section.


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