#Orcondo Reveal and Livestock Framing

Orlando Soria, designer and creative director at Homepolish recently revealed his long awaited, full condo renovation (aka #Orcondo). It was featured in Homepolish Magazine, Design Sponge, Lonny, Style By Emily Henderson, and his blog Hommemaker and it was well worth the wait! 

Photo: Tessa Neustadt

Photo: Tessa Neustadt

Before and Afters are always so satisfying and this one really wowed. It's amazing to see the transformation and the creative imagination that goes into interior design. 

Photo: Tessa Neustadt

Photo: Tessa Neustadt

Photo: Tessa Neustadt

Photo: Tessa Neustadt

We were thrilled to have client Livestock Framing featured as the printing and framing source for the amazing Yosemite panorama art wall in his master bedroom, which is just incredible. Orlando, who grew up in Yosemite, took the photograph himself and turned it into a work of art. It's a great example of what Livestock aims to do, bring our memories to life.

Photo Tessa Neustadt

Photo Tessa Neustadt

To read more about the bedroom reveal, visit Style By Emily Henderson and to see more about the art project, check out Hommemaker

You can check out a slideshow of the full #Orcondo renovation on Homepolish.


Pitching the Portland Business Journal: Do's and Don'ts

In last week's issue, the Portland Business Journal published the article Avoiding the Imperfect Pitch, a list of do's and don'ts for pitching the PBJ staff.  It's a great guide for businesses and entrepreneurs who don't have a seasoned PR pro handling the pitching for them. It gives some insight on the seemingly little things that actually make a big difference in a successful pitch. Be sure to check it out and find out about crunch times and the unnecessary follow up.



IDS West

I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite cities recently, Vancouver BC, to attend the Interior Design Show West 2015 (IDS West).  The event, "the Pacific platform for all things design", now in its 11th year, featured designers, makers and brands from the West Coast and the Vancouver community.


The show attracted an audience of industry professionals including architects, interior designers as well as design savvy consumers and media eager to see the latest design forward products coming out of the Pacific Northwest and hear presentations from designer Jonathan Adler, founder of Design Within Reach, Rob Forbes and others.

There were several cool features including Swings, an interactive installation by Philipe Malouin that featured a 12-piece swing set designed to showcase Caesarstone's new Supernatural and Concrete Series and LA Exchange, curated by Design Milk, which featured a selection of designers from LA including Eric Trine (who was based in Portland for a time).

The Portland Pop Up neighborhood represented our city well, featuring well known local design resources like Quarter Twenty, Plywerk, and MadeHerePDX.

Photo by WhereTheyFindUs

Photo by WhereTheyFindUs

The Prototype exhibit showcased a curated selection of innovative designs that are still in concept phase. 

Konisa Studio presented The Larry Chair, a chair designed around learning and play for children 1-5. Portland based Lightlite featured Grain Pendants, lighting inspired by nature with an organic yet modern feel. Brett Riekert showed the Katamay chair, a mid-century modern inspired chair combining walnut, steel and leather to create a simple and sophisticated design.

The Prototype designs were all innovative and I look forward to seeing them in production. 

Other exhibits and designs that stood out include this sculptural piece of the mountain range from Vancouver design studio Propeller and the Bloom coffee/side table/stool made from Western Red Cedar trees by MTH Woodworks. Both exude our love of nature and mountains here in the Pacific Northwest.

The Jan Kath rugs and pillows were also stunning, as was the showroom. I love the Erased Heritage line, traditional designs with an edge.

Montauk Sofa had one of the best booths. Simple and statement making. 

All in all, it was inspiring to see the level of talent and creativity emerging from the Pacific Northwest and Canada and was a great showcase of well designed and engineered products for the home.

Check out the IDS West flickr album to see great photos from the show.



Summer's Not Over Yet

Summer's not over yet! There's still time for some great hiking this summer. Good thing Rodney Lough Jr., award winning wilderness photographer from Portland just launched a new hiking app, Stand Here, a hiking and travel guide to some of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Rodney has devoted his entire career researching, discovering and documenting the most beautiful places in wilderness. Now he's sharing these special places through his free app.  Be sure to check it out.

Moving to Portland?

The April 2014 issue of Portland Monthly is out and it's all about the best places to live and the hottest neighborhoods in Portland. 

It's a great resource for anyone thinking about moving to Portland so I was pretty excited to have secured a Rainmaker profile on client Living Room Realty and what they call its "PDX realty rebel" owner.  

It provides great insight into what sets these guys apart and what make them quintessentially Portland.