Little is more exhilarating to an interior designer than watching a favorite fashion icon begin designing for interiors, as well. Trina Turk has taken her bright, large patterns we typically see on her Palm Springs-inspired clothing and created a residential line of appointed accessories, bedding, and stationary. Her style translates seamlessly from clothing to interior spaces and her fabric line for Schumacher is a breath of fresh air for the world of upholstered goods.

Trina Turk Residential

Trina Turk’s newest collection of Designer Fabrics for Schumacher is sure to help you, “Let the Sun Shine In.” Inspired by the poolside lifestyle of California, Trina’s love of vintage apparel, pattern, + vivid color, this collection will help you be Retro Pool Party ready! Using Sunbrella® branded Solution Dyed outdoor Acrylic yarns in matelassé, gives the textiles a luxurious multi-hued quality with an extra soft and supple hand.

Trina Turk Fabric Collection for Schumacher

Turk’s latest collaboration with Banana Republic debuts on June 6th. A particularly extraordinary alliance with a third organization, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), proves to be a very special collection.

Rummers are celebrated today just as they were in the 1960′s when Robert Rummer was building them around the outlying Portland neighborhoods. What a pleasure it was to work on a Rummer with wonderful homeowners, an amazing designer: m.o.daby design , and very talented contractors: Cellar Ridge Custom Homes.

The home is being remodeled in phases and the most recent phase was relocating the kitchen, combining a bedroom and a family room to create one office, revamping their laundry room into a dog spa with exterior access, and to relocate their son’s bedroom. Matthew Daby was responsible for the creative layout and left the kitchen, laundry + bathroom designing to me. Owners Kathleen and Jeremy were very committed to thinking through every last detail to make sure they’d be happy with their long-term love for their Rummer. Although we didn’t stay inside the truest lines of an original Rummer design, we did create a modernized version of something we think Mr. Rummer would be proud of.

Portland Monthly’s Kristin Belz wrote an article on Rummers last week and mentions the Historic Preservation League of Oregon is presenting a Rummer Tour and a retro slide show by Charles Phoenix on June 2nd and 3rd.

Photos by Parallel Photography


Remodeled Hallway looking toward Bathroom

Remodeled Hallway + Kitchen

Glass Tile Backsplash and Quartz Countertops

The Rummer Resident Portuguese Water Dog, Macy

Remodeled Bathroom with Glass Tile Backsplash + Quartz Countertop

Glass Tile and Electric Mirror Detail

m.o.daby designed Exterior Addition

And what would a remodel be with out a few before shots?

Former Dining Room

Former Bathroom

Former Kitchen

The former dining room is now the relocated kitchen


In the Pacific Northwest, when it’s nice out {above 60 degrees} everyone rushes outside as soon as possible to eat outdoors, exercise outdoors, and relax outdoors. After a weekend like we just had {nearly 90 degrees in May!}, planting the garden, dusting off the outdoor furniture from the garage after long 9 months, and establishing the grilling recipes you’ve been dying to try are inevitable. One of my favorite places to be in the heat is in my backyard and so I wanted to bring you some inspired outdoor spaces. Outdoor living rooms don’t have to coordinate perfectly with your interior spaces because they can be an oasis inside the sanctuary of your own home.

Here are some images guaranteed to inspire…enjoy the beautiful weather!


My friend Chena is insanely talented.  She’s the friend you invite to your knitting group to see if she might like knitting and by the end of the evening she’s teaching everyone creative techniques she created on the fly.  Chena can draw, paint, knit, sew, embroider, cook, design…there’s nothing she can’t do when it comes to creating.

Chena also has a wonderful blog Alabaster Studio that is so much fun to follow and see what she can possibly come up with next.


Art is personal and can evoke so many different feelings from the viewer.  It can be complex or simple, beautiful or ugly, silly or sinister. It’s a visual story that’s told by the artist and left to the viewer’s imagination to decipher.

Art can be that one little detail that brings a space together or adds that ‘cherry on top’ to a room.  It can make a space come alive and it can tell a changing story. You might stop to look at a piece collected from your travels or that you’ve created, and it instantly conjures up a memory or a feeling. Other times you might notice colors, shapes and pictures as if you’re seeing a piece for the first time.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite Etsy artists whose work captivates me. Their amazing pieces of original art are quite accessible, and I’ve selected a couple of pieces from each which I’ve been coveting. Perhaps you’ll find something that speaks to you. Enjoy!

Alabaster Studio


Artist: Julianna Swaney
(pencil and collage drawing on paper)
Etsy store: Oh My Cavalier!
Website: Oh My Cavalier! Blog


Artist: Stacey Rees
(abstract mixed media)
Etsy store: Wallnut
Blog: Stacey Rees Blog

They didn't want to be seen, so they left

Artist: Felicita Sala
(watercolour and collage on heavyweight paper)
Etsy Store: Babouche Rouge
Blog: Babouche Rouge Blog

The Concentration and the Romance

Artist: Hollie Chastain
(Giclee print on paper)
Etsy store: drkennedyjones
Blog: drkennedyjones blog

Sculptures that add a little whimsey in your environment.
I couldn’t pick just one…

Feeling Buddhist



Feeling Hindu

Artist: Mitsy
(Unglazed ceramic)
Etsy Store: Art Mind
Blog: Art Mind Etcetera Blog

Earth Day and Arbor Day both this week beg for my sister Melissa’s blog post on creative and stylish ways to incorporate trees in your interior. Melissa is passionate about protecting the environment and has always had a love for trees. Interior trees bring life, clean air, and the outdoors a little closer.

Arbor Day | April 27th {Indoor Trees}

Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States by J. Sterling Morton. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872, and an estimated one million trees were planted that day.
Many countries now observe a similar holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season. (Wikipedia)








Interior Trees

Money Tree

Interior Courtyard


Julie is my health friend.  She updates me on the latest and greatest: the best chia seeds, the tastiest lemon flavored fish oil, the gluten-free, protein-packed think thin protein bars {my all time favorite introduction}…to name a few.  Recently she has been trying out many raw food recipes and was generous enough to share a few of her favorites.


A raw diet, meaning an all-vegetarian diet, where foods are not heated past 115 degrees, is full of positive promises for your health and the environment. Eat this way and you’ll start craving nutrient-dense foods over heavy, processed, or sugary ones. You’ll also have an aura of wellness about you.

Herbed Cashew Dip from PureWow

Makes about 1-1/2 cups
Start to Finish: 45 minutes


  • 1½ cups (7 ounces) raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 scallion, white and light-green parts only, thinly sliced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt

1. Fill a bowl with room-temperature water and soak the cashews for 30 minutes. Drain the cashews and set aside.
2. In a blender, process the olive oil with the lemon juice, garlic, parsley, oregano, cilantro and scallion until just combined. Gradually add the cashews, scraping down the sides of the blender and adding water to thin the dip as needed. (You may not need all of the water.) Pulse until the ingredients are well combined and the dip is smooth. Season with salt.
3. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and pair with crunchy vegetables or pita bread for dipping.

Mango Chili Wraps from Sidesaddle Kitchen

Nutritional Notes: Almond butter is full of heart-healthy fats and is a good source of folate, calcium, and non-meat protein.

Shell Ingredients:
• Half a head of cabbage
• 1 carrot, julienned
• 1 bell pepper, julienned
• 1 mango, thinly sliced
• 1 handful sprouts

Filling Ingredients:
• 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
• 1-2 Tbsp. chili flakes
• ¼ cup maple syrup
• ½ tsp. salt
• ¼ cup almond butter
• 1 Tbsp. nama shoyu
• 2 Tbsp. chopped ginger
• ¼ cup lemon juice
• ½ cup walnuts
• 1 cup cashews

In a high-speed blender, puree all the filling ingredients, except the cashews. Add in the cashews; pulse a few times, but keep it chunky. To assemble, lay out a cabbage leaf, place a few tablespoons of the filling vertically down the center of the leaf. Arrange carrot, bell pepper, mango, and some sprouts. Fold the sides in, and eat as is. To add flair to your plating, tie wraps with a green onion or chive.

Moroccan Kale Salad from Pure Wow

Makes 4 side servings
Start to Finish: 25 minutes

• 1 bunch Tuscan kale, ribs removed and roughly chopped
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• Sea salt
• Juice of half a lemon
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
• 1 medium carrot, peeled and finely grated (about ½ cup)
• Half a crisp apple–peeled, cored and finely chopped
• ¼ cup golden raisins
• ¼ cup sliced raw almonds
• 3 tablespoons pitted oil-cured olives (about 9 olives), halved
• 2 tablespoons hemp seeds (optional)
• Freshly ground black pepper

1. In a medium bowl, combine the kale with the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Using your hands, massage the kale until the olive oil is coating the leaves and they begin to wilt, about 1 minute.
2. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the cumin and turmeric. Add the mixture to the kale and continue to massage the leaves until well combined.
3. Add the carrot, apple, raisins, almonds, olives and hemp seeds, if using, and toss until just combined. Season with salt and pepper. Let the salad rest for 10 minutes, then serve.

Chocolate Chia Pudding from Sidesaddle Kitchen

Nutritional Notes: Not only is this pudding a great source of plant protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and fiber – it’s also the simplest breakfast ever! Keep leftovers in the fridge for a filling snack later.

3-4 Servings

• 1 cup chia seeds
• 3 cups nut milk
• 3 Tbsp. maple syrup or agave
• 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• One pinch stevia
• One pinch salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir until seeds are coated (you might get clumps – if so, just get a little more aggressive with it!) Let sit for a half hour or so, and enjoy.

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share our good news!
Francesca Sui arrived on April 6th at 3:30 am…weighing 8 lbs. 2 oz. and measuring 21″ in length.

I am going to spend a couple of weeks with her and will be back soon to blog.  However, in the meantime, a special treat of weekly guest bloggers will be featured on my blog to share ideas related to design…and otherwise.



I met David + Ronnie Malka when they were moving into a new space on SW 3rd Avenue in downtown Portland; they asked me if I could help them with the design for their new jewelry store Malka Diamonds + Jewelry. It was a fun process to select paint, finishes, furniture and lighting that would not distract from, but showcase the beautiful jewelry they exhibit and sell. They create many beautiful custom pieces and feature local artisan Emily Jane. This is the perfect place to find or create a special memento.

Photography by Parallel Photography

Last week the committee I am on for Portland’s IIDA (International Interior Design Association) coordinated an educational forum on a history of wallcovering. Arthur Libera from Eye for Art, Inc. created the presentation and it was interesting to learn that the history of wallcovering has dated back to 15,000 BC. Arthur pointed out that “perimeter art,” as he called it, has been an important design element since people lived in caves. It’s still a strong design element and, as we’ve all noticed, it’s back….again.

Please enjoy the first discovered wallcoverings to current wallcoverings trends.

…from past to present…

Caves at Lascaux, 15,000 BC, present day France {discovered in 1940}

Altamira Caves, 13,000 BC, present day Spain {discovered in 1879}

Tomb of Tuthmosis III, c. 1500 BC

Tutankhamen's Tomb, c. 1300 BC

Prince Yide's Tomb, Tang Dynasty, 706 AD

Constantine's Vision, The Vatican Raphael Rooms, c.1520

Deborah Bowness for Christian Lacroix, Hotel Petit Moulin Paris, 2005

Bedazzled wallcovering by Maya Romanoff, 2003

Sanderson Wallpapers, 1960

Jarlath Mellet Wallpaper, 2012

Maya Romanoff, 2010


Have you noticed everyone it seems is suffering from a spring cold right now?  Everywhere I go I hear coughing and sniffling, but I suppose it goes hand-in-hand with the snow fall we’re also experiencing…in March.  Being a couple weeks away from having a baby, I am trying to stay as healthy as possible and avoid the inevitable viral infectious germs while also being mindful of using natural products.  I found this recipe for a natural antibacterial hand sanitizer a couple of weeks ago and have relied on it to protect me and so far I’ve had great results: no cold!  Give it a try – it’s easy to make and you can put it in any spray bottle you have laying around or make your own travel wipes.  It’s also a great room spray disinfectant to purify air while creating a relaxing and calming atmosphere {substitute distilled water for the aloe vera for room sprays}.

  • 12 oz pure aloe vera
  • 1/3 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 6 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 12 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
Mix the first four ingredients together and add the witch hazel last.  Best of luck staying germ-free!