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Dramatic Luxury Design

Dramatic Luxury Design

Situate these bright, vibrantly patterned rugs and housewares in rooms that could use a splash of color or pizazz. Add a bit of Hollywood glam to your living room with this diamond-tufted velvet sofa (featured above) from Perch Furniture. Brighten any room with this fuchsia carpet (left) from Kush Rugs, hand-knotted in luxuriant Himalayan wool. Let

Minimalistic Neutral Design

Balance the busy vibe of darker, heavily trafficked spaces with these soft-hued or natural-textured furnishings and objets. If Don Draper had a lake house in the Hudson Valley, he’d no doubt furnish it with this low-slung, midcentury-modern Lowe Sofa (featured above), also available in a variety of fabrics, from Perch Furniture. This hand-knotted silk, linen,

Begin Again

A Pearl condo owner transitions from suburban living and takes on an ambitious remodel, with a trusty canine companion by her side The color scheme wasn’t planned this way, but it complements Trevor. He’s a plus-size Labradoodle whose shaggy coat lends what interior designers call “texture” to Beth Markwell’s freshly remodeled condo in the Elizabeth

Art of the Organized Closet

Opening a closet that looks like a Yeti ransacked it inspires a swelling desperation and disquiet. Spring is the perfect time for an overhaul—to give away the super-cute slacks that fit slightly wrong and are never worn, to reorganize that unruly gaggle of shoes, and to upheave the piles of clothes, belts, and scarves that

The Art of Real Estate: Top Tips from Expert Blake Ellis

Experienced broker Blake Ellis (503-473-5097) lives and breathes Pearl District real estate. Before joining Windermere Stellar, Blake’s first job out of college was selling apartment buildings and developable land. After venturing out on his own, he was recruited to sell a development of townhomes and condos in the Pearl, where he honed his knowledge of the downtown

Fast Gigabit Internet Service is Finally Homeward Bound

While many Portlanders anxiously await the experience of gigabit-speed Internet, some lucky local residents are already experiencing super high-speed Internet with Wave G service in their apartment and condo buildings. Wave G (mmaher@condointernet.net, 503-830-8158), formerly known as CondoInternet in the Seattle market, launched in Portland this August at Block 17 Apartments and will initially be available in the Pearl District, Downtown,

An Insider’s Take on the Pearl’s Red Hot Condo Market

A conversation with Sasha Welford, of Debbie Thomas Real Estate, about why there’s never been a better time to sell—or buy—in the Pearl Having built a loyal following as a realtor specializing in residential properties with Debbie Thomas Real Estate (402 NW 13th Ave, 503-226-2141), Sasha Welford has watched the market boom, slow down during

Grand Designs

A stylish revamp at the Henry About his first year in Portland, Scott Showalter, the new president and CEO of the Oregon Symphony, says, “It’s been terrific—a really heartening start to my tenure. Everybody in the arts community has been a great partner.” Easing his transition last July from LA—where he served as VP of the

Interior Ideas: A DIY Resource Guide

The Pearl’s many furniture and home-accessory retailers specialize in everything from colorful Iranian Karakul wool tribal carpets to gleaming polished-nickel Marco floor lamps. Here’s a look at some of our favorite neighborhood home shops and interior design firms.

Dream Team

The innovation and collaboration behind Bright Designlab At the striking, high-ceilinged Bright Designlab at NW 10th Avenue and Flanders Street, you can tap into the creative talents of two different operations. “We’re separate firms, but we have a collaborative business: the retail studio—we designed it, they built it,” says Alissa Pulcrano of Bright Designlab, referring

One-stop Shopping at Christopher David

Very few shopping destinations allow you to peruse gifts, furniture and home goods as you await a world-class latte, which you can sip while selecting a fresh-cut bouquet; but that’s exactly the scene at Christopher David.

Shop Pearl – For the Holidays

You may have already heard that the Pearl District has no shortage of fine fashion boutiques, and that the neighborhood is home to a number of first-rate, cutting-edge art galleries. What you may find a bit surprising is the sheer eclecticism of goods, gadgets, and gifts sold in this vibrant district that has steadily developed

Animal Farm

Brighten up your home with these whimsical fauna-focused accessories, including owls, insects, dogs and cats. Oh my!