It's Friday morning and I'm sitting at my daughter Meghan's kitchen table. Some much needed rain and clouds outside the window. Yes, even in Portland they need rain. Coffee cup in hand and chatting about what we want to do today. I love coming to visit
I Am Grateful!
This is my third year to come up and attend the Portland Street of Dreams with my daughter Meghan. It is an interior designers dream. A chance to see some of the latest materials and architecture put into play. Sponsored by the Home Builders Association, this is their 40th year and has offered five to nine houses to tour in different suburbs of Portland. This year it is in Lake Oswego.
Modern, Mid-Centry, Tudor, Cape Cod to Traditional and everything in between!
Builders, architects, designers, landscapers and home furnishing stores all get to strut their stuff. This year all homes were required to be LEED certified, include solar energy and rain gardens to manage rain water.
The homes range from 4,000-6,000 sf and $1.5 to $2.9 million...chump change right? What do you get for that kind of money you ask? Well, for starters, some amazing materials. Most had some or all of the following: an office, outdoor kitchens, basketball or tennis court, a gym, wine room/cellar, media rooms, game rooms, huge laundry/mudrooms, closets you could live in and views of Mt. Hood...when it's not cloudy or drizzly.
Have you been to Portland? It's cloudy and drizzly a lot!
Some design choices were perfect, spot on, best thing ever. Others you look at and go "huh". Ok. Really? But that's the beauty of these show houses. You get to dissect, inspect and expect a little more. These are talented people with lovely budgets. Some continuing trends were reflected with the selection of materials. Large tiles were used in bathrooms, along with mosaic and glass tile. Metals of all kinds, chrome, bronze, brass and nickel. Globe pendant lighting in various styles and subway tile in various colors and textures.
So here we go...Some pics of the 2015 Portland Street of Dreams. These were taken and edited with my iPhone so bear with me.
Beautiful light and texture in this room
Taking a break.. Beer and wine please!
Also, black hardware for drawer pulls, knobs and hinges
Even million dollar homes have DIY projects.
Are you still with me?
Overall they were beautiful homes and a fun day spent with my daughter and her friends. Which brings me back to being grateful...
Grateful for visits to Portland. For a grandson who is thirteen and still loves to give his Mimi hugs. To offer support and wine during an extremely stressful, most convoluted home sale I have ever seen...because now Meghan, TK and Brannon have bought their first home (I was waiting to post this til after their close) and have their own street of dreams journey to begin. I'm grateful to help in any way I can since we have some DIY experience. Many blessings in your new home...love you!