Portland Street of Dreams and a New Street to Call Home

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.

      This table was Rustic and beautiful.  Love pairing it with the modern chandelier

      This table was Rustic and beautiful.  Love pairing it with the modern chandelier

                          There were some really cool sinks like this one... 

                          There were some really cool sinks like this one... 

                                                                     And this one...

                                                                     And this one...

            Meghan really liked this tub and if anyone deserves to relax, its this girl

            Meghan really liked this tub and if anyone deserves to relax, its this girl

Not a good pic but the windows were the statement here. It's very challenging taking pictures with a couple hundred people wandering into your shot. 

Not a good pic but the windows were the statement here. It's very challenging taking pictures with a couple hundred people wandering into your shot. 

             Fashion statement...booties over shoes  Required in all the homes. 

             Fashion statement...booties over shoes  Required in all the homes. 

Bedrooms

 

        Fun use of color and texture.  The sheer drapery panels had smocking with rhinestones...design is in the details.

        Fun use of color and texture.  The sheer drapery panels had smocking with rhinestones...design is in the details.

                  Trust me when I tell you this was some gorgeous wallpaper.

                  Trust me when I tell you this was some gorgeous wallpaper.

                        Playful teen girls room with wall color that was ombre.

                        Playful teen girls room with wall color that was ombre.

    Lots of upholstered headboards seen throughout the homes...metallicswere popularfor accessories like these pillows.

    Lots of upholstered headboards seen throughout the homes...metallicswere popularfor accessories like these pillows.

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                                Love the corner window and lighting.  

                                Love the corner window and lighting.  

                                 And now for the teen boy's room.  

                                 And now for the teen boy's room.  

Living Spaces... 

                                                                   Fun bonus room

                                                                   Fun bonus room

                   Natural wood tables with the shiny mirror art...Great Wall color.  

                   Natural wood tables with the shiny mirror art...Great Wall color.  

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                             Beautiful light and texture in this room

          It was too dark to get a good pic but on the wall to the right...huge movie screen

          It was too dark to get a good pic but on the wall to the right...huge movie screen

Taking a break.. Beer and wine please! 

                                                  Meghan, Kate and adorable Lilly

                                                  Meghan, Kate and adorable Lilly

There were a lot of contemporary kitchens...this one proved that white kitchens will be around for along time with this classic look.  We saw variations of the subway tile throughout the homes.

There were a lot of contemporary kitchens...this one proved that white kitchens will be around for along time with this classic look.  We saw variations of the subway tile throughout the homes.

 There was a huge range of countertop materials. Lots of marble, some quartz, Ceasarstone and a couple granite slabs that were pieces of art. Like above...

 There was a huge range of countertop materials. Lots of marble, some quartz, Ceasarstone and a couple granite slabs that were pieces of art. Like above...

                           Also, black hardware for drawer pulls, knobs and hinges

                    And here.  The veining and colors in this slab were stunning.

                    And here.  The veining and colors in this slab were stunning.

                                                    Lighting is jewelry

                                                    Lighting is jewelry

Even million dollar homes have DIY projects.  

                                             Industrial chic anyone?

                                             Industrial chic anyone?

                                                         Hand painted trees

                                                         Hand painted trees

Are you still with me?  

 

                                                        My home tour posse... 

                                                        My home tour posse... 

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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!

Elementally,

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