Beatrix!

Two months ago Beatrix Maia was born! It’s been both a challenging and wonderful summer so far and I love observing Beatrix’s personality emerge and develop.

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I’m also happy to report that Violet has been an incredible big sister and seems genuinely in love with Beatrix and excited to have her around. More to come!

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DIY: Homemade Live Edge Side Tables for $50

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For ages I’ve been admiring live edge tables with mid-century modern legs because I love the juxtaposition between organic and natural with modern and industrial. From independent boutiques to large retailers, I’ve seen a solid variety of these tables, but I was always hesitant to buy them because they’re expensive for something that looked so easy to make at home.

After a little research I found that the hardest part is finding the right wood slabs. If you have access to logs and woodworking equipment this is easy, but for city folks it means tracking down a vendor who sells pre-sliced cuts of wood. (As you would imagine, shipping blocks of wood can get quite expensive, so finding something locally is much more affordable.)

While visiting one of my favorite shops here in Portland, Beam and Anchor, I stumbled upon the shop ECOpdx, which sells salvaged and sustainable hardwood furniture. The friendly people at ECOpdx sell slabs of wood for as little as $10 and they will sand and refinish the pieces for $10 each. I opted to pay the extra bit to have them prepped for me, but this is something you could always do at home, especially if you have an electric sander. The most important thing is making sure that the surfaces are flat.

For the legs, I chose quintessential mid-century modern hairpin legs. These can be found all over the place–just google “hairpin legs” or visit Etsy. I found mine at a local Portland shop called The Reclaimory that sells vintage and modern furniture and décor at great prices.

Since the slabs I chose are round, I only needed three legs each. My hubby marked the wood, tested the location of the legs, drilled the screws in (making sure to pick the right length so not too short or too long–which could crack the wood) and we were done. Super easy side tables for about $50 each!

*Note: Another option is to take an old table/stool or a new cheap tabletop from IKEA and add your own legs on. Small changes like this can make something much more unique and personal. 

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Laser Engraved Wooden Skate Decks by Magnetic Kitchen

Have you ever tried skate boarding? I cruised around a bit in high school but never got close to being good at it, painting boards for friends and school art shows more than actually riding them. Twenty years later I still have a soft spot for skateboards so when I saw these laser engraved hardwood maple ones by Brooklyn’s Magnetic Kitchen I was blown away.

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Magnetic Kitchen is a small design company specializing in laser cutting and engraving, but skateboards are a fairly new medium for them. Through Kickstarter they managed to earn enough backers to get their boards into production and are now selling the decks for just $80. The company also invites people to design their own laser engraved decks.

I’m drawn to the Kanagawa board most. How about you?

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I Survived My First Winter in Portland!

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I survived my first winter in Portland and I have to say it was not all the rain and gloom it was chalked up to be. I’ve heard from locals that this last year has been unseasonably sunny and dry, which either means we got lucky or people are hiding the true loveliness of Portland to discourage more people from moving here.

Coming from the Bay Area where seasons are mostly non-existent, it was lovely to have a real summer filled with heat and consistent days of sunshine. Living farther north also means at the height of the summer it’s still light out at 10pm–perfect for dinner outdoors! There were a good couple weeks when the heat hit the mid-90s, but most of the time it was in the 80s.

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The plethora of colors that hit with autumn amazed me. It was a slow change from hot to ideal sweater weather and I was surprised at how much sunshine remained.

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Once winter actually hit, I felt so fulfilled by the full summer and beautiful fall that I was ready for the cold and gray. I quickly learned that when the weather calls for cloudy skies, you typically get some nice patches of blue as well. While some days got as cold as nine degrees, most of the time it was in the 30s during the day.

We had two snow storms, one brief stint in late fall and the other in January which lasted for days and provided some great sledding opportunities!

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The rainy season is around the corner and I’m nearing my super pregnant “no flying allowed” time, so I’m curious to see how I’ll cope as a California girl. Sometimes I dream of the beaches and sunsets on the California coast, but overall I’m pleasantly surprised by the seasons here.

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A Girl & Her Dog

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Some of the sweetest moments we’ve had with Violet was seeing her love for our dog, Oakley. Oakley passed away in December and there are few days that go by when she doesn’t ask where Oakley is or talk about playing with her. It’s endearing how connected pets and children can be.

Photographer Rebecca Leimbach captured this connection between her daughter, Harper, and their English bulldog, Lola, in these wonderful photos. One of the most touching aspects of their story is that Rebecca struggled to conceive and once she had Harper she worried about her not having a sibling to bond and play with. That role was filled by Lola.

To read more of their story, go to Today!

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Looking at these gorgeous shots makes me want to run out and get another dog for Violet!

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