I am so excited to introduce you to Michele Reeves, I just met her myself this week at the Waluga Masonic Lodge in Lake Oswego. The meeting that Michele was presenting was “Fundamentals of Thriving Downtowns”. You all know how I thrive to promote urban downtown living and that I am very active in being a stakeholder for a vibrant downtown for Lake Oswego, marketing two condo projects, Stafford Commons and 555 2nd st Condos for the last five years.
Michele is an urban strategist with extensive background in commercial real estate, development consulting, project management, and retail leasing. She founded Civilis Consultants to help cities improve their downtowns by teaching the building blocks found in successful commercial districts. Working together with stakeholders, she takes those essential elements and uses them to help communities construct detailed and achievable plans for revival.
Who would not love this savvy consultant and her fast paced informative presentation- she is known nation wide!
The next series of workshops will included the following- Analysis and Recommendations Presentation- short term goals and concrete steps
Field Trip of “Do’s and Don’ts” in the City
Marketing and PR workshop “every downtown should have a clear idea of the experience it wants to provide”
See you downtown at the Saturday market for all the Turkey fixins! Cheers ck
Everyone have a “Merry Little Christmas” and may your “troubles be out of sight” for 2011!
As I head to the beach cottage for New Years I will leave you ponder this photo and ask-
Is it Sculpture or Shelter?
You all know how much I love trains and one of my favorite trips is up to Seattle via Amtrak. It is time to relax and read, sip some wine and watch the scenery of fall colors pass by. Remember that freak fall day when it was 70 degrees out, well off I went to catch the Picasso Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris at the SAM museum.
Image via mike
I stayed at the boutique Hotel Andra, which is a beautifully restored building that blends its history with modern style…
Image via Hotel Andra
However…the surprise inside was the – yes, you know, the bathroom! I had to do a little I SPY bathroom investigating!
How exciting to see a shower with no curb! How thrilling to see a handicap/accessible, spa inspired bathroom looking so glam! A small space with sooooo much in it!
Mirrors, mirrors- a girl can not have enough! Perfect wood cubby shelves are tucked into the corner and provide amble storage, right at eye level!Aging in place, showers with hand held sprays and grab bars. I love the gray slate next to the mosaic shower tiles. Fabulous contrast!
It is the LITTLE things – like a towel bar that does double duty with glass shelf.
Hotel Andra – modern & classy – close to all the action downtown – lets go!
We visited a most impressive outdoor park – the Olympic Sculpture Park, – map. This amazing piece of land crosses both a freeway and train tracks! What an ingenious way to beautify the landscape that slices through the city’s industrial structures. With its outdoor sculptures and manicured grounds that vary in scale and texture, it’s a must see in any season!
Architecture, landscapes, sculptures, sunshine, I am in heaven, time for some wine…
Images via Lola
Be sure you take a mini vacation – the Northwest has so many treats in store for us- where have you been lately or where you like to go?
Have a great weekend!
I recently celebrated my birthday. It was a wonderful day full of adventure. One of the ways, I get my gardening/nature fix, is to get out into the wilderness of Oregon. What better backyard than our gorgeous state parks! I couldn’t think of a more fantastic venue for my birthday. To further illustrate my endless youthful energy…ha…I thought a bike ride through the Gorge would be the perfect activity!
Our path: The Mosier Twin Tunnel Trail in the Columbia River Gorge. This trail is for everyone – walkers, runners, families and is even handicap accessible!
Images via Double Mountain Brewery
We ended the afternoon gobbling up some fresh wood-fire pizza and washing it down with a couple of delectable beers at the lovely Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River. I have to mention that hung on the brewery’s walls was some breathtaking photography of Hood River and the surrounding area by Blane Franger…go check out his portfolio here.
So you are probably wondering…okay so when do I jet off to Luxembourg? Well…let’s just say I had a little “stay-cation” from my laptop via my friend’s blog…so much fun…wanna go on a “Vicarious Vacation” too? Check it out here!
All in all, I had a fabulous day and I want to thank all of you who so graciously sent me birthday wishes!
Don’t wait for your birthday, get out in your state parks and play!
I like to garden and get my hands dirty…it can truly be a creative experience – a zen moment.
Although I may garden alone, sharing my garden with friends brings me much joy!
Many of the people I meet, often feel attached to their large yard and this prevents them from downsizing. They may not need their big house but they need their yard!
I’m here to tell you that a garden done well on a small footprint can bring just as much pleasure as a palatial lawn (without all that mowing)!
Here are a few ideas:
That favorite plant you cannot stand to live without – take that heirloom rose with you!
Via Candy Rose
Container gardening is easy and allows you to have your prize plants move with you. Check out this wonderful book for more info and inspiration.
Think living in an urban setting or even a high-rise means you can’t have a garden? No way! Check out what local garden design company, Dig has created on these rooftop vistas!
I am considering adding to my collection of bonsai plants. They offer some flexibility, in that they can live inside or out. The gentle and artistic practice of their pruning can be very meditative.
I will also try (again) ORCHIDS. They need the right light and now are so affordable! It is thrilling to observe their intricate blooms unfold…it’s even better when one lasts a long time!Via marcocappellato
There are community gardens if you prefer to bring the bounty of vegetables home and share with neighbors.
Via Kevin Matteson
and the fall will find you canning and preserving with friends. Yum!
Vertical gardening is all the rage – and why not? – it’s so perfect for small spaces!
Via Jill Clardy
Look for ideas on vertical gardening at restaurants and hotels – a fave is Hotel Modera – be sure to have a glass of wine here as you study the plants!
Of course Oregon is known for all its parks and gardens – really, who needs a backyard when PDX is one!
Speaking of parks…a new secret fave of mine is Foothills Park in Lake Oswego. Since it remains mostly undiscovered, it offers a tranquil, quiet setting with gorgeous views of the Willamette River. Take advantage of the peace now before new docks go in this summer, that are sure to attract boating visitors.
The William Stafford basalt stone sculpture is a must to see, read and weave through…
How do you find your passion of gardening in your downsized space?
OR where do you go to find it? I would love to hear about your ideas and inspiration!
In the meantime to be sure to attend the garden event at The Metropolitan this weekend!
Holly Stickley, from The White Pear will be there sharing her knowledge of urban and container gardening!
(i think there may even be some wine to help the creative juices!)
Have a fabulous weekend!