Modern Native- Portland, Oregon

Why Portland? Well, it’s one of the destinations of the American West, which is a style that speaks to me. I have a bit of Native American in my heritage, and it has always had a draw for me. And…my husband grew up in Oregon, so we are there alot. But beyond that, it is a super hip and happening place, and adds a lot of style to the conversation. Portland is a town that is kind of granola, but is also forward thinking. I think the graphic/native look captures this modern thinking.

I absolutely love the contrast of black and white, juxtaposed with nature and graphic. I went a little overboard when I made the striped pouf, the bedding, the headboard. But I think it works with the art and the cactus softens the look (said no one ever! a cactus softening a look, but t does). The cactus comes from this amazing plant store in Miami called Plant the Future. It’s a place so unique, I can’t even explain it. You just have to see it for yourself.

Ok, let’s take a minute to talk about this Chief & Chief, which is the centerpiece of the look. I never have seen pieces that embodied the spirit of my husband & I as  much as these. Yes, there are 2 cooks in this kitchen! And yes it can work, we’ve been married 10 years AND we run our business together. This incredible artwork is by Jenna Snyder and can be purchased at Domino.com. The frames are custom from Michael’s, everybody’s favorite craft store!.

I really wanted to do a poncho-shaped piece, and I like the flow of the rayon, ethnic print that I found. I feel that you could really relax, Portland style in this one. You can find more info about getting your own poncho-shaped caftan at my Etsy site here.

You can’t do American West without something turquoise. I went for a hint of turquoise with the diamond print throw pillow backs. Just a peek there. And then of course the gorgeous real turquoise piece that I am always to afraid to wear out of the house on the dress form that my adorable husband bought for me in Santa Fe like 12 years ago. It’s too nice!  Which leads me to the head dress (I know you have been wondering). I found it online, made by some artisans in Bali. You just never know. The company is called Novum Crafts, and you can find wearable head dresses in all sizes and colors. I can’t wait to buy more.

Thanks for the inspiration Portland!

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