Travel Diary: Portland

In July, the Mr. and I had a chance to spend a couple of days in his hometown (and the city where we met!)  It's easy to find design inspiration in a place filled with great food, fab home décor shops, and beautiful outdoor scenery.  Sure, it may get a little rainy and gray in the winter but what's not to love when the Summer sun is out?  Here are a few of my favorite spots:

Manor Fine Wares is chock-full of everything from rustic furniture and lighting to adorable baby gifts, bedding, taxidermy, and Farrow & Ball paints.  It is also located on one of P-town's best shopping streets, NW 23rd.

Love this informal seating arrangement of poufs

Someone is keeping an eye on the jewelry... 

I find it extremely difficult to turn down French pastries when I'm faced with the real thing, which is exactly what you will find at Saint Honoré Boulangerie.  I stopped by for a quick croissant and café au lait.  Find your own classic bistro stools here!

Carb heaven

Baguette bakers hard at work

Classic French bistro stools

I guess you can say that I'm a bit of an ice cream snob.  It's just very hard to find premium ice cream that can rival the one and only B&J's.  By the time I walked into Salt & Straw, I had heard the hype about crazy flavor combinations (pear with blue cheese?) and farm-to-cone ingredients.  Well, after one bite I was SOLD!  They get bonus points for designing their NE Alberta Street store with true sustainability in mind.  The build-out includes reclaimed wood from the bleacher seats of Lewis and Clark College's original athletic stadium, barn wood from the barn at the Oregon State Hospital of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest fame, rafters from a local deconstructed commercial warehouse, and native black walnut milled from locally-salvaged trees (source: Hammer and Hand).

This location is kitty corner from Manor on NW 23rd. 

Deliciously creative combinations of local ingredients

We did an early birthday celebration with family at Clyde Common , a cozy and casual tavern-style restaurant known for well-crafted cocktails and innovative fare.  Our meal began with a delicious starter: salmon cheeks, crème fraîche and chick peas served with a shot glass side of summery sparkling rosé.  Located downtown, in the very cool Ace Hotel (formerly The Clyde), this space has soaring windows, communal tables, and an intimate loft seating area upstairs.

Source: Kaper Design