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Thistle Restaurant and Bar in McMinnville, Oregon

One thing that I love about the Portland area is the variety of people who are committed to a more sustainable future. We have a growing number of customers who come to us wanting to build or design while leaving as small a footprint on Mother Earth as possible. What is so great is that their passion is infectious. Emily Howard and Eric Bechard are owners of Thistle, a restaurant that opened in June 2009 in McMinnville, Oregon. I met Emily and Eric when they came to Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage looking for items to incorporate into the design of their new restaurant and bar. They both have such a positive and energetic nature and for them sustainability isn’t the new fad to try; it…

Design Notebook

I’ve always been able to see things that weren’t there. No, not little green men or Oompa Lumpas – but ideas, the possibilities, the outcome of a pile of junk into something amazing. Not everyone sees the possibilities and at times I have felt surrounded by the “non-seeing”. Early on I started relying on tear sheets from magazines to help clarify my ideas, dreams and style not only for myself but for others. Over the years those tear sheets transformed into design notebooks. I now have individual notebooks for interiors, exterior hardscapes, exterior softscapes/plant materials, and one for my current projects. A design notebook can help on so many levels. It can help communicate your ideas to the non-seeing (especially if that person is a…

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