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Customers Bill & Sarah Lorenze add vintage charm to their Palisade Homes

I have heard a few customers over the years say they love the items we carry but alas, live in a newly constructed home that just wont mix with our items from yester-year. What I try to remind people is that even our grandparents would have had some modern items from the day mixed with their own grandparent’s treasures from the past.  People simply didn’t discard the way we do today so most homes wern’t one pure style but a blend.  Bill and Sarah Lorenze know all about blending to create a comfortable home. They are owners Palisade Homes and are adding their special touch to one of their neighborhoods in West Linn. The article below was written by Nicole DeCosta and was printed in both the Lake…

Claire & Bryan of ¿Por Que No?

Many of us have had that one item of clothing we wore until it was completely thread-bare. That one item that made us feel comfortable, soothed and warm. Mine was a UCLA sweatshirt that my Aunt Beckie gave me when I was around 13 years old. Originally it hung well past my fingertips but by the end of my freshman year in college it was the perfect size, the perfect thinness from years of wear and wash and the perfect go to item in my meager wardrobe. That sweatshirt was there with me in my giggly, silly times and my stressed-out, ugly final times. It gave me that sense of comfort, contentment and memory. Walking into the home of Bryan and Claire, owners of ¿Por Que No?…

Todd & Amy’s Ladd’s Addition Restoration

It is a strange day when you meet a complete stranger that can tell you all about the soggy depths of your backyard.  A few months ago I met a very inquisitive four-year-old boy who asked the typical questions, “Well, what is your name? How old are you (uggh)? Where do you live?” When I answered “In Beaverton” he became the sharpest GPS locating device trying to hone in on my exact quadrants “Where in Beaverton? What street?” Until his dad flipped his head around and asked where on my given street did I live. I thought, “Well, I see where the boy gets it.” As it turns out though, Todd grew up in my neighborhood and his childhood friend (now coach for the Miami…

“Oh, Give Me a Home…”

We met Tasha, Shelter Director for Family Dogs New Life,  when she came to Aurora Mills looking for materials to create a set for photographing homeless dogs. Family Dogs New Life is a non profit, no kill, dog shelter dedicated to rescuing and re-homing needy dogs regardless of age, breed or history. They have found homes for over 6000 dogs since their beginning in 2004. Ira, the cute little guy in the wagon, is just one of the adorable furry friends they have up for adoption. The people at Family Dogs New Life created a set using all reclaimed, recycled materials – even the wagon.  Please check out their website. The photographs (by local Portland photographer Bob Libby) are captivating, but those big puppy dog…

Irving Street Kitchen

One of the things I love about my job is the ability to meet with people who use architectural salvage in a vast array of projects.  Seeing the end-product of someone’s dreams and ideas is a huge honor because people open up their homes and businesses, gardens and studios for me to come and photograph their creations.  I get to hear detailed stories about what lead to their project and the steps to make their ideas happen. A few days ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to the practice opening of a new restaurant opening in the Pearl District.  Irving Street Kitchen is entering Portland’s playing field of great restaurants.  What they bring is an upscale twist on Southern comfort food – and…

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…

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