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Hospitality: 3 Secrets of a Terrific Host

June 22, 2017 Blog, blogs, latest news, Table settings, Uncategorized 0
Hospitality: 3 Secrets of a Terrific Host

How do some people do it? Are they blessed with an out-of-the-ordinary gift of hospitality? They ooze, “no worries,” just ease for everyone? I mean really, there must be some clandestine system that I want to be privy to; certainly I’m not always that nonchalant when it comes to hosting a party. However, over the years I’ve learned a few strategies that help whether it’s an out-and-out shindig or neighbors stopping by while out on a walk. Read More

Celebrate the Modern Dad

June 8, 2017 Blog, latest news, Uncategorized 0
Celebrate the Modern Dad

Let’s face it; Dad doesn’t want another tie for Father’s Day or Christmas, or for that matter, his birthday. Why shouldn’t we celebrate the modern dad with amenities and pampering suited to his lifestyle?

President Coolidge thoughtfully said this day would “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children” and “impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.” Library of Congress Wise Guide

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Natural dyes: A conversation with Kaitlin Leck

May 25, 2017 Bedding, Blog, Interviews, latest news, Les Indiennes, Uncategorized 0
Natural dyes: A conversation with Kaitlin Leck

You may have heard the term “natural dyes” being bantered around.  Actually, one of our favorite makers of bedding and table linens, Les Indiennes, exclusively uses dyes derived from plants, roots, earth and rocks.

This all sounds so artisan, pioneer-like and eco-friendly, that we went seeking answers to questions begging to be asked. A friend of Nicole Michelle, Kaitlin Leck was just the person to help us. Kaitlin is a nurse by day, but also extensively studied textiles and natural dying processes. She previously worked for a Seattle company, Earthues, a natural dye company.

Posing a few questions to Kaitlin was eye-opening. There’s a whole world of non-synthetic, low-impact-on-the-environment options for coloring everything from eggs to cloth and yarn. Read More

Got a chair in need of new upholstery fabric?

May 11, 2017 Bedding, Blog, Interior Design, latest news, Les Indiennes, Libeco, Uncategorized 0
Got a chair in need of new upholstery fabric?

Got a chair in need of new upholstery fabric?

We all have a great second-hand or vintage shop that we adore. I actually have several; some here in town and others in PDX.

The problem of falling head-over-heels for a vintage or otherwise used piece of upholstered furniture is that by the time it hits the thrift shop, the fabric is shot, or has that I’m-not-so-sure-I-want-to-sit-on-it factor. Read More

We’re moving to a new location

April 28, 2017 Blog, Interior Design, latest news, Uncategorized 0
We’re moving to a new location

Dear friends,

We’re moving and wanted you to be among the first to know! Excited? Yes, yes we are. An address change and a renewed design-focus; this is a positive shift for Nicole Michelle.

As some of you know, we have an unconventional lifestyle. Andrew is a freelance CPA and CFO, and we homeschool our two boys. Last year Andrew began commuting to Portland each week for a client and soon after we enrolled the boys in a private school in Portland called Village Home. Dividing our time between Bend and Portland is exciting, but incompatible with both maintaining our Newport Avenue property and managing Nicole Michelle. Read More

Ronda Wiltse, my rooms tell a story

April 13, 2017 Bedding, Blog, Interior Design, Interviews, latest news, Les Indiennes, Libeco, Uncategorized 0
Ronda Wiltse, my rooms tell a story

Around a tiny black table in the shop, I had the lovely opportunity to sit down to “interview” Ronda Wiltse. She is a delightful person, a friend of Nicole Michelle Décor and has some great words of advice regarding design style.

Two things, specifically, resonated in my heart and design sense: make it meaningful and let your rooms tell a story. Read More

The Art of the Spring Table

March 30, 2017 Astier de Villatte, Blog, Interior Design, latest news, Libeco, Mud Australia, Table settings, Uncategorized 0
The Art of the Spring Table

The Spring table is exceptionally cheery all dressed up in pastel hues and fresh blooms which popped out just in time for Easter, Mom’s day and a myriad of other social occasions for dining and brunching with family and friends. In fact, I’m already thinking about how to set my table for Easter brunch.

Recently I added some gorgeous Libeco napkins in colors with names like turchese, clementine, grass green and lemon yellow to my collection. When fanned out they look like something you’d find in a basket delivered by a bunny. The egg-dye colors are perfect with white dishes and a grower’s bunch of peonies or ranunculus. Read More

The world of John Derian

March 16, 2017 Astier de Villatte, Blog, Hostess Gifts, Interior Design, John Derian, latest news 0
The world of John Derian

The world of John Derian is a magical place full of printed images from the past, antiques and assorted curiosities. I think his is a world I’d like to enter.

 

This all sounds eccentric, peculiar and quirky, like we had dropped into an Alice-in-Wonderland story. In reality, John Derian is a celebrated decoupage artist, along with other unique distractions. These so-called distractions have led to his discovery of past illustrations, etchings, rare reproductions and other printed materials that become his muse for plates and platters, trays and paperweights, coasters and bowls; pieces are functional in the home as well as objects of art. Read More

Creating a one-of-a-kind bed

March 2, 2017 Bedding, Blog, blogs, Coyuchi, Interior Design, latest news, Les Indiennes, Libeco, Uncategorized 0
Creating a one-of-a-kind bed

When you hear the words, one-of-a-kind bed ensemble, what flashes through your head; dollar signs and countless hours looking at fabric swatches until your head spins? That’s what often happens, so some opt for the easy, visiting the closest retail chain. Sure, they’ve put together some good looks, even nice pairings. However, they are not exactly unique, since your neighbor also chose the same outfit for her bed. Read More