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
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
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?
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 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
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 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
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
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