I’m so excited about this: “Design Week Portland celebrates design as our city’s most promising cultural and economic resource. Our purpose is to explore process, craft, and practice across disciplines through our city’s vibrant design programming.”
Design Week Portland happens October 9th – 13th
Visit Design Week Portland‘s website for more info
These little babies just became available for pre-order and guess who just put an order in? That’s right – SO excited!! Every so often I see something that makes me feel like a kid again and these Balancing Blocks are a great adult toy for design enthusiasts. I also needed an excuse to order something from Areaware. I’m so looking forward to adding these to my collection. Just waiting for October 15th………
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Sous Style Blog. It pretty much encompasses every element I enjoy reading when it comes to personal style / home style blogs. If you like seeing stylish everyday folks share their style, home and kitchen skills, then Sous Style will definitely that part of you.
Another issue of Black Ivy Docs brought to you from the guys at Street Etiquette and Ali of A Noble Savage. I’m so glad Ali talked about “editing”. If only more of us put some real effort towards the editing process. Enjoy and read more at Street Etiquette.
via Street Etiquette: BLACK IVY DOCS – ALI OF A NOBLE SAVAGE : 02
While I was in San Francisco back in June, (among other things) I also got the chance to visit one of my favorite urban menswear retailers, Taylor Stitch. Located in the bustling Mission district and right next door to my favorite coffee shop, Four Barrel Coffee (which I’ve affectionately refer to as “hipster coffee”), Taylor Stitch is a shop that specializes in locally made, well-crafted shirts. A limited run is made of each style. What I like most about Taylor Stitch shirts is the way their XS size fits me. It’s damn near perfect – not tight, no bunching up, and they are made with high armholes for easy and comfortable sleeve roll-ups.
After I got back to PDX, I showed off my new shirt to David. He was pretty impressed as well and wanted one too. Apparently they’re pretty popular, because we couldn’t find a shirt in David’s size. So when I received an email last week about a limited run of Indian Madras Shirts, I placed an order for both of us. Needless to say, our order came today and I’m very a happy man.
Thanks Taylor Stitch,
~Customers for Life
Pyramids the is the first single released off Frank Ocean’s highly anticipated new album ‘Channel Orange“. Albeit ambitious, Pyramids is damn near 10 minutes of refreshing R&B pleasure. Pyramids has me waiting with baited breath for the July 17th release.
Oh yeah, Frank Ocean recently came out via Tumblr. This is so staged and I’m totally hooked!
Well scratch it:
My Post-Materialist Summer. At least for now. Back in May, I made a post entitled “My Latest Tech Obsessions“. Drumroll please: The wait is over and my Amazon.com wishlist finally became a reality.
I’ve been swooning over the TDK 3 Speaker Boombox since I first laid eyes on it. The Apple Time Capsule was long overdue. I’ve been really lucky (knock on wood) flying solo with no back-up and not having a reliable external hard drive for as long as I’ve had a computer. Not knowing Clarks run about one size bigger, my first pair didn’t fit, so I got finally got a pair that actually fit.
Aaaaaaaaah, now back to that Post-Materialist Summer stuff I was talking about yesterday.
I have a bad habit of being non-committal and impulsive when it comes to home furnishings. Hence, the plans for our DIY Shelving Unit have changed. David convinced me to think about this more and consider using higher quality materials. So I decided to use raw/live edge wood for the shelf and make a desk to match. We didn’t want all the supplies from the previous design to go to waste, so I decided to use the already purchased 2×4′s to make benches for the front and back porch and 2 benches for friends in need of outdoor seating. (pics to come)
We’re 2 weeks in and still have to:
- chisel off the remaining bark and sand the sides
- apply a pre-stain conditioner to avoid any blotching during the staining process
- apply stain and let dry
- apply varnish, let dry, sand down with steel wool and repeat (at least) 3 times
- place an order for custom shelf brackets and legs for the desk
- attach hardware
I’m hoping we’ll be enjoying the finished product by the end of the summer.
I’m so glad I took David’s advice about taking it slow and and being thoughtful when designing and building furniture. More updates to come.