Many people don't realize you can wander the Pittock Mansion gardens at no cost and even take a picnic on the table or benches over-looking the city of Portland. The garden is tended to by a volunteer crew who know their way around a flower bed and give free guided tours twice a month.
Each of the five homes on the Street of Dreams tour includes an accessory dwelling unit or ADU. That’s fancy pants talk for the extra living space formerly known as mother-in-law apartment, guesthouse, studio or nanny quarters.
Over the weekend, my husband and I got the guest room ready. We cleared the clutter. All the surfaces needed dusting. We put crisp, clean, sheets on the bed. I considered buying flowers for the bedside table but worried our guest might think that was a bit over the top. And I wanted to make a favorable impression.
There’s no reason to wait for the water to turn stiff before making your home more energy efficient.Neil Kelly is part of an innovative program to help homeowners pursue energy retrofits for their home. The Energize SE Portland Project is a collaborative effort between Neil Kelly Home Performance and Umpqua Bank with the help of Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) launched a competition to design a dreamy house for Babs. A jury selected five finalists and the public has until August 1, 2011 to vote for the winner.
My dog needs subtitles. We want to know what is going on inside that doggy noggin. Like the time he ran behind the stereo speakers to see where the voices were coming from. And the night he barked fiercely at the horses galloping across the television screen. Or when he did one of those head tilts at the sight of the running shower. It must have looked to him like a tiny room where it rained on command.
I’m having my own personal head-tilt moment at this ThermaSol shower. It is not just a place to get clean. The Serenity Light and Music System combined with the Aromatherapy Retractable Steam Heads with essential oils transforms the humble shower stall into a bliss-on-tap room. It’s Nirvana through plumbing. It's lather up for enlightenment. It's heaven with a terry cloth towel.
Several Oregon outlets carry ThermaSol including Chown Hardware, Consolidated Supply,Ferguson Enterprises, Keller and Standard Supply.
My dog will be baffled. But I'll be blissed.