Scenes of a Domestic Summer

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We are halfway through summer already and my small promise to myself to “take a vacation” sadly has not yet happened and probably will not by summer’s end. And so, I amuse myself by taking photos around the home and meeting lovely friends for leisurely breakfast and coffee dates around Portland and I am learning to be happy about this status of “staying put.” Also, it is nice to remind myself that many people come to Portland to vacation and I get to live here. So, that’s a pretty wonderful thing I think.

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Some glimpses into the butler’s pantry extension in our house. This is where I end up drying a lot of flowers and herbs and where I display my pretty vintage dishware.

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Scenes from the backyard. It has been so dry in Portland and our grass is all brown and many of my plants are sad and wilting. But even in their browned phase, they’re still beautiful, don’t you agree?

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A coffe date with my friend Rebekah of Vintage Byrd at the charming Twenty Six cafe in NE Portland. I am so in love with the wallpaper and all the antique photos and that touch of hydrangea. I feel like this could be my house!

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And last but certainly not least… Robert Redford. Our little terrier poodle pup whom I love so very, very much. I cannot stop nuzzling him, giving him kisses, taking his pictures (much to his chagrin), and of course plenty of doggie selfies. When I am working he is usually curled up on top of a pile of vintage (crinolines his prime choice), or a stack of pillows. He’s very catlike which I adore.

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A Brief Stroll Through Laurelhurst

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After working at the shop today (the other shop) I quickly grabbed a bite for dinner and decided to go for a walk in Laurelhurst. When I first moved to Portland I spent several mornings at Laurelhurst Park with a white paper bag containing a pastry and a small cup of coffee to go. I would sit at this bench right by the lake and watch the ducks swim around and listen to the breeze rustling through the trees. I absolutely treasured those moments of solitude and this evening I wanted a piece of that back.

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Since I’ve decided to start blogging more regularly again (as of yesterday), that means I’m toting my camera around a lot more. People sometimes give you funny looks when you carry around an SLR camera. Maybe they’re thinking “Jeez, why doesn’t she just use an IPHONE? Get with the times lady!

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Portland has some absolutely beautiful homes! I’ll often drive around and nearly clip parked cars as I crane my neck to I admire paint colors, gardens, or even the way the light is playing across someone’s lawn. So this evening, instead of walking through the park, I walked through the neighborhood of Laurelhurst and sighed several times over.

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This brick house I am especially fond of. My heart pangs a little, I get a bit short of breath, and I’m quite sure drool is escaping my lips. I just imagine only wearing floral 1930s dresses and straw hats, waving hello to our neighbors (who honestly do not have a house as grand!)

 “Hello! Oh hello, there! Oh yes,  why yes, THIS is my house! Won’t you pay me a visit?”

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As much as I adore grand old homes, I also love the creaky falling apart looking ones too. I’m such a sucker for any house that has wisteria growing on it. I love how this had one growing on to the second floor terrace. I mean, for the house’s sake they should really cut that back so it doesn’t start to tear down the patio…but it sure looks pretty.

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Another reason to love Portland? There’s grapes that just grow off someone’s yard into the sidewalk. GRAPES you guys. Just on their front lawn! Well, honestly seeing food growing in someone’s yard isn’t that uncommon. I passed several yards with squash, onions, kale… people in Portland really love to garden!

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A Favorite Summer Moment

When the sun infuses everything around you with golden light and only the symphony of birds and breeze can be heard echoing against a seamless blue sky. In those moments the chaos of the world melts away.

We rose bright and early to make the short pilgrimage to one of my favorite places in Oregon, Sauvie Island. I can still recall my first time visiting the island. I will never forget the warm happiness that spread over me as we drove through the narrow road flocked on both sides by fields and farms, the sky a pristine summer blue.

Here the world is still, far away.

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We stop along a trail to take photos with wildflowers and picked several bundles to take home to adorn our kitchen tables. A small group of hens clucking around a mint roofed barn compelled us to pull over the side of the road and see if we could get them to flock towards us. (Ahh, no luck, but they were in a couple of photos)

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Adored Vintage Portland Summer
Adored Vintage Portland Summer

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It’s Here At Last…Moving In!

After months of waiting, we finally got to move into our new shop space in Portland! It’s been a long time since I’ve really digged into what our shop will be all about. I think last time I wrote about it we didn’t even have a shop name.

So, let’s get through the first round of basics.

The name of the new shop: Ro & Ro General Merchants

Now, perhaps you are wondering where the name stems from. Oh wait, you weren’t? Too bad, I’m telling ya anyway!

My name is Rodellee, my fiancé is Robby. Ro and Ro. I know. SO clever. 

The shop is located in: SE Portland in the Clinton neighborhood. We love this area. Our favorite breakfast place (Cafe Broder) is just across the street!

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As you may have read in this post that I am not opening up a vintage shop. I adore vintage (duh, it’s kind of the name I chose for my shop) but I love so much more than just vintage. I love clothes in general, products that make me feel pretty and wares that make my home more cozy and beautiful. I’m not exactly sure what shop to compare Ro & Ro to because I’ve never come across it yet. Similar things yes, I’ve seen plenty of general type stores that also sell vintage. But where’s the bit of fantasy, the whimsy, the bit of dreaminess?

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We just started moving a few pieces into the shop, so it’s very sparse at the moment. There are some simple build outs to do and then we need to build a dressing room. After that we will just be decorating. My favorite part!

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I always love before and after photos, so this is why I am sharing so many before pictures! It’s nice to look back and think “My, how far we’ve come, look how we’ve changed!”

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Holding “Clemence”. I’m hoping a year from now Clemence is thriving and still alive. If not, at least we got a cool picture together.

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Ta-dah! JAZZ HANDSSSS. Me and my love (aka Ro & Ro) I’m really looking forward to showing this photo to our kids someday and saying “Look, this is when Mom and Dad opened up their dream shop and soon after became bajillionares.

Just kidding.

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A fresh start. A blank slate. And those gorgeous vintage shop windows and the original exposed wood ceiling. Simple concrete floors. Lots of natural light (there is a skylight on the other side of the shop) And the shop has stairs that lead up to my office. I really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect shop space! I love it so very very much!

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Autumn on Sauvie Island

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Last Saturday Cari, Julia, and I trekked out to Sauvie Island (one of my absolute favorite places to go to in Portland) to engage in the drinking of hot apple cider, stuff our faces with candied apples, and share tales of how much we love Portland (we all JUST moved here about the same time!) while sitting on hay bales around a bonfire.

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When we arrived… the farms were all closed. The bonfire gone. The haystacks non existent. The stands where hot apple cider and rows of shiny candied fruits…CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

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Woe was us! (I know champagne problems) However, we made the best of it, because Sauvie Island is just too beautiful, you don’t even need all that extra stuff. We walked around the grounds of the Bisbee Howell house (I want to LIVE in this house, you have NO IDEA. And it’s EMPTY. I could just MOVE in like tomorrow), ooohed and ahhhed over all the fall foliage, the scenic landscape, the cows along the side of the road.

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If you’re visiting Portland, please visit Sauvie. Or actually, don’t visit, I want to keep it all to myselffff. Forget you read this post! *poof* Your memory just got erased! *waves hand* This is NOT the island you’re looking for. *raises stick* You shall not pass.

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Just kidding. But did you like my Star Wars and LOTR references?

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