Inner-City Oasis | 4318 SW Fairview Circus

Posted on June 17, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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10+ Ideas for Portland-Area Spring Break Fun with Kids

Many lucky Portlanders are heading toward sunnier pastures over the next few days for Spring Break. But for those of us who are staying behind in our rainy little haven, there is still plenty to do to pass the time over these no-school days. (PPS is out March 25-29 this year.) Here are some ideas for Portland-area Spring Break fun with your kids.

Whale watching weekFrom March 23 to March 31, people from all over come to learn about gray whales as they migrate past the Oregon Coast. Trained volunteers will help visitors at 24 sites along the Pacific Northwest Coast as about 30 gray whales per hour migrate past.

Go for a swim. If it’s going to be wet, may as well get wet on purpose. Portland Parks and Recreation’s pools often have some extra open swims during spring break. Their schedule will be posted online as the break gets closer. Or try the slides, wave pool and toddler area at North Clackamas Aquatic Park; our managing editor gives the inside scoop and some tips here.

Volunteer. Store to Door is hosting  a family volunteering event on Saturday, March 30 where you can make cards for homebound seniors. You can also find another volunteer project that fits your family’s needs.

Get out into nature. With spring here, this is the perfect time to get into nature. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is hosting three Spring Break Exploration Days, with activities and crafts about animal tracks, frogs and pelts and skulls! You can also take your budding naturalist on nature walks all over town – like Leach Botanical Garden’s honeybee hike, PP&R’s ladybug nature walk or Tryon Creek‘s nature walk opportunities.

Treat yourself. Try a doughnut or ice cream at one of these spots that won in our reader poll for best sweet treats.

Get creative. The Craft Factory is offering extended hours and daily deals all week for your little crafters. Or you can find another arts and craft studio here (be sure to check their hours; some of these studios may be hosting Spring Break camps.) Looking to build, not craft? Head to Bricks and Minifigs for a scavenger hunt (every day), a Lego guessing game, and in-store building.

Go by train . . . or tram. Hop on Trimet’s Orange Line to explore Milwaukie, Westmoreland Park, The Oregon Rail Heritage museum, OMSI, Tilikum Crossing, shopping, restaurants and lots more. Or take the kids on the Portland Aerial Tram (perfect weather not required).

Visit a museum. Print out a page from our Kids Heart Museums special section and get exploring! On a budget? Visit on one of these reduced admission days.

Save some money on thrills at Oaks Park. You know it’s spring when the Oaks Park midway opens back up! They are offering special Spring Break hours and discounts on rides and roller skating.

Check out something cool at the library. And not just books. There are many events going on over Spring Break, including music, crafts, science and more! And yes, they’re all free!

Smell the… tulips? The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival begins March 23. Take a ride on the cow train, bounce on the bounce houses, and enjoy the beauty of acres of tulips.

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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Choose Your Lifestyle in Northwest Portland

662 NW Melinda and 150 NW Hermosa are two great properties close to the city. Enjoy a private estate overlooking the city at Melinda or a mid-century with the most incredible gardens at Hermosa.

Posted on March 11, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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Giorgio’s in the Pearl

I recently hosted an event at Giorgio’s in the Pearl. Not only was the space warm and inviting but the food and service were perfection.

For more information on Giorgio’s click here>>>http://www.giorgiospdx.com/

Posted on February 26, 2019 at 12:38 am
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5525 SW Woods Court | Exterior Ideas

 

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 11:28 pm
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662 NW Melinda | Northwest Heights

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 8:48 am
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Happy Thanksgiving

 

2018 has been an incredible year for Portland real estate. We are grateful for the opportunity to help you realize your real estate goals.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm
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Urban Living Perfected | 2629 SW Buena Vista

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 12:49 am
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Portland Event Guide: Inspired by Family Home Tour

Arciform Inspired by Family Home Tour

If you enjoy walking down Portland’s tree-lined streets to admire lovely old houses, join us on Saturday, October 20th, to tour some of our favorite Irvington, Alameda, and Beaumont-Wilshire homes on ARCIFORM’S Inspired by Family Home Tour.

Our day begins at The Old Church Concert Hall with our free Changing Family Workshop that will demonstrate how to design your home around diverse family needs, including children, pets, house guests, and aging parents. Doors open at 9:00 am and the workshop starts at 10:00 am.

Click here to register >>

After the workshop, our self-guided tour of five beautifully renovated Northeast Portland homes starts at 12:30 pm and ends at 6:30 pm. Tickets for the tour are $20.00, and all proceeds will benefit the Oregon Humane Society. A printed map that grants you entry to the homes will be distributed at The Old Church. However, if you wish to bypass the workshop, you can receive your tour map at the first home on the tour. If you choose this option, the location of the first home will be provided when purchasing tickets via Eventbrite.

At 6:30 pm, join us for a reception at Christiane Millinger Oriental Rugs & Textiles, located at 2037 NW Lovejoy Street, and see her collection of beautiful rugs and textiles.

 

The Old Church Concert Hall
1422 SW 11th Avenue

The Old Church Concert Hall was designed by Warren H. Williams in the Carpenter Gothic style, which reinterprets Gothic style in wood rather than stone. Built in 1882, The Old Church is on the National Register of Historic Places. The interior is simple but striking with its architectural details. In the auditorium, cast iron Corinthian columns support a vaulted ceiling with plaster ribs. Over time, the space has been updated: a stage, ramp, and elevator have been added, and the bathrooms have been upgraded. ARCIFORM remodeled the office, designed and installed a weathervane, restored the ceiling, portico, and ramp, and is now renovating the box office.

1937 Neo-Georgian Villa – Beaumont-Wilshire

ARCIFORM designer Anne De Wolf diligently worked through every detail of this updated home with the clients. ARCIFORM is in the final stages of remodeling a kitchen and basement that were tailored to the clients’ lifestyle and addressed their wish to incorporate architectural details from the rest of the house. This couple enjoys cooking and entertaining, and they share the home with a wonderful standard poodle. In the new kitchen, everything but the floors and windows has been replaced. Versatile Wood Products’ cabinetry provides plenty of storage. Beautiful, reflective finishes (like Luce di Luna quartzite counters from Pental and handmade tile by Tempest Tile) bring a subtle, sophisticated shine to the space. In the basement, ARCIFORM renovated the bathroom — adding radiant-heated tile floors, fresh paint, and a new vanity, shower, and other features — remodeled the laundry room, and refreshed the family room.

1916 Colonial Revival – Irvington

The owners of this historic Ellis Lawrence mansion chose a phased remodel. She’s a master gardener, he runs his own company, and they have a busy family life with children and big dogs. ARCIFORM began with the master bath, continued the project with the kitchen, nook and mudroom, and completed the attic bath last. They utilized the historic review process with the City of Portland to maintain the home’s historical importance. The newly remodeled kitchen, sunroom and mudroom are warm and welcoming spaces for the whole family. In the sunroom, a new custom built-in bench under the windows provides ample seating with plush cushions. Here, the homeowners can enjoy eating, working, or reading while the birds chirp away in the garden. The new mudroom has radiant heated floors under Pental’s porcelain tile to warm chilled feet after being out in the weather. The stunning copper hood and a custom self-closing gate to keep the dogs corralled are worth a visit alone. Windows and new cabinets are by Versatile Wood Products, made to closely match the originals, with hardware by House of Antique Hardware, Rejuvenation, and Van Dyke’s Restorers. The tile in the bathroom was sourced through Heritage Tile.

1911 Colonial with Transitional Elements – Irvington

This 1911 Colonial is home to long-time Portlanders with close-knit, large families on both sides. They have two children, with a third one on the way, and a dog named Cole, adopted from the Humane Society eight years ago. With this remodel, designer Anne De Wolf aimed to create better flow and light throughout the space and provide more room for family gatherings. ARCIFORM built a large addition on the back of the house with a covered porch, expanded kitchen, sunroom, breezeway, and a WC. Outside, there will be an area for barbecuing and a decorative balcony. On the second floor, ARCIFORM converted the existing nursery into a bath and remodeled the master bath. New cabinetry is by Versatile Wood Products. Tile is sourced through Tempest TileworksHeritage TileDal Tile and Fire Clay.

1929 Tudor Cottage – Alameda

Inside this home resides a busy family with three teenagers and a golden-doodle named Truman. ARCIFORM has completed two phases of remodeling here and is currently in design mode on the third phase. The remodeled kitchen retained its period charm and prioritized the family’s practical needs. The counters are Carrara, the backsplash is gray marble, cabinets are painted white, and the floors are original oak. With three children, the compact space needed to offer flexibility and efficiency. One solution for dietary restrictions was a built-in fridge with freezer and a separate two-drawer refrigerator. Close by, a butcher block pullout counter expands workspace for larger kitchen projects, especially collaborative baking with the kids. The homeowners commented that “ARCIFORM and Anne [De Wolf] really impressed us with how much she honored the original integrity and character of our kitchen and adjacent rooms. The kitchen design carefully balanced making the most use of the existing footprint without compromising the original features of our home.”

1939 Garrison Colonial Revival – Alameda

Built by architect Frank Read in 1939, this charming home belongs to a couple who love to entertain friends and family. ARCIFORM remodeled and expanded their kitchen, the heart of their home, adding beautiful finishes and more space for entertaining. A roof balcony and mudroom were part of the addition as well, and a new concrete patio was created off the addition to give better access to the library. The new spaces are a testament to charm, character and luxury with Oceanside glass tile backsplash from Ann Sacks and leaded glass in the cabinet doors sparkling in the sunlight.

See you on the tour!

 

About ARCIFORM

With over 21 years in business, ARCIFORM has remodeled more than 200 homes. With the company’s extensive knowledge of the architectural, remodeling and design process, the Design Workshop series will bring you valuable knowledge and planning tools for remodels specializing in historical accuracy combined with modern style.

 Details

Date:
October 20
Time:
10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Website:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inspired-by-family-home-tour-tickets-48653977356
Posted on October 19, 2018 at 5:55 pm
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Fall is Here

A change of seasons calls for a change of scenery. Bask in the comfort of the inviting fireplaces in any one of these listings. For more information click here.

Posted on October 9, 2018 at 11:45 pm
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