Holiday

An All-American Holiday … Celebrate the 4th in Style

Opt for Timeless this 4th of July

While there’s nothing more classic than an iconic Fourth of July Tee from Old Navy, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite transitional pieces that are not all about flags and fireworks!

Clouz Houz Tip: Try adding a pop of red! Use accessories like a red bandana or a bold red belt. Then, complete the look with blue and white sneakers, or sandals of course.

Some of our faves, from top to bottom: Highneck pinstriped dress from Dissh, Charley strappy slide sandal from Madewell, Wide Brim Ecuador Hat from Cuyana, Jane in Blue Tortoise Sunnies from Elisa Johnson, CO, red garden flowers and and red stripes from Sezane Paris, Leland Rattan Beverage Tub from Crate & Barrel, Cotton Cocoon Cardigan from Jenny Kayne, Sunday Set of 6 Highball Glasses from Estelle Colored Glass, and Scallop Trim Napkin from Schoolhouse.

 

Let’s Have a Good Ol’ Fashioned BBQ … or should I say “Mushroom Galette Party”

Each week, I visit the local farmers market in downtown Bend (Brooks Alley), and I cannot resist the buttery, deliciously savory Mushroom Galette. We have grown to love our low maintenance Ooni Pizza Oven, and recently made our lives much easier by investing in the Medium Modular Table which has been perfect for storing all our grill gadgets. That being said, the Ooni Pizza Oven + this Mushroom Galette Recipe is the perfect crowd pleaser. May the 4th be with you! 💥

Check out this yummy recipe here… P.S. Don’t skimp on the freshly grated gruyere cheese!

 

 

Recipe By: Jessica-How Sweet Eats

 

Nautical Vibes: Embrace the maritime-inspired look

There’s nothing more chic than a classic blue and white stripe, whether it’s in your home or within your wardrobe. I’m a mega fan!

 

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Source: House Beautiful

Star-Spangled Accessories

 

If you prefer a more subtle approach, incorporate patriotic accessories into your outfit. For example, wear a white blouse and denim jeans or a skirt. Then, add red, white, and blue accessories, like a star-printed bandana, a flag-inspired tote bag, or patriotic-themed jewelry.

 

 

Photo: @BLANCAMIRO

Need a House Warming Gift?

Are you visiting with friends this 4th of July holiday? Need a hostess gift? Well, everyone deserves a monogram moment! There is no such thing as over the top when it comes to finding that special something. I love the idea of a gift that keeps on giving, like this Mark & Graham Classic Cocktail Shaker. BTW friends, I’ll take my martini extra dirty, especially bruised!! 🍸

 

 

Max Humphrey showcases color happy, playful and treasured designs. I adore his use of pattern play the most. He recently released his new book, Lodge, featuring photographs of 10 iconic National Park Lodges spanning across the United States. Interior and exterior shots offer a fresh contemporary perspective to our longstanding parks, rooted in history and yummy design. This is the gift to give for this holiday #america! Did I mention that he’s a Portland, Oregon-based designer? We support our own 😌  Check out a few of my favorite projects from Max Humphries below.

 

Source: Max Humphrey

 

Source: Max Humphrey
Source: Emily Henderson’s River House, Co-Designer Max Humphrey

 

Clouz Houz Tip: To achieve a classic and timeless design with playful and fun characteristics, opt for hard materials that have subtle yet whimsical elements. These allow for a touch of personality without going overboard, similar to the style of Max Humphrey. Still need help? Book a free 15 minute consultation with the Clouz Houz Team here. We would love to chat!

 

And last, but not least … Forever on my Bucket List: A Nantucket Summer

Dune-backed beaches and cedar-shingled buildings surrounded by manicured privets. Lobster rolls, cobblestoned streets and high-end boutiques. What more could you ask for than a seaside escape? Let’s pack our bags and head EAST!

 

 

Take care and have FUN this 4th of July! Come back for a light read next week on the Blog 💙



        
               
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We have changed our lives realizing our motto : Life is Short. Make it Beautiful. ✌️

About 5 ½ years ago, we had a real eye-opener experience. After 20 years in the financial industry,, Derrick lost his job. If it hadn’t been for that, I’m not sure we would be on this journey today. But it was then when we truly realized we were not happy with where we were in life. Our life was moving at an extremely hectic and fast pace and we were having a hard time keeping up. We needed to find ways to slow it down. I truly believe the universe had a plan for us because our life trajectory was forever changed. It was then when we came up with our motto and promised ourselves to live by it that day forward.

We picked up our family and moved to Bend, Oregon for a simpler way of living and a fresh perspective on life. We had always dreamed of what it would be like to live here, so we took it as an opportunity to make it happen.

We realized our passion for investing in our personal homes over the years was real… we’ve lived in nine homes (soon to be 10) and flipped three houses over our 26 years of marriage. Each home holds a special place in our hearts…full of memories made in them. Ha, we can’t say it was always a walk in the park- designing and renovating homes involves not only time, energy, money and sweat equity; but also lessons in patience, diligence and grit.

Derrick set out and studied for his General Contractor and Real Estate license so we could continue to invest in homes for resale, but also to partner with me acting as Principal Designer for client projects. I am a self-taught interior designer that has worked in the industry for the past 20 years. We founded Clouz Houz in 2021. Some may think starting a business in our 50s would be just as hectic, but for us, doing what we love makes it all easier.
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Surrounded by like-minded creatives, I immersed myself in the rich history of Italy’s streets, indulged in cooking classes, scoured antique markets for hidden treasures and learned from local artisans about their centuries old techniques. That trip left an indelible mark on my creative soul, reshaping my design perspective and inspiring me to embrace timeless classics and heirloom pieces. Italy truly is a place where creativity thrives, and I’m forever grateful for the experience. 

If you ever have the chance to visit, seize it! And if you’re already planning a trip, here are my top 5 must-do’s: 
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2. Lose yourself in the vintage flea markets for unique finds.
3. Experience the charm of Il Salviantino hotel - every corner is a photo op!
4. Savor some of the best espresso martinis (IMO)!
5. Join a guided walking tour to learn and soak in the sights effortlessly.
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We opted for the the Tilikum + Flanders handles and the Oswego leather wraps for our kitchen. And let me tell you- these wraps are seriously ingenious! You simply wrap the leather around the handles for an instant rustic vibe. 

I’ve been itching to infuse a leather element into our kitchen design, and I have a feeling this is going to be just perfect. Stay tuned for the grand reveal – it’s all coming together so beautifully!