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Create a Seamless Lighting Plan For Your Home

Lighting – it’s the unsung hero of home design. Trust me when I say, if there’s one thing you should splurge on, it’s lighting. Whether you’re aiming for dramatic flair or subtle sophistication, the right lighting can make all the difference. Believe it or not, lighting is one of our most asked-about topics – from fixture placement to bulb selection to mastering the art of layering, we’ve got you covered. And guess what? We’re in the midst of moving next weekend or two, with lighting just installed last week – talk about perfect timing!

Lighting isn’t just about functionality; it’s about setting the mood and enhancing the overall atmosphere of your space. Whether you’re cozying up in the living room or prepping dinner in the kitchen, the right lighting can transform the entire vibe. And speaking of vibes, our Tumalo renovation project is serving up some serious inspo! From sleek modern fixtures to vintage-inspired sconces, we’ve curated a collection that’s sure to spark your creativity. Join us as we share our journey, offering insights and inspiration for your next project.


Where and How High to Hang Fixtures

Dining Fixtures

When it comes to dining fixtures, balance is key. You want your light to be low enough to cast a beautiful glow over your dining table, but not so low that it feels heavy or intrusive for your guests. The height of your fixture can greatly depend on its design and the space it occupies. For example, an all-glass globe pendant can hang lower than a shade light because it’s transparent and feels airy. Generally, anywhere between 30-36 inches above your tabletop is a good range.

For our Tumalo project, I selected a stunning steel and brass pendant. The goal was to create an oversized effect in the dining room in order to give a dramatic feel and make dining more intimate and cozy. 

Bedroom Fixtures

For a touch of elegance and practicality in the bedroom, consider hanging fixtures above your nightstands. Ideally, these fixtures should hang about 18-22″ inches above the nightstand surface. This not only provides ample lighting for reading and nighttime tasks, but also frees up space on your nightstands, giving your bedroom a clean and uncluttered look.

Sconces

Sconces are another fantastic way to add character and warmth to a room. As a general rule, the middle of the sconce should be 60 to 72 inches above the floor, or roughly at eye level. If you have vaulted ceilings, you can hang them a bit higher so they don’t look too low.

In the Tumalo renovation, I chose a variety of vintage-inspired and textural sconces. I adore the moody glow they cast, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Here’s a roundup of some of the sconces chosen for Tumalo. Each piece adds a touch of charm and character, enhancing the overall aesthetic of the space.

Overhead Lighting

Overhead lighting is often overlooked, but it plays a crucial role in setting the tone of a room. My personal recommendation? Get rid of those can lights. They can be such an eyesore with their harsh light and swiss cheese aesthetic (some rooms do require recessed lighting- so if you must choose anything 4″ diameter or smaller!). Instead, incorporate fixtures, sconces, lamps, and even candles to create the perfect ambiance in your home.

For the Tumalo project, we focused on layering different types of lighting to achieve a warm, inviting feel. By combining overhead fixtures with sconces and lamps, we were able to create a beautifully lit space that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing. It’s all about creating a layered lighting plan that enhances the mood and feel of each room.


How to Select the Right Bulbs for Your Lighting

Selecting the right bulbs can make all the difference in your home’s lighting. Personally, I avoid “daylight” bulbs because they tend to be too harsh, and a cooler white (aka blue) for creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Here’s how to choose bulbs that will enhance your space beautifully.

Opt for Warm Color Temperatures

First things first, you’ll want to opt for bulbs with a warm color temperature, typically between 2700K and 3000K. These warmer tones create a soft, welcoming glow that’s perfect for any room. The result? Spaces that feel inviting and comfortable, perfect for relaxing or entertaining.

Consider the Lumen Count

Another important factor is the lumen count. Aim for bulbs with a lower lumen count, somewhere between 400-800 lumens. This range provides enough light without being overpowering. At Tumalo, we found that using bulbs within this range gave us the perfect amount of light for both functionality and ambiance. It’s all about finding that sweet spot where your rooms are well-lit (but not too harh) and still have that warm, cozy vibe.

Use Dimmable Bulbs

Dimmable bulbs, or dimmer switches are a game-changer for home lighting. They allow you to adjust the brightness to suit your needs and the mood you want to create. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or winding down for the evening, dimmable bulbs give you the flexibility to set the perfect lighting. In Tumalo, we installed dimmable bulbs in key areas like the dining room and living spaces. This way, we can easily adjust the lighting to match the occasion, creating the ideal atmosphere every time.


Layering Tips

When it comes to creating the perfect ambiance in any room, layering your lighting is essential. I believe every room should have at least 2-3 different forms of lighting. This can include recessed lighting, but ideally, it’s 2-3 fixtures such as sconces, pendants, and table lamps working together. 

Mix and Match Fixtures

To achieve a beautifully lit room, you need to mix and match different types of fixtures. In our Tumalo project, we used a combination of steel,  bronze wall sconces, and cozy table lamps to ensure each room had multiple sources of light. This approach not only enhances the functionality of the space but also adds depth and character.

Ambient Lighting is Key

Ambient lighting (table lamps, floor lamps and even candlelight counts!) is crucial for setting the mood in a room. It’s the “glow” we aim for at night, providing a soft, inviting atmosphere without relying on harsh overhead recessed cans. I can’t stress this enough: if you have recessed lighting, it’s okay — that’s why dimmers will become your best friend.

Use these tips to master the art of lighting in your own home. Remember, it’s all about creating that perfect glow that makes your space feel both functional and inviting!

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Design

Transform your Home with Expert Staging and Furnishings: Insider Tips

When it comes to staging, think of it as giving your home a facelift. There’s something deeply satisfying about watching a home transform with the help of simple cosmetic upgrades. As designers, our challenge with staging is figuring out how to make the biggest impact for the ideal buyer using only furnishings and décor, but without diving into major renovations. Sure, we might suggest a fresh coat of paint here or there, or other minor fixes (replacing outdated lighting fixtures is a big one), but our main goal is to create a visually appealing environment that attracts potential buyers.

I love the process of staging because it’s like playing dress-up with a house. Imagine turning a blank canvas into a work of art with just the right pieces! It’s all about highlighting the home’s best features and making it feel inviting. The trick is to strike a balance between making it look stylish, yet livable.

So, I wanted to share a few insider tips on how we stage our homes. If you’re getting ready to list your home, I hope you find these helpful! Let’s dive in and help your space look its best.

Our Approach to Staging Projects

In our staging projects, I take a personalized approach, bringing in a mixture of furniture, décor, artwork, and accents to showcase the home’s best features. It’s all about creating a space that potential buyers can see themselves living in, without making any major structural changes.

Lifestyle Vision Board

Just like our client work, we create a vision board for each staging project. This board helps us determine the feeling we want to evoke in each property. Is it a cozy family home or a sleek modern apartment? We turn to the vision board when we source, and procure items to fit that specific vibe. It keeps us focused and ensures that everything we bring in aligns with the desired atmosphere.

Imagining the Ideal Client’s Wants and Needs

We always keep the potential buyer in mind. For instance, if we’re staging a large family home, we might select a large sectional to showcase the living room’s ample space. It’s about anticipating what the ideal client might want or need, then styling the home to reflect that. This approach makes the space feel more relevant and appealing to specific buyers.

Style with Intention

Unlike most stagers, we put a lot of emphasis on styling so as to speak to the vision board we’ve created. We carefully select props and accessories that match the feeling and aesthetic we’re aiming for. Whether it’s adding cozy throws and pillows to create a welcoming living room or setting a stylish table to highlight the dining area, we style with intention to make the home look both beautiful and livable.

By focusing on these key elements, we create spaces that not only look amazing, but also connect with buyers on an emotional level, helping them envision their future in the home.

Edit and Supplement with the Right Pieces

When it comes to staging, bringing in the right pieces can make all the difference. If we were to stage your home, we’d carefully select and supplement with pieces that show off the home’s best features. By aligning our selections with the home’s aesthetic and lifestyle needs, we ensure that every element contributes to the overall appeal of the space.

We don’t just use a one-size-fits-all approach. When we stage a home, we order furniture and décor specific to each property and offer these pieces for purchase with the home sale. This ensures that the staging feels cohesive and tailored, enhancing the home’s unique charm. This approach not only makes the staging feel more intentional but also gives potential buyers an option to purchase pieces that are perfectly suited to the space.

If you’re getting your home ready for sale, it’s essential to edit out a lot of your existing décor. Think about your ideal client and tailor the space to their needs. For instance, if it’s a young family, incorporate comfy pieces conducive to both kids and adults lounging. If your ideal buyer is an older couple or empty nesters, imagine them entertaining or enjoying the home for themselves.

Each space needs to feel intentional so that when a buyer walks through the door, they are wowed and can visualize themselves living there — not you! Remove personal items, such as family photos, to create a more neutral and inviting atmosphere. The goal is for buyers to see the potential of the space and envision their own lives unfolding there.

By focusing on editing and supplementing with the right pieces, we create a beautifully staged home that appeals to a wide range of buyers and helps the property sell quickly.

Staging vs. Full-Service Furnishing

I want to switch gears for a moment, and point out a service that is similar to our staging projects but tailored for those who aren’t looking to sell their home. If the idea of cosmetic upgrades sounds like the design help you need, without the intention of listing your house, then our full-service furnishing might be just what you’re looking for.

Similarities and Differences

While staging and full-service furnishing share similarities, they cater to different needs and budgets. Staging is all about enhancing a home’s appeal for potential buyers. The goal is to make the biggest impact with furnishings and décor without major renovations. On the other hand, full-service furnishing offers a comprehensive design solution for homeowners who want to refresh their space without a full remodel.

Comprehensive Design Solutions

Whether it’s a complete overhaul or a few strategic updates, we work closely with clients to create a plan that meets their goals and budget. Our furnishing service is perfect for clients who don’t necessarily want to renovate but already have a streamlined foundation. We can complete their home aesthetic with intentional and elevated décor and styling essentials.

Tailored for Your Needs

Just like our staging projects, we take a personalized approach with our full-service furnishing. We bring in a mix of furniture, decor, artwork, and accents to showcase your home’s best features. Whether it’s creating a cozy living room with a perfect blend of comfort and style or transforming a bedroom into a serene retreat, our goal is to make your space look and feel exactly how you envision it.

By focusing on thoughtful furnishings and décor, we help you achieve a beautiful, functional home without the need for high-end custom designer lines. Our approach ensures that you get the look and feel you desire while staying within your budget. Whether you’re staging to sell or furnishing for personal enjoyment, we’re here to help you create a space that truly feels like home.

In case you missed it… Read up on why you should hire an interior designer to become more familiar with the type of service we provide to our clients. Follow along to stay up to date with all our latest tips and tricks for enhancing your home’s value while giving it that polished, and elevated look.

Get Started Today!

Ready to transform your space with thoughtful staging and design? Contact me to discuss your project needs and discover how we can help you elevate your home’s appeal to potential buyers. Together, we’ll create a tailored plan that showcases your property in the best possible light.

 

 

Lifestyle

Celebrating a Fresh Spring Menu for Mother’s Day

Hey there, lovely people! Can you believe it’s already spring? Time sure does fly … I hope you’ve all been soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the little joys this season brings. Personally, I’ve been loving all the blooming flowers, the longer days, and the feeling of new beginnings in the air. And, Mother’s Day is right around the corner 🤍 Spring always feels like a fresh start, doesn’t it?

Anyway, I thought it was about time we caught up over a little virtual lunch date. So, grab a seat and let’s chat! Lately, life has been a whirlwind of excitement and busyness. From planning the upcoming move into our Tumalo project to spending quality time with loved ones, there’s never a dull moment. And, speaking of exciting things, I’ve been experimenting with some delicious recipes that I can’t wait to share with you all!

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Mother’s Day Surprises

First, let’s dive into the delightful world of Mother’s Day surprises (hint hint Clouz family). Picture this: a sunny afternoon, a beautifully set table, and a homemade meal fit for a queen. Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate Mom, doesn’t it? With Mother’s Day just around the corner, show her your love and appreciation with a thoughtfully prepared meal straight from the heart.

Treating her to simplicity with a touch of elegance … 

Today, I’m particularly excited to dive into one of my absolute favorite spring recipes. Imagine treating Mom to a delicious homemade salad bursting with fresh flavors. Well, this citrus and burrata salad is just the ticket! It’s light, vibrant, and oh-so-delicious, making it the perfect centerpiece for your Mother’s Day feast. Plus, it’s super easy to whip up, leaving you with more time to spend with Mom and less time stressing in the kitchen. Of course, you could add shredded roasted chicken if you want to make it a little more substantial for  a light dinner. Then, you’ll be totally good to go!


But wait, there’s more! No celebration is complete without a refreshing drink to toast to Mom’s awesomeness. After all, good food tastes even better with great company. So, whether it’s a zesty lemonade, a fruity mocktail, or a crisp glass of rosé, you truly can’t go wrong. So why not toast with a delightful beverage that’ll quench your thirst and lift your spirits? This is a ClouzHouz fave from a while back. It does the trick every time, and the presentation is on par with a spring afternoon brunch. Give this Apricot Blood Orange Martini a try and let me know what you think … it practically tastes like juice 😉


And, let’s not forget about dessert. Springtime calls for light pastries with a twist. Pretty sure scones are going to be the treat of the season (at least I wish them to be)! There’s nothing like a home baked good to brighten your day. This is an easy and semi-healthy treat, easy to grab on your way out the door. I’ve been loving this particular Blueberry Scone Recipe with its flaky and sugary crust.

Tabletop Magic

Now … onto tabletop magic! Elevate your Mother’s Day celebration (or any dinner party for that matter) with a beautifully set table, adorned with her favorite springy china. Then, add a previously stored-away table linen for a touch of elegance. Embrace the mix-matched and eclectic picnic aesthetic – think Grandma’s cherished collections gathered over the years. After all, it’s those special little moments that Mom will treasure forever, so let’s make them count! 

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For more ideas …

Check out the post Spring Musings: Styling A Transitional Easter Spread. We know it says Easter, but the keyword here is transitional — meaning all spring long! If you want some gift inspo to go along with your special surprise meal, read our Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

 

Cheers! 🥂

Design

Tumalo Entryway: Space Optimization & Creative Solutions

Let’s talk entryways, shall we? It’s funny – we’ve shared all sorts of updates about our home renovation journey, but we haven’t touched on the entryway yet. And … there’s a reason for that. With just two weeks until move-in day, things are getting pretty hectic around here. We’ve got electrical work happening, appliances being installed, and the final touches of paint going up on the walls. Oh, and did I mention that the entryway isn’t exactly spacious? 

Nope, it’s just a cozy little welcome area right off the living room, all part of one big open space.

But, despite its size, this entryway has got me excited. Why? Because it’s a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into something special. It’s a space that’s going to set the tone for the rest of our home, so you better believe I want to get it just right. So here’s where things get interesting. I’ve been going back and forth on how to approach this, deciding whether it should it be a practical spot for family and friends to kick off their shoes and hang their jackets, or whether it should be more about the aesthetic. Honestly, it has to be a bit of both.

When you step through the front door …

… there’s this one little wall that’s just begging to be the focal point! And, I’ve got big plans for it! I’m talking a stylish bench (or maybe a console table) adorned with art, and stools stashed underneath for extra seating by the fire. Or, why not a combination of both? 

The possibilities are endless, but one thing’s for sure – I want it to feel intentional and functional. In reality, a true reflection of our style and how we envision ourselves using the space. So, join me on this journey as we dive into the world of entryway design. We want to turn this little corner into a welcoming oasis that sets the perfect tone for our home.

I’ve been mulling over a couple of ideas, and have whipped up two mood boards to help visualize what I’m thinking. Let’s see what we’ve got!


I’ve been eyeing this first option for a while now. We used this Rush House rug for one of our clients, and it’s still in the running. The woven pattern brings nice texture to a space, and I love its neutrality. It goes with anything! It’s a large-scale art piece that would set the tone perfectly. All I would need to do is find a farmhouse-style console table to tie it all together.

What’s got me really excited are these adorable camel-colored stools with fringe detailing. They add a playful touch, and really capture the rustic charm of Tumalo. Plus, picture this: two sconces flanking the art, casting a warm glow — it’s a wall that’s as beautiful as it is inviting.


Just as much function as Option 1. But, instead of a tabletop for dropping things, I’m wondering if a bench is a better option here? I have a vintage bench I purchased years ago that may fit perfectly on the wall, with a great piece of art above it. You gotta love benches for entryways, especially if you don’t have a coat closet. They’re a great landing pad for bags, coats, hats etc.

Well, which do you think? Knowing me, I won’t be able to decide until we get our things moved in. And, they’ve been in storage for the last eight months! I almost forget what all we have …

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That being said, I’m thinking of hosting a yard sale the same weekend we move in. Crazy? Maybe a little. Truth be told, I’m not entirely sure where we’ll fit all our stuff. This house is a significant downsizing for us, but it’s a shift we’ve embraced as the kids have grown. We’ve come to realize that functionality is key when it comes to home design, and we don’t necessarily need a sprawling house anymore. With the kids becoming more independent, it’s mostly just D and me these days. 😭

But, here’s the catch: this house is seriously lacking in storage space. We’ve already got two storage units bursting at the seams, so it’s high time we clear out the clutter and pass along the things that no longer serve us. So, mark your calendars for the weekend of May 18/19 – if you’re in town, swing by and say hello! Who knows, you might just find a treasure or two.

Design

May Edit: Embracing Romance and New Beginnings

April showers have come and gone, leaving behind the promise of May flowers. This monthly edit is sure to bring about emotions of romance, and encourage us to cultivate new beginnings as we transition into late spring. It’s unbelievable how quickly April flew by, isn’t it? May is rolling in like a breath of fresh air, welcoming a season of vibrant energy and new beginnings here in Bend. Let’s just hope we are through all the snow… I just heard there’s a chance of a few flurries tonight! Springtime in Bend can be silly, but when the trees start to bud and daffodils start popping up it’s a mood lifter for sure. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving this vibe! The world around us is bursting with color and life, and its got us feeling inspired to tackle some new design projects. There’s just something about this time of year that makes us want to freshen things up and bring a little more joy into our spaces.

So here’s to May – a month full of possibilities, sunshine, and all-around good vibes. Let’s make it one to remember!


Sculptured Sophistication

Sculpted pieces are stealing the spotlight in our designs lately, and I can’t get enough of them! Why are we so drawn to these bold, statement-making elements? Because they add an undeniable charm and elegance to any space. 

Source: Alexis Bittar

Lately, I’ve been eyeing the silver sculptural cuff in my shopping cart. Its organically intricate design feels perfect for any outfit that desires to be elevated naturally & simply. And, don’t even get me started on this ruffled brass chandelier. Its hand-formed shapes bring a touch of vintage flair that you’ll absolutely adore. But the pièce de résistance? The white concrete outdoor dining table, with a minimalist design and rich texture that will create the perfect setting for stylish al fresco gatherings with friends and family.

Floral Finesse

As May ushers in a season of blossoming in all aspects of life, I’m thrilled to shine a spotlight on these exquisite pieces that capture this essence. Let’s start with the stunning Flora dress by Ulla Johnson – a literal work of art! With its lightweight fabric, delicate ruffle trim and handkerchief hem, it’s the epitome of sweet feminine charm. What is it about delicate florals that make them such wonderful design elements? Well, for starters, they bring a sense of freshness and vitality to any space, infusing it with a touch of natural beauty and tranquility. Whether adorning a dress or gracing the walls of a room, florals have a magical way of uplifting the spirits and creating a sense of joy and optimism.

Source: Ulla Johnson

Speaking of walls, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect way to incorporate this floral wallpaper into our Tumalo project. There’s something about moody botanicals and rich colors that speaks to me, but I’m not sure if it’ll find the right place in our design scheme. Still, I’m keeping it in my arsenal, hoping that someone else will see the beauty in this captivating pattern. 

Borastapeter “Nightingale Garden”

 

Free-Spirited Style

Let’s talk about Boho Chic – a style that can resonate on a deep level. It’s all about that laid-back, free-spirited vibe that feels so effortlessly cool! Here are some pieces that embody this aesthetic in the most perfect way.

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Take, for example, this suede clutch – the slouched silhouette gives off a relaxed, easygoing vibe, and the sand hue adds an earthy warmth that feels so inviting. It’s like carrying around a piece of nature, and I’m all about that organic look. 

Source: Maiden Home

And then there’s the chocolate mohair accent chair – like a creative muse in furniture form. It’ll inspire you with its streamlined design and luxurious mohair upholstery. The way it seamlessly blends comfort with style is just so intriguing to me, I can’t help but imagine how it would elevate any space it graces.

 

Celebrating Handcrafted Treasures

I often advise clients to incorporate handcrafted pieces into their design, as they have the power to transform a house into a home. These artisanal touches infuse a space with a special character and uniqueness that simply cannot be replicated. It’s these handcrafted treasures that add depth and personality, creating a living environment that feels truly authentic and one-of-a-kind.

I’m excited to share that I’m incorporating this hardware into my own home. These were sourced from Walnut Studiolo, a business also local to the PNW, known for their handcrafted leather goods. We wanted to incorporate a leather element somewhere, and discovering these local leather drawer pulls was just the right sign from the universe. After deliberating over where to place them, they’ll go on the cabinets or in the bed nook pullout built-in drawers. What’s undeniable is the soft texture they bring and how they stand out, adding a unique flair to our home’s design theme.

Source: Tory Burch

As for the hand-painted pitcher, I envision it becoming a centerpiece of nostalgic and whimsical farmhouse table settings all summer long.

 

Romantic Accents

Late spring, with its blooming flowers and warm sunshine, has always held a special romantic allure. There’s something inherently magical about this time of year, especially when spent immersed in nature. From leisurely picnics in the park to romantic strolls along tree-lined paths, there are endless ways to embrace the romance of late spring and infuse everyday life with a touch of enchantment.

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Personally, I’ve always been one to romanticize my surroundings and pay special attention to the little details that make life feel extraordinary. That’s why I’m particularly drawn to romantic accents like a vintage wicker picnic basket and a striped European-inspired linen duvet cover. Pieces like these transport me to idyllic scenes of leisurely picnics and sun-dappled afternoons, which fills my heart! Try this yourself with the accent pieces you choose to make your space special … and personal.

Allison’s perfume

One item that holds a particularly romantic significance for me is a perfume I purchased last May while in Italy. Its scent takes me back to the cobblestone streets of Florence. Investing in new scents as the seasons change has become a cherished tradition for me, with each fragrance serving as a token to remember the period of time in which I’m living and to preserve memories with just one sniff.

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As we welcome the arrival of May and late spring, let us revel in the romance that surrounds us! Take pleasure in the delicate blossoms adorning the trees and the carefree boho vibe that infuses the air. Embrace the magic of late spring, and find joy in the simple pleasures. Let’s all cherish the memories we create, and continue to cultivate a life filled with love and inspiration. 🤍

Design

Styling Essentials We Suggest for That Finished Look

Styling Essentials We All Need

We’ve all hit that decorating wall, haven’t we? Even for us designers who adore crafting the perfect ambiance, there are moments when a space just feels … incomplete. It’s like we’re standing in the middle of the room, surrounded by décor possibilities, but unsure how to bring it all together into a cohesive, polished expression of our personal style.

I’ve worked through areas in my own home that I felt were unfinished and lacked personality, and I’m here to tell you what has worked for me throughout years of trial and error. I encourage you to follow this step by step “guide” to help you get the look you desire! 

Your Styling Secret Weapon

If there’s one thing I swear by when it comes to styling, it’s the power of a good ol’ book. First off, let’s talk about stacking. A neat stack of your favorite reads, topped with a chic vase or a quirky trinket, is an instant style boost! Whether you’re working with a coffee table, a side table, or even an empty shelf crying out for attention, a well-stacked pile of books can work wonders in adding height to your space.

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Next up, propping. Ever struggled to fill that awkward gap on your shelf or mantel? Simply prop some books up against the wall, or nestle them between other decorative objects to create a dynamic display that’s as eye-catching as it is effortless. Don’t be afraid to mix it up – play with different sizes, colors, and genres to add personality and depth to your arrangement. 

Now, let’s talk about displaying books open (his one’s a personal favorite of mine). There’s something so inviting about an open book, don’t you think? Whether it’s a novel with dog-eared pages or a stunning coffee table book filled with emotional photography, displaying books open adds a touch of warmth and charm to any space. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter for guests who can’t resist peeking inside!

The books that I use time and time again: Shop our favorites on our Amazon Storefront.

 

Textural Touches

All right, let’s peek into the world of texture and how you can use it to level up your décor game! We’re talking baskets, woven trays, and picture frames – the MVPs of adding depth and dimension to your space. 

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Baskets are not only practical for stashing away clutter (because let’s face it, we all have it), but they also bring a cozy, earthy vibe to any room. 

Beyond their practicality, woven trays serve as stylish foundations for vignettes, allowing you to showcase your favorite décor pieces with flair. The texture of woven materials like rattan or seagrass adds visual interest and complexity to your tabletops or shelves, elevating your design scheme from ordinary to extraordinary.

And finally, picture frames. The right frame can complement your artwork or photographs, adding depth and richness to your walls and shelves. Opting for frames with interesting textures – think hammered metal or reclaimed wood – not only enhances the visual appeal of your display, but also ties in with the overall theme and style of your space. 

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Crafted Charm: Elevating Your Space with Handmade Ceramics

Curate a collection of ceramics, each lovingly crafted by hand and varying in height and tone. Imagine tall vases with cute little bowls, each one adding its own vibe to the mix. And the colors? Think earthy tones, soft pastels, and maybe a pop of bright color here and there. 

Whether it’s something passed down from your grandmother or a new piece you picked up at the local market, styling with a mix of old and new will give you a very eclectic vibe. Handmade pieces are full of history, and are key for giving your home that lived-in aesthetic. It will only make it more homey and inviting for yourself and your guests! 

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Treasure Trove: Adding Personality with Found Objects

Okay, let’s dive into the world of found objects – the hidden gems that add a touch of magic to your space. We’re talking cool pieces like crystals, original art, shells, petrified woods, sculptures, a vintage magnifying glass – you name it. These items can often times be collected during a wanderlust trip, a trip to a vintage store, or even a second hand store.

I’m always telling my clients to incorporate pieces like these into their décor. Why? Because they’re not just decorations – they’re memories. Whether it’s a crystal you picked up on a hike, a shell from a beach vacation, or an antler you found on a camping trip, each piece tells a story. And, when you surround yourself with these little treasures, you’re not just styling your home – you’re creating a space that’s uniquely you.

So, next time you’re out and about, keep an eye out for those special finds. Whether it’s in a different city, on a special trip, or just in your own backyard, collect things that really resonate with you. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about making your space feel like home and giving it the jewelry it needs to shine. 🌟

Lifestyle

The Definitive Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I cherish the opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with my family, savoring every precious moment of togetherness. As the years pass and our children grow older, these occasions become increasingly rare. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, the simple act of gathering around the table to share a meal fills my heart with joy.

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My mother lives in Portland, and while distance separates us physically, our bond remains as strong as ever. She’s not just my mother though; she’s my confidante, my mentor and my role model. The simple pleasure of getting to see each other in person every now and then really makes me happy. I often miss her, but our daily conversations keep us connected, and her unwavering support and guidance continue to shape my world.

And, with her endless creativity and knack for hospitality, she could give Martha Stewart a run for her money! People always ask me where I get my passion for entertaining … now you know 🤍


As a mom myself, I’ve put together a list of items that I know I’d absolutely love to receive on Mother’s Day. Sure … a little gift to show your love is never turned down 😉 Derrick, if you happen to be reading this, consider your Mother’s Day shopping a breeze!

1. Sweet Spring Ensembles 

Source: Neiman Marcus

Let’s talk pajamas! Is there anything better than slipping into a fresh pair of PJs at the end of a long day? For me, receiving a new set of pajamas is always a treat, especially as we transition into the warmer months. I’m all about lighter weight fabrics and fun, playful prints that add a touch of whimsy to my bedtime routine. If you like a short option, these pink and white striped pajamas look soft and cozy. A fun printed pair really helps get my morning off to a great start, relaxing on the back patio with coffee in hand. 

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What’s a fabulous outfit without the perfect finishing touches? First up, we have these flat mules in beige raffia – a must-have for elevating her spring style. Gift her these cuties the morning of and she’s sure to put together an outfit just in time for brunch or that shopping spree you promised her!

 

2. Accessorize with flair

Source: Clare V

I’ve been raving about this Clare V bag lately, and for good reason. Not only is it an absolute showstopper, but its versatility knows no bounds. You can switch out the handles to suit any look, and it’s the ultimate summer accessory that’s sure to turn heads. Trust me, I’ve never received so many compliments on a bag before – it’s truly a game-changer! 

Source: Roxanne Assoulin

This heart pendant necklace adds a touch of whimsy and romance to any outfit, making it the perfect accessory for any mom looking to add a little extra charm to her look this Mother’s Day.

 

3. Home Goodies for Mother’s Day celebrations

Imagine gifting vibrant yellow high ball glasses, and adding a cheerful touch to her Mother’s Day brunch or dinner as she celebrates with loved ones. These glasses not only brighten up the table, but also symbolize the joy and warmth she brings to your family.

Staying on this spring theme, delicate floral-patterned dinner plates, reminiscent of a blooming garden, gracing her table as she hosts would be such a special touch. They are a collection that she’ll cherish for years to come, along with the memory of when she opened them. 

If she enjoys outdoor gatherings with family, imagine gifting her a new luxury cutlery set, adding a touch of elegance to her al fresco dining experiences. With their sleek design and practical features, these understated utensils make every meal feel like a special occasion.

For more inspiration and ideas on creating a special tablescape, read the post “Setting the Table for a Beautiful Gathering

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For the mom who loves tending to her garden, surprise her with a weathered watering can that combines practicality with rustic charm. It’s a symbol of French provincial charm and the simple pleasures of country living. Indulge in the gift that allows her to live out her own version of la vie en rose. 

You can never go wrong with a decorative bowl, and I’m loving the orb element on this piece. For those who like to give their signature snacks a well deserved presentation (or if you know someone who loves to corral their clutter in a stylish manner), this bowl will serve any purpose while making a statement.

 

4. Beauty & Skin

Luxury beauty essentials are the perfect indulgence for the special moms in your life this Mother’s Day. Imagine gifting a facial mist, a luxurious treat that’s often overlooked but oh-so-pampering. This refreshing mist not only keeps her skin hydrated and revitalized, but also adds a touch of spa-like luxury to her everyday routine. It will remind her to take a moment for herself amidst the hustle and bustle of motherhood.

Next, consider the K18 hair oil – a holy grail product that I swear by. It’ll work wonders for her hair too. 

Treat her to an Osea body scrub, known for its nourishing and softening properties that leave skin feeling absolutely divine.

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Remember, Mother’s Day is not just about the presents, but about honoring the incredible women who have shaped our lives with their love, guidance, and strength. Whether it’s a simple gesture or a grand gesture, what matters most is the thought and care behind it.

So, as you celebrate Mother’s Day this year, take a moment to cherish the moments you’ve spent together, laugh at the shared memories, and create new ones that will last a lifetime. Here’s to all the moms out there – you are loved, you are appreciated, and you are cherished beyond measure. Happy (almost) Mother’s Day! 🌸

Design

Give Your Patio a Glow Up that Works Every Time

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we’re all about creating spaces that are as unique as you are. From cozy corners to statement pieces, it’s the little details that make all the difference. We believe in crafting gathering spaces, like your patio, that evoke powerful emotions and become the backdrop for cherished memories. Designing with intention means creating homes that reflect our clients’ personalities and the way they live their lives.

Make your patio special & unique

Whether it’s entertaining by the pool on a sun-drenched patio, hosting elegant dinner parties, or enjoying family game nights under the stars, each space is crafted to be special and unique, resonating with those who call it home. While we love diving into complete revamps with our clients, we also appreciate the power of small adjustments for big impact.

Your patio is where memories are made, laughter fills the air, and relaxation reigns supreme. So, why not give it the luxurious touch it deserves? With a few simple design tips, transforming your outdoor space into a haven of comfort and style is easier than you might think.

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Picture this: a warm summer evening, twinkling lights overhead, and the smell of barbecue wafting through the air. That’s the kind of atmosphere we want to help you create – one that’s perfect for entertaining loved ones, or simply unwinding after a long day.

Now, between you and me, we’re about to start on our first phase of outdoor living at the Tumalo house. We’re itching to make the most of our backyard this summer, but let’s be real – there’s a lot to do. That’s why we’re taking it one step at a time, starting with the patio (because quite honestly, we need somewhere to put our outdoor dining table!).

So, whether you’re revamping your patio from top to bottom or just looking to make a few tweaks here and there, there are many ways to get going. From cozy seating arrangements to statement accessories, we’ll show you how to give your outdoor space that luxurious feel! Get ready to elevate your patio game – because summer’s just around the corner, and we’re here to make sure you’re ready to soak up every moment. Let’s dive in!

 


Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

1. The Power of Lush Landscaping

A well-designed landscape sets the tone for your outdoor space, instantly elevating its ambiance and creating a welcoming atmosphere for you and your guests.

Sure, landscaping can seem like a pricey endeavor, especially if you’re starting from scratch. But, there are plenty of budget-friendly options that can help you achieve the look without spending a check.

One of our top recommendations? Start with evergreen species. These plants stay green year-round, providing a solid foundation for your landscape design. From there, you can supplement with seasonal annuals for pops of color, and perennials that come back year after year, ensuring your backyard stays vibrant and beautiful no matter the season.

Of course, if you’re ready to go all-in, investing in a complete landscaping overhaul is a practical and worthwhile choice. 


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2. Quality Pots and Planters for your Patio

When it comes to creating a picture-perfect outdoor space, don’t overlook the power of pots and planters. These versatile additions not only add depth and dimension to your landscape, but also serve as focal points that tie the entire look together.

Investing in good quality pots is key, especially if you live in colder climates like Central Oregon. Opt for frost-proof options to ensure durability through the seasons. Personally, I have a soft spot for terracotta pots – the older and more weathered, the better. If you’re eager to achieve that aged look quickly, I even shared some tips in a reel a while back. Check it out here!

When selecting pots and planters, size matters. Go big or go home, as they say! Larger containers not only make a statement but also provide ample space for your plants to thrive. Aim for at least a 21″ diameter for that resort-style vibe that instantly transports you to a tropical paradise.

So, whether you’re dreaming of a Mediterranean-inspired patio or a lush tropical retreat, quality pots and planters are your secret weapon!

Source: Cari Berg

3. Creating Ambiance with the Perfect Lighting

As the sun sets, there’s something magical about the warm glow of lights that transforms your outdoor space. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply unwinding after a long day, the right lighting sets the stage for an unforgettable evening.

Ambiance is key, and achieving that cozy, inviting atmosphere is easier than you might think. It’s all about layering soft, warm lights to create a sense of depth and intimacy that makes your space feel truly special.

Start by hanging a pendant light over your dining table. Not only will this provide practical illumination for meals, but it also adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to your outdoor dining experience.

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Next, consider incorporating wall sconces or string lights. These versatile lighting options are perfect for creating an ambiance that begs you to linger a little longer. For a romantic touch, nothing beats the flickering glow of candles. Lanterns or hurricanes are ideal for housing candles and adding a touch of charm. And, let’s not forget about practical lighting solutions: battery-operated lamps are perfect for illuminating dining tables or bar areas.


Source: Chris Loves Julia

4. Crafting Purposeful Spaces

In the art of outdoor design, creating distinct areas for different activities is key to maximizing your space and enhancing its functionality. Whether it’s dining al fresco, lounging in the sun, or gathering around the fire pit, each area should feel purposeful and inviting.

That’s where outdoor rugs come into play. Not only do they add a layer of comfort underfoot, but they also serve as visual cues that delineate different zones within your space.


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5. Adding Warmth to Your Outdoor Haven

As the sun disappears and the evening chill sets in, there’s nothing quite like gathering around a crackling fire to keep the conversation going and the good times rolling. In Bend, where evenings can get downright chilly, incorporating a heat element into your outdoor space is a must-have for extending your enjoyment well into the night.

Whether you opt for a traditional wood-burning fire pit or the convenience of a propane model, the warmth it provides are sure to elevate your experience. And, to enhance the cozy factor even further, consider draping inexpensive throw blankets over sofas or chairs, inviting guests to snuggle up. 

 

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Bedroom

Four Bed & Nightstand Pairings We Love

Sick of the struggle to find the perfect bed and nightstand combo? I hear you. As a designer, I’ve seen the frustration firsthand. That’s why I’ve put together some tips and conceptual moodboards to take the stress out of your search.

I’m excited to reveal four killer bed and nightstand pairings that have been catching my eye lately. Below you’ll find four fun room concepts that offer fresh takes on special places, and how we’d style them.

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

I’m all about mixing things up to create a space that’s uniquely you. Matching sets? Absolutely not! I believe in the power of mixing custom pieces, vintage finds, and unique designs to create a space that’s truly your own. So, ditch the cookie-cutter approach and embrace a more eclectic vibe.

If you’re ready to transform your bedroom into a haven of style and comfort, you’re in the right place. Let’s dive in and discover the perfect pairings for your space. And hey, if you’re in need of a bedroom refresh, why not work with us? From full custom home builds to virtual design room refreshes, we’ve got a variety of services to suit your needs. After all, we’re all about cosmetic upgrades — furnishings and home décor that don’t require a whole foundation makeover. It’s all about knowing how to invest in the right pieces to achieve a beautiful look. We strongly believe that good, quality products are available to all budgets. For instance, a cashmere Khaite sweater is gorgeous, but equally, a cashmere sweater from Reformation is pretty, and a quality investment, just at a lesser price point.

Let’s start with some design fundamentals …

1. Play with textures

  • Mixing textures is key to creating a visually captivating and inviting space
  • Remember, when it comes to textures, more is often better! Don’t hesitate to layer on different materials and finishes to add depth and richness to your bedroom 
  • Consider pairing the softness of an upholstered bed with the sleekness of metal or the warmth of certain woods
  • Don’t shy away from experimenting with different combinations. Try pairing an upholstered bed with a caned nightstand for a blend of softness and warmth

For more design tips and inspiration, be sure to read “The Five Elements of our Signature Style

2. Sizing and visual weight

  • Pay attention to the proportions of your nightstand in relation to your bed. A nightstand that’s too small can look out of place next to a larger bed, while one that’s too large can overwhelm the space
  • Opt for a lighter, open-bottomed design if you want to create a more airy and spacious feel in your bedroom (this allows for the addition of storage baskets underneath, keeping clutter at bay)
  • If you prefer a more streamlined look, choose a nightstand with drawers for concealed storage. This provides a neat and organized solution for stowing away bedside essentials

3. The bed and nightstand should be tailored to your living habits

  • If you enjoy lounging in bed with a book or a cup of tea, opt for a headboard and a nightstand with ample storage to keep your necessities within reach
  • For those seeking an energizing and dynamic space, think about incorporating sculptural bedside tables and a statement headboard

New England Coastal Cottage

When I imagine New England coastal cottage interiors, I think of light, airy spaces with a palette of whites and neutrals, and pops of blue and earthy green shades. We can also picture cozy seating areas with nautical accents like striped or floral cushions, natural materials like rattan or wicker, and plenty of sunlight streaming through large windows. Natural wood tones, like white oak and pine, add a rustic touch. You might like the more modern take on this style, and incorporate moodier elements such as jewel tones mixed with metallic accents. Sleek furniture with clean lines could be juxtaposed with textured fabrics like velvet for added depth and warmth. It’s a sophisticated representation of coastal living … with a hint of drama. 

Shop the look here: Cottage Core


Joshua Tree Oasis

Think desert chic meets boho vibes. Earthy tones, like sandy beiges, warm terracottas and muted greens, emphasize the desert landscape. Natural materials, such as weathered wood, leather and rattan, create a rustic yet cozy atmosphere. Textiles like macrame, jute rugs and wool throws add more layering effects. What I love about the desert is that it’s the perfect spot to embrace a retro funky flair that complements the natural surroundings. Pops of color and patterns from the 70s would give it such a fun and distinguishing charm! Think vintage-inspired furniture pieces, like a mid-century modern bed frame. Then, throw in some jewel-toned pillows and rugs to liven up the space. 

Shop the look here: Desert Oasis


Tuscan Villa Charm

This style brings a sense of elegance and timeless beauty into a bedroom. For the bed, opt for an iron or wooden frame with intricate detailing, reminiscent of the ornate architecture found in European interiors. Rustic elements such as distressed wood or ceramic vases are essentials that will add a cohesive look. Bedding in rich warm tones, like deep reds, golden yellows and earthy browns, evoke colors of the Italian countryside. And, dried flowers like lavender or olive branches add an authentic touch. 

Shop the look here: Italian Villa


Jackson Hole Countryside Haven

Focus on the rugged beauty of the mountains and forests. Earthy tones are going to be your best friend here, with pops of bold colors such as red and green mixed in with cozy plaids or south-western inspired patterns. Leather and touches of fringe adds a softness to the rustic interiors. I also think hints of aged bronze or rusted copper can be infused throughout the space to give it that extra old-world Western charm. 

Shop the look here: Countryside Haven

Design

Creating a Color Palette for Your Home

Do you like all the walls to match, or do you prefer mixing up your favorite colors? Picking paint colors can be confusing, and a little stressful. But, having a color palette on hand is like having a guide — it helps you get started, and keeps everything looking good together.

Now, here’s the deal: I don’t usually recommend painting every room the same color. Instead, I like to think about how colors can flow smoothly from one room to the next, making your home feel connected but still interesting. Each room gets its own special touch; but together, the colors make a happy, cohesive home. So, next time you’re thinking about painting, consider how the colors will complement each other in the entire space. With a little planning, your home will feel just right!


Understanding Color Theory

Color theory is all about finding colors that work together to create a pleasing visual harmony. It’s not just about picking your favorite shades — it’s about understanding how colors interact, mix, and contrast with each other. Lighter colors can evoke feelings of calmness and spaciousness, while darker hues can bring depth and intensity to a room. Paint has the power to transform the atmosphere of a space, which is why I believe in the importance of mixing and matching colors throughout your home.

In my experience, walls that are all the same color can feel a bit monotonous and lacking in personality. That’s why I like to introduce a variety of options, while still maintaining a sense of cohesion. However, using too many colors can quickly become overwhelming. So, the key is to find the right balance. 

Here’s my step-by-step approach to creating a paint palette for an entire home

First, start with a dominant color that will be used in the majority of spaces throughout your home. This sets the tone, and provides a sense of continuity in transitional spaces such as your entryway and hallways, etc. It’s typically a neutral that complements all the other colors in your palette. Next, incorporate a secondary color. This is often your trim color, or one that is used on cabinetry in at least 2-3 areas of your home. Third, incorporate accent colors (the most powerful colors of the palette IMO) into secondary areas (like bedrooms, bathrooms, offices) to add depth and interest. It’s all about finding that perfect balance between consistency and variety to create a space that feels cohesive and inviting.


Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Dominant Colors

The dominant color in your home’s paint palette plays a crucial role in setting the tone and mood for each space. This color serves as the anchor, providing a cohesive thread that ties the entire home together. Typically, the dominant color is a neutral shade that can easily transition from room to room, acting as a backdrop for the secondary and accent colors to shine. 

By selecting a versatile neutral as the dominant color, you establish a consistent ambiance throughout your home while allowing for flexibility in incorporating different accent hues in each space.

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Secondary Colors

The main role of secondary colors is to complement and enhance the dominant color. This color should provide support without overpowering the overall feel of the space. For example, in the Tumalo project, I opted for Farrow & Ball’s ‘Shadow White’ as a neutral wall color for my dominant color. My secondary color was Farrow & Ball ‘Drop Cloth’ for the trim. These two colors together create a balance that is cohesive from room to room. They serve as the bridge between the accent colors in individual rooms such as bedrooms, bathrooms and the Rumpus Room. This allows for a seamless transition, while adding depth and visual interest. 

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Experimenting with different shades, such as using a lighter neutral on the walls paired with a darker neutral on the trim, can create a complementary look in transitional spaces like the entryway and hallways . Additionally, secondary colors can be introduced through elements like ceilings and cabinetry, further enriching the palette and adding dimension to the overall design scheme.

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Accent Colors

When it comes to accent colors in your home’s paint palette, the sky’s the limit! These colors are all about adding personality and flair to your space, so feel free to get creative. Whether it’s a vibrant plum or a calming blue, choose colors that speak to you and evoke the feeling you want in each room. The key here, though, is to stick to a consistent tone for all accent colors — whether it’s warm or cool undertones — across different rooms. This is key for creating the most cohesive flow throughout your home.

Clouz Houz tip: Don’t rush your decision on accent colors. Instead, test them out in the actual space where they’ll be used. Grab some drawdowns (paint stores will take the paint you have chosen and paint on heavy ply paper so you can see sheen/color without having to paint onto walls) and place them in the rooms to see how lighting affects them. Trust me, what looks good under fluorescent lights might not translate to your home’s natural light. Taking the time to see how colors interact in your space will help you make confident decisions and avoid last-minute doubts.

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Color Palette Tips

Remember that your home’s color palette should reflect your personal style and preferences. There’s no need to conform to design trends if they don’t resonate with you. Let your excitement guide you, and choose colors that make you happy. Consider the overall vibe you want each space to evoke, whether it’s calming and soothing or playful and bold. Once you’ve identified your favorite colors and the feelings they inspire, lay them out together and observe how they interact. If something feels off, don’t hesitate to tweak the color and experiment with different shades in the same color family.

Keep in mind that opposites can often complement each other, so don’t be afraid to use the color wheel as a reference. For instance, creating balance can sometimes mean just choosing colors that are opposing on the color wheel. For instance, if you choose a deep blue for your powder room, then offset the intensity with a muddy, mustard yellow adjoining the space — maybe on the cabinetry, etc. See what I mean?

Lastly, try various combinations before settling on one palette option. You want your home to feel curated; to be a place that you truly love. Don’t rush this process! If you want to get started on designing your home and you’re still unsure where to start, reach out and let us help guide you. We can make your decisions feel more effortless. I hope this was helpful to you! 

Cocktails

Zesty Spirits: Craft the Perfect Lemon Thyme Bourbon Cocktail

Ah, springtime … the perfect season for shaking up the perfect, refreshing cocktail that captures the essence of sunny days and outdoor gatherings. And let me tell you, I’ve stumbled upon a recipe that’s become an absolute obsession in our household: the Lemon Thyme Bourbon Cocktail from The Roasted Root.

Source: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Now, let’s talk flavors. Picture this: zesty lemon paired with aromatic thyme, all infused into a sweet and tangy simple syrup. Add a splash of smooth bourbon into the mix, and you’ve got yourself the ultimate thirst-quencher that’s perfect for sipping on a warm spring afternoon.

Now, what I love most about this cocktail is its simplicity. I mean, we’re talking just a handful of ingredients – including your very own homemade lemon thyme syrup. Put them all together, and you’re in business. It’s like the perfect balance of easy and impressive.

After a long day of soaking up the sun, nothing hits the spot quite like this refreshing concoction. Trust me, I speak from experience. One sip, and you’ll be hooked, craving that fresh hint of thyme with every sip.

Of course, there’s also the presentation — I’m all about making my drinks as Instagram-worthy as they are delicious. A couple of lemon slices, a sprig of thyme – and voila! Cheers to good vibes and even better drinks, my friends 🤍


Design

Here’s What to Source on Etsy

We’re excited to chat about one of our favorite sources for all things unique, handmade, and downright delightful: Etsy. Let me tell you, this online marketplace is a goldmine for those of us who crave something a little more ‘unique’ than your run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter décor.

One of the things we love most about Etsy is the opportunity to support small businesses and independent artisans. As a small business ourselves, we’re all about championing our fellow creatives and incorporating their beautiful designs into our projects. There’s something truly special about knowing that each piece has been crafted with care and passion by someone halfway across the country … or the world.

I’ve developed a serious obsession with Etsy shopping. It’s so easy to fall into a rabbit hole of browsing, and before you know it, you’ve stumbled upon a multitude of other gems you never even knew you needed. But that’s all part of the fun, right?

So, whether you’re on the hunt for a statement piece to elevate your space or simply searching for that perfect finishing touch, Etsy has you covered. Let’s take a look at how we, as designers, rely on Etsy.


Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Vintage Artwork

Ah, vintage art on Etsy — where do we begin? It’s a world of history, nostalgia, and artistic brilliance. The allure of vintage pieces lies not only in their aesthetic appeal, but also in the stories they carry. Each piece has a rich narrative; a glimpse into a bygone era that adds depth and character to any space. 

As designers, we’re drawn to the authenticity and uniqueness of vintage artwork available on Etsy. These pieces aren’t typically churned out by machines in mass quantities; instead they’re lovingly curated by independent sellers who share a passion for preserving the beauty of art. Plus, there’s the thrill of the hunt — scouring through Etsy listings in search for that one-of-a-kind find that will elevate our designs. 

Here are some of our fave pieces: original river landscape painting vintage oil painting 


Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Handmade Throw Pillows

When it comes to finding perfect pillows to cozy up a space, we have Etsy as a go-to destination in mind, especially for those irresistible pillow covers. With an abundance of talented textile vendors, there’s no shortage of options to explore. 

Shop all pillows here: rose pillow cover, hand blocked pillow cover, brown striped linen pillow cover, floral patterned pillow cover, botanical pillow cover with exposed leather zipper

What sets handmade pillow covers apart is not just their affordability, but also their versatility. Instead of investing in expensive pillows that may only suit a specific season or occasion, opt for interchangeable pillow covers. This allows for easy customization and flexibility with storing during the off-season. I love the idea of refreshing my space as the seasons change, without breaking the bank or cluttering up storage space, and I encourage you to do the same! Handmade pillows often boast unique textiles, patterns, and details that add personality and warmth to any room.


Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Vintage rugs

Not only are vintage rugs durable and easy to clean, but their timeless appeal makes them a perfect choice for any room, from high-traffic areas to cozy corners. Whether you’re in need of a small bath mat or a statement-making area rug, Etsy’s selection offers a treasure trove of colors, patterns, and sizes for every style. Make sure to always confirm sizing as vintage rugs can have unique sizing due to the fact that they are handmade. 

When sourcing through listings for rugs, we always rely on these specific keywords to find those hidden gems that perfectly complement our vision: vintage, overdyed, Turkish


Custom Drapery

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Etsy’s customization options are a game-changer, especially when it comes to drapery. Finding sellers who offer a range of sizes and the flexibility to create bespoke pieces allows you to achieve that designer look without spending too much. Customizing drapes and curtains ensures they’re tailored to fit each window/door perfectly, with the right length and ample coverage for a polished finish. 

With drapery being so crucial to the overall aesthetic of a space, this approach ensures that every detail is considered to suit the unique requirements of each home. While custom drapes can come with a hefty price tag, sourcing them from Etsy offers a more budget-friendly alternative without compromising on quality or style. It’s all about that perfect balance — just make sure your measuring game is on point!

Keywords to search: custom, pinch pleat, linen


Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Hardware

Hardware has been on my mind big time with our current reno. One vendor that has never failed to impress is Paso Robles Ironworks, whose exquisite craftsmanship elevated our café curtain hardware at our previous house. Now, I’m itching to incorporate their designs for drapery hardware into our Tumalo project. As a details person, I believe that hardware plays an essential role in enhancing the existing design, adding that extra touch of sophistication and cohesion. 

Keywords to search: antique, luxury, unlacquered brass 

Clouz Houz tip: Always order a sample before committing to a full set. It’s hard to gauge weight, finish and quality solely from online images. So, getting up close and personal with the hardware ensures a perfect match for the design vision.


Designs: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Lighting

Lighting is a crucial element in our Tumalo project, and Etsy has been our go-to source for finding unique sconces and fixtures. From brass sconces to exposed fixtures and vintage-inspired lighting, there’s a diverse range of options to suit our aesthetic. 

Here are some of our trusted vendors: Smile Lamp WorksMullan Lighting

Prioritize vintage or handmade options from independent makers. While there are plenty of affordable options inspired by distinctive designs, opting for the authentic version ensures both quality and longevity. Investing in authentic pieces may require a bit more upfront, but it’s an investment that you’ll treasure for years to come.

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While wear is normal and imperfections can add charm, make sure you aren’t buying anything that is falling apart. Always ask for more pictures if you are unsure about color, lighting, or damage. Etsy sellers are always ready to help find you what you need. Additionally, I always like to check shipping costs as more of these sellers are overseas artisans. As such, shipping can start to add up, especially if you have to send something back. Or, for that matter, some vendors might not take returns, so always check the return policy. Otherwise, happy treasure hunting!

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COUCH SNACK 🥂🍊

Leave it to @cheesegal to redefine my snacking game... no, but seriously—I’ll be obsessing over this flawless pairing all summer long. Big thanks to TJ’s for always having the best ingredients on hand!

So, here’s what you need:
• a chilled bottle of Italian white wine (shhh mine was only $7!!)
• California Slab Apricots 
• creamy chèvre goat cheese
• honey
• flakey sea salt

Trust me, you’ll want to try this! It’s an amazing snack, perfect for impressing guests at your next get-together. Simple, fresh, and oh-so-delicious! Plus, it’s fancy enough to feel special but easy enough for a casual afternoon treat. Enjoy and thank me later!
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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.
Transport yourself to spring in Italy ☀️ A year ago this month, I had the opportunity to go on an unforgettable journey to Firenze for a @boxwoodavenue retreat. 

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: 
1. Learn the art of making fresh pasta.
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.