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The April Edit:
Embracing Outdoor Inspiration

Welcome to “The April Edit.” You’re probably a bit confused since we just released our March edit last week. But hey, we’re switching things up! Instead of waiting until the end of the month to give you a recap on the inspiration behind our designs, we’re diving right in the beginning of each month to give you a sneak peek of our covets and ideas. We’ll be showing you everything that sparks our creativity!

Why the change? Well, we wanted to try something different. By looking ahead, we can anticipate trends, embrace seasonal vibes, and share our vision for the coming weeks in real-time. It’s all about staying fresh, ahead of the curve, and most importantly, keeping the inspiration flowing.


As we step into April, we can’t help but feel the excitement of embracing the return of outdoor living dreams. There’s something truly magical about European-inspired charm and the delicate accents of rattan. Those intricate woven details transport us to a place of tranquility and serenity.

This month’s inspiration moodboard isn’t just a collection of images and items. It’s a reflection of our visions, our aspirations, and our deep-rooted desire to create spaces that resonate with warmth and authenticity. With warm wood tones and creamy whites, we’re curating an ambiance that invites you to unwind, connect with nature, and revel in the beauty of simple moments.

Join us …

Come along with us on this journey as we delve into what’s capturing our hearts this month, and explore the subtle nuances that inspire our designs. It’s about more than just décor; it’s about cultivating a lifestyle that speaks to our souls, that brings us closer to the essence of who we are and the dreams we hold dear. Sometimes it’s just one thing that can launch an entire concept, idea or dream. And believe me, we’re all about dreaming … and dreaming big!

We have many exciting, fun plans these next several months that we can’t wait to share with you. So, let’s embrace the spirit of April together, creating spaces that not only reflect our style but also celebrate the beauty of life’s ever-evolving journey.


Color of the Month

For our “Color of the Month,” I’m excited to dive into Farrow and Ball’s “Selvedge” – a laid-back blue reminiscent of a lighter denim hue. This choice creates a friendly atmosphere, perfectly aligning with the vibe of April and the fresh beginnings of spring. Oftentimes, I turn to nature for inspiration, and the Central Oregon spring skies are nothing short of magic — a crystal clear blue that you just want to bottle up.

I’m thinking of using “Selvedge” for a client’s kitchen cabinets because I love the idea of saturating the space in a fun, unexpected color. It adds a cheerful, yet elegant ambiance that’s bound to uplift the mood of the room. Plus, blue tones are going to be everywhere this month in both home and fashion finds, making it a timely and versatile choice. It’s the perfect backdrop to offset simple white plates in open shelves! 

Source: Il Salviatino

Italian Inspiration

When I was in Italy last April for the Boxwood Avenue retreat, I was obsessed with the cabinet color in the Il Salviatino dining room where they served brunch each morning.  Incorporating this classic, Robin’s Egg blue color into the kitchen cabinets will not only infuse the space with character, but also create a sense of depth and sophistication.


 

Source: Jenni Kayne

What We’re Buying

In terms of what we’re buying for home furniture and décor this month, we’re fully embracing nature’s charm. We’re on the lookout for items that exude a laid-back elegance, creating a welcoming atmosphere for hosting and entertaining. Picture cozy outdoor lounges adorned with plush cushions and throws, complemented by rustic planters, vases, and wicker urns that invite guests to linger over alfresco meals during spring evenings. 

But, it’s not just about the outdoor spaces; we’re also infusing our interiors with nods to nature, whether through botanical prints, earthy textures, or statement pieces inspired by vintage silhouettes.


 

Source: Pinterest

What We’re Wearing

​​In terms of what we’re adding to our wardrobe this month, it’s all about embracing textural elements and pieces that keep our outfits fresh and vibrant for spring. So, here’s some inspiration! Picture this: a mini leather basket bag in a rich, deep chocolate hue, the perfect companion for long afternoons of strolling with no real agenda. Or, enjoying a leisurely brunch in the sunshine. This bag adds a touch of sophistication to any ensemble, effortlessly elevating your look.

Next up, we’re indulging in a creamy fringed knit cardigan, a wardrobe staple that’s both cozy and chic. I personally adore layering up in this cardigan for evenings spent on the patio, sipping cocktails with friends, or for cozying up by the fire pit. Its boho vibes lend a laid-back elegance to any outfit, making it the perfect transitional piece for spring.

And, let’s not forget about footwear! We’re stepping into the season with crochet heels featuring a small block heel, adding a playful yet sophisticated touch. These creamy, springy heels exude charm, and pair perfectly with everything from flowy dresses to cropped denim, infusing our outfits with a touch of whimsy and femininity.

To complete our spring ensemble, we’re reaching for a sparkly lipstick by none other than my favorite, Tom Ford. Because let’s face it, a pop on the lips is the perfect finishing touch to any look, adding a dash of glamour and confidence to our day.


 

Source: @endlessbookclub

What We’re Reading for Inspiration

There’s a beauty in taking time to read, isn’t there? It’s like pressing pause on the chaos of daily life and immersing oneself in a world of imagination and discovery. Whether it’s curled up on the couch with a cup of tea or lounging in the backyard under the shade of a tree, reading offers a chance to escape, to explore new perspectives, and to nourish the mind and soul. I’m taking a page (see what I did there 😉) from Chloe at Boxwood Avenue’s playbook and reading The Alchemist. Have you read it? I’m completely enthralled. Highly recommend!

Source: Clouz Houz

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Hi! We are Clouz Houz.. Follow along for home renovation tips, interior design inspo, living a slow lifestyle, and of course making time for simple pleasures like cooking, entertaining and some self care..

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.
Join me behind the scenes as I add the finishing touches to our Tumalo kitchen! We sourced these brass pulls from @sumnerstreethardware. We then stumbled upon the coolest brand, @walnutstudiolo, known for their handmade leather hardware.

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!