Jun 8, 2012

An Inspired Event - Portland Blogger Summer Social

A few night ago I had the best time attending a summer social for local home and design bloggers here in Portland.  It was the perfect girly gathering graciously put together by Kirsten of Restored Style and Jenn of A Home in the Making - amazing food, a multitude of wine offerings, gorgeous linens, a long vintage farmhouse table, candle-light, great gals, and inspired conversation about our common passions - family, friends, design, and blogging (of course).  Does it get any better than that?!?

The amazing menu was created and executed by Jamie Snell of The Lamb's Table.  I wish I had taken more pics of the food - but it got inhaled the second it hit the table.  We even got little menu cards displaying the phenomenal fare:

Let me just say...dessert was divine.  So good, I didn't take a picture until I took a bite (then tried to cover up the bite with the strawberry on the right...)

The delightful evening soiree took place in SE Portland at the coolest store/studio called Seek the Unique - a fabulous vintage-antique-salvage shop headed by the ultra-talented Andrea Jones.  This place is a dream for anyone who appreciates a creative vignette, beautiful re-purposed furniture, or unique home goods.

Check out these amazing creations - many of them refinished or repurposed on-site in the workshop...

 (I'm in love with this hand-tufted wall - a DIY project by Andrea and Co.)

 (Yep, these walls were another custom creation by Andrea and her family)

 (Bad iPhone pic, but I love the colors and fixtures)

 (I want one of these old cabinets to help sort my mail and keep my organized)

(Pendant made of twigs and hung from a twine-wrapped cord...so lovely)

A few other vintage finds that totally caught my eye - old, rustic, natural, patina-ed yet refined treasures:

 (frame, rug, sofa, chairs...I wanted everything in this picture)

 (vintage typewriters...oh how I'd love to score one of these)

 (my take-home souvenir...the coolest and most regal little crest)

(antlers, rackets, and wicker...the makings for a dream porch-scape)

(some hip dog art by a local artist)

As you can see, it was pure eye-candy of the most elegant sort.  If you're ever in Portland, you'll have to pay Andrea a visit.

Last but not least, here is a list of the other delightful home/design blogs that were represented at the social:

I had a wonderful time meeting such a great group of ladies and only wish I had events like this to attend more often. Kirsten and Jenn, thank you so much for all your efforts in putting together such a lovely evening for all of us!


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Love your photos!! Did you seriously get that crest? Such a cool reminder of the evening. Great event and so fun to meet so many talented ladies.

Thanks for sharing! ~Danielle

Makaila said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wonderful pictures! I was amazed by the entire evening. And what the perfect space to host the event. Divine. Oh, and that dessert. Divine doesn't even begin to describe it, right!? :)

oh, and thank you so much for listing all the links to the ladies!

Lyn Hart said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It was so nice to meet you Kristen! Best of luck with your move!

Mindy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Awesome! And I'm so glad you listed all the blog links. I'm off to check everyone out!

Jenn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great recap of the evening! Thanks so much for coming -- it was fun to chat with you over dinner :)

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