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Our New Home

Updated: Feb 13

A little break from my glassblowing basics series to show you around our new home! We're not done decorating and still in need of furniture, but it's coming together. Our home is quite old, as it was built in 1911 and is located in a safe and quiet neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Our home is filled with lots of natural light, which I really love. It's nice to be here.


Small watercolor painting of a figure with long, black hair and orange glasses. The painting is on a small piece of watercolor paper, about 2 by 3 inches total, and is in a clear card protector. It is sitting on a ledge on the wall.
Small lovely painting

For some reason, we have two ledges in the bedroom. Here I am, circa 2016 (?). I forget the name of the artist who painted this for me. He set up shop outside of the store, Park Life on Clement street in SF and did tiny portraits for people.. if you know who the artist is, let me know!

A small horse sculpture sits next to a pink glass bottle atop an monograph of Alexander Calder. The objects are all sitting on top of a white dresser which is next to a bed.
My water bottle

This dresser was my father-in-law's childhood dresser, so it's at least 60 years old. I'm very bad at keeping hydrated, so this bottle helps. I brought the glass home, thinking that it wasn't good enough to sell but I have grown quite fond of it over time and I use it every day. I love the color, and it looks good next to the "horse" Nick made when he was five.

An acrylic painting on canvas about 6 by 8 inches in size is on the floor, splayed next to a tray of paint and paint tubes.
Small painting

I started painting a little. It's not even close to being finished. I'm just trying to make sense of it. Trying to find a method or process that will keep me from being too dissatisfied.

A transparent, copper blue glass paperweight sits on top of a cabinet. The paperweight is propped on a foam block covered in gray wool.
Blue paperweight

I now have a place for my paperweight, made of gray wool and foam (courtesy of Gay Outlaw).


Our home has two skylights.

Two wooden blocks create the framework for a TV shelf. On the wooden shelf is a small glass cup with flowers, sitting next to a glass sculpture by DH McNabb.
DIY tv shelf

Everyone has seen shelves made of cinder blocks, right? Bet you haven't seen shelves made of step stools from the Beaverton School District.

A top view of a drawer full of glass cups and mugs for easy access.
Cups!

Until now, we've stored our cups in the cupboard, which meant that only the cups in the front got used! Now we can see all our cups from above, and it makes me really happy. The key is to have grippy liners so that the glass and ceramic don't bang around.


Detail view of a rug with intricate patterns of red, blues, yellows, oranges, and cream colors.
Rug pattern

This is our rug. I keep seeing new "people" in the rug. Like a man in a big yellow suit and turtles. It's like a rorschach test rug. Is it just me?


Copper vase with a dainty handle sitting on a shelf full of other random things.
Copper thing

I got this copper vase in Bend, Oregon. I was struck by it, picked it up, put it back, came back to it, took a picture, left the store... 2 minutes later, changed my mind, and bought it. I knew I would regret it if I left without it. I just think it's the cutest thing, and now I get to look at it every day.


A copper vase is sitting on a window sill in the sunshine.

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