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The magazine for Oregon's Willamette Valley LIVING Willamette MAY 2024 Portland to Eugene & everything in-between! NORTH MISSISSIPPI A FABULOUS REMODEL SELECTING PAINT COLORS Easy home upgrades you can do, and not so easy ones that local pros can do, really well! +
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Las Vegas is a city that never sleeps, bustling with entertainment and attractions for every taste. Here are 10 things you can do in Las Vegas:

Explore the Strip: Take a stroll along Las Vegas Boulevard, known as the Strip, to see iconic landmarks like the Bellagio Fountains, the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, and the volcano at The Mirage.

Catch a Show: Las Vegas is famous for its world-class entertainment. From Cirque du Soleil performances to magic shows, concerts, and comedy acts, there’s something for everyone.

Visit the Casinos: Try your luck at one of the many casinos on the Strip. Whether you’re a seasoned gambler or just looking to have some fun, the casinos offer a variety of games, from slots to blackjack to poker.

Dine at Fine Restaurants: Las Vegas is a food lover’s paradise, with countless gourmet restaurants run by celebrity chefs. Treat yourself to a memorable dining experience at one of the city’s upscale eateries.

Experience Fremont Street: Head downtown to Fremont Street, where you can zip line through the famous Fremont Street Experience, admire vintage neon signs, and enjoy live music and street performers.

Take a Helicopter Tour: Get a bird’s eye view of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding desert landscape with a thrilling helicopter tour. It’s a great way to see the city from a different perspective.

Visit the Neon Museum: Learn about the history of Las Vegas through its iconic neon signs at the Neon Museum. Take a guided tour of the outdoor exhibition space, known as the Neon Boneyard, and see signs from old casinos and hotels.

Relax by the Pool: With its sunny climate, Las Vegas is the perfect place to unwind by the pool. Many hotels have luxurious pool complexes with cabanas, bars, and even poolside entertainment.

Shop ‘til You Drop: From luxury boutiques to outlet malls, Las Vegas offers plenty of shopping opportunities. Explore the shops at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace or the upscale Fashion Show Mall.

Day Trip to the Grand Canyon: If you have the time, consider taking a day trip to the Grand Canyon. Several tour companies offer guided excursions to this natural wonder, where you can hike, take a helicopter ride, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views.

Whether you’re into gambling, dining, entertainment, or outdoor adventures, Las Vegas has something for everyone to enjoy!

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HOME ELEVATION Publisher's Update

As the warm embrace of spring is just days away, it's time to embark on a journey of transformation within the walls of our homes. Welcome to our May issue, dedicated to the art of home improvement – a celebration of rejuvenation, reinvention, and the embodiment of comfort.

In this edition, we embark on a quest to unlock the secrets of elevating every corner of your abode, from the cozy confines of your living room to the tranquil retreat of your backyard oasis. Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or just beginning to explore the world of home improvement, there's something for everyone within these pages.

But home improvement isn't just about aesthetics – it's about functionality and efficiency too. Dive into our expert tips and tricks for optimizing your home's layout and maximizing its potential, ensuring that every nook and cranny serves a purpose and enhances your daily life.

And let's not forget the great outdoors – your backyard beckons with promises of al fresco dining, relaxing "staycations," and vibrant parties. Explore our feature on backyard barbecue perfection to impress your friends and family.

But perhaps most importantly, this issue is about inspiration. It's about igniting that spark within you to embark on your own home improvement journey, armed with the knowledge, tools, and passion to transform your house into the home of your dreams.

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So join us as we embark on this adventure together. Let's open our minds, unlock our creativity, and embrace the endless possibilities of home improvement. After all, there's no place like home – especially when it's been infused with a touch of magic and a whole lot of love.

Of course, this issue also includes our regular offerings of art, events, and fun places to visit this spring and summer.

We've got some great recommendations from the locals. Like "Root Beer Float Pie' from Michelle of Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes, and a rundown of the North Mississippi neighborhood from Elaine Rea, and another stunning remodel by Powell Construction -- article from Heidi Powell. A quick essay on just when to upgrade from our local designer Anna Bishop might be just what you need to get the ball rolling, or an article from Melanie at Riverside Window and Door might be the way to shed some light on your path to home nirvana? One big stumbling block to many home projects is picking paint colors, that's something you don't want to get wrong. Thankfully Melanie Brown of Equilibrium Painting is here to offer some guidance.

We've got some great local home pros!

Welcome to the May issue – where home is where the heart is, and the possibilities are endless.

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At Portland Center Stage April 26, to May 19, 2024

People • Arts • Trends • Books THE Lead 13 HOME BODIES |
Cast Members in "Coriolanus" at Portland Center Stage; photo by Jingzi Zhao/ courtesy of Portland Center Stage.


This modern translation by Sean San José captures the lyrical essence of Shakespeare while lifting the story’s core, reminding us that democracy is fragile and always worth defending, April 20 - May 19, 2024. Tickets are on sale now, including sliding scale tickets for BIPOC Affinity Night, a.k.a. The People’s Party, on Saturday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m.

In this updated adaptation of Coriolanus, Bay Area director, actor, writer, and producer Sean San José delves into the themes of power and politics. San José's unique approach to this lesser-known classic involves a reinterpretation of the text, allowing it to resonate with and represent a community of "others," who, in this case, embody the play with those typically not represented in classic Shakespeare at the center: People of Color, Women, Queer folx, immigrants. Through this translation, the language of Shakespeare is brought into the contemporary era, making its thematic and dramatic essence widely

accessible. The entire process is fueled by a critical examination of populism in our present political landscape.

Originally commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, this rendition of Coriolanus is part of a broader initiative that sought new translations for all thirty-nine Shakespeare plays. The project aims to present Shakespeare's timeless works in a language that modern audiences can easily understand, while preserving the inherent beauty of Shakespearean verse. Collaborating with a diverse group of contemporary playwrights, screenwriters, and dramaturges from various backgrounds, the Play On! project reimagines Shakespeare for the twenty-first century. These translated volumes mark the first time these works are available in print, serving as a new First Folio for a new era.

In collaboration with upstart crow collective, whose mission is to produce classical plays with racially diverse casts of women and non-binary people, re-imagining these works for a contemporary audience, director Rosa Joshi (founding member of upstart crow and current associate artistic director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival) has brought together a stunning cast of women and non-binary actors who will take on the roles within Coriolanus. “The way we approach gender follows the Elizabethan

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Cast Members in "Coriolanus" at Portland Center Stage; photo by Jingzi Zhao/ courtesy of Portland Center Stage.

practice of male actors playing all the roles and flips it on its head.” says director and founding member of upstart crow collective, Rosa Joshi. “By giving the stage to a diverse cast of women and non-binary actors who play all the characters, both male and female, we shine a new light on what these plays can mean and who they are for.”

"Collaborating with Play On, upstart crow collective, and OSF is a dream, as we work together to bring each organization's strengths and resources to the table for a rich and ambitious production," says PCS Artistic Director Marissa Wolf. "Helmed by Rosa Joshi, Coriolanus is exactly how I want to encounter a Shakespeare war play, with a hyper relevant lens and fully embodied, ensemble driven storytelling."

“Coriolanus is a truly great work of theatrical art, one that T.S. Eliot thought better than Hamlet … a masterpiece.” –The Wall Street Journal

Coriolanus is a co-production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where it will perform later this summer. For more information on the show, please visit


Famine threatens Rome and hunger fuels the tensions between the country’s elite and the deprived masses. As civil unrest stirs political upheaval, the war hero Coriolanus is driven to defend and then destroy his own country. Shakespeare’s rare and unique tragedy will be fueled by a dynamic female and non-binary ensemble, and a muscular, movement-focused staging. This modern translation updates the Bard’s language while lifting the story’s core — and reminds us that democracy is fragile and always worth defending.


Lauren Modica-Soloway (Cominius, Ensemble), Maria Porter (Volumnia, Ensemble), Antoinette Robinson (Aufidius, Virgilia, Ensemble), Betsy Schwartz (Sicinius, Ensemble), Dré Slaman (Brutus, Ensemble), Jessika D. Williams (Coriolanus, Ensemble), and Kate Wisniewski (Menenius, Ensemble).


Coriolanus is brought to life by playwright William Shakespeare, translated by Sean San José, adapted and directed by Rosa Joshi; movement director Alice Gosti; scenic and costume designer Sara Ryung Clement; lighting designer Sarah Hughey; sound designer Caroline Eng; voice and text coach Elisa Gonzales; associate movement director Cy Paolantonio; assistant director Katherine Lewis; fight and intimacy coach Jeb Burris; stage manager Amanda Vander Hyde; assistant stage manager Jordan E. Moore; and production assistant Alea Tran.


When: April 20 - May 19, 2024*

*Opening Night/Press Night: Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Preview Performances: April 20, 21, 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Pay What You Will Performances: Sunday, April 21, and Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The People’s Party: BIPOC Affinity Night: Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: On the U.S. Bank Mainstage at The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, Oregon.

To Purchase Regular Tickets: Prices range from $25 to $93, and tickets may be purchased at 503-445-3700 or in-person from the box office. Prices vary by date and time and are subject to change.

Ticket Specials: Visit to view ticket specials, including Rush Tickets, Pay What You Will, Arts for All, Active Duty, Military Veteran, Student, Under 30, The Armory Card, Groups of 10+, and more.

Please Note: This production is recommended for ages 12 and up. It contains mature themes and language.

Accessibility: Learn about accessibility options at


Boy Gets Girl explores the consequences that arise when a blind date takes a terrifying turn, delving into themes including stalking, sexism, and the concept of romance. The play revolves around Theresa Bedell, a capable and accomplished woman in her thirties, known for her contributions to a prestigious literary magazine in New York. Despite her professional achievements, Theresa faces challenges when it comes to forming meaningful connections in her personal life.

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Art in the Mid-Valley

Just as spring is a time of renewal and growth for nature, it is a great time for us humans to stretch ourselves, too. This could be learning a new skill with Tarweed Folk School, experiencing a boundary-pushing exhibition at The Arts Center, or finding an artist in your own neighborhood during our local At Home Arts Weekend. Read on for details of each of these events and more!

Tarweed Folk School is offering classes for their second season this year! Taught by Willamette Valley craftspeople, educators, scientists, tradespeople, small business owners, and community members, these half-day to multiple-day classes will take place at various locations in Corval-

lis. Participants can register for classes in woodworking, blacksmithing, fiber arts, natural building, basketry, eco-printing, nature, and more. The first weekend of

classes is May 11th and 12th. Class costs range from $40-$400 with full and partial scholarships available.

The mission of Tarweed Folk School is to tend to the land, ourselves, and each other through the sharing of practical arts and place-based knowledge in the heart of the Willamette Valley. To register, sign up for their newsletter, and learn more about their summer offerings visit their website:

Kathryn Cellerini Moore is the featured artist at The Arts Center from May 16th to June 29th. Her show, Glint, Glimmer, Glow, is a collaborative installation with moving images of auroras, microorganisms, and landscape vignettes projected onto chainmail. With the images representing the interconnectedness of Earth’s complex ecosystem, and the chainmail being a metaphor for Earth’s own semi-permeable electromagnetic armor, their interplay becomes a statement about protecting our Earth. The exhibit is inspired by the physics of solar wind, and powered by solar energy.

In partnership with The Arts Center and The Design for Social Impact Initiative at Oregon State University (OSU), a team of OSU engineering students collaborated to design, prototype, and build the renewable energy system that not only powers the exhibit, but is a visible part of the show. Recycled and new materials were used to craft the system with the goal of a net-zero exhibition experience.

Cellerini Moore is an interdisciplinary artist who likes to ask the question “what if?” With a focus on using recycled and eco-friendly materials, Cellerini Moore’s artistic research celebrates play, scientific inquiry, and wonder. Reception and Artist Talk: May 16th, 5:30 -7 PM.

The Corrine Woodman Gallery at The Arts Center will host Confluence II, the first of three exhibitions featuring final projects from 2024 OSU Art and Science Fellows. Meet the artists - Nicole Fronda, Ethan Makinster, and Henry Pitts – during the reception and CAW Thursday, May 16th, 5:30 – 7 PM. Show runs from May 7th to June 1st.

Experience all the artistic talent of your neighbors! Corvallis Parks and Recreation is hosting an At Home Arts Weekend where local artists of all kinds can

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Tarweed student weaves a rug out of old blue jeans on a loom she built herself! Father/daughter duo learn to crochet Glint, Glimmere, Glow by Katherine Cellerini Moore

sign up to feature their art in a yard sale format. Artist registration is open until May 6th online or by phone (541) 766-6965. Sale days are May 18th and 19th from 10 AM – 5 PM. Look for their map of artist locations at: page/home-arts-weekend.

OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences’ Art About Agriculture Exhibition invited artists to consider the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest’s agricultural diversity, economy, communities, and culture in relation to our region’s natural resources. The 2024 show titled, RESOURCEful, highlights the foundational elements of food and fiber production along with the necessary stewardship practices for a sustainable system. The exhibition runs from May 7th to June 26th at the Guistina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center with a reception on May 23rd.

The Corvallis Arts Walk (CAW) is a grass-roots art walk that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of the month in downtown Corvallis from 4 to 8 PM. Galleries, studios, arts and crafts stores, and the occasional pop-up keep their doors open late to host art-related events and demonstrations. This is a great way to meet artists! Walking maps are available at the Visit Corvallis office, 113 SW 3rd Street, Alley Suite 101, Corvallis.

Artist Quote of the month:

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”

-- Diane Ackerman

The Arts Center Hours

Noon to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday (at time of publication, please check website for updates) 541-754-1551 •


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Harold Mason Retrospective at WOU

Harold Mason’s Retrospective Art exhibit opens on May 29th in the Western Oregon University’s Wayne and Lynn Hamersley Library. The exhibit will be on the second and third floors. There will be a reception at the Library on Saturday, June first from 2 to 4. Half of any sales will go to the Art Department for art students scholarships. The exhibit runs until September. The library is open to the

public Monday through Friday please call 503 838 8418 for summer hours. The library is closed on holidays.

There may be special events for the exhibit, TBA. There will also be a special exhibit of Harold's Book, Dinosaur Circus (Poetry by Grant Hoyt) for the students perhaps during finals to give them a bit of a break.

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Dinosaur Circus

What's new at River Gallery?

Carol Chapel:

My idea of Heaven, said Peter Falk, is to wake up, have a good breakfast, and spend the rest of the day drawing. He could have been speaking for me. River Gallery invites you to see a Focus Exhibit of my drawings, May and June 2024.

Drawings: Carol Chapel

River Gallery will have two exhibits during the months of May + June 2024. Our Focus Artist will be Carol Chapel. Join us at River Gallery to see local art from 70 artists!

Wild Women Show in July 2024 at River Gallery!

During the month of July 2024, River Gallery will present the Wild Women Show! The theme will be “Celebrating Women.” Save the date for Wild Women in July to “Celebrate Women.” More information will be available on our website soon.


Every third Sunday of each month from 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Carol Chapel will offer an opportunity to draw at River Gallery. Bring your materials along and join Carol for some fun drawing time!

River Gallery 184 S. Main Street Independence, OR. 97351 503/838-6171

Thursdays - Sundays 11:00am to 4:00pm

Art in the Valley Gallery at 209 SW 2nd St. will host “Soulscapes” Original art by Beatrice Rubenfeld. Her art is featured for the month of May. Reception: May 16th from 4 to 6 PM.

by Appointment Contact Beatrice to schedule.


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Sharon Cook


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Although Carrie Mae Weems’ quote on my coffee cup from the Museum of Modern Art is humorous, there is a lot of truth in it for me: Art Has Saved My Life On A Regular Basis. Raised in a small farming community in northern California, I knew from my first experimentation with fingerpainting in kindergarten that I was meant to be an artist. But as John Lennon famously said, “Life is what happens when we’re busy making other plans.” I wasn’t encouraged to express myself—not in my family and not in my first marriage. It was the era when women were not supposed to have a voice. Growing up as children we were told, “You have to color inside the lines!” As women, we heard, “You can’t do that! That’s for men to do!” My journey as an artist taught me to break those rules.

After attending Stevens College in Missouri, I worked various part-time jobs while raising a family. Art was pushed to a back burner. When my children “left the nest,” I got a job as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. My personality blossomed with the exposure to worlds far removed from my small-town upbringing. I could speak at last and found that I actually had

something to say. In between trips, I was drawn back to art, my first love. I began to explore my creativity and felt my voice begin to emerge. Retirement provided me with the time I needed to nurture this new direction.

My artistic journey started with watercolor. I loved the magic of paint and water flowing together on paper. I joined art associations, took classes and workshops, surrounded myself with artist friends. There was so much to learn!

Soon I began exploring other media. Collage became another favorite, pasting bits of torn paper onto wood panels to create whimsical depictions of animals. One auspicious day, as I was playing with acrylics, I created my first intuitive painting. It was the moment I realized my own style was surfacing from somewhere deep inside me. Abstract expressionism became the definitive way to “color outside the lines,” and there was no going back.

For me, painting at its best comes close to the root meaning of the word “ecstasy”: to stand outside of or transcend

oneself. I no longer feel that I am the one “creating” the painting, but the painting is “emerging” from the cradled birch panels on which I work, almost making itself. It’s an experience akin to what writers describe when their characters become so real, they take on a life of their own, decide what they are going to say and do. During these moments of intense creativity, only the painting and the artist exist—all else fades into the background. I coax the images to appear and evolve on the panels, using palette knives, squeegees, even my hands to summon them. Oil and cold wax are the perfect medium, allowing me to use my intuition with layers of color and texture and shape providing the matrix for each piece.

My work is now on display at the Currents Gallery in McMinnville and the Lori Austin Galleries in California. In March of 2024, I was honored with a residency at the Bush Barn Art Center, and my work hung in the gallery for the month of April. Whenever visitors respond to my art, allowing it to evoke emotions within them, the solitary and sometimes lonely experience of creation becomes a shared feeling of joy.

Sharon Cook, April 2024

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A novel - which grapples with the complex history of Native Americans; with an inheritance of profound spirituality; and with a plague of addiction, abuse and suicide - follows 12 characters, each of whom has private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. (Fiction)

"In this laugh-out-loud picture book, Scaredy Squirrel must put on a brave face for a visit to the vet. Illustrations." (Children’s Picture Book)


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inside : the unsustainability of American motherhood

Weaving together her personal journey with scientific, historical and contemporary reporting, a New York Times opinion writer dismantles 200 years of unrealistic parenting expectations and empowers today’s mothers to make choices that actually serve themselves, their children and their communities. (Nonfiction)

When London is overrun by malevolent spirits, a talented group of young psychic detectives compete against other ghostbusting agencies in the debut of a new series that finds three intrepid colleagues investigating one of England's most haunted houses. (Children’s Fiction)

Sea of Tranquility

Hired to investigate the blackskied Night City, Detective Gaspery-Jacques Roberts discovers an anomaly in the North American Wilderness, where he encounters a strange group of individuals who have all glimpsed a chance to do something extraordinary that could disrupt the timeline of the universe. (Fiction)

Living in a utopian world shaped by alien invaders who make any dream possible, a 50-year-old trans woman is devastated by the end of her marriage before an unexpected quest pits her against the aliens' most avid supporters. (Fiction)

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The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author presents an unusual novel in which a small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. (Fiction)


shadows by

Moving into a Victorian mansion that contains the previous late owner's antique artworks, 11-year-old Olive finds a strange pair of glasses that enable her to see and travel into the troubled world of the paintings where she meets the temperamental Morton. A first novel. (Children’s Fiction)

Smitten Kitchen Keepers

The long-awaited new book from the best-selling and beloved author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook and Smitten Kitchen Every Day--a collection of easy-to-follow recipes for delicious meals you'll want to prepare again and again. (Nonfiction)

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Understanding Testosterone:

Testosterone, often dubbed the "male hormone," plays a pivotal role in various bodily functions beyond just libido and muscle mass. It impacts mood, cognition, bone density, and even cardiovascular health. Naturally, testosterone levels decline with age, leading to a myriad of symptoms collectively termed as 'andropause' or 'low T.' These symptoms may include fatigue, decreased libido, weight gain, irritability, and decreased muscle mass.

Enter Testosterone Optimization Therapy:

Testosterone Optimization Therapy aims to restore testosterone levels to a healthy range, alleviating the symptoms associated with low testosterone. TOT typically involves the administration of exogenous testosterone through various methods, including injections, gels, patches, or pellets implanted under the skin. The choice of administration depends on individual preferences, lifestyle, and medical considerations.

The Benefits:

The benefits of TOT extend beyond merely addressing low testosterone symptoms. Many individuals report increased energy levels, improved mood, enhanced cognitive function, and heightened libido after undergoing TOT. Moreover, TOT may also lead to improvements in body composition, including increased lean muscle mass and decreased body fat.

Navigating Risks and Considerations:

While TOT offers promising benefits, it's not without risks and considerations. Like any medical intervention, TOT requires careful monitoring and supervision by a qualified healthcare provider. Potential risks include acne, fluid retention, sleep apnea, and in some cases, exacerbation of pre-existing conditions such as prostate enlargement or sleep apnea. Therefore, it's crucial to undergo comprehensive medical evaluation and regular monitoring while undergoing TOT.

Is TOT Right for You?

The decision to undergo Testosterone Optimization Therapy is highly individualized and should be made in consultation with a healthcare provider. Candidates for TOT typically include men experiencing symptoms of low testosterone coupled with clinically low testosterone levels confirmed through blood tests.


Testosterone Optimization Therapy offers a promising avenue for men seeking to reclaim their vitality and well-being in the face of age-related decline in testosterone levels. However, it's essential to approach TOT with caution, under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. With proper monitoring and supervision, TOT can be a valuable tool in enhancing quality of life and restoring vitality for many men.


Portland’s North Mississippi Avenue runs parallel to Interstate 5 and is the heartbeat of the Boise Neighborhood ( Anchored by NE Skidmore and Fremont, this pedestrian-friendly street is lined with locally-owned, ethnically-diverse eateries and shops. The neighborhood’s free, annual Street Fair features music, vendors, and a kid zone. This year it runs Saturday, July 13th, from 10 AM to 10 PM. Just two miles south is the Rose Garden complex housing the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Enjoy a meal on North Mississippi when in the area for a sporting event (Trailblazers or Winter Hawks) or a concert.

Must Do:

Peninsula Park

700 N Rosa Parks Way

One mile north lies the City of Portland’s Peninsula Park, designated in 1909. This 16-acre park hosts softball, horseshoes, tennis, and basketball venues. The rose garden, first planted in 1913, has a central fountain and plenty of benches to enjoy the thousands of early summer blooms. The summer season also brings outdoor concerts, a swimming pool, and splash pad.

Pistilis Nursery

3811 N Mississippi Avenue

On North Mississippi since 2001, this shop is a Mecca for

urban plant-lovers. They offer “living art” workshops for making terrariums, Kokodama, and wall-mounted plant projects but if you cannot make it to a class in person, their online shop sells DIY kits to make at home. They have a second shop on NW Raleigh.

Must Eat:

The Fresh Pot

4001 N Mississippi Avenue

Housed on a corner in a vintage, former Rexall Drug building, The Fresh Pot is a welcoming neighborhood hangout. They feature baked goods from local favorites Farina Bakery and Henry Higgins Bagels and serve Stumptown Coffee. We tried and loved the savory Everything Bagel Galette with our latte but heard great things about the marionberry pop tarts and apple hand pies too! The Fresh Pot has a second location on SE Hawthorne.

Cubo de Cuba

3746 N Mississippi Avenue

The North Mississippi location is Cubo de Cuba’s second having found success at their first restaurant on SE Hawthorne. This colorful shop with a great, outdoor patio serves favorites like empanadas and Cuban sandwiches (we loved the Havana Bowl) and many of their menu options are vegan-friendly. Did we mention their Rum cocktails?

¿Por Que No? Taqueria

3524 N Mississippi Avenue

This hugely-popular, locally-owned taqueria has indoor, curbside, and patio seating. The 13 varieties of tacos are served on house-made, organic corn tortillas. The owners are proud to source many ingre-

dients locally and in Mexico from small businesses. They also have a second location; where else but SE Hawthorne! home

Kate’s Ice Cream

3713 N Mississippi Avenue

Churned on site using 100% coconut milk and original recipes, Kate’s makes plant-based ice cream in a host of flavors including seasonal specials. We can vouch for the Salted Peanut Butter Brittle and Marionberry Cobbler! Watch for Kate's Choco Taco: a house-made, gluten-free waffle cone folded like a taco shell, stuffed with our plant-based vanilla ice cream, dipped in dark chocolate, and sprinkled with roasted peanuts (or sprinkles for peanut allergies). Don’t leave without grabbing a pint from the freezer case to enjoy at home.

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Must Shop:

The Meadow

3731 N Mississippi Avenue

Opened in 2006 as the original shop, The Meadow has expanded to four stores and their expert staff assists customers in selecting from the hundreds of chocolate bars, craft salts, and cocktail bitters. The store stocks fresh flowers daily and carries gifts and party goods. All of their products are available from their online store including beautifully-curated gift baskets.

Mama & Hapa’s Zero Waste Shop

3806 N Mississippi Avenue

An environment-friendly alternative to plastic packaging, Mama & Hapa’s has been open on North Mississippi for two and a half years. The store has 30 different dispensers containing household cleaners, personal hygiene products, laundry soap, and shampoos. Shoppers provide

their own containers or use store-provided, donated ones. Products are priced by volume, not weight and their unique card system makes scanning and paying quick and easy. They have three more locations around the Metro area.

Rose City Comics

3725 N Mississippi Avenue

Rose City Comics is a great first-stop for beginners in comic book collecting. This family-friendly shop specializes in “Comics for the People”. Drop by on Wednesdays to see the week’s new releases. In addition to popular series’ and graphic novels, the store carries young adult fiction, manga, and children’s books. They offer a free subscription service for monthly comic releases and are happy to assist with special orders for hard-to-find books.

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One Homeowner’s Dream


The most important space the homeowners wanted to change was the kitchen. The original location of the kitchen was sandwiched between the living room and a dining room that had been added on to the home at some point. In that arrangement the kitchen had no windows and separated the entertainment areas from each other.

"We completely reorientated the bathroom and by taking out a large closet, we were able to create space for a generous walk-in shower for two..."

Our designer created a plan that flipped the locations of the kitchen and the dining room to reconnect the spaces and allow for a more natural flow. This was done by opening the structural wall between those rooms and installing an engineered beam that was wrapped with wood to create a statement opening into the new kitchen. This layout change allowed for natural light to pour in from the north and south of the home and the rural forest views to be visible from every direction. As a guest enters the home, they are now welcomed into a large open concept living area that is focused on this stunning dream kitchen.

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Kitchen & Bathroom

The kitchen is a modern galley style with a generous 4-person island. It is centered around the 48” professional-grade range that is accented by a statement tile inlay and an elegant custom range hood. In lieu of upper cabinetry, our designer added large windows on either side of the range to brighten the space and showcase the exterior views. We love the symmetry this brings to the design. On the far end of the island, we created a pet bowl nook where the family dog can enjoy his meals out of the line of traffic.

The colors of the kitchen are a transitional spin on contrasts. The island’s perfect shade of navy blue complements the warmth of the natural maple cabinetry. White quartz with subtle grey veining was introduced on the island to keep its surface light and bright, connecting the kitchen with the airiness of the dining area & living area.

On the perimeter of the kitchen, a black quartz mimicking soapstone grounds the lighter maple cabinetry and is accented by the black windows, cabinet hardware, tile, and sconces above the windows. For the floors we choose a light grey slate tile that pairs well with the dove grey backsplash. To carry the navy blue of the island into the rest of the kitchen, we selected blue pendants for the island, and designed a striking focal point behind the range with a decorative, blue tile.


New exterior French doors lead to a side porch where these homeowners can sit and enjoy the great outdoors. At the other end of the kitchen, we created a spacious walk-in pantry. Glass pocket doors perfectly frame the pantry and mirror the exterior French doors, anchoring the kitchen with symmetry at the two ends.

The walk-in pantry features ample open adjustable shelving, closed storage, and a large countertop. Appliances like the microwave, stand mixer, and coffee maker have designated alcoves on the sides of the pantry so that they aren’t crowding or cluttering the valuable counter space in the kitchen. It’s a beautiful space for the homeowners to style, while being functional for the surplus storage needs.

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This couple’s primary bathroom also underwent a stunning transformation! We completely reorientated the bathroom and by taking out a large closet, we were able to create space for a generous walk-in shower for two and a double vanity. The curbless walk-in shower and the open layout of the bathroom was designed for the homeowners to age in place. With this improved layout and the light finishes, the bathroom is now much brighter and more open.

A statement patterned tile runs along the floor and into the shower giving personality and shape to this bathroom. The ocean blue subway tile runs up the shower walls vertically to give height to the room. In the niche, a scalloped tile mimics the pattern of the floor tile. A large, integrated bench runs across the back of the shower topped with a stunning white quartz.

The frameless glass enclosure disappears, making the already spacious shower feel even more open. The light grey custom double vanity is perfectly balanced with a tower cabinet in the middle and open shelving below. The soft blue and grey tones carried through this bathroom are timeless, restful, and calming.

If you’d like to see the dramatic transformation of this home, visit our website’s kitchen and bath portfolios to view the “before” photos!

If you’d like to learn more about our projects or are considering your own remodel or addition, visit our website to see if we might be the right fit for you!

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Is it time to update your home’s windows?

5 reasons it might be.

IN THE MIDST OF LONGER DAYS AND THE WARMTH OF WILLAMETTE VALLEY'S SUMMER ON THE HORIZON, THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR A HOME TRANSFORMATION. Let's embrace the season of renewal by considering a window renovation that not only invites more light but also breathes new vitality into your living space. At Riverside Window & Door, with 23 years of experience and a reputation for quality service, we're here to guide you through this journey of refreshment.

As you ponder whether it's time to update your home's windows, let's explore the top five reasons driving this renewal:

Are you concerned about escalating energy bills?

Now that it’s getting warmer, it’s time to start thinking about how you can make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. If you’re windows are older, chances are they're not as energy efficient as the newer models. Believe it or not, those old single-pane windows could be letting a whopping 10 to 25 percent of your hard-earned cash slip through the cracks in heating and cooling costs.

Are your windows keeping you safe?

Upgraded windows play a crucial role in enhancing security for you and your loved ones. When hardware like locks and knobs start to fail, along with critical structural components like window frames, it raises significant home security concerns. Modern windows often come with advanced locking mechanisms and reinforced materials that make it more difficult for intruders to break in.

Are you noticing fog or condensation?

Foggy or condensation-laden dual-pane windows indicate compromised seals, necessitating replacement. The breached seal disrupts the intended pressure balance between panes, prompting visible condensation and impairing window performance.

Are you ready to elevate your space?

Windows play a key role in making a house a home. Windows not only add light and ventilation to a home but allow homeowners to enjoy beautiful scenic views of their property and beyond. Windows can set the stage for a home's interior design, mood and appearance. With a plethora of styles available, from bay windows to casement windows, homeowners can elevate their home's visual appeal effortlessly.

Are you looking to enhance your property value?

First impressions matter, especially when selling a home. New windows, with modern designs and clean lines, can instantly elevate the appearance of your home. They provide a refreshed, well-maintained look that prospective buyers notice even before setting foot inside.

So, as the sunlight spills through your windows, illuminating the possibilities, consider Riverside Window & Door for your installation needs. Let's embark on this journey of renewal together, crafting a home that inspires and invigorates for years to come.

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LET'S TALK ABOUT TIME AND SPACE. WHAT SORT OF RELATIONSHIPS DO WE HAVE WITH OUR TIME AND OUR SPACE... THE COLLECTIVE SPACES IN WHICH WE LIVE -OUR HOME. We've all heard that time is money, though perhaps we should have heard -time is what we often trade for money. On average we are all trading at least a quarter of our time or life for money, so that we can create the life we want. Our home, where we spend the majority of our "free" time, is a huge part of that created life. In addition our home is also the place from which we create our lives outside of home. The physicist Albert-Laszio Barbasi stated- "Time is our most valuable non-renewable resource, and if we want to treat it with respect, we need to set priorities." Perhaps we ought to think about prioritizing our space with the goal of existing symbiotically with it -so that we not only work for it, but it works for us by being an investment which respects and honors our time and therefore our life.

More specifically let's talk about the appropriate design of spaces we inhabit. According to Steve Jobs -"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." How do the collective spaces of our homes look, make us feel and work? Even cursory research will show us that our spaces have a great impact on us physically, emotionally and mentally. Were our spaces designed with the goal of optimizing our specific and unique lives in every area. If not then why? Some of us look at it as a frivolous

expense but we know that the appropriate change in design increases the value of our home. Of course then we say -"not yet, we will wait for the right time or till we have more or enough money." Most of us operate in such a way that we indefinitely defer our lives. We are doing what we think we ought to do in the present so that later we can do what we want.

The average life expectancy is 77.2 years in the US and the age when most people redesign and remodel is between 55 and 74. If we are anything like our peers and

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"later" actually arrives we will have spent at least 75% of our lives waiting, which seems not only unfortunate but tragic and wrong on many levels.

So where do we start? The first step is getting honest with ourselves about the life we want and how our spaces could more optimally facilitate that life. Perhaps the next step is thinking about where, in our space, would be the most high leverage place to start. Once we have a better idea of the "where" and the conceptual "how" we can begin to imagine and create an actual picture of the new space. There are many free places to find assistance online, such as Pinterest, various social media platforms etc. As simple as it may sound, our friends can be great sources of practical and less biased creativity. Taking them into our spaces, opening up and articulating our desires and goals to them and then listening is very powerful. It is possible you will land at a spot where you decide to find the designer that fits you and your vision. The appropriate designer will listen to you and further equip you with the tools to help you communicate your vision and show you all the possibilities of your space. Designing your space should always be a collaboration, and the process of designing and transforming your space will be incredibly exciting as you see your vision come to life.

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So Many Paint Colors! How Does One Choose?

Colorist Melanie Brown with Equilibrium Painting LLC offers tips for success


To start your selection, narrow down the color families you are considering and those you do not want. Do you like the neutral effects of taupe and cream; the way your garden is accentuated against gray or green; are you feeling bold towards red or terracotta tones; or are you inspired by the rich teals and tropical blues from recent travels? Be sure to take caution with yellow, as it can fade significantly faster than other colors, especially the lighter ‘butter’ yellows. If no yellow slows your mellow, then lean into something with a little more gold that will hold up over time.

It can be fun to walk or drive through the neighborhood for inspiration on the variety of color combinations, but be aware when you find homes that appeal

to you, to note whether your home has similarities. The height and style of your home can affect the outcome of color choices. A darker trim can work well on a taller two story or peaked home, but dark trim on the top of a one story home can flatten and shrink the home’s appearance. This is the same logic for why we paint our interior ceilings white, so the room feels larger. It is often recommended that the siding and trim color be at least two to three shades darker or lighter. Picking colors too close in richness can cause the colors to look the same under certain light and shadow conditions, with lighter colors often washing out in bright sun, and darker colors blending in shade or on overcast days. Contrast between the siding and trim also prevents competition for attention between the two colors. Allowing one color to sit in the background and compliment while the other steps forward can help to calm the space, like background singers complimenting a solo.

No matter the hue that evokes you, a little bit of color goes a long way on a sizeable surface. Where people often go wrong is picking a more saturated or intense color, over a more subtle or muted version of the color. Often, the colors we find appealing on neighboring homes

are much more muted than we believe them to be, but we perceive them as rich and brighter because the color is being magnified onto the vast extent of siding. Softening a color on large areas can feel more sophisticated and pleasing to the eye. Colors are often muted using gray or brown ‘undertones’, and when we put them directly next to the more saturated colors using the smaller color swatches offered at box stores, they may appear dull. When choosing colors, it is important to look at each color beside similar colors to see what undertones are present (so we don’t pick the pink white or the mauve beige), but it is equally important to look at how colors appear when standing alone and imagine how they will be perceived on the larger space. It is easier to identify colors that will work best using a paint color sample that can be purchased from most stores and applying two coats of paint to a clean exterior siding surface. It is best to make this area a foot by a foot or larger, with uneven outer edges to prevent raised ridges under your new paint job. Best not to paint on any doors, garage overhead doors, or smooth surfaces, or your contractor may not be able to remove the brush or roller marks you leave behind. Once the sample paint is applied, notice how the light and shadows change the paint color through-

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out the day, and on sunny or overcast days. Be sure the color appears on your home the way you were hoping it would. It is particularly important to understand that the way you perceive the paint sample can be significantly distorted by the existing house color surrounding it. If we were to paint a small area of turquoise (a mixture of blue and green) onto a blue exterior, it would look much greener than we would hope for; if we were to paint turquoise onto a green exterior, it would look bluer than we would want. Often the similarities wash out, and the differences between the existing color and the paint sample is what we are left to see. To prevent this distortion, paint the body color sample next to white trim, or try placing white poster board beside the color to minimize the optical color illusion.

Create curb appeal with the right ratio of siding to trim, and by anchoring your front door accent color. The ideal ratio is 60% siding color to 40% trim color, or at minimum 70% siding with 30% trim. If the siding is a bright and loud color, or a dark and saturated color, you may want to tone down the color or brighten up the appearance of the home by adding more trim color areas. Trim color typically includes the fascia and gutters, window trim and door trim, but if your fascia and window trim is on the thin side or non-existent, then branch out to other elements on the home to achieve the proper ratio. This may include the garage overhead door, corner trim, painting the homes soffits (thin “eaves” below the roofline) to make the fascia appear wider, patio and porch beams and posts, house vents, brick areas along the home, or other decorative features. It is common to have a pop-color front door and repeating a similar color in two other areas on the home or in your yard can help create cohesion and uniformity. This can be achieved with accenting a couple dormers or shingled peaks that are similar to the door color; incorporating the color into your house numbers, exterior hardware or exterior art; or even placing a couple garden pots, a bench, or bench pillows on the bench, that mimic the color. And do not forget that beautiful red Japanese Maple against a winered door, or a tarnished lantern nearby a rust orange door.

When in doubt about choosing exterior colors and how to best place them, seeking professional guidance can provide direction towards the colors and layout that work to express your personality and provide neighborhood charm. Equilibrium Painting

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Easy Upgrades You Can Do Yourself


Don't despair. There are lots of ways to revitalize and update your home without breaking the bank. Check out these simple updates and fixes that'll give your home a fresh new look, inside and out. Just a few inexpensive fixes, and you'll be eager to show off your beautiful abode.

Replace your front door.

This is the first thing guests see when they walk up to your home. So it's a great place to begin your updating. A higher-end wooden door will add beauty to your entrance. But even a new steel door painted in an attractive color will add a lot of curbside appeal to your home.

Repair window screens. Torn window screens detract from curb appeal. Fortunately, they're inexpensive and easy to fix. Buy a package of replacement screen and a screen rolling tool to do-it-yourself. If you're not up to the task, hardware stores often do screen replacement at a reasonable cost. Just drop off your damaged screen, and they'll have it ready for you in a couple of days.

Cure dirty or crumbling grout. The wonderful thing about tile is not only its luxurious look but also its longevity. But filthy or broken down grout can spoil the look. Make your

tile floor or shower look new again by freshening the grout. If it's just dirty, you can clean it. For instructions, visit If the grout is broken down and needs to be replaced, find grout removal instructions at

Update switch plates & outlet covers.

This is a super-easy way to update a room, and there are so many choices for every decorating style. If you like the look of metal switch plates but don't want the expense, buy some metallic spray paint in bronze, brushed nickel, or silver. Just remove the covers, spray them, and in an hour, they'll be ready to put back on.

Replace ceiling fan blades.

Do your ceiling fans look decrepit? The blades often deteriorate faster than the fixtures. So buy new blades to make your fans look new again.

Liven it up with paint.

Fresh paint goes a long way toward updating and freshening a room. With hundreds of shades to choose from, there's lots of room for creativity to achieve the designer look you want. Pick up paint brochures at your hardware store for color scheme ideas, and notice how unexpected colors are paired together to create fabulous designer looks. Then play around with different colors against the color of your room's flooring and furnishings. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover an unexpected color pairing creates a beautiful new look.

Freshen trim & doors.

Paint the trim and doors throughout your home in a single color. Not only will this freshen your home, but it'll also give your home a cohesive look. If your home is small, then white or light grey paint will keep your home bright and make it feel more spacious.

If you have a larger home, you can go bold with a medium or dark color. This will add richness to your living space. Medium grays and tans or dark charcoal and coffee colors are good choices. But before you get your paint mixed, pick up plenty of sample cards with various undertones. Hold them against the walls (or new paint colors) in each room to find a color that blends well with every color scheme in your home.

Wallpaper a small room.

Wallpaper is in again and can transform a small space, such as your bathroom or foyer. Choose from the latest patterns, textures, and colors for a great new look.

Replace vent covers.

Over time, banged up and painted-over vent covers become an eyesore. So new vent covers will go a long way toward making your home feel like new.

Freshen bathroom caulk.

Old stained and deteriorating caulk can make a bathroom unsightly. It can be removed and replaced relatively easily with a little patience. Visit to find simple

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removal instructions and the correct way to apply fresh caulk.

Clean hard water stains off of your toilet & tub. If you have hard water, your toilet bowl and bathtub may be hideous. Luckily, there are several options to remove hard water stains. CLR calcium, lime, and rust remover does wonders on porcelain. If your bathtub is vinyl or acrylic, CLR must be diluted and can remain on the fixture for only a couple of minutes. So read instructions carefully. For more hardened buildup on porcelain, buy a handled pumice stone and sand off the accumulation. But don't use pumice stones on vinyl and acrylic because pumice is too abrasive and will leave scratches.

Update cabinet hardware.

New cabinet knobs and pulls can give your bathroom or kitchen a facelift, and there are tons of styles from which to choose.

Revitalize or paint cabinets.

If your solid-wood bathroom or kitchen cabinets look worn, you can revitalize them by rubbing them down with Old English. Painting them is a good alternative since white or gray cabinets are the trend. You can also get creative and choose a bold color to liven up your kitchen or bathroom.

Install a kitchen backsplash. A tile backsplash will add richness to your kitchen. Find do-it-yourself instructions at If that's more work than you want to invest, choose from a wide selection of faux tile backsplash panels to add dimension and character to your kitchen.

Update doorknobs.

Do your doorknobs look shabby or dated? This is another easy fix. Brushed nickel is the latest trend in hardware. Doorknobs come complete with instructions and are easy to change with just a screwdriver. Also, consider replacing the hinges to match the doorknobs.

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Transforming Your Backyard into a Relaxing Oasis

IN THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF MODERN LIFE, FINDING MOMENTS OF TRANQUILITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR OUR WELL-BEING. What better place to cultivate serenity than in your own backyard? With a little creativity and effort, you can transform your outdoor space into a soothing oasis where you can unwind, recharge, and reconnect with nature. Here are some tips to help you create your personal haven of relaxation:

Define Your Space: Start by defining the purpose of your backyard oasis. Do you envision a cozy reading nook, a Zen garden for meditation, or a space for entertaining guests? Determine the primary function of the area to guide your design choices.

Create Ambiance with Lighting: The right lighting can set the mood for relaxation. Incorporate soft, ambient lighting with string lights, lanterns, or solar-powered fixtures. Consider adding a fire pit or torches for a warm, inviting glow in the evenings.

Choose Comfortable Seating: Invest in comfortable outdoor furniture that invites you to linger. Opt for plush cushions, hammocks, or swing chairs where you can sink in and unwind. Arrange seating areas strategically

to take advantage of scenic views or create intimate conversation spots.

Add Natural Elements: Integrate nature into your backyard oasis with lush greenery, fragrant flowers, and tranquil water features. Plant a variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials to create texture and visual interest. A small pond, fountain, or waterfall can provide the soothing sound of flowing water, enhancing the atmosphere of relaxation.

Incorporate Personal Touches: Infuse your personality into the space with decorative elements that reflect your style and interests. Hang wind chimes, install a wind sculpture, or display art pieces that evoke a sense of calm and beauty. Consider incorporating elements from your travels or meaningful objects that bring you joy.

Create Privacy: Shield your oasis from prying eyes and distractions to maximize relaxation. Install privacy screens, trellises with climbing vines, or tall hedges to create a sense of seclusion. Louvered panels or outdoor curtains can also provide shade and privacy while adding a touch of elegance to your outdoor retreat.

Design for All Seasons: Extend the usability of your backyard oasis throughout the year by incorporating elements that cater to different seasons. Install a pergola or retractable awning to provide shade in the summer and shelter from rain or snow in the colder months. Add outdoor heaters, blankets, and cozy rugs to keep warm during chilly evenings.

Prioritize Maintenance: To ensure your oasis remains a source of relaxation rather than stress, prioritize low-maintenance landscaping and furnishings. Choose plants that are suited to your climate and require minimal care, and opt for durable, weather-resistant materials for outdoor furniture and decor.

Transforming your backyard into an oasis of relaxation is not only a rewarding project but also a valuable investment in your well-being. By incorporating elements that appeal to your senses and nurture your soul, you can create a sanctuary where you can escape the pressures of everyday life and find peace and tranquility whenever you need it. So, roll up your sleeves, unleash your creativity, and embark on the journey to transform your outdoor space into your personal paradise.

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Elevate Your Space Top Home Improvement Trends for 2024

AS THE CALENDAR FLIPS TO 2024, HOMEOWNERS ARE SETTING THEIR SIGHTS ON EXCITING HOME IMPROVEMENT TRENDS THAT PROMISE TO TRANSFORM THEIR LIVING SPACES. From sustainable choices to innovative tech integrations, here are the most popular home improvement trends that will define the year ahead.

Sustainable Upgrades

Sustainability takes center stage in 2024. Eco-conscious homeowners are seeking energy-efficient appliances, solar panels, and eco-friendly building materials. The emphasis on sustainable living isn't just good for the planet; it also leads to reduced energy bills and a healthier home environment.

Smart Home Integration

The tech-savvy household of the future is here today. In 2024, smart home technology is becoming more accessible and versatile. Homeowners are adopting smart thermostats, lighting, security systems, and voice-activated assistants to enhance convenience and security. The ability to control your home from your smartphone is no longer a luxury but a practical necessity.

Biophilic Design

The concept of biophilic design continues to gain traction. It's all about bringing nature indoors through the use of natural materials, indoor plants, and plenty of natural light. This trend creates a

harmonious and calming living space, making your home a true sanctuary.

Open and Flexible Spaces

In the era of remote work and adaptable living, open and flexible spaces are in high demand. Homeowners are tearing down walls to create larger, multi-purpose areas that seamlessly blend living, dining, and working spaces. These layouts maximize space and provide room for creativity.

Bold and Unique Kitchens Kitchens are becoming more than just functional spaces. They're transforming into design statements. Vibrant colors, unique backsplashes, and creative storage solutions are popular choices for homeowners who want their kitchens to be both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

Wellness Rooms

Mental and physical well-being are taking precedence in 2024. Many homeowners are carving out wellness rooms or spaces for meditation, yoga, and exercise. These areas serve as personal sanctuaries for self-care and relaxation.

Earthy Color Palettes

Earth tones and natural color palettes are making a comeback. Soft, muted shades and earthy hues create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Think soft greens, warm browns, and calming blues to set the tone for a tranquil living space.

Textured Surfaces

Texture adds depth and character to a home. In 2024, textured wall treatments, such as textured paint, shiplap, and wallpaper, are being embraced to give rooms more personality and interest.

Outdoor Living

The line between indoor and outdoor spaces continues to blur. Homeowners are investing in outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and comfortable seating to create luxurious outdoor living areas. Enhancing your outdoor space provides the perfect backdrop for entertaining and relaxation.

Bathroom Retreats

Bathrooms are no longer just functional spaces. Homeowners are transforming them into personal retreats with spa-like features, such as soaking tubs, heated floors, and rainfall showers. Creating a serene bathroom environment is a top trend in 2024.

As we venture into 2024, these home improvement trends offer exciting opportunities to refresh, upgrade, and transform our living spaces. Whether you're looking to enhance sustainability, embrace technology, or create a more serene environment, these trends cater to various tastes and lifestyles. Embrace these trends, and elevate your home to new heights of comfort, style, and functionality.

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LIGHTING TRENDS EVOLVE WITH TECHNOLOGY, DESIGN PREFERENCES, AND SUSTAINABILITY CONSIDERATIONS. Here are some lighting trends that have been prominent in recent years:

LED Lighting: LED technology continues to dominate the lighting market due to its energy efficiency, long lifespan, and versatility. LED lights are being used in various applications, from residential to commercial spaces.

Smart Lighting: With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), smart lighting systems have become increasingly popular. These systems allow users to control their lights remotely via smartphones or voice commands, adjust brightness and color temperature, and even schedule lighting scenes.

Human-Centric Lighting: This trend focuses on designing lighting solutions that mimic natural daylight to support human health and well-being. Human-centric lighting systems can adjust color temperature and intensity throughout the day to promote better sleep, mood, and productivity.

Minimalist Design: Minimalist lighting fixtures with clean lines and simple shapes are in vogue. These fixtures often blend seamlessly into their surroundings, providing functional lighting without overwhelming the space visually.

Statement Fixtures: Lighting fixtures that make a bold statement are gaining popularity. These can include oversized pendant lights, sculptural chandeliers, or intricate lamp designs that serve as focal points in a room.

Energy Efficiency: Sustainability is a significant concern, leading to a focus on energy-efficient lighting solutions. Beyond LED technology, energy-saving features such as motion sensors and dimming controls are being integrated into lighting designs to reduce energy consumption.

Flexible Lighting Systems: Modular and customizable lighting systems are becoming more common, allowing users to adapt their lighting setups to changing needs and preferences. These systems often consist of interchangeable components that can be rearranged or expanded as desired.

Vintage and Retro Styles: Nostalgia for past eras has sparked interest in vintage and retro lighting designs. From Edison bulbs to mid-century modern fixtures, there's a growing demand for lighting that adds a touch of nostalgia and character to contemporary spaces.

Wireless and Cordless Solutions: As technology advances, wireless and cordless lighting options are becoming more prevalent. Battery-powered or rechargeable lights offer flexibility in placement and eliminate the need for unsightly cords and outlets.

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Installing tile offers a multitude of benefits that make it a wise choice for anyone looking to enhance their living space. First and foremost, tile is incredibly durable, standing up to heavy foot traffic, moisture, and wear and tear with ease. Unlike other flooring options, such as carpet or hardwood, tile is resistant to stains, scratches, and fading, ensuring that it maintains its beauty and functionality for years to come. This durability also makes tile an excellent investment, as it requires minimal maintenance and replacement, saving homeowners both time and money in the long run.

Additionally, tile offers unparalleled versatility in design, allowing individuals to express their personal style and creativity in virtually endless ways. The extensive selection of tile encompasses a wide range of styles, colors, patterns, and textures, providing you with limitless possibilities to customize and enhance your space according to your unique vision and preferences. Whether creating a sleek, modern look with large-format porcelain tiles or adding a touch of vintage charm with handcrafted mosaic patterns,

the design possibilities with tile are limitless. Tile is also compatible with underfloor heating systems, providing added comfort and warmth during the colder Oregon months. From kitchens and bathrooms to living rooms, tile makes it a practical and stylish choice for any home.

The team of skilled professionals at Mid-Valley Tile is dedicated to providing exceptional service every step of the way, from initial consultation to final installation. They offer personalized guidance and expert advice to help customers navigate the myriad of options and find the perfect tile solution to suit their specific needs and vision. So why settle for ordinary when you can elevate your space with the rich textures and captivating patterns of today's most innovative tiles? Contact them to schedule a free estimate for installation.

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Ten Fun Things to Do with Your Dog

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Age: 7 Months

Weight: 30 lbs (or so)

Gender: Male (altered)

Breed: Blue Heeler Mix

More about me:

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I'm still a puppy, so I'm working on knowing things like how to come when I'm called and how to sit and stuff. I'm a cute little dog, and I'd love to come to your house! I have a lot of energy because I'm a puppy and because of my Heeler ancestors. If you're up for a new little friend and some puppy training, then come and get me, let's do this! Adopt me by calling Heartland Humane Society at 541-454-6526

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Dogs are not just pets; they are our faithful companions, always ready for an adventure. Whether your furry friend is a playful pup or a seasoned senior, there are endless opportunities to bond and have a blast together. Here are ten fun activities to enjoy with your canine pal:

Go on a Hike: Hit the trails with your pup for an energizing hike in nature. Dogs love exploring new scents and sights, and hiking provides the perfect opportunity for them to stretch their legs and enjoy the great outdoors alongside you.

Visit the Dog Park: Let your dog socialize and burn off some energy at the local dog park. Watching them romp and play with other dogs is not only entertaining but also beneficial for their mental and physical well-being.

Play Fetch: Head to the nearest park or your backyard and indulge in a classic game of fetch. Whether it's a tennis ball, frisbee, or stick, the thrill of chasing and retrieving will keep your dog engaged and entertained for hours.

Try Agility Training: Challenge your dog's agility and coordination skills with an agility course. Set up obstacles like tunnels, jumps, and weave poles in your yard or attend a local agility class for some structured fun and exercise.

Have a Beach Day: If you're lucky enough to live near the coast, treat your pup to a day at the beach. Let them splash in the waves, dig in the sand, and soak up the sunshine while you both enjoy some quality bonding time by the sea.

Take a Road Trip: Hit the open road with your canine co-pilot and embark on a dog-friendly road trip. Explore new destinations together, making pit stops at pet-friendly attractions, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks along the way.

Organize a Doggy Playdate: Arrange a playdate with a friend who also has a dog or join a local pet meetup group. Watching your furry friends interact and play together is not only entertaining but also helps strengthen their social skills and build friendships.

Go Camping: Unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and go camping with your dog. Spend your days hiking, swimming, and roasting marshmallows by the campfire, with your loyal companion by your side every step of the way.

Try Canine Sports: Explore various canine sports and activities such as flyball, dock diving, or disc dog competitions. These high-energy sports provide mental stimulation and physical exercise for your dog while allowing you to bond over a shared passion.

Snuggle Up for Movie Night: After a day filled with adventures, wind down with a cozy movie night at home. Curl up on the couch with your dog, some popcorn, and their favorite blanket, and enjoy a relaxing evening of cuddles and canine companionship.

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Mastering Recall: Essential For Off-Leash Freedom

Having a dog that reliably comes when called is not only convenient but also crucial for their safety and your peace of mind. Whether you're in the park, at the beach, or just in your backyard, mastering recall is a fundamental skill every dog should learn. Here's a dog training tip to help you achieve off-leash freedom with your furry friend.

Consistency is Key:

Consistency is the cornerstone of effective dog training, especially when it comes to recall. Start by choosing a recall command, such as "come" or "here," and use it consistently in all training sessions. Keep the command short, clear, and easy to understand for your dog.

Positive Reinforcement:

Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool in dog training. When teaching recall, always reward your dog with treats, praise, or playtime when they come to you promptly. Make coming to you more rewarding than whatever distractions may be around them. This creates a positive association with the recall command and encourages your dog to respond eagerly every time.

Gradual Progression:

Start recall training in a quiet, familiar environment with minimal distractions. As your dog becomes more proficient, gradually increase the level of distraction and distance. Practice in different locations and scenarios to generalize the behavior. Remember, patience is key, and every dog learns at their own pace.

Avoid Punishment:

Never punish your dog for not coming when called, as this can undermine their trust and willingness to obey. Instead, focus on reinforcing desired behavior and addressing any challenges with positive and patient training techniques.

Consistent Practice:

Like any skill, recall requires regular practice to maintain proficiency. Set aside time for daily training sessions, even after your dog has mastered the command. Reinforce the behavior regularly to keep it sharp and reliable.

In conclusion, mastering recall is essential for off-leash freedom and your dog's safety. By using positive reinforcement, consistency, and patience, you can teach your furry friend to come when called reliably in any situation. With dedication and practice, you'll enjoy the joy and freedom of exploring the world together with your welltrained canine companion.


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ways. They bring botanical elements from around the world, many have been used in spirits and medicines for centuries, and craft entirely new experiences for the palate. Their winning combinations gift drinkers with complex, layered tastes…alcohol-free!

The product line features three, non-alcoholic spirits. All can be enjoyed with a simple mixer, in elaborate cocktails, or as a replacement for an alcoholic spirit in a favorite, traditional drink:

Lustre is clear, citrus-y, herbaceous, and floral. Its bright flavor is best with tonic water on ice and an orange wedge.

Earthen is warm, smoky, and savory, with exotic spices like white peppercorn and cardamom, emulating aged spirits. The recommended accompaniment is Ginger Ale with a fresh slice of lime.

Bittersweet Aperitivo is a slow sipper. It is most referential to an Italian bitter aperitif. Water or soda water with a twist of lemon brings out the rich complexity of the aromatic herbs.

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Flat Earth Society

In anticipation of summer, try this cocktail recipe created by Bryan Tamayo of Sesame Collective ( Photo Courtesy of Aubrie LeGault.


1.5 oz Wilderton Earthen

1 oz Lemon Juice

.75 Beet Cordial*

.5 oz Tropical Green Tea Cold Brew*


Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain over a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

*Beet Cordial

0.5 cup R.W. Knudsen Beet Juice

0.5 cup sugar

Combine in a non-reactive pot over medium heat. Stir until completely dissolved. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. Steep tea sachets and water overnight in the refrigerator. The next day pull tea sachets out and squeeze out the water. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

*Tropical Green

Tea Cold Brew

2 sachets Smith Teamaker Tropical Green Tea 1 cup cold water

Enjoy a zero-proof summer!

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Root Beer Float Pie

Recipe compliments of Michelle Ashley Custom Cakes in Salem

Graham cracker crust:

One sleeve graham crackers, ground to crumbs (about 1 1/2 cups)

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

7 tablespoons melted butter


3/4 cup root beer

1/2 cup milk

One box instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 ounces)

1 to 2 tablespoons root beer extract (optional)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 ounces Cool Whip, thawed


Cool whip

Maraschino cherries and crushed root beer barrel candy (optional)


1. For the crust, combine crust ingredients and press into a 9 inch pie pan. Store it in the freezer or the fridge while you prepare the filling.

2. For the filling, whisk together the root beer, milk, extracts, and pudding mix for two minutes or until it thickens. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until combined.

3. Scoop filling into prepared Graham cracker crust.

4. Freeze the pie for at least eight hours, or overnight.

5. Remove from freezer and spread a layer of Cool Whip on top, and garnish if desired with cherries and crushed root beer barrel candies.

6. Cut into 8 to 10 slices and serve immediately.

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Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup grated Parmesan

1/2 cup grated Pecorino

3 large egg yolks

1 pound asparagus

8 ounces fresh fettuccine pasta

6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2inch pieces

1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, for garnish


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Mix the cheese, egg yolks, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a generous amount of black pepper together in a medium bowl; set aside.

Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus stalks. Cut asparagus into quarter inch pieces.

Cook the fettuccine in the boiling water according to the package instructions. Add the aspragus pieces to the boiling water for the last 2 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then drain.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon fat from the skillet. In a clean skillet add the drained pasta, bacon fat, and asparagus and toss until well coated and mixed.

Whisk 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water into the egg mixture, then pour it over the pasta and toss on medium heat, stirring constantly to gently cook the eggs and make a creamy sauce. Thin out the mixture with more pasta water as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. Divide among 4 bowls and garnish with the parsley and more Parmesan and cracked black pepper if desired.

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• 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

• 2-3 Tbsp Thrive Culinary oil or safflower oil, divided (high smoke point oil)

1 large onion, sliced lengthwise into ¼” strips

3 bell peppers of various colors, sliced into ¼” strips

• 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 3” lengths, tough ends removed

• 2 Tbsp lime juice

3 Tbsp olive oil

• 1 garlic clove, minced

½ tsp salt

• ½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp chili powder

• ½ jalapeno, seeded and minced

• ¼ cup chopped cilantro

• 8-12 small flour or corn tortillas

• Salsa

Sliced avocado

• Sour cream (optional)

Shredded cheese (optional)

Cut chicken breasts into ½” strips. Mix lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder, jalapeno and cilantro together in a zip-top bag or shallow dish. Add the chicken, mix well, cover and let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours in the refrigerator.

Remove the chicken from the marinade. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet. Add chicken in a single layer, working in batches if needed. Cook chicken on med-high heat for 2-3 minutes, until they are seared and cooked through. Turn over and sear on the 2nd side. Remove to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil. If there is more chicken to be browned, add 1 Tbsp to skillet, if needed, heat, then add chicken. Sear on both sides until cooked through, remove to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil.

Add 1 Tbsp oil to the skillet and heat. As soon as the oil is hot, add the onion, peppers and asparagus to the pan. Scrape up some of the browned bits from the chicken and stir to coat the vegetables with the oil and brown bits. Spread the vegetables in an even layer in the pan. Cook 2 minutes. Stir, then continue to cook for 2 minutes.

Serve chicken and veggies at once in warm tortillas with shredded cheese, salsa, avocado, sour cream and lettuce, as desired.

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Real Estate Update

Simple Garage Makeover Ideas

FOR SOME HOMEOWNERS, THE GARAGE IS THE FOCAL POINT OF THEIR HOME. For others, it is simply a storage space or a place to park their vehicle. Regardless of how you use your garage, these simple garage makeover ideas can help keep you organized, boost your curb appeal, and increase your home’s value.

Garage Exterior

The garage door is a natural starting point for your garage makeover. A garage door replacement is a surefire way to increase the value of your home and is a common tactic for drumming up buyer interest when preparing to hit the market. But even if you don’t have the budget for a full-scale replacement, a DIY garage door makeover can still make a big difference.

Repaint Garage Exterior

Begin by prepping your garage door for a fresh coat of paint. Clean and scrub the surface with warm soapy water. Scrape off any loose paint with a putty knife or wire brush. If scraping manually is too taxing for you, use a wire wheel brush tool. Rinse and clean the door, letting it dry completely before you begin painting. Once you’ve covered your driveway with a tarp or plastic sheeting to protect it from paint spills, you’re ready to begin painting. Choose a complimentary color for your trim to tie together your home’s exterior

color scheme. Check out different styles of garage door hardware options that match the style of your home, choose your layout, and install the pieces.

Garage Interior

As you turn your attention to your garage’s interior, consider refinishing the floor first. By starting with the floor, you won’t have to continually shuffle your garage items around as you continue your makeover. If you’re considering converting your garage into a home gym, factor that in as you work on the flooring. Start by fixing any cracks or holes with a basic patch kit. Once the surface is flat, sweep and mop from end to end. If you are removing a previous layer of paint, use a buffer to jar the old paint loose before repainting. Finishing your garage floor off with epoxy will help protect it from stains and damage. Apply two coats of epoxy twenty-four hours apart, followed by a sealing topcoat.

Organize Your Garage

In just a few steps, you can turn your garage from a cluttered oversized closet into an organized storage space. Start by taking inventory of the items in your garage. Do you have lots of tools? Is the space filled with sports equipment? Grouping like items together will keep your storage orderly. Next, decide where

you would like to store your items. Overhead storage racks, rollers, and ceiling storage can significantly cut down on clutter, but these storage options are best reserved for infrequently accessed or seasonal items like holiday decorations and camping gear. Keep frequently used items within reach. Magnetic wall panels are a great resource for your everyday tools and gardening equipment. Install shelving and drawers near your workbench to keep smaller hand tools, screws, and nails tidy and organized and add labels so you can keep track of them. If space is limited, consider a wall-mounted foldable workbench.

Add Finishing Touches

Now it’s time to put the final touches on your garage makeover. Though installation may require the help of a professional, adding electrical outlets will pay dividends for the functionality of your garage. Installing bike hooks on the ceiling will help to save floor space and may provide just the clearance you need to park a vehicle inside. Lastly, consider upgrading your lighting. Newly installed lights will add value to your garage and make it safer.

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On the Money

Here’s What to Know About the Costs of Pet Ownership.

PETS BRING JOY AND COMPANIONSHIP INTO THE LIVES OF PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. While we can’t put a price tag on the love we feel for our furry friends, the reality is that owning and caring for a pet costs money. If you’re thinking of welcoming a new animal into your home and heart, here are some expenses to keep in mind so you can budget accordingly.

Decide to buy or adopt

First, you will have to decide whether to adopt a pet from an animal shelter, which is often less expensive, or buy from a licensed breeder or pet shop. Keep in mind that shelters frequently spay or neuter animals prior to adoption, which eliminates a cost that can be upwards of several hundred dollars. To help reduce medical bills later on, you may want to choose a breed that is less prone to health or genetic problems. At a minimum, be sure to carefully research your options so you can make informed decisions.

Anticipate ongoing costs

When it comes to the recurring costs of owning a pet, expect to budget for food, treats, toys, training, day care or a dog walker. In addition, pet owners are encouraged by veterinarians to invest

regularly in heartworm, flea and tick prevention. Some animals may also have food sensitivities or medical conditions that require special diets and medicine –both of which can be pricey.

Think about lifestyle

Providing a comfortable lifestyle is a top priority for any animal owner. When thinking about your pet’s new environment, be sure to address any potential safety hazards. Preventing accidents may lessen unforeseen costs down the road, and more importantly, keep your pet out of harm’s way. If you are a renter, check with your landlord to see if you’ll need to pay more to have a pet. Homeowners should make sure they are compliant with city or neighborhood ordinances as some require fences for certain animals. You’ll also want to think about whether a caretaker is needed for your pet during your workday. If you travel frequently or plan to in the future, you should be aware of the expenses associated with bringing your pet on vacation or having someone care for them while you’re gone. Airline tickets and the price of a hotel or rental property will likely be higher if your pet is along for the trip.

Prepare for emergencies

Even with a tremendous amount of planning, accidents can happen. In an emergency, pets may need medical attention – the costs of which can accumulate quickly. Set money aside for these instances or think about purchasing pet insurance to help offset the potential financial burden. Finally, consider who will look after your pet if you become unable to care for him or her. Some owners decide to incorporate pets into their wills.

Anyone who has felt a connection with a pet knows that the costs articulated above are a small price to pay for their presence and affection, but it’s important to be realistic about the money required to keep them healthy and happy so you can enjoy their companionship for the long haul.

HOME BODIES | 55 Sten Carlson PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, OR. Contact him at 541-757-3000 Sten Carlson, CFP®, CLTC, CKA, MBA, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 25 years. To contact him, visit the team website at or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2019 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry
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Summer Wedding Style Made Easy


The most important part of dressing for summer weddings is of course Making sure your outfit actually fits well (that is a given, and true for every outfit you leave the house wearing).

Your local tailor can help you with making sure you look your best by helping you with a nip here, and a tuck there. Most clothing items can be made smaller, but few can be made bigger. If you find that your favorite jacket has “shrunk in the closet,” you are probably needing a replacement.

Men’s trousers on the other hand, can usually be made as much as 2 inches

larger in the waist. If you don’t already have a tailor that you trust, just check out: “alterations for men near me” on Google.

Afraid you are going to be too hot in a suit? Look at purchasing a linen suit or sport coat for summer events. Don’t wear suits offten? Then you may be better off renting an outfit for the event. Just be sure to allow a couple of weeks to make sure you can get what you need.

Have questions? Drop by your favorite haberdasher and see how easy it can be to up your clothing game so that you too can; “Dress well, be confident, and find success!”

56 Willamette Living Magazine | MAY 2024 Oscar B. Hult is a co-owner of The Natty Dresser in Downtown Albany. 541-248-3561 Contact him at Oscar The Haberdasher PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry Oscar B. Hult • THE STYLE GUIDE

Landscape: Trees I Love


Trees clean our air and provide homes for wildlife. By providing shade to our homes, they can reduce energy usage. Their leaves, flowers, silhouette, and bark add beauty. I love to walk under the Douglasfirs on my property, listening to the birds singing and seeing the red-tailed hawks swoop from their perch. Several weeks ago, a group of egrets temporarily roosted in the tops of the firs. It was magical. Hummingbirds love to rest at the top of a weeping beech. I can see them from my dining room window.

It is always a good idea to plant natives. Red alder, Oregon white oak, and vine maple are excellent choices. In addition, several non-natives are excellent additions to the landscape:

‘Akebono’ Flowering Cherry: beautiful, pale pink, delicate flowers grace this 25-foot tall, arching tree. Likes good drainage.

Crape Myrtle tree form: a late summer bloomer with bright, showy flowers. The peeling bark adds interest in the winter. Grows 16-20 feet tall. ‘Tuscarora’ and ‘Dynamite’ are good varieties.

‘Evening Light’ Snowbell: Purple-green to maroon leaves. Bees love the fragrant, white, bell-shaped flowers. Grows 15-20’ tall and 10-15’ wide.

Full-moon Maple: So hard to describe but so attractive. An alternative to ubiquitous Japanese maple. There is a Fernleaf and golden form (which is my favorite). Slowgrowing to 8-12’ tall and 6-8’ wide.

Persian Ironwood or Parrotia: this clay soil-tolerant tree has yellow, orange, and red fall foliage. Older bark peels and

exposes white or tan spots, adding winter interest. Grows 20-40 feet tall.

‘Rising Sun’ Eastern Redbud: Pretty, purple flowers in early spring are followed by stunning multicolored foliage. This tree grows 8-12 feet tall. It needs really good drainage.

‘Starlight’ Dogwood: a cross between Pacific and Chinese dogwood. Creamy flowers on an upright tree reaching 30 feet tall. Will take afternoon shade.

Tupelo or Sour Gum: Beautiful, bright red fall foliage is the outstanding feature of this tree. Also, it tolerates wet soil. It grows 30-50 feet tall. Native to the eastern US.

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Looking Good

Spring Cleaning and Makeup


Over-the-counter makeup is not required to carry expiration dates. Some cosmetic companies do perform stability tests and stamp a freshness date on their products, but most forego the time and considerable expense that testing involves.

Cosmetics can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Natural products often do not have preservatives and go bad really fast. They can also break down, separate or become rancid. If you use makeup that has grown bacteria, you risk infecting your skin.

To keep makeup healthy, makeup experts offer these tips:

• Keep makeup in a cool, dry place (your bedroom, not the bathroom).

• Use a disposable applicator, sponge or cotton swab rather than your finger to apply cos-

metics to minimize bacterial transfer.

• If you get an eye infection, immediately toss eye makeup and applicators. Keep track of your makeup by dating the container when you open it.

Use the following guideline for how long to keep makeup:

• Mascara: 3 months

• Eyeliner pencils: 1 year

• Eyebrow pencils 1-2 years Eye shadow: liquids 12 months, powders 2 years

• Lipstick: 1-2 years

• Blush and powder: creams 12 months, powder 2 years

• Foundation: oil-free 12 months, moisturizing 18 months

Concealers: liquid 12 months, stick 18 months

• And makeup without preser vatives 3 to 6 months.

At first it will be hard to throw out what you have. It’s ok. Just throw it out and do not give it away. Then when you purchase new

makeup, you’ll know you have fresh makeup. Now, if you look at what went in the trash and think my gosh… I don’t want to accumulate that much again. Good news…there is a way you don’t have to buy some makeup again. Permanent makeup is a great solution to a decluttered and simplified makeup drawer.

When considering permanent makeup, be sure to have a consultation with a highly trained and qualified artist. This is not a service you want to bargain shop for and you will want to see actual photos of their work. Seek a professional who is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). This organization sets standards of practice for its members, which assures the public of the highest levels of professionalism and safety. After permanent makeup, you’ll be among those who enjoy a natural look that lasts a long time and have a clean makeup drawer.

Happy Spring cleaning!

58 Willamette Living Magazine | MAY 2024
PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry
Cheryl Cheryl Lohman • LOOKING GOOD Cheryl Lohman CPCP, is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and owns Oregon Permanent Makeup in Corvallis Contact Cheryl: 541-740-1639


Spring Cleaning For Body, Mind, and Soul


Here is why I think it is most important to first, clear our minds…

As we learn to be still in our mind, we can connect more with the feelings in our body. From here we can feel the physical cues our body generates that tell us when we are comfortable, open, and expansive, versus when we feel suffocated, contracted and withdrawn. If you are already tuned into this, that’s great!

The best way I have found to connect more to my body, is through meditation and yoga.

When you separate your thoughts, from the sensations in your body, you can begin to note real cues as to your comfort level in spaces and situations.

Our bodies don’t lie. For example, our minds may tell us stories about why we should keep a collection of old spoons we got from our great aunt, but our bodies may feel constricted just looking at them.

Your loved ones who’ve passed on are not sitting in the corner making sure you hold onto their junk, trust me.

This very much applies to relationships too. Typically our body will tell us if a situation is good for us or not. It is important to tune in, so we can feel what no longer serves our greatest good and put up a boundary or remove ourselves from a relationship all together.

Ever notice how when you walk into an open and spacious room, you can actually feel your body expand and breathe deep? And how does it feel when you walk into a space that is filled with clutter or thick with dust? A little uncomfortable? When you are aware, you can sense how this affects your energy and your health.

When we think about decluttering the home, start simple and clear out a drawer or closet. Have two bags on hand, one marked for donation and one for trash/ recycling. Let your body decide what stays and what goes. Move on to a bedroom, garage or your car. Such joy we can bring into our lives with clean, clear spaces.

In the garden, have you ever trimmed back a bush that is overgrown and realized how much health that brought

back into the plant? When we trim back all the dead branches, we are making way for more light to reach is trying to grow. And always, this creates vitality and new fuller growth effortlessly.

The same is for you. Don’t settle for feeling stuck, constricted and hopeless to change and new growth. Cut back and let go of everything that no longer serves you, so that you may clear the path for what does. If fear prevents you from letting go of things, you should know this. What the Universe has in store for you is much better than what your fear thinks you need to hold onto.

There is so much light trying to reach you. Devote time creating space in your mind, body, and environment, and you’ll naturally open yourself up to more joy, greater vitality and all the goodness that awaits.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

HOME BODIES | 59 Kris Denning is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Reiki Master, and Holistic Nutritionist. Contact Kris at: Kris Kris Denning • HEALTH & FITNESS PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry
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The Ultimate Kitchen Makeover

IN THIS SPECIAL HOME IMPROVEMENT ISSUE, WE'RE EXCITED TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE ULTIMATE KITCHEN MAKEOVER. However, it's probably not the makeover you're envisioning. There won't be discussions on the latest in countertop materials or the most fashionable kitchen colors for the season. Instead, we're diving into your cabinets to transform and redefine your kitchen to serve as the foundation of your health and wellness.

At the heart of our kitchen transformation is a principle known as Berardi's First Law: "If a food is in your house or possession, either you, someone you love, or someone you marginally tolerate will eventually eat it." This law represents a fundamental truth about human behavior and the environment's influence on our eating habits. And this law can work in our favor or against it, depending on what we choose to stock in our pantries and refrigerators.

For many, our kitchens become unintentional havens for ultra-processed foods, sugary snacks, and other types of junk food. Berardi's First Law in this context reveals a challenging truth: if these foods are the most accessible in our homes, they will likely be what we consume. This tends to undermine our health goals, as the convenience of these items frequently trumps their nutritional void. This is precisely why we perform

a kitchen makeover - our pantries are loaded with choices that do not serve our health and fitness goals.

However, this law can also work marvelously in our favor. By filling our kitchens with healthy, nutritious foods such as fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and nuts, we ensure that these become the foods we gravitate towards. This is a strategic adjustment that not only makes healthier choices more accessible but also turns them into our default options. The healthy choice becomes the easy choice!

The steps to perform the Ultimate Kitchen Makeover are pretty straightforward:

The Gathering - Begin by emptying your pantry, fridge, and any other stashes of food you have around the house onto a large surface where you can see everything clearly. This visibility is key to understanding exactly what you have and making informed decisions about what stays and what goes.

The Sorting - Create two main categories, one for items to keep and another for those that don't serve your health goals. Remember, you’re looking for highly processed foods that are loaded with sugar, unhealthy fats, or otherwise nutritionally void. Sneaky items alert! Pay special attention to items that masquerade as healthy but are actually

junk foods in disguise, such as flavored yogurts, breakfast cereals, which often contain more sugar and refined grains than nutrients, and snack bars that, despite their wholesome packaging, are essentially candy bars.

The Disposal - Foods that are unopened and non-perishable but don’t align with your nutritional goals can find a new home at a local food bank. However, for items that are opened, expired, or otherwise not suitable for donation, it’s time to let them go. This step isn’t about waste but about making a clear commitment to your health.

The Restocking - Focus on whole, unprocessed foods across all categories. These are the building blocks of a nutritious kitchen, and include fruits and vegetables, lean proteins such as lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, and plantbased proteins, and nuts and seeds for snacks.

This Ultimate Kitchen Makeover is more than just a one-time transformation. It’s also a renewed mindset towards your health. And as a friendly reminder, most of us will need to restock our kitchens on a weekly basis, so return to these principles as often as needed to ensure that your kitchen remains a place where the healthy choice is the easy choice.

60 Willamette Living Magazine | MAY 2024 Fitness PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry
Drew Skaggs • FITNESS Drew Skaggs is the owner and Head Coach of The SHOP in downtown Corvallis. We deliver personalized strength and fitness in a group setting. Drew Skaggs: (541) 243-8948

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Homegrown Oregon Foods

Life is busy and eating healthy can be challenging. Homegrown Oregon Foods is an oasis in a sea of fast food. Our food is made with healthy, fresh ingredients at an affordable price, and always 100% gluten free.

Dine in, Pick up, or Delivery See the website for details.

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Albany’s new sushi sensa�on. Kaiyo Sushi is the place for a quick lunch mee�ng, date night, or family night out.

Watch as expertly prepared sushi floats past your seat on our conveyor, and pick your favorites.

Sashimi, sushi, vegetarian and vegan op�ons -- even dessert.

A taste of Japan, in Albany. Come by today and have some sushi!

Open 11 am to 10 pm 2826 San�am Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322 (Next to Elmer’s)

(541) 497-2622

New Morning Bakery

A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too.

Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00 Sunday 8:00 - 8:00

219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis 541-754-0181

La Rockita

Corvallis' favorite Mexican food. Come eat! Or order online for pickup.

11AM to 7PM, closed on Sundays.

922 NW Circle Blvd #130 541-753-7143

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