As soon as you walk into this gorgeous space and take in the mesmerizing, lush array of colorful blooms and verdant house plants, it’s immediately apparent why Portland’s beloved Solabee Flowers & Botanicals have been named one of the top florists in the nation by Martha Stewart, as well as winning many local awards in the same category.
Having made the move to North Killingsworth from SE Portland earlier this year, Solabee has settled into their conservatory-style space quite nicely. With windows galore, a worn but very beautiful mosaic tile floor, and a romantic mezzanine that houses even more plants, their space in the historic Baker Ballroom building is the perfect backdrop for all the sweet plants. As a nearby resident, I couldn’t be happier to have Solabee so close to home.
Shop owner Alea Joy has made it her mission to stock the shop with locally grown flowers and plants first, which means Solabee’s available greenery revolves around what is in season ensuring an always fresh selection. Whether you’re in need of flowers for a big event like a wedding, looking for a new plant pal for your home, or need a great gift for a fellow plant lover, Solabee is wonderful for both service and stunning options. Plus, they offer local delivery and work with local restaurants, shops, and offices to keep their spaces looking happy.
Also on hand are lovely crystals, unique tools including clippers, pruning saws, and even hori hori knives. There are dreamy planters and assorted pottery, and lovely macrame to really help your plants shine. The beauty and chill vibes that permeate the space are so enticing, even when I don’t have room for a new plant or a need for fresh flowers, I like to stop in regularly just to feast my eyes and take home a new crystal or two.
Solabee is located in Portland at 801 N. Killingsworth St. and is open Monday through Friday from 11AM to 6PM and Saturday and Sunday from 11AM to 7PM. You can also shop online anytime. Be sure to follow @solabeeflowers on Instagram and like Solabee on Facebook to treat your feed with their beautiful arrangements and stay up to date on shop news.
I love so many things I’ve seen from Someware! It takes me a while to figure out what I want to do with each room that I decorate. It’s a layering process and a process of elimination that can take a while if you’re on a budget or don’t want your home filled with items to make it look like a showroom for one or two brands. I tend to want to get the large pieces for a room in place before I add the other layers, like rugs, smaller furniture, and accessories. Sometimes though, I find a unique handmade rug, small table, artwork piece, or accessory that I feel MUST be in the room and my other selections for the room are informed by that choice to make it work. Someware is filled with those kinds of items that are so beautiful and special that you want to honor them and make the room work for them.
If you already have an aesthetic that celebrates a well-traveled life or a love for many cultures and techniques — there is a lot here for you. My favorites are the San Mateo Hammock, the Sabana Wool Throw Blankets, the Nude Spotted Rug, the Black Spotted Rug, the Guava Riviera Tote and La Spezia Tote, the Mainstay Waste Basket. More HERE.
I’m so excited to see that the Block Shop sisters have added a beautiful collection of handwoven rugs to their already phenomenal textiles biz. Inspiration come in the form of their continued homage and study of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings, Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field, Mughal architecture, and the phlox gardens at Balsamand Lake Palace. I’m absolutely cuckoo over the Temple rugs and the Diamondback rugs — which makes sense since I also own the dreamy scarf iterations of these designs. More HERE.
SAMPLE & SECONDS SALE • Saturday, Sept 24 • 11AM to 4PM • 729 SE Morrison St
Caravan Pacific and Brookes Boswell are having a big sample and seconds sale this weekend!! Get down to Shop Boswell this Saturday for a wonderful event full of beautiful handmade things at crazy low prices up to 50% off. You’ll find lovely things marked way down because they were on display, prototypes or have minor flaws (often barely noticeable) that make them not quite retail quality standards ready. Ceramics, lighting, home goods, and accessories dreams come true with amazing work from Shannon and Brookes. Come early for the best selection! Shop Boswell is located at 729 SE Morrison St. See you there! ♥
Having opened just last month on North Albina (right before the bend that takes you on to North Mississippi), Dea Dia is jewelry designer Jessica Lawson’s sparkly new home base for her jewelry line of the same name. Dea Dia is where she both handcrafts and sells her own designs alongside a complementary collection of apparel, housewares, apothecary, paper goods, and accessories created by some of her favorite indie brands including Portland’s Natalie Joy and Make It Good, among many others.
Jessica did an amazing job building out her space which was an absolute blank slate when she got the keys. Concrete floors and pendants lights from Portland’s own Pigeon Toe compliment her custom-built fixtures, including a stellar mirrored sliding wall and fun jewelry displays. Behind that sliding wall you’ll find Jessica’s studio which allows her to create jewelry on-site. During my visit she had just completed two new earring designs which were the product of whim and experimentation and they’d just hit the floor. That’s the beauty of Dea Dia, there is a steady stream of exciting treasures to discover.
Speaking of which, new fall apparel from Make It Good and Brooklyn’s A & R have just hit the Dea Dia shop. A fan of natural fibers and easy silhouettes, Jessica’s apparel selections are contemporary and feature cozy cotton and linen. Alongside the apparel are vibrant tote bags and pouches handmade in Oaxaca using organic wool and naturally derived dyes by Ilano Design, dazzling brass plant mobiles from Natalie Joy, modernist ceramics by Philly-based Zola, and even a selection of pyrite stones, incense from Incausa, sage smudge wands and palo santo sticks.
For a shop on the smaller side, Dea Dia is bursting with dreamy goodies that are perfect for treating yourself or loved ones while somehow managing to not feel crowded. And on a good day, you might catch a sighting of Jessica’s daughter, Astrid, who is definitely one of the cutest shop babies in all of Portland.
Dea Dia is located at 4523 N Albina and is open Thursdays from 11AM to 6PM, Friday — Saturday from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday — Monday from 11AM to 6PM. You can also shop Dea Dia jewelry online. Be sure to follow @deadia in Instagram and like Dea Dia Jewelry on Facebook on to keep up on new designs, sales, and more.