Shop Visit: Lowell

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Equal parts museum, gallery, and shop, Lowell is one of my favorite spots in town. Located just off the south end of North Mississippi and up the street from Beam & Anchor, Lowell’s small, colorful exterior belies the large and open interior where owners Maya and Dino have put together a wholly fun and reverent collection of objects. The shop showcases items from many world cultures, a special Southwest bent and goods from local artists. You’ll find ceramics, paper goods, vintage clothing, jewelry, rugs, and wood carvings in stock, displayed lovingly and with true curatorial flair.

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I was lucky enough to visit Lowell on a surprisingly sunny winter day, which filled the space with warm, golden light. A steady stream of shoppers came and went, all on a first name basis with Maya and Dino, and it was lovely to be able to overhear their conversations about art and travel as I took in the beauty of the shop. Truthfully, I spent a little more time on my visit than usual as each corner pulled me in over and over, highlighting a gem I missed on my first look or just enticing me to take a closer look at something I had only glanced at before.

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My shop favorites include Lowell’s custom candles that are handmade in very small batches (recent shop additions include candles poured into exclusive ceramic vessels made by local potter, Liam Drain), concrete fruit planters by New York’s Chen & Kai, vintage turquoise rings, cassette tape releases from Eggy Records, and illustrated calendars from Clay & Wiley Hickson. Maya and Dino just returned from the Southwest and have lots of new items from the trip hitting the shop now.

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Lowell is located at 819 North Russell in Portland. Stop by 12 to 7 Wednesday through Sunday and follow them on Lowell on Facebook and @lowellshopgallery on Instagram.

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This post and photographs are by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Make sure to visit Allison’s lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur

Chris Earl: The Framework Collection

So, I’ve just been sitting here for days staring at The Framework Collection made by Los Angeles-based furniture designer Chris Earl. THAT BED. THAT BAR CART. THE LITTLE X TABLES. Walnut, brass, tempered glass — I love every single piece. To top it off, I am officially obsessed with a Tic-Tac-Toe Set. And let’s not forget Mr. Earl’s stunning Danish Candlesticks, Business Card Holders and ceramics collection. It’s all so beautiful. I want so many of his designs for our new home that other housewares just pale in comparison. More HERE.

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“Furniture is more than a mere object in a room. The items that we fill our dwellings with uniquely speak to who we are, what we cherish, and the legacy we leave. Furniture should be functional, graceful and timeless, for it has the power to create a lasting and meaningful impression. Not only does it fill our living spaces, it fills purpose. It hosts conversation and laughter; creating new relationships and strengthening the ones we have. It bears the weight of deep thought and is a marker of our heritage. It moves stories from one generation to the next. Together, let’s build what lasts.” — Chris Earl

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Images courtesy of Chris Earl.

Friday!

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HAPPY FRIDAY! I’m really looking forward to this weekend and another yummy brunch. Last weekend we made major progress on getting some rooms in our new house set up and this weekend we tackle the office. It’s the best feeling to cross these projects off the list and then collapse on the sofa with a bunch of Vietnamese food and some Brit crime TV. I don’t know how people have the time, money and decisiveness to get an entire new house completely set up right after moving in — it boggles my mind. Are you working on any home projects? I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead! xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

This stunning silk watercolor dress is a very good deal.

OH MY… this pretty dress and this dreamy dress.

The perfect summer dress is actually a jumpsuit.

A beautiful black linen summer dress.

I love the print on this simple summer dress.

This is a lovely polka dot top! (20% off code SHOPPINGTIME)

These sandals are beauties. The black ones, too.

A beautiful new collection of jewels!

I adore this necklace — it looks like the sun.

I love all the colors that these heels come in. (FREE SHIPPING)

A geometric summer caftan might be nice.

I love this beautiful Pendleton blanket.

Oh, and this one and this one, too.

Finally, a kitchen compost crock that looks good.

➔ A SWEET DEAL

Get 20% off sweet Egg Press Social Preparedness Kits with code: honeykennedy thru 2/24.
Plus, ENTER MY BIG GIVEAWAYS!

Get 20% off at the BIG J.Crew SALE with code: SHOPPINGTIME now thru 2/24.

The big Nordstrom Clearance Sale is happening thru 2/22.

Take 30% off intimates at Anomie with FEBRUARY thru 2/28. $150+ = free US shipping

Get an extra 25% off Anthro Sale Items with code: EXTRAEXTRA for a limited time.

Take $25 off purchases at Zady of $100+ with code: knowyoursource

The amazing WOONWINKEL WINTER SALE is happening now!

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PHOTOS: 1. Anita Page wearing a Pendleton Harding Duster. I love that print — I have a few things in the modern version of it. 2. Claudia Dell wearing a Pendleton Toboggan Coat.

Friday!

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Hello! Here we are at Friday and, hopefully, a long holiday weekend for those of you here in the US. I’m so excited for this weekend. It will be full of brunches, romance with pho, more unpacking and organizing (we have a lot of stuff!), catching up on Downton, wine, my friend Sarai is coming over to help me figure out our garden (ALL THE ROSES AND LILACS) and lots of other fun times. I hope you have a good weekend! ♥ xo Jen

➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…

Speaking of EPIC ROSE ACTION — make sure to enter my OLO rose giveaway!

These are always wonderful gifts for loved ones!

A great raincoat for NW-ers to wear… until July.

These beautiful new ponchos are so smart! LOOOOOVE.

I’m pretty sure we all need a cozy kimono cardigan sweater.

These are just great lookin’ jeans.

SO GOOD. This cotton jumpsuit is fantastic.

These rolled up denim overalls are pretty cute.

A pretty, pale apricot dress for spring.

A very dreamy floral dress — good for summer parties and weddings!

This striped dress is cute, linen and very inexpensive! (20% off code SAVENOW)

This sweet dress is an awesome deal, too! (20% off code SAVENOW)

This silk top is such a beauty for spring and summer.

This cut-out top is a cool shape and on mega sale. (extra 20% off code: EXTRA20 thru 2/16)

I’m kind of in love with these pretty sneakers.

These minty espadrilles are pretty cute too.

These shoes are beautiful and look SO COMFY.

I love these ballet flats and the simple bows.

These pointy flats are perfect with jeans, pencil skirts and dresses.

Holy cats. This new handbag is SO GOOD.

My grandmother would have adored this bag. So do I!

I still want this big bag in the beautiful dark cabernet color.

A nice straw fedora for spring and summer.

I’ve had my eye on these amazing planters.

I’m in love with this lamp.

A cool little flask to slip into a pocket or handbag.

I love this white marble tray. (FREE SHIPPING)

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➔ A SWEET DEAL

Get 25% off all orders at Rilla with code: LOVE25 thru 2/14.

Get 20% off purchases at Custard Heart with code: HEART20 now thru 2/14.

Get an extra 20% off sale items at Need Supply with code EXTRA20 thru 2/16.

Get 10% off at GIFT SHOP BROOKLYN or GSB on Etsy with code: GSBXHK2015 now thru 2/17/14. Plus, free U.S. shipping! (discount not valid on Sample Sale items)

Get an extra 40-50% off all final sale items at J.Crew with code: WEEKENDMUST thru 2/15.

Take an extra 30% off all sale items at Madewell with code AMOUR thru 2/17.

Shop the BIG Nordstrom Clearance Sale for up to 50% off thru 2/22.

Take 30% off intimates at Anomie with FEBRUARY thru 2/28. $150+ = free US shipping

Take $25 off purchases at Zady of $100+ with code: knowyoursource

The amazing WOONWINKEL WINTER SALE is happening now!

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PHOTOS: 1. Hazel Forbes 2. Drucilla Strain 3. Claudia Dell — all photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnston.

The Line

I have been gobsmacked by the amazing merchandise at The Line for a while now. I usually reserve any curatorial references for galleries and exhibits, but this shop carries so many carefully considered wares that feel gallery or museum-worthy. The selection of clothing, accessories, beauty, apothecary, housewares and books is absolutely stellar. So much so, I often let out audible whinnies and whimpers while perusing. Someday I’d love to visit The Apartment — the stunning NYC shop space housed inside a dreamy 1872 building. I’ve gathered a few of my current faves below — paring down my wish list was tough! More HERE.

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Images courtesy of The Line.