Archive for August, 2010
Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Yesterday I made my annual visit to the 2010 NW Natural Street of Dreams in Portland, Oregon. To give you a little sneak peak, I’m sharing some pictures I took of a few interior design details that caught my eye — without giving it all away, of course!
If it’s been a long time since you went to one of these, I think you are in for a pleasant surprise. In the past the NW Natural Street of Dreams was made up of palatial homes that most of us will never — EVER — be able to live in. I understand there’s a certain element of fun to seeing how the rich and famous live. But a couple years ago after viewing more than one room that had multiple wide screen tv’s on a single wall — I started to feel faintly nauseous at the extreme excess. On top of that, heavy Italian Tuscan furniture has never been my preferred style and there was a real overload of that in past Street of Dreams.
Then last year the HBA (the sponsor and manager of the show) broke out of the norm with a show made up of penthouses in the Pearl District. Right up my alley!
~Creative idea for kitchen counter storage~
This year they have mixed things up again to give a whole new perspective on “dreams”. If I had to sum it up I would say that this year’s Street of Dreams is all about attainable dreams that are easy on your conscience. This year the show includes 4 traditional houses, 1 detached townhome and a super cool pre-fab house by Ideabox. These homes all have LEED silver certification so sustainability in home building is the common denominator. On the weekends only, there are also 2 penthouses open at Indigo — the only LEED certified rental high rise in the country.
Although there is still one very large home complete with its own indoor/outdoor swimming pool – in general these homes are pared down to moderate sizes that would be possible for many people to own. I found the building styles and decor to be refreshingly modern. All of the homes have tips and facts about sustainable living posted throughout. Definitely worth seeing this year. Here is the link to their website for all the information you need to get to the 2010 NW Natural Street of Dreams.
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