Texture and Contrast

Because I’m in the middle a major kitchen renovation and I have to design and put together a kitchen, I’m hyper-aware of all design around me. This weekend, as I walked around Portland, I took pictures of images that drew my attention. When I looked at everything, I noticed that they all have texture and contrast in common. That isn’t completely shocking since I’ve always known how drawn I am to those design elements. I did notice how drawn I am to rustic design.

Old and new, brick and glass.

I walked around Cargo and found endless inspiration. I couldn’t get enough of the subtle color palettes, shapes and textures. I’d love to just hang some of these beautiful pieces but they are pretty far out of my budget. I’d like to figure out how to make something like this myself.

Interesting shapes and textures make each of these special.

Cargo is a fun store because it is so chock-a-block full of treasures and you find things in such funny places. I didn’t even notice those chairs hanging off the ceiling until I looked at this picture.

I didn’t pick up a lot. I was mainly getting ideas for what I want to bring in to my home. I did get this wee tin sign. I love the teal color, the shiny surface, the helpful slogan and best of all, the non-English lettering. I want a few more like this but I think I’d rather make my own.

My kitchen has been delivered so I can start putting together cabinets. I’m not in a rush since the room still needs to have the soffits removed. I’m meeting with a new contractor today to get pricing. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could actually start moving forward this week?

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