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Gayle's View: Marguerite in Westmoreland
Sunday 17th of October 2010
BIJOU: something small and exquisite

Tucked away on S. E. Bybee Street in the Westmoreland shopping area (and 2 blocks away from the Stars malls) is a small shop imbued with a rare atmosphere. The name is simply "Marguerite" and it is the vision of its owner, our friend, Daisy Phillips.

I am not exactly a world traveler, but I would say that this shop would stand out in Paris, New York, and London--actually in any great metropolitan city. And here we have it in Portland, Oregon.

The shop is painted in tones of grays (with maybe a "beigy" tint) and Daisy has done wonders with architectural features, draping, moldings, and built-in display pieces. The floor is a wormy-pine laid in a chevron effect. Lighting is achieved with chandeliers. There is a mixture of new giftware and English, French and Swedish antiques.

One large open wall is filled with with French clay ware from Astier De Villette in Paris. The beautiful cream-colored dishes are actually made from black terra cotta. These are highly desirable to the discerning shopper who can add to a collection from time to time. The shop has a bridal and gift registry and also offers gift certificates.

There is a timeless feel upon entering and this is enhanced by the wonderful scented soaps, candles, and room sprays from Deptyque and Parfumerie by Rance. I especially adore the varied selection of fabrics and linens in the form of towels, runners, tablecloths, pillows, and even fine cotton pajamas and robes.

There is pewter and hotel silver mixed in various displays--one whole section devoted to unusual barware, glass cases filled with precious antique "smalls"--even wonderful ruffled umbrellas.

I am always drawn to stationery and writing tools and in the photo below, you wil see an old desk jam-packed with cards, pens, journals, papers, greeting cards--even old French correspondence written in lovely copper-plate handwriting.

And then, there is the last "piece de resistance"--the wonderful powder room--the ultimate feminine space.

Right now the shop has an autumnal feel with sheaves of wheat and pheasant feathers about, but before long it will be decorated for Christmas.

I always leave the shop (or thinking in French, the Bijou) inspired and with my spirits lifted.....

signing off.....


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A Word from Brent: Collecting Good Friends
Monday 25th of August 2008
Gayle is enjoying the Oregon coast this week so I am the substitute blogger of the moment. Today it's Brent's View.

My view finder is focused on collecting and the joy of starting up a new one. I love the hunt and when it comes to starting up a new collection nothing pleases me more than finding a whole trove of treasures that can be my new collection. The better the price the more of a collection I can have. I really want instant gratification when I buy, so I need to have at least three to five items in hand for my new collection.

I live with my collections, so I want them to be visually pleasing and easy to use in my home decor. Groups of similar items are one of the easiest decorating ideas around. For me it's the motto, "more is always better" (Gayle would have a more clever quote but I am just not as smart as she is)

Years ago I started collecting white matte finish pottery when it was so dirt cheap you could have quite a collection in no time. I didn't care if it had a chip or crack in it. Just turn it to the back. I just wanted to amass a large visual display of this lovely pottery. And I did. Hundreds of pieces. But now if I add to this collection it has to be something quite amazing or the price is too good to pass up.

I rotate my collections. I just couldn't live with them all at the same time. I know there are people that do that and more power to them but I would go "crazy".

The white pottery collection has been in the storage space for awhie and it was time to bring it out. And you know, I fell in love with it all over again. Just like old friends, each piece of pottery spoke to me as I put it on the shelves. They reminded me of where I had purchased them and how long they had been with me. Yes, I still have that piece with the big chip on the rim and the one that has the crack down the back. I wouldn't think of giving them up, good friends are hard to find.

Brent, the collecting fool

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