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March
22

Where to Get Farm-Fresh Produce in Portland

Portland Produce

It's springtime in Portland, and life is good. There are countless reasons why our brokers are always excited about spring's return, but one of the biggest reasons is the unbeatable farm-fresh produce. 

Oregon is home to some of America's greatest and most diverse growers. You can find their crops every week at these Portland area farm stands and farmers markets. Check them out, and enjoy some fine spring weather while you're out there!

  1. Bella Organic Farm - 16205 NW Gillihan Rd, Portland, OR 97231
    One of Portland's largest farms, Bella Organic Farm, offers everything from fresh vegetables at their farm stand to you-pick apples and berries. They even have their own winery and cider mill in-house. Although popular in fall for their pumpkin patch and corn maze, the farm has fresh offerings year-round, with dozens of crops that change with the seasons. The farm is located on Sauvie Island, just minutes from many Portland homes for sale

  2. Portland Farmers Market at PSU - 1803 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201
    The Portland Farmers Market has grown to include six markets at different locations on different days, but their flagship market at Portland State University is still arguably the favorite. It's been going strong every Saturday, year-round, since 1992. There may be no better place in Portland to find farm-fresh produce, along with local goods of all kinds. More than 100 vendors bring everything from locally cured cheeses and fresh-baked bread to handmade crafts and local honey and jams. 

  3. Side Yard Farm and Kitchen - 4800 NE Simpson St, Portland, OR 97218
    Established in 2009, Side Yard Farm and Kitchen is a 1-acre urban farm, music venue, supper club, and catering business in Portland's NE Cully Neighborhood. They offer online and in-person markets where you can pick out your produce, as well as a "Garden Start" CSA subscription, which includes a selection of seedlings you can start in your own garden every month. Pick-up is every Wednesday and Friday. 

  4. Fox + Bear Urban Farm - 10524 NE Morris St, Portland, OR 97220
    A small farm with a mission to help bring a closeness and connection with the earth to city folk of Portland, Fox + Bear Urban Farm grows hand-tended, organic produce in small batches. Available in the form of CSAs and occasionally through local markets, their produce is always of the highest quality, and the care that goes into growing it is plain to see. 

  5. Topaz Farm - 17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd, Portland, OR 97231
    Formerly known as Kruger's Farm, Topaz Farm is a 130-acre family farm on Sauvie Island that grows organic, no-spray produce. You can browse their fruits and veggies at their farm stand, along with offerings from other nearby farms. The crops change with the seasons, so there's always something new and fresh to get excited about. Topaz Farm also hosts live concerts and farm-to-plate dinners throughout the warmer months. 

  6. Hollywood Farmers Market - 4420 NE Hancock St, Portland, OR 97213
    Offering produce and other local goods from farmers throughout the region, the Hollywood Farmers Market is a staple of Portland's Hollywood Neighborhood. And while you can certainly find an abundance of fruits and vegetables hare, their ever-changing lineup of vendors also includes everything from local bakers, brewers, and distillers to fishers, coffee roasters, and growers of all kinds. The market takes place on the first and third Saturdays of every month, year-round. 

  7. Coquine - 6839 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
    A beloved neighborhood restaurant in Southeast Portland's Mt. Tabor area, Coquine came up with some cool new ideas when indoor dining went away in 2020. Using the connections they had already developed with local farmers, they started putting together CSA-inspired farm boxes for their customers. It was a big hit. You can craft your own box using the form on their website, choosing among many fresh vegetables, eggs, meat, dairy products, and numerous other offerings. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Portland area. From freshly grown goodies to wild scenery and unique culture, it's a truly special place to call home. Our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in the Portland area. 

March
15

Helpful Tips for Arranging a Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall Tips

Few things personalize your house as much as the displays of artwork on the walls. As our brokers take you on tours, let your imagination soar and envision how you can make the space your own with your personal collection.

As much a work of art as the pieces they contain, the process of creating a gallery wall may seem daunting. But by following some basic guidelines, the display you design will be a wonderful visual focal point.  

  1. Gather Inspiration 
    Before you begin, seek ideas from magazines or online platforms. As you see layouts you find aesthetically pleasing, make note of the elements you like the most. Collect photos so that you can examine them later for details. You'll find a variety of options from symmetrical to asymmetrical, small groupings of three items to ten or more, rigidly themed to eclectic. The choices are yours based on what you find attractive.  

  2. Curate your Artwork 
    As you are curating your pieces, remember that you are not restricted to paintings and photographs. Clocks, mirrors, and shadow boxes of meaningful items can breathe life into the exhibit, expanding the texture and flavor of the display. You can coordinate disparate items by putting them in matching frames if that is the style you prefer.  

  3. Determine the Location
    Did we say wall? We should probably have said walls. You are not limited to one space by any means. You can hang artwork down a stairway or behind the table in the dining room. The goal is to create a home where the colors, furniture, and architecture blend into a cohesive environment. You may find beautifully designed homes in which the artwork carries your eyes around corners and from one room to the next.  

  4. Consider Color and Scale 
    In considering the groupings within your collection, pay close attention to the overall color schemes and the sizes of each object. If you have several prints or paintings, for example, that are all from a similar color palette, grouping them in the same display will create a harmonious well-ordered feeling to the entire room. But gallery walls are meant to be a bold invitation to look deeper into the artwork, so if your taste runs more to wildly different colors and styles, that's OK. Just remember to anchor them together in some fashion, such as matching frames, to avoid a haphazard appearance. It is important to remember scale when you are matching artwork to your furniture. Neither should overshadow the other. The same holds true to the array itself. It's all about maintaining balance.  

  5. Measure Carefully 
    It's important to know the exact amount of space you have available before you map out a final arrangement. It's a good idea to place furniture and lighting before you measure. You don't want your perfect design hidden by a lamp or the sofa. Think about whether other focal points will detract from the vision you wish to create. Fireplaces, big-screen television sets, and sometimes even windows can draw the eye away from your gallery wall. Make certain that your arrangement works around these larger items.  

  6. Create a Mock-up 
    Once you have a plan in mind, it's time to test your layout. Begin with the largest item. This is your anchor piece. Work smaller pieces around it. If you have a particular look that you found in your initial research and you want to mimic it, arrange your pieces accordingly. If you prefer your own design, now is the time to try it out without risking unnecessary nail holes in the paint. If you look at one designer's ideas, you'll find very strict guidelines, such as avoiding putting the largest piece in the dead center of the display. The next article you read will have a lovely picture of a large painting encircled by smaller pieces. There are no rules other than the ones you chose to follow. When you're happy with the pattern, you may find it helpful to take a picture of your final layout to use as a reference as you hang the objects. Make a paper template of each piece and mark where the nail hole should go. Tape the templates to the wall. Nail through the marks and strip away the paper. Hang your collection, and voila! Your gallery wall is complete.  

Looking for the perfect home to decorate with your favorite artwork? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain, and we'll be happy to lead the way.  

March
9

Bakeries in Portland for Pi Day

Portland Bakeries

Sunday, March 14th is Pi Day, the annual celebration of the mathematical constant. While you could solve some math equations to celebrate, another option is to enjoy a slice of the dessert that shares its name. 

Our real estate agents are in favor of the second option. If you agree, you might see us at one of these awesome bakeries and pie shops in the Portland area on March 14th!

  1. The Pie Spot - 521 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
    The folks at The Pie Spot got their start selling pies at local Portland street fairs and farmers markets in 2009, and their tasty offerings took off in a big way. They now have two brick-and-mortar locations in the city, including this 24th Ave. hot spot just minutes from many Portland homes for sale. They offer amazing pies, both sweet and savory, specializing in meal-sized hand pies and seasonal specialties like brown butter pecan, blueberry ginger, and brandy apple crumble.

  2. Pacific Pie Company - 1520 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
    Have you had Australian pasties? They're tasty, savory hand-held pies that might contain any number of fillings, and man, are they good. Pacific Pie Company is Portland's leading purveyor of these savory Down-Under favorites, and they offer options for every meal. Go ahead and grab a green chili, egg, cheddar, potato pasty for breakfast, or maybe a spinach and feta pasty for lunch. Better yet, get both, and follow it up with a beef and mushroom stout pasty for dinner. Yum.

  3. Petunia's Pies & Pastries - 610 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
    Try to rid yourself of any preconceived notions you might have about vegan and gluten-free baked goods. At Petunia's Pastries, everything on the menu is vegan and gluten-free. And you know what? If they didn't tell you ahead of time, you would never know. Everything in this hip, adorable bakery is absolutely delicious, from the breakfast pastries to the cheesecake. And, of course, the pies or to die for. Their menu rotates seasonally, but rest assured, they always have multiple pie flavors on deck, and you can't go wrong. 

  4. Lauretta Jean's - 3402 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
    You'll find every dessert under the sun at Lauretta Jean's, but the pies are, without a doubt, the stars of the show. Bourbon pecan, key lime, heirloom apple, chocolate cream, tart cherry—you name it. They're known around town for having the butteriest, flakiest, most delicious crusts around. Plus, they serve breakfast, lunch, coffee, beer, and wine. What else could one possibly need?

  5. Sizzle Pie - 624 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
    The pizza is definitely a type of pie. Maybe the best type of pie. And as it happens, Sizzle Pie has become Portland's favorite spot for pizza, so much so that they've grown to include half a dozen locations throughout the city. The downtown spot on Burnside is still our favorite, though, and whether you're looking for a whole pie or a quick slice, you're sure to be satisfied. Sizzle Pie is also famous for making one of the best vegan pizza pies around. 

  6. Wilde Pies - 2036 S Vermont St, Portland, OR 97219
    Every pie is unique at Wilde Pies. Every pie is custom-made from scratch and either readied for pickup or delivered right to your door. They offer plenty of classic pies available year-round, like apple, pecan, lemon meringue, coconut cream, and pumpkin. But others—like strawberry rhubarb, cranberry gingersnap, and fresh peach—are made using local, seasonal ingredients, so get them while you can! Vegan, gluten-free, and Keto-friendly options are available, and special requests are welcome. 

  7. Baker & Spice - 6330 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239
    Founded in 1998, Baker & Spice is one of Portland's best bakeries, hands down. They make pies of practically any kind you could think of, including sweet pies, savory pies, hand pies, full-size pies, and specialty pies for any holiday or occasion. Of course, if you prefer to order an entire pie and take it home with you, you could hardly be blamed. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Portland. It's truly a one-of-a-kind place to call home, and our team is ready to answer any questions you may have about finding your dream home in the Portland area. 

March
1

Set up a Home Library for World Book Day

Home Library Tips

This year, don't just head to the library, consider setting up your personal home library. Whether you have a small or extensive collection, creating an at-home library can provide a wonderful way to display your favorite volumes. It can also make your home feel grander! All it takes is a little planning to create a comfortable, personal, and unique space. Here, our brokers share their best tips for setting up a home library fit for any space.

  1. Choose Your Spot
    Do you want to create a designated library room or transform an area within a room into a functional retreat? What you choose depends on how you want the room to function and the amount of square footage that's available. Also, consider the current size of your book collection and if you plan on adding more books in the future. Some good room options for your library might be a spare bedroom, home office or even consider displaying your books near the kitchen. Especially if a good portion of your library includes cookbooks! Looking for something a bit smaller? A personal book oasis can be carved out from an unused space such as a window seat, corner, or the area under a staircase. Another thing to remember when picking out your spot is you don't want to damage your books. To prevent this from happening, avoid places that are exposed to high levels of humidity and too much natural lighting.


  2. Focus on Your Display
    While your personal preference is essential, the types and quantity of your books will determine how you organize your book collection. Make sure the location you've picked has the space for them all. If you have large quantities of books, floor-to-ceiling shelving units, or rows of horizontal wall shelves will be your best options. Alternating vertical and horizontal book arrangements can add structure and visual breaks. For a smaller collection, you can use floating shelves or a free-standing bookcase that's properly secured to the wall.


  3. A Place to Sit and Read
    Proper seating is an important part of a home library. Whether your space will accommodate a single chair or an oversized chaise lounge, your seating should be comfortable because you're creating a setting for getting lost in a book. The type and size of furniture you choose will depend on how you intend to use the room. You can experiment with different seating arrangements based on the room's natural light or how well the furniture fits with lamps.


  4. Set the Mood
    The mood in your library will stem from its purpose and the ambiance you like during your reading time. This ambiance will be created by the combination of smaller design elements, including the color of your walls, the design of your textiles, the material of your furniture, as well as the plants, art, and accessories you choose to decorate with. You want to personalize your library, bring comfort to the room, and create an atmosphere that compels you to curl up with a book and escape from the stresses of everyday life.


  5. Prioritize Good Lighting
    Proper lighting can add comfort, sophistication, and utility to any room. With your library's design, you want to layer your lighting to ensure that you can comfortably see the words and also create a more inviting glow. Your lighting scheme should feature general, accent, and task lighting. Ensure you have task and ambient (general) lighting above or beside each spot in your seating.

Our team at Coldwell Banker Bain can help you find the perfect home for your book collection. Contact us today to start looking at available listings.

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