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May
23

5 Tips for Creating a Reading Spot in Your Home

Home Tips

Reading is an excellent year-round activity for family members of all ages to enjoy. Plus, the Pacific Northwest is home to many local bookstores full of books to add to your summer reading list. While summer reading is certainly enjoyed outdoors, an indoor reading nook makes it so you can enjoy your new favorite novel even when it is raining. 

After you've stocked up on new reads, follow these tips for creating a cozy reading spot in your home. 

  1. Select a Quiet Spot with Minimal Distractions
    Most people prefer to read in a quiet, serene environment so that they can focus on their book and won't be distracted by typical household sounds. If you're worried that your home is lacking sufficient space for a designated reading space, one idea is to turn a closet into a reading nook by adding a built-in bench. Or, if you have an area that you aren't sure how to use, like a built-in seat or a storage area under your stairs, this is an excellent spot for your reading nook. Another option is to set up your reading nook outside. A deck, porch, or shade tree are excellent spots to transform into a reading nook. Once you find your ideal spot, decide how you want to store your books. Floating shelves, a designated bookcase, and a utility cart are all options for housing your reading materials. If you need to house your books in a different location than your reading nook, a metal utility card works especially well because you can roll the books to and from your nook and their permanent storage area. 

  2. Make Your Reading Nook Cozy and Comfortable
    A comfortable reading nook just begs you to spend hours curled up with your favorite book. Outfit the space with furniture and accessories that are pleasant to use, like overstuffed chairs, soft beanbags, a chaise lounge chair, a recliner, a love seat, a hammock, an egg chair, plush throw pillows, soft blankets, or comfy floor cushions. If your nook is outside, add a waterproof storage chest to conveniently store pillows, blankets, and cushions when you aren't using them. 

  3. Add Decor
    Your reading nook should incorporate decorative items that make you happy to use the space, like your favorite scented candle, fairy lights, fun photos or interesting artwork, wall decals, flowers, and plants. For an extra special literary twist, add elements from your favorite novels, such as wall art with quotes from a book you love. 

  4. Make Sure Your Space is Functional
    It isn't sufficient for your reading nook to merely look nice; it needs to include elements that ensure it's a terrific fit for your needs. For example, you might like to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a snack while you read. You'll appreciate having a side table in your reading nook so that you're not trying to balance a tray on your lap while you read. Or, perhaps your reading nook is outside on your deck. When the weather is too hot, you find that the heat distracts you from your book. Consider adding a small tabletop fan so that you can quickly cool your reading space when the temperature inches upward. You should also confirm that you have ample lighting to illuminate your book so that you don't strain your eyes. A task lamp with soft light is an excellent addition that ensures you have sufficient illumination. There are even rechargeable task lamps available if your nook doesn't have an electric outlet that's easily accessible. 

  5. Banish Clutter from Your Reading Nook
    Not only does clutter make your reading nook less inviting, but it can distract you from your book. Make it a rule to never let clutter accumulate in your reading space by giving everything a home and always putting an item back where it belongs. If items still have a way of finding a spot in your reading nook, despite your best efforts, one option is to add a stylish bin or basket so that you can store the clutter out of sight until you're through reading and ready to put it away or dispose of it.

Want a home with more space for your books or for a larger reading nook? Or a home where you can enjoy your favorite hobbies year-round? Our brokers can help! Contact us today to begin your search! 

May
9

Portland Saturday Market: Shop Local in Portland's Old Town

Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is a local treasure in the area around our Portland homes for sale. With a history dating back nearly 50 years, it's easy to see why. This gathering of local vendors is a remarkable achievement. Let's take a closer look at the Portland Saturday Market and see what keeps it drawing so much attention after all these years. 

History

The Portland Saturday Market began in 1974 as a small gathering of local vendors interested in selling their wares to people in their community. This type of market was common in the early 1970s, reflecting high levels of interest in crafts like macrame, tie-dye, and crochet. 

The market started small, but it was a beloved local tradition that many hoped to see expand in the coming years. Eventually, it attracted the attention of Bill Naito, a major investor in Portland's economic development. Naito supported the endeavor, and the market was given permission to use a plot of land in the city's downtown core each weekend. This land is currently known as 2 SW Naito Parkway and sits between Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza. The space is marked by a large curving golden sign designating it as the official market location. 

After nearly 50 years, the Portland Saturday Market is currently the largest continuously running outdoor market in the US. It is open on Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 4:30 PM. It is also open for the entire week before Christmas to give shoppers a chance to pick up any last-minute gifts they need. The market typically takes a short break between Christmas and early March to account for the cold Oregon weather at this time.

Currently, the Portland Saturday Market boasts over 400 vendors, attracts 750,000 visitors per year, and is responsible for around $12 million in annual sales. 

Shopping, Lunch, and More

The Portland Saturday Market is well-known for its impressive selection of craft items. Visitors can purchase items like skirts, scarves, earrings, greeting cards, stickers, prints, and more. All items sold at the market are handmade by craftspeople from all over the Pacific Northwest. The same vendors are usually present from week to week, so if you like a particular vendor's wares, you can always come back for more. 

Visitors can also purchase food and drink from the fleet of food trucks that drives into the event space every weekend. Many people stop by the market just to enjoy a delicious lunch from one of these businesses and enjoy the market's laid-back bohemian atmosphere. Our brokers have been known to stop in for a bite between showings! 

During the first Sunday each month from July to October, the market hosts special kids' activities for the local children. These include puppet shows, crafting demonstrations, and other entertainment. The market also receives some grant funding from Metropolitan Arts Commission in recognition of its role in promoting the work of local artists. It's a great place to go if you want to become better acquainted with the work of artists in this famously creative area. 

The Fun Continues Online

In an effort to expand its reach and comply with social distancing requirements, the market has also set up an online store. Shoppers can purchase items from the market directly on the organization's website. This site is constantly updated with the latest wares, making it a great place to get a preview of what you'll find in the market in person that week. Each seller manages the listings for their own products, and some may take orders for custom items if contacted in advance. 

Most sellers ship their wares to addresses in Portland and the surrounding area. Some sellers may ship items to farther locations upon request. Be sure to ask sellers about shipping availability and costs before placing an order.

Make Portland Your Home Today

The Portland Saturday Market is more successful than ever, and it's very likely that it will continue to grow in the coming years. If you're interested in living closer to this thriving small business community, contact us today. We'll help you find the perfect Portland home for your needs and budget. 

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