Lake Oswego Streetcar Support

By , January 29, 2011 2:20 pm

While most couples go out for cocktails and dinner on their anniversary, my husband and I headed to the Lakewood Center of the Arts to attend the open forum regarding the Lake Oswego Streetcar Project. We waited three hours so I could testify my support.  It was well worth it and over eighty people stood up and shared their approval of this very important improvement to our city.

If you have not yet publicly supported the Streetcar and you missed the forum – don’t worry you still can contribute! But you need to hurry, the open comments are set to close on Jan. 31st.  Click the link below and show that, you too, are behind this progressive endeavor to move our community forward!

and for more info go to Next Stop Lake Oswego.

As for the rest of our anniversary evening…well, we ended up having a wonderful dinner at Tucci‘s, who in my opinion, still have the best steak in town! The wine didn’t hurt either!

Have a great weekend,

Image via Next Stop Lake Oswego

Coffee chat with Organizers Northwest

By , January 28, 2011 9:56 am

I had the pleasure of chatting with Missy Gerber at Chucks coffee shop. It was very informative (no wonder) with her 10 years of experience. I wanted to share some her valuable tips with you!

With a keen sense of organization and a passion to make a difference in people lives, Missy founded Organizers Northwest. Her and her seasoned team tackle clutter and combat mess, creating peace and improving the lifestyles of their clients.

Missy prides herself on establishing authentic connections with her clients, be they homeowners or business owners, providing dedicated service and expertise. She also conducts popular seminars at Storables, where she breaks down her technique into 5 easy steps. I gotta check one of these out!

Here philosophy brings the relative concepts of the here and now to the forefront.  Be mindful of the present and ask yourself  the 5 whys to discover the true answer to the question, “Do I really need this?”

In this day and age, we don’t really need to hoard magazines, cookbooks, movies and music – all of this is available online. My mom had a huge collection of cookbooks and I inherited this too! After my conversation with Missy, I went straight home and purged my stash of cooking mags!

Missy helps many with that annoying office clutter – you know the stacks and stacks of paper that seem to accumulate effortlessly on our desks, tables and counter-tops?  Clutter is really just postponing decisions and Missy is excellent at making you examine the emotional attachments we have to  our STUFF.

Here are some before and after pictures of her work:

Quite a difference right!?

Best of all, many of her resources, including recycling are local to Lake Oswego. Here are just a few:

  • Do you have a collection of vintage cell phones, and an old microwave lurking in your garage? Far West Fibers recycles electronics and more!

Downsizing and re-organizing your life can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Often, Missy’s clients call her feeling panicked, stuck and suffocated by their clutter but when she is done, they have renewed energy and more time to spend time with family and friends! They enjoy a new lifestyle – CLUTTER-FREE! Or in Missy’s words:

Less mess, less stress, better life. Period.

Missy you are a true expert in space & time! Be sure to contact Missy at 503-245-3564 or

Where could you de-clutter in your home?

I’m off to go get rid of some more of MY stuff!

Before & After images via Organizers Nortwest

I spy little bird

By , January 17, 2011 5:08 pm

During the holidays everyone calls and wants to dine, it really gets to be too much trying to fight the crowds, not to mention the calorie & wine intake! This year, I suggested to a few friends that we should go and celebrate in January instead. It is fun catching up after the holiday whirlwind and trying the new dining spots and yes, of course, the fun bathrooms! It is rainy and cold and so presents more reason to take in the comfort food and wonderful red wines at Little Bird, this is Le Pigeon a new Bistro on the SW side.

I SPY a very spring Paris bathroom, lets go inside to get inspired!

very french, very cozy, tucked behind big pink on the transit mall

the decor is whimsical and the walls bird egg blue – perfect for rainy days!

small birds everywhere, the bathroom delightful!

inspired? breath of spring….

Bye Bye little bird with the moon over head – till next time – which will be soon………

Let me know any new cozy spots you have visited.

Mass transit in my neighborhood

By , January 6, 2011 3:38 pm

By now, I’m sure you have realized that I am really into mass transit. I try to incorporate it into my life locally and whenever I travel. It not only decreases our carbon footprint it unites communities.

As a real estate agent, I am actively involved with my clients and their changing needs. When people want to move, transportation is a major topic. While marketing beautiful condo units like 555 Second Street and the Stafford Commons – it is obvious that mass transit is extremely important to these buyers. One of their first questions would be, “Candace, where can I get on a bus?” or “Where is the future street car going to be?”

Many of my buyers who are downsizing want to completely change their lifestyle. They want to be able to walk to the market or the park. They want to rely on mass transit and leave their cars in the garage. They want to ride their bikes more! They desire healthy, active and accessible community living. I love it! It’s the way it should be. The most beautiful cities in the world are built upon these ideals. Portland being one of them!

The Lake Oswego Streetcar is a hot button topic right now in my neighborhood. I’m sure you can guess how I feel about it but, like any major change that involves a lot of money, it is inevitably controversial.

For more info check out this recent article by Steve Duin from the Oregonian. Go here to the Lake Oswego Project page for more information, how to get involved and an overview of the three options that are being considered. Want the nitty-gritty details? Check out the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Get comfy…it’s long!!! A glass of wine may be needed!

In the meantime…here are some shots from my European Mass Transit experiences….

This is in Prague! Trolley, streetcar and cabs all on the cobblestone streets! Love it!

Little ole' me waiting for a train in Halsatt, Austria! Europeans really get mass transit!

What are your thoughts on mass transit? Is their enough of it where you live?

Have a fantastic Friday!

Stylish & Small Kids Rooms

By , January 4, 2011 2:21 pm

Happy New Year! Are you ready to “rightsize” your life in 2011? Well, I’m here for you with lots of ideas and inspiration!

Remember, downsizing is not just for empty-nesters or retired couples, many families with children are choosing to “rightsize” their life by moving into smaller homes or renting a condo or apartment. Often this means smaller bedrooms and/or kids sharing rooms. While bunk beds still provide a great solution, small kids rooms don’t have to sacrifice on style or functionality.

Check out these beautiful designs by Barcelona interior designer, Sergi Mengot.

How cool is this bunk bed set up?
I love this trundle bed!

By utilizing vertical storage and lining the rooms perimeter, Sergi creates gorgeous, streamlined functionality and a calm, organized space. Notice the use of simple color too – this helps make small spaces feel bigger and less cluttered. The clean lines of his selected furniture can easily be mimicked using inexpensive lines by Ikea. Gone are the days of ugly oak bunk-beds and primary colored kids rooms! Make your downsized children’s rooms something special! Like what you see? For more modern goodness for your little ones check out these retailers here and here.

As always, I love to hear from you! What new projects or ideas do you have going on for 2011? How can I help you downsize?

This year, I will be bringing you some real life stories from my clients and friends who have chosen to downsize and I will be gathering a group of experts that can help you with the transition, while sharing their top tips!

2011 is going to be a fantastic year!

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