Monday, October 30, 2006

We Take Casual Seriously

Here on the Southern Coast of Oregon, we take casual seriously! I am determined to share our lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest by selling products that directly relate to what I love and find useful or beautiful. I know many of my neighbors here in the Brookings, Oregon area like Shabby Chic, European Modern, or even Japanese Decor. I personally like my home to reflect my love of what living on the Wild River Coast of Oregon offers. When I am cuddled up on my couch reading, I want to feel much like I do when I am sitting around a campfire with a woolen blanket over my shoulders. I love the touch and feel of camping in the woods. My couch in the family room is covered with a rug that my friend, Elmo Williams, found in Iran in the 1960's while helping to set up Ibex Studios for the former Shah of Iran. The movie, Caravans, was made by Elmo with Ibex starring Anthony Quinn and Jennifer O'Neill. It is a tribal rug made by nomads who would roll it up, throw it over the back of a pack animal and use it as a floor for their next camping spot. The design reminds me of our American Indian blankets. It protects the couch from the labrador hair and my muddy feet, when I'm curled up forgetting to take my shoes off. My mother's dog, Buffy, is in the picture. We rescued her from up the Rogue River where she wondered about for at least ten days before she was taken into the animal shelter. The other dog is Codie, one of the shedding labradors. I simply vacume the rug like I do any rug. It works. It is warm and comforting and I dream of the history that the rug could tell me if it could speak. What great campfire tales that rug could tell!

The metal lanterns that glow like a candle set the mood for the evening and the rustic hand-made lampshade with the elk hidden in the trees just adds more to the theme that makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I feel home in my cabin. I feel safe and secure knowing my camp-site has a door and the electricity helps too. I spent years camping from the back of a motorcycle. We only had a pup tent, sleeping bag and a bag of peanuts for breakfast. My new campsite here on the Winchuck has the feeling of a special bed and breakfast where I am pampered while still feeling the great outdoors. I have a great walking stick hanging by the door that has a screw off tip where I can place my camera for a steady hand while taking pictures when I venture out

Visit our website a to find out what you can purchase from us to share our seriously casual lifestyle. We have many Christmas gift ideas too.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Antique European Hand-Forged Hinges

One of my neighbors up river has done her kitchen in a Tuscany look. She has a pantry door that looks like it is 200 years old or older and uses this type of hinge on it. The look of the decor is outstanding. We have three of these hinges for sale. Elmo Williams collected them while living in Europe. They are out of ancient European buildings. Do you have a door that needs this incredible accent piece? Contact me at if this is something you are interested in. The hinges are worth approximately 100-150 dollars each. You can buy reproductions, but they won't have that aged hand made feel and look of these amazing hinges. Two of our hinges are the same size and the other is slightly larger. Elmo used them staggered on a wall as art.

Monday, October 23, 2006

New Product Has Come In

New Product came in today to sell on eBay and on my website...whenever it is completed with the shopping cart.

I find the first image interesting as it not only shows the new bear mirror, but the ledge above the new closet that Jim, my dear husband, built me so that I would have more room for product storage. I call it my attic. You can see my old suitcases full of treasures along with my snow shoes I bought in Canada years ago and a lovely basket that a customer sent to me. It reminds me of grandma's old attic where you can find all sorts of things. This will alert you to look closely in my product pictures. You may be surprised at what you find!

This bear mirror is very heavy and has the quality that I love to sell. Customers never complain when you ship quality merchandise!

Remember to check in on a regular basis to see what I have added to my store on eBay. Hopefully, I will be directing you to my website soon.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

A New Picture for Rustic Decor


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We moved to our current home on the Wild River Coast of Southern Oregon from San Jose, CA. Our family consist of Jim and Karen, two dogs and two cats. Karen's passion is gardening. Jim's obsession is building electric powered fishing kayaks and fishing.