It’s never a good idea for me to wander into an arts festival – I always see so many things I love, it’s hard for me to get out of there without racking up the purchases! This time, my purchases wouldn’t even fit in my Mini Cooper, and I had to come back later with a bigger vehicle 🙂
The Lake Oswego Arts Festival is one of my favorites, and I always find so many beautiful things to admire and fall in love with. This year, my dad and I made a summer morning of it, going to the farmers market for pastries and coffee, and then wandering over to the arts festival when the morning was still cool and before the crowds descended. I bought hand woven tea towels from Whimsey and Tea; it was so nice to get to chat with the weaver and look at her color inspirations, and I loved her philosophy around using beautiful things in everyday life, instead of storing them away for “some day.”
I also found artwork for the blank space above the bed in the master bedroom, which has sat vacant since we remodeled this past winter. I have always loved photographs of nature, but I was looking for something a little different, and this fit the bill: these photos are printed on aluminum plates, and as a result, they glow, almost as if lit from underneath. The photography and the media give these photos of grasses such an artistic look, almost a cross between a photograph and a painting. I love how saturated the color is, and how something as simple as grasses is transformed. The artist is local to us, and he sells his work online under the name Elemental Images.
My major purchase from this year’s arts festival was new outdoor furniture; I had thought I’d hold off on replacing the heavy, metal upholstered furniture by the cottage until next year, but these pieces were so perfect I couldn’t pass them up. Classic, simple, color-saturated, and affordable, what more could you ask for? It was incredibly difficult to choose from all the wonderful colors, but I went with two of the lime green chairs, and an eggplant love seat and end table. I love how these two colors go together, and the eggplant is almost an exact match to the aubergine of my new trellis.
The chairs are a very clever design – just two pieces, and you can break them apart so that they fold up, then quickly re-assemble them. There are no hinges or metal parts to rust or break off, and they’re designed and painted to withstand the wet Northwest weather. Best of all, if they start to look a little shabby, a coat of paint will re-brighten them.
The furniture is from Laughing Creek Productions in Seattle – check out their website, the different chair designs and all of the custom colors are fabulous! And, they’ll be at art shows all around the Northwest this summer, so check their schedule to see if there’s one coming near you.