11/17 Seminar on Portland House Styles

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Short notice for a Tuesday evening event, but we only just spotted the listing:

Naming the Portland Vernacular: Identifying Portland’s Most Common House Styles

Anyone that has spent time trying to classify Portland area houses within a specific architectural style has certainly encountered confusion and frustration. The fact is that thousands of the houses in our area are not readily identifiable using typical style conventions or are a composite of a variety of architectural elements.

Please join us as AHC Education Committee member and architectural historian Thomas Hubka describes the ways we can identify and name Portland’s most common houses according to not only their architectural details, but other physical characteristics, like floor plans. You’ll even earn about what is perhaps the most common house “style” in the city: the “Portland Bungalow,” With this new-found knowledge you’ll become a neighborhood expert, able to amaze your friends and family!

The seminar costs $20 for non-members and will be held at the Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214). Visit the event page to register.

How to Say Goodbye to Books


This year, National Friends of Libraries Week falls on October 18–24, which makes this great month to clear out books for donation to Friends of the Multnomah County Library. But how do you decide which titles to part with and which to keep? A post from Root Simple describes a method of triage that may work…

The book was released to the universe if:

  • I had read it and absorbed the information
  • The library has a copy
  • It does not give me joy
  • I don’t think I’ll ever read it
  • My interests have changed
  • I read part but don’t think I’ll read the rest

I kept the book if:

  • It’s a volume I refer to for reference on a regular basis
  • It gives me joy
  • It’s especially beautiful as an object (only one or two books actually ended up in this category–I’m not a book collector)
  • I really intend to read it
  • I want to re-read it

Once you’ve freed up all that space, it’s time to… hit the Fall Used Book Sale?!

Getting Started with Pinterest

In our last monthly letter, we promised a post about Pinterest but never published it. Whoops! 

We recently wrote to our clients and friends about how to use Pinterest for home renovation or construction projects—because it’s a great way to discover, collect, and save information about fixtures, colors, furnishings, etc.—but we know that not everyone uses this social network. Here are a few how-tos for newbies: Continue reading

So Fresh, So Clean

When the weather is super hot, cleaning is probably the very last thing anyone wants to do, but reading about cleaning won’t make you break a sweat. This article from Houzz talks about how to clean glass shower doors effectively:


And over at Remodelista, they have a newish series called Domestic Science Tips, which you can file away for a nice cool day: