Monthly Archives: October 2009

PORTLAND!

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click below to watch a short video on portand love.

possibly all of the reasons that we love portland so much, has to do with the proximity to mountains, rivers and sea along with the coffee, powells books, and the natural beauty around us, this makes being a designer so inspiring everyday.

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Personal Dominions

The first of a series of interviews with interesting people in my world, who have stories to tell about their lives, how design influences them and how their homes contain them, even sometimes while they are not there.

Rachel Demy – Tour manager, lover of knitting, pretty+smart girl, and great companion for watching movies.


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- favorite room of your home?

THE KITCHEN. IT IS A MAGNET FOR ALL THE HAPPIEST AND SADDEST MOMENTS AND CONVERSATIONS.

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- what does the light look like there?

CRISP AND CLEAN. THE EAST-FACING WINDOW MAKES YOU FEEL REBORN EVERY MORNING.

- favorite room outside of your home?

THE DECK ON THE SIDE OF OUR HOME. THE BAMBOO LENDS A TANGIBLE FEELING OF PEACE.
- what is always in your fridge?
ORGANIC HALF AND HALF. SOMETIMES IT’S THE ONLY THING…

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- greenest (sustainable thing ) that you do?

I SUPPOSE RECYCLING. SINCE I LIVE MOST OF MY LIFE ON THE ROAD, AND TOURING IS NOT A VERY GREEN INDUSTRY, IT’S DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN DEVOUT ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES. AS SMALL AS IT SOUNDS, BRINGING MY OWN WATER BOTTLE ON TOUR SPARES THE LOCAL LANDFILL OF HUNDREDS OF PLASTIC BOTTLES. AND IT SAVES THE VAN FROM NEEDING TO BE CONSTANTLY CLEANED OUT.

- late afternoon routine?

EARL GREY TEA. THE MORE BERGAMOT, THE BETTER.

- what is the most interesting thing about being on the road – and the most dreadful thing.

THE MOST INTERESTING THING IS THE SKEWED SENSE OF TIME AND SPACE ON THE ROAD – THE SHOW THE DAY BEFORE FEELS LIKE YEARS AGO; THE PEOPLE YOU MEET TODAY BECOME BEST FRIENDS INSTANTLY; AND THERE IS THIS FEELING OF “BEING IN THE TRENCHES” WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE, A SORT OF SPONTANEOUS FAMILY. ALL OF THIS AND THE ABILITY TO SEE NEW PLACES ARE THE BEST THINGS ABOUT TOURING. THEY’RE ALSO THE WORST. YOU LOSE TRACK OF DAYS, BIRTHDAYS, FRIENDS, AND YOU FEEL STRANGELY BEHOLDEN TO A GROUP OF PEOPLE YOU DON’T ACTUALLY KNOW VERY WELL AT ALL. THE LACK OF PRIVACY HAS YOU CONSTANTLY AROUND PEOPLE, BUT NOT PEOPLE WHO KNOW YOU AND LOVE YOU THE WAY YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY DO. IT’S A STRANGE LONELINESS. I ALSO THINK THE LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY ALLOWS PEOPLE TO JUSTIFY BAD BEHAVIOR ON THE ROAD – DRINKING EVERY NIGHT, CHEATING ON PARTNERS, ETC. TOURING IS A SMALL UNIVERSE DETACHED FROM STANDARD EXPECTATIONS, ETHICS, AND MORALS. DONE RIGHT, THIS CAN BE AN EMPOWERING EXPERIENCE. BUT IT’S RARELY DONE RIGHT.

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- latest inspiring person in your life

IT’S REALLY DIFFICULT TO PICK JUST ONE SO I’M GOING TO SAY ALL OF THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE. MY GIRLFRIENDS, MOTHER, AND SISTER ARE A CONSTANT TESTAMENT TO THE LOVE AND STRENGTH OF THE FEMININE SPIRIT. I FEEL SO INSPIRED BY MY THEIR RESILIENCY AND THEIR DESIRE TO BETTER THEMSELVES. IT KEEPS ME WANTING THE SAME FOR MYSELF – IT’S NOT EASY BEING IN A LAZY RUT AROUND THESE LADIES.

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- what item do you always have with you?

MY BOYFRIEND AND I SHARE A STUFFED LION, APTLY NAMED, LYON. HE TRAVELS WITH US EVERYWHERE AND IS A CONSTANT SOURCE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC INSPIRATION.

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- where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

STILL WORKING FOR MYSELF AND ON MYSELF – I DON’T THINK I’D LIKE TO BE A TOUR MANAGER 5 YEARS FROM NOW BECAUSE OF THE UNTOLD PHYSICAL REPERCUSSIONS. BUT I WOULD LOVE TO BE IN WORKING WITH MUSICIANS ON MY OWN TERMS, NO ONE ELSE’S. OH, AND PROBABLY MARRIED OR SOMETHING.

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- latest obsession that you think about all of the time….

POSITIVE OBSESSION: KNITTING AND CREATING PATTERNS.

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NEGATIVE OBSESSION: MY DEBT.

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