2 Portland hotels 1 Oregon party weekend

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So what I think is that after we have dropped of the RV we are off to Nic&Ross home in Salem, Oregon (see previous post) for the weekend. I am so mistaken.

Nic tells me to just bring everything and after we have cleaned and dropped of the rental RV (se previous post if you don´t understand) We are off to Portland.

Portland is about as big as Stockholm when it comes to population, so not such a big city and it´s not the capitol of Oregon which I thought… Salem is the capitol. We arrive at The Monaco and wait in the colorful eclectic lobby to be checked in. We get our rooms and this is what it looks like  :

Love the bird wallpaper and the use of patterns everywhere. It is so not my ”thing” but I always appreciate when a unique style is created and this is just that. See my birthday travel bag standing unpacked by the easy chair Monaco Style.

There is a seating area as well. The sofa is a fold out bed and the room feels large, colorful and a bit off the wall. Definitely not seen exactly this interior style done before in a hotel and that I like. We will head out into the Portland party night this evening, but first we have been recommended to stay for the happy hour here at the Monaco :

This is what the Monaco say about their lobby :

Our lobby is so much more than a space to shuffle through — it’s the talk of the town, with events daily. Visit our nightly social hour, and you’ll hear live music from the likes of local pianists and groups such as gypsy jazz swing band Stumptown Swing and folk-rock trio The Junebugs. We also like to spotlight local vineyards, chocolatiers, and other artisans.

Our pet-friendly wine hour that features occasional visits from our pet psychic was featured in The Points Guy ”11 Outrageous Travel Perks…for Your Pets”. I LOVE the fact that pets are allowed. Thank you so much for the initiativ Kimpton Hotel Monaco ! The first floor of the Monaco you find art and comfy seating all in their own eclectic style.

After a night out at a sportsbar where we watch an American football game and eat dinner we go barhopping, have a great time, and when we come back we sleep in. We did not book breakfast at the hotel due to Nic&Ross´s plan.

Naturally we have to have saturday brunch and that is what Mother´s is for… Mother´s Bistro is a restaurant that people stand in line for to have brunch at and that is just what we do. But instead of wating in line they take our telephone number and when we are next in line we get a text (!) Great system don´t you think?

So we take a look at the stores around Mother´s and find Portlands Outdoorstore. Love these mosaics in the floor. I find this old cattle tag made into a key holder. You know the tag that nowadays is plastic that every cow get in their ear. It used to be of metal apparently.

Really like the mural on our walk before brunch on the streets of Portland. We decide to have a Bloody Mary at the Hi-Low since we did not get our text from Mother´s yet. Which to me was an excellent choice, since I really like the interiors. The interiors at The Hi-Low are created by Jessica Helgerson

Don´t you just love the hanging sofa kind of daybed?  We get our text that Mother´s have a table for us and we take off. I off course have Eggs Benedict and they were so good. See more about Mother´s Bistro herewhere you also can read about the Mother of the month and what it means.

Now I love the color green so when we are in the Mariujana shop and I find this cool looking green packaged chocolate infused with cannabis and it´s called Grön (yes, in Swedish just like the photo…!)  I just jump for joy. We all find it very funny. Cannabis/Mariujana is legal in Portland, Oregon so we are not doing anything we should not do. Just so you don´t get anny funny ideas.

Since my idea of the most dangerous drug being alcohol and Sweden lives to prove that every day,  I have never understood why Cannabis is considered so dangerous. Alcohol is our real problem in Sweden and the culture of drinking that we have created around it and the way we live to include everyone in our alcohol culture.  

Our last destination this evening is the Silverado. The Silverado is a gay club where you find occurrences that you definitely would not find in Sweden. I´ll say no more. I had a fun meeting and conversation with Sugerpill aka Alex Horsey.  She posed for me in her white dress&gloves. Just love a little out of the norm in my life. Don´t you ? Who wants to be ”normal” ? Not me!

  Ross&Nic I can not thank you enough for all that you showed me. What a magical weekend in Portland we had. TACK TACK TACK!   Just adore the campaign in Portland that you see all over : KEEP PORTLAND WEIRED. I really hope that they will. It´s a wonderful place just the way it is.   Stay in touch /Jimmy      

Tree men and a RV

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After grabbing my new green birthday luggage (a great present, thank you!)  at Portland International airport in Oregon USA I call my Ex. I have not seen him for several years and finally I am here to see him and his husband. I call Nic using WhatsApp through the airport wifi and we both scream. My God it´s been so long! Nic&I were together for 9 years and he feels like my close family. My Ex – Nic and his husband Ross pick me up when I get out of the airport and we hug and scream and I get to shake hands with Ross for the first time. We have communicated via Facebook and WhatsApp for years but never met IRL. As we are driving from the airport Nic&Ross let med know that we will only go to their home in Salem and  repack my bag. What I need to bring should be hiking type of clothes for 4 nights…   I know nothing of this. Nic&Ross have secretly booked a RV. RV is short for Recreational Vehicle/husbil. I am overwhelmed! I have never done this type of traveling before and had no idea I would right now at all!! What a surprise! We pack in our stuff and I choose the bed on top of the driver seat. Nic and Ross take the larger bed in the back. We have a small bathroom with shower a kitchen and a lounge. All is stowed on board and we take off!  

Archer&Tag are coming on the trip as well and love checking out where we are going and want to sit in Nic´s lap the whole time in the beginning. We reach our first destination on the coast of Oregon which is Yaquina Bay Lighthouse that was built in 1871 after having huge buffé lunch at a Indian Reserv Casino (!) Here is a video of the two gorgeous lighthouses of this magnificent coast of Oregon. As I go down to the black cobble beach strewn with what the waves have left I just can not stop taking photos. This is stunning and unique. The brown kelp is a type of seaweed of enormous proportions that have been washed ashore and laid on these vulcanic black stones. The mist and the rain along this coast this time of year makes it all more mysterious and magical. So beautiful in my eyes. There are lots of breweries making beer and cider along this coast. We stop here for seafood and off course we will have a beer or three. Several bridges are built in the 30´s and kept perfect and still serve as the best way of crossing the waterways of Oregon. At Heceta Beach we watch the birds take off.   The art of the sea and and the sand. Long sandy beaches followed by really rocky areas as well as pine forest going all the way down to the beaches. This time of year in Oregon it rains. For June/July/August there is no rain at all. My raincoat comes to good use.     We arrive at Newport, Oregon. We are here to hopefully se the wild sea lions and to have dinner at a BBQ place. The whales are not only seen in the waters of Oregon as you can se below. What a fine mural   And here they are! Hanging out in the harbor of Newport. Amazing to see these large creatures in the wild.     What a fantastic trip this has been. I had no idea I would love the coast of Oregon this much. Thank you Nic&Ross. I will never forget our RV trip together.

The most clever 36 sqm/kvm apartment ever

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Friends of mine are selling their apartment at Lundagatan, Stockholm. It´s the best taken care of  36 kvm/sqm I have seen. All made possible by my good friend  Daniel Nyström who created the sophisticated storage wall that makes the living room be all it can be daytime and then transforms into a comfy bedroom at night.

  All photos by Tommy Andersson/Clearcutfactory The cool floorlamp is a prototype of Daniel´s design with expartner Christian Persia. I helped Robin&Anna who are the owners of the apartment style it for the photoshoot. The black tables are from my brand Jimsch. The grey storage wall is where the double bed is hidden. There is also room for the TV and closet space is plenty. The tiled stove adds such character to this beginning of 1900´s apartment. The bed is out and there is nothing tiny and compact about it. Cool comfort. The kitchen is Daniel´s design with valchromat fronts and carrara marble. The leather handles adds to the luxurious finish.

This in my eyes amazing 36 sqm apartment is being sold right now so if you are interested you should click here now to find all the info.

  Love small smart apartments. Stay in touch   / Jimmy      

San Fransisco and the Bay Area my way

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Walking down Market Street that leads down to the Port of San Fransisco in the warm evening sunlight. Had a great day marinating in the Californian sun. This is what inspo I experienced today. When in any city I enjoy walking around in my own pace. So in the case I took a train from Berkley where I was staying after figuring out the subway system tickets. I arrive at Down town San Francisco and my adventure begins. Love just walking around and follow whatever impulses I get in the moment. A great help to find the way and not get lost in unknown territory is the app Here. Here works like google maps and can be used on or offline and without roaming charges when you are abroad. By downloading maps for free beforehand, you can have totally free guidance without any roaming coasts. The Hobart building covered in warm rays of sunlight. Built 1914 so is now 103 years old. Love the way it stands out among the newer high risers. Earlier in the day I took a walk in Berkeley down by the water. Love to walk by the sea in the morning. Passing all the beautiful small och large Victorian houses on my way.

If I am having brunch and feel like french toast this is how it should be presented. Soo good and a bit too much at Townie Restaurant and bar.

  This is how creative a black smith can be. Nice work!   This home is a great reminder of how good it looks when the surrounding walls match with the house.   The trams of San Fran must be the most well known in the world. The Palace hotel is worth a visit. Inspiring to see whatever style you enjoy. You can just have a macchiato like me or a whole evening.  These old style glam hotels are unique.    

Ending my day in the San Francisco Bay area in Berkley at Tupper&Reed after a good dinner with friends with a for me new drink with a long history :

  The Sazerac
  • 3 ounce rye whiskey or cognac
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Peychaud’s bitters to taste
  • 3 drops Absinthe
  • Lemon peel
Stay in touch   /Jimmy        

California Dreaming my way

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Flew into California on friday so have had a weekend with my friends dreaming here and will now go for my monday job meetings which will be a lot of fun. This is what I did this weekend :

I´m staying with a friend that is working with theatre in Berkeley in the San Franscico Bay area. He is here with a new musical launched at the Berkeley Rep but usually lives in NYC. I have the weekend off so when Im not seeing friends I´m just walking around looking at the city and finding this wonderful yellow Datura. In this sunny climate there is so much you can grow if you just take care of it. Do you know from which tree this branch is taken ? Check at the bottom of the post for the answer. Who does not get inspired by the beauty of flowers?

Walking to the restaurant in Downtown Oakland that used to be worn down but now is hip to live and prices have gone up accordingly.

Meeting friends for dinner at Duende that is a Spanish restaurant with a modern cuisine. I really liked the interiors in this converted factory space. This stained black huge wall has such an impact on the feeling of this interiors. After a good dinner with friends I am off to see Ain´t to proud at the Berkeley Rep Theatre on Addison St in Berkeley. This is the amazing cast of the all new musical Ain´t to proud about THE TEMPTATIONS Jeremy Pope, Derrick Baskin, Jared Joseph, Ephraim Sykes an in the bottom middle my friend James Harkness in the white shirt and black hat.

I am so happy I could come and visit and see this musical that will do so well and in my opinion is Broadway bound. Since it´s not allowed to take photos at theatre performances this is all I can show you. I recommend you see  Ain´t to proud when you can.

Berkeley is know for it´s university, has many churches and buildings from 1920-1940. Not all of them this beautiful as this church though. Finding a lot of wall art that I like. Really like the wall art on this house. The birds on a wire are such a wonderful decoration, don´t you think ? You almost can not see which wire is real and which is painted. Homes have become a political and humanitarian platform where you post your opinions and believes. You see a lot of signs with views outside private homes. When in Rome…when you are in California you have to have brunch right ? I had a todays special here which was the crab omelet. Soooo good! Like this space that is also a former industrial building turned restaurant called Townie. Everywhere flowers are in bloom. At friends house for dinner that has a bird feeder for hummingbirds/kollibri. They are so amazing these fast flying creatures. Getting the best help to reserve a table at this place I will show you later. Is´nt she so beautiful! Bogainvillea is everywhere. When in the Bay area water is always close. You know I love the sea! My friends dog Jasper was my date for the evening. He took so good care of me and I ended up taking his picture. Jasper followed us out to see the pride and joy of the car collection. What a 1969 Camaro beauty! Agave all all kinds  is used everywhere. It loves this climate and needs very little water. I am infatuated with these all green flower shapes it creates. Did you know that agave is what you make sisal flooring from and tequila as well ? Now I am off to my monday meetings so will do some work here as well. Feels so good to be here. OH! almost forgot,   the branch I am holding is from the eucalyptus tree. Love the scent!   Stay in touch /Jimmy