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Boy, have we ever been busy here at Pamela Hope Designs! I know we say that every time, but we have been REALLY BUSY recently. With 30,000 square feet of projects in just two homes, it has taken all hands on deck to get the orders completed and installed. That’s only two of our fifteen or so current projects. It has been a team effort and a lot of fun and now, I am ready for a vacation!

Happily, I am already here. We are doing our annual summer pilgrimage to the Pacific Northwest. I will join Jon (who has been there for a week already) in his hometown of Ketchikan, Alaska. The weather is cool and fresh and Jon has already set the crab pots! Two of our favorite summer things in Southeastern Alaska are cool weather and Dungeness crab! He picked me up in the boat and we went out to check the pots. See below for the results! We got back to our house and our neighbor greeted us with a 4’ King Salmon. Wow, in less than three hours we obtained 10 large Dungeness Crab and 15 pounds of Salmon with virtually no effort. We are planning a family seafood feast in a few days!

When I get back, I look forward to installing a lot more art and doing several upholstery and drapery projects. We commissioned 11 paintings for one home and can’t wait to get them stretched, framed and hung. We have a patriotic red, white a blue dining room in Bellaire that is going to look fantastic—so fresh and East Coast looking. While I am away, Danna is installing master bedroom furniture and art, hanging valances in an apartment and designing a beautiful custom bedding ensemble.

Like many of you, I enjoy following a few blogs. When I’m really swamped, I like to save a few to read while traveling. A recent review of an interior design blogger’s list of favorite furniture finds ended up showcasing one of my very own favorite pieces of furniture. I saw this piece at an estate sale in Houston. I am just crazy for Chinoiserie. (In case you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a French word meaning the imitation or evocation of Chinese motifs and techniques in Western art, furniture, and architecture, especially in the 18th century), and even though I didn’t really have a spot for it in my former home I just HAD to have it. I bought it on the spot. Now it sits prominently right inside my front door with a darling vintage Chinese advertisement above it and I love it as much as ever.

Crustaceans, Chinoiserie, and getting out of town always inspire me. Until next time find your inspiration or call us and we’ll help you discover it!

Pamela

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