Monday, September 10, 2012

A Decadent Sellwood Sunday and Secret Rooms

Yesterday, I headed into the neighborhood of Sellwood, in southeast Portland, Oregon, to spend a much-needed afternoon away with a lovely friend.  Danielle never stops short of showing me an amazing time each time I visit her neck of the woods.
You want to know about this secret room, don't you?  

Well, it all began down on the corner of SE 13th.
Danielle and I were minding our own business when we walked into the fabulous storefront,
Justin and Burks. 
Translation: massive vintage chandeliers, taxidermy at its finest, exquisite antiques, crystal, unusual sea life, and an aroma that will stop you at the table where it's burning before you continue on drooling. 
It was in that moment that I realized,
deep within me, the appreciation for the luxurious life lives.
...a life beyond chicken poop, paw prints and peanut butter faces.

I stood and stared. 

On our way out, the fabulous owner, who was wearing leopard print and drinking from a bottle of sparkling water, invited us upstairs.  "Go two doors down and up the stairs," she said.  "Everything is for sale but the books.  My son hoards them." 

Another book hoarder?  The stars had aligned.
And even though they weren't for sale, I had to see them.

Now I might just start hoarding collecting coffee table books. 
The walls of books and book shelves were stunning.
 Danielle, has been accumulating photos of her in yoga poses in the most creative of spaces.  Posing in this space couldn't be passed up!  Such a beautiful combination.
Over the next thirty minutes, we fell and fell harder in love with what I call, 
the secret rooms.
Justin & Burks is located at 8301 SE 13Th Avenue Portland, OR 97202,
and is ran by a mother and son.
 Make sure you ask to see the upstairs!

Thanks, Danielle!  It was the most decadent afternoon!


Tammy September 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM  

I know you therefore I know you were in heaven! AND you look so so adorably cute in that outfit! x

b davis September 10, 2012 at 5:04 PM  

Oh what a fun secret room. And what a fun friend. Striking poses! :)

Libbie September 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM  

okay now that place looks cool! Just gorgeous! A fun surprise like that just makes a day extra special! I can imagine your smiles & conversation! I just love some friend time...yes, much needed for sure ;)

Amber September 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM  

What a fun day Cass! Sounds lovely!


koralee September 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM  

Wowy wow wow....this is the idea of those books around the fireplace...pure joy. Thanks for sharing your magical find. Love your blog!

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Connie September 12, 2012 at 11:57 PM  

Cass, what a fun day! I can see why you loved it, because I, too, know you and your love for books, no matter how you see them arranged. And you look stunning! Love the new picture off to the right at the top. I thought you were a model! Love you, Hon, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY (again)!

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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