eating in | pizza on the grill

One of my favorite things about summer is dining out doors. Any chance I get, I pack everything up and move outside. There’s something magical about meals spent in the back yard, at a park, or even on a tiny balcony. You don’t need a fancy set up, a blanket on the ground works great. Summer relaxes people and eating outside fits that mood more appropriately.

Pizza on the grill is a favorite summer meal of mine. It’s so simple and delicious. You can mix it up with any toppings you like. Or invite all your friends and have them bring their favorite toppings. Yeah, pizza party!

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collected | pattern

Neutrals and basics have been the staple in most everyone’s home and wardrobe for a number of years now. Thanks recession. But more and more, I’m seeing patterns and bright colors. I like it even better when they are paired up together. Your best bet is to stick to one common colorway, scale or pattern when blending. After that, anything goes. More is more.

Images from top ||  Bed  || Leather Bench  ||  Swimwear  ||  Pillows  ||  Stripes and Flowers  || Cap and shirt  ||  Maillot  ||  Red and Black vignette  ||  Loco by Studio Boot via Miss Moss  ||  Black and White Room  ||  Karen Walker yellow  ||

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projects | tanner goods brass chandeliers

Lindsay Adelman DIY light fixture

Finally, the brass chandeliers I built for the Tanner Goods shop have been photographed. The ceilings in the shop are close to 20′ high so this called for a big, dramatic and inexpensive light fixture. The best way to achieve these three things is DIY, right? Fortunately Lindsey Adelman has a great You Make It series up on her site to make a five bulb version so I wasn’t completely on my own. I strayed from the instructions and doubled the size by adding 10 bulbs. And most notably, they still work, one year later.

Photos: Carl Kiilsgaard

Lindsey Adelman DIY light fixture

 

Lindsey Adelman DIY light fixture

Lindsey Adelman DIY light fixture

Lindsey Adelman DIY light fixture

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collected | tropical

Summer in Portland doesn’t officially begin until July 4th. It’s been unofficially on my mind since April. I keep thinking warm thoughts and my mind easily drifts to the tropics. I’m not talking about the typical Hawaiian shirt either. Think banana leaves, succulents and giant blossoms. Big, bold, monochromatic patterns. That feels fresh to me for the home, as fashion or just about anywhere.

Clockwise from top: Ideat June 2011 via iiiinspired. Travel Bag. Magnolia Print. Banana Leaf Wallpaper. Agaves. Umbrella. Palms.

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projects | leather hex sling collaboration with eric trine

eric trine chair collaboration

A few months ago I met up with Eric Trine for an unrelated metal project and happened across this hex chair frame he was in the process of developing. The frame was unfinished and without a seat at the time but I immediately had ideas for it.

The frame itself is an unusual hexagonal steel. It’s simple, minimal and a nice contrast to the natural leather sling.  The sling is hand cut and sewn to fit each frame perfectly. If you are interested in this chair specifically, I am selling two for $500 each. There are plans to sell white, black and cyan frames for around $600 each in the near future.

Dimensions: coming soon

Photos: by the talented Alex Nguyen

eric trine chair collaboration

eric trine chair collaboration

 

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projects | tanner goods retail

tanner goods

It happened. Exactly one year after completion, I officially had the Tanner Goods shop photographed. We had a big anniversary party and fancied up a few things around the place too. Including the fitting room. Which is in the running for world’s tallest fitting room measuring in at 18′-6″.

I rewired some old light fixtures. Hung that giant fitting room with the help of a lift and had some steel hanging racks made for all the clothing the shop is now carrying. Stop in and see for yourself.

Photos: Carl Kiilsgaard

tanner goods

 

tanner goods

tanner goods

tanner goods

tanner goods

 

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eating in | bitter spring cocktail and a giveaway

Grapefruit Campari Gin Cocktail

Update: Congrats to Meghan at Mustard and Sage for winning Scrappy’s Citrus Bitters. 

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to spend here. To mark my return I’m having a little giveaway. Kaufmann Mercantile is one of my favorite online retailers. If you’ve been there you already know why. The shop is highly curated and the best of the best when it comes to all those handy little things you need around your home, office and garden.

The kind folks at Kaufmann have a set of Scrappy’s Cocktail Citrus Bitters, made in the NW no less, to give to one of you. The set features grapefruit, orange, cardamom and lime bitters. All are perfect in a cocktail or even a glass of soda water. Believe me, I’ve tried them. Rules are simple, comment below with the cocktail you would make with these citrus bitters and be sure to visit Kaufmann Mercantile to see all their fine wares. I’ll pick a winner Monday, May 7.

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Bitter Spring – serves 1

Spring in the Northwest is not unlike winter in the Northwest. It’s rainy, cool and leaves everyone aching for warmer weather. This cocktail is a bit of a spring tease too. It’s colorful and bright as spring should be but upon first taste, you’ll realize, it is not sweet and sugary but very much a grown-up drink.

2 ounces good quality Gin
1/2 grapefruit sliced
1 oz club soda
3 dashes Scrappy’s Cardamom bitters
1/2 ounce Campari

Instructions:
Muddle the grapefruit slices, gin, club soda and bitters. Pour over ice. Add the Campari floater and serve with a lemon twist and a salty snack.

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GRAPEFRUIT CAMPARI GIN COCKTAIL

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travel | oregon coast

I’m a water person. I always have been and always will be surrounded by it, if I can have my way. Water energizes me as much as it relaxes me. Last weekend, Jevan and I celebrated our 5th anniversary on the coast. We ate chowder, we hiked, we explored in the drizzle and enjoyed every second of a very quiet weekend.

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insta february

Left to right: lunch at home | Oregon black walnut | Road tripping through Bellingham, Washington| Snowboarding at Mt. Hood | Tanner Goods/Woodlands photoshoot location | First chair at Mt. Baker | Lovebirds | Woolen knits at Dehen Inc. tour | Sunshine in the form of flowers from a friend

A few photos I took with instagram last month. You can find me on instagram (as caseykeasler) to see more of what I’ve been up to on the daily.

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color story | black and white

color story

Clockwise from top left:  Tree | Clock and shelf | PlateauLa Carnet de Manifold | Pontiac and surfboard | Black shelf and white kitchen | Betty Davis

I’m working on a new project and am really drawn to the contrast of black and white. There’s something so simplistic about the absence of color I will always appreciate. Not to mention the drama it creates.

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