Simple touches make the transformation easy

by: STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Interior designer Julie Nordby says the easiest way to bring summer into your home is by using cut flowers wherever possible.

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. Slip off your shoes and settle into that comfy chair on your front porch. Better yet, spread that relaxed porch-living feeling throughout the whole house this summer. Interior designer Julie Nordby of Nordby Design Studio in Lake Oswego offers suggestions of how to attain that relaxed porch-living feeling inside and out this summer.

Her first suggestion is to include cut flowers wherever possible.

“Anything with cut flowers says summer to me,” Nordby said. “Even green leaves are pretty.” She fills glass canning jars with fresh cut flowers for a simple look that is pleasing to any décor.

For a relaxed feel use vintage style wire baskets, wood or grass baskets, old containers or French watering cans as vases for flowers. Don’t overlook using unique holders

Another suggestion is to add Dash & Albert outdoor rugs, pillows and cotton throws to your seating arrangements, inside or out. Known for their high quality, Dash & Albert products come in a variety of styles and patterns, all of which can pull seating arrangements together effortlessly.

A beach look can be attained by adding coral to a bookshelf, table or other display area, as well as distressed wood signs.

Nordby suggests that neutral colors will keep the feeling relaxed; use stronger color as accents to the neutrals.

“I don’t use a lot of color — I use it as an accent,” she said. “Neutrals are calming. Think of linen and cotton slipcovers for chairs.”

Nordby Design Studio is filled with unique items that allow customers to attain one-of-a-kind relaxed looks for their homes and porches. These perfect little touches can make a big difference in creating a unique environment in the home. Antique rolling pins, ice buckets, unique bottles, flameless flickering candles, soy candles, gift soaps, angels and angel wings, plus unique chairs, tables, cabinets and other furniture are just the beginning.

“These French door baskets are perfect for hydrangeas,” she said. “And these demijohns from Hungary are unique.” And don’t forget that wreaths are appropriate all year long, particularly the boxwood wreaths and topiaries made by Napa Home and Design.

To get your inspiration for creating a relaxed summer look, visit Nordby Design Studio, located at 463 Third St. in Lake Oswego.

To learn more, visit or call 503-305-6426.

By Barb Randall
Staff Reporter
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