last week i had the pleasure of gathering with a group of d*s readers in a fantastic new shop in downtown portland: alder & co. it was so much fun to meet people in person and chat with everyone, but i found myself often distracted by the store itself, so i wanted to share a quick little tour of alder & co. this morning.
alder and co.‘s owner, a fellow virginian, carla helmholz has one an amazing job of creating a store that oozes the sort of feminine, but not over the top girly, design that i’m loving right now. when i first walked in to say hello i had a hard time not immediately running over to the corner of the shop stocked with striped shirts and market baskets. then i saw the japanese paper and envelope stock and it was all over. but the part about the shop that struck me the most was the actual building itself. the grey walls were accented by seriously gorgeous mobiles designed by portland local, heather frazier of frazier & wing. i’ve seen heather’s work in person before but for some reason these particular mobiles stood out more than ever. i loved the soft color palettes she chose and the way they were hung around the store, often on pieces of wood. the contrast between the wood and the colored paper was just lovely.
alder & co. doesn’t have an e-commerce site yet, but if you’re in portland be sure to stop by (537 sw 12th avenue, downtown) and say hi to carla. i’m dying to see if it’s possible for anyone to leave the store without buying a striped shirt, fancy paper, tiny porcelain bowls, or a paper mobile. i’m already kicking myself for not dragging a mobile home so hopefully those of you visiting can make up for my lack of carry on space. click here to check out adler & co.’s blog or drop carla an email here if you want to order anything you see online. thanks again to carla and her team for so graciously hosting d*s while we were in town!
[image above: i'm totally obsessed with the minimalist japanese perfume sticks above. i'd want to carry them around in public- they're too pretty to hide in a purse]