Designing with Spring Blooms

Are you planning your own wedding or do you work in the wedding and events industry and have always wanted to learn the art of flower arranging? You are invited to join Something Borrowed Portland and professional florist and designer Kim Dodrill from Swoon Floral Design to create your own spring bloom bouquet.

In this hands-on class, you will learn the tricks and techniques to create a lush, garden-style centerpiece. Florist and Designer Kim with Swoon Floral Design will share her process of choosing the perfect bloom and greens, how she approaches color palettes, and creating visual interest in an arrangement. You will get to experiment with design to create a beautiful take-home bouquet!

This workshop is ideal for a beginner who wants to gain confidence with floral design or for the DIY couple.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The mechanics needed to create a beautiful centerpiece.
  • How to properly prepare your blooms for arranging.
  • Tips for choosing the perfect blooms and greenery.
  • How to create a sophisticated color palette.

About the Instructor

Kim Dodrill is a Portland native and owner of Swoon Floral Design. With a background in interior design and horticulture, Swoon allows Kim to combine her passion for flowers and foliage, color, texture and fabulous spaces by creating one of a kind arrangements for some of the most beautiful events in Oregon. Swoon is known for creating organic, lush, and romantic designs, using local blooms and supporting local farmers whenever possible.

Kim has been featured in magazines and blogs such as Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, Ruffled, and Oregon Bride Magazine.

DATE, TIME, LOCATION
Saturday, March 25th, 1pm – 4pm
6635 N Baltimore Ave., Suite 30
Portland, OR 97203
FEE
$95 (+ $6.22 ticketing fees)
Fee includes flowers, tools and supplies plus a vase to keep!
Please bring an apron to wear if you wish.
Light snacks and wine provided.

Join us as we show you how we transformed one of Oregon’s most beautiful and sought after outdoor wedding venues, Bridal Veil Lakes. You’ll experience a taste of our curated collection and hear first hand from one couple who utilized our services. In fact, read about what Meng had to say about her experience with us:

There are not enough words to describe the incredible vision, artistry and tireless efforts of Something Borrowed and how they helped us execute the romantic, modern and whimsical wedding of our dreams with their styling & design services.

 

While I had a mismatched list of items I wanted to incorporate, I was still at a loss for how everything would fit together for a cohesive theme. Luckily, Something Borrowed was piloting their event styling and design services, and I was connected to Amber, their in-house designer who is a creative visionary. Over the next few months of working with Amber, she was able to transform our rambling ideas and faintly developed inklings into our ultimate dream wedding.

 

From creating vision boards, to sending Pinterest and Etsy listings my way (I never would have found the inspiration for our hand-lettered envelope place cards if it weren’t for her suggestion), and even sourcing and creating the fabric for our chuppah, Amber was a design and creative powerhouse. She even found an illustrator to create custom table illustrations of the places we traveled to, and had him create a breathtaking chalkboard backdrop. She worked effortlessly with our other vendors (i.e. day of coordinator and florist) to make sure that everything came together in one unified theme.

 

Throughout the entire wedding planning process, I felt confident relinquishing the design elements to her, and her expansive knowledge of the Something Borrowed inventory meant that she would craft a wedding that would suit us perfectly.

 

Upon walking into our wedding, I was literally in tears because it was so beautiful (and the groom too!). She blew all of our wildest expectations through the water with the special seating areas, event stations, and table decor, creating a modern setting infused with an air of rustic charm. We simply could not have done all the design and set up by ourselves, and every detail was carefully crafted and put in place to create a stunning final result. From the trinkets we had collected on our travels that were delicately placed into terrariums on the head table, to the postcards we had collected that were arranged in a guestbook display, every station was a wonder and delight to look at. Even after the wedding, our friends and family raved about how magical the design and atmosphere was.

 

We can unequivocally say that working with the design services of Amber and fully utilizing the inventory of Something Borrowed was the best decision we made in planning our wedding. Every individual working at Something Borrowed, from Lindsey their client services coordinator, to Amber the stylist and Lane the owner is so sweet, personable, responsive and this goes without saying; their design sense is impeccable. They were the first ones there, and the last ones to leave our wedding site, and we breathed easy in knowing they had all the decor and set-up covered; we didn’t have to lift a finger!

 

A million thanks and our heartfelt gratitude to Amber & the Something Borrowed team for their flawless execution in making this the most memorable day of our lives!!

Wedding Styling and Design

Need help creating an environment that tells your story? Let us help! With our wedding styling and design services, we can help guide you through all of the aesthetic details for your wedding or event. Whether you need creative direction, onsite setup and teardown or full design services, our goal is to make your event both beautiful and cohesive.

Contact us today to schedule a meeting with our design consultant and learn more about how we can help!

 

When we expanded into our new front warehouse space, we not only added on a formal entrance and lobby, but we also had the perfect spot carved out for a new den. Positioned in front of my offices (which, incidentally used to be Columbia Sportswear’s employee store), it was the perfect place to deck out with lounge seating, display inspirational photos from previous weddings and events and even host elopements!

It was shortly afterwards that the idea came to us to host a Design our Den Designers Challenge. We invited a few of our favorite designers in the industry and set them loose in the warehouse to pick and pull anything and everything they wanted to come up with one amazing and original space. Each designer had 6 hours to transform our den, all photographed by the lovely Amy Jo Wisehart with Wisehart Vintage Photography.

It’s now up to you to vote on your favorite Den via Instagram by noon this Friday. The winning designer earns ultimate bragging rights and a few other special treats.

Challenger #1: Ashton Ford, AshtonForDesign

AshtonForDesign believes spaces should evoke emotion. She does this by incorporating bold elements of design, blurring lines between the indoors and outdoors, and collaborating with her clients to meet their wants and needs. Every single space is a custom project whether the job calls for pre-owned items, design-build furniture or new and shiny items straight off the shelf. There are a myriad of possibilities within interiors and AshtonForDesign reaches for the uncommon design for both residential and commercial settings.

Inspiration Behind the Design

Lane’ of Something Borrowed is my client for this Design Challenge. The client’s wants and needs are always inspiration for my projects. The client mentioned, “I’d like to see this space used in a way I haven’t seen it used before” and “color would be great!

I took those two requests and ran with it. Hence, the big color contrast against the white surroundings and the various spaces created within a space. I wanted to blend some of the pieces into the background and let the major components be the showstoppers… like the rich plum sofa and the bright pink chairs. These furniture selections lead to the choosing of specific indoor plants. The greenery and flora are full of deep greens and colors similar to the furnishings. Overall, a design inspired by the client’s wishes. Vote for this design here.

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Challenger #2: Jena Ralls, The City Hippy Studio

The City Hippy Studio is a full service wedding design studio with a modern bohemian flare. Taking cues from our favorite decades of interior, fashion and graphic design, we create cohesive events and paper products that showcase our client’s style and bond. We are thrilled to be expanding to include wedding coordination in late August of this year!

Inspiration Behind the Design

Coming from the wedding industry, we wanted to include vignettes that could also be imagined for your dessert table or place setting. This space was inspired by our dreamy boho brides who would never pass on a thrifted 70’s leather vest, a vacation in the desert, or a perfect pairing of succulents and amethysts. Vote for this design here.

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Challenger #3: Kimberly Wilder, Black Sweet Raspberry

Black Sweet Raspberry is a full service design, styling and planning company based in Portland, Oregon. Our goal is to create unique and highly personalized experiences for all of our clients including but definitely not limited to photo shoots, interior design, installations, corporate events and day of wedding coordination. We offer our services in Portland, Seattle, Columbia Gorge and surrounding areas. We love to travel!

Inspiration Behind the Design

For my “Desert Modern Palm Springs” lounge I wanted to design something I hadn’t attempted before. So many things inspire me on a daily basis in terms of design and styling. Nature has to be at the forefront!  We recently had a very memorable trip in Central Oregon and the terrain there is vastly different than the lush greenery of the Oregon Coast and the mountains.  It is however, very similar to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree.  Lots of sage brush and tumbleweed, arid climate and gorgeous rock formations. Putting together the natural elements, cactus, sage, tumbleweed, with bright whites and bold patterns really appealed to me.  I very much love to combine textures one wouldn’t normally think to put together. And a big nod to Palm Springs was the Bougainvillea. The other inspiration has to be people that allow themselves to think outside the box, come up with new and different approaches to every day life, pioneers in their craft. One of these people was Albert Frey,  His designs started the “desert modern” movement. he designed quite a few of the now iconic buildings in Palm Springs and I encourage all MCM enthusiasts to take a look at his work. I hope you enjoy the design and it transports you to a 1950s poolside lounge chair with good book, big sunglasses and a cocktail in your hand! Vote for this design here.

Design our Den Designers Challenge with Kimberly Wilder Portland Modern Furniture Rentals Desert Decor Details Furniture Rentals Portland bougainvillea wall decor Design our Den Details Edible Flower Cake by Sweetheart St Johns Designers Challenge with Black Sweet Raspberry Gold Bar Cart Details Signature Drinks by Merit Badge Design our Den Designers Challenge with Black Sweet Raspberry

Happy voting – and good luck to each of our designers!

As Something Borrowed continues to grow, we realized the need to bring in an in-house designer. As much as I have loved styling, designing was not something I have had any formal training in. Unless of course you consider the countless hours I spent re-arranging my bedroom as a pre-teen or redecorating the many apartments I lived in throughout my life. I know how things are supposed to look but I never really knew the why. Styling was something that came naturally to me but I know my weaknesses as well as my strengths and my true passion is being an entrepreneur (and shopping for fabulous new finds!). Call me crazy, but formulating processes, systems, strategic planning and new product development get me excited!

So, when I reached out to a previous client, Amber, I immediately knew after sitting down with her that she simply had to be a part of our team. Amber brings with her a very rich design background as is evident by her own wedding and Coastal Modern styled shoot. Her style and taste in design was the perfect fit to fill a void within Something Borrowed.

A Little Bit About Amber…

Something Borrowed Designer Amber Roth

Amber has long been passionate about art, styling and design. She turned her childhood love for redecorating her room and making costumes into a 10+ year career as a Stylist and Designer for print, magazines and commercials. She honed her skills in New York and Los Angeles before deciding to call Portland her forever home.

She has a refined attention to detail, a resourceful and imaginative mind, and an eye for design, but she is truly inspired by helping people create spaces and looks that express their personalities and dreams. While she loves creating unique environments, she also has a background with wardrobe styling, working for clients such as Anthropologie, Teen Vogue, Domino and Harper’s Bazaar.

When she’s not busy designing the next set or wedding, Amber loves being creative in the kitchen and garden or exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter.

What Does this Mean to You?

As we continue to evaluate and add new programs, Amber will be taking over for all of our wedding styling and design services. We will be announcing those new packages in the next few months as we fine tune the details. In addition to our newly designed styling packages, we will continue to offer day-of setup and teardown for those who may need a little extra help executing the details the day of your wedding or event. Amber’s styling won’t stop with just weddings as we’ll soon be announcing our new engagement session packages, some of which will include her stepping in to help with wardrobe selection.

Amber will also be showcasing new inventory as well as how to use pieces cohesively for your wedding or event by way of our social media outlets such as Instagram and Facebook. We’ll also be starting a new video series of topics we know you’ll enjoy as we share styling and decorating tips, an introduction to new inventory as well as a Q and A session with your questions answered.

We cannot wait to share more details, but if you simply can’t wait and need a professional designers help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help you create the perfect setting for your next event or wedding!

Skyler and Kyle tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony hosted at the Long Farm Barn in West Linn, OR. A historic working farm since the early 1900’s (and a property with ties to the Daniel Boone family), the locale provided the backdrop for a wedding punctuated with seasonal flowers and vintage decor. The couple used the circa 1887 Queen Anne Victorian home to prepare for their nuptials. The ceremony itself was held under the largest tree in Clackamas County, flanked by vintage urns and milk pails filled with bouquets of lavender. The bride carried a bouquet of soft white roses and greenery, and the bridesmaids carried bunches of lavender. Chalkboard signs pointed the way to the festivities, and a vintage dresser and window provided a unique way to showcase the drinks bar. Vintage apple boxes and crates propped up important photos of the couple, and guests enjoyed rustic lawn games such as croquet, cornhole, and ring toss. The fun vintage vibe of the festivities was captured against a photo backdrop adorned with scraps of fabric and a gorgeous clear day in Oregon.

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Participating Vendors:

Photographer: Bethany Small   |   Florals: Good Seed Floral Design   |  Venue: Long Farm Barn  |   Videographer: Rainy Parade Films   |   Hair + Make-up: PROBeauty Makeup   |   Catering: Nicholas’ Restaurant   |   Ice Cream Cart: Scoop PDX   |   Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals   |  Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed Portland

Rentals In Action:

Something Borrowed Portland rental pieces featured include: Seymour standing chalkboard, wooden birdcage, oval galvanized tubs, fruit crates, Lincoln cream cabinet, Katie white dresser, wine barrels, and our Sabina blue table.

For this Free People inspired engagement session photo shoot, Grace and Jaden Photography took inspiration from the bride-to-be’s bohemian outfits to create an earthy and free-spirited moment to remember. Her choice of easy slips and loose layers complemented the groom-to-be’s neutral outfits, and blended with the wild fields, rocky hills, and flowing river in the landscape. A vintage table set with metal cups and vases became a floral centerpiece when outfitted with succulents, eucalyptus, grasses, and wildflowers, and some patterned woven blankets provided the perfect backdrop for the photo session. A floral crown and a vintage cow skull completed the boho props and added a youthful flower child vibe to the shoot.

Read the full feature on The Wedding Chicks here.

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Participating Vendors:

Photography: Grace and Jaden Photography |  Stylist: Kat Cook |  Flowers: Ink + Peat  |  Dress Shop: Free People  |  Prop/Furniture Rentals: Something Borrowed Portland

Rentals In Action:

Something Borrowed Portland rental pieces featured include: Jacoby coffee table, white Moroccan ottoman, Alseda banana fiber stool, assorted brass bud vases, brass candle holders, Arman, Kazak, Baluch and Hamadan rugs.

We’ve been a little MIA for a while as we gear up for wedding season and of course, our new website! We’re getting back into the swing of things and have one BIG announcement that some of you may have already figured out.

I am pleased to introduce you to Lindsey, our new Client Services Coordinator! Lindsey started with us 2 short months ago and has already taken the reins in her new position. If you email us, you’ll likely see a response from her as I’ve shifted my focus to creating new programs, client styling, and fulfilling my lifelong goal of earning my Masters degree.

When Lindsey approached us, I immediately knew she’d be a good fit. As I sat across the table from her, her personal style and contagious personality made for an easy decision to bring her into the Something Borrowed family. In fact, she was standing in line in front of me grabbing a coffee and I remember thinking to myself “man, this gal has style!”. Not only that, but as a recent newlywed herself, she knows the ins and outs of planning a wedding. In fact, she happened to be one of our clients for her wedding!

Lindsey TurmanA Little Bit About Lindsey…

Lindsey was born & raised in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Spending her days exploring the city she loves, her love for all things vintage blossomed. She believes everything has a story to tell; she’s a true treasure-hunter at heart and a thrifting enthusiast.

With over 10 years of customer service and hospitality experience, she is passionate about building genuine relationships with her clients and co-workers. She loves learning and exploring the world through design and art, but also has a knack for operations, being detail-oriented, and understands what it takes to create an authentic customer service experience.

While she has spent time developing in planning, managing, and styling, investing in people and helping them cultivate their ideas into real life is her biggest strength.

Some of her interests include… being a wife, camping, chips & salsa, sewing, The Office, thrifting, animal lover, the ocean, Chapstick, listening to vinyls, my friends & family.

What Does this Mean to You?

First and foremost, Lindsey is here for you. She will work directly with you from the start of your decor planning process all the way through the day of your wedding or event. She is here to answer your questions, process your rental requests, provide feedback on what pieces from our inventory work well with each other and offer recommendations on other wedding professionals to work with. With her previous work at Free People, she has a great sense of style and the latest trends. In fact, her first challenge working with us was wardrobe styling on set at a shoot. And guess what? She NAILED it!

We are beyond thrilled to have Lindsey on board with us and excited for everyone who gets to meet her! If you happen to schedule an inventory viewing with us, chances are you’ll get to meet her so be sure to give her a big, warm welcome!

Emily and Scott have such an appreciation for all things beautiful and unique, that they felt it only natural to let that inspire them when planning their day. Here is some background on this couple’s Unique Oregon wedding! Emily is from Europe and Scott from the South- this eclectic couple knew that they didn’t want something over the top or elaborate, they wanted a day that felt as personal as their love, that represented their past and present homes for each of them. Emily is an artist here in Portland, Oregon and pulled from that talent to DIY many elements of the day, including the signage and wall decor! Emily’s maid of honor also happened to be her photographer- and we must say, her love for the newlyweds is so apparent in these photos!

View the full feature via Style Me Pretty

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Participating Vendors:

Photography: Margaret Austin Photography  |  Floral Design: Selva Floral Design  |  Wedding Dress: Emerald City Gowns  | Cake: Mandy McLeod  |  Catering: Field Day  |  Hair And Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy  |  DJ: Hunter Armstrong  |  Wedding Venue: The Colony  |  Cake Topper: Stan Peterson  |  Music: Denys Kozakis  |  Rentals: Something Borrowed

Rentals in Action:

Something Borrowed Portland rental pieces featured include: Chehalis farm tables, natural wood dining chairs, white dining chairs, Victor black pedestal, Cora glass pedestal, and our Caley teardrop pedestal.

We love a bridal inspired photoshoot. Why? Because it gives US the opportunity to group some of our favorite items into collections that coordinate well with one another. So, when we are asked to collaborate with other wedding & event professionals, we usually jump on board! “Beyond the Wanderlust” is an Ohio-based photography blog that offers various educational opportunities and workshops for bridal and lifestyle photographer’s nationwide. This includes the opportunity to shoot the same subject matter (in this case, a bridal inspired concept) with other photographers in your peer group. That is exactly what this shoot was! We provided many of the rental items that were included in this unique bridal inspired shoot at Clackamas River Farms. The idea was to see how different photographer’s unique perspectives are capturing the same items. There were three different set-ups and models. We love seeing how each photographer viewed our items through their lens.

Creamy white vintage Telephone

Handcrafted paper flower bridal bouquet

Modern day bride in a vintage setting

Beautiful vintage wedding details

Vintage wedding details in gold and white

A vintage typewriter is a fantastic wedding day decor item

A vintage typewriter is a fantastic wedding day decor item

A white wedding cake surrounded by gold vintage candlesticks

A vintage typewriter is a fantastic wedding day decor item

A vintage typewriter is a fantastic wedding day decor item

A vintage typewriter is a fantastic wedding day decor item

Brass candlesticks make great accent decor at weddings

Brass candlesticks make great accent decor at weddings

Pretty vintage pearls for wedding decor

A vintage lantern paired with brass details

Amber glass votives

Vintage trunk paired with vintage candlesticks.

A gorgeous gold leaf crown was the perfect adornment for this bride

Creamy white vintage Telephone

Participating Vendors:

Venue:Clackamas River Farms  |  Styling: A Well Crafted Party  |  Cake: Simply Delicious Cakes  |  Bouquet: The Living Bouquet  |  Headpiece: Love Sparkle Pretty  |  Dresses:  Sunjin Lee Bridal Gowns  |  Photographers: Hurtienne PhotographyTekoa Rose PhotographyGaby Cavalcanti PhotographySweetmint PhotographyPhotography by TinajayneWilde Love PhotographyLauren L. PhotographyKim Nowell PhotographyOh So PhotoSuzanne DuBose PhotographyElissa Wanke PhotographyBella Vita Creative, Crystelle Marie Photography

This precious family photo Session by Lindsay Naff Photography is such a great use of props for family photos! This sweet couple used a variety of our vintage rentals to not only personalize their family photos, but to add spunk and visual appeal to a memorable keepsake. Family photos are a great opportunity to incorporate props- sometimes portraits can feel rather, well, plain if you don’t have something else to help complete the look. A great backdrop is fantastic, but a few props really pull it all together! This session is reminiscent of afternoons spent laughing and playing in a park. This family picked so many fun options! We especially love the use of our picnic basket, milk bottle, afghan, and red bicycle – they exude a sense of family togetherness. And can we just talk about this precious munchkin? His sweet little smile and those overalls just make him so squeezable. Although we’re partial to props, not much can top a squishy, happy baby! adorable family photo's by Lindsay Naff PhotographyOregon family photography, photo propsadorable family photo's by Lindsay Naff Photographyadorable family photo's by Lindsay Naff Photographyadorable family photo's by Lindsay Naff Photography

Rentals In Action:

Something Borrowed Portland rental pieces featured include: Ashby cream blanketBrant burgundy afghansoda crate with four dividersblush sweetheart chair, and our red Schwinn bicycle.