|Camellias in the rain, Sellwood. ©2016 Amber Schley Iragui.|
So last Wednesday came and went and I completely forgot that we had a photo post planned. Not that I had anything ready. I've been a wee bit preoccupied: designing a website, reupholstering furniture, buying vintage decor, designing and redesigning signage and packaging, planning menu boards, commissioning custom chalkboards, stamping cups, pastry bags, and coffee sleeves, etc. The list seems endless.
I lay awake one night this week anguished over the combination of the ceiling (dark grayish-green) and the wood cabinets (an olive instead of the gray I wanted). I am scheming ways repaint everything white, myself if necessary. And the chair I'm reupholstering is like carrying a red hot coal around in my mind: atomic red vinyl and dark gray leather accents, fitted to 1970s chair we got at an estate sale. More likely than not it will turn out horrible. And then I add a metal shield with three goat heads, a porcelain swan head with amber eyes, a cast iron nutcracker in the shape of a squirrel, two miniature medieval knight helmets on wooden stands, a Belgian mid-century metal tray with a man in the fetal position, an abstract sculpture made of black wrought iron, and a flaming aluminum heart brought back from Italy. The only safe bets are two gray mid-century-ish tweed chairs from West Elm.
The build is full of equipment and boxes and sawdust, but I eagerly await the moment when I can assemble all these items and see what kind of beautiful ensemble—terrible carnival—I have created. I fear I may never be able to go into the coffee shop once it's open because it will be too full of imperfections! We will see. But for now I am cancelling the photo part of the monthly post, at least until the coffee shops and website are up and running, I've reconnected with my two children, and my house has been tidied.