A NEW 'BASICS' CLASS || and a few projects

I hosted our first BASICS class this week and it seems to be a very popular class!

I had to turn a few ladies away {which I felt really bad about!} but I promised to host 1-2 BASICS class each month.


The next BASICS is Wednesday, May 14th, 7-8:30pm.  I have 4 spots left if you want to join!


The tuition is $45. At the class, we learn two different gorgeous finishes with chalk paint® and soft wax by annie sloan that you will use to transform your furniture, fixtures, cabinets and walls:  distressed and washed method.  You will leave armed with samples you’ve created of each finish, a notebook full of ideas,  and the confidence to tackle all your projects.  


And, in other news, I have A LOT of half finished projects going on around the house.  The girls have been sick, Matt still isn't healthy and back to himself, and it's been so rainy…..to say the least, I haven't been too motivated to work on projects!


While Matt was gone one day, I did paint the mantle. Matt loved the Cherry mantle.  It is beautiful!  But, I ordered darker furniture and I really want the room to feel light.  So I painted it ;-)  I think it looks really pretty, I will post pictures soon.  Matt actually likes it too!  There are some projects I just have to tackle when he is gone….then he can't stop me!  Ha….does anybody else have that problem?!?  I know there are other ladies out there who do the same thing ;-)


I also started painting in the entry way.  I am painting the railing to match our new, black, glossy doors.  I am thinking of wallpapering or hang in fabric on this big, blank wall leading to the basement.  Thoughts?  I have always wanted to hang wallpaper in my home.  I have chosen wallpapers for different clients, but never been able to commit for my own home.  I will let you know!

NEXT CHALK PAINT® CLASS :: and a few pictures from this weekend

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  The weather here was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!  Love Fall!!

Just a quick note to say that the next Chalk Paint® {bring your own piece} class is Monday, November 4th.


These classes are a lot of fun!  You get to use our supplies, learn tips and tricks for working with Chalk Paint® {and the wax} and you go home with your own little finished piece of furniture!

I have quite a few 'maybes' for this class, if it fills up fast, I will offer another one towards the end of November.

And, since it's pretty boring to just post about an upcoming class, I thought I would share a few photos from this weekend....


We skipped church Sunday morning {Addilyn had a little cold} and headed up to Saint Honore Bakery.  Have you been there???  It's our favorite!!


Addilyn LOVES pastries....but she REALLY LOVES her daddy.



We also like to go walking around the lake {Lake Oswego} and the fountains.

Costco was also on our list.

We nailed it!

They had good samples and we left with a cart full of ridiculous groceries and spending way too much money.  As soon as we got the car loaded with food, and girls buckled in, Addilyn informed us she needed to go potty.

Oh boy.

Have a great week friends!!

FALL EVENTS & CLASSES :: at a glance


Hello and happy Saturday!

I am just popping in to let you know that I updated the FALL SCHEDULE.  I will be sure to showcase each event as the time gets closer.  I am really excited for the Vintage Sale October 4th and 5th.  I am teaming up with some super talented ladies and we are going to have ourselves a fun, Fall inspired Vintage Sale.  And of course I LOVE hosting the entertaining classes, it's going to be a fun Fall for sure!  More details to come!!

Have a lovely weekend!

Fall event schedule


Chalk Paint® :: summer workshops

So, my little assistant has been helping stock and decorate the design studio.  She is quite entertaining!  Although the process would go much faster without her help,  she brings such joy and laughter to the table, it would be too boring without her help!


I just finalized the Chalk Paint® decorative paint summer workshop schedule.   It's going to be so fun!!  If you haven't used Chalk Paint before, you  are in for a real treat!  It is a easy and unique paint, one that almost guarantees amazing results each time.  Seriously!


For anyone attending one of the workshops from out of town, we are happy to offer a 25% discount off of their nightly stay at the Loft!  Pretty fun.....right?!?


If you have questions, or would like more details, feel free to call or email!!  I will post some fun 'BEFORE + AFTER' Chalk Paint pieces later in the week.

Until then, have a lovely day....

SPRING ENTERTAINING CLASS :: a night of fun, friends and tasty food!

Hello friends!

I am so excited to announce that we will be hosting another ENTERTAINING CLASS.  We had so much fun with the FALL ENTERTAINING CLASS, that we felt another one was in order!

I really do enjoy opening up my home to others.  Entertaining isn't about having everything perfect and serving amazing food, it's about enjoying the company of those around you.  During the class, we talk about fun and easy decorating tips, we eat good {and easy to prepare} food and we discuss ways to make entertaining more enjoyable.  Since Easter is right around the corner, we will also be talking specifically about decorating for/hosting an Easter get together.

Last Easter, we hosted a brunch right after church.  The weather was amazing {for the Pacific Northwest in April!} and we celebrated the death and resurrection of our sweet Saviour.  I have quite a few wonderful memories from last Easter, but my favorite, was watching my little sweet pea enjoy time with our family.


Do you have a favorite Easter memory or tradition?

If so, I would love to hear about it!

In the mean time, the details for the class are below....

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Spring is all about celebrating the fresh newness of life with lighter food, family, friends and simple style.  For our Spring entertaining class, Darci will share tips and show you simple ways to enjoy entertaining {in style} and use beautiful Spring produce to make displays for your home and parties.  We all know that Spring parties are not complete without fresh food.  Darci will prepare a complete seasonal menu, perfect for any Spring party.  The menu features classic Spring dishes, with a Pacific Northwest twist......

  • baked brie with crackers and fresh fruit
  • spinach & strawberry salad
  • shrimp scampi {chicken will be available for the non-seafood eaters}
  • home made herbed ricotta on toasted baguette
  • lemon mousse with fresh whipped cream
  • drink

bannerlinen When:

March 21st & 22nd, 6pm-9pm


our back patio, covered from the elements and next to the raging fire {646 West Grant Street, Carlton}


$55 per person


  • tips on simple Spring decorating
  • recipes
  • a take-home decoration for your Easter table setting
  • appetizers
  • dinner
  • dessert


info@mdhaneyco.com or call 503.857.8176.  

I can't wait to hear about your memories and traditions!!  Life is worth celebrating!!