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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Episode 32

HI THERE! we were unable to create a video for today because of a surprise SNOW STORM here in Portland, OR. Here are a few pictures from my phone from around the house.

jj & sue

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Episode 31



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On location at Ciao Vito, 2203 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR
Our featured guest is Jeremy from Janus Home

Sunday, December 20, 2009

We wish you a Merry Xmas......

I can't seem to get enough of this Jib Jab thing. So damn funny! Miss Sue does not even know that I put her in this.....tee hee!....OK, maybe she does now.......
MERRY XMAS FROM HOMESTYLE HAPPY HOUR!!!!!!!!
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Episode 30...better 2 days late than never...

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On location at Ciao Vito Restaurant at

NE 22nd & NE Alberta St.

Thanks for your patience over the last few weeks, sometimes it is hard to get it all together at once!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Episode 29


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on location at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, Oregon
for the annual Tuba Christmas!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

SO SORRY!!

SORRY! we've had issues with our video equipment this week, we apologize for the inconvenience and will have the video up as soon as we can. thank you for your understanding!!!

JJ & Sue

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SUPER LAME!

Sorry guys....our producer, my darling French husband, is in France this week and both Sue and I have no idea how to get the video from the camera to blogger.....sooooooo......SUPER LAME! Many apologies, but that only means that next week will be even better to make up for it! ...and it will be the day before thanksgiving, so we will be particularly festive!

Again, sorry for the lameness. Clearly, I cannot do without Frenchy......

JJ & Sue

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

HI THERE! Many apologies but we weren't able to get this week's episode online, we are both out of town. Tune in next wednesday for a brand new episode!!

JJ & Sue

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Episode 17

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We were late for episode 17!

Sorry! Much delayed but here it is... I had some issues going online to post the video!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

PLEASE GIVE ME ONE MORE DAY!

HELLO ALL! I've been in New York for the last 5 days with no way to get our current episode from the camera to the internet...without the help of my darling husband, that is, and he is not with me on this trip. Neither is the lovely Miss Sue, for that matter. I will get the video up and on tonight when I get home and it should be posted early tomorrow morning. Once again, thanks for your patience!
New York has been FAB! The gift show, what I bought for the shop, the restaurants, the museum, the handbags. Last night a CRAZY lighting storm came through and took out a bunch of old trees - YIKES!
Anyhoo......off I go. I'm having lunch at Bergdorf Goodman in the cafe that Kelly Wearstler designed...so watch for it in our next episode. See you soon!

Friday, August 14, 2009

OK......we are kind of losers this week......we did have some severe blogger technical errors, but then, when we actually did go to record this episode, our video batteries died within 4 minutes. LAME! But we were having cocktails at the time and there was nothing else to be done, and I was heading off to New York in two days and we had no other time to get together and we had no extra batteries, and, and, and.........sniffle. Doing this every week is harder than it looks.......So there you have it. lame, lame, lame. many apologies. But to make up for it, I am going to try to make a tape from the New York Gift Show (the lovely Miss Sue is unfortunately unable to attend), and try to email it to my darling husband, Frenchy, and see if he can get it posted for me. YIPPEE! New York! Shopping!
Allrighty then, off I go........... see you next Wednesday, I promise!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

OOOOOPPPPPSSSSS!!!!

Terribly sorry...we are having EXTREME technical difficulties with the posting this week but are working diligently to get it up and running. We thank you for your patience and kindly ask that you check back in a few hours.......... See you soon!

JJ & SUE

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

EPISODE 13 - Tips 'o the week

DRINK O' THE WEEK:
Black and Blue
2 parts Pearl Blackberry Vodka
2 parts Fresh blackberry puree
1 part Sweet & Sour mix
2 splashes of fresh lemon juice
1 part triple sec


Shaken, not stirred - over ice - frozen blackberry garnish



DESIGN TIP O' THE WEEK:
Don't forget to light your outdoor spaces - light walkways, up light trees, add dimension and drama to your yard/garden

EPISODE 12 - Tips 'o the week

DRINK O' THE WEEK:
Miami Vice
2 parts Absolut Mango
1 part peach Schnapps
1 part cranberry juice
2 parts pineapple juice
Shaken, not stirred - over ice. Melon garnish
DESIGN TIP O' THE WEEK:
Use television and movies as design inspiration. Pay attention to the stage sets of your favorite shows and see what design ideas you can glean. Mad Men, Down with Love, Shakespeare in Love.......endless inspiration!

EPISODE 11 Tips 'o the week....

Yes, yes, yes, we have been remiss is putting up the tips...sorry!...and not to mention that I never did get around to doing a part II of Episode 11........SORRY! So busy.......
DRINK OF THE WEEK:
Lynchburg Lemonade
1 part Jack Daniels
2 part fresh squeezed lemonade
1 part triple sec
2 parts simple syrup
Stir like mad with a bunch of ice - garnish with a lemon slice
DESIGN TIP OF THE WEEK:
Don't hang your art to high - SO IMPORTANT!!!!!
Keep it connected to the pieces around it.....

EPSIODE 10 - Tips 'o the week

I AM SUCH A SLACKER! Sorry! Much delayed but here are the Tips 'o the week:

DRINK OF THE WEEK:
Mango Margarita
1 1/2 oz. gold tequila
1 1/2 oz Triple Sec
1 oz. Sweet & Sour mix
1 oz. fresh lime juice
couple splashes of simple syrup

Shaken, not stirred. Do not salt the rim on this one. Add a slice of lime to garnish.

DESIGN TIP OF THE WEEK:
A quote from a designer friend of Sue:
"It's not world peace, it's decorating!"....meaning:
don't take it too seriously, have fun with it!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Episode 11 - part 1

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HELLO ALL! Things are a little wonky this week.....Sue and I flaked out in recording this together so I did this episode in my own garden courtyard and then my camera battery died 1/2 way through....many apologies - I will finish up tomorrow and post Episode 11, Part II tomorrow! thanks for your patience and have a great evening!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Episode 10

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Episode 9 - Drink & Tip of the Week

HELLO ALL! Here are the tips of last week - better late than never!

07/08/09 - DRINK OF THE WEEK:

The Bridget

1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
The muddled lime pieces from the fresh squeezed juice
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1 oz. agave nectar

put in cocktail shaker with ice and have at it. Pour in glass over ice and float 1/2 oz Harlequin (kinda like Grand Marnier) on the top. Enjoy!

07/08/09 DESIGN TIP OF THE WEEK:

Avoid costly mistakes, hire a designer and get it done right the first time!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

SIDEWALK SALE ON ALBERTA ST!




HELLO ALL! I have a cute little shop on NE Alberta St., in Portland and we are having a streetwide sidewalk sale next Sat & Sun. Please come for a visit and do a bit of shopping!


see you there! JJ

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

drinks & tip of the week - episode 8

HELLO ALL! Here are the tips 'o' the week:

Drink of the week: Cointreau a-go-go.....
1 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Cognac
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
dash Angostura bitters

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients. Shake vigorously to blend.
Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a thin lemon slice on the side of the glass. Variation: Replace the lemon juice with lime juice and prepare the glass with a sugar rim.
Tip of the week: Use magazines for design inspiration!
There are so many great design magazines...buy some and start tearing out the pages...perhaps you like a color, or a lamp, or a piece of art, or the whole room and you don't know why...tear it out and save it! Also pull out images of what you DON'T like - it is equally important to be able to identify your dislikes........

There you have it! Have a great 4th of July holiday weekend!


Episode 8

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

drink & design tip of the week -episode 7

Our drink this week is Sex on the Beach...here is the recipe:
1 1/2 oz vodka
Add vodka and peach schnapps to a highball glass over ice. Fill with equal measures of cranberry juice and orange juice, and stir.
Our Design Tip of the Week this week is:
USE YOUR OUTDOOR SPACES LIKE YOU WOULD YOUR INDOOR SPACES!
Use it! Furnish it! Decorate it! Get out in it! YIPPEE!!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Episode 6

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EPISODE 6-ish....

HELLO ALL! We are running a bit behind this evening - and I am going solo on this one tonight...Sue and I went out last night to record tonight's episode and we were just having so much fun sitting outside with other friends (and my darling husband) that we kinda forgot until it was waaaaaaay late and we were waaaaaaaay tired. Anyhoo.....I will be recording from a clients backyard tonight with images of her newly finished covered patio...you will also get to meet my weird friend Todd McAllister with On Stage...he is a total Rock Star! OK the....tune in at about 8 and we should be up and running...we apologize for any inconvenience! Have a lovely evening!
JJ

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Episode 4

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COCKTAIL RECIPES AND DESIGN TIPS OF THE PAST FEW WEEKS!

OK, OK...I have been quite remiss in posting our recipes and tips for the past few weeks - somehow it just seems to get away from me........SORRY!

So here they both are, which should bring us up to date!!!!! Enjoy!

and.....are you proud? We finally got the video thing worked out to post on time and to not have tracking problems with the audio! YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK 06/03/2009 - NEON WATERMELON MARGARITA
1 1/4 oz. Silver Tequila. 1 oz. Midori. 1/2 oz. Daily’s Triple Sec. 1/2 cup frozen seedless watermelon cubes. Pour ingredients into blender and blend with a little ice. Pour into glass with sugared rim. Watermelon slice to garnish.

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK 05/27/2009 - THE SCREWDRIVER AT MINT
4 oz. premium vodka
2 oz. Mandarin puree
Mix in cocktail shaker with a bit of ice – do not strain! Serve cold!
Does it get any easier than that?

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK 05/20/2009 - THE RUBY FROM MINT
4 oz. beet infused vodka
1 oz. simple syrup
½ oz lemon juice
Put in a cocktail shaker with some ice and have at it – pour into a martini glass and enjoy!
DESIGN TIP OF THE WEEK - 06/03/2009
FOR GOD’S SAKE – change your light bulbs! Replace your yellow-ish incandescent bulbs with 30% more efficient halogens. You will get clearer, brighter light that everything looks good in – without the sickly glow of fluorescent!

DESIGN TIP OF THE WEEK - 05/27/2009
TRAVEL! Expand your horizons, get out there and just see how it influences your taste in interiors. Just being exposed to other places can help you find your own style!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Episode 2

FINALLY! SUCCESS! YIPPEE!!!!!!!! Again, sorry it took so long.........but here it is!

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Sorry! It is 6:05 and I am working on getting this video going! One moment please!

Less than an hour to go.....

HI THERE! Less than one hour to go until the second episode of Home Style Happy Hour. Still a few technical bugs to work out - still can't seem to get both of us in the camera at the same time...it's harder than you think! Of course, we could get a bigger camera perhaps - we only have a FLIP camera! So once again, please bear with us - we promise - it will eventually work itself out!
Thanks so much for tuning in and enjoy the show!
GOOD MORNING! We have been remiss....we totally forgot to post the Cocktail of the Week Recipe AND the design Tip of the Week for last week! OOOOOOPS! So here you go for the first episode of 05/13/09.

KIR ROYALE:
4 oz. of french champagne or a very good sparkling wine.

( I prefer Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs)

1 oz. creme de cassis liqueur
Pour the creme de cassis in your beautiful champagne glass first and slowly add the champagne. Give it a quick stir and enjoy. It you like - add a sugar cube to your glass and watch it sizzle!

DESIGN TIP OF THE WEEK:
When sampling a new paint color in your space, paint at least a 12" x 12" patch on more than one wall and look at it during different times of the day, with natural and artificial light and live with it for a few days before making a decision!


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

...Take 1.......

HI THERE! Welcome to Home Style Happy Hour! Thanks so much for being with us this evening! This is the very first edition of our video blog and we realize that things might be a little rough around the edges (like the fact that I am cut in half for most of it...YIKES!) at first - but so it is! We promise things will smooth out after a few weeks so please bear with us! Thanks again for stopping by and we hope to see you again soon!

JJ & Sue
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

HAPPY APRIL 23RD! We are almost up and running - only a few technical difficulties.... we plan on airing our first episode on Wednesday, May 13th at 6 pm - so get us your questions - stat! We can't wait to read them.........then tune back in on the 13th and get your answers to all your design problems!! Until then we are off to the furniture market in high point, NC to find all kinds of new stuff! We hope to see you in May! Here's to Happy Hour! Cheers!
BTW - I had a KILLER blueberry and lavender margarita last night....YUMMY!