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Drive By: Inspired by Two of My Favorites

by | Mar 25, 2010 | Decorating Inspiration, drive bys, exteriors, Gardens & Outdoor Rooms

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Drive By: Inspired by Two of My Favorites

I drove down to Portland for a couple of days and was able to lean out my window and snap a couple of photos of two of my favorite houses as I drove by! I loved being in my old stomping grounds in Lake Oswego. I sure miss it there!

Both of these houses I’ve shown before during my drive bys, but I just got some new spring time angles for you. The sun was out and it was so warm and springy. These houses are just so pretty, I can’t get enough of them.

The yellow house is right on the lake in Lake Oswego, right across a little canal from where I lived when I was in high school. I love the picket fence, the blue shutters, the lanterns, the stone walkway and those amazing coral tulips!

Drive By: Inspired by Two of My Favorites

Drive By: Inspired by Two of My Favorites

This house I’ve showed you before also, but I got a different angle of the open gate. This house is in the First Addition neighborhood just down the street from where we lived when my girls were small. Such fond memories of walking through that neighborhood!

I seriously wanted to get out of the car and poke my head through that gate to show you their porch and front yard. SWOON! It was so cute. In the next photo you can kind of see the Adirondack chairs. Sorry, kids, that was the best I could this time — didn’t have enough time to jump out. Next time I’ll scale the shrubbery for you. I promise.

Drive By: Inspired by Two of My Favorites

It has been a long week, so I am going to wrap this up and get right to the Inspired Linkies! What were you INSPIRED BY this week? Link up your posts below! Please link directly to an applicable post (no home page links, please).



  1. Liz

    Wow! #1 two wks in a row! How can I be so lucky?
    Those homes are truly inspiring! Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing them and for hosting!
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..Easter Bonnet Cookies =-.

  2. Sharon

    Oh, those houses are lovely! Makes me think of a fairy tale! I live on a small farm in Upstate New York, so we don’t have as many “charming” houses… but we are happy with the old farmhouse we fixed up!

  3. Heidi - Heart and Home

    Such pretty houses. I just love house “window-shopping”! Especially at night, when a little of the inside can be seen through the lit up windows! I love to take an evening walk and yes, I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a snoop!
    That sure is a lovely neighborhood! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Hope you have a nice weekend.
    Stop by for a visit sometime!
    Heidi – Heart and Home
    .-= Heidi – Heart and Home´s last blog ..Heart and Home is Fresh For Spring ! =-.

  4. Molly

    I didn’t know you were an Oregonian! I’m in Newberg :)
    .-= Molly @ thecreativemaven´s last blog ..Spring Vase Filler =-.

  5. Kat

    Both of these homes are beautiful. I can’t wait until you scale the shrubbery to show us more!

    Kat :)
    .-= Kat´s last blog ..Life is a Highway =-.

  6. teresa

    My daughter lives close by that town….and just about every time I visit ….We go to something in that area. It truly is lovely.
    Thanks for sharing.
    .-= teresa´s last blog ..Easter Decorations- =-.

  7. Marianne

    Hi Melissa,
    This Friday I have been inspired by YOU! Well I have been inspired by you more often of course, but today it has resulted in a project and a post!
    Thanks for hosting the party, I am as always glad to be a part of it.
    Have a nice weekend.
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..How I made a Twig Wreath (sort off) =-.

  8. Kathy

    Beautiful properties, Melissa! That first one is so welcoming ~ I would love to come home to that every evening!

  9. Kifus

    Gorgeous houses! There are a number of lovely houses around where I live but I’ve never been able to summon the courage to take pics of them. I’m scared that the owners might get mad at me for taking pics, and I’m too shy to ring the bell and ask for permission!

    Thanks for hosting Melissa and have a sunny weekend!
    .-= Kifus´s last blog ..Typical Argentine Porches =-.

  10. 50centlove

    I’m kinda new around your blog and I am a “drive by” house picture taker too!. :O)

    I’m glad to link up with some inspirational bloggers.
    .-= 50centlove´s last blog ..I will never turn my back on you =-.

  11. Imperfect

    I love the tulips in those first pictures. I think the return of flowers is by far my favorite part of spring!
    .-= Imperfect´s last blog ..A Cup of Love =-.

  12. Kim

    Wow, I don’t know why I haven’t seen your blog before. I love looking at homes and decor so I will definitely be back often. Just joined your linky party. Thanks so much for hosting it.


  13. Gina

    Beautiful! The homes in that area are lovely, aren’t they? I love to drive by too, when we’re up in that neck of the woods!
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..Inspiration Comes in Blue =-.

  14. Angie

    Those homes were gorgeous! I LOVE the one with the shrubs and gate! So yes next time PLEASE scale the shrubs! ;)

  15. The Stylish House

    I know this area well and these beautiful homes, because I used to live in Beaverton. I miss browsing at Powell’s Books on a rainy weekend afternoon.
    Thank you for sharing this inspiration and hosting this fun event!

  16. Stacey

    Oooh, just beautiful! What a gorgeous little courtyard garden! :)
    ps–don’t forget to link up to my Green Thumb Gardening party tomm.! :)

  17. Mary Joy

    Wow!!! Melissa!!! Those houses are so gorgeous and so welcoming!!!
    I can see why you love them so much. I am extremely excited about my own new project. We found a house!!! And every single creative nesting instinct in me it on fire!!! LOL It needs lots of love…especially the outside yard. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty… I am SO inspired today!!

    I would love for you to drop by my blog and see the pics of our new house. LOL I am thrilled that I don’t have any swine colored walls but we have our own challenges. :)


    Mary Joy
    .-= Mary Joy @ Life Moments´s last blog ..We found a house…let the nesting begin!!! =-.

  18. meghan

    i went to lewis & clark for my freshman year of college. love, love, love that area! aaahhh the memories:)
    .-= meghan´s last blog big frog =-.

  19. Angela

    I love the gate on the second home. It is so welcoming. My husband spent so time in Lake Oswego, we visited a few years ago and it is such a beautiful part of the country.
    Thank you for hosting.
    .-= Angela @ ImagineCozy´s last blog ..Family Room Redesigned =-.

  20. teresa

    Hi Melissa!
    How fun that you got to take a little trip down to Portland. I know you must miss living down there!
    I can imagine that you miss that lovely home…but I am sure that you are beginning to put the “Sweet Melissa” touches on your new home!
    The houses that you featured are just PERFECTION!
    Like a dream!
    Why does SNOWWHITE come to mind?
    I think I found the paint colors for you!
    Will make sure this weekend!
    Found two big cans of paint in the garage that say…trim & walls!
    Yeah! Surely that is it! And I will send them to you asap!
    Love the new layout of your blog!
    Just lovely!
    Happy Weekend!

  21. Gayle

    I did a walk this week snapping pictures of inspiration. My drive-by pictures are of sweet simple things we all love and enjoy; charming homes, a little garden, a coffee shop with an umbrella out front. Come on by and see my neighborhood in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
    .-= Gayle´s last blog ..Hometown Walk =-.

  22. Marija

    Spring drive bys are always inspiring! In fact,I think anything that has me feeling like spring is in the air is inspiring these days! Fun new catalogs filled with spring clothes have me inspired to clean out my closets and put away my winter gear! Thanks for hosting! Marija
    .-= Marija´s last blog ..Lands End Canvas =-.

  23. Katy

    Melissa I have only recently discovered your blog and I absolutely love your personality and style! Your description of drive-by’s and driving your neighbors crazy made me LOL. It’s kind of like playing tag for grownups (tag! you’re it–on my blog this week!). I look forward to perusing old posts so I can catch up to your regular subscribers. Have a great day!
    .-= Katy´s last blog ..FENG SHUI FOR SANDRA BULLOCK =-.

  24. Jennifer

    Loved the photo’s. I, too, love to drive by and peek at landscaping and exteriors. I usually take my husband with me for a walk, so that we can sloooooowly walk by and admire everything. And if there is an alley, I will walk down those as well. Often times I am surprised by super cute gardens, and beautiful back yard decks. Very inspiring.


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