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Anna Louise | Portland, Oregon  Would-be hoarder. Vintage shopkeeper. Unrealistic dreamer. @experimentalvintage

https://www.etsy.com/shop/experimentalvintage

I moved into my @experimentalvintage work studio 2 and a half years ago. Before that, I had been running my business out of my home for 8 years. It was such a scary step for me to take. I really couldn’t afford it at the time. Literally, I had to borrow money from my parents to make it happen. Looking back, it’s one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made. I work best under pressure, and knew I’d have to rise to the challenge of paying an extra $1000 a month to give my business a place where it could grow. I struggled so much to make things work financially at first. Hell, I still do. But by taking that leap, I was sending a message to myself: you can make this dream work. And, so far I have.
My business has grown exponentially since then. It’s still a constant struggle to make ends meet- but I’m a single woman who owns a business, a home, a rental home, AND gets to do something I truly love for a living. To me, this is success.
But my landlords need this space back for their own business, and the time has come for me to move on from this magical place that has been an incubator for my business, as well as my own personal growth. I have known this for months, but am now just ready to face the fact that I’m losing this space where I have found a version of myself and my business that I truly love. I am not so good at change. I am working on getting better at it. Oh, the unknown- it truly haunts me. I’m moving out of my studio on March 2nd, and am moving into a temporary studio space while I plan my next business move. It makes me so nervous to not know where my business will be physically in a few months.
But:
Change means growth.
There are good things in the works.
Your business will continue to thrive.
These are the mantras that are on repeat in my head right now.
Thanks for following along with me in this forum, and even giving enough of a damn to read to the end of this ramble. I appreciate you, and all of your support. More than you know.
So I guess I’m just putting this move out in the open, because I’m pretty scared and I think that admitting that is already making me feel more empowered.
So cheers to change, and to leaning into the unknown ✨

I’ve lived alone for the better part of 9 years now, which is basically awesome EXCEPT for those times when you eat some bad Thai food and then have to roll/crawl out of bed the next morning and wander into Safeway like a zombie (which you hate shopping at because they don’t offer hardly any local Portland products, but it’s the closest thing to your house so damn) and wander around the store aimlessly and kind of sweating looking for bread that you’re hoping will soak up whatever is lingering in your belly. And THAT’S when you wish you had roommates. Who else lives alone? 🙋🏻‍♀️ What’s your favorite, or most unfavorite thing about it?? Humor me- I have a feeling I’ll be stuck on this couch all day 🤕
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#sickday #portland #independentaf #buttodayidontwanttobe

Mornings like this ✍🏼☕️🙏🏼
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#coffee #butfirstcoffee #flatlay #bed #bedroom #sheets #write #read #modigliani #art #succulent #

I have to fight Lola for the tub pretty much every morning 🙄I’m a Pisces, and true to my sign I really benefit from being near/in water (especially warm bath water with a lil’ lavender essential oil splashed in). I light candles, bring coffee/wine/water, read books, give myself massages, etc. It’s my favorite form of self care. (Also, Einstein’s Dreams is one of my favorite books ever- I highly recommend it for a quick, feel-good read). If you feel like sharing, i’d love to hear your favorite self-care routine! .
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#experimentalvintage #rug #bathroom #vintagestyle #selfcare #selflove #catsofinstagram #turkishrug #bathtub #tub #apartmenttherapy #urbanjunglebloggers #cat #read #book #portland #philodendron #pdx #style

I rescued this philodendron from the flea market almost two years ago- it was nearly dead when I brought it home. Now, it’s finally unfurling new leaves for the first time since I’ve had it. I guess all it needed was some tender loving care, 500 days near a sunny window, lots of John Coltrane, and some patience. Another reminder for me- good things take time 🌿
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#philodendron #mantle #fireplace #design #art #patience #bepatient #goodthingstaketime

Early morning is my favorite time of day. Something about the stillness of the 5-8am timeframe truly grounds me. Everything feels fresh and possible when I’m here in these hours.
What’s your favorite time of day? .
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#jungalowstyle #urbanjunglebloggers #home #rustic #decor #vintage #experimentalvintage #catsofinstagram #kilim #rug #rugs #plant #plants #livingroom #boho #art #portrait #portland #morning #interiors #design #interiordesign #interiores #pnw #style #vintagestyle #homeinspo

Sunday morning matcha 🍵 I’ve been using a local Portland brand @mizubateaco and am really enjoying it. I always try to shop small and local when I can. Happy Sunday! .
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#matcha #kitchen #pottery #shelfie #morning #vintagestyle #experimentalvintage #shopsmall #rustic #home #decor #sun #sundayvibes #plants #apartmenttherapy #urbanjunglebloggers #jungalowstyle #interiores #design #interiordesign #pnw #portland #pdx #spaces #philodendron

Saturday morning: lots of coffee, the new @rhye album, and studying up on rugs from the comfort of my tweed couch 👌🏽 What’s your morning like? .
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#coffee #butfirstcoffee #plants #kilim #rug #pattern #morning #saturday #tweed #home #apartmenttherapy #urbanjunglebloggers #jungalowstyle #pattern #design #cozy #interiordesign #interiores #thrifted #style #portland

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