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Two weeks ago, we gathered together with a few of our closest friends in Portland, Oregon to celebrate the spirit of creativity and collaboration. Colorhouse and Rejuvenation have come together this summer to create the Mercantile Color Collection – 36 timeless, interior hues inspired by items found in bulk bins at General Stores of old. Color names include CHALK, TEA, SEED, DENIM, SPICE, and FLINT.

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Elder Hall proved to be the perfect location for this celebration. A new community event space by Ned Ludd chef, Jason French, this shaker-inspired interior has the Mercantile colors TEA .02, DENIM .05, and FLINT .05 on it’s newly painted walls.

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The evening began with our friends helping to “set the table”. We brought our pedal-powered spin art bike that created individual works of art for the table runner.

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Tanner Goods brought their leather press for making napkin-holders and Mazama ceramic water glasses and pitchers brought the beauty of the handmade to the extended family-style tables. Kiriko quilts made from vintage Japanese textiles surrounded guests as they dined, hung up high on the walls in Elder Hall.

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Hilary Horvath provided the flower mixture of Queen Anne’s lace and zinnias that were placed in mason jars previously painted with Mercantile Color Collection favorite DENIM .05.

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Jason French created an Oregon seafood pot-pie making station where guests mixed, scooped, and assembled the ingredients for this delicious menu item before going into the oven.

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Taste buds came alive during the meal, as the menu grew from corn fritters with red pepper jelly and heirloom tomato salads with black olive puree to milk-braised pork with caponata and fresh grapes.

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Connected through the common thread of color, creativity, and collaboration, this small gathering epitomized the spirit of Portland- the shared birthplace of both Colorhouse and Rejuvenation. As Jason French said in his welcome, “We are makers, and we wanted to involve you in the process of the making. It’s a part of what makes Portland really special.”

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Photo credits: Stuart Mullenberg