Christopher David

Christopher David

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We’ve been trying to get out of our usual rounds of places we frequent. It’s easy to fall into a familiar and comfortable rut when you have your tried and true favorites. Since we’ve been on the hunt for items to decorate and furnish our new home, we broke away from the norm to stop by Christopher David, which opened no more than 9 months ago in Portland’s Pearl District. This unique and humble establishment is the brainchild of Chris Giovarelli, an accomplished decor and interiors professional. In this shop you can not only stop in for a treat and a cuppa, which is served up by the highly experienced Kevin Nichols of the London School of Coffee, but you can browse and carouse the curated collection of inspiring furnishings, objects, and goods that embody the charming space.

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I wanted to buy everything in there or at least learn how to curate like them. Turns out, you can actually learn from the experts themselves at one of their workshops. I think the best part about stopping in, aside from being able to indulge in expertly crafted cups, was the western wall which is maintained by their resident floral design expert, Cosmin Biscora. I really love keeping plants in our home, but I have a bad habit of neglecting them (forgetting about them) or over-loving them (touching too much/over watering.) Even with succulents, some of the least fussy plant you can get, I have been able to either do too much or too little. Maybe with a few tips from a professional I can do better in the future. There were plenty of gorgeous little plants around Christopher David and I’m pretty sure we will be back to pick up a few and roam around and stare at all the beautiful things that make Christopher David so special…

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11Comments

  • eleanor / 7 May 2014 10:35

    ah this is all excellent as usual. love the cacti!
    xxx
    http://eleanorcos.blogspot.com/

  • Vickie / 8 May 2014 3:23

    wow, what a gorgeous space

  • lucinda / 8 May 2014 8:41

    i love the concept of mixing a coffee shop with curated goods. chris Giovarelli certainly has an eye! and by the photos taken, so do you!

    question: how do you approach photography in public spaces like this? do you ask the owner if they don’t mind you taking pictures or do you just go for it? i’m always so shy to take the camera out and i get all selfconcious of people watching me take photos. any tips?

    • endlesslyenraptured / 9 May 2014 5:15

      Aw! Thank you so much Lucinda!! As for photographing in public places, it really depends on the situation. Sometimes I just go for it, and other times, if I feel unsure if it’s okay to take photographs or not, I go ahead and ask. I like by the motto ‘the worst thing they can say is no.’ Oftentimes if you introduce yourself and ask nice enough, individuals are super encouraging! And it also makes you feel much more relaxed having your camera out. You get out there and go for it!

      – Jade

  • Niken / 9 May 2014 4:31

    gosh! love love! what a great place

    • endlesslyenraptured / 9 May 2014 5:12

      We are already planing to spend another morning there this weekend!

      – Jade

  • Colette / 19 May 2014 7:43

    This place is just beautiful! Reminds me of the coffee shop I love to frequent in Fort Worth, “Brewed”. I love well curated places. I have a question though, how do you manage to take such great indoor shots? Do you ask permission to the owners before taking out your camera? I always feel intimidated taking pictures and miss out on opportunities to showcase the wonderful places I get the chance to go to. Any tips on how to overcome that?

  • Logan / 17 June 2014 12:26

    These are really great photos! Would you mind sharing what kind of lens you are using to photograph interior shots?

    • endlesslyenraptured / 17 June 2014 2:00

      Of course! I used a 50mm 1.4 for all of these photographs. It is definitely my go to lens…

      – Jade

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