Building a Better Central Oregon

Each year, the Central Oregon Association of Realtors embarks on Building a Better Central Oregon, which takes place during the summer and started last week. Each week, a group tours several locations throughout Bend that are doing cool and innovative work to make Central Oregon the best place to live (even more than it already is).

BBCO’s main purpose is to recognize worthy residents who have enhanced their community with outstanding new or renovated residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Projects are judged on economic impact, neighborhood improvement, unique design or use of materials.

At the end of the summer, locations are awarded with a variety of awards. Check it out to see who won what in 2018.

This year, Patty joined the group and we’ll be highlighting some of the amazing things happening around Bend.

First up, they toured the Bethlehem Inn, Northwest Storage, Trampoline Zone and On Tap. Here’s a few things that are going on at these incredible spots.

Bethlehem Inn

“After 20 years in existence, the Bethlehem Inn homeless shelter finally has their own home. The Inn doubled its family units from 5 to 10 in 2018 with Phase I, which included the administration and service hub along with a commercial kitchen and in 2019, the Singles Building will be complete which increases the capacity from 70 to 100 men and women. SunWest Builders and Ascent Architecture, along with a host of excellent subcontractors contributed to the success of the project, which serves a large population of homeless people in Central Oregon. The Inn works with over 70 agencies to assist in transitioning our under-served population to stable housing and health.”

Northwest Self Storage

“This building has had significant impact on the beautification and improvement of this neighborhood. It also has a unique design and enhances the area greatly. This company also has a program for their employees called the “Give Collective.” Northwest Self Storage foundation donates several $1,000 grants to their employees who apply on behalf of nonprofits that they are passionate about. Through that, they have given to Bethlehem Inn, Grandma’s House and Kid’s Center in Central Oregon, just to name a few. Which benefits our community even more.”

Trampoline Zone

“18th Street Sportsplex is a new 50,000 sq foot facility located on Bend’s east side near the 10 Barrel Brewery. This four story multi-sport facility is home to Trampoline Zone and Adventure Park, the Jumping Pickle Cafe and Pickleball Zone. Since opening the doors in November 2018, 18th Street Sportsplex has put a smile on over 30,000 visitors. The company is on a mission to create safe, wholesome, affordable family fun in our community.”

On Tap

“On Tap is a wonderful place to enjoy a beverage, tasty meal and do it with a view. It has 30 tap handles and six food trucks. They have a newly enclosed and covered patio with heaters, bar seating and TVs. The two large outdoor fire pits and lawn are great to sprawl out and let the kids and dogs play. On Tap filled a need in NE Bend for a fun family friendly place to hang out in the community. The owners remark that the community has been so appreciative and supportive since their opening.”

There’s more to come from Building a Better Central Oregon and we’re excited to see how things unfold!


A Holiday Checklist to Make Your Season Lighter, Brighter and Stress Free

We are down to the last few holidays of the year and 2019 is coming in hot and full of hope. In addition to the friends, family and incredible holiday parties and general feeling of giving and love in the air, our stress meter can also exceed its limit this time of year.

We want to make things a little easier for you and give you a checklist of all the things to do that might be swirling around in your head but haven’t yet made it onto the paper.

Feel free to print it out and make it apart of your holiday planning toolkit!

Holiday Checklist

Download Holiday Checklist

How do you prepare for the holidays in the final moments?


Patty Dempsey: Dedicated to the Environment

Patty Dempsey and Andrea Phelps both have unique personalities, which is what makes their team so fun to work with. Continuing on the track of highlighting some of the things that make them special, this week we’re going to talk about Patty and her dedication to reducing her impact on the environment.


Dempsey|Phelps Client Event at the Environmental Center

Patty’s drive to reduce, reuse and recycle has become deeply apart of her life over the last few years. It all started with her distaste for the landfill and expanded from there. She started noticing how many daily items get thrown away or how we don’t think about what happens to them once we put them in the trash. From here, she started investigating ways to reuse items and change the way she interacts with the environment.

“I am more cautious about what I buy and strive to recycle, re-use and re-purpose as much as possible.”

Patty reduces her waste by minimizing the use of clamshells as much as possible. Clamshells are those little plastic containers that hold your strawberries, to-go orders and electronics. They’re not recyclable through your regular recycling bin and it’s hard to find places that will actually take them. The best thing to do is to just not use them at all or to bring your own, reusable containers to the grocery store and use the bulk section or pick up your fruits and veggies from the Farmer’s Market.

Another way Patty makes an effort is by using Dropps Detergent, plant-based detergent that is shipped right to your door. It’s pretty amazing. They don’t use bottles like other detergents and they’re made from products that won’t damage the environment.

She also uses shampoo and conditioner bars instead of plastic bottles (they’re like soap bars, but for your hair!), glass reusable spray bottles for cleaning countertops, cloth instead of paper towels, reusable mesh bags for produce at the grocery store, reusable bags and cardboard boxes for groceries, local produce and meats, using cold water for laundry and hang drying whenever possible. She also recently had a high efficiency hot water heater and HVAC installed and a Nest device to control it. She uses her Hydro Flask as much as possible instead of plastic water bottles and reusable sandwich bags.

Recently, Patty has also added a few metal reusable straws to her purse so she doesn’t have to use the plastic ones at restaurants.

It’s hard to get into the habit of changing how we interact with our waste, but once we start thinking about it, it’s hard to stop. One thing that really helped Patty get more familiar with the options out there was Mighty Nest, a subscription box that sends you environmentally conscious alternatives

“I’m not perfect but it is a start.”

How do you reduce, reuse and recycle? We’d love to know!

Andrea Phelps: Passion for Animals

Andrea Phelps and Patty Dempsey both bring different characteristics, traits, personalities and passions to their business and we thought it would be fun to highlight some of what makes both of them so unique. Starting with Andrea and her passion for animals.

From a very young age, Andrea describes herself as being obsessed with animals of every kind. She just loved them and that love hasn’t gone anywhere. As a kid, she had fish, birds, dogs, cats, hamsters, you name it, in her family. Sometimes one at a time but often all at once.

What really made Andrea’s heart sing, however, was when she and her family moved from Battleground, Washing to Vancouver when she started high school. This was a big move for them because it meant they were able to add horses to their family.

“My sister Melissa and I would spend hours riding, brushing, hanging on, standing on and loving on those horses.”

Their first horse was an Appaloosa named Frosty, who was a middle aged gentleman when he joined them on their small acreage. And he lived to the ripe old age of 38! Andrea says he was the best first horse ever. Patient beyond belief and stubborn too. He was perfect for young, inexperienced riders.

“So even though all animals are special to me, horses are in my heart.”

One of the Central Oregon organizations she supports each month is Equine Outreach, a horse rescue and sanctuary. They are at full capacity now with horses enjoying a loving, happy home where they are spoiled and doted on “as it always should have been for them.” If you or someone you know are looking for a new friend in your family and have room for a rescued horse, please consider adopting! There are even two donkeys, Larry and Louise, who are looking for their forever homes.

Andrea is passionate about Adopt-Don’t-Shop and is also a vegetarian. All her animals have been adopted from shelters in Central Oregon. Her animals currently include Lila the dog, Mia the cat, Hamish the chinchilla and two fish.


11 Ways to Uncover Your Personal Color Palette

Where do you find the colors you love? And just because you love a hue, does that mean it’s right for your walls? Let’s take a closer look at color inspiration. Here you’ll find tips for how to get your creative juices flowing and zero in on the color palettes that speak to you.

Your Personal Color Palette

Be Inspired by a Landscape You Love

Choosing your paint colors based on hues that occur together in nature takes some of the guesswork out of paint picking. The beach is the quintessential example of taking the landscape to a color scheme — the hues of sand, water and sky work beautifully as paint colors, as well as on furniture and accessories.

Snap Pictures of Colors that Inspire You on Walks and Travels

Carry a camera and capture those little details that inspire you as you see them. Taking quick snapshots with your camera phone is fine — the point is more in the noticing than in the quality of your pictures. Sometimes the spirit of a place really shines through in the colors used there, so mine those old vacation photos for inspiration, too.

Notice the Subtle Hues that Move You

Not everyone is drawn to bold, clear colors; that is only one small slice of the spectrum. Pay attention to the subtle hues and particular shades that move you, as these can become great color palettes. Perhaps you are drawn to the rich browns of worn leather and old wood. If you love blue, is it midnight, pale aqua or French blue? Get specific.

Try Doing a Color-a-Day Experiment

This practice is a workout for your creativity and visual sense. Look for shades of one color to photograph each day, until you have covered them all. Keep your eyes peeled for pretty veggies in the produce bins, graffiti on a brick wall, a row of colorful binders in your office — nowhere is off-limits.

Look to the Branding of Good Restaurants, Shops, and Other Businesses

Shops are often great places for finding color schemes, since great care was taken to design them in an appealing way. The next time you walk into a shop or restaurant and find yourself really enjoying the atmosphere, stop and ask yourself why. Take a closer look at your surroundings — is it the paint color that makes you feel good? Try to begin naming what really works for you.

Pay Attention to Shop Displays

When you’re inside a shop, pay special attention to beautiful displays of objects and flowers — especially color combinations that catch your eye. Notice which color was used in a larger swath and which color punctuates the arrangement. For instance, you may be drawn to a display of sunshine-yellow mugs, but upon further thought realize it’s the deep blue tile wall in the background that really makes it for you.

Consider the Architecture of Your Home and the Region You Live In

What colors are typically used to play up the sort of house you have? Noticing doesn’t mean you have to follow suit, but it can help guide you in your process. Southwestern homes, for instance, tend to feature rich earth-tone colors, which complement the landscape beautifully.

Aim to Complement What You Already Own

Look at what you already have in your home — do you tend to be drawn to bright, statement-y furniture with bold colors and patterns? If so, you may want to stick with neutral walls that won’t compete. If your furniture taste runs to white, white and more white, perhaps a subtle (but not white) neutral would add interest to your clean aesthetic. Assess the finishes in your home (floors, counters etc.) as well, since you can use them to find complementary wall colors.

Cast a Wide Net in What You Read for Inspiration  

Decorating books are wonderful, of course, but also consider looking to graphic design, photography and garden books, and all sorts of magazines for inspiration. Save images that call out to you and begin a collection.

Experiment with Inspiration Boards

A board that works for another person may not work for you — so try out different methods until you hit on something that feels fun. Some may love the physical act of cutting and tacking up tear sheets to a board; others may find that fussy. Collect items in a tray or basket, create an ideabook on Houzz, slide your finds into a binder or stuff everything into a big folder.

Learn to Translate What You See

Picking colors for your walls is a highly personal process. The best way to learn about what works for you is to start paying more attention to color … everywhere. Whether you are choosing colors on your own or working with a pro, this will hone your color sense and make picking paint a better experience all around.

Sourced from the Windermere Blog