last weekend a few friends (Mette, Mel and Darin) and i nerded it up and went on an AIA home tour of six portland homes. lots of beauties, but the standout was the Pietro Belluschi house in the NW hills. the kitchen was my favorite part, with a built-in brick wood oven and spice shelves, followed very closely by the library nook, tea house studio/guest house and upstairs attic office. so now, of course, i'm convinced that we need to buy a mid-century modern house. all in good time.