report on portland part 1: life + limb


I visited one of my favorite places in Portland, Oregon when we were about to head back home. Before we left town, we made it a point to stop at Life + Limb, the fantastic store of Molly Quan, who was profiled in the most recent ReadyMade. Quan specializes in things we already love, and some we’re starting to: modern design, art, and succulents. We loved the simple, elegant plant arrangements she creates, and we also liked her collection of housewares.

Life + Limb carries a wide variety of plants — even if you’re not quite ready to make a big investment, you can find lots of great succulents in the $6-15 range. And if you’re new to succulents like I am, Quan takes the time to talk to you about what you’re looking for, if it’s safe for animals, and how to care for it.


Llife + Limb also carries work by local artists. Currently showing is work by Quan’s friend Brent Wick, and we were also entranced by this modern dollhouse created by local architect J.M. Cava and cabinetmaker Mark Allen (contact Life + Limb if you’re interested in buying one).

We traveled back to Seattle with some lovely succulents — one planted by Quan in one of the gorgeous pots she sells, and a few others to plant ourselves. Highly recommended if you’re in the area, but if you’re not — Life + Limb just opened a store online! –Mary T.

P.S. Thanks for all the great tips on where to go in Portland — we followed a lot of your suggestions! I’ll have more on the trip, including our rave about the Ace, in the next few days.

From our partners

This looks like a cool store. I’ve been wanting to go to Portland for some time now, since my husband has worked up there. I hear the downtown is very cool, lots of great shopping, bistros, etc.

Nice post. I loved it