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About Us

I am Jake Gariepy, a designer, illustrator and writer living with my family in an old farmhouse outside of Eugene, Oregon.  I've been happily married to my wonderful wife Melissa for over twenty years.  We love to work together on all kinds of projects from home decorating and gardening to arts and crafts.

As the parents of eight children, we are always on a tight budget, but that doesn't mean that we can't have a warm and welcoming home filled with fun and character. In fact, the need to be imaginative is what drives us to create!

I've included a list of things that inspire us below.  Maybe you share some of those same interests!  It's only a partial list...  Everyday brings a new discovery.

We hope that you'll find Dapper and Dreamy to be a place of inspiration, new ideas and lots of fun!  

What Inspires Us or...  Things We Love!

Old movies (1930's, 40's, 50's and early 60's)
The Royal Family
Great blogs...

  • Links coming soon!
Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford
Pink Martini, Carla Sarkozy
Prize Ashland
Ashland, Oregon
San Francisco, California
Washington, D.C.
Scandinavian style
English cottage style
Mid-century cozy style
Leave It To Beaver
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Romantic or funny foreign films
Chocolate cake
Trying new recipes
Making old recipes
The Junction City Scandinavian Festival
More coming!


  1. Jake -- When I read "What Inspires Us or... Things We Love!" and "Links Coming Soon" I have to wonder if we were separated at birth!

    1. I think Jake is my long lost cousin......some of us went West and some went East.