Author Archives: Allison Smith

Family Photos Done Right

It’s the age-old dilemma that plagues us all: Do I have too many family photos on display?  The answer is probably yes. While you may take pride in your beautiful family and wish to display every milestone and holiday in a mismatched collage of panoramas and portraits, the overall look is often cluttered and could stand […]

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Vintage PDX Christmas

Owning an older home always comes with an added layer of responsibility and often a lot more work.  However, the reward can be immeasurable when it comes to keeping traditions alive and preserving the history of your space.  Christmastime always brings nostalgia, and there’s just something about old homes and holiday decorations that feels magical. […]

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Put Down the Glue Gun: Christmas Edition

Holiday decorating festive christmas mantle

As of December 1st, we are well into the Christmas season.  Time to decorate! Lets start with the mantel: Before you bust out the glitter and Popsicle sticks, lets take a moment to consider some alternative ways of creating a festive atmosphere that is both cheerful and classy.  While DIY decorations are a fun and […]

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After Construction; Before Furniture

We’re wrapping up Phase II over at our client’s home in NW Portland now; the window treatments will be installed later this month.  Check out Phase I over here. It’s now time for one of my favorite aspects of design–pulling it all together with just the right furniture and accessories.  Our fresh palette is ready–new […]

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NW Portland Design: Before, During…

With sprawling ceilings, a formal dining room, and an open kitchen, this NW Portland home had all the right proportions in all the right places.  The one thing it was lacking was an updated design package–including all new surfaces, lighting, plumbing, hardware, and window treatments. We broke the project down into phases: Phase I: New flooring, […]

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