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5 Quick, High-Impact Ways to Easily Update Your Home

Enjoy Dramatic Home Updates Without the Construction Drama! With construction costs and project timelines increasing, many people are asking us about ways to creatively transform their spaces without a major renovation. The great news is updating your home doesn’t have to be all or nothing. There are many changes you can make in your home …

How to Infuse Your Neutral Décor with Pops of Color

Over the last two decades of interior design trends, it can feel like we have gone from one color extreme to the other! In the early 2000’s we saw a lot of saturated color on the wall. Entire rooms were bathed in solid paint colors. In the 2010’s gray took over in a big way! …

How to Expertly Style a Shelf or Bookcase [7 Tips]

Whether you are lucky enough to have built-in bookcases, or you just have a few floating shelves, shelving is a great way to display accessories, art, and other treasures that are meaningful to you. We love Pinterest and use it for inspiration and mood boards, but if you search “shelfie inspiration” on Pinterest you get… …

Is Modern Farmhouse Going Out of Style?

How to navigate popular design trends as they come and go. Unless you have been living under a rock or off the grid for the last few years, you have most definitely heard of Modern Farmhouse. You might associate the explosion of its popularity with Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show, Fixer Upper, but the foundation …

Construction and remodeling costs are through the roof – what is happening?

If you are like many homeowners, this last year has given you a case of “renovation fever.”  With most of us spending most of our time at home, we can’t help but notice all the things that we’ve always wanted to change and update. There seems to be no end to our project list. However, …

ASD Featured on Redfin

Check out the recent Redfin articles Allison Smith Design was featured in: Experts Reveal How to Tackle a Guest Bathroom Remodel like a Pro and Interior Design Rules of Thumb You Should Stick By. There’s no better place in your home to be bold and daring with design than in the guest bathroom. And not …

An Interior Designer’s Favorite Home Decor Sources in Portland

Imagine you are scrolling through Instagram, coveting all the beautiful room photos by the interior designers you follow. You might be wondering: where do they find all these amazing pieces of art, furniture, and accessories? How can I find such unique things for myself? [enjoyinstagram_mb] There is a good chance that many of these goods …

4 Popular Interior Design Styles Explained

We all have design elements that we naturally gravitate to, but have you ever really thought about why? Each design style has different shapes, layers, textures, colors and other elements that help to define it. In this Facebook Live, Allison broke down four of the most popular interior design styles for us: Traditional, Transitional, Modern …

4 Steps to the Perfect Paint Palette

Color says so much about the mood of everything that happens in design. Whether the space is commercial or residential, color sets the tone. For new construction projects, the color palette starts when you are specifying the hard materials in the design. For projects where you are working around existing hardscapes like cabinetry or tile …