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Heatherwood Apartments – 2018 Remodel

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Allison Smith Design recently remodeled the common space at Heatherwood Apartments, Mill Creek Washington. We’ve had the pleasure of working with this client previously and we were excited to freshen up these spaces.

Allison selected the interior materials, finishes, and layouts for this project as well as the furniture and décor.

Sitting Area1 Remodel

Sitting Area

The goal on this project was to create an open and inviting common space for occupants to work and lounge in, one that avoided feeling too formal.
One method of accomplishing this was to include a bright focus point with an orange accent wall.

Sitting Area &; Wall Clock

Sitting Area & Wall Clock



We aimed to create a relaxed atmosphere via the wall décor and accessories.

Therefore, we chose a lot of tactile items, many made of natural materials, that invite interraction.
Heatherwood has some gorgeous landscaping on the grounds, so we wanted to give a nod to the natural beauty that surrounds it.



Wall-mounted succulents

Wall-mounted succulents

Material choices can make a huge difference in the atmosphere of a space. Take for example the floorboards in this photo.
Because they cover such a large swathe of the room, their presense really ties together all of the design elements.
We really enjoy how the orange tones in the floor played off of the warm tones in the wall color.



A few other areas in Heatherwood were also in need of remodeling, such as this movie theatre and cafe/kitchen nook.
The cafe nook had previously been enclosed by a wall, which bared against foot traffic
A wall in the nook was taken out and a new open seating plan was implemented. We love these sleek pewter pedestal tables.





Altogether, the updates at Heatherwood are designed to invite visitors to return to the space again and again.
Key ingredients, such as a good wall color, exceptional layout, and playful décor (such as these horses) can really invigorate a space.

Fireplace Horses

Fireplace Horses

What were your favorite design details? Leave us a note here, or check out our facebook page for more project info!
-ASD Crew

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 to be scaled back…just a bit.  But, don’t fear, there is a solution.

Our client came to us recently with exactly this issue: a plethora of picture frames in every color under the sun.

Our solution: Select the best/most sentimental photos, print them in black and white, and use a consistent color throughout for the frames themselves.

The result is a fireplace surround that feels more like an art installation.  The photos all belong together–even though they all show different events and people.  The frames provide a consistent backdrop and allow the area to feel both formal and personal.

Things to avoid: Frames that hold multiple photos are not your friend.  Instead, giving each photo it’s own frame will encourage you to make thoughtful selections and provides a more sophisticated look.

White frames with B&W photos is a fantastic fall back if you’re looking for a quick way to simplify your cherished family memories.  However, I would recommend taking the colors of your space into account.  White works in this home because the trim is white, there are pops of white in the fireplace mosaic, and some of the accessories are white.

If you’ve got a very dark mantle, or wood trim, it would be worth considering a frame color/finish that will blend in with the background you’re putting it against.

Same goes for the B&W treatment.  If you’re looking for vintage, try sepia.

Happy Decorating!!






And a wider shot of the room:



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