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Casa Oasis

A personal piece of paradise in Cabo San Lucas….

Casa Oasis

The home is currently under construction…

 

The home is going to feature a Romanesque courtyard in a modern Spanish design.

All elements face the ocean. It’s not typical to be in a high dessert climate where you can still hear the crashing of ocean waves in the distance.

The traditional hacienda features contemporary elements. We kept the materials understated to accentuate the architectural features…

Warm, calm creams and light taupes are mixed with travertine and black iron elements.

Beauty is in the detail… We’ll be using brushed nickel hardware throughout the home. The curvature of each piece harckens back to a traditional hacienda feel, while a brushed nickel finish maintains a contemporary status.

 

A blend of Pacific Northwest sophistication and local artisan craft creates a beautiful and unique juxtaposition that can’t be found elsewhere.

Stay tuned to see photos of the finished and fully furnished Casa Oasis.

–Allison Smith Design Team

Russell St. BBQ – A Southern Counter

Located at 4246 SE Belmont St. Portland, Oregon 97215

 

The owners of Portland’s original Russell St. BBQ – A Southern Kitchen, Sharon and Diane, once again approached us to help with their second location’s design.

The structure of this space lended itself to a great design – with its beautiful wooden beam system, operating street-side garage door, and skylights that brighten the entire space – we added the finishing touches to nestle Russell St. BBQ’s second location into this space.

We added a new 8′ wall at the entry of the space, featuring the original “bucking pig”, as well as a fresh coat of paint, new lighting, and a beautiful wood & corrugated metal buffet-style counter.

It was important to keep some of the same features as the 14 year-old sister restaurant – Russell St. BBQ – A Southern Kitchen in this design.

To check out our design of the original Russell St. BBQ – located at 325 NE Russell Street – click here

To check out the delicious menu – click here

The ’90s Remodel for Millennials

With more and more Millennials reaching the home-buying stage, and a housing market that’s as competitive as ever, people are looking for that “diamond in the rough” type of home that can be fixed up.  By “rough” I mean homes that were built or remodeled in the ’80s and ’90s and seriously ready for a makeover.

Ironically, while fashion treads have placed the crop-top-stretch-pants-oversized-glasses look on a golden pedestal, the floral-valance-with-matching-wallpaper trend of the same era is being kicked to the curb.

Luckily, a lot of these homes have great bones and much of the work is in paint, flooring, lighting, and refinishing.  But, boy what a difference some fresh paint can make.

We recently completed an entire home remodel for a young family.  Check out the B & As.

Master Bedroom: So many things in this before photo made us ask, “Why?”.  Were the green marble columns really necessary?  Did swooping red velvet valences ever look good?

We decided that a stripped down, subtle palette over some rich hardwoods would set the perfect backdrop for some killer custom furniture.

The fireplace is framed out in a tile that resembles ledgestone in its soft range of colors and textures. For a more modern look, we decided to float the fireplace with no hearth underneath.  In this remodel, the fireplace is meant to provide a warm glow, not to act as the focal point of the room.

The subtlety of our palette and finishes allowed for a little bit of sparkle with our lighting choice.  One of the most common issues with ’80s and ’90s style is that there are often competing finishes within a room. In the before photo we’ve got a brass light fixture, black door hardware, and white recessed cans.  Consistency in finishes in so important for creating a cohesive space.  We narrowed it down to black/oil-rubbed bronze finishes for the lighting, fireplace, and door knobs.

 

Here is the room compete with furniture (photo credit):

 

 

We decided to float the bed and anchor it with two perfectly sized bookcases as a divider between the bedroom and dressing room.  The stepped ceiling and central light fixture make more sense when the bed is placed in line with these features.

 

The fireplace is actually two-sided, with the other side facing the freestanding tub in the master bathroom.  It’s a very sweet, romantic and spa-like touch.

 

 

The living room is often where we spend most of our time.  Creating an inviting space with ample light and seating is our main goal.  Amazingly, we were able to keep the carpet–it’s in great condition–and re-design around it in a way that brings the room together.  We talked about family photos in a previous post; this B & A shot shows off the difference between accessorizing with tons of different colors and textures vs continuity in your accent pieces.

 

The greatest impact in remodeling often comes from the kitchen.  Starting in the ’80s and stretching well into the ’00s, honey-colored cabinets were king.  This trend is finally being squashed out, one overly-colorful kitchen at a time.  The craftsmanship of these cabinets was outstanding, so it seemed like a shame to just rip them out.  Instead, we designed around them–much like the carpet in the living room–and by toning down the countertops, walls, and backsplash, we’ve created a space that is more calming than overwhelming.  Also, again with the valences?  Yikes.

Design Tip:  This backsplash is actually 50% glossy and 50% matte.  This technique creates a look that always gets a second glance.  You can see that something is interesting about the tile, but you can’t quite put your finger on it.  It’s the way light hits the backsplash–especially with hand-crafted tile–that creates just the right amount of gleam.

 

Check out the rest of the house.

In our next blog, we’ll take you into the beautiful bathroom remodel and reveal the spa bathtub of your dreams.

 

Happy Decorating!

 

–Allison

 

 

Modern Design in Lake Oswego

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We’ve just finished up our second interior design over on Knaus Rd in Lake Oswego!  This home takes full advantage of the gorgeous greenbelt surrounding the two-story back patio.  One of the nice things about a design like this one is that when you walk in, you’re on the main floor, but your other level is below you.  This means there is a beautiful light, airy feeling to your main living space–highlighted by tall windows and vaulted ceilings.

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We continued these muted neutrals into the bathroom with natural stone tile, polished nickel finishes, and a stunning, free-standing tub.

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The design for this home is approachable and inviting with materials that bring a unique take on the culmination of modern design without losing sight of traditional elements.  Bridging the gap between modern and classic, this home will appeal to a wide range of clientele.

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Although these two projects, Knaus I(on the left) and Knaus II are right next door to each other, their overall look is dramatically different.  The builder wanted each home to feel unique and bring something new to the neighborhood.  This is such a refreshing approach to design.  Check out our first project from Knaus Rd and let us know which design you prefer.

 

–Allison

 

 

Eastmoreland Remodel: Phase I

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This lovely family, two teenage daughters and their father, decided it was time to take advantage of all of the underutilized space their gorgeous 1928 Eastmoreland English cottage.  They asked us to create a plan for a three-phase total home remodel.  Goals include the addition of a basement bathroom, turning their basement storage space into a bedroom–with walk in closet(!), moving some walls and creating a better flow for the main floor, a dormer addition and new bathroom for the second floor, and some space layout adjustments for all three floors.  The end goal is to have each member of the family feel like they have their own space: oldest daughter in the basement, father on the main floor, and younger daughter on the second floor.

For Phase I, we’re starting in the basement.  The oldest daughter, who has been sharing a room with her younger sister, is beyond ecstatic to be moving into her very own basement bedroom–it’s almost like a private apartment!

Here is a little Before, Demo, and Reconstruction for the staircase:

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And After:

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And the bedroom:

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In the next post, I’ll show you how we took a cramped laundry room and turned it into a beautiful laundry/bathroom.

More photos over on Houzz.

 

 

 

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