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The Summer of Bathroom Remodels

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It’s the Summer of Bath Remodels over here at Allison Smith Design.  Last time we took you through a classic Bungalow bathroom addition in St. Paul.  Next up, we’re showcasing a pair of bathrooms in a sweet ranch home in the lovely town of Silverton, Oregon.  It’s a his and hers situation; she prefers the bathroom down the hall with a full sized tub, he prefers the master bathroom with a walk-in shower, but both are in need of some remodeling.  We bridged the gap with some similar fixtures, matching mirrors, and gave both bathrooms some much-needed updates and lighting.   Check out the photo gallery to see how matte black faucets can give a different feel based on the materials they’re paired with.


Pro Tip: If your home has forced air heating with floor vents, a quick and easy way to update your space is by swapping out the vent covers.  It’s a relatively inexpensive way to bring new life into your home.  Notice in the photos below how we went from an old, white-slatted cover to a matte-black patterned cover that compliments our fixtures.  Vent covers come in a variety of colors and styles, choose one that compliments your door hardware or faucet finish.


Before: Hall Bathroom

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After: Hall Bathroom

A soft, creamy yellow for the walls: AS13S from our Color Seasons Summer Soft collection.

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Before: Master Bathroom

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After: Master Bathroom

A light, grassy green for the walls: AS10S from our Color Seasons Summer Bright collection.

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Updating in St. Paul

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Ready for the Rodeo

Over in St. Paul, Oregon, my lovely niece is updating her 1920’s classic bungalow/cottage.  Originally owned by her grandmother, this home has beautiful old bones.  As a mother of four living in the town famous for Rodeos, she and her husband love to entertain.  An unfortunate drawback to living in an older home, however, is an outdated layout.  All of the bathrooms are on the main floor, and all of the bedrooms are upstairs.  The solution is not only a remodel, but a full-on addition in the form of a dormer with new windows.  Her vaulted ceilings were leaving some unused space that was perfect for adding a small master bathroom and walk-in closet.  We added a dormer to accommodate head-height and bring in lots of natural light for their his and hers bathroom.  For the bathroom walls, our soft gray from the Winter Subtle collection was the perfect soothing contrast to the cheery yellow in her bedroom. Because this bathroom didn’t exist before, we had to re-rout the plumbing starting in the foundation, working our way through a main floor bathroom, and finally into the upstairs.  By creating a master suite upstairs, this frees up the main floor bathroom to be used by guests, just in time for one of her St. Paul Rodeo parties.

Bathroom_2The best part about this remodel is that I get to work with my very talented niece.  She has an amazing eye for color and design and has worked for Allison Smith Design in the past.  This project felt more like a collaboration; bringing her personality and style into the final product made it all the more personal and successful.  She and her large family–husband and 4 children between the ages of 3-16–have received a much needed addition to their home that they can enjoy for years to come.  For the rest of the upstairs, head over to the new Portfolio Gallery.

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Before and After: Bathroom Edition

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This Portland homeowner wanted a fresh, updated look for her tired master bathroom.  A calm, soft palette, including our AS10W for the walls, creates contrast with the dark, rich wood of the double vanity.  The switch from built-ins to a free-standing set of cabinets creates a greater sense of space and sophistication where the cabinets look more like furniture, and less like kitchen cupboards.

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The biggest impact in this bathroom is created by the new tiled shower.  Deciding to ditch the bathtub left the space open for some beautiful pebble tile.  To let this gorgeous tile work shine through, the homeowner opted for an elegant frameless shower door. You can see the dramatic difference from those old-fashioned sliding doors on the left; what an improvement!

For more B & As, head over to our Houzz site.

Share your bathroom remodel success stories in the comments below.

Happy decorating!

Everything About the Kitchen Sink

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Latest obsession:  The Farmhouse Sink aka Bib Sink

…aka Apron front.  Whatever you call it, we love it.  Considered by some to be the original sink, these large, utilitarian, rectangular basins were designed to do it all: chores, prepping food, washing all of the dishes, and sometimes washing children too.  Recent trends are heading towards a utilitarian look: exposed brick and hardwood, pendants with exposed bulbs, metal pipes as shelving, the list goes on and on.  Of the items on this list of trends, the farmhouse sink might be the most useful.  Who doesn’t want a sink that can fit both a saucepan and a baby?

This sink is amazing because it instantly creates ambiance in the kitchen.  When you walk in and see a farmhouse sink, you know immediately that this homeowner appreciates a classic, country look, but wants to keep up with a great, long-lasting trend.  While they can fit right in with a modern, eclectic style,  these sinks are especially appropriate for our older Portland home remodels.  Homes in Portland don’t get much older than the 1920’s and 30’s, which is the perfect era for this look.  (Side note: here is an awesome map showing the age of Portland homes) Whether your home is a country cottage, or newer construction with a post-industrial design, this sink will last a lifetime and somehow always feel fresh.

This kitchen sink doesn’t have the bib, but still has plenty of farmhouse charm.  We used black subway tile, soft blue walls, and a silver tin ceiling.  Cup pulls help tie the look together and keep it true to the home’s classic architecture.

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The classic black and white kitchen.  Always a charmer, and so easily livened up with some pops of color from flowers, towels, and dishes.  The best thing about a black and white kitchen is you can really go wild with your accessories and completely update the look on a whim.

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A more subdued, country kitchen also works well with this style of sink.  Use the colors you would find on a farm: the buttery cream of fresh milk, rustic bronze from rich soil, and cornflower blue.

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And last, but certainly not least, our newest remodel of a home in Carlton, Oregon.  This kitchen received the star treatment remodel with all new appliances, flooring, countertops, and a mosaic tile backsplash that goes all the way to the ceiling(!).  This eclectic design combines new trends with lasting traditions.  Let us know what you think.

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What do you think of this style?  Will it last?  Would you use this sink in conjunction with a modern home?

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Getting Cozy…

So your crock pot has been running full-blast for days, fire is roaring, hot cider is piping, but you’re still not feeing cozy enough?  It’s probably your walls.  Try one of our warm, glowing Color Seasons: Fall shades to complete your cozy nest.  A local Portland homeowner recently requested a remodel of her spacious bathroom and asked that we create a spa-like retreat for her to relax and rejuvenate.  We brought in Fall Bright AS14F for the walls, and natural slate tile for the floors and bathtub surround.  A rich cherry finish for the cabinets and natural wood blinds bring a tropical feeling in spite of dreary Portland weather.

Not in the market for a full remodel?  Give it a DIY with Allison’s fool-proof color-matching paint line: Your Color SeasonsPacific NW Portland bathroom remodel interior with slate tile

Check out the rest of her tropical retreat here.

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