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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… …

Mill Creek, WA Remodel

Back to the Seattle area for another commercial remodel!  This one is the common area for Heatherwood Apartments.  We’ve had the pleasure of working with this client previously and we were excited to freshen up these spaces. Allison selected all interior design materials, including tile, flooring, cabinetry finish, lighting, and paint colors.  The goal was …

Put Down the Glue Gun: Christmas Edition

As of December 1st, we are well into the Christmas season.  Time to decorate! 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 personal way to vamp up …

Milk Glass Christmas

 It’s that pretty little dish at Grandma’s house near the davenport that holds those hard candies that have magically all fused into one.  It’s those petite white vases that were made to display a single red rose.  Sometimes it lives in the china cabinet–too delicate for regular use.  We’ve all seen it, but few have really paid it the …

Fall Soft Paint Palette

In a previous post we took you through the Five Steps to Your Personal Color Seasons Palette.  If you love the warm colors of fall, then this Fall Soft Paint Palette is perfect for you. This warm palette sets the proper mood with soothing wheat tones and spicy accents.  Add richness with a plaid or …

Fall Subtle Paint Palette

If you love the warm colors of fall, and want to keep your palette earthy, then the Color Seasons Fall Subtle Color Palette is perfect for you. This quiet, restful palette brings color and coziness into perfect harmony.  Tonal variations of tan-to-gold offer a look you can keep neutral or punch up here and there …

China’s Top Design Magazine

Top Design 2009: Top Attitude In 2009, shortly after completing her Jackson Hole project near Beijing, Allison was interviewed by China’s Top Design Magazine. They were interested in her process around choosing color and decor.

The Summer of Bathroom Remodels

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 …

Updating in St. Paul

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 …

Lake Oswego New Build: Phase 3

The hard work pays off… In theory, new construction should be slightly easier than remodeling existing structures.  There should be no surprises; no, “I wonder what’s inside this wall?” moments.  If everything is implemented exactly according to plan, then new construction will run like a well-oiled machine.  But, because we’re human, there will always be …