This sunny sanctuary located in Scottsdale, Arizona, recently completed in October 2018, was designed with the intention of being a getaway from the client’s original home in the Pacific Northwest during the rainy winter season. Allison Smith Design, a Portland took this home and transformed it to create a timeless expression of modern artisan design.
Right off the bat, Allison and her client both agreed that the beautiful Arizona desert surroundings should be implemented into the design of this home. A newly opened kitchen and the install of large sliding glass doors supply an abundance of natural light into the great room creating a larger connection to the outdoor living space. Allison and her client decided on a clean color palette with natural hues pulled from the surrounding desert.
The custom, handmade furniture featuring mixed woods, metals & concrete textures gives this home a true sense of artistry. Vibrant artwork and accessories warm up the industrial materials used as the foundation of the design.
We invite you to explore the photo gallery to see more of this beautiful project for yourself.
Set in an early-twentieth century neighborhood in SE Portland filled with lush greenery, this Eastmoreland home was past due for some loving updates. You may have seen our previous basement renovations of this home not too long ago. Well we can officially say the rest of the home is finished! Allison knew she had to stick to period friendly elements to match the neighborhood–nothing too modern that would be dated in a few years. The ultimate goal was to maintain the home’s authenticity while still giving it a functional update.
When Allison hopped onto this project, she immediately identified issues with the existing floor plan. There were unnecessary exterior doors and space being taken up by previous unprofessional planning with home renovations. In order to open the kitchen up and give it the space it deserved, she planned to take out the existing exterior door and close off the doorway into the now office. A new exterior door was placed near the master suite at the end of the hallway leading into the backyard.
One of the biggest requests of our clients was to fix the lack of privacy for each of the older daughters who desperately needed their own bedrooms, as well as to make each bedroom more functional. (None of them had closets!) To remedy these problems, Allison designed a new bedroom space in the basement for one of the girls and reworked the upper level for the other where they were both initially sharing a room. This also solved the problem of the girls and father having previously been made to share one bathroom. Allison implemented a new joint bathroom/laundry room in the basement that the oldest could use as her personal bathroom.
Of course a renovation project this big came with it’s challenges. Initial design plans included adding a third bathroom to the upper level of the home so that everyone would technically have their own bathrooms. Unfortunately the city shut down those ideas which forced Allison to maximize the existing space she was already working with.
The most drastic changes are clearly seen in the kitchen and the bathroom on the main floor so these are naturally Allison’s favorite two rooms of the finished product. Allison’s design inspiration for the kitchen came from vintage tin ceiling tiles. She found the subtle, yet beautiful tile used in the kitchen back splash and knew she had to use it for this project.
Our team is incredibly proud of this project and we thoroughly enjoy showing off these before and after shots. Feel free to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ as much as we have.
ASD recently finished a rec center for new multi-family housing in Washington state. We’ve had the pleasure of working with this client previously and so were involved in the design process from the beginning! Allison selected the exterior and interior materials, finishes, and layouts for this project as well as the furniture and décor.
We wanted to create an open and welcoming environment as this space is the first that the families will see upon entry. Right when a client walks in they view the welcoming fireplace area with a large sofa just waiting for those rainy days. The tall chimney is on full view as it reaches high into the vaulted ceiling.
With different ceiling heights we didn’t want the magnitude of the vault to be lost and so selected a darker paint color for contrast. This helps the eye to differentiate the ceiling heights.
As always with a thorough and personal touch we’ve added small details and are pretty much in love with the unique nature of this ball made of keys!
The Rec Center also includes a daily coffee cart and a small kitchenette seating area. This area allowed us to utilize open shelving, a thinner counter slab, and a small wine refrigerator. Trying techniques to broaden our knowledge base for future client’s spaces!
Included in this Rec Center is also an outdoor pool area, an indoor gym, and a smaller basketball court.
Let us know if anything particularly stands out to you!
When the ASD team travels we love a fully furnished and well-thought-out design with matching flatware, dishes, and bedding (it really is the little things).
Our goal was to design a cohesive vacation rental which spoke with the cleanliness of a hotel and the warmth of a home. Our goals were met in a future Airbnb rental in beautiful North Portland.
A large, open kitchen is open to the adjacent dining and living rooms.
In larger hotels we are offered a magical bed to sleep on, but board games and favorite books are smaller touches of home we’ve considered. We’ve even included a cocktail strainer so when your party needs a well-made cocktail on a warm Portland afternoon, you’re set.
We’ve developed the most comfortable bedrooms.
A nap in the afternoon sun on this bed? Yes please.
For the traveling readers; don’t worry, we’ve included bedside lamps.
We’ve added some new toiletries from Beekman 1802. They’re a beautiful company from Sharon Springs, NY.
White Water Gift Set
“Fresh Air” Bath and Shower Bundle
Pure Goat Milk Hand Care Duo Caddy Set
Um, and we have serious house envy:
from Beekman Boys House Instagram
And a couple of our favorite details:
What examples of thoughtful touches have you experienced while traveling? Please let us know!
Madison Way apartments, located in the greater Seattle area, received Allison’s magical touch – just in time for fall.
The rec center features camel-colored furniture, which we’ve nicknamed “pumpkin spice” after the famous Starbucks fall-time drink.
A sleek waterfall quartz kitchen island blends beautifully into the concrete-tiled floor. A large piece of driftwood, which spans half the length of the island, works beautifully as a statement piece, and harkens back to the “pumpkin spice” furniture.
While we’re speaking of statements, I ought to mention the kitchen backsplash we chose.
As you would expect, subtle pops of color were used throughout…
This rec center simply couldn’t be cozier… makes you want to grab a pumpkin spice latte and a great book to read by this fireplace.