Tag Archives: DIY Design

Winter Bold Paint Palette

Winter bold color palette for interior design paint

In our last blog post, we featured a step-by-step guide to choosing color.  If you scored mostly A’s in our Quiz and love to make a bold statement, then the perfect palette for you is…

interior design paint colors quiz

Interior design color coordinating idea board

Your style is classic, smart, and straightforward.

The perfect palette for you offers clean lines and a touch of drama by punctuating fresh white with strong fabric colors.  In fabrics, go for deep tones, lots of texture, and mix in a bold black and white print.  This palette is great for older, classic homes but will work well in a modern setting as long as the colors are fully saturated.

I recommend using no more than four colors to create a coordinated color scheme.  Subtle hues and tints of these colors may be used to vary the effect.  Each palette is divided into one predominant color and three accent colors.  Use the predominant color in the palette for the largest areas or space in the house, such as the entryway, hallway, family room, or great room. We ended up using the predominant color–a crisp white–in the kitchen, and one of the accent colors–a sunny yellow–for the living room and dining room.

We used this color palette for an update of a beautiful 1920’s cottage in NW Portland.  A bold, black and white kitchen leads into a sunny dining and living room.  Romantic arches and built-ins are brought to life with our AS01W and AS02W.  This home was always full of charm, now it has the colors to match.  Check out the rest of the photos here.

Love Your Colors?

 Get the best colors for your home interior design project


interior design by allison smith with winter bold yellow walls

Take me back to the other colors:

Winter          Spring          Summer          Fall


Everything About the Kitchen Sink

Double faucet farmhouse sink kitchen remodel
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.

Double faucet farmhouse sink kitchen remodel

Chrome cup pull in farmhouse kitchen remodel with farm sink design Double faucet farmhouse sink

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.

farmhouse sink bib sink in black and white vintage kitchen remodel

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.

Oil rubbed bronze faucet on farmhouse sink bib sink in kitchen remodel


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.

interior design kitchen remodel with floating shelves


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

Put Down The Glue Gun: Christmas Edition Vol. 2

Pomegranates and ornaments make a delightful centerpiece

Who says ornaments are only allowed on trees?


So the tree is decorated and presents are wrapped, but what about the rest of your house?  I say, get creative with your ornament placement!  Candles and evergreen sprigs are a great way to bring some twinkle and fragrance to the other rooms of your home; this year, why not add a few strategically placed ornaments to go with them.  In a previous post we showed you that we added some silvery globe ornaments to our mantel display, now we’re taking it one step further and giving those forgotten corners of your home a little love.  So pick your favorite ornament, and find it a new spot.


A trio of Ornaments on hooks

Normally reserved for keys, potholders, and other nicknacks, these hooks were asking to be adorned.

A buffet side table used as bar

A few sprigs of faux berries and some candles spice up this classic bar.

Holiday Ornaments on display

Some traditional holiday figurines, sprigs of berries, and vintage canisters create a second mantel display out of our kitchen window ledge.

When decorating outside of the living room, subtlety is key.  We are going for a Christmas theme that isn’t over the top.  The kitchen is a great place for decorating with colorful foods, we used pomegranates and cookies (which probably won’t last long!).


Pomegranates and ornaments make a delightful centerpiece

Last but not least, another easy way to amp up the holiday style is by filling up some of those old vases and canisters with pine cones.  We found some that were dipped in frosty white snow.

christmas decor with pine cones

Feel free to leave comments for this blog post, and others, on our Facebook or Twitter pages.  More photos can also be found on our Pinterest board, An Inspired Holiday.

Happy Holidays!

For more on holiday decorating, head over to OregonLive for an article about this project.  Holiday Decorating.

Sign up for email updates