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Fall In A Rec Center

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.

 

 

Happy fall!

As always,

–ASD crew

West Linn Charmer

When most people hear the word “remodel” they think of contemporary. That isn’t always the case. This charming home in West Linn, Oregon should stay just that — charming. Below are some before and afters of the transformation.

Our sweet client loves blue. She really wanted to keep the blue carpeting in her bedroom, so rather than trying to tone it down, we went with a full blue palette. When you embrace a feature like this, it tends to blend better anyway.

The paint color is “Dark Pinstripe Grey” from Allison’s paint line… you can click here for more info.

As you can see above, our client’s family is incredibly important to her. She has a multitude of photos of her entire family, from her parents to her own children, as well as momentos from all her travels. We knew these photos needed to stay a feature in her bedroom, so we went through and consolidated the collage – making each photo a statement piece.

The blue carpeting used to continue into the bathroom. Instead of trying to change the aesthetic completely, we embraced its original character. We went with a large hex tile, swirling with hints of greyish blue. A new vanity and countertop were in order, so while they were being installed, we had the wallpaper uninstalled.. and again, carried a soft blue paint into the room. Consistency is key.

This paint color is “Light Pinstripe Grey” from Allison’s line. You can click here if you’re interested.

The shower wall was originally built out to incorporate a pre-fab shower pan and wall unit. We immediately demoed that wall and tiled the entire thing, creating a double-headed shower in its place. The marbling is the same as the hex tiles used on the floor, but we used rectangular tile to add some variety.

Our client had an old screen door hanging out in her house, which in itself is charming, if you have the right eye for design. Allison (last minute, I should add) grabbed it and hung it on the bathroom wall, with a mirror placed in the upper portion. Isn’t the combination adorable? 

Now, for my favorite part…. the bathtub.  Tucked away in the corner of this en suite is the perfect little nook for a bathtub. Below you can see the transformation from before and after the remodel. Notice the towel stand that used to be a plant hanger… How innovative. Love, love, love.

 

Happy “remodeling”!

 

-ASD Crew

 

Grimey Basement to Gorgeous Bathroom

This adorable home in southeast Portland’s desirable neighborhood of East Moreland is in need of some TLC.

A couple years ago, Allison Smith Design remodeled the entire basement.

We took this:

 

And turned it into this:

 

Keep in mind, this is in a basement. There isn’t a single window in the space.

 

Light and bright paint colors + light and bright materials + a few contrasting pieces = a beautiful, bright space.. even without natural light.

 

 

Beginning fall 2018, Allison Smith Design is taking on this adorable home again… This time to transform the two upper levels.

 

Stay tuned….

 

— ASD Crew

Massive Remodel

We’ve been working on a 3-level, 6,300 square foot remodel for a family relocating to the Northwest Portland hills.

It’s been a massive undertaking, as you may know from watching HGTV’s popular shows including Flip or Flop, Fixer Upper, Love It or List It…. Just kidding. They make it look so easy. (and so cheap).

The home is perched atop a hill, which overlooks Portland’s beautiful landscape.

The location is perfect. The home itself, however, is a little quirky…

Check out the before pictures….

 

The home was built in 2004, but you’d never know it from its features.

These archways on the lower level. It feels like a dungeon… and not in a Cool-Dungeon-and-Dragons way – but in a Get-Me-Out-Of-Here way.

The home has a very Chippendale feel to it. Before you Google it (you might not want to – for other reasons), let me explain.

 

 

 

 

Chippendale is a style that became popular toward the end of the 18th century. It’s a combination of Gothic, Rococco, and Chinese style.

The curvature of many features in this home harcken back to the Chippendale trend. The lighting fixtures and stair railing also showcase that Chippendale Chinese influence.

 

 

 

 

 

It isn’t very well-known, but when you see it, you know it. And this house is certainly Chippendale-esque.

 

Despite the original design intent, we’re going to turn this house into a beautiful, contemporary space.

 

 

 

 

Starting with the entry…. We’re taking out these double doors and replacing them with a very custom-looking pivot door.

 

We’re also going to grey-wash all of the stone outside of the house. We knew we’d be ripping out the stone on the interior, so we practiced the technique here.

 

 

 

 

The earthy, multi-colored brown stone exposes the time when it was installed. This colored rock was very trendy in the early 2000’s, and now that the trend is over, we’re simply making the exterior material compliment our new color palette.

 

 

Here you can see the difference the grey-washing makes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the same room shown above, with the stone removed, and you can see hints of the new flooring and baseboard. (Though we’re clearly still in the heavy construction phase)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we’re talking about outdated materials, I should mention the tile on this grill. We’ve already ripped it out and come up with an entirely new plan.

The surrounding of the grill is going to be a grey quartz waterfall slab, which is accentuated by the concrete tile we’ve laid… we went with concrete tile rather than wood or Trex decking to get a more custom look and more color variation.

And of course, imagine that stone column in the photo below grey-washed. It’s going to be stunning.

We still have a long road ahead of us.. but we’ll keep you updated. Every day we take strides, and we know it’s going to come together beautifully… Now we sound like HGTV. 😉

 

Stay tuned!!

 

–ASD Crew

 

 

 

 

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

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