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Heatherwood Apartments – 2018 Remodel

Allison Smith Design recently remodeled the common space at Heatherwood Apartments, Mill Creek Washington. We’ve had the pleasure of working with this client previously and we were excited to freshen up these spaces.

Allison selected the interior materials, finishes, and layouts for this project as well as the furniture and décor.

Sitting Area1 Remodel

Sitting Area

The goal on this project was to create an open and inviting common space for occupants to work and lounge in, one that avoided feeling too formal.
One method of accomplishing this was to include a bright focus point with an orange accent wall.

Sitting Area &; Wall Clock

Sitting Area & Wall Clock

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Accessories

We aimed to create a relaxed atmosphere via the wall décor and accessories.

Therefore, we chose a lot of tactile items, many made of natural materials, that invite interraction.
Heatherwood has some gorgeous landscaping on the grounds, so we wanted to give a nod to the natural beauty that surrounds it.

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Accessories

Wall-mounted succulents

Wall-mounted succulents

Material choices can make a huge difference in the atmosphere of a space. Take for example the floorboards in this photo.
Because they cover such a large swathe of the room, their presense really ties together all of the design elements.
We really enjoy how the orange tones in the floor played off of the warm tones in the wall color.

Floorboards

Floorboards

A few other areas in Heatherwood were also in need of remodeling, such as this movie theatre and cafe/kitchen nook.
The cafe nook had previously been enclosed by a wall, which bared against foot traffic
A wall in the nook was taken out and a new open seating plan was implemented. We love these sleek pewter pedestal tables.

Theatre

Theatre

Cafe

Cafe

Altogether, the updates at Heatherwood are designed to invite visitors to return to the space again and again.
Key ingredients, such as a good wall color, exceptional layout, and playful décor (such as these horses) can really invigorate a space.

Fireplace Horses

Fireplace Horses

What were your favorite design details? Leave us a note here, or check out our facebook page for more project info!
-ASD Crew

Multi-Family Rec Center Reveal: Puget Park!

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!

-ASD Crew

How Does Paint Color Matching Work?

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Our go-to shop for paint has always been Dick’s Color Center in Portland.  They have an amazing staff of expert color mixers and have worked with us on countless designer color creations.  I recently had a conversation with our main contact, Kevin M Garvey, to get his expert point-of-view on how color matching really works in a boutique store like Dick’s versus a big box store.  What I found out was that the amount of time and knowledge it requires to create an accurate color match is almost always out of the range of abilities of larger stores.  Not that they are incapable of creating a match, but with the sheer volume of customers they receive, they are simply unable to dedicate the time it takes to do this intricate work.
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Below is a statement from Kevin about color matching:
Nearly every paint store has a spectrophotometer. It works by beaming light from an internal lamp onto a sample. Some of the light will be absorbed by the sample, and the rest will pass completely through and strike a detector behind the sample. The detector senses the light being transmitted through the sample and converts this information into a digital display. For paint stores, that means a color formula is produced.
 
Accuracy depends first on the quality of the filters and sensors within the spectrophotomer and on the software that converts the data into an actual color formula. Secondly, the condition of the sample can interfere with color accuracy. Any texture or sheen on the sample can throw off how much light is absorbed or transmitted. Other environmental factors like ambient light and even temperature can affect results. While it may seem obvious that different spectrophotometers will produce different color formulations, people might be surprised to know that even the same machine will often yield different formulas on different readings. Experienced color matchers will take several readings and average them before using the data. Typically, spectrophotometers are 90% accurate. That is hard to visually describe, but essentially some toner in the color is going to be missing or perhaps too present. The resulting color is too red, or too green, or too dark, etc.
 
A color match on a spectrophotometer can be performed quickly, but with some degree of unknown error. Therefore, for the most accurate color match possible, any reputable paint store will match the color by human eye. This generally requires several hours of work. The reading from the spectrophotometer is likely considered one of several references used to produce the final color formula. But ultimately a trained eye determines exactly what combination of pigments match the color sample best. This process gives much more satisfactory results than the spectrophotometer alone. But there is no such thing as absolute perfection when it comes to color matching.
 
Keep in mind that most national paint manufacturers create their own pigments, have different resins and materials in their bases, and that there is no standard for sheen in residential paints. It is impossible for one company to exactly reproduce a competitor’s color when the starting base is different and the pigments to tint the paint are different. The only way to get an exact color, as the manufacture or designer intended, is to avoid the match in the first place and use the exact base paint and exact color formula.
 
Kevin M Garvey
Portland, OR

China’s Top Design Magazine

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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.

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Summer Soft Paint Palette

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In a previous blog post we showed you the Five Steps to Your Personal Palette. If you scored mostly Cs in our Color Quiz, and your style is calm and you prefer a soothing touch of color…

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You’re easygoing, comfortable, enjoying life’s simple pleasures.  This understated palette offers the ideal hint of color to make you feel right at home.  Choose slightly deeper tones for your fabrics and keep that softness going with plenty of texture.

Earlier this summer we did a “His & Hers” double bathroom remodel and this palette was the perfect bridge for the gap in their unique styles.  Try this palette with rich wood and dark fixtures to bring some drama.

Click the photos below to see more from this project.

 

 

 


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