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 […]

Everett, WA Rec Center

ASD headed to Everett, Washington to complete the interior design for the Rec Center at Puget Park Apartments.  A sprawling ceiling leads to a dramatic fireplace flanked in tons of natural light as you walk in.  Using a darker ceiling color helps to break up the space and make sense of the multiple ceiling heights. […]

How Does Paint Color Matching Work?

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 […]

China’s Top Design Magazine

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 […]

Lake Oswego New Build: Phase 2

Starting to come together… Last week we took you through the preliminary design process, the part where moving a wall requires an eraser, rather than a sledgehammer.  This week it all starts to become real.  Our amazing team of contractors have been working so hard to get this house together and their efforts can finally […]

Your Color Seasons Palette

Color Seasons… Many people start their decorating with a piece of furniture, a theme, or a personal collection.  While all of these things are important, I always start the design process by choosing a color palette.  Our palettes consist of four complementary colors that will be used throughout the house, creating consistency.  This is the […]