Tag Archives: Portland Interior Design

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

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

San Miguel de Allende — A Business Trip for the Books

If you keep up on our blogs, you’ve seen that one of our projects this year is a contemporary hacienda in Cabo San Lucas. If you haven’t yet seen our progress post about it, here’s the link — https://allisonsmithdesign.com/casa-oasis/

Now that the home is nearing the end of construction, Allison and a senior project manager were able to travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to shop for furnishings for Casa Oasis.

 

We had done a fair amount of research regarding stores in San Miguel, but the goal we had set for the trip was to find hidden gems in the city, and we did just that.

 

 

The home in Cabo San Lucas is an interesting juxtaposition between Pacific Northwest sophistication – which features some contemporary features – and local artisan craft. The furnishings in the home will reflect that.

 

 

In an attempt to not reveal too much (trust me when I say you’ll see plenty of photos of the home once it’s finished)… I’ll simply share more photos from the trip. San Miguel is such a beautiful city… with architecture, design, and food to gawk at for days…

 

This business trip was certainly one for the books.

Stay tuned to see photos of the fully furnished Casa Oasis.

Adios for now!

—ASD Design 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

 

 

 

 

Behind The Scenes : Life of an Interior Designer

-Talking to a vendor on the phone: “Hi, yes, we’d like to place this order.” “Ok, I will place this order right away.”

 

….. Two weeks later. Haven’t received an acknowledgement. “Hi, yes, we placed an order weeks ago. Can you give me an update?”

“This order was never placed, we don’t know what you’re talking about.”

                                                                                                                                                                         

-Home remodel. We must keep new carpets clean.

Solution?

 

Booties for all.

 

What it sounds like vs. what we mean.

                                                                                                                                                                         

-What is the appropriate name for people who bind & back rugs?

 

Ruggerers.

 

Ruggerers and their ruggery.

                                                                                                                                                                         

-We had a contractor tell us he only wanted to do “some” of his job, after being paid to do the entire job.

 

Can you do that? Are we allowed to do that?

 

He seemed so sure of himself.

                                                                                                                                                                         

-Trying to schedule contractors to work with each other be like:

                                                                                                                                                                         

-When a client references HGTV when talking about budget:

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                         

-Haven’t made a site visit in a couple days. We’re reassured everyone’s picking up after themselves and being respectful:

                                                                                                                                                                         

-Every once in awhile, when things work out / fall into place:

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