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Rodeo Connection – Beijing’s First Western Bar

Completed in December 2018, this modern saloon in Beijing, China is situated on the 26th floor of a rippling tower designed by Giorgio Armani’s Armani/Casa.  Rodeo Connection features sweeping city views, a bucking mechanical bull made from an authentic American cattle hide, a retail space selling unique American-made items, and antique accessories that bring the historical American West culture to life.

The story of how this space came together includes a collaboration between Portland, OR based team, Allison Smith Design, and Beijing based developer, Andy Fan.  Beyond the design of the space itself, Allison was also responsible for designing custom furniture and procuring authentic Western accessories from the United States.

Allison Smith was selected for this project due to the success of the Jackson Hole, China resort community that she designed in 2007.  More on this by Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and China’s Top Design Magazine. When asked to design an American Western-themed restaurant/bar, it was an easy decision for Allison.  Traveling back to Beijing for a new project felt nostalgic and fresh all at once.

The bones of this building create a perimeter that is all curves clad in glass.  The biggest challenge was creating defined spaces that both incorporate the curves and create a backdrop for the Western theme.

Allison knew she needed to find the perfect accessories to make Rodeo Connection feel like a bona fide cowboy experience. In exploring the numerous antique shops of Oregon, she collected Charles Russell & Frederic Remington replications, classic cowboy apparel, and taxidermy representative of Western-American wildlife.

As part of the high-end, luxurious building designed by Giorgio Armani, Rodeo Connection offers patrons a place to have a unique experience of the Wild West of America in an opulent environment.  Serving decadent American-inspired cuisine and craft beer, Rodeo Connection is the first of its kind in China with plans to expand to other large cities within the country.

More photos of this exciting space can be found in our Gallery. Let us know what you think!

~ASD Team

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

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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