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STOP BUYING BAD SOFAS/SECTIONALS RIGHT NOW

How many of us have fallen into the trap of purchasing a bad sofa?  We’ve been there and we know how much it negatively effects the functionality of your home.  Where do you want to crash after a long day? What furniture does your family use the most?  See what we’re getting at here? Your family sofa should be treated with as much care as people use with picking out a new mattress. Read on to learn why investing in a custom, trade sofa is the best option for your home, family, and wallet!

Airbnb in Portland, OR furnished by Allison Smith Design–Made to withstand the many occupants this home will see.

Okay, so maybe you know that your current sofa situation isn’t ideal but you haven’t found the “perfect” one. Here’s where we come in. Spend less time searching for the perfect sofa, let us curate one for you!  Not only do you get to choose from many sofa styles, you also get to choose from a plethora of different grades of fabric, leather and furniture finishes.

The vendors we use have a very specific fabrication method to ensure a long-lasting, high-quality product.  Whether you have energetic children that take their energy out on the furniture or pets you can’t keep OFF the furniture… have no fear—This furniture ENDURES.

Leather samples from the Allison Smith Design sample library.

The fabrication method we prefer to specify is called an 8-way hand tied coil spring suspension system.  What the heck is that?  High-grade twine is hand-tied in 8 different directions across the entire base area of the sofa.  Aside from the costs of high-quality materials, this fabrication method is what makes these sofas an investment.  The combination of hand-craft and high-quality materials produces a piece of furniture that perfectly distributes weight—creating hardly any stress on the frame.  Voila!  A piece of furniture that stands the test of time.

How does this compare to competitors?  Many competitors tend to use a webbing method of manufacturing and while this does, in fact, make a piece of furniture more affordable, webbing will sag quicker and will not stand up to heavy use by family, pets, etc.  When you understand this concept, it’s hard to pay for the same low-quality piece of furniture over and over.  Try investing in the right sofa and it will pay for itself in the long run.

We often specify trade leather sofa/sectionals for our commercial projects. (Puget Park Apartments)

Other features we love about trade sofas:  Cushion quality and thoughtful material finishes.  Cushion engineering can be JUST AS IMPORTANT as a good sofa structure.  Again, many competitors just use a standard foam cushion and call it a day.  This is fine if you’re looking to have to replace cushions periodically—Just another lesson in ‘you get what you pay for.’

What do we mean by material finish?  Some of the vendors we work with offer a “Crypton” option—meaning that the beautiful and expensive fabric we encourage you to invest in becomes essentially bullet proof to crazy stains.  That’s right, everyone, enjoy your glass of red wine on your beautiful sofa without fear.

We hope we’ve been able to shed some light on why sofas from trade resources are superior to what’s coming from the chain/big-box houses.  Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions! If you’re ready to make the smart investment for your home, we’re ready to assist you!

-ASD Team

Redmond Ridge

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This past week the Allison Smith Design team packed up our tools, loaded the rig and set off for Redmond, WA to set up this new-build commercial project.  Allison was asked to design the leasing area and some amenity rooms for this new apartment complex.  This was our first time getting to see the finished product in person so we spent a lot of time admiring how everything turned out!  Can you blame us?!  Look. At. That. Fireplace!

For this particular interior, we went outside the realm of how we normally handle our commercial projects and got funky with a modern 70’s vibin’ decal wall in the entryway.  As Allison likes to say, “Groovy!”  (Shout out to our project manager, Julika, for installing these herself!)

Allison went with natural themed / neutral colored artwork made of different woods to even out those cool funky vibes.

   

We also want to highlight this stunning wall–Another element of this design that we had never done before. (We clearly took lots of photos of this one.)

Lots of dark accessories are found around the entirety of the leasing building.

We hope the future residents of this apartment building love this space as much as we do!  Want to see more? Click here to view more photos of this beautiful project!

-ASD Crew

Things We’re Leaving Behind in 2017… Well, Technically 1997.

Okay, this blog is all about outdated (or just weird) home trends. Feel free to comment anything we left out!

#1

Let’s start with those U-Shaped toilet rugs….

**Don’t:

Just…. why. Why did anyone think it was a good idea to draw attention to a toilet? Here at ASD we’ve nicknamed these rugs “toilet corrals”.

Below are some more tasteful ways to place a rug under a toilet, if you must.

**Do:

 

#2

And while we’re on that note, toilet seat cushions. Aesthetics aside — this is just gross. Don’t do it.

 

No photo needed.

 

#3

Fabric Window Valances.

** Don’t:

 

There’s really nothing wrong with using fabric on your window treatments, it’s more the valance we’re saying “no” to.

**Do:

 

#4

Overdone taxidermy.

**Don’t:

 

We used taxidermy for our Jackson Hole project, but in moderation and because it was appropriate for the theme. If you’re looking for a more modern way to go about the taxidermy look, we recommend something more like this…

**Do:

 

#5

Pepto-Bismol Pink. Pantone named “Rose Quartz” the Color of The Year in 2016, but let’s be honest, they should’ve just called it Pepto-Bismol.

For whatever reason, this color really caught on. I have one word it…. YEESH.

**Don’t:

 

If you’re a fan of pink, we recommend going with a “less is more” approach. We also recommend going with a toned-down Pepto-Bismol, or a shade that’s a little rosier.. This color just has an elegance about it that *nausea, heartburn, indigestine..* doesn’t.

**Do:

 

 

I could go on forever about decorating faux pas, but I’ve got some real designing to do. I’d love to hear what you think we should leave behind in 2017!

 

Promenade

This rec center in Auburn, Washington features a bold orange wall, a beautiful blue subway-tiled fireplace, and eye-catching texture for days.

The exterior of this rec center features wooden gables that protrude from the building. The underside of the gables showcase the natural beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Many of the interior selections harken back to the same idea.

 

 

 

 

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

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