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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

Casa Oasis

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This elegant home in San Jose del Cabo includes sweeping desert and ocean views, a sitting area that “floats” in the pool, and an open-concept floor plan flanked by a courtyard. The story of how this home came together includes a collaboration between Allison Smith Design and San Jose based architecture firm, Cubo Atelier.

Beyond the design of the home itself, Allison was also responsible for custom furniture and accessories created in San Miguel de Allende.

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Eastmoreland Bungalow

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Set in an early-twentieth century neighborhood in SE Portland filled with lush greenery, this Eastmoreland home was past due for some loving updates.  You may have seen our previous basement renovations of this home not too long ago.  Well we can officially say the rest of the home is finished!  Allison knew she had to stick to period friendly elements to match the neighborhood–nothing too modern that would be dated in a few years.  The ultimate goal was to maintain the home’s authenticity while still giving it a functional update.

When Allison hopped onto this project, she immediately identified issues with the existing floor plan.  There were unnecessary exterior doors and space being taken up by previous unprofessional planning with home renovations.  In order to open the kitchen up and give it the space it deserved, she planned to take out the existing exterior door and close off the doorway into the now office.  A new exterior door was placed near the master suite at the end of the hallway leading into the backyard.

 

  

One of the biggest requests of our clients was to fix the lack of privacy for each of the older daughters who desperately needed their own bedrooms, as well as to make each bedroom more functional. (None of them had closets!)  To remedy these problems, Allison designed a new bedroom space in the basement for one of the girls and reworked the upper level for the other where they were both initially sharing a room.  This also solved the problem of the girls and father having previously been made to share one bathroom.  Allison implemented a new joint bathroom/laundry room in the basement that the oldest could use as her personal bathroom.

Of course a renovation project this big came with it’s challenges.  Initial design plans included adding a third bathroom to the upper level of the home so that everyone would technically have their own bathrooms.  Unfortunately the city shut down those ideas which forced Allison to maximize the existing space she was already working with.

The most drastic changes are clearly seen in the kitchen and the bathroom on the main floor so these are naturally Allison’s favorite two rooms of the finished product.  Allison’s design inspiration for the kitchen came from vintage tin ceiling tiles.  She found the subtle, yet beautiful tile used in the kitchen back splash and knew she had to use it for this project.

Our team is incredibly proud of this project and we thoroughly enjoy showing off these before and after shots.  Feel free to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ as much as we have.

 

-ASD Team

 

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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