Modern Design in Lake Oswego
- Monday, 27 June 2016 13:27
We’ve just finished up our second interior design over on Knaus Rd in Lake Oswego! This home takes full advantage of the gorgeous greenbelt surrounding the two-story back patio. One of the nice things about a design like this one is that when you walk in, you’re on the main floor, but your other level is below you. This means there is a beautiful light, airy feeling to your main living space–highlighted by tall windows and vaulted ceilings.
We continued these muted neutrals into the bathroom with natural stone tile, polished nickel finishes, and a stunning, free-standing tub.
The design for this home is approachable and inviting with materials that bring a unique take on the culmination of modern design without losing sight of traditional elements. Bridging the gap between modern and classic, this home will appeal to a wide range of clientele.
Although these two projects, Knaus I(on the left) and Knaus II are right next door to each other, their overall look is dramatically different. The builder wanted each home to feel unique and bring something new to the neighborhood. This is such a refreshing approach to design. Check out our first project from Knaus Rd and let us know which design you prefer.
Milk Glass Christmas
- Tuesday, 01 December 2015 15:08
It’s that pretty little dish at Grandma’s house near the davenport that holds those hard candies that have magically all fused into one. It’s those petite white vases that were made to display a single red rose. Sometimes it lives in the china cabinet–too delicate for regular use. We’ve all seen it, but few have really paid it the attention it deserves.
This Christmas, I’m bringing it back to showcase it’s opalescent glory. It’s Milk Glass, and it accents the most beautiful holiday tablescapes.
Because of an American resurgence in the 1930’s and ’40’s, it may seem like this dinner-table staple dates back less than a century. However, the origins are much more interesting than that.
It turns out that milk glass–a term that wasn’t coined until the 19th century–has been around since the 1500’s and originated in Venice. While opaque white is the most recognizable form of milk glass today, it came in a variety of “milky” colors, including black, brown, pink and blue. Popularity surged in France as the decadent style of well-coiffed aristocrats was replaced with a more approachable, natural aesthetic reflected in the simplicity of a milk glass motif.
For our purposes, this tableware will create a neutral backdrop for pops of holiday colors and textures. It provides a clean palette that will fit-in with a variety of styles–most especially a colorful Victorian like mine. Our Christmas brunch has an intimate feel, with an antique table set for four. With all of the seasonal sweets and leftovers, a brunch is the perfect way to re-purpose some of that holiday ham.
The best part about decorating with milk glass? If you’re not a stickler for authenticity, you can very easily pick up a bushel of reproduction pieces at your local flee market on the cheap. In spite of the thrifty prices, I still recommend taking care when handling your glass. It doesn’t react well to temperature changes; I would never put it in the dishwasher or microwave, and when hand washing try to use water that is close to room temp. Would hate to unknowingly damage a piece that was made in 19th Century France(!).
I would love to hear about your milk-glass adventures. Let us know what you think about this timeless treasure in the comments or over on our Facebook page.
Eastmoreland Remodel: Phase I
- Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:03
This lovely family, two teenage daughters and their father, decided it was time to take advantage of all of the underutilized space their gorgeous 1928 Eastmoreland English cottage. They asked us to create a plan for a three-phase total home remodel. Goals include the addition of a basement bathroom, turning their basement storage space into a bedroom–with walk in closet(!), moving some walls and creating a better flow for the main floor, a dormer addition and new bathroom for the second floor, and some space layout adjustments for all three floors. The end goal is to have each member of the family feel like they have their own space: oldest daughter in the basement, father on the main floor, and younger daughter on the second floor.
For Phase I, we’re starting in the basement. The oldest daughter, who has been sharing a room with her younger sister, is beyond ecstatic to be moving into her very own basement bedroom–it’s almost like a private apartment!
Here is a little Before, Demo, and Reconstruction for the staircase:
And the bedroom:
In the next post, I’ll show you how we took a cramped laundry room and turned it into a beautiful laundry/bathroom.
More photos over on Houzz.
Fall Soft Paint Palette
- Wednesday, 14 October 2015 11:25
In a previous post we took you through the Five Steps to Your Personal Palette. If you scored mostly D‘s in our quiz and love the warm colors of Fall…
You set high standards and value experience. You appreciate quality and time-honored customs. This warm palette sets the proper mood with soothing wheat tones and spicy accents. Add richness with a plaid or geometric print fabric and lush velour solids.
Colors from autumn fit so beautifully into these western-themed vacation homes outside of Beijing. Inspired by Jackson Hole, WY, this home features wood and wrought iron accents, rustic wood furniture, and varying shades of honey and wheat. For accents, we chose Americana-style quilts and throw pillows. Check out the rest of the photos over here, or click the photo below.
Take me back to the other colors:
Spring Soft Paint Palette
- Tuesday, 13 October 2015 13:55
In a previous post we took you through the Five Steps to Your Personal Palette. If you scored mostly Bs, in our Quiz and love a calm, soothing space to call your own…
Your positive outlook and friendly, approachable nature will be attracted to this warm, color-washed palette. Accent with clear blues and add a touch of cream for a cozy finish. Textured fabrics, tweeds and velvets enhance the comfort you’re after.
Robin’s egg blue is a great color for both newer and older homes. We took this palette to a classic bungalow in NW Portland. Blue and yellow were the perfect colors to offset a classic black subway tile, tin ceiling, and rich hardwoods in the kitchen.
Check out the rest of this project over here, or by clicking the photo below.
Take me back to the other colors: