Picking a family Heirloom

When a new client, a young family, contacted us to help with their home design in Lake Oswego, we could not have been more thrilled. SBaird Design had previously done a color consult for this home. This past year, they asked SBaird Deisgn to develop the style of the home, beginning with the living room. It has been a fun process with lots of big decisions. One of those decisions was what would ground the space? Wanting to have their own style and look, the couple did not have any family furniture or inherited pieces they wanted to incorporate. This presented itself as a great opportunity to address both how to ground the space and how to choose a piece that will survive the test of generations:

Create a new family heirloom.

  

That phrase “family heirloom”, quite frequently generates images of ornate Chinese vases and victorian chintz. A grandma’s collectible plate collection or a massive sleigh bed. All items that are lovely in their own right, but not quite what most modern, young families envision surviving the test of active children, pets and a busy lifestyle. What did SBaird Design think would be the new family heirloom?  A new, modern, quality rug.

Not all well made rugs are vintage. While lots of carpet mills today churn-out polypropaline/acrylic/olefin garbage there are a few companies that still aim for the handmade, naturally dyed, high quality pieces that will survive generations. We are lucky enough to live in Portland where one of those companies have a showroom. Atelier Lapchi

Atelier Lapchi is a unique company. They deal in new handmade, carpets. Their slogan is “Modern Carpet Culture”. These are modern designs, fashioned in traditional practices resulting in gorgeous, contemporary pieces of practical art. You can read about their practices here: http://www.atelierlapchi.com/lapchi-carpet-production/

Having worked with Lapchi over the years, SBaird Design has developed a stong realtionship with their design consultant, Meg Coulter. Meg is a gem. She is a firecracker. She will bend over backwards to make the client + the designer happy. When picking rugs for our client, she opened her showroom for us to stop in and select 4 options to have delivered to the client’s home. We set a date for delivery and spent a lovely afternoon trying out each rug in the home, staging it with the furniture. At the end of the appointment we all had decided on THE ONE. Checking in months later our client is still happy with their pick. We have even been told its is great for lounging-on in front of the fire.

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2 rugs have been staged in the room and a 3rd is brought in for all of us to take a look at.

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Meg Coulter from Atelier Lapchi explains the dying and fabrication process for the Texere line of rugs.

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Contemplating more choices.

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Option #2 gives the room a completely different feel.

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Everyone gets to have their input.

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Shannon stages the furniture in place so the family can get a better feel for how it will all come together.

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Mom, Dad and the kids have decided. This is THE ONE.

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by | April 11, 2014 · 9:41 pm

Palette for home

SBaird just created a palette for a home that needs updating for the real estate market. The client is thinking of selling in the near future, therefore creating a warm and soothing neutral palette was the goal.

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SBaird design presentation for a new office look

Our clients at Speak Design wanted a new look, a facelift of color, organization and finish treatments for their office space. Located in a beautiful historic building in downtown Hillsboro, the architectural details from the late 1800’s really sold us on an all cream/white interior space. Wall colors to be neutral, window treatments to be shades to block out the UV light that drives anyone crazy when they are on their computers all day, white desks and office accessories and finally a new lobby/entrance look. They loved it and we hope to post final execution photos when it is completed.

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Information regarding my favorite record store

Posted: 22 Oct 2013 06:00 PM PDT

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Portland record store and label Beacon Sound will be releasing a collaborative album by Peter Broderick (Efterklang) and Gabriel Saloman (Yellow Swans) in early 2014. This is the first time these two artists have worked together, despite sharing deep Portland roots as well as labels like Type and Mort Aux Vaches. They’ll be recording at Type Foundry Studio (Decemberists, Grails, Glass Candy) with audio engineer Jason Powers. There is a Kickstarter campaign happening right now to fund the vinyl edition of the album; it’s running for another week and is currently over 60% funded.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/850321533/beacon-sound-the-label

Artist Bios:

Peter Broderick is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Carlton, Oregon and played with Portland groups such as Horse Feathers and Loch Lomond. In 2007 he was invited to work with Danish group Efterklang (currently signed to 4AD) and moved to Berlin. Over the course of the last six years he has released several acclaimed solo albums on labels such as Type and Erased Tapes, collaborated with the likes of Machinefabriek and Nils Frahm, and traveled the world with Efterklang, who debuted their most recent album Piramida with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the iconic Sydney Opera House in May 2012.

Vancouver-based Gabriel Saloman was one half (with Pete Swanson) of influential noise duo Yellow Swans. Their prolific run of albums, EP’s, collaborations, and world tours culminated with the incredible Going Places on Type Records. He is also an accomplished artist and has been exhibited at the Walker Center, California College Of The Arts, and the Manifesta biennial in Murcia, Spain. His excellent debut solo album ‘Adhere’ (on Berlin label Miasmah) has garnered rave reviews.

 

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Featured on Houzz – SBaird Design

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It begins in the Backyard

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check out the new adu website for the build of a little home in portland

Originally posted on ADU: A Design Undertaking:

We spent all day Monday working outside. Tuesday the professionals arrived and finished. To prepare for the excavation work that will begin on Saturday I have to get all of our belongings clear of the backyard and stored away. We have chickens. I like to garden. This is a task that sounds easier than it is. Take a look. This all has to go:

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Luckily, I have the most AMAZING neighbors (you’ll learn more about them in a coming Post). They have graciously agreed to let us use their backyard not only to store our belongings but also to store our Chickens. Wow. Here are a collection of snapshots from Monday. I tried to get before & afters whenever possible.

 

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Undisturbed Coops with River guarding. An after of fence panel removed with all furniture lined up to move into our neighbors’ backyard.

 

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Irvington color consult and design – SBaird Design

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Exterior colors of Wolf and Seed Pearl, Pratt and Lambert Paints and interior colors mostly of Seed Pearl. My client has incredible design acumen and did not need much help with furnishings and lighting. It all came together perfectly.

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by | July 2, 2013 · 8:31 am