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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

Kitchen and 3 bath remodels SW Portland SBaird Design

SBaird Design just completed this kitchen and 3 baths for a home in SW Portland. New oak floors, wall colors, cabinets, counters, lighting and opened kitchen to dining room. New tile, plumbing fixtures and cabinets in baths.

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Sofa and lighting by SBaird Design

Lighting manufactured by Ingo Maurer in entry, Flos in living room, bedroom, kitchen and George Nelson over dining room table.

Sofa from Look Modern.

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update on manzanita project

sign on property for precision home and hardscape – general contractor and my company

 

the roof has been taking off, rain has intruded, the hole in the floor is where the old chimney was, the blue tape is the size of the new windows that will be installed soon.

 

we started sanding the beams so that we could see what happened when the stain was removed

all of the siding is removed now

 

the original tile floor in the entry which we intend to keep

 

 

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Walnut bed design with Delaney Kelly as co designer/builder

Initial drawings that Delaney and I came up with for a custom bed, constructed of walnut slabs for a client.

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and the finished design. Very simple.

the oregon black walnut chosen to fabricate the bed from

final pieces coming together

detail of headboard

detail of rails

installed

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Guest Blog from Arcadian Lighting

Hello there! I’m Joanna, a guest blogger for Arcadian Lighting, a premier source for quality chandeliers, pendant lights, and other light fixtures. Itís my job to search the internet for the loveliest decorating ideas and images then edit them into a guest post such as this. Ultimately, I love sharing them with blog readers like you. Today, I have brought together a collection of earthy eclectic spaces which speak to my sensibilities as my personal style is quite an eclectic mix. Hope you enjoy!

Earthy Eclectic

An elegant and sophisticated living room pulls off an earthy eclectic decor beautifully. The sumptuous carpet is one from the Vicente Wolf Designerís Reserve collection.

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This woodsy cabin has a warm earthy feel with its light woods, neutral furnishings and natural lighting.

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Minimal eclectic furnishings in this rustic Tuscan bedroom offer a sense of simplicity and serenity.

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A nature-themed home office boasts earthy elements such as the wicker chair, botanical print rug, avian art, and live plants. I love the small glass globe lighting fixture, somehow it seems just right for the space.

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This light-filled living room offers bits of eclectic earthy elements such as the coffee table made of branches and colors of the sea and sand.

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An eclectic mix of earthy elements makes this tablescape casual and inviting. The moss-covered log at the back of the chairs is an interesting touch. Can’t you just imagine enjoying a brunch in this setting with your friends?

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This mossy stone exterior graces a Mediterranean home in the Tuscan countryside. The aged iron and wood give it so much character.

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This bright living room is filled with earthy hues and an eclectic mix of styles and finishes. The light fixture spotlighting a gold framed print adds an interesting element to the space. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of these earthy eclectic spaces? Leave us comments below! Be sure to check out more lighting inspirations and a variety of wall sconces, pendant lights, and table lamps at Arcadian Lighting!

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SW Portland Remodel

10150 SW 31st Avenue Portland, Oregon

Exterior of home, dark gray with white trim, black accents

aggregate concrete steps

new garage door, lighting, address numbers

new kitchen, custom cabinets, hardwood floors

new bath

family room, new carpet, interior paint

new bath, subway tile, shelving

Before shots of interior below. SBaird Design provided design direction for this home, including, exterior paint, new front stairs, exterior details, interior paint, flooring, lighting, baths and kitchen. Purchased by a remodeler for resale.

before shot interior

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Beautiful beach serendipity

I ate breakfast recently in Wheeler, Oregon at Rising Star Cafe , only to realize that they do not take anything but cash for payment. The table next to me was informed of the same, and the gentleman got up to look for an ATM at the same moment, so we were off together in search. In the short time that it took to reach our destination, retrieve some money and head back to the restaurant we had shared much of our life story, however condensed. I knew that he was building a home in Manzanita with his wife, on a lot that he had owned for years, I knew that he was doing it with as much energy conservation and LEED ideas implemented and I knew that I must see if I could wrangle a visit/walkthrough with them. Fortunately, all of this lined up quite well and by the afternoon I was having the sort of tour that was even better than I imagined. The couple were both intelligent, warm and engaging. They were so excited about their new home and it was infectious. I offered to do all of the interior color as I believed that the Benjamin Moore Aura collection called Affinity, would be quite suitable for health reasons/LEED also, – low to no VOC, and the color palette is gorgeous, all of the colors are designed to work together. I left them with a color sample card of the entire variety of options, and all communication + color consultation, has been accomplished now via email. I must give credit to the homeowners for choosing most of the colors, which I then tweaked as needed. They have great taste! I have been honored to be awarded with what (I think) will be a long friendship in the future, and their home is turning out to be very pretty.

See below photo notes for color choices…

fiji on left, collection on right

frappe and buttered yam

gardenia

masada

masada

buttered yam

dinner party with ylang ylang

urban nature

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Re-Design of a home for a developer

While I do not have any before pictures of the interior, the exterior shot shows how much wear this house had suffered from. It has been dramatically transformed to a great rental for the developer / investor.

New exterior paint and windows, new roof, new interior paint, flooring, bath and kitchen.

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take-root

I met Julie Pointer at a YU Contemporary founders dinner, while she was there observing the art of the table and assisting John Taboada from Navarre with the preparation of the food and serving. The table, in my opinion, is roughly translated in how people come together to break bread, and the ways in which magic can happen when meals are shared and when one least expects it.

She has been attending a 2-year joint MFA program between PNCA and OCAC, called Applied Craft and Design.
The program focuses particularly on merging craft/design solutions with relevant social and environmental issues, and has an entrepreneurial push to it.

Julie has been observing time, place and environment, recently completing the massive undertaking of providing an artistic backdrop, along with table settings and pot luck assignments, for an outdoor meal. Gifting this, her thesis, to her direct neighbors and community where she lives in SE Portland, she created what I believe is so desired by many, that of creating relationships around sharing food together. I have been following her blog for awhile now, and am always amazed at her perception of beauty in the natural environment, the simplicity in which she weaves items together to create a whole new world for this one event. Whether through the invitations lovingly prepared or to the thought in which she chose the dinnerware, and brought together perfect strangers for a captivating event on May Day. She is someone to watch. The inspiration pages that she created as a backdrop for where she was headed with the final project are something that seems to have come from my dreams, I love the way her eyes and design sense capture exactly what I think is quite exquisite and complete to me.

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