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We love supporting our friends. We believe that interactions with successful small businesses and their passionate owners are some of the most refreshing, and grounding experiences we have in the workplace.
Lately, we have been bombarded with all types of creative and intelligent friends who have been seeking advice on running their own business. Shannon is a wonderful resource and wealth of knowledge; having been successfully self-employed for the past 30+ years, and the owner of 2 businesses (with services expanding constantly; including Consulting Services for small business in the creative field).
One such friend, Joan LeMay, consulted with Shannon for guidance and assistance in the revival of her past business, Fifth House Interiors. A once successful, boutique service, she dissolved the company when she left Portland and was wanting to revive it across the country in New York.
Imagine how thrilled and proud we were then, this week we received this email from the new Fifth House Interiors:
Dear Friends and Family,
Hi. As many of you may know, I have always really, really been drawn to all things interior design and decor-oriented. When I was a little kid, I would confuse my pals and their parents during sleepovers when, instead of wanting to play a game, I’d ask to reorganize and reconfigure the bedroom I was sleeping over in. I remember endlessly rearranging my own bedroom, and have always reveled in the opportunity to change up spaces I’ve lived in. I love the thrill of the shopping hunt, and I love a good before-and-after.
Five years ago, I launched an initial version of Fifth House Interiors, my one-woman interior decor and design venture, in Portland. I went into the homes and apartments of friends and acquaintances and re-tooled their spaces using things they already had on hand, and I loved the work of it immensely. I also had the opportunity to study and work under my mindblowingly amazing dear friend and mentor, Shannon Baird, at her firm SBaird Design. Her guidance then, as now, is invaluable to me.
The initial incarnation of Fifth House Interiors was something I let die on the vine, as it were–after all, my professional life was and is very full with Riot Act Media–I love the music publicity work I do and the incredible people I get to work with more than I can adequately express. Plus, there’s painting on the side! And, y’know, life! I always wanted to pick Fifth House Interiors back up again and mix the interiors work I love back into my life, but for a variety of reasons, the timing never seemed right.
You know what they say, though–you can wait for “the timing to be right” forever, and that’s how things never get done. That’s how five years passes. Thusly, I am very excited to be relaunching Fifth House Interiors today.
Please have a look around my site, check out the blog (hey, two posts so far!), and peruse theservices I’m offering. If you have anyone in your life who might be looking for help with their space and would be so kind as to pass along my name, I would be very thankful. This is, like anything, going to start out slowly and grow organically through word of mouth and as time and energy allows (I’m going to remain concurrently committed to Riot Act and my painting work).
If you’re getting this, it is because you are near and dear to me. Thank you so, so much for being in my life. I mean it.
Here’s to doing more of what you love!
All the best,
Last June we wrote about a commercial project born of love and labor.
It was a major remodel on a 1924 grocery-turned-upholstery shop that was being transformed for use as a studio for vintage poster restoration studio called The Affiche Studios. SBaird Design was hired as consultants by the owner/client, Jason Leonard, who knew the general design direction of the project but needed a bit of professional guidance and collaborative input.
Well, Jason is all moved and settled in. The space has also taken on the role of gallery and event space, Archipelago Portland, its grand opening set for next weekend, Jan 25th. We are so proud of this project, all the hard work that Jason put into it and to watch the design contributions we had the pleasure to make become realized.
It is always amazing to see a project through from start to completion. This project has spanned all of 2014 and we are so thrilled that its one of the first milestones to see reached for 2015.
Well done team, well done.
It is incredibly rare as designers that we have had such a talented client document the renovations for us. With Jason’s permission, we have featured some of his gorgeous Instagram photos from this project, but we highly recommend you check out more photos by searching #archipelagopdx.
Progress continues at the bungalow remodel for our client, Anne. So much has happened!
Tod Phillips, with Wood Specialty Construction, has been hard at work.
Both the front and back porches have been removed and have new footings poured. New window placement has been framed all around the house and the old siding has been removed. The house is now wrapped with a hydro-tec barrier. The rear of the home is being prepped for the addition off the back.
On the inside, the new walls are framed, and some of the original details worth saving have been removed for safe-keeping.
As 2015 moves forward, we look forward to seeing the transformation continue.
Lately, we have realized that we are always on the go. Client meeting, site visits, sourcing trips, the list goes on. It can be difficult to sit down and write a blog post. While social media can be distracting in the workplace, it can also be a wonderful tool. Recently we did a whole 10 hour series called “Day in the Life”.
If you want to keep up with what we are working on, follow us on Instagram for a daily look into our work lives. Username @SBairdDesign
This past fall SBaird Design was approached by a new client to help them with a multi use room that was not meeting their needs. the room is used as an office/ library/ music room. We were challenged to meet all of these needs in a small space of a 11′ x 13′ room.
Space planning is a challenge but meeting several needs in a tight space is a quite a challenge. Luckily, we enjoyed this and saw it as a fun exercise in problem solving. The first step to solving the problem was better educating ourselves on the proper set-up and functions of specialty music/recording equipment. We consulted our friend Beau Sorenson, a sound engineer, about the pieces of equipment and musical needs of our clients. His knowledge and professional opinion proved quite invaluable in our space planning.
With his input and guidance and a vintage design book we found one weekend, we made a mental “kit of parts”.
After a few design charrettes, we developed 3 floor plans and sets of sketches to show our clients.
We have discovered in the past that the best designs to meet a clients’ needs usually are a combination of several parts of our different designs. We are excited to see which pieces of each designs they decide to incorporate into the final product.
Which one do you like?