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Update : SE 52nd Bungalow

Its been a productive and fast paced spring at the bungalow on Mt. Tabor.

Siding is on, drywall is up and getting finished, wiring is temped in. Now, it is all gearing up for the finishing touches! Paint, fixtures, cabinetry, tile and more.

We took a quick stop-in to check out the job site yesterday. During the walk through, we kept marveling at the beauty and change that we saw throughout. Here are a couple of before and after snaps. Transformation abounds.

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A dear friend’s new business venture

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,


Fifth House Interiors is on Twitter and Pinterest. Follow me there!

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Commercial: Completion of NE Prescott

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.


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Color Consult: Before + After

Hearing feedback from clients on a completed project is one of the best aspects of our business. What works? What is their favorite part of the transformation? The list of questions is endless. Imagine our delight when a repeat client, Sue, sent the kindest email expressing her gratitude of a successful color consultation.

Having assisted with Sue’s colors for the last 10 years, it was a delight to help pick a bright fun palette for her new SW Portland home to match her bright personality. The exterior was easy, pick a similar red to her former home so that the new one would feel more familiar and welcoming. The interior was a bit more complicated. Being a large home with vaulted ceilings and a slightly open floor plan, it was tricky to coordinate the correct flow of rooms through color. Happily, in working together with Sue, we NAILED it and exceeded her expectations.

Here are some snippets from her emails

OMG do I love the rest of the house. The ‘constellation room’ turned out beautifully. It changed the feel of the room entirely.

You did an amazing job – my family loved all of the colors (and we had a fantastic Christmas, this house is just perfect for that) and my friends have all loved them as well. Thank you!!!!!
Well done, Color Queen…well done.
She was kind enough to send before and after photos. Before pictures are on the left.

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Instagram : A day in the life

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



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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.


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


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


Contemplating more choices.


Option #2 gives the room a completely different feel.


Everyone gets to have their input.


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


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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