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.