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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:

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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,

Joan

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

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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

Year in Review

2010

The year began with a trip to Paris, the most romantic and beautiful city in the world. I was especially moved by the Eiffel Tower. Looking at the intricately engineered structure, it’s hard to imagine anyone not being impressed by the stature of this iconic symbol. While walking through Père Lachaise cemetery, I was swept away by the breathtaking architecture of the churches and monuments. I was bowled over by the design of retail shops, flower stands and the food – which takes composition and form to a different level altogether.

Color coordinating the books in my home became an obsessive exercise in attention to detail, and was soothing to my sense of placement and color blocking.

In July, I moved from my 1956 home in West Linn where I had lived for 10 years. I raised my family there and spent much love and work, painstakingly restoring our home with an emphasis on preserving the historical and architectural integrity. It was difficult to move – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – hard to leave behind a home with many memories, and a personal design project that had literally just been completed. Regardless, the plan was always to move back to the city once the children were done with school and it became the goal as 2010 began.

I moved back into Portland, to a 1920s bungalow near my childhood home. I have undertaken a number of design projects at the new home – painting inside and out, re-configuring the chicken coops, gardening, with many more projects in the works. I love my neighborhood and enjoy being nearer to friends, work, and all of the culture that this city has to offer.

Tearing apart an old shed to turn into a chicken coop

New house color

Earlier this year, I did some interior design consulting for Phoenix Redevelopment, a company that rehabilitates distressed properties. They had approached me for advice on two of their mid century listings. I selected the interior and exterior colors, address numbers, kitchen cabinets & finishes, light fixtures, and flooring. When the remodels were complete and the homes were listed, I was asked to consult on the staging of furniture and accessories in one of the homes. This has led to SBaird Design’s latest offering: home staging.

SBaird Design branched out in December, launching home staging services. We stage vacant and occupied homes, provide in-home consultations, dispense staging advice a la distance, and offer remodeling consultations for homes on the real estate market.

SBaird Design had the pleasure to work with the sweet homeowners of this 1928 home in Alameda. We remodeled the kitchen, opening up the space while emphasizing the historical appropriateness of the renovation. Upstairs, we added an elegant master bath within the existing footprint. Photos of the finished project will be posted next week.

Master bath finish selections

Construction of archway at kitchen

I designed a walnut shelf with my friend and talented designer & craftsman Delaney Kelly. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product in a few weeks.

I took a class this fall at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts on outdoor structure building. Working for two weekends outside to construct a simple building for students to spend time out of doors was challenging and exhilarating. The finished deck/porch with benches and a roof was something that would be enjoyable to recreate again in our own backyard.

I recently consulted on the kitchen paint and finishes in a longtime client’s home. The large dining room gave the owners ample space to build out a half bath, a refrigerator nook, and a broom closet.

In December, SBaird Design secured contracts for two new design projects:

I’ll be involved in the exterior and interior design of the old film exchange building on NW 19th. Built in the 1930s, the Star Film Exchange complex housed six Hollywood film distributors – the interior still has film vaults and screening rooms. I’m thrilled to be part of the renaissance of this building.

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I’ll also be consulting on an extensive remodel of a 1957 house in Happy Valley and an addition of an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on the property. I’m thrilled to begin working on the project with this incredibly kind family.

I have enjoyed procuring mid century furniture, lighting, art, and accessories for the home staging business. I recently restored this 1960 set of Kristian Vedel chairs, with the help of an upholsterer and Delaney Kelly.

New involvement in the arts, along with music projects completed this year. My 25 years of experience and knowledge in design and project management were directly related to the following.

One of the founding members of YU Contemporary – A visionary art center empowering artistic imagination and cultural life, destined to become the most provocative supporter of the arts that the region has ever seen.  http://www.yucontemporary.org/

Co – Executive producer – From the Land of Ice and Snow, a compilation CD, 6 years in the making. Led Zeppelin covered by eminent NW musicians. I co-produced the live show ( it sold out ) and the release of the album at Doug Fir Lounge. Press from National Public Radio and all of the local print media. Websites/blogs wrote stories on an  international level. http://www.jealousbutcher.com/iceandsnow/preorder.html

some of the musicians and producers of the album/show – (photo by Mark Toal)

poster design by Rob Jones

Rob Jones and the CDs

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Co-producer – of the final  live concert to be held at the venerable Berbati’s Pan, venue opened in 1994, closing show on New Years Eve 2010. Hired publicity, managing band necessities, managed merchandise sales, venue and supporting staff’s expectations. http://www.riotactmedia.com/artists/bp5ff.php

I could not have completed the year, without hiring a patient and kind assistant, Molly Nearman, in July. She has been a wealth of fortitude and steely reserve even when we are pressed with the various tasks and occasionally over abundant workload that comprises real estate, design, music shows. Molly keeps my business and life flowing. She is an angel in human form.

As I look back on another year, I feel so blessed and grateful that I’m able to do what I love. Thank you to my clients, friends, and family for your support in 2010.

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SBaird Design now offering home staging services

SBaird Design is proud to announce we are now offering home staging services. We specialize in staging vacant mid century and contemporary homes on the real estate market. SBaird Design places sparse, iconic, mid century furniture, art, and accessories. By staging homes with tasteful, minimal furnishings, the features of the home become prominent rather than the staging.

In addition to staging vacant homes, SBaird Design also stages occupied homes, and offers remodel consultation, staging consultation, color consultation, and advice à la distance.

Contact SBaird Design for more information.

Interior color, kitchen cabinets, finishes, lighting, and staging by SBaird Design

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