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France: Wine, Cheese and Environmental Laws

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels.

This became official back in March but continues to make us happy everyday. We always try to incorporate plants and energy saving, earth conscious practices into our interiors and exterior designs. How lovely that laws can have such a beautiful and positive impact on design and the earth at the same time.

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Just one more reason to love France.

Form, function and color are dominant in this NY rooftop.

Trees at street level and on the top deck in Paris.

Chicago’s City hall speaks volumes about leading the way by example.

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Interview

Love and gratitude to Freunde von Freunden and Julie Pointer and Carissa Gallo for this interview. I am humbled. http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/interviews/shannon-baird/ Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 10.34.38 AM

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by | June 10, 2015 · 9:42 am

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:

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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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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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Update 2015: SE 52nd Bulgalow

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.

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The most perfect yard sign ever created. A big thank you and hats off to Tod Philips, the general contractor, who took it upon himself to create such a work of art (his sign is on the left, ours on the right). The roof pitch of the sign even has the same roof pitch of the bungalow. What attention to detail!

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Instead of two smaller windows in the upper bedrooms, we collectively decided to have one larger window. Its may seem trivial but it will allow for more unobstructed light and bring down the cost of construction. The chimney, while no longer functioning, is an important design element that is being preserved. It’s style and small details are classic bungalow features that add to the charm of the home.

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Back of the home will be extended into the back yard. A larger kitchena nd a larger master bedroom will each have access to the large, covered back porch.

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Looking from the front door through to the back of the future kitchen extension.

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Original built-in cabinets flanked either side of the fireplace. By removing them to preserve the antique leaded glass, it also offers the opportunity to repair and restore the chimney while reframing in the new window openings.

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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

http://instagram.com/sbairddesign

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Space Planning : Mixed Media Room

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. Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset

With his input and guidance and a vintage design book we found one weekend, we made a mental “kit of parts”.

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After a few design charrettes, we developed 3 floor plans and sets of sketches to show our clients.

Option A

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Option B

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Option C

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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?

 

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Remodel: Finishes consult

 

A repeat design client contacted SBaird Design to assist in choosing final finishes, lighting placement and paint selections for a remodel in the hills off of SW Broadway. The remodeling contractor was a pleasure to work with and needed a cost effective solution with quick turn around time for design services, so that he could get the home ready for market.

 

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A cottage-bungalow hybrid perched in the hills.

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A skylight was placed above the future vanity sink. Choosing good overhead lighting posed a challenge that the contractor wanted SBaird Design to resolve.

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The new tub/shower combo in the master bath will be built to follow the roof profile of the home. A rain shower and handheld unit will make it a luxurious sanctuary.

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Living Room and entry way.

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Living Room and new fireplace.

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An overhead beam designates the separation of space between the living and dining areas.

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Material samples the contractor already had and wanted to work into the design.

SBaird Design came up with a neutral palette that would appeal to many potential homeowners looking to buy in that location.

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Residential: SE 52nd Ave

A new design client was referred to SBaird Design by a real estate associate. Anne, had just purchased this sweet Mt.Tabor bungalow. In need of extensive remodeling and repairs, Anne came to us with an open heart and enthusiasm. Her goal: to remodel this little gem into the mecca for all her family and grandchildren; to design a cozy, welcoming space and design the space to be her forever home.

Excited to take on a new challenge and make a new friend, we are thrilled with Anne and her home. After 2 long years of woking on the Manzanita remodel, we were ready to be back and focused in Portland. However, we were not ready to part with the people of that project. Having established a symbiotic relationship with Tod Phillips, the General Contractor who completed the Manzanita job, we were overjoyed when he informed us he was willing to continue working with us on a project in Portland. An initial meeting between Anne and Tod was arranged and they hit it off splendidly. The team was solidified. SBaird Design and Wood Specialty Construction would continue their partnership.

These photos are from SBaird Design’s first site consultation and subsequent meetings with Tod Phillips of Wood Specialty Construction, where we documented the home and began to make as-builts for space planning.

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Expanding the front porch will allow for a more welcoming entry.

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Two designers. Two clients. All in agreement.

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Features like built-ins and custom moulding will be restored throughout the home.

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Currently, the dining room acts as a main pathway for traffic. Widening and shifting of doorways will aid the flow of the home.

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Technology is our friend: using a Leica laser measuring tool synched with the bluetooth on our phone, we are able to build an approximate floorplan on site.

More images from a few weeks later:

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The General Contractor, Tod Philips (left) of Wood Specialty Construction, discusses the foundation work that needs to happen with the owner of M. Leon construction, Pascal (right). The two of them had a jam session talking out ideas.

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A trip to WestPac was a necessity to pick out doors, trim and windows. The rep, Jeff Pilger (left) had worked with Tod (right) on a project out at the coast almost 15 years ago.

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The meeting at WestPac was very successful. We were even able to source the trim profiles we had selected on site earlier in the day.

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Anne, our sweet and lovely client. She is so genuine and kind that we are compelled with love to make this project a success.

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