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
I ate breakfast recently in Wheeler, Oregon at Rising Star Cafe , only to realize that they do not take anything but cash for payment. The table next to me was informed of the same, and the gentleman got up to look for an ATM at the same moment, so we were off together in search. In the short time that it took to reach our destination, retrieve some money and head back to the restaurant we had shared much of our life story, however condensed. I knew that he was building a home in Manzanita with his wife, on a lot that he had owned for years, I knew that he was doing it with as much energy conservation and LEED ideas implemented and I knew that I must see if I could wrangle a visit/walkthrough with them. Fortunately, all of this lined up quite well and by the afternoon I was having the sort of tour that was even better than I imagined. The couple were both intelligent, warm and engaging. They were so excited about their new home and it was infectious. I offered to do all of the interior color as I believed that the Benjamin Moore Aura collection called Affinity, would be quite suitable for health reasons/LEED also, – low to no VOC, and the color palette is gorgeous, all of the colors are designed to work together. I left them with a color sample card of the entire variety of options, and all communication + color consultation, has been accomplished now via email. I must give credit to the homeowners for choosing most of the colors, which I then tweaked as needed. They have great taste! I have been honored to be awarded with what (I think) will be a long friendship in the future, and their home is turning out to be very pretty.
See below photo notes for color choices…
fiji on left, collection on right
frappe and buttered yam
dinner party with ylang ylang
I had the pleasure today, of meeting Megan Galaher who specializes in urban garden design for Portland homes. Whether modernization is the approach, or drought resistant gardens with year round interest, she is well trained to conceptualize and execute gorgeous gardens that require as little maintenance as possible.
Originally from San Francisco, she learned to love landscaping through her experience working in the garden of a private residence in her home town. She attended Lewis and Clark as an art major, and after extensive traveling came back to Portland deciding to settle here and choosing the garden industry as a way to express her art and design background.
Patterns and repetition are a theme that is often repeated in her work, along with color flow and exceptional layering techniques as evidenced in her keen eye towards height variations and the relationship of plants to each other.
For best results she may be hired for a full service approach including consultation, plans, plant procurement and installation, but also offers a one hour consultation, or can draft plans to hand over to a client for their own execution.
www.galahergardens.com – 503-235-2103 firstname.lastname@example.org
( and i love her pots!) sw portland