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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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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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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.


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!


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.


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.


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


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



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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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