Saturday, April 5, 2014

Chair Affair 2014

We just found out that our Chair Affair submission was featured pretty heavily in this clip from Channel 8 News!

Although they don't tell you it is ours, we would know that chair anywhere!  (It's the great before and after photos they keep showing.  We call it "Big Daddy"

We will do a whole post dedicated to this chair soon, but for now please enjoy this clip:



Thursday, February 27, 2014

Family Room Redo

Here's a really great family room makeover we recently completed!  It all started with a simple dining room chair, and the desire for a fresher look all around.

We started with choosing fabrics for the dining room chairs and living room sectional, and then we added a new swivel chair and rug!   Throughout the process the client was telling me about how she loved to sit on the sofa or chair and look at the fire, but didn't enjoy seeing all that brick.  So we started down the path of choosing tile for a new fireplace surround, and then I asked how often they made a fire, which turned out to be "not often".  One thing led to another, as these things usually do, and I realized that if it were a gas fireplace they would probably enjoy it much more often! 

Now, I love a natural fire, crackling logs and all.  However often due to age of the person making the fire (how much can they / do they want to shlep wood) or the time needed, or the hassle involved, a natural fireplace often goes unused.  There is also the ongoing conversation about wood burning fires vs gas and how they affect air quality...  Ultimately the decision is a personal one, but that doesn't mean you have to live with a surround you just don't like!

For style and color of the tile, we decided to choose something that would go with everything and be easy for the next homeowner to work with as well.

Here is the BEFORE:

 And AFTER...

Here's a little tile detail...
  (still finishing up the trim around the fireplace)

Our client is thrilled with the changes, and definitely finds herself using and enjoying her family room more than ever! Ironically we don't have an "after" picture of the dining room chairs, but as you can imagine they turned out pretty fabulous!

So what do you think?  Are you considering a fresh look for spring?  We have a whole slew of new fabrics and would love to help you make the most of your space too!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Orleans has taken my heart all over again!  I can't wait to go back.  If it weren't for the summer weather, I would find a way to be there for long stretches.  Oh, and I guess my life here in Portland would have something to say about that too!

Here are a few of the highlights of our trip...MUSIC!  We went to Frenchman St. and saw a few wonderful groups.  Do you watch TREME on HBO? I saw Aurora Nealand the week before on that show, and here she was at Maison!!!  What a great night!

Can't go to NOLA without seeing the cemeteries.   Unfortunately we did not have time for a tour. Next time...

A visit to the plantation Oak Alley was both beautiful and disturbing.  The house and land was originally worked by slaves and it was haunting to walk the land, feeling the ghosts of that time.  It was hard to marry the beauty with the brutality. The living oak trees were amazing! Planted 100 years before the plantation home was actually built, there is no record of who planted them. 

Beautiful  Audubon Park across from Tulane University.

My favorite museum was the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.  This artist, Gina Phillip is A-MAZING! This work is made from fabric and thread.

Just walk around fun stuff...

Color on the outside of houses works better in these climates than they do in the NW.

I even like how these guys do their garbage cans!

I tried gator...tastes like chicken!

What a great trip.  Thank you for letting me share!  I hope your Holidays were equally memorable.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Old Chair - New Life

We have another really great Before and After to share with you today (because who doesn't love a makeover?!)

We started with a chair that had definitely seen better days!  Not only was the fabric in dire need of a redo, but the the frame itself  had way to much sway and needed to be firmed up.

This was a good example of how important the "guts" of the chair are to the redo.  Fabric and foam can be replaced, but you definitely want to start with a frame that has "good bones" (hmmm, this is sounding very personal!)  Hard woods are a must, as they can be re-glued/joined to bring your piece back to sturdy life. 

This chair was transformed for a specific (wonderful!) couple who were most fond of the bronze pattern on the inside back and seat.  I then had the fun of choosing 4 other fabrics to go with it!   In addition to firming up the frame, the seat cushion was upgraded to a foam core/down wrap.  It is SOOO comfy now!!  I also sourced the ottoman and had it upholstered to match!


Love what you see?  Come on in and we can chat about making you your very own one-of-a-kind "Amy Chair"!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Coffee Crown Chair!

Oh how I love a “before and after”!!

Here comes a beauty!  It all started with a coffee bag I scored on one of those wandering days you just never know what you will come across.  I wasn’t LOOKING for a coffee bag…but when I came across this one with a CROWN on the bag I had to have it, knowing I would someday find it a home.

It almost became several different things, but I waited for just the right one.  My patience was rewarded by this chair that was soooo sad.  Really broken down, but remembering a respectable past, this four legged treasure had found its chance to shine again!
Here is a shot of putting together different possibilities…

And here is what came to be our Coffee Crown Chair!


Happy Ending, eh?!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

MORE ON THAT WONDERFUL OFFICE TRAILER...Now we are starting the outside remodel... I have much more planned for this exterior, but their busy season starts NOW and it time to give them a bit of breathing space before we start moving more things around.

See the before and after shots so far...   Before:


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Silk Purse from Sows ear...the story of a happy trailer makeover.

I have a great client- super nice guy with a great business and staff.

We have started a wonderful design journey together starting with a redo of his office which is in a trailer.

His business is firewood, reclaimed lumber, organic compost and materials.  As they continue to grow and add some really great retail to their world, they needed this trailer office to become more retail friendly and not so much "guys construction sight".

I loved the woodsy feel of their world, the warmth that they all exuded and that it is in the city, tucked in an industrial area. 

My overall design concept for their space and the retail additions is to retain that feel, but realize that it is urban as well.  In other words- not to make it like a western movie set, which they were on the verge of doing.

Here are some before shots... They use a trailer as the office.  Notice the fire "pit" on the left? Love it- it's a keeper!
BEFORE: The best thing in the office is the spice shelf that has small jars of different soils.  We are keeping that for sure!                                                                                                                                                        
BEFORE:  Wish I had a shot of the office from the other direction- shows just how much it changed.

Here are some AFTER:
We started with the window treatments.  They had none.  Surrounding the windows are large bolts that hold the safety bars in place (that's another story for the next blog.)  Anyway, I didn't want to put dressy expensive hardware in the space, so we went with a treatment that would compliment the bolts and add some fun.

 After shots

We painted a nice taupe and added the red back wall. This is their logo color and also goes perfectly with the hardware "brackets".  There was lots of clean up in this area.

Chalk boards were added so customers could see what was what!  Bread loaf pans will be added at the bottom to hold the chalk.