Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Grant's Park Bedroom

Our client's daughter, Lucy, was in need of a bedroom update. At 17, she felt her bedroom looked too young and wanted the design to reflect her age. She had a lot of "stuff" (as most teenagers do) with nowhere to store it, resulting in an overwhelming amount of clutter.  Our approach for the design was to keep the aesthetic youthful, but add sophistication. The client requested that the paint stay the same, so we developed a striking, yet playful palette around the wall color.  To add elegance, we replaced her existing fixture with the chandelier from the dining room, (a family heirloom). Using a circular rug and some seating, we created a small reading/conversation area in the center of the room.  The room lacked storage and a space for doing homework. We worked with Jason Crawley Woodworks and carefully designed a built-in to maximize storage and work space, without overwhelming the room. To create a cohesive look, we matched the existing molding and styled the cabinets after the renovated kitchen. A large pin up board sits above the desk to display pictures, notes and mementos.   

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Alameda Craftsman

Wise Design helped this young family space plan and furnish this stunningly renovated home in the Alameda neighborhood. Main goals for the space were to provide modern furnishings with flexible seating and a kid-friendly play area. Space planning was solved by pulling the furnishings out from the room and introducing larger pieces to match the scale of the space. By mounting the TV on the wall, we eliminated the need for a console and instead, placed an accent chair underneath creating a conversation area. In leiu of a regular coffee table, we designed a small accent table that sits atop two custom poufs, which can be pulled out for more seating. A kids zone was created to the right of the french doors by adding a small play table and chairs, flanked by an industrial rack for toy and book storage. We brightened the space with a fresh coat of off white paint to provide a slight contrast from the trim.  A sleek custom sofa and chaise were designed with a tufted bottom cushion and soft, textured fabric. The vintage rocker was an amazing client find from Beam and Anchor, which set the tone for the space. We paired it with a classic Saarinen side table. To compliment the yellow rocker, navy was introduced to enhance and balance the palette. The poufs were upholstered with a navy herringbone fabric to add subtle texture.To bring in some warmth, the accent table was designed with a live edge out of Bastogne and beautifully made by Black Rabbit Builders. The dining room features a large custom walnut slab table surrounded by french industrial chairs.

 Photos by Kevin McConnell.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Holiday Decor: Winter 2013/2014

It's that time of year again. Time to dust off those bins of Christmas decorations and peruse the stores for new items to add to your collection. If you're like me, you like to change it up each year and keep it fresh. This holiday season, the look is muted neutrals with natural elements. Keep your color palette streamlined with just one or two neutrals and touches of metals (Brass!), wood and wool (real or faux). As always with a neutral color palette, keep it interesting by mixing textures. Cable knits, prickly pine cones, and fluttering feathers create warmth and variety.

Here are some great ideas to get you started. It's fun to use these ideas as inspiration and then make them your own in your own space. 




Or, for something completely different, consider pastel holiday decor. If you are someone that cannot leave out the color, fear not. Mixing in some soft pastel colors keeps things fresh.

Here are some great examples of using pastels in your holiday decor.


Whatever direction you chose to go in this year, enjoy the season! And don't toss the old decorations that you don't use this winter, put them away, because they will most likely come back around again.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Design Trend Fall 2013: Color Blocking

Color Blocking is a trend that started in Fashion Design and Art. It began back in the 1960's. (You've probably seen the bright color blocked shift dresses and abstract art that the swinging sixties were so famous for.) You may have noticed a return to the Color Block trend in fashion, so it comes as no surprise that it is also making a comeback in Interior Design.


When you think of the bright pops of color that were such an overwhelming part of the trend in the past, you might be tempted to shy away from color blocks in your decor. However, the modern reincarnation of the trend is much more versatile and can be very subtle when need be. Of course, if bright and fun colors are your thing, blocks of color are where it's at!

When choosing the colors for your room, it is easiest to choose colors that are either close together or on the opposite side of the color wheel. If you want a streamlined look, you may just want two colors (or two and a neutral). However, if you want a richer look, go for three colors (or more if you're daring!) Let's look at some examples of color blocking with just two colors.




Here are some examples of blocking with more than two colors:




Here is an example of mixing two hot trends - color blocking and pastels, this creates a softer look:



soft pastels

For a more classic calming effect, go for blocks of neutral colors:


Add http://www.houzz.com/photos/2891478/Rumsin-transitional-kitchen-new-yorkcaption

As you can see, color blocking can be done many different ways. It can be used in modern, traditional or transitional design. Best of all, you can create the blocks with paint, furniture, or accessories. It's so easy to do!

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Over the past 10 months, we have been working on updating a beautiful Rummer in Beaverton for a delightful couple. The remodel has included removing the existing cork floors and refinishing the original concrete floors, painting both the interior and exterior, replacing all the interior doors and trim, updating the bathroom with new floor tile and vanity counters, and adding custom roller shades for privacy.

The palette was simple. White and black. The exterior was painted a matte black, with glossy black beams that carry through to the interior. The wood eaves were left exposed to add warmth and contrast. The front door was painted a fun mint green. The interior walls are painted a soft white with white trim and doors creating a blank slate for brightly colored furnishings and artwork.

We have slowly, but surely started furnishing the space with a gorgeous custom leather sofa from Perch Furniture, set a top a graphic chevron rug. Both a live edge coffee table and walnut slab dining table were hand built by our talented clients. A set of vintage, green leather Eames Chairs with new wood bases, and a stunning pendant light compliment the new dining table. The clients found a pair of Bertoia diamond chairs for a killer deal which we painted the same mint green as the door.  We designed a deep built-in bench with custom seat cushions in the nook off the kitchen which will for now serve as a loungy reading space, with plans to add a small kitchen table and two chairs (not pictured).

We are currently working on the master bedroom which will include a custom bedframe with built-in nightstands, light fixtures, art and bedding.

Here are a few photos of our progress:

comfy custom leather sofa and live edge coffee table

walnut dining table & eames chairs with possible wall hanging
refurbished eames chairs w/ wood bases
mint bertoia diamond chair

Saturday, September 14, 2013



This project was a remodel for the main floor of this 80's split-level. We were asked to help a growing family turn their new home from drab to dazzling.  All the walls in the main house were beige so we brightened up the palette with white walls and painted the wood beams a contrasting dark charcoal to emphasize the volume and architectural character of the space. A soft, warm gray was used to accent the fireplace wall. Furniture and accessories were brought in with bright poppy colors and a mix of luxurious and rustic materials. 

A new 8' fir scissor door replaced the sliding glass door, opening up the space to the outdoor covered patio.  A fir entry door with ribbed glass was put in place along with new fir doors throughout the house, replacing the existing Craftsman style doors. The existing fireplace was remodeled with an asymmetrical design, adding grandeur and focus to the sunken living room. The fireplace was faced with a dark slate tile to compliment the beams. It was topped with a Bastogne walnut mantel. A beautiful sputnik chandelier adds drama to the dining room along with a graphic rug and custom powder coated Tolix chairs for a punch of color. Our favorite piece in the project was hanging the enormous Pegasus the couple had tucked away, over the fireplace as a dramatic focal point for the living room. A swanky turquoise sofa and metallic shag rug were added to the sunken living room to compliment their existing furniture. Two existing club chairs were reupholstered in a bright orange felt, while an existing high backed danish chair was recovered in a soft neutral leather. Other plans for the remodel include adding foliage, artwork and accessories to finish the spaces. We are also in the process of designing the family room and guest room. Below are several pictures of our progress.