This sunny sanctuary located in Scottsdale, Arizona, recently completed in October 2018, was designed with the intention of being a getaway from the client’s original home in the Pacific Northwest during the rainy winter season. Allison Smith Design took this home and transformed it to create a timeless expression of modern artisan design.
Right off the bat, Allison and our client both agreed that the beautiful Arizona desert surroundings should be implemented into the design of this home. A newly opened kitchen and the install of large sliding glass doors supply an abundance of natural light into the great room creating a larger connection to the outdoor living space. Allison and our client decided on a clean color palette with natural hues pulled from the surrounding Arizona landscape.
The custom, handmade furniture featuring mixed woods, metals & concrete textures gives this home a true sense of artistry. Vibrant artwork and accessories warm up the industrial materials used as the foundation of the design.
We invite you to explore the photo gallery to see this beautiful project for yourself. Please let us know if you would like to inquire further about this project.
Completed in December 2018, this modern saloon in Beijing, China is situated on the 26th floor of a rippling tower designed by Giorgio Armani’s Armani/Casa. Rodeo Connection features sweeping city views, a bucking mechanical bull made from an authentic American cattle hide, a retail space selling unique American-made items, and antique accessories that bring the historical American West culture to life.
story of how this space came together includes a collaboration between
Portland, OR based team, Allison
Smith Design, and Beijing based developer, Andy Fan. Beyond the
design of the space itself, Allison was also responsible for designing custom
furniture and procuring authentic Western accessories from the United States.
The bones of this
building create a perimeter that is all curves clad in glass. The biggest
challenge was creating defined spaces that both incorporate the curves and
create a backdrop for the Western theme.
knew she needed to find the perfect accessories to make Rodeo Connection feel
like a bona fide cowboy experience. In exploring the numerous antique shops of
Oregon, she collected Charles Russell & Frederic Remington replications,
classic cowboy apparel, and taxidermy representative of Western-American
part of the high-end, luxurious building designed by Giorgio Armani, Rodeo
Connection offers patrons a place to have a unique experience of the Wild West
of America in an opulent environment. Serving decadent American-inspired
cuisine and craft beer, Rodeo Connection is the first of its kind in China with
plans to expand to other large cities within the country.
More photos of this exciting space can be found in our Gallery. Let us know what you think!
How many of us have fallen into the trap of purchasing a bad sofa? We’ve been there and we know how much it negatively effects the functionality of your home. Where do you want to crash after a long day? What furniture does your family use the most? See what we’re getting at here? Your family sofa should be treated with as much care as people use with picking out a new mattress. Read on to learn why investing in a custom, trade sofa is the best option for your home, family, and wallet!
Airbnb in Portland, OR furnished by Allison Smith Design–Made to withstand the many occupants this home will see.
Okay, so maybe you know that your current sofa situation isn’t ideal but you haven’t found the “perfect” one. Here’s where we come in. Spend less time searching for the perfect sofa, let us curate one for you! Not only do you get to choose from many sofa styles, you also get to choose from a plethora of different grades of fabric, leather and furniture finishes.
The vendors we use have a very specific fabrication method to ensure a long-lasting, high-quality product. Whether you have energetic children that take their energy out on the furniture or pets you can’t keep OFF the furniture… have no fear—This furniture ENDURES.
Leather samples from the Allison Smith Design sample library.
The fabrication method we prefer to specify is called an 8-way hand tied coil spring suspension system. What the heck is that? High-grade twine is hand-tied in 8 different directions across the entire base area of the sofa. Aside from the costs of high-quality materials, this fabrication method is what makes these sofas an investment. The combination of hand-craft and high-quality materials produces a piece of furniture that perfectly distributes weight—creating hardly any stress on the frame. Voila! A piece of furniture that stands the test of time.
How does this compare to competitors? Many competitors tend to use a webbing method of manufacturing and while this does, in fact, make a piece of furniture more affordable, webbing will sag quicker and will not stand up to heavy use by family, pets, etc. When you understand this concept, it’s hard to pay for the same low-quality piece of furniture over and over. Try investing in the right sofa and it will pay for itself in the long run.
We often specify trade leather sofa/sectionals for our commercial projects. (Puget Park Apartments)
Other features we love about trade sofas: Cushion quality and thoughtful material finishes. Cushion engineering can be JUST AS IMPORTANT as a good sofa structure. Again, many competitors just use a standard foam cushion and call it a day. This is fine if you’re looking to have to replace cushions periodically—Just another lesson in ‘you get what you pay for.’
What do we mean by material finish? Some of the vendors we work with offer a “Crypton” option—meaning that the beautiful and expensive fabric we encourage you to invest in becomes essentially bullet proof to crazy stains. That’s right, everyone, enjoy your glass of red wine on your beautiful sofa without fear.
Some Sofa Options — Vanguard
Some Sectional Options — Vanguard
We hope we’ve been able to shed some light on why sofas from trade resources are superior to what’s coming from the chain/big-box houses. Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions! If you’re ready to make the smart investment for your home, we’re ready to assist you!
This past week the Allison Smith Design team packed up our tools, loaded the rig and set off for Redmond, WA to set up this new-build commercial project. Allison was asked to design the leasing area and some amenity rooms for this new apartment complex. This was our first time getting to see the finished product in person so we spent a lot of time admiring how everything turned out! Can you blame us?! Look. At. That. Fireplace!
For this particular interior, we went outside the realm of how we normally handle our commercial projects and got funky with a modern 70’s vibin’ decal wall in the entryway. As Allison likes to say, “Groovy!” (Shout out to our project manager, Julika, for installing these herself!)
Allison went with natural themed / neutral colored artwork made of different woods to even out those cool funky vibes.
We also want to highlight this stunning wall–Another element of this design that we had never done before. (We clearly took lots of photos of this one.)
Lots of dark accessories are found around the entirety of the leasing building.
This elegant home in San Jose del Cabo includes sweeping desert and ocean views, a sitting area that “floats” in the pool, and an open-concept floor plan flanked by a courtyard. The story of how this home came together includes a collaboration between Allison Smith Design and San Jose based architecture firm, Cubo Atelier.
Beyond the design of the home itself, Allison was also responsible for custom furniture and accessories created in San Miguel de Allende.
Set in an early-twentieth century neighborhood in SE Portland filled with lush greenery, this Eastmoreland home was past due for some loving updates. You may have seen our previous basement renovations of this home not too long ago. Well we can officially say the rest of the home is finished! Allison knew she had to stick to period friendly elements to match the neighborhood–nothing too modern that would be dated in a few years. The ultimate goal was to maintain the home’s authenticity while still giving it a functional update.
When Allison hopped onto this project, she immediately identified issues with the existing floor plan. There were unnecessary exterior doors and space being taken up by previous unprofessional planning with home renovations. In order to open the kitchen up and give it the space it deserved, she planned to take out the existing exterior door and close off the doorway into the now office. A new exterior door was placed near the master suite at the end of the hallway leading into the backyard.
One of the biggest requests of our clients was to fix the lack of privacy for each of the older daughters who desperately needed their own bedrooms, as well as to make each bedroom more functional. (None of them had closets!) To remedy these problems, Allison designed a new bedroom space in the basement for one of the girls and reworked the upper level for the other where they were both initially sharing a room. This also solved the problem of the girls and father having previously been made to share one bathroom. Allison implemented a new joint bathroom/laundry room in the basement that the oldest could use as her personal bathroom.
Of course a renovation project this big came with it’s challenges. Initial design plans included adding a third bathroom to the upper level of the home so that everyone would technically have their own bathrooms. Unfortunately the city shut down those ideas which forced Allison to maximize the existing space she was already working with.
The most drastic changes are clearly seen in the kitchen and the bathroom on the main floor so these are naturally Allison’s favorite two rooms of the finished product. Allison’s design inspiration for the kitchen came from vintage tin ceiling tiles. She found the subtle, yet beautiful tile used in the kitchen back splash and knew she had to use it for this project.
Our team is incredibly proud of this project and we thoroughly enjoy showing off these before and after shots. Feel free to ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ as much as we have.
Allison Smith Design recently remodeled the common space at Heatherwood Apartments, Mill Creek Washington. We’ve had the pleasure of working with this client previously and we were excited to freshen up these spaces.
Allison selected the interior materials, finishes, and layouts for this project as well as the furniture and décor.
The goal on this project was to create an open and inviting common space for occupants to work and lounge in, one that avoided feeling too formal.
One method of accomplishing this was to include a bright focus point with an orange accent wall.
Sitting Area & Wall Clock
We aimed to create a relaxed atmosphere via the wall décor and accessories.
Therefore, we chose a lot of tactile items, many made of natural materials, that invite interraction.
Heatherwood has some gorgeous landscaping on the grounds, so we wanted to give a nod to the natural beauty that surrounds it.
Material choices can make a huge difference in the atmosphere of a space. Take for example the floorboards in this photo.
Because they cover such a large swathe of the room, their presense really ties together all of the design elements.
We really enjoy how the orange tones in the floor played off of the warm tones in the wall color.
A few other areas in Heatherwood were also in need of remodeling, such as this movie theatre and cafe/kitchen nook.
The cafe nook had previously been enclosed by a wall, which bared against foot traffic
A wall in the nook was taken out and a new open seating plan was implemented. We love these sleek pewter pedestal tables.
Altogether, the updates at Heatherwood are designed to invite visitors to return to the space again and again.
Key ingredients, such as a good wall color, exceptional layout, and playful décor (such as these horses) can really invigorate a space.
What were your favorite design details? Leave us a note here, or check out our facebook page for more project info!
When the ASD team travels we love a fully furnished and well-thought-out design with matching flatware, dishes, and bedding (it really is the little things).
Our goal was to design a cohesive vacation rental which spoke with the cleanliness of a hotel and the warmth of a home. Our goals were met in a future Airbnb rental in beautiful North Portland.
A large, open kitchen is open to the adjacent dining and living rooms.
In larger hotels we are offered a magical bed to sleep on, but board games and favorite books are smaller touches of home we’ve considered. We’ve even included a cocktail strainer so when your party needs a well-made cocktail on a warm Portland afternoon, you’re set.
We’ve developed the most comfortable bedrooms.
A nap in the afternoon sun on this bed? Yes please.
For the traveling readers; don’t worry, we’ve included bedside lamps.
We’ve added some new toiletries from Beekman 1802. They’re a beautiful company from Sharon Springs, NY.
Um, and we have serious house envy:
from Beekman Boys House Instagram
And a couple of our favorite details:
What examples of thoughtful touches have you experienced while traveling? Please let us know!