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How a 2 bedroom house became a 7 bedroom vacation rental.....as featured on Houzz!

Jun 2, 2014 | Design Inspiration

Houzz, wrote an excellent article about our work on Shift Vacation Rentals in Portland Oregon. Read on here....

 

European Inspiration December 2013

Dec 27, 2013 | Design Inspiration Being in Europe always enlightens me. Their use of space, is so refined as everything is so much smaller you really need to use every inch perfectly. Here are some photos of bits of ingenuity from Switzerland and The Netherlands. Dutch wall chair in an Amsterdam Hotel. That is Klaas, me, and his Mom playing on the chair. I love this tulip chair found in the square outside of the train station in Aarau, Switzerland. When closed they rain rolls off the outside, keeping the seat nice and dry. Klaas sitting on the tulip chair. I think these would be perfect for Portland, don't you guys? Sidewalk marks which are thick so blind people can walk in between the lines, Switzerland. A perfect lazy susan cabinet for small kitchens, actually this is better design for all kitchens, big or small. There is no door that gets in your way. Cool city lights in The Netherlands, the light shines and the reflector shield spreads beautiful drops of light on the patio below. Chess board and a checker board with cool benches behind them. You need to bring your own pieces to play. Many, most, almost all Dutch houses have totally symmetrical windows. 2 of everything, the idea comes from Dutch designer, Jan de Bouvrie. Many houses also have a name, so cute!
 

Inspiration from Bend Oregon

Apr 10, 2012 | Design Inspiration

We spent 5 days of blissful time in Bend Oregon and were blown away with all that was going on in SE Scott. The Workhouse is Bend’s newest art/design collective. It is a multi use work/retail space for art, fashion, and home design, in Bend’s historic Old Iron Works District at 50 SE Scott.

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There are dozens of local artists inside of the this fantastic old building. You can walk around and watch people making their art, allowing for a wonderful community connection. Cari Dolyniuk and Stuart Breidenstein are the folks with the vision. They each have studios, produce amazing art, and are passionate about supporting the local art scene.

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To give you a taste of some of the art, Karen Eland, from Coffee Creations paints elegant pictures using beer and coffee. It’s not to be missed!

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We strolled next door to the CUBE (which stands for creative urban business environment) and again we were in awe with the creativity and execution. (www.facebook.com/CUBE.BEND) Shipping containers adorn the space which hosts a variety of designers and architects. Cement Elegance, the counters I am a big fan of, has an incredible display of their beautiful, durable and environmental counters.

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Cement Elegance’s inter-grated sinks are eye candy for those who drool over good design. (www.cementelegance.com)

The trip wouldn’t be complete without a coffee and treat from The Sparrow Bakery. (www.thesparrowbakery.com/home/) The innovation, fresh ingredients and warm atmosphere make it perfect, then add to that the strong support of the Make Local Habit movement and you are hooked!