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Show PDX - A Furniture and Lighting Showcase

This is one of those posts that's incredibly personal to JASON BALL interiors. For starters, we love designing furniture and lighting! It's one of the benefits of being interior designers. Secondly, it's incredibly important for the design community to support local designers, artists, etc. in the furniture and lighting industry. The interior designers at JBi had the privilege of walking through a local furniture & lighting competition called ShowPDX. The event happens every couple of years, bringing furniture and lighting designers together to highlight the best new and innovative concepts. For us, this type of show gives us insight into the next wave of design - new materials, new shapes, new techniques. We might even get some inspiration for our own work. And, isn't that what interior design is all about? Seeing inspiration in everything around us? We have two friends who were part of the event with amazing entries. Joe Gibson of Revolution Design House (RDH) put out an amazing outdoor chair/lounger called The Belmont. I will be commissioning him to make a couple of these for my own backyard. And, Scott Schiesel of Lightlite entered an innovative and creative take on a floor lamp. Here are our other favorite entries of ShowPDX 2012.

 

As always, it's important for JBi to see and support the talented artisans and designers we have in Portland. Can't wait to see what our community comes up with for the next show.

 

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Designer's Notebook - Moroccan Style

Wallcovering Schumacher Morocco Antique Gold

It's not all the time a client comes to the interior designers at JASON BALL interiors and ask us to create a Moroccan cigar lounge. Well, that's exactly what happened and thus begins the enviable task of learning all about Moroccan style. In our search for room examples that would fit our design goal, we came up with a few main characteristics that had to be included in our Moroccan inspired space. Pattern, pattern and more pattern. We certainly noticed that Moroccan themed rooms were all about pattern. You'd see big patterns mixed with small patterns, swirly patterns mixed with geometric patterns, and colorful patterns mixed with monochromatic patterns. This layering helps these rooms feel as if they design elements have been collected over years of travels.

 

Color for as far as the eye can see. I've heard this from other clients from arid regions of the world, that Americans surround themselves with drab colors. So, we began looking at global styles and these clients had a point. Other cultures are so much more likely to layers color upon color in the same space. This room has 4 or 5 main colors as part of it's scheme. A little expertise in combining all those colors and you get one beautiful room.

 

Age, beyond it's years. There is something about being in a space that has a feeling of history. With some careful consideration to the materials, colors and patterns, even a new Moroccan-inspired room can feel as if it's been there for years.

 

We've used a little bit of each of these elements to create a space with a distinctly Moroccan feel, but fit for today's lifestyle. We can't wait to see how it all comes out.

 

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Serving Up Style: Designers Fighting Lupus (The Recap)

Well, the interior designers at JASON BALL interiors and the rest of the design/build team tried hard, but to no avail (this year). However, the 20 design teams put on an absolutely wonderful show this year at Serving Up Style: Designers Fighting Lupus as part of the Fall Home & Garden Show. With over $53,000 raised to help out those afflicted with lupus and to continue the struggle to raise awareness, Molly's Fund definitely won the top prize. While the JBi team would have preferred some type of trophy, being part of this amazing event is enough for us (although I must say that planning has already started for next year!). I was able to walk through the show today free from the stresses of the competition and really look at the rooms. The level of design in this year's competition was amazing! All 20 rooms were well thought out with solid interior design. The rooms shown here were my absolutely favorites for various reasons. It might be some particular wall treatment or the lighting or the general concept. Please NOTE: If you're room isn't included here, it's only because this blog post is about my absolutely favorites. Readers will either agree or disagree with me, but that's what this is all about - showing off our individual talents and different perspectives on interior design.

"Jane + Tarzan's Hollywood Retreat" - Modurne Fine Furnishings + Interiors. The JBi designers love pattern! And, in this case, more is definitely better. Jamie Buckiewicz of Modurne Fine Furnishings knocked it out of the park with this large-scale chevron on the wall and the floor. While not for the faint of heart, it is definitely a way to add pure drama to any space. I could especially see this down a hallway and up the far wall.

Jason Ball Interiors talks about room by Modurne Fine Furnishings

"Dinner at Tiffany's" - urban i.d. Glamor, glamor and more glamor in this incredibly elegant dining space by the team at urban i.d. There is something about this particular shade of blue that we all immediately identify with. Throw in gift boxes, a knock-out of a chandelier and drapery to die for, and this is one superb room. For me, it's all about the color though. It's saturated to a point of being rich - not too green, not too blue - just perfect. And, what's more important is that it's livable. This is one room that would be easy to translate into anyone's home. This room won the Fan Favorite award this year - way to go team!

Dinner at Tiffany's room by urban i.d.

"Lost & Crowned" - Terrance Mason Interiors. Ok, anyone who knows the JBi team knows this really isn't our style. But, there is something about this room that really speaks to me. While clearly old-world (let's call it 16th century chic), it has one particular feature that was a brilliant move - the regal purple lion/crown crests on the walls. These subtle shapes kept this room from being a replica room and brought it immediately into the 21st century. Besides the crests, designer Terrance Mason designed an amazingly intricate and elegant chandelier that really caps this room off nicely, and a dreamy table top display.

Jason Ball Interiors talks about Terrance Mason's room

"La Vie Bohéme" - Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc. This room by the GHID design team is a great example of taking everyday objects (really everyday) and turning them into art in one way or another. Post-It Notes become "wallpaper," modified water bottles become a sparkling chandelier and thousands of yellow legos are turned into wall art. It seems so easy, but only because this team pulled it off so expertly. Side note: This room won the Creativity Award this year, and rightly deserved.

Room by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

"Where does the butterfly go when it rains?" - Interiors by Blackwood. Linda pulled off an amazing feat at this year's Serving Up Style event - she built a castle! Okay, not a complete castle, but enough of one to give the feeling. And, this room is all about feeling. The lighting, the butterflies, the simple "dining" setting all complete the feeling of being in castle ruins during a rainstorm, having a picnic dinner with a loved one.

Interiors by Blackwood's entry into Serving Up Style 2012

"Merry Marry!" - Wendy O'Brien Interiors Planning & Design. The design team for this room did some absolutely amazing work this year around. However, my favorite part of this room is the table scape. It is full without being crowded, theatrical without being over-done and elegant without being gaudy. Plus, it fits the theme of the room perfectly. It would be easy to see this romantic table top as part of any high-society wedding.

Table top by Wendy O'Brien Interiors

"The Fine Art of Dining" - Pangaea Interior Design. Friend and designer, Pangaea, came up with an absolutely stunning and contemporary dining environment for her first time as part of this competition. As an artist herself, she understand the need for and use of color to add drama. While you wouldn't find fuchsia in too many JBi designed rooms, it is the chairs that are of particular interest. Designed by Pangaea and painted in a slightly grayed out fuchsia color, they look to be perfect for a wonderful evening at any dining table.

Jason Ball Interiors talks about room by Pangaea Interior Design

 

More than anything, this type of competition should give homeowners ideas on ways to bring drama to their own homes. All 20 design teams brought their A games to the competition this year and all to bring awareness to Molly's Fund and the need to awareness and research for lupus. To learn more about lupus, please check out Molly's Fund.

Look for a full recap of the room by the JASON BALL interiors  team later in the week.

 

About JASON BALL interiors. We are a team of interior designers based in Portland, Oregon serving residential clients throughout Oregon and Washington and beyond. To see examples of our design work, visit the Portfolio page. For an evaluation of your upcoming projects, contact Jason Ball at (503) 267-2352 or via e-mail at jason@jasonballinteriors.com. We look forward to being your interior design team.

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The Powder Room - Small on Space, Big on Style

Powder room by JASON BALL interiors

There is something about designing powder rooms that is so much fun. It's probably the typical diminutive size and the challenge of how to make such a small room feel just right. Interior designers all over have one general rule about powder rooms - cram in as much style as you possible can. We counsel our clients to have fun with their powders room. Go ahead and take a design risk. We shoudl spend more money per square foot than any other room. Historically (we're talking 18th century history), powder rooms were a small closet were one could re-powder your wigs. Of course they have transformed over the years to mean a small half-bath usually reserved for visitors. They tend to be more public than the other bathrooms in the home, thus our desire to make them small treasures of design.

Here are some powder rooms to ignite your imagination.

Porcelain tile which looks like rusted corten steel and a silver wallpaper applied to the ceiling create a powder room replete with texture, color and style.

It's okay to be daring with pattern. This small gatework wallpaper and small tomato red vanity are daring choices. Yet they work beautifully together and greet visitors in style.

A stunning vintage powder room with a graphic woods wallpaper would feel at home in any historic home in Portland's older neighborhoods.

In this powder room designed by JASON BALL interiors, we went all out with the custom elements. The vanity base and mirror were made by a local cabinet maker and the concrete sink came out of California. It has a slightly Asian feel without be over the top.

Even though a powder room is small, go big with pattern for real impact. This silver on black wall paper combined with the highly stylized mirror create a whimsical environment with a serious side.

If wallpaper isn't your thing, bring in some real impact with a show-stopping tile backsplash.

While we wouldn't want to be responsible for the dusting in the powder room, the lighting and ceiling treatments are genius.

Which one of these is your favorite? Personally, I wish JBi had designed the first one. The "rusted" metal tile and white floating vanity feels contemporary without being cold. So, if you could create your dream powder room, what would it look like?

About JASON BALL interiors. We are a team of interior designers based in Portland, Oregon serving residential clients throughout Oregon and Washington and beyond. To see examples of our design work, visit the Portfolio page. For an evaluation of your upcoming projects, contact Jason Ball at (503) 267-2352 or via e-mail at jason@jasonballinteriors.com. We look forward to being your interior design team.

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Interior Designer Notebook - A Hallway Worth Staying In

hallway post cover

First off, excuse the poor grammar. The title of this post should be "A Hallway in Which You Would Want to Stay," but that's just too long. Now to it. The hallway is one of those elements of our homes that has a singular purpose - connect this room to that (or those) room(s). Consider the last time you used your hallway. Did you walk through the space and think "Wow, I really love the design of this hall" or "I think I want to hang out for a while in my hall"? Probably not, but that's okay. We often forget the importance of a hallway and take advantage of it from an interior design perspective. Your hallway can be so much more than just a hallway. It can be a library, an art gallery, a creative space, a home office and so much more. Think about the hallway in your home. What does it do for you other than help you get from one room to another? Well, let's give it a greater purpose, something to do beyond passage.

Hallway as Library. Of all the areas in your home that might be designed as a library, the hall is the most natural selection. Floor to ceiling bookshelves the length of a hallway makes for an impressive collection. Use other accessories to break up the structured nature of rows and rows of books. If you have extra width, consider building in a large bench to carve out a well-placed reading nook.

This cozy reading nook carved out of the hallway would be a perfect place to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea on a winter's day.

Hallway as Art Gallery. As an architectural feature, the hallway is typically the longest single span of wall in today's homes. The two examples of hallway art galleries below show two possible options. The first incorporates other architectural design elements of beams and shelves (with perfect lighting) to real highlight this homeowner's sculpture and paintings. In the second picture, a long hall with uninterrupted wall space shows off a collection of photographs. The lighting and overall look is more subtle, yet no less elegant.

 

Hallway as Home Office. The days of having a desk in the kitchen are long gone (thank goodness). However, having a small desk for home-related business or as a home-work station is a nice feature in today's home. This desk area/computer station is built into the entry hall, perfectly located as the main hub of the home. Some proper forethought for mail, keys and backpacks, this quickly becomes grand central and the hardest working area in the home.

Hallway as Inspiration. It's completely chance that both of these pictures involve tree trunks. If your hallway is mostly unused (for any of the previous potential uses), why not turn the whole space into an art installation? These two examples would inspire passers-by at the start and end of everyday to create something beautiful in their lives. Isn't that what interior design is all about?

Have you used your hallway in a really cool way? We at JBi would love to hear about it.

About JASON BALL interiors. We are a team of interior designers based in Portland, Oregon serving residential clients throughout Oregon and Washington and beyond. To see examples of our design work, visit the Portfolio page. For an evaluation of your upcoming projects, contact Jason Ball at (503) 267-2352 or via e-mail at jason@jasonballinteriors.com. We look forward to being your interior design team.

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