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Portland Sights to Inspire Your Next Home Renovation

March 1st, 2018

Portland Renovation Inspiration Powell's Books Rare Book Room - Image Courtesy of Minitime

If you have ever been to Portland, you know that it is a uniquely visual-driven city – from sprawling murals to towering curiosities of modern art, there are countless interesting spots to spark a creative mind. Here are a few of our favorite Portland locales perfect for inspiring your next home or landscape renovation: Powell’s Books Obviously, the entirety of Portland’s famed Powell’s Books is far too massive and labyrinthian to inspire your home or office, but there is one room in particular that could. Tucked away deep in Powell’s is the Rare Book Room, a hidden gem that is 1,000 square feet of warm lighting, gleaming shelves, and beautiful antique books. The Rare Book Room is the perfect inspiration […]

Seattle Attractions to Inspire both Indoor and Outdoor Decoration

November 8th, 2017

Seattle Attractions

The Seattle area is home to some incredible sights, both natural and manmade, that can provide unique inspiration for your housing and landscaping. It might be presumptuous of us to put our Bellevue Showroom on this list, but here are our Top 7 Seattle Attractions that can influence the way you decorate and customize your home! Seattle Japanese Garden   The Seattle Japanese Garden is peaceful, calm, 3.5-acre sanctuary amidst Seattle’s urban chaos. It’s winding pathways are designed to promote a slow, meditative experience with plenty of places to stop and appreciate the sights and stillness. Each visit as the seasons change provides new beauty and new experiences, and we only wish our backyards could provide such profound feelings. Museum […]

How to Maintain Your Outdoor Fireplace

August 4th, 2017

Maintaining Your Outdoor Fireplace in Oregon

Because of weather and the elements, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, outdoor fireplaces generally require more care and attention than their indoor counterparts. Maintaining your outdoor fireplace might seem like an intimidating chore, but it can actually be pretty simple, regardless of material. Caring for Brick and Stone We decided to start this list off with the easiest material. Brick and stone fireplaces are sturdy, strong-looking, and, if we’re being completely honest, require practically no care at all. The only thing you really need to do for these fireplaces is scrub them with a brush every so often to get rid of ash and other forms of debris. Cleaning and Protecting Copper Copper is a great build material because […]

Remodel in the Summer for Luxury Fireplace in the Fall

August 4th, 2017

Luxury Outdoor Fireplace

While it may seem counter-intuitive, summer is a great time to spruce up your property with an outdoor fireplace. Here’s how: An Outdoor Fireplace Extends Your Summer It might be wicked hot outside right now. You might be hiding indoors and adding extra heat to the outside might be the last thing you’re thinking about. But it won’t be quite so unbearable in a couple months, and by that time you will be glad to have a crackling fire on a cool night. And, if you’re the social type, your guests will be glad for that fire, too. Having an outdoor fireplace will help you extend the summer social season into the fall, and even into a mild Oregonian winter. Contractors […]