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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 […]

Decluttering Tips to Get Your Space Back

February 1st, 2018

Decluttering Tips

I can’t tell you how many days in which my To Do has included the words “declutter,” “clear off the coffee table,” or “go through the mail on the hearth.” And by all accounts, I’m generally an organized person. I’m sure you are too. But some days things just pile up, and decluttering is often easier said than done if you don’t have a specific strategy before you begin. So here are some strategies and tips to help you on your way to reclaiming your space: See the Room Don’t look at your cluttered rooms for the messes that they are. The more you see the mess, the longer the mess will stay. Think instead about how fresh and welcoming […]

Holiday Mantel Decor that We Love

December 1st, 2017

Christmas Mantel Decorations

Forget the Elf on the Shelf – although no disrespect to your Elf, I’m sure he’s a standup guy. I’ve just had bad experiences in the past with holiday-related espionage, and Santa doesn’t really need to know about all the things that happen in front the Washington household’s mantel. But I digress. The holidays are the greatest time of the year for mantel decor, and we’re excited to share our favorite odds and ends of the season. So bundle up under your warmest winter blanket and read on! Snowglobes Timeless, classic, and pretty to look at especially if you have lights strung along your mantel, as well. Snowglobes also make wonderful collectibles, so your mantels can have a little bit […]

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 […]