Kitchen Trends for 2011 – Shaker Style

By , April 27, 2011 1:54 pm

With the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) happening right now in Vegas, I can’t help but dream of fabulous kitchen designs! Downsized kitchens need extra attention to detail to ensure every square inch is utilized but just because it’s  smaller doesn’t mean it has to be boring! One of the hottest emerging trends in kitchens is the shaker style. The Shaker style has been around forever but clients are starting to request it more often. With its clean and tailored lines it strikes the perfect balance between traditional and modern. Check out these gorgeous kitchens showing off their Shaker Styling…

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traditional kitchen design by minneapolis interior designer RLH Studio- Renee LeJeune Hallberg

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So lovely, right? See how the style glides effortlessly from contemporary to classic…so versatile! What is your favorite style of kitchen?

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Bath Design: Wall mounted Vanities

By , April 25, 2011 1:03 pm

In many downsized homes, bathrooms inevitably get smaller too…so how can you make them appear more spacious? The answer : get that vanity up off the floor. Wall mounted sinks and storage not only make the bathroom easier to clean they visually trick the eye by revealing more floor space – instantly the room feels more open! The vanities at our 555 townhouses are all like this and people always wonder why…it’s smart design!

For more inspiration, check out this fabulous round-up of “floating” vanities…

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Pretty cool right? Would you consider one for your downsized bathroom? If so, you might want to take a peek at Ronbow – they carry  a wonderful line of these space-saving vanities.
Have  a wonderful Monday!

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Pre-fab it: Homb

By , April 20, 2011 10:51 pm

Being completely inspired by my last post, I couldn’t resist doing a pre-fab encore. Check out Homb -  a fantastic line of pre-fab homes designed using a 100 sq. ft. triangular system. Go here to view more plans. It turns out, that while squares and rectangles are perfectly fine for building…triangles are way cooler! This ingenious line is created by the brilliant marriage of two amazing companies: Skylab Architecture and Method Homes – both committed to designing spectacular architecture AND respecting the environment – gotta love that! Look at how beautiful these Homb structures are…

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Aren’t they stunning? Would you consider living in a pre-fab home?

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p.s. Wanna see what the Skylab Architects are up to in Portland? Check it out here!

All images via Homb

Pre-fab it : Logical homes

By , April 15, 2011 4:30 pm

Green building, as you know is something I love. Recycled, re-purposed, re-used, I can’t get enough! So, when I found this fantastic California based, green, pre-fab home company – Logical Homes, I had to share some of their plans with you. Sleek and modern, they pride themselves on filling their structures with light, clean lines and plenty of feel good, earth friendly building materials.

With a huge range of plans, there is a home suitable for everyone. These structures also make great secondary buildings such as an office, studio or guest house!

This first plan (The Kara) is a sweet 320 square feet…with a lovely expanse of outdoor living (an additional 270 sq. ft.)…

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Could you live in one of these? I think I could!

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Home Tour : London Style

By , April 13, 2011 4:49 pm

Hi all,

My name is Ivette and I’m guest posting on Candace’s blog today.

She sent me out on assignment yesterday! Where? On a huge, red, London-esque double-decker bus, of course! Yup, at 10 am me and a gaggle of Windemere real estate agents boarded the cherry red bus for a royal real estate tour. Like most places, Lake Oswego is aflutter with talk of the upcoming Royal Wedding, so why not view homes via a Brit approved bus! We sipped mimosas and watched the gorgeous scenery of West Linn, Oregon City and Lake Oswego whizz by.

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Our first stop was Candace’s listing…a lovely home in West Linn…click here for the listing info and more pics.

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Here’s a little slide show of the tour…


Here is a list of the homes we toured with corresponding links…

1. 1494 Skye Parkway, West Linn MLS# 11184239

2. 4145 Horton Rd. West Linn MLS# 11333578

3. 2510 Oregon City Blvd. West Linn MLS# 10075196

4. 812 John Adams St., Oregon City MLS# 11591359

5. 3520 Riverknoll Way, West Linn MLS# 11482902

6. 1956 Cheryl Ct. Lake Oswego MLS# 11437047

7. 2070 Ridge Point Dr. Lake Oswego MLS# 11665122

8. 1196 Fairway Rd. Lake Oswego MLS# 11086534

Go take a peek at these gorgeous homes! Thank you Candace, for sending me on this adventure.

I had a blast!


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p.s. Looks like the bus was spotted around town (it’s kinda hard to miss) and was featured on KATU…see here!


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