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Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest | Bracket E | Division

Ava Gene’s is up against Little T Bakers in our first SE Division lineup.

Whose design details would you steal in our Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest? Read on.

Want to play along at home and win dinner for 2? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Complete and submit a bracket
  2. Vote in the comments for which restaurant’s vibe you’d most like to steal for your own home

Click here for more information and contest rules.

Ava Gene’s

This Italian eatery on SE Division is known for their Roman inspired menu.

Stealable Idea #1: Open Shelving over Subway Tile

These open shelves with dark brackets against the white subway tile are simple and classic.

Another simple and classy application of open shelving, jazzed up with brass brackets. Design by Kristyn Bester.

Some of our favorite shelving options are the Floyd Shelf and live edge shelving from Salvage Works, complemented with these industrial brackets from Rejuvenation. Our go-to subway tile is the Rittenhouse Square from Daltile.

Stealable Idea #2: Wine Bar

These wine coolers were cleverly hidden behind beautiful cabinetry with a marble counter.

This otherwise empty wall space was utilized by adding a bar, complete with an integrated wine cooler and storage for bar items. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Sub-Zero has a range of integrated wine coolers and Versatile Wood Products can fulfill your cabinetry needs.

Little T Bakers

A rustic-chic bakery offering artisanal bread and pastries.

Stealable Idea #1: Stainless Steel Counter

We love the durability of stainless steel counters and the modern loft-like vibe they produce.

The stainless steel counters in this art studio are versatile and balanced by warm wood tones. Design by Anne De Wolf.

We recommend Metal Supermarkets or Hanset Stainless for all of your steel needs.

Stealable Idea #2: Glass Subway Tile & Stainless Steel Backsplash

We love the durability of stainless steel against the sleekness of stacked glass tile.

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The stacked glass tile and stainless steel range and hood are focal points in this kitchen. Design by Anne De Wolf.

One of our favorite stackable glass tiles is the Ann Sacks Lucian field tile.

Which style would you steal? Pick one and tell us in the comments!

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Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest | Bracket D | Downtown

In our last downtown bracket the charming St. Honore is up against the swanky Driftwood Room. Whose design details would you steal in our Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest? Read on.

Want to play along at home and win dinner for 2? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Complete and submit a bracket by June 30th.
  2. Vote in the comments for which restaurant’s vibe you’d most like to steal for your own home

Click here for more information and contest rules.

St. Honore Boulangerie

This cozy, rustic boulangerie exudes the old-world charms of France.

Stealable Idea #1: Industrial Pendant Lighting

We love the way these rustic pendants complement the exposed beams.

The industrial pendant in this sleek kitchen adds a rustic touch. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Some of our favorite industrial pendants can be found at Restoration Hardware and Schoolhouse Electric Co.

Stealable Idea #2: Decorative Appliques

Decorative appliques draw your eye to the fine details on this built-in piece.

The decorative applique on this hood-vent creates a point of interest. Design by Anne De Wolf.

With over 200 options, Van Dyke’s Restorers is a great option for hand-carved appliques.

The Driftwood Room

This swanky mid-century cocktail lounge in the Hotel deLuxe is known for their champagne cocktails and actor-named martinis.

Stealable Idea #1: Exposed Beams

We like these exposed beams because they make the space classy and sophisticated.

These striking mahogany ceiling spines are original to the home. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Stealable Idea #2: Live Edge Wood Paneling

Wood paneling doesn’t have to be an eye-sore. This vertical paneling adds a sense of romance and class to the space.

This custom-milled and routed paneling gives the basement a loft-like feel. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Which style gets your vote? Pick one and tell us in the comments!

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Historic Cabin Brought Back to Life

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ODAR members serve refreshments at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Arciform team was thrilled to celebrate the completed reconstruction of the Pioneer Mothers Cabin with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday March 17th. The event marked the end of years of planning, fundraising and worry for the members of the ODAR (Oregon Daughters of the American Revolution) after watching their historic monument slowly slip into the Willamette River. Now relocated to higher ground at the Newell House Museum, the cabin is once again open and ready to educate and entertain!

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The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin finally completed at it’s new location.

Although the building now stands proud with a structurally sound chimney and wall bracing, as well new radiant floor heat for comfort, this final celebration was many years coming. Arciform was fist contacted in the fall of 2013, but thoughts of moving the structure had been floating around for over 15 years. Listing it on Restore Oregon’s 2013 Endangered Places brought much needed attention to the cause and when aided by grants and the tremendous efforts and generosity of volunteers and subcontractors, funding for the project was finally made possible.

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Arciform team members prepare to reinstall one of the larger logs at the new site.

With all the architectural elements and individual logs cataloged and identified on a set of plans, the cabin was finally ready to be carefully dismantled piece by piece and stored at it’s new home at the Newell House Museum. A fresh concrete slab was poured over a network of tubes for hydronic radiant floor heat and a new reinforced cinder block chimney with firebox to meet modern safety codes was installed. After another bout of fundraising, every piece from window jamb and rafter to the forty foot logs spanning nearly the entire width of the cabin were reinstalled.

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Halfway through the deconstruction process, small white tabs indicate each log’s proper location.

Although the building’s original location perched on the edge of the Willamette River will most certainly be missed for it’s historical value and aesthetics, the ODAR members are thrilled to have this piece of history out of harms way for upcoming generations to enjoy. For more information and photographs of the construction process, check out the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin’s Facebook page. If you have a historic building in need of relocation or simply repair please visit our website or Versatile Wood Products for all your historically accurate window, door, millwork and cabinetry needs.

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Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest | Bracket C | Downtown

Up next in the ring, the classy and charming Mother’s Bistro is ready to take on the romantic and sophisticated Hubers Cafe. Whose design details would you steal in our Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest? Read on.

Want to play along at home and win dinner for 2? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Complete and submit a bracket by June 30th.
  2. Vote in the comments for which restaurant’s vibe you’d most like to steal for your own home

Click here for more information and contest rules.

Mother’s Bistro

This homey cafe and bar with country-chic decor specializes in hearty comfort-food classics.

Stealable Idea #1: Wainscoting

Whether a dining space or bathroom, wainscoting adds a new dimensionality and texture to a space.

Wainscoting adds charm to any room. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Find the wainscoting that fits your style at Pioneer Millworks or McCoy Millwork.

Stealable Idea #2: Wallpaper

Wallpaper can be an alternative to paint, or an addition. We love this bold design complemented by dark wainscoting and gold accessories.

This Arciform client made a statement with a bold yet sophisticated wallpaper at her entryway. Design by Kristyn Bester.

Whether you’re looking for a subtle design or something funky, Farrow & Ball and Miller Paint have you covered.

Stealable Idea #3: Shelving

We love these high shelves throughout the bistro, great for storing treasures that shouldn’t be touched!

The high shelving in this historic kitchen provides a perfect place to display special items and mimics the millwork. Design by Anne De Wolf.

House of Antique Hardware has great shelving bracket options and McCoy Millwork can supply you with the perfect molding option.

Hubers

Known for their turkey dinners, this 1879 establishment is Portland’s oldest restaurant!

Stealable Idea #1: Stained Glass

The arched stained glass is not only breathtaking, but unique and we love it!

Stealable Idea #2: Gothic Arches

These dark framed Gothic arch mirrors are romantic and classy.

This eclectic kitchen incorporated a Gothic arch and stained glass window. Design by Anne De Wolf.

The above Gothic arch window was custom made by Versatile Wood Products. There are a few good options in Portland for salvaged stained glass: The ReBuilding Center, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, Old Portland Hardware & Architectural and Chuck Franklin Glass Studio.

Stealable Idea #3: Dark Wood Paneled Walls

These dark wood paneled walls are dramatic and a perfect way to balance the tall ceilings.

The wood paneled walls in this roomy bathroom tie in with the window framing. Design by Anne De Wolf.

For all of your paneling needs, McCoy Millwork or Pioneer Millworks are great sources.

Time to vote: tell us which style you’d choose. Pick one and tell us in the comments!

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Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest | Bracket B | NoPo

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Up next in our Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest Sweedeedee’s simple charms sidle up against the sophisticated swagger of Expatriate. Whose design details would you steal? Read on.

Want to play along at home and win dinner for 2? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Complete and submit a bracket by June 30th.
  2. Vote in the comments for which restaurant’s vibe you’d most like to steal for your own home

Click here for more information and contest rules.

Sweedeedee

This cozy cafe serves up home-style breakfast and lunch in the Humboldt neighborhood.

Stealable Idea #1: Butcher Block Counter

A butcher block counter, whether throughout your kitchen or just a part, adds warmth and natural tones to the space.

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The butcher block counter at this prep area pops against the white cabinetry. Ideal space for canning as it’s a softer surface for glass jars. Design by Chelly Wentworth.

Versatile Wood Products is a great place to have a custom butcher block counter made.

Stealable Idea #2: Open Shelving

Open shelving can be a great way to add color and personality to your kitchen that can be changed up by simply adding or removing items. Salvaged or unique shelving brackets also add a point of interest.

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Designed to look like a storefront, this pantry utilizes opening shelving to store colorful and interesting items.

Designed to look like a storefront, this pantry utilizes opening shelving to store colorful and interesting items. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Open shelving is another project that Versatile Wood Products can tackle. For unique brackets, we typically turn to House of Antique Hardware.

Stealable Idea #3: Wood Paneled Ceiling

To get that rustic vibe, add some wood paneling to your ceiling and paint it white.

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By painting a wood paneled ceiling white, another dimension is added to the room. Design by Anne De Wolf.

By painting a wood paneled ceiling white, another dimension is added to the room. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Wood paneling can be a DIY project, purchasing lumber and fixing it to the ceiling, or you can purchase sheet paneling from places like McCoy Millwork or The Home Depot.

Expatriate

This hip bar in the Concordia neighborhood is known for their cocktails and “drinking snacks”.

Stealable Idea #1: Wood Features

A walnut top bar sets the tone for this swanky space.

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The natural wood cabinetry in this mid-century kitchen creates a warm space while the custom brass hardware adds a sophisticated touch. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Veneer is a good option for creating a mid-century appropriate wood feature in your home. There are a few local options: Goby, Crosscut Hardwood, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.

Stealable Idea #2: Exotic Pieces

Add personality to your space by incorporating a favorite piece, whether it’s from a trip or just because it looks cool.

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Versatile Wood Products created a custom Tansu chest for a client.

Whether you picked up a special piece on a recent vacation or have a family heirloom to incorporate, personal touches go a long way in a space. Replicas are always an option too, the Versatile Wood Products Custom Design Team can make your dreams come true.

Stealable Idea #3: Dark & Dramatic Paint

Sometimes the bathroom facilities offer inspiration. Have a bold personality? Match it with a paint color!

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The vivid orange red in this mid-century guest bath makes a small space really pop. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Paint options are endless! Farrow & Ball is a great place to find some paint inspiration.

Time to choose: which style gets your vote? Pick one and tell us in the comments!

Meet Project Manager Devin Morrow

Devin Morrow

Devin started his carpentry career while in high school, working for his father’s construction company in Pendleton, OR, where he became familiar with all forms of hand and power tools in their large workshop. He became licensed in 1984 as part of Eastern Oregon Building Enterprises. In 1995 Devin moved to Portland to pursue his music career, which took off and sent him all over the country touring and playing rock and roll music to the masses. After many years of the rock and roll lifestyle he returned to construction starting Morrow Building in 2004. When the recession took hold in 2009 he bounced around looking for an opportunity to work with a great high-end remodeling company and found Arciform!

How long have you worked for Arciform and what has been your favorite part about working at Arciform so far?

I’ve been with Arciform for 5 years now. My favorite part about working for Arciform is the opportunities that I have been given to work on rare historical structures that few get the chance to be part of. Gallon House Covered Bridge, Champoeg State Park Pavillion, Coleman Scott Residence. It was a privilege to be site lead on those projects.

What inspires you about restoring and renovating older homes? What drew you to this line of work?

Restoring historical structures to me is some of the most rewarding work a carpenter can do. I had been exposed to this aspect of remodeling from early on, working on old farm houses outside of Pendleton, OR. That experience drew me towards this kind of work.

Describe one of your favorite past projects. What were the challenges? What were some of the features that made it memorable?

My favorite past project is the Gallon House Covered Bridge. I had the privilege of removing the original, almost 100 year old, roof structure and replacing it with a new up to date, structurally sound roof. The challenges were constant inspections from Marion County; a qualified drinking water stream running under the bridge that no debris whatsoever could touch; a very old structure that had been knocked off its abutments 2 or 3 times in its life that was poorly repaired, cobbled back together crooked and bent; farmers crying daily about how inconvenient it is to not have that bridge to cross as they use the bridge multiple times a day tending their crops; and the dozens of tours that had scheduled themselves to come see the bridge only to find it under repair and no access granted. All part of a days work on the bridge.

Tell us what you consider are the hallmarks of a well-executed project. How do you know when something is right?

I consider happy clients, a beautiful job, proud carpenters and profit to be the hallmarks of a well-executed job. A job is well done when it looks like you hoped it would and only see smiles when your client sees it.

What’s your working style? How do you like to work with a client?

I like to work as a team with my clients. I always try to see their vision and create that for them.

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

  1. Drive on the autobahn
  2. Skydive
  3. Sail around the globe (in a large boat of course)

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Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest | Bracket A | NoPo

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This is the first round of our Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest. Each week we will spotlight a few pairs of restaurants from a different Portland neighborhood. Each post will highlight stealable ideas for your own home.

Want to play? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Complete and submit a bracket
  2. Vote in the comments of this post for which restaurant’s vibe you’d most like to steal for your own home

Click here for more information and contest rules.

First up, rustic Ox will battle it out against eclectic Broder Nord!

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Located in the Eliot neighborhood, the Argentinean-inspired NW fare is cooked on a wood-fired grill.

Stealable Idea #1: Vintage Refrigerator

Our favorite back-bar item is this vintage style refrigerator…

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This 1931 era appropriate kitchen features a Big Chill refrigerator. Design by Kristyn Bester

One of Arciform’s favorite retro refrigerators is Big Chill. Available in a number of sizes and colors.

Stealable Idea #2: Globe Pendant Light Fixture

Light fixtures can help to achieve the look and style you’re after which is why we love these sleek globe pendants.

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A similar item can be found at Rejuvenation.

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A perfect frame for the vanity, these custom globe pendants fit perfectly in this sleek bathroom . Design by Kristyn Bester. Photo by Photo Art Portraits.

Stealable Idea #3: Rustic Wide-Plank Floors

We love these wide-plank floors because they look like they’ve always been here and give the space a rustic vibe.

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Wide-plank flooring in this fun kitchen is rustic and charming. Design by Anne De Wolf. Photo by Photo Art Portraits

Pioneer Millwork here in Portland is a good option for your salvaged flooring needs.

Broder Nord

Also in the Eliot neighborhood, this Swedish inspired spot is a popular brunch destination.

Stealable Idea #1: Concrete Floor

Concrete flooring is a great option for a heavy traffic area as it extremely durable while giving off an industrial yet modern vibe.

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A concrete floor was a given for easy maintenance in this 1924 basement wet room. It also allowed for extra, much needed headroom for this tall client. Design by Kristyn Bester. Photo by Photo Art Portraits.

A polished, stained or painted concrete floor makes for easy maintenance and gives a modern feel to the space. Finishing products can be found through most large paint retailers.

Stealable Idea #2: Vintage Prep Cart

Here at Arciform, we LOVE salvaged materials which is why we like this vintage prep station.

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The salvaged metal frame was updated with a custom butcher block counter and wood shelving. Design by Anne De Wolf. Photo by Photo Art Portraits.

Do you have a special vintage or salvaged piece that needs some updating? Versatile Wood Products‘ custom shop can fulfill just about all of your custom woodworking needs.

Stealable Idea #3: Brick-Set Ceramic Tile

A simple brick-set subway tile is classic yet sophisticated, always a great option for that timeless look.

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A simple brick-set subway tile is a perfect fit for this 1912 kitchen. Design by Chelly Wentworth. Photo by Photo Art Portraits.

There are so many options when it comes to tile, but one of our favorites is the Rittenhouse Square from Daltile.

Which restaurant’s style would you steal? Choose one and tell us why in the comments below.

Steal this Idea! A Summer Design Contest

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Are you one of those people who spends more time at your favorite restaurant surreptitiously snapping photos of your favorite design details than instagramming your dinner?

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With  so many wonderful, stealable design ideas at Portland’s favorite restaurants, we don’t blame you.

We thought it was time to help you figure out how to translate some of your favorite restaurant looks into your own home design projects.

But which design details to steal? This is where we need your help!

With that in mind, we’d like to cordially invite you to join us this summer for our Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest.

Here’s how it will work: Each week we will spotlight a few pairs of restaurants from a different Portland neighborhood. We’ll highlight some stealable design details from each spot.

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Your job will be to vote in the comments for which restaurant’s vibe you would most like to steal for your own home.

We’ll tally up the results, March Madness style, and everyone who participates will be entered to win dinner for two at the restaurant that gets the most votes in the final match up.

Want to play along? Click here to download your bracket.

Email your completed bracket with your best guesses to rebecca@arciform.com to be entered to win dinner for two at the restaurant that wins the contest.

Bonus Round: If you correctly guess the winning restaurant on your bracket we’ll have a little bonus prize waiting for you at our Designed for Entertaining Workshop on August 19th.

Ready to play? The first match -up will be posted Wednesday June 10th at noon. Here we go!

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Meet Junior Designer Tara Keefner

Tara Keefner

Tara is one of three new Junior Designers, she joins us from Portland Community College’s Residential Architectural Design and Drafting program. With an Associate’s Degree of General Studies, she is finishing her Associate’s Degree of Applied Science, as well as a one-year NKBA-accredited Kitchen and Bath Design Certificate. Prior to Arciform, Tara primarily worked in retail and customer service. Most recently, she was able to gain some experience in the field through a local design start-up at which she worked as a freelance drafter. Her primary duties were Revit drafting and office management, and regularly worked through design issues and complications with the owner. Their primary concentration was a residential development in Sweet Home, but also had several remodel projects coming in.

When did you know you wanted to be an architectural designer? Tell us how you got inspired to do this work.

I have had an interest in architecture since childhood. I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Europe during my Freshman and Sophomore years of high school, as my father worked for a German-based company at the time. During those years, I was fully immersed in – and enamored with – the rich culture and history of the villages and cities that I visited throughout Europe.

It was through this experience that my love of architecture was born. Upon returning to the States, however, I was pulled away from this passion for various reasons. It took five years and a cross-country move for me to rediscover my passion for architecture and design. It was then that I began attending classes at PCC, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Describe one of your favorite design projects. What were the challenges? What were some of the features that made it memorable?

I have not yet had the opportunity to work on a built project. However, one of my favorite design experiences through school was the Residential Design Studio. This studio was the first opportunity to create an entire project from its inception all the way through to a Construction Document set. It was my first exposure to what the process is like from start to finish, and resulted in a portfolio piece of which I am quite proud.

Tell us what you consider the hallmarks of a well-designed project. How do you know when something is “right?”

I am very passionate about blending form and function. I value efficiency in design very highly, so for me a project doesn’t feel quite “right” if there are redundancies or unnecessary elements present. I tend to design functionality first, and then add decorative and finishing elements once I am sure that the design works at its most basic level. This has caused me a lot of headaches, but has also forced me to really think about what I want my design to accomplish before spending too much time on something that may not work.

What’s your working style? How do you like to work with a client?

I tend to be a bit of a loner, however I greatly appreciate and value having a team of people I can approach with questions or issues when they do arise. My position with Arciform is my first opportunity to really work in a team atmosphere and with real projects, so I have not yet had the opportunity to determine my way of working with a client. I’m looking forward to figuring that out as I grow here.

What are the top 3 things on your “bucket list?”

In no particular order:

  1. Travel the world. I have wanted to return to Europe since the moment I left, and there is so much more I want to see.

  2. Design and build my dream home. Preferably multiple homes, actually; one in the city, one in the countryside, one on the beach.

  3. Go skydiving/base jumping/bungee jumping at least once. I’ve just always wanted to experience something like that.

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Postcards from the Field Summer 2015 Edition

Take a virtual trip with us through some of our ongoing projects…

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A deck and workout room remodel is underway at this SW Hills home, complete with a custom spiral staircase (click for video)

This mid-century whole house remodel in NE Portland is starting to take shape with a wood-paneled ceiling…

A very cool fridge-turned-built-in-storage made it’s way into this Lake Oswego addition…

And this historic Corvallis home is getting an updated entry to match the existing back entrance.

Other projects in the works include a hillside mid-century master bath, a NE addition and updated kitchens around the city.

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