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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.


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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