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Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest | Bracket H | Central Eastside

In our last post, Euro-style Luce is up against the trendy Cuban Pambiche.

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 July 10th
  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.

Luce

This low-key Italian restaurant and grocery serves housemade pastas and seasonal entrees.

Stealable Idea #1: Checkered Floor

Giving off a 1930’s vibe, this checkerboard floor is a great balance for the white walls.

This mudroom/nook has a fun yet simple checkered marmoleum floor in gray and white tones. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Customize your checkered marmoleum floor and go beyond black and white. Our go-to Portland store is Green Depot.

Stealable Idea #2: Crisp White Walls with Wood Accents

We love how these charcuterie boards are showcased on the crisp white walls.

These boards became art in this eclectic kitchen. Design by Anne De Wolf.

We’d be happy to showcase any of On Our Table’s gorgeous boards. Want to design your own custom piece? Contact Versatile Wood Products to get started.

Pambiche

A trendy Cuban eatery featuring classic dishes served in a snug, bustling space with an upbeat vibe.

Stealable Idea #1: Color: Pop of Red

We’re drawn to the pop of red in this eclectic space.

This client decided to paint their island to add a pop of color and personality. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Painting your island is a great way to add a pop of color to your kitchen. We personally love Real Red from Sherwin Williams.

Stealable Idea #2: Bright Exterior

We love everything about the exterior: bright colors and a mural accent wall.

This client took her mid-century home to a new level with a bright exterior and unique shingle wave.

Ready to add some Tantalizing Teal or Orange Fruit to your life? Head to Valspar to find your color inspiration.

Time to choose, which style would you steal for your home? Pick one and tell us in the comments!

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Steal this Idea! Summer Design Contest | Bracket G | Central Eastside

Our first eastside joints to hit the ring are rustic-modern Olympia Provisions and industrial Biwa.

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 July 10th
  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.

Olympia Provisions

Housemade charcuterie and European-style meals served up in an industrial space.

Stealable Idea #1: Reclaimed Wood Bar

The reclaimed wood bar is rustic yet modern.

Designed to mimic Olympia Provisions, this rustic wood covered bar area adds to the charm of the space. Design by Anne De Wolf.

Salvage Works in North Portland has a great selection of reclaimed wood.

Stealable Idea #2: Marquee Lights

Salvaged or new, marquee lights are a great way to add some fun to your space.

Portland local Tom Seidel makes new lights and vintage lights can often be found at Grand Marketplace.

Stealable Idea #3: Library Ladder

Add permanent accessibility to your attic or shelving unit with a library ladder.

This library ladder accesses a loft with entry to a rooftop balcony. Design by Anne De Wolf.

The Stairway Shop has a variety of library ladder options in different finishes and heights.

Biwa

A stylish underground restaurant featuring Japanese fusion small plates.

Stealable Idea #1: Custom Wood Bench

These wood booths add a warmth to the industrial space.

Warm tones were added to this basement with a custom built-in wood bench. Design by Anne De Wolf, styling by Shannon Quimby.

Contact Versatile Wood Products‘ Custom Design team to get started on your custom piece.

Stealable Idea #2: Industrial Venting & Polished Floors

Exposed duct work and polished concrete floors give off a modern industrial vibe.

By polishing the concrete floors and leaving the duct work exposed this modern loft has an industrial feel. Design by Anne De Wolf.

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. If you are a Portland local, Advanced Heating can help you with your ducting needs.

Time to choose, which style would you steal for your home? Pick one and tell us in the comments!

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

Up next the lodge-like style of Nostrana is up against the rustic Woodsman Tavern.

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 July 10th
  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.

Nostrana

Known for their seasonally influenced Italian dishes served in a cozy lodge-like environment.

Stealable Idea #1: Dramatic Lighting

Dramatic lighting fixtures can liven the space up, which is why we love this wrought iron piece.

A dramatic fixture with some sparkle. Design by Anne De Wolf.

For dramatic lighting pieces, 1stdibs has some great options.

Stealable Idea #2: Tinted Plaster Walls

The tinted plaster walls add to the ambiance of this Italian-inspired eatery.

Tinted plastered walls in this 1908 home make the space warm and inviting. Design by Anne De Wolf.

John Macnab Plastering is our go-to for all of our plastering needs.

The Woodsman Tavern

This rustic spot serves small plates and inventive cocktails.

Stealable Idea #1: Unique Lighting Fixtures

This rustic piece is the perfect fit for the space and it’s on a pulley!

This antler chandelier is a focal point in this nook. Design by Kristyn Bester.

A focal point of the room, this antler chandelier was rigged to a salvaged pulley system. Design by Kristyn Bester.

We recommend Pottery Barn and Old Portland Hardware and Architectural for cool, unique pieces.

Stealable Idea #2: Millwork Details

The millwork detail around the bar is romantic and dramatic.

Striking staircase millwork in this 1909 home. Design by Anne De Wolf.

With a catalog of over 500 custom ground woodworking knives, Versatile Wood Products can shape your mouldings and other wood details to any shape you desire.

Time to choose, which style would you steal for your home? Pick one and tell us in the comments!

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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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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!

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!

Ox

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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