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Designer Holiday Gift Guide: Part 4

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For Part 4 of our Holiday Gift Guide, Junior Designer Bianca McKelvy shares her favorites local goods…

Not sure where to start? This is a great way to find local businesses, listed by neighborhood.

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My nephew loves this sling shot that I got him for Christmas last year (his sister not so much). Boys Fort has some fun, unique things.

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Cloud 9 Comics has an amazing selection of comic books. My younger brother was in heaven when he visited, and they have their entire selection listed online.

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Löyly Spa has two convenient locations – one in NE and one in SE. I like to go just for the sauna visit which you can buy a sauna visit package for. They also offer a variety of massage and skincare services, as well as gift certificates.

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Bull In China has nice local made barware for the mixologists in your life and it’s all made in the USA.

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Adored Vintage has beautifully curated vintage clothing and jewelry.

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Paxton Gate has lots of cool little oddities and pretty minerals.

Next up in Part 5, Designer Jeffrey Kelly and Senior Designer Kristyn Bester share their holiday must-haves.

Missed the first part of our guide? See them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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Designer Holiday Gift Guide: Part 3

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In Part 3, Design Department Manager Marty Hegg and Junior Designer Tara Keefner share their favorites and must-haves for this holiday season.

Marty’s Picks

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These Pendleton gloves are festive and long, to keep forearms warm!

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For those who have a hard time with the winter darkness, this cheery and therapeutic light box is great!

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And maybe a stash of full spectrum bulbs for all of our lamps from our favorite, local light bulb lady, Kay Newell of Sunlan.

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For the Star Wars fan with an eye for design, a more refined nod toward the galaxy with this gorgeous wool rug.

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Look at this practical and pretty gift: an extension cord with USB ports! The Exto USB by Conway Electric, made in the USA.

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And for the person who does not need or want more things, Kiva provides gifts via loan, domestically and around the world.

Tara’s Picks

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I’m recently obsessed with Porch Light on NW 11th & Everett, thanks to Bianca. Specifically, their alpaca shawls and throws.

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Not local, but I’m really jonseing for a Kindle Paperwhite. I’ve resisted for a long time and still prefer real books, but I’m so out of the habit of reading I’d like to remove my last excuse. Plus the Kindle has WiFi, so if I’m connected I can get a new book almost instantly which is cool!

A trip to the Garage Sale Warehouse in Beaverton. Basically a huge indoor flea market, with new goodies all the time. They have two locations now, and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon.

Missed our last posts? See what the team recommends in Part 1 and Part 2!

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Designer Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2

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For part two of our Holiday Gift Guide, Senior Designer Chelly Wentworth shares her favorite items and places to find something special for someone special.

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Danner Boots

I’m inspired by the Movie ‘Wild’, and this boot is made in America! With three stores in Portland, this should be an easy one to knock off the list.

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Appetite Ann Shoulder Bag

This beautiful tote is hand-made in Portland with local Pendleton wool that is so pretty and practical.

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Pigeon Toe Ceramic Bowls

These bowls are made just down the street from Arciform! Another pretty and practical gift, and the celedon interior just makes me happy.

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Classes at Portland Nursery

It’s about time I became a better gardener! Portland Nursery offers a wide range of useful and informative classes.

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Schoolhouse Electric Cotton Throw

I’m allergic to wool so this 100% cotton throw would be sooo cozy. And it’s pretty!

If you missed part one, take a look at suggestions from Junior Designer Anna Foltz and Senior Designer Anne De Wolf.

Part three of our Holiday Gift Guide will feature ideas from Junior Designer Tara Keefner and Design Department Manager Marty Hegg.

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Designer Holiday Gift Guide: Part 1

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The holidays are here again which means it’s time to start thinking about the special people in your lives. The Arciform Design Team has put together lists of their personal favorites to help you get started and satisfy even the trickiest person.

For part one of our guide Junior Designer Anna Foltz and Senior Designer Anne De Wolf share some of their favorite places shop at and items to buy for the holiday season. Take a look and get inspired to brave the crowds to get the perfect gift for the loved ones on your list.

Anna’s Picks

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John Fluevog

Canadian shoe designer, John Fluevog draws inspiration from Victorian fashion and Art Deco design. If these funky men’s and women’s shoes are not draw enough, the SW Stark St. store (really more of a shoe “museum”) is well designed and full of eye (and foot) candy. I have a really hard time going in here because I LITERALLY drool over every pair!

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The Joinery

With a showroom/workshop on SE Woodstock Blvd., The Joinery uses classic woodworking techniques to create beautiful handcrafted furniture in modern and traditional designs. I find it inspiring that they take pains to honor the classic craft of traditional joinery to make a variety of pieces that are both sculptural and functional, while celebrating the inherent properties of the wood. The Joinery strives to use FSC certified and locally sourced wood and the manufacturing facility runs on solar power!

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Iron Oxide Designs

Amy Fox is a local Portland artist who creates finely crafted handmade jewelry from reclaimed metals and quartz. I love the edginess of the metal patinas with the sparkle of quartz. Shop her unique, yet affordable Iron Oxide Designs online at Etsy or at Altar PDX on SE Hawthorne Blvd.

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Andy and Bax

The outdoor enthusiast in your life will LOVE Andy and Bax, on SE Grand Ave. Andy and Bax is a magical wonderland of old-school military surplus, and the finest selection of high-quality camping and rafting gear that you’ve ever seen! You will not find rows of neon-colored high-tech fabrics in this store, but what I most enjoy is the air of WWII nostalgia and superb customer service that make this feel more like your Grandpa’s camp store.

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Melissa Jean Made

This Portland artist uses hand-dyed, natural fibers to make beautiful, vintage-inspired macramé pieces. They are wonderful for hanging plants or just adding some decorative, organic texture to a room. Shop her website here.

Anne’s Picks

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Filling Spaces

Located in NW Portland, this could be the one-stop shop for most of the people on your list! I especially like their poufs, they are the perfect boho-chic addition for your home.

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Liebeskind Bags at Ink and Peat

Still a favorite, Ink and Peat offers a wide selection of home goods, jewelry and house plants. My current must-haves include Liebeskind bags, I love them!

That’s it for part one of our Holiday Gift Guide, stay tuned to see what the rest of our Design Team suggests!

 

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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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