Working with a nearly-blank slate is a blast – you can transform the feeling of the room in any direction based on the items selected. The Carnes were a joy to work with and wanted to bring in the aesthetic of the neighborhood they are a part of. They live in Oak Hills where many [...]
Little is more exhilarating to an interior designer than watching a favorite fashion icon begin designing for interiors, as well. Trina Turk has taken her bright, large patterns we typically see on her Palm Springs-inspired clothing and created a residential line of appointed accessories, bedding, and stationary. Her style translates seamlessly [...]
My friend Chena is insanely talented. She’s the friend you invite to your knitting group to see if she might like knitting and by the end of the evening she’s teaching everyone creative techniques she created on the fly. Chena can draw, paint, knit, sew, embroider, cook, design…there’s nothing she can’t do when it comes [...]
I met David + Ronnie Malka when they were moving into a new space on SW 3rd Avenue in downtown Portland; they asked me if I could help them with the design for their new jewelry store Malka Diamonds + Jewelry. It was a fun process to select paint, [...]
The color trend correlation between fashion design and interior design has always intrigued me. Typically, European fashion design and color trends guide the rest of the design world in forthcoming seasons. This spring we are noticing the brightest and boldest of hues…and they are not isolated, but combined for a very fun and explosive aesthetic.
Janine + Simon have a large front room that was both their living room and dining room and found themselves stuck on how to divide the space successfully. I was excited and up for the challenge to create a room with intentional divisions of space. They have an infant daughter and a couple of active [...]
Have you ever loved a space so much you wish the food and drink they served was equally fantastic? I’m happy to say that Nuvrei’s new space in Portland’s Pearl District is both well-designed AND delicious. I love the canary yellow they used throughout to brand their cafe. I love their pastries. I love their [...]
The owners of this home purchased it while it was purple….floor to ceiling, inside and out. Their main goal was to de-purple it into a modern, simple home that was warm and functional for their family of four. Dave + Theresa are former neighbors of ours. It was bittersweet when they moved from our neighborhood [...]
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My name is Carrie Gates and I’m a lover of all things design. I look forward to sharing the things that inspire me in hopes you will be inspired, too. First, I’d love to present you with the motivation for the emerald green that inspired my logo with [...]
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