Construction is in progress at Bellden Cafe in Bellevue! This initial buildout in a new building on Main Street will bring a bright beach cafe inspired coffee spot, with a design that borrows from Scandinavian ideas. The simplicity in layout, materials, and colors, paired with a few decorative touches, will make for a unique destination. We are excited to see this project getting started, and we'll be sure to show off more soon!
One of the first deliverables (and arguably one of the most important) of any design project is a mood board. This collection of inspiration images serves as a visual road map throughout the design process, allowing you and your designer to create a cohesive look & feel (concept) for your space. Inspiration images can be as abstract and seemingly unrelated to architecture as fashion, artwork, food or travel photography. Sometimes, the more unrelated the better as it allows for more creativity to design a truly unique and personalized space. Below are a few inspiration images from a New England concept paired with ideas for how to relate them back to the final design.
To start, the color palette can be derived from one main inspiration image with the look & feel you are going for. Here, it is beachy, light, casual and clean, with lots of blues and soft neutrals.
For example, here we took the weathered wood look from a boat deck and used that as inspiration for the flooring.
Here the color & texture of nautical rope can appear in a chunky knitted throw.
The bathroom fixture on the right was inspired by nautical equipment, both in the design and finish.
The stripes on these boat covers can be referenced through the color and pattern of fabric choices.
We appreciate the usefulness of a well-designed screen that is both aesthetically pleasing and a powerful workhorse. Need to divide a space without constructing permanent walls? Either a freestanding or ceiling hung partition could be the answer. Maybe you want to obscure an unsightly view of the neighbor’s garage. A screen that lets light filter through while obscuring the view could enhance your living space. How about providing some privacy with acoustic benefits in an open office layout? Yes, there are partitions for that too. We even found a screen with built-in storage. Enjoy perusing some of our favorite screen time options.
|Facet by 3form|
|BuzziZone by BuzziSpace|
|Nomad System by Mio|
|Nebula by Tacchini|
|FeltWall by B&B Italia|
Forget the blue tape - here are some great projects where paint goes beyond coloring between the lines and actually defines space, surfaces, and light.
|We love the graphic effect of this yellow painted "mantle".|
|Overpainting casings provide heft and stature to an otherwise standard door opening.|
|Black painted "wainscoting" provides contrast and depth.|
|Orange accent trim creates the illusion of dynamic movement with a pop of color.|
|Black paint on the ceiling and floor defines a smaller space within the larger space.|
|An otherwise subtle light fixture is given prominence by dramatic painted "light" on the facade.|
Some of our favorite little free libraries...