inspiration

bellden cafe construction by Claire Grotz

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! 







bringing inspiration to life: from mood board to reality by Claire Grotz

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.

By creating a comprehensive collection of inspiration images for the mood board, and referencing it periodically as the project progresses, you and your designer will be able to build a final design that clearly reflects your desired outcome for the space. If you have a future project in mind, I recommend gathering images as early in possible. That way you are ready to hit the ground running when it comes time to start the process. Happy collecting!

screen time by Unknown

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

Coloring Outside the Lines by Claire Grotz

take a book leave a book by miriam_atelierdrome




Some of our favorite little free libraries...


1. books under cover
Stereotank's Little Free Library at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral School in Nolita, NY

2. book in a bubble
Matter's Fishbowl Library, located in NYC
3. books on a bench

Word Play by Chat Travieso in NYC
4. it's raining, it's pouring
Johnston Architects' Spinning Stories in Seattle, WA