Here at Spiral Studios, we are now carrying cork flooring options from Wicanders! Cork is a great sustainable flooring option that has come a long way from it's first debut. Raw cork is harvested once every nine years from the cork oak tree, keeping the tree alive to grow another cork layer. We like keeping trees alive.
Design options range widely. With the comfort level near that of carpet, it's installed without the mess and allergy repercussions (they are hypo-allergenic). Oh, and did we mention they are among the most efficient choices for insulation?
Check out these finish options (I’m eyeing the finish below for my kitchen and laundry areas…):
Not what you were expecting from cork, right?
For all you DIYers out there, cork flooring options are really simple to install as they are come in a click-together floating floor tile system. It can also be glued down for a more permanent installation.
Feel free to make an appointment with us if you're interested in this product!
...as seen in Spiral Projects
It's not just in the logo. I love blue-greens, green-blues, green-blue-grey. Whatever that color is, it always stops me in my tracks. It's calm and soothing, but can also be fresh and energizing depending on how much gray is in it, or if there is more blue or more green. It works in modern spaces and in historic spaces, it's really incredibly versatile.
Without even meaning to, i swear!, it seems to end up in the majority of my projects. In bathrooms, on cabinets, front doors, bedrooms, even on fireplace walls! Really, it's so versatile.
Here are some of the greatest blue-green, green-blues, green-blue-grey colors that Spiral has worked with!
Boca Raton Blue, from Benjamin Moore, was used as a fun, fresh cabinet color in the Bungalow North project. So beautiful paired with Walnut cabinetry and white quartz countertops.
On the more soothing gray side of green-blue, Sea salt by Sherwin Williams, is so beautiful in this old farmhouse bathroom. Complete with a clawfoot tub, and a converted antique dresser vanity, this room feels like you're in a far away time and place.
Pacific Ocean Blue by Benjamin Moore was a last minute decision. After nixing a wall of tile in this powder room, the room was needing something. And there is no better, affordable way to add visual interest than a bold color statement. Enter Pacfic Ocean Blue...voilà!
Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore, another favorite soft blue-green-gray to fall in love with. Perfect for this bathroom paired with walnut cabinetry and classic subway tile.
Okay, this one maybe doesn't have much green or gray, but it's such a beautiful deep blue, it made it on the list. This one was just so perfect for 3 Oms Yoga Studio. As seen in the bathrooms as well as the dramatic double height entry staircase, this blue makes a statement. Don't you wish you could dive into it?
Our awesome material spotlight is for Colorhouse Paints. Based in Portland, Oregon, Colorhouse Paints is an amazing no VOC paint option with a stunning color palette, created by artists.
They offer 3 different finishes (flat, eggshell, and semi-gloss) as well as primer and chalkboard paint. As a leader in non-toxic paint, Colorhouse paints is LEED compliant, Green Wise certified and won't leave you feeling light headed after you're done painting.
The best part is that Spiral Studios is now selling Colorhouse Paints! We have the full color palette available to choose from. The paint is ordered from Portland, and can be shipped directly to your home in 1-2 days.
Spiral Studios passion is creating spaces that are non-toxic, healthy, and beautiful for our families and the environment. We love that we can now offer a paint that is in alignment with that passion.
Color house paint samples can be seen at our downtown Bellingham office by appointment!
Here's a snapshot of a nearly finished project. This gorgeous home on the lake got a completely new look and an addition to take in the spectacular lake view. Here, the powder room makes a statement with a jewel toned wall.
Wallpaper. Have you ever tried to get rid of it? Hours, days of tedious peeling, steaming, and scraping. Often the best way of making it disappear is just texturing and painting over it. But now wall paper is making a new appearance with updated graphics that are both fun and refreshing with bold graphic patterns, subtle textures, and cheering colors. So if you're still plagued by red velvet damask paper, the best way of hiding it, could be to wallpaper over it!
Places I love wallpaper are the unexpected, like closets or laundry rooms. Also so good in powder rooms, kids' rooms, and as an accent wall in den's or offices.
A few wallpaper companies i've worked with recently, and have loved their papers are:
1. Loboloup Their Meadow paper is pictured above, and there are so many other great ones.
2. Aimee Wilder So many of Aimee's patterns are so perfect for kid's rooms.
3. Wall & Deco Their Pavot paper (below) is stunning.
This sweet shingled home nestled in the cedars trees was in need of some better storage, counter prepping space, and a dose of charm. Relocating the stove to the same wall as the sink allowed for a larger counter space on the opposite wall. More drawer space creates more efficient storage and utilizing the nooks and crannies made the most out of a small space. Finishes include Fir cabinets with butcher block and quartz counters, subway tile, with special tiles made by the client's brother.
This teeny kitchen, nestled into a 1920's bungalow was not without old school charm but lacked storage and function for a young, busy family. In order to gain space for extra storage and and food prep for active cooks, we needed to utilize the existing dining space. The dining room was able to shift into an existing adjacent tv room. By removing the wall separating the tv room and kitchen, we brought in more light and connection. This also created a better work flow and allowed us to add useful appliances. Hello dishwasher! The clients were able to add their personality to the home with cheerful finishes including: painted uppers with walnut lowers, white quartz countertops, large format subway tile, marmoleum flooring, and fun light fixtures.
Check out this issue of Bellingham Alive, Best of the Northwest. Lot's of amazing folks in our community are getting recognized for all the incredible things they are doing. I love this town. And thank you to everyone who voted!!
Spiral Studios opens an office location!
There are still some finishing touches to put on the new space, but Spiral Studios is now meeting clients at it's first official location. It's a lovely spot in the heart of downtown Bellingham with gorgeous windows (even on a dark October day) and next to everything. Here, we will also keep our sustainable materials library which is open to the public by appointment. Come say hi!
I came upon this darling little book at the public library while I was waiting for a meeting. I have read several books about the topic of clearing and de-cluttering as I use these techniques a lot in my practice, and this looked like a fun read.
After blasting through the book, what followed was an entire weekend spent going through every single drawer, cabinet, shelf, nook, and cranny in the house. In the end we donated boxes and boxes of clothes, books, random knick-knacks, gear, and all sorts of things we didn’t realize we had or had never used. And all this from two people who already consider themselves tidy!
What I loved about Marie Kondo’s reminder to us all, is that we should only be surrounding ourselves with things that we love. Otherwise, why do we have it? It is difficult for our home to be a sanctuary if it is stuffed to the brim with useless items, or objects that hold no joy. She reminds us that it is okay to give these away. They have served their purpose in our lives, and they are free to go. We free ourselves in the process.
Our home has never felt so good. We know where everything is, so we know where things get put away, and we have created so much more space for the things we do love and that do bring us joy.
It is worth the time and energy it takes. De-cluttering and clearing your house will reset your tolerance for clutter and chaos. In the frenetic craziness of our lives, coming home to a house that feels calm and peaceful, that is not yet-another-chore, is such a treat. And one we all deserve.
I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life. - Elsie de Wolfe