Geoffrey Designer Blog

How To Measure Your Space

By Geoffrey Garcia

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Often times when we are in the hunt to furnish our home, we fall in love with a piece before we know if it will fit in our space. Something to ask yourself when shopping is, “how much space do I have to work with?” The last thing you want to see is that much-anticipated-sofa-you’ve-been-waiting-for not make it through the door. So to avoid any disappointments on delivery day, we have provided you with a checklist for your consideration. 

1st : Measure Your Space

It’s important to measure the height and width of the walls that you’ll be using. This will ensure you have enough wall space for the piece you’ll bring in. When measuring your windows be sure to measure how high the windows are from the floor. You may not want your furniture poking out passed your windowsill. Keep in mind the location of any electrical outlets, vents etc. You’ll want easy access to an outlet if you’re considering lighting options near the sofa.
 

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2nd: Fitting It Through The Door

In addition to measuring the room that you are furnishing, You’ll want to measure all entries and passages for accurate measurements. Your furniture has to pass through these to get to the designated space of choice. (Don’t forget about the elevator, in case it’s the main point of access to get to your home.) If you have any doubts, review with us. We’re here to help! 

3rd: Measuring Furniture

Once you know the dimensions of the room you’re working with it’s time to start furnishing! Best way to measure any piece you’re considering is to measure the height, width and depth of all sides. Take note and compare it to your entrance & room measurements. This will allow you to see what will and will not work for your space. 

Height (A): Measure from the ground up. 

Width (B): Measure width from the outside edge to the other. 

Depth: Measure from side back to the front. Depth can either make or break a decision. (You don’t want to find the perfect piece in store only to find out that it sticks out way passed your walking path!)

Seat Depth (C): Measure the interior back to the edge of the seat. This will help determine how comfortably you can sit and how it will be used. 

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Consultation 

Leave the tape measuring and guessing game for me! If you’re considering redoing your space or simply starting from scratch, stop in and see me. I’ll create a floor plan set to scale incorporating every square footage you want to work on. Together we’ll compose a space that will take your breath away! 

Once all the furniture is in place, it’s time to start doing the fun part...accessorizing

Holiday Festivities 2017

To celebrate our customers, community, and another great year, we recently held a festive holiday party at EWF Modern. Guests were given the opportunity to be entered into a raffle to win one of two EWF Modern products, with all proceeds going to The Forest Park Conservancy to help restore and protect our Forest Park trails. 
 

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We celebrated the season with food, drinks, and holiday cheer and look forward to all that 2018 will bring! We are excited to work through new interior design challenges and continue to bring great organic modern furnishing options to Portland in the coming year.
 

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Thank you for choosing to shop local and Happy New Year!

The EWF Modern Team
Renee, Erez, Oliver, Deana, Isabella, Geoffrey + Dixie Berger

West Linn Modern Makeover

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Almost a year in the making, this beautiful home belongs to one of our awesome customers Liz. Slowly pieces were added to create layers and a well balanced design. Our interior designer Oliver had a fun time collaborating with Liz and is currently working on a few more updates to her home.

Interior Design Spotlight

Erez and Renee, architect and designer at EWF Modern, recently finished a remodel in Vancouver, Washington. The clients contacted EWF Modern because they wanted their 80’s style 5000 square foot home to feel more contemporary and tasked Renee and Erez to create a living space reminiscent of a Pearl District Penthouse. The scope of the job included new outdoor furniture, new kitchen remodel with a dedicated seating area for bridge, a bedroom remodel, a new entry including a new door and stairwell, a new fireplace area and living room furniture, new dining room, new electrical with new chandeliers, sconces and can lighting, new paint schemes for every room and a new powder room. The goal of the project was to open the spaces to allow them to flow together and emphasize the river views while bringing back life to the living and dining rooms, which weren’t often used. In addition, the client wanted the furniture to be modern but comfortable, functional, and unique. Erez and Renee enjoyed redesigning the client’s home so that the space reflected their lifestyle, creating a living room conversation pit that flowed into the dining room and kitchen. Look forward to another EWF Modern post from us when we finish adding the final layers to this amazing project!

Townhouse in the Pearl Residential Project

Renee, EWF Modern owner and Designer, recently worked with a Pearl District couple to furnish their townhouse. The couple adjoined their two townhomes into one home to create an expanded living space and wanted to expand the master bedroom, a teenage junior suite, and a new kitchenette. The space needed to be casual and informal but also accommodating to hosting large parties. Renee worked with these clients in the past so it was fun to expand on their history adapting  their previous purchased EWF Modern furniture to their new environment and larger space. Taking inspiration from the view of the park and bridges near by, they ultimately selected warm woods, steel, and leather interior furnishings.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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EWF Modern is proud to partner with Pink Glove Delivery for White Glove Delivery Service. You may have noticed that the delivery team wears pink gloves. This symbolizes their commitment to Breast Cancer prevention, awareness, and research. A portion of each delivery fee is donated to support this cause.

So when you purchase furniture at EWF Modern, a locally-owned female business, and choose White Glove Service, you are contributing to the great cause of research to eliminate Breast Cancer! To find out a few ways you can further help this cause visit: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

Patio in the Pearl Residential Project

Oliver and Renee, both EWF Modern Interior Designers, recently worked with some clients in the Pearl District to furnish and design the patio outside their townhouse. As the couple entertain a lot, the goal was to create an outside space that was comfortable and conversational, but with maximum seating. In addition to meeting the form and functional needs of the client, Oliver and Renee also found a way to plan the space of the outdoor dining area that complemented the indoor environment, which was important as the two spaces flow together. The designers enjoyed coming up with a comprehensive design and finishing the project quickly. This provided the clients ample time to enjoy the end of our beautiful Portland summer!

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How To Find Inspiration To Define Your Style

BY OLIVER DECASTRO

Defining the look and style of your space can be tricky. There are endless ways to find inspiration, whether it be from the architectural style of your home to the infinite number of colors found in nature. The function of a space can greatly impact its design as well, but for now we will be focusing on finding inspiration to define the aesthetic of a room. Here are a few ways to find inspiration by making your space absolutely lovable and livable! Let’s get the gears turning and center in on the living room.

 

CHOOSING A COLOR PALETTE

I love playing with color and how it affects the overall picture of the room. We are highly perceptive to colors and textures as we tend to gravitate towards attractive choices that reflect our personalities. Your home interior is an expressive reflection of your taste and own style whether it be eccentric and dramatic, tranquil and subdued, or sometimes a little bit of both.

Pops of playful colors can brighten the mood and evoke stimulating senses. Warmer tones of yellow, orange and red are invigorating colors while stimulating the eye. Energy flows through color and using it as an accent can be effective on a neutral palette and soft textures. Sofas and accent chairs in a bold color are great statements as they introduce color in a profound way. The luxurious Sofa 4896 shown here covered in a plush, rich velvet in a deep marigold acts as a great eye catcher in the room. This sofa is offered in leather or fabric in a multitude of fun colors and textures which are all available to view at our showroom.

Monochromatic tones and hues within the same color range produce a calming and balanced palette. I like using grays and browns together with a pop of white to add a dramatic contrast. Earthier colors such as taupe, white, black, green, and blue are natural and organic compositions while incorporating wood elements. Warm and soft colors are inviting as they are comfortable to the eye.

 

DEFINE YOUR FOCAL POINT

Start with the biggest and most functional piece of furniture to base your design off of - the sofa. It’s all about looks and comfort, the perfect marriage of great design. A great way to utilize a piece of furniture as the main focal point in a room is highlighting its function. Fall in love with your furniture, let it shine. Your furniture tells a story which speaks volumes of your own creative style.

The stunning Theater Sofa 2804 is a perfect example of form and function. With a wide selection of beautiful leathers, this sofa brings great versatility in comfort as the adjustable back cushions offer you two seat depths at an upright and stretched out position. What better way to enjoy watching your favorite Netflix show than on a convertible lounger sofa where you can sit back and relax!

 

TYING IT ALL TOGETHER

A cohesive, well balanced room is all brought together with a beautiful rug. Rugs have an  overwhelming possibility of choices as they come in a variety of textures, patterns, and fibers. Think of it as “art on the floor” and what great expression a rug can introduce. Try selecting a look that draws colors from other pieces in the room or elevate the textures surrounding the rug by bringing contrast. On hardwood floors, a rug instantly breaks up the wood look and helps soften the living area. Using a rug grounds all the pieces within the room and adds dimension.

The main thing to keep in mind when formulating your ideas of inspiration is to have fun. The living area of your home should emphasize your own personal taste. Take your time when making decisions and remember that all the perfect pieces will come together if you have a firm sense of direction and inspiration.

Whether you’re defining your style for the first time and need a little direction or want to try a new look and need a spark of creativity, I am happy to assist with getting the gears turning. I’d like to discuss design with you! Stop by the showroom and we can work together on your next project.