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RUstic or super modern industrial reclaimed wood? French country or bohemian beach?
With so many off-towers descending on Bend, it can be difficult to answer the question: Are national home design trends playing out in the high desert? How long can we operate the firm-chic look before there is nothing left? With the construction and renovation sector being the only industry to experience growth in 2020 in our region (and with no end in sight), these are all questions on the minds of designers and developers.
Kerri Rossi, co-owner of Element design The collective and lead designer of design firm KMR sees a loosening of what was once a blockage in local interior design trends. Where locals were about four to five years behind some of the more advanced trends, due to the immigration flood and the many workers in “Zoom Town”, the trends are reaching Bend in more than one to one. two years, Rossi mentioned. With 25 years of experience in the business, she has a lot of experience to back that up.
Jennifer Nelson, local building base Nelson Tile and Stone, agrees, saying digital platforms are reducing the timing of trend deviations – not to mention the ever-growing influx of city dwellers.
“Barely three years ago, we bemoaned Bend’s delay in trends. Case in point: hardly anyone wanted a white kitchen or bathroom four years ago, but once that trend finally hit here, designers nationwide were saying it was already five. Today, the schedule between Bend and major cities appears to have tightened. This is due to the increased use of social media sites like Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram showing design trends and even some of the improved home TV shows. This made locals familiar with the new designs more quickly, ”said Nelson. “The large number of people leaving the big cities has also been a game changer. We often hear about people wanting to update their homes here with what they had in their home in Los Angeles or Seattle.”
Regional flair and mixed looks
The result of outside influence? Rossi said a current client, who recently moved to Bend after previously residing in townhouses in San Francisco, shared an image of three mangoes to guide the color scheme of his remodel – a major change from chic from the farm, from the farm or something like that. has long been popular locally. The client chose a bright orange kitchen range and a fixture adorned with blown glass, burnt orange and amber for the dining room – both selections are unmistakably infused with mid-century modern undertones.
Hank Hill, Owner / Operator and General Contractor at Bend Craftsmen Company, sees customers preserving certain elements of their homes built in the ’80s and’ 90s during renovations, while complementing them with new trends. In a recent Sunriver project, much of the original wood paneling of the walls and ceilings was preserved, while a modern media center, reading nook, slatted accent wall and new flooring have been installed.
With so much mix of old and new, showrooms are becoming an essential tool for construction and supply retailers. Rossi, with his partner Jane Wirth, has just opened Element Design Collective, a “designer delicatessen” located in the south-east of Bend. Rossi wants to welcome people to a warm space where they feel at home and can access samples from the best suppliers of flooring, interior doors, trim, lighting, cabinet hardware, appliances, bathroom accessories and windows. Believing that many of these items are the “jewels” of his house, Rossi offers a showroom selection process inspired by that of gemstone selection.
Meanwhile, Nelson Tile and Stone is moving and expanding its long-standing and popular kitchen and bathroom-focused showroom off Division Street in Bend.
“I can say that we will definitely be bringing a better cooking and bathing experience to central Oregon over the next year or so,” says Nelson. “But we haven’t fully revealed that yet. Being able to bring everything together under one roof and develop better, carefully selected products is important to us. Bend is outside the box, but we try to think outside our small community. Both [owner and founder] Chris [Nelson] and I was born and raised in Bend, but we often go to the big cities to find out what we don’t have here in Bend and find ways to bring it back to our beloved town. ”
COVID Era Upgrades
It’s no secret that the past year, with everyone at home more than usual, has sparked renewed interest in upgrading kitchens, bathrooms and other rooms. of the House.
“Everyone is remodeling,” Nelson notes. “The main reasons we often see are homes built in the early to mid-2000s, when travertine and tile countertops were all the rage. Now people want lighter colored rooms and less grout everywhere. Another trend concerns new homes. People want to shoot. manufacturer-grade acrylic tubs and showers in favor of custom showers. We are also upgrading countertops on homes less than two years old in favor of higher performing quartz and granite with more popular patterns in stone. We are often asked to upgrade second homes in resort areas which now become permanent residences for our customers. ”
In terms of revamping surfaces, Hill, who won a 2021 The best of Houzz price, sees customers asking for subway tiles, often handmade or placed on a vertical edge. He also notes the media popularity of the living room and gas fireplaces. Perfect for post-winter hobbies and Netflix cravings, Hill believes this trend is playing out nationally, but the functionality of the build for the Bend lifestyle is just too practical for her to die, a- he declared.
Rossi, the designer, believes the start of work and home education amid COVID restrictions has only strengthened what was already a lifestyle-driven market in Bend.
“Customers adopt more pets, don’t go out as much and generally spend more time at home.” As a result, product durability is prioritized along with aesthetics or above. Rossi and Hill see it in their clients’ selections for flooring. Laminate and luxury vinyl are all the rage.
A second trend Rossi shares is that some clients are working on two houses simultaneously. In this scenario, the newcomer builds a luxury home forever while living in a less desirable temporary home which he is remodeling at the same time – the move often prompted by COVID.
The chic of the farm that will not die
Because love for outdoor sports is often the primary motivation for moving to or living in Bend, it’s hard to imagine chic, rustic, reclaimed, farmhouse-focused looks disappearing altogether. A local feature, like stucco in Sonora or brownstones in New York City, it seems the downhome-country vibe is fundamental to the Bend building brand for the foreseeable future. The habits of the Colonial Trail in Oregon’s urban prairies are hard to live with.
Design concepts to help broaden the horizons of remodeling
Mix textures, patterns and use contrast, says Hank Hill of Bend Craftsmen Company. Look for variations when working with stone, wallpaper, tile, wood, paint, and parquet.
Work to seamlessly combine exterior and interior and, when choosing cabinet lighting and hardware, consider it the jewel of a space, says Kerri Rossi of Element Design Collective.
Get inspired by media that explore construction trends, says Jennifer Nelson of Nelson Tile and Stone. She recommends the show “Rock the Block” on HGTV and Hulu, where top design personalities all have the same house and compete in designing it their own way.
“It’s great to see very different versions of the same house and to know that there is more than one way to make a room and always be in fashion,” advises Nelson. “It’s also interesting to see a team do something that they think will catapult them to a win, only to find out that three other teams are doing the same! That’s when you know you have a current look. ”