Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR


Services Provided
Remodeling, Kitchen Design, Bathroom Design, Space Planning, Custom Furnishings, Furniture Selection, Window Treatments, Window Coverings, Lighting Plans, Color Selection, Staircase Remodeling, Flooring Selection, New Construction, Interior Design, Interior Decorating, Fireplace Remodel, Fireplace Design, Decks, Storage solutions, Custom Drapery, Closet Design, Drapery Design, Wall Covering Selection, Kitchen and Bath Design

Areas Served
Portland, Beaverton, Aloha, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Troutdale, Sandy, West Linn,

Business Description
Pangaea Interior Design is an award winning design firm specializing in residential projects including new construction, remodeling, kitchen and bath design. Pangaea's style is characterized by clean lines and uncluttered interiors that are warm, comfortable, inviting and reflect the personal taste and interests of her clients. Call to schedule your initial consultation and you'll be well on the way to the home of your dreams. 503-.816.4394

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Finalist, Best Lighting Design, 2013 Serving Up Style, Winner 2010 Distinct Style Awards
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1302 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214 
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31 True Tales of Remodeling Gone Wild

Drugs, sex, excess — the home design industry is rife with stories that will blow your mind, or at least leave you scratching your head Full Story
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We named our last home Enyo Nam. In one of the dialects of Ghana it means "enough for me". A dear friend of ours was from Ghana and somehow that term came up and we loved it.
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Thank you, Mitchell Parker, for this awesome idea book and the inspiration to venture forth! Those of us who caused your discussion to go "rogue" have opened a new discussion board, and hopefully someone can successfully turned this idea book back to its rightful focus, as we don't seem to be able to do this! Haha
See you and the next idea book!
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Mitchell Parker, I heartily echo My2Scents! Thank you for a wonderful article and please accept my apologies for having taken the discussion off on a rabbit chase! If I could offer any excuse it would be that your topic was so irresistibly delightful that we simply could not bring ourselves to leave the room.:)
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20 Great Examples of Transitions in Flooring

Wood in One Room, Tile or Stone in Another? Here's How to Make Them Work Together Full Story
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Either completely set it apart by a contrast and border or match your old oak and use an area rug to define the space. Using the same stain and just turning wider boards on an angle will definitely look like a patch. Best of luck!
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Thank you for your inquiry. These are my original and copyrighted design. In the wood and finish shown -- clear coated ash upper with dark gray stained base -- at the time of this posting these sell for $1800 each plus applicable freight to your location. Drawers are solid birch with dovetail construction featuring soft-close under-mount glides (so you don't see the drawer glides on the side of the drawers when you open them). Overall dimensions as shown are 36" wide x 26" tall x 20" deep. Upcharge would apply to customize size, wood, finish or hardware. Approximately 8 - 10 week lead time once the order is placed.
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7 Kitchen Flooring Materials to Boost Your Cooking Comfort

Give your joints a break while you're standing at the stove, with these resilient and beautiful materials for kitchen floors Full Story
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@qofmiwok -- My apologies for the delay in my response. We did the click together Luxury Vinyl Planks on our last floor and after seeing your comment I made sure to notice as I walked on that floor last week. It does not have that "click clack" sound and feels nice and solid -- I know exactly what you mean. My guess is that it is because the Luxury Vinyl Plank is not stuck to a rigid board like laminates are. The vinyl is much thinner and is a little more pliable so does not "bounce" as you walk on it creating that sound. Of course, it does not sound the same as hardwood, but I don't find it to be unpleasant.
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artistexclusive - Because flooring gets shipped from manufacturers to stores, it is relatively easy to get the weight of flooring materials. Most are sold by the box or carton. It's a very easy thing to get the weight of the carton and the total square feet of material inside that carton. Yes, the shipping weight includes the weight of the carton, but the weight of a cardboard box is negligible so won't affect your results all that much. From the carton weight and total square footage in the carton, you could calculate the weight-per-square-foot of any material and then compare the specific ones you are considering. If you're considering a sheet product like linoleum, again, the manufacturers are already well aware of what their products weigh due to shipping. A call or email to the customer service department should get you that information.
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Paula Sparks
We used vinyl wood look planks in a rental property - it's not only beautiful and indestructible, but planks can be replaced if ever needed. We've used laminate in our own home for years - never had any problems with it at all and it's much more forgiving than any of the hard floor surfaces. Going green with cork would have been our first choice, but reviews indicate that cork fades in the sun - since our kitchen is very large and half of it gets the afternoon sun, we'd have ended up with a 2 tone floor. Not an option!
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dercamp Can you tell me which Karndean Luxury Vinyl plank you used, and approximate cost? Thanks!
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Trick Out Your Kitchen Backsplash for Storage and More

Free up countertop space and keep often-used items handy by making your backsplash more resourceful Full Story
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I personally prefer an uncluttered expanse of beautiful backsplash -- but if you're a very active cook, having your kitchen done "working style" with your most often used items close at hand can be a great feeling. Just needs to look organized.
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Gertiedaub, I agree that a good looking pot like a Le creuset looks great sitting out. But, I can only dream of the luxury of having enough cabinets that I don't use some of them!
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gertiedaub
Actually, it is not that my kitchen is big. It is that I have so little in my kitchen. My kitchen is really tiny. I just have what I use and no more than that. That is why my cabinets are empty.
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Storage Help for Small Bedrooms: Beautiful Built-ins

Squeezed for space? Consider built-in cabinets, shelves and niches that hold all you need and look great too Full Story
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I will add this to the "typical closet" vs. "built-in" distinction -- The typical closet found in homes in the USA is nothing more than doors hiding a big empty space with a hanging rod end to end and a shelf above the rod. Great for hanging things and storing less often used things on the shelf, but not for much else. Without adding other inserts, you end up with shoes and other things stacked on the floor. When someone creates built-in cabinetry to replace the closet the storage might include drawers of varying depths, shelving at accessible heights, possibly specialized inserts like pants hangers and shoe cubbies. The compartments within the space are exactly the right size for the items to be stored, so everything can be accessed much more easily. With a well designed set of built-ins you will get much more efficient use of the same cubic feet of space.
In the pictures below, the before closet had mirrored sliding doors with the usual hanging rod and shelf. There were a few extra shelves built in, but it was jam-packed and the L-shape corner was very hard to access. I turned their closet into a galley style with custom built-in cabinetry down both sides. There is hanging space for long clothing as well as double rods for shorter items. Shelving for sweaters, drawers, a pull out shoe caddy with adjustable shelves and a pull out laundry hamper below the shoe caddy. Everything is much more accessible now and it's prettier too.
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Love that Montreal bedroom in picture #1. Bedroom in photos 4 & 5 freak me out - I wouldn't get a decent night's rest in that setting!
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I remember when the Montreal basement apartment with the exposed brick was featured. I still think it is adorable and so clever of the owner as well.
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How to Stage Your Kitchen for a Home Sale

Attract buyers with a kitchen that’s clean, bright and welcoming — no expensive overhaul required Full Story
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Several have asked to see a before and after using these principles. So here you go. I staged professionally for many years, although strictly doing interior design these days. This particular home was still occupied through the time it was on the market so the client needed to be able to live in it. We painted the red cabinets white and painted the walls a beige to match the backsplash tiles and a wall covering which is on the opposite side of the kitchen and not visible in the photos. Got rid of clutter and left very little on the counters. The home sold in one week.
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One more before and after example of a kitchen lived in during the time on market. We decluttered and accessorized with a few colorful items. And yes, a family of 4 lived here during the time on market. Sold in the first month at full asking price which even surprised the brokers. The after photos are not professional shots, but you can still see the difference.
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Mainstreetschool -- homes look bigger and sell faster if they are beautifully furnished and not cluttered (whether you want to call it staging or not). Empty houses are harder to sell.
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Drawers!
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I am a naturally clean person who does not like a lot of clutter, but I cringe at the idea of staging a home. I won't do it, but then, my house probably doesn't need it. I sold my old house in 4 days with multiple offers. I think people need to have the ability to see past your stuff when looking at a house. After all, your stuff is going with you! I have that ability, I guess many don't. I also know some people aren't naturally clean and have a lot of clutter (decorations) out.
Good tips for those who need them.
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This hardware is sold by Reversica. Go to www.reversica.com to see their products.
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Design Workshop: The Case for Big Overhead Doors

Garage-style doors are cost-effective solutions for opening rooms to dream views and fresh air — and they’re more stylish than ever Full Story
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A word to the people worried about flying bugs -- there are special fans you can mount above these doorways where a super thin and powerful "curtain" of air is blown downward. It keeps bugs from being able to fly in. In fact, it is so effective that it can keep your air conditioning in and the outside hot air out. Unfortunately, not a deterrent to raccoons, possums, cats or whatever other large thing is lurking outside just waiting to dash in the minute it sees a breach in your perimeter ;-)

As in everything, there is no single thing that is right for every person and every situation. But if flying bugs are the only thing stopping you from having the open wall concept, there is your solution.

Love these and only wish my family room had more than an 8 foot high ceiling. I will have to see when the prices of sliding doors that stack back begin to get a little more reasonable. I've got room to go sideways, but not upward.
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Would it really be that inefficient? Suppose it would also depend on how many hours the door was left up. Have not found that running ceiling fans uses much electricity.
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Like a big garage door opening on the outside...wow, these doors are amazing !
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Chevron, Herringbone, Flame Stitch: What’s the Difference?

Make the right point by learning the differences among these 3 popular zigzag patterns Full Story
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I'm a herringbone fan myself. I think chevron with their zigzag stripes immediately make me think of Charlie Brown's t-shirt. And flame stitch calls to mind some wild bellbottoms I wore in the 70's. Did I just admit that? Herringbone makes me think of mansion floors and classic backsplash tile. Beautiful pattern without being overly busy. In my humble opinion anyway.
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Love the patterns
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I often find myself in rooms with herringbone-patterned floors in Europe, and recently was wondering to myself if the pattern was 'invented' to use up small bits of wood - cheaper than long, wide planks from tall trees.

Coming from the Pacific Northwest of the USA, I tend to think that plank floors are a sign of having spent a lot of money, and that the longer and wider the planks (especially longer), the more likely that the floor was made from mature, old-growth trees. On 'This Old House' I've noticed that often new hardwood floors have short pieces while old hardwood floors have very long planks, because of the availability of very tall, old-growth trees a hundred or more years ago when the houses were built. But here in Central Europe, it seems that a hundred or more years ago, people went in for 'parquet flooring' in a herringbone pattern using very small pieces of wood. Herringbone-patterned wood floors are considered very elegant and desirable. But I can't help but look at them as cheap (despite the labor-intensiveness of putting one in) because of my bias toward long, wide planks as a sign of quality, old-growth wood.

Does anyone know if using the more difficult herringbone pattern was a sort of 'compensation' for using cheaper, short pieces of wood?
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What Goes With Wood Cabinets?

Make those high-quality cabinets look their best by pairing them with the right colors and materials Full Story
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Great article. I would just add -- Notice that there isn't much in the way of terra cotta, orange or reddish tones above. So many people who love those colors end up choosing cherry stain on cabinetry or cinnamon colored cabinets. But if you choose that color of cabinetry, then those colors don't work all that well for paint and tile. If you want orange tones in the paint and accents, I would go with either a very pale wood such as clear coated white oak, maple or birch -- or go with gray or deep espresso stain which all create a beautiful contrast for those colors.
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Reddawn, here are a couple pics from our kitchen, as requested. Good luck with your kitchen makeover!
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@mmdugaw thanks for letting me know. We've decided to go ahead and get it distressed and dinged up! The more the merrier!! Haha.
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How to Keep Your White Spaces Looking Great

Don’t let dinginess darken your door — or your walls, furniture, floors ... see the light with these cleaning and maintenance tips Full Story
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All great advice for your live-in housekeeper. Just sayin ...
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Endometriosis dr. Mercola
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I love white interiors. I also love doing a lot of things besides constant cleaning and maintenance. Therefore I am balancing my love for white with my love for practicality.
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Kitchen of the Week: Seeking Balance in Virginia

Poor flow and layout issues plagued this kitchen for a family, until an award-winning design came to the rescue Full Story
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Great job creating a more pleasing and functional layout in this asymmetrical space. Now very balanced. I particularly like the dramatic impact of a little bit of very dark cabinetry and paint color. Beautiful!
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love the white and wood contrast
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gertiedaub
This new kitchen is beautiful to look at, but the cooktop is way too far away from the sink to be practical, in my opinion. The actual cooking area needs to have the fridge, the stove, and the sink in more proximity to one another. I think that is just too big to be a really functional kitchen. It may showcase well, but it would be a marathon to run between the functioning parts of this kitchen to actually do any serious cooking.
I liked the "before" kitchen better.
Maybe just opening up the floor space a little, detaching that one countertop from the wall by the window, and updating the lighting and fixtures would have worked just as well. Maintaining a tighter and more efficient work area while creating more open space around it would have been a better improvement, in my opinion.
I would disagree with replacing the natural light of a window with artificial lighting and more storage space. There already was a lot of storage space.
I would judge this as case of form over function,rather than a nice blend of form with function. Perhaps this is just what the client wanted, or not. After it has become a showcase kitchen, how can the client make the complaint that is like cooking in a gymnasium and that ferrying hot pots and loaded kettles to the sink is a sprint? I see that this remodel has been lauded for it's good work flow. I would respectfully disagree. There is a reason that the triangle and the "L" and the "U" has been so popular for so long. It works.
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Drama’s Afoot With Striking Black Floors

Be bold. Be brave. Drench your floors in black for a memorable interior scene Full Story
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jhoti - nice perspective! I have animals of every color and live in the forest in Oregon where mud & pine needles abound. Wouldn't matter what I put on my floors. LOL! From everything above, my take on it is that matte finishes with some texture are a bit easier, and you need plenty of rugs to walk on including runners. They are such a dramatic look though. Although I usually like to continue flooring throughout a home for flow, for this look you might want to consider a single dramatic room which gets very little traffic, like the formal living room. Really beautiful. All white furniture is the same issue -- how to keep it clean. If you don't mind the upkeep why the heck not?
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I have had charcoal slate colored floors and i agree with the comments on them showing every spec, which is why i now have dirt colored floors! I really like the mottled effect of cork or any non-solid color for hiding things between cleanings.
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mimi102, yes! I love your reverse take on the "shows all the dust" complaint - that way you KNOW when it's dirty. Right now we have a lightish laminate in the kitchen that has kind of swirly shades of brown in it. It hides the dirt almost too well. You don't realize how dirty it is until it's absolutely filthy! I think I'd like a black floor - perhaps in a small space like an entry.
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Houzz Tour: Lofty Ambitions Transform a Manhattan Apartment

Thanks to a loft bed and clever features, this home’s compact footprint doesn’t cramp the owner’s style Full Story
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The ceiling up to the drywall (not the bottom of the beams) looks taller than 9 feet. Maybe a trick of the camera? And I am curious what the height is to the underneath side of the bed platform which makes the ceiling above the island. Annie, do you have that dimension by any chance? I've always enjoyed designing small spaces. It really makes you use your brain. Like a giant game of Tetris. Although they've packed a lot of storage in here, it does not feel crowded -- for example look at the nice open feel to the media cabinetry on the wall. Great job!
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Great use of space .... at 500 sft ...... you packed a lot in.
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