Our Novak Residence kitchen design made the top 30 out of 323 entries for the Dwell Magazine Caesarstone Challenge! (Look for "Craftsman Kitchen Transformation" under the Kitchen & Bath category). Please vote here. The entry with the most votes wins two slabs of beautiful Caesarstone, which we will donate to a local non-profit. Leave a comment below, we will give YOU a special discount on our services if we win! Also, every voter is entered for a chance to win a HD Flip camera from Dwell. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. PST this Thursday, 3/1/12, so don't delay.
Be sure to peruse the other entries for inspiration, too.
The Novak Residence kitchen (it is called the 12th Street Kitchen on our Houzz page) has been featured (again!) on Houzz, in an article called "8 Cozy Tables for Two". This is timely for me, since I was sitting with a friend at a bar counter in a coffee shop today and was noticing how much more intimate it is to sit next to each other, than to sit across the table. Pair it with a view and you'll never want to leave!
Happy New Year everyone! We hope your year is off to a great start.
We just found out that the one of our projects, the Kovtunovich Residence, was mentioned in the Best of 2011 in the Homes and Gardens section of The Oregonian. You can find it in the "Trends of the Year" section, where they praise the owners, Ian and Tonia Kovtunovich, for "mixing it up" by building a very modern addition to their traditional bungalow. The original article for the project was published in January, but we are so flattered to be mentioned again at the end of the year.
Thanks again for all your support, and we look forward to another exciting year.
The Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce called me to ask about my thoughts on the new Minority Evaluator Program. Portland City Council passed a resolution requiring a minority member to be part of the evaluation committee for certain publicly bid projects. In May, I had the opportunity to be a part of a selection committee. and will continue to volunteer my time in the program. For me, the benefits are multiple:
- I get to represent the Portland minority community by being an active part of the city's efforts for diversity
- I get to become a part of the minority business community, which is currently small and insular, but has earnest hopes of reaching a larger audience
- I get a better understanding of the RFP process
- I get an inside look at the City of Portland and PDC procurement and purchasing departments
- I have a venue to voice my opinion about the RFP proposal format and selection process, not just as a minority member, but also a woman business owner, a small business owner, and a young company hoping to win city contracts in the future
If you are interested in knowing more about the program, click on the links above to see how you might be able to get involved. I'll keep you posted on my thoughts on this new program as it progresses.