"Paley’s Place Bistro & Bar has been an Oregon institution since its February 1995 opening. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Vitaly and Kimberly Paley, the critically-acclaimed restaurant is located within Portland’s leafy Northwest district and prides itself on elegant fare that clearly showcases local, sustainably-produced food." paleysplace.net
Charged with bringing a fresh perspective to this well-loved space, we tried to honor the Paley's history while simultaneously adding modern elements. "Casual Elegance" became our design motto as we sourced new finishes and created custom furniture. The effect is fresh and modern, yet welcoming and familiar.
Paley's Place Bistro seating. The restaurant has an extensive collection of original art imported from Europe.
Located within a converted Victoria home, Paley's place has many architectural delights like these original leaded glass windows.
We gave the trim a coat of dark paint to enhance the details and create a modern look. Textural sheers compliment without overwhelming.
The back dining room.
The back dining room features limited edition prints of an original 1936 Bourin ad, which have been in the Paley collection from the start.
The main dining room.
Paley's Place has always been a leader in the Farm to Table movement in Oregon. This set of black and white images pays homage to some of their providers.
With only 19 table tops, Paley' Place is an intimate dining experience.
Twenty-one years ago, the Paley's opened their restaurant with classic wooden Windsor chairs. These custom metal and wood chairs are a modern interpretation of that classic shape, referencing the past while also looking toward the future.
Custom leather for the Paley's Place wine list.
We worked closely with Vakker Design to create memorable arrangements. This one features radishes, a nod to Vitaly Paley's 2011 triumph on Iron Chef America.
The restaurant is peppered with memorabilia, including this "Fork to the City" presented to Vitaly Paley by Portland Mayor Sam Adams in commemoration of his Iron Chef win.
We considered every detail, including how to address this often used vestibule. Custom steel wainscoting adds a modern/industrial feel, but serves a very real purpose in protecting the walls from daily abuse via product deliveries.
NW Queen Anne
"You enliven, embolden, and give wings to the concepts that we are unable to visualize, much less articulate clearly." Susan M., homeowner
We worked around the homeowners' existing rug and houndstooth chairs to create a warm and welcoming space.
A custom chaise in multiple fabrics anchors the room.
We used a beautiful embroidered silk to add a touch of pattern and contrasting texture to these linen drapes.
The homeowners antique gilt chair was reupholstered in a rich nubby linen.
A touch of fringe on a custom pillow.
One of our favorite architectural details of the home is this view from the front hallway through to the back garden.
The homeowners have a wonderful collection of art in varied styles. We love the color and playful nature of this abstract piece, and chose pillow fabrics to complement. Silk drapes in a simple stripe keep the room feeling light.
Gorgeous crown moulding is perfectly complemented by custom silk drapes and understated wrought iron hardware.
Antique french chairs were reupholstered in a playful mix of fabrics to complement the wool flatweave in the upstairs den.
The homeowners found this delightful vintage child's rocking chair which we reupholstered in a whimsical fabric for the grandchildren to enjoy.
Custom shelving to store a music lovers collection.
Shortly after installation.
With fourteen foot tall ceilings, this loft could handle a significantly sized shelving unit. So we designed a custom ten foot tall and ten foot wide unit to house the homeowners collection of vinyl, CDs, books, and art.