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atomic * design wins "Best Of Houzz 2015" Customer Service Award


atomic * design of Portland Receives

Best Of Houzz 2015 Award


Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World


Portland, Oregon January 18, 2015atomic 8 design has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The five year old home-remodeling design company was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.


The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community. 


“We aim to provide thoughtful design that reflects each home's authentic character and celebrates the uniqueness of its inhabitants. Our goal is to give you a dream remodel that accommodates your budget.


“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize [Insert award winner name] among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”


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atomic * design was started by Desia Graybill, owner and lead designer, in the spring of 2009 at the beginning of the recession. After 2 years of working with an established vintage home remodeling company, the time had come to pursue the dream of owning her own small design company that operated from her kitchen office. What had once been a professional goal set in a "Professional Practices" course at the Art Institute of Portland became a crafty deterrent to the reality of slowing economic means. The enjoyment brought on through the design process of kitchen and bath remodeling has propelled the company forward to a sustainable future with the help of clients, fellow enthusiasts, and tradesmen alike.


Desia was recommended to me by a friend at work. She listened to what my needs and my goals were and was able to help me get the project done. She also put me in touch with great people who were able to do an excellent job on my remodel. I have more projects in mind and I am looking forward to working with her again.


About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit www.houzz.com


A couple weeks back we were able to get back down to California for a family visit. Of course California’s a big state and there’s more interesting and less interesting places to visit. Lucky for us it just so happens that my in-laws live on the Monterey Peninsula, basically right next door to Pacific Grove, one of the great standing collections of Victorian homes on the west coast.

Short story: I adore this place. Long story: there’s more than 1,200 structures on the town’s historic register, and six on the national register - most of which are still being used as they were originally concepted and built - some more than 125 years ago - as really spectacular residences in one of the most captivating parts of The West. More than 500 of these homes get to wear the special green plaques denoting the builder and the year. They’re quite easy to see on an easy walking tour. Basically walk anyplace north of Central Avenue in Pacific Grove - toward Lover’s Point and the ocean - between 19th St. and Forest Avenue - and you’ll see a seemingly endless array of gorgeous, daydream-inspired, period perfect Victorians that will have you contemplating a move. Am I sounding like a tour guide?

Victorians peaked in the US between 1860 and 1900, incorporating a variety of styles including Queen Anne, Richardsonian Romanesque, Stick Eastlake, Italianate and more. The combination of revival styles, combined with middle eastern and Asian influences made for a gorgeous smorgasbord of design possibilities, eclectic add-ons, and artistic flourishes that defined a generation.

Fun fact: I’ve read at least some debate about the proper way to “appropriately” paint a Victorian to historical accuracy. In San Francisco, the colors went through an evolution. The bright, gaudy colors, of the Victorians (and later Edwardians) drew the ire of at least one critic of the period. Then during the Great War and Second World War, the “painted ladies” were adorned with surplus US Navy paint. Resulting in a less loud but equally beautiful, battleship gray color.

For those of you lucky enough to own one of these classic ladies, you might enjoy this handy glossary of Victorian architectural terms to match to your own historic Victorian.  My personal favorite term is the “dental crown”, not because it’s Victorian related, because it is not, but probably because of my own dental history. Another great company here in Portland is McCoy Millwork, a great resource that can accurately meet just about any need for your Victorian millwork and moulding needs.

And some more good reading on this history of this corner of Victorian history on the West Coast, if you’re so inclined.

Discover Pacific Grove

Monterey County Historical Society

Historic Pacific Grove on Pinterest (love this!)

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Serving Up Style 2014

When the organizers of Serving Up Style, one of Portland's most exciting design showcases, invited atomic*design to participate in this year's event, we were thrilled! We held our first meeting yesterday with the coordinators of the event, and after some great coffee-fueled brainstorming, we have come up with a concept that we can't wait to create! This fun and philanthropic challenge will incorporate a little bit of everything we love about design-- mid-century style, late summer festivities, and an emphasis on designing fun and fluid indoor/outdoor spaces. We can't wait to get started-- stay tuned for updates!