I’m sure it comes as no surprise that Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Try finding a designer that doesn’t love the colors of Fall! Over the years I’ve become enamored by an alternate version of fall. The fall that incorporates the deep rich greens of the eucalyptus, the crisp whites of the Luminas pumpkins and the dusty blues of the Cinderella pumpkin. Perhaps it’s my Bay Area roots that I’m tapping into where these colors are so prevalent this time of year. I have found that these colors represent my fall, and I love the way they translate into design.  


The colors are perfect for a kitchen or bath, the palette is soft and sophisticated, which ultimately creates a timeless design that is beautiful for all seasons for years to come!

There are a number of influences on my work as a designer, and a significant one is the beauty of our Natural World. Who doesn’t love the deep rich colors and visual textures we find everyday around our homes, gardens, parks… even walking down a sidewalk… everywhere in our lives. I recently spent another wickedly fun vacation in Yellowstone National Park. I was in constant awe of the beauty that presented itself every day. It is what draws me back year after year.

Just before a thunder, lightning, gully-washer rain storm, the sky was filled with ominous clouds in deep purple grey, with the open skies a lighter, brighter blue grey, all just above the enormous valleys with sharp outlines of pine trees, lush deep greens, and hills golden from summer’s long sunny days.

Along a meandering stream, were rich olive and golden green cattails and a herd of bison. The giant bulls, with their charcoal and deepest brown shaggy coats, bellowing at the females for their attention. I am not sure if the “bison ladies” appreciated all that I was taking in, but I was so moved by the colors, textures, variations…that I had to tell you my story.

My traveling partner, other than “my guy” is “my boy” Bobby–my four year old golden retriever. We were all Happy Campers! Incorporating the colors and textures of nature are an easy and natural thing to do in our homes. We are blessed in the Pacific Northwest to live in an area of such great beauty. Using rock, granite, marble, quartz and countless colors and hues of tiles…richly colored wood floors, complimentary colored tones of paint on walls…it is all ours to live with!

Here are some examples of how my inspiration from the wild could translate into color schemes and designs.

This bathroom was designed by my colleague, Emily Doden, as part of this project.


More images from this Modern NW Cabin Getaway designed by my colleague Emily Doden can be found here.





We are thrilled to invite you to our Latest and Greatest Project Presentation event, where we would like to share the best of what we’ve been working on during the year!


Join us in the Six Walls Design Studio on

September 12th between 4-8 pm


Dawn has prepared a real treat for us, with a reveal of the new Six Walls Van, and each of our designers showing off projects they have been working on during the year. And as if that would not be enough, you’ll be treated to the best ever home made BBQ (at least in our books), as well as refreshing drinks! Please RSVP before end of business on Thursday, Sept 7th!


For more information and to RSVP, please follow this link to the invitation


Congratulations Madeline!

Our intern Madeline is officially done with her classes at Bellevue College! She is now taking on the design assistant role here at Six Walls and moving to a part-time, regular employee with us and we couldn’t be more happy about that!

To celebrate, Dawn treated the entire team to a frozen youghurt on a hot day!

Six Walls team Celebrates Madeline

Each year during the summertime, our office is showered with a bounty of Walla Walla sweet onions from Dawn’s visiting relatives. Everyone from the designer staff to the mail man is sure to go home with a few! They are typically enormous, sweet, and delicious and challenge our design team and staff to imagine every possible use. This is our favorite recipe this year:


6 cups seeded cubed watermelon

4 cups peeled seeded cucumber

1/2 cup diced sweet onion

1 t. Salt

1 T. Sugar

1/2 cup white wine or balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup feta cheese

Place the watermelon, cucumber, and onion in a large bowl. Toss gently with salt and sugar. Drizzle with vinegar and toss. Let this chill then drain some liquid. Add feta about an hour before serving.

Makes 10 servings.

Summer design ideas for the patio

Of course, developing this bright and vibrant salad got us thinking about how these colors could be turned into a fresh and inviting patio look.  The organic tones of our ingredients and kitchen tools would make for a fun splash of color in a pulled together backyard scene.

Thank you Madeline for pulling together this material and for taking that gorgeous picture of the salad!

Collection of patio design items inspired by the melon salad recipe on top of page

Spring has gone by so fast, and we’ve been very busy designing and delivering new projects. In the background, we’ve also been working on refreshing the Six Walls logo and web page, and today we’re proud to reveal the results.

We are so excited about revealing our updated logo and launching our new website with lots of pictures from recent projects! The team is also super inspired to start blogging, to bring you news from our events and operations, as well as share what inspires us in our design work.

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