Thursday, December 31, 2009

it's a brand new year!

It's a Brand New Year!!! In welcoming 2010, I thought I would do something I've been wanting to do all of 2009... which was to find a way to feature some of the amazing talents we are so fortunate to meet here at ideabox.

One of the incredible opportunities we have at ideabox are the people we meet. We've met Hollywood types, (directors, art directors, costume, script writers, ect...), TV people, Ad Agencies (owners, creatives), Architects, Restaurant Owners, Artists, Bakery Owners, Authors, Artists.... and so many more. If we kept a list it would be not only amazing but very humbling. There is so much talent in the world.

Something I've been wanting to do is introduce you to some of these people and share their amazing abilities. At first I thought I could find a place on the ideabox website, but that didn't work so well.  Now we have this blog, and since I get to write it, I think this is a great place to share from!

The graphic above is an example of something pretty cool. It is a painting by Jim Morehead of Morehead Studios in Newberg Oregon. The painting is not on a canvas, but on a piece of wood where the fundamental composition is done by wood-burning, the color added on top of the wood. It's remarkable. We have a couple of Jim's pieces here at ideabox, and featured them in last years Portland Home & Garden Show. Much of Jim's work is "re-working" the masters employing the wood-burning technique. The piece above is an original from a day at the beach watching a fishing boat readying its launch off the shore. Active in the art community, Jim's work can be seen at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, located on the Central Oregon Coast in Lincoln City. Learn more about the gallery and its member artists at Jim can be reached at or by phone 503.332.1329.

What an exciting year 2009 was! Here's to a how incredible 2010 will be!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Just in Time for the Holidays

Looking for a new twist on the whole "home for the holidays" thing? Well twist you will when you see the new design from ideabox. The new ideabox "urban cottage" comes with one bedroom or two and ranges in size from 670 SF to 910 SF. It's the perfect present for under the Christmas tree  - well - actually the tree would probably need to go inside the "present" (ie new house from ideabox).  The fresh new design features cool new materials, more efficient energy efficiency, and a fun new floor plan that takes a small footprint and dynamically expands your lifestyle.

We're adding new efficiency opportunities. We've always been fans of zonal heating, and we're adding mini-split heat pumps for heating and cooling. It's looking at simple, proven efficiency technologies we know deliver comfortable conditioning using minimal energy. Cool new materials offer a clean modern look we're pretty excited about. And true to an ideabox house, natural light comes in from everywhere through another fun combination of windows, (with new glazing technologies making them more efficient than before!)

We're very close to releasing our new little gem, (maybe just in time for Christmas!) 

Happy Holidays!