Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's What's on the Inside that Counts

Crate and Barrel

That's who's going to be both inside & outside the new ideabox Fortino coming to the Portland Home & Garden Show in February.
While they haven't released their "official" design package yet, we've seen some of the furnishings the Crate&Barrel design team is thinking about.  It's going to be incredible. Elegant lines, exceptional materials, and a design vocabulary synonymous with the modern lifestyle of ideabox.
We are very excited... you will be too!
The Crate&Barrel design package will be throughout the house. Furniture, decor, housewares. and outdoor furniture too...
Visit the Crate&Barrel Bridgeport Store
Ask to see a sneak preview of what's going to be in the show! 
Tell them ideabox sent you!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

idbx in pdx - it's only a month away!

It's Coming Together Now... Seeing will be Believing! 

It's Truly an All Star Lineup at the 2010 Portland H&G Show - February 24 - 28 at the Portland Expo

We are so excited to share our newest house, the fortino, a month seems like almost too far away! The landscape designs surrounding the house are absolutely incredible, they really are. For those who have experienced the Garden Room at the Portland show, you already know how spectacular they can be. And with three of the most talented designers in the city applying their creativity around our house, the concept of what urban living could be will be mind blowing! For us, it's also an exploration in "affordable style." Everything we are doing with this years show is about creative expressions of style that are actually affordable. You can have the house... and the landscape.. it's not out of the realm because all of us have focused on lifestyle solutions you can really have for yourself. The fortino is an incredible assembly of materials and features typically found in higher priced homes. And the same is true with the landscape solutions.
We're All About Urb Appeal - The fortino does just that, and our hope of seeing that vision realized through landscapes is very cool. When asked if we had anything we wanted to see, our answer was do what the design of the house offers. They confirmed our design goals of having a small house that lives well beyond its walls.
It's All About the Lifestyle - Of course, what happens inside is pretty cool too! We are so fortunate and excited to be working with Crate&Barrel and the talented design team from the Bridgeport showroom. We're catching the at the right time, as their new 2010 lineup is hitting their stores... and our house. With an offering that extends beyond just furnishings to just about everything a house could want, it's ideabox lifestyle defined! And consistent with the ideabox philosophy of affordable design, the pricing will delight you!
Speaking of 2010 Lineup's - We have ours too! Coming in the next couple of weeks we will be introducing a new series of houses that reflect new opportunities in design and lifestyle. The 2010 series is very exciting, offering a refreshing new look.
New Energy Stuff Too - With everything going on in the energy and resource efficiency worlds, we called on our years of  "in the industry" experience to assemble an ideabox energy system. A combination of increased thermal shell measures and applied uses of heating & cooling technology, the 2010 line up of houses will use much less energy than current NW ENERGY STAR Home and other utility programs require. We think it's just a smart way to live.
Lots of Stuff Happening at ideabox - We're excited about 2010. Cool new houses, cool new technologies, and it all begins at the Portland Home & Garden Show!!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

idbx@pdx 2010.... it's coming!!!

ideabox fortino is coming to portland - it's going to be incredible!
It's unheard of. Never before in the history of all time has there been such a cooperative creative collaboration. (Okay, maybe just the history of the home show). Five established design entities combining their talents creating one incredible display. The only instructions were to developing solutions that are very cool, truly affordable, and based on an urban sized lot. We want to show how anyone can have an ultimate Northwest lifestyle. It's just about finding the the right house, the right designs, to find the right solutions!

  • The anchor of this modern experience is the ideabox fortino, the 1,250 SF 2BR/2BA urban modern "loft-like" living green & energy efficient prefab. The house is beyond compare, and represents a new direction in prefab. See the entire ideabox lineup at
  • The fortino house is being furnished by Crate&Barrel and will featuring furnishings from their modern collection. With their talented designers and an open floor plan, the resulting interiors promise to inspire at prices that will surprise you. Visit
  • The exterior design is led by Schultz & Long and features water collection systems; outdoor fire displays; a series of elevated outdoor "rooms"; walls defined by plates of steel and glass; integrated use of metal and pavers: surrounded by grasses and trees. View examples of their work at

What you will see will amaze you. Imagine a darkened room lit only with rafter mounted projection lamps focusing on key features on the floor below. Imagine lush landscapes with water, outdoor fire features, mature trees and plants. And in the middle of it all find a fully furnished modern house.

The ideabox blog will be featuring more detail as the show approaches. Interviews with the design team, examples of what will be on display, and the newest products from ideabox!
We're excited! We know what is coming! You will be excited too!

The Portland Home & Garden Show is February 24 thru 28 at the Expo!

You will want to be there!

Stay tuned!