Banquette Seating

Recently, we’ve incorporated banquette seating into three of our kitchen remodels, and we have to say, they are one of our favorite design elements! They are a great seating alternative for kitchens that have limited space and are in need of extra storage. Not to mention, they are comfortable and stylish!

So. . .  banquette or regular seating?  Which do you prefer?





REVEAL: Our Lake Oswego Laundry Room Makeover

REVEAL: Our Lake Oswego Laundry Room Makeover

We are excited to announce that our Lake Oswego remodel has been completed and photographed! The owner of the home is a repeat client, who had us remodel her kitchen last year. For the second phase of her project we remodeled her upstairs master suite, as well as her main floor laundry room. This client loves color and unique design elements, so our goal was to make her laundry room feel funky and vibrant and ultimately, a space she would enjoy spending time in.

Here is a peak at the main floor laundry room, which features pops of coral & orange, Osborne and Little wallpaper, Caesarstone countertops, checkered marmoleum flooring, custom designed open-shelving, chunky crown molding, and a copper farm sink. Click Here to get the full tour of this remodel on our Houzz Page!








We always find joy in the details of a project. Whether it be fun tiling or wood paneling,

its the details that makes the difference.


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AMS Traditional Bathrooms

AMS Traditional Bathrooms

We love bringing traditional design into bathrooms. From beautiful tubs to pretty wallpaper, traditional design allows us to obsess over the small details that make a space unique. Here are a few of our own traditional bathroom designs!





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White on White West Hills Remodel

White on White West Hills Remodel

We are excited to share with you this west hills modern remodel that we recently completed. The remodel includes renovation of the kitchen and living room and master bedroom. The house has the most amazing views of Mount St. Helens so it was important for our clients that the remodel was clean and modern to really bring out the views in the kitchen and living room. Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 4.45.59 PM

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We created visual interest and contrast by using varying shades of blue subway tile for the kitchen backsplash. The kitchen has cream speckled quartz counters, matte white cabinetry with stainless steel bar pulls and modern glass sphere lighting above the island.

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We added large windows to the existing master bedroom.

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View from the house of Mount St. Helens!

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Mid-Century Farmhouse Remodel

Mid-Century Farmhouse Remodel

Last year I was hired to update and remodel a 1950s mid-century style home designed by Van Evera Baily for Herbert Hoover’s sister.  The home is set on a beautiful hazelnut farm with views of the Willamete River. There is extensive use of natural wood throughout the home. The ceilings are built of cedar 2 x 6”s that are exposed on the vaulted interior ceiling. There is no ridge beam in the main living space, the 2 x 6” are interlocked to form the ridge structure. This is a signature feature of the architect’s homes. Other signature features are vaulted ceilings, large expenses of windows and sliding doors, all still original when my clients purchased the property.

My clients wanted to use the house as a weekend home. Their list of wants included a new kitchen, a new master bath, new lighting throughout the home and exterior living areas. The owners wanted comfortable furniture that fit in with the style of the house and could take lots of use, a pool table in the great room and several more intimate areas with fireplaces to relax in.

The owner owns an Italian restaurant and is a wonderful cook so it was important that the kitchen function very well and be able to comfortably handle their large family. We opened the kitchen ceiling and the wall into the great room to make the space open. During demo we discovered triangular windows that we incorporated into the design. The main features of the combined kitchen family room area are a large island with lots of seating and a bar and wine rack that frames the opening into the Great Room.


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West Hills Fixer Upper

West Hills Fixer Upper

Last spring, we started a new project on a cute fixer upper in Portland heights. Our clients had purchased the home last year in knowing that the upstairs and basement would need to be completely renovated. We remodeled the first floor guest bathroom, the basement and expanded and renovated the upstairs. The house was completed in August and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Our clients and their sweet poodle, Olive are all moved in and loving their new home! Stay tuned for photos of the basement.

Upstairs master bedroom. We love how the ceiling turned out!

Master bedroom walk in closet with floor to ceiling custom built-ins.

Master bathroom custom vanity.

Master bathroom shower.

Master bathroom custom bathtub.

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Upstairs office with custom built in cabinets. We love the ceiling!

Our favorite poodle, Olive napping on the newly carpeted stairway to the master bedroom.

Our client found this pineapple at an antique store and had it attached to the post of the upstairs railing. Pretty creative, right?

Main floor guest bathroom wallpapered in ClarenceHouse, The Vase.




Since June, we have been working hard reorganizing countless boxes of old and new fabric, wallpaper, tile, paint chips and carpet samples and we’ll admit, it was not an easy task, but it was well worth it! Along the way, we found some of our favorite fabrics and wallpapers and thought we’d share a few with you! What are your August favorites?

1// The Vase by ClarenceHouse is a timeless wallpaper that we love in each of its color ways

2// Rope by Cole and Son comes in 4 color ways and our favorite is this red and navy combo

3// Verace in Malta by Rose Tarlow is our newest favorite velvet textile


Urban Gardening: Green Thumbs Abound at AMS

Urban Gardening: Green Thumbs Abound at AMS

While some may shy away from the hard work of gardening, there is something profound about having a garden of your own.  The flowers are more vibrant, the food tastes better, and watching things grow gives amazing satisfaction.  Lindley Karstens from expresses it beautifully:

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.

As therapeutic as gardening can be, it can also add to the beauty of a home immensely.  Here at Ann McCulloch Studio, everyone has been busy this spring and summer putting in new gardens of all sizes and kinds and tending to the old ones.  They are all much different but each has a unique charm all its own.

Ann has been in her home for awhile but decided to update her garden by adding raised beds and a beautiful new trellis.  These gardens sit right out the windows of our office so we always have a lovely view while we are hard at work.


right: three new raised garden beds filled with flowers, vegetables, fruit, and herbs – left: custom trellises Ann designed herself

above: close up of the raised beds

Ann also has gardens surrounding the whole house and creates beautiful floral arrangements that adorn the interiors.  Here are a few more pictures from the rest of her gardens.

above: water feature tucked into the greenery


above: roses and clematis wind up the trellises along the garage wall

above & below: raised beds planted with an array of vegetables flank the driveway (this is a great way to add a garden without taking up valuable yard space)


Arley and her fiancé, Brian, recently purchased their first home and Arley has made it her mission to transform the whole back yard into the perfect place to relax or host a party.  

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As you can see, it’s nice to have a furry friend to help you out with gardening tasks such as, checking for the best sun exposure and digging holes.

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above: rock lined fire pit – below: ready to put in grass

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The finishing results are a lovely space to enjoy with family and friends.  Great work Arley, mission accomplished!

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above: outdoor dining/seating area – below: thriving vegetable garden

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below: view of the finished yard

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Katie and her boyfriend, Justen, also recently purchased their first home, but with a much smaller outdoor space.  It is quite common in urban areas to not have much space to work with, but there are plenty of creative ideas to make the most of it!  Getting planters that you can move around makes a small space more versatile and utilizing any horizontal area leaves room for entertaining.


above: vertical planter created from a recycled shipping pallet filled with herbs, lettuce seeds, and flowers.

above: panorama of the outdoor space – moveable planters filled with flowers, vegetables, and fruit
Hopefully viewing these photos inspired you to get out and garden!  Whether you have an acre to work with or just a sunny windowsill, think about adding some plants to enhance your surroundings.  We would love to see your garden and/or discuss any gardening ideas that you may have so please feel free share!

Current Project: Master Suite Remodel

Current Project: Master Suite Remodel

Last month we started on a new project in Lake Oswego.  The owner of the home is a repeat client (our favorite kind!), who had us remodel her kitchen last year.  For the second phase of her project we are remodeling her upstairs master suite, as well as her main floor laundry room.  The client is a doctor who works long and hard hours, so she truly deserves a beautiful and relaxing master suite.  The existing bedroom/bathroom area has large cathedral vaulted ceilings, and few little “niches” carved out here and there.  There is a double sided fireplace, “straight out of the nineties” (the clients words, not mine!) between the bedroom and the bathroom, which has made the layout difficult because of where it forces the door to the bathroom to be.  So we are demo-ing the whole fireplace and moving the entrance to the bathroom.  After some smart space planning and fun with selections, we end up with a beautiful, fun and functional space for the client.  I’ll let the drawings and renderings speak for themselves!  See below, and stay tuned for the finished product!