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Ready to turn over a New Leaf and move?

Designers offer services to make downsizing easy


by: STAFF PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Alexandra Zimmer, left, and Katherine Sammons offer unique design services to help people move from their large family home into a smaller space with ease.

Katherine Sammons and Alexandra Zimmer can make your next move easier than you ever expected. The women have launched New Leaf Transitional Design, offering services that make moving from the no longer needed spacious family home to a smaller-scaled home a snap.

Both women are Portland natives. Sammons is a former Lake Oswego resident and Zimmer teaches interior design at Marylhurst University. Together they have more than 50 years’ experience in architecture, interior and graphic design.

“We offer turnkey custom design for aging people wishing to move from the family house,” Sammons said. “It’s overwhelming to think of moving 40 years’ accumulation into a condo or small house. We can help.”

The partners begin by coming to the home to make a complimentary assessment of a client’s treasures, art, objects, furniture and other items.

“We learn from you what has to go with you and then visit the new space to see what fits. We create a 3-D model of your items placed in a virtual floor plan of your new home,” said Zimmer.

When the client is happy with the design, they then assess how much storage space is available and offer recommendations on the quantities of kitchen, bedroom and bath items the space will accommodate.

Then the designers set up the logistics to make the move happen, such as scheduling the move, book the moving van and then stage the new house so it is ready to be lived in when you turn the key.

“The art is hung, mirrors are up and the beds are made,” said Zimmer.

If there are items needing to be disposed of, the women can arrange to have an estate sale or for pickup by charitable organizations. They can also arrange to have the former home cleaned out, freshened up and ready to sell.

“If you’ve lived in a house for 40 years there is bound to be deferred maintenance that needs attention,” said Sammons.

Clients pay fees for the services they wish New Leaf Design to provide.

“We can get you from where you are to where you want to be,” Zimmer said.

To learn more about New Leaf Transitional Design, visit newleafportland.com or call Sammons at 503-515-5696 or Zimmer at 503-267-3860.

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