Green Valley Fishing Cabin

When you have amazing clients, who have amazing places, you want create amazing things. I guess that's called inspiration! And so goes the inspiration for this coffee table at the Green Valley fishing cabin on the beautiful Deschutes River in Oregon. 

The topographic map of the location was directly printed on the reclaimed fir top. We choose a green that reminded us of the iconic U.S. Forest Service green and time spent in the woods.

We love creating special custom pieces for special people and places!

The Larsen Coffee Table

When a friend asks you to design and build a coffee table, it takes the client relationship up a notch because the stakes are always higher when friends or family become customers. But when this customer is someone as easy-going, design savvy and open-minded when it comes to the design/build process, as Carrie, it reminds you that these are the best clients ever.

This coffee table is made of thick reclaimed fir beams that have been cured and finished in the Japanese technique of burning the wood, "shou-sugi-ban.” Steel legs and a painted red accent of the underbelly of the table finish off this beauty.

It's Like Breathing. . .

The last year has felt like an absolute blur. Between having another baby (our sweet baby Jack James), finishing our residential addition, keeping up with our very active almost three year old, and staying involved in building our growing business - life and everything surrounding has felt very full. 

This fullness has inevitably forced important details in running our business, like keeping up on social media, updating images on the website and blogging about new happenings, to the back burner. We recently had some friends visit from Portland who mentioned that they noticed we hadn't updated our website in a while. This friend said, "You've got to stick with it when it comes to updating your website. You've got to stay current and relevant. For businesses, it's like breathing." I haven't been able to stop thinking about this. He's so right. A little bummed and guilty for letting things go (It's been over a year since making a blog post on our site!), and disappointed that I haven't kept on top of this detail, I'm recommitting to this important part of our business. I'm giving breath to this again. So, in the spirit of getting back at it, I'm excited to share an exciting addition to our business. 

We've recently invested in growing our business by purchasing a CNC machine. This machine has the capacity to take our design and build options to endless levels. It's like we've hired two employees with this machine because it can be running and working in the shop while Ben is in the office working on the next design for our clients. Below is a picture of the machine running a custom shelving unit that Ben has designed. It's an exciting new step in our company.

Here's to breathing, investing, innovating and harnessing fullness!

With gratitude,


Dumpsters, and diggers, and tractors, oh my!

As I write this post, the humming sounds of a gyrating cement truck fills the air as it pumps out cement into the footings of our soon to be new workshop/studio space. It's been thrilling to watch the early stages of the construction process and to see the progression of what's been almost a year of planning, starting to come to life.   

The past month has had Connell Hull Company deep in construction mode. We've embarked on an addition project, where we'll be adding to our living space and creating a new workshop/studio space for Ben. The project has been intense at moments and seamless at others. Two things remain constant thus far -- First, my gratitude and awe for Ben's ability to manage not only work projects, but to be the lead in orchestrating and overseeing this project. And second, the joy of seeing all this through the eyes of a child. Having cranes, tractors, dump trucks, diggers, cement trucks, and an overall construction zone is the coolest, most entertaining thing for an almost two-year old toddler. Owen is loving all this action and has perfected his tractor soundtrack. Never a dull moment! 

Construction is slated to be complete by early September. Hopefully. Just in time for the arrival of baby boy number two. Again, hopefully!  

With much anticipation, 



Happy clients = Happy designers

We love getting feedback from happy clients after the completion of a job. Humm Kombucha made their debut at Natural Products Expo West 2016: "The look of the Humm Kombucha booth was a big reason for our success at Expo West. While we operated on a tight budget, our booth was highly engaging. People would raise their eyes, look around and start asking questions. . ." 

Read more about Humm's experience and check on pictures on their blog.

Bounce + Humm

It’s a wrap. Expo West was a complete success, and we’re happy to have delivered two beautiful and functional tradeshow booths for Bounce Energy Balls and Humm Kombucha

Both companies had similar needs. They were stepping it up for this show, with desires to make their brands known in the marketplace while making key connections with current and future prospects. As this is a huge show, it was important to make their products and brands pop, while working within the restrictions of what the booths provided. Size was the biggest challenge as both booths were only 10x10, which is really 8x10 of working space. 

With both companies, the focus was on sampling. For Bounce, we created unique sampling pods to sample their delicious balls that played on the "ball" nature of their product. Their booth was bright, clean and captured the positive and fun Bounce spirit. 

For Humm, they came to us with the theme, "We're having a party, and everyone's invited!" We decided that the partiers were the bottles, as again, the emphasis was on the product and the sharing of their delicious kombucha. The center bottle installation atop the sampling island served as a fun and unique way to showcase their unique bottles and fun corporate culture!

It was an absolute pleasure working with these inspiring companies. We look forward to collaborating, designing and building more experiences for them in the near future. Thanks for a great show! 

"Goodness + Positivity Roll Together"

This pretty much describes the energy and culture at BOUNCE Energy Balls. This inspiring and growing company started in Australia and the UK, but now has their U.S. headquarters in Bend, OR. Lead by the positive and beautiful, Paula and Andy Hannagan, BOUNCE makes the most DELICIOUS energy balls. Balls, not bars. They are the first "ball" in the bar market, and are making quite the impact with these wonderfully tasty, gluten-free, and non-GMO balls. 

We've had the absolute pleasure, this past month, to work closely with their team in designing a new trade show booth for the Natural Products Expo West show coming up in March. BOUNCE will be making a real presence at this show with the release of three new flavors of balls. 

Limited by space (a 10x10 booth is really a 8X10 and fills up fast), we've designed an environment that captures the energy of the "ball" with a unique layout for sampling and interacting. The BOUNCE Effect Cart (or "trolley" as Paula calls it, in her most lovely Aussie accent) will be a place for storage and sampling. The cart will allow them to get out of the booth, on to the show floor to share the BOUNCE deliciousness and message of, "GOODNESS + POSITIVITY Roll Together."

We really have loved working with the BOUNCE team. Positivity exudes from everything they do. We can't wait to go "balls to the wall" (insert all your balls lines/jokes here -- lots of that going on with this group!) in getting to work this coming month to make our designs a reality by delivering a "baller," kick-ass booth. Here's to, "Grabbing Life by the Balls!" 

Happy New Year!

Connell Hull Co. has been on location for the months of November-December, working on a residential remodel project. The work in Portland is done - the house flipped, on the market and sold! The past few months have been busy!

We are happy to be home, back in Bend, and getting settled into the routines of daily life and work. As we welcome the New Year, we look forward to all the amazing experiences and opportunities that are yet to come in 2016. We want to thank all of our clients, customers, future customers, and especially our family and friends for all of their support in this past year, and always. We truly would not be able to do the work we love without it!

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with you and for you in 2016. The creative implusivity is always flowing at Connell Hull Co. and we are ready to design you a beautiful space in the New Year; one that is filled with our impressionable, one-of-a-kind objects, furniture, fixtures, and signature Connell Hull Co. looks. We look forward to designing for you in the New Year!

Love and best wishes for a prosperous 2016, 

Julie + Ben

 Connell Hull Co. standing proud in front of 8536. The mid-century ranch, in the heart of Portland's historic St. John's neighborhood, took 32 days to complete the full remodel. 

Connell Hull Co. standing proud in front of 8536. The mid-century ranch, in the heart of Portland's historic St. John's neighborhood, took 32 days to complete the full remodel. 

Design Spotlight: Hydro Flask

We feel privileged to be collaborating with some of the leading businesses in Bend. Designing for companies that we find inspiring and innovative makes our work all the more meaningful. We are especially excited to be working as the lead interior designers for key interior elements of the new Hydro Flask corporate headquarters, slated to open early 2016. 

Here's a peak at the final design renderings of the front lobby entrance and the product development area with timber screening and privacy sliders. 

The Tom Desk

The Tom Desk. Designed for and named after a client, The Tom Desk is inspired by the need for a design forward stand-up desk. This task desk is topped with reclaimed ponderosa pine and detailed with a formed steel monitor or book shelf. The steel table legs are finished with a gun-blue finish to give the steel a darkened, antiqued look. This stand-up, task desk is both functional and beautiful! 

Bend Design Conference

Some seriously inspiring and exciting design driven days are coming to Bend in the next few weeks. "Make Design Matter" is the tagline for the 2015 Bend Design Conference and it's wonderful to see that this event is not only attracting local, but national design talent. 

The two day event will include a day of workshops, one of which will be a panel moderated by OPB's April Baer. Ben will be a panel participant in which he will join other local designers to discuss "The Design Process." Sure to be interesting! Check out the website and schedule! Buy a ticket! Join us! We want to see you there! 

Summertime and the patio living is easy. . .

Who doesn't love sitting on an outdoor patio on a beautiful summer day? Well, The Sparrow Bakery NWX has added one more thing to love about the place, outdoor seating! We're stoked to have our fingerprint on both the interior, and now exterior of this favorite establishment. 

Cedar table tops and benches rest on formed plate steel legs. These babies are just waiting for your sweet little arse! And an ocean roll and latte, of course! 

CON LO Chair Challenge -- Chair #3

Well, it's called a challenge for a reason, right? Not always easy. And we have to fess up that we missed last month's chair. Where did May go? And now June is rapidly passing and I find myself asking the same thing. This summer is already flying by.

I have to pause though and acknowledge that we've been super busy and stacked with projects. So, it's actually a good thing that we've missed a chair post because that means real, money making work trumps fun, project work that doesn't pay the bills! If you buy a chair, that could change things around and this could be a profit making challenge. So buy a chair already! 

Back to the chairs. Since we missed May, and June is almost to a close, we decided to combine both months and deliver FOUR chairs. Well, stools, actually. The stools are re-purposed industrial shop stools with reclaimed ponderosa pine tops. The upper parts of the legs are branded with our racing stripes, our signature, in Montana Gold "gravel" spray paint. 

Ben is already working on July's chair and it's shaping up nicely. Stay tuned for next month's chair, soon. 

The stools are for sale on the store link. Get your hot little buns in one of these handsome stools! 

All for now, 


Design Spotlight: Ruffwear

Each month we will be highlighting one of the amazing companies we get to represent with our design work. Our feature design spotlight is on, Ruffwear. We love this company and the amazing products they make for our four-legged friends. 

We were given the task to convert a large warehouse into their new corporate headquarters by designing out an entry reception area, retail area, employee break area and meeting/conference spaces. 

Together on the water. . .

. . . is the tagline for a Bend's KIALOA paddles. Inspiring and innovative stuff is coming out of this company. We are impressed by the company's culture and authenticity. Great people, great products. We are excited to be collaborating on some design work for an upcoming trade show. More to come! 

CON LO Chair Challenge -- Chair #2

Chair #2! Each month we are creating or better yet, re-creating a chair. Here's what we've come up with for April's chair. 

This chair was recently featured in the Habitat for Humanity Restore "Furniture Flip Design Challenge." All proceeds of the sale of this chair will go to Habitat for Humanity. Part of the design challenge competition was to take an item from Habitat's Restore shop and give it new life. This chair has received a full make-over. Check out the after and before pictures below. 

The wood back and seat frame are made from salvaged beams from the Brooks-Scanlon Mill in Bend, Oregon. This reclaimed wood gives this chair history and adds to its story. The base, legs and bottom arm bases are original to the chair. 

She sits pretty! She has a nice recline and rock. No swivel, but she rocks! She'd be a great addition as a lounge chair in an office or front room. She'd also weather nicely on a covered front porch. The chair is for sale on the shop link and could be yours!