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North Bend Design Inspiration

Traditions at North Bend was inspired by Arts and Crafts architecture and interior design. The Arts and Crafts movement valued simplicity of materials, craftsmanship,and was heavily inspired by nature. Interiors were designed around beautiful wood fireplaces, which became cornerstones of main living areas. Porches graced exteriors, creating outside living areas that reinforced the connection with nature and community.

Cues from Nature

North Bend's main lounge and dining areas are built around grand, wood fireplaces and Motawi "Songbird" art tile. Motawi produces pottery and tile using traditional Arts and Crafts patterns and glazing. The Owner has used other designs, such as the Tree of Life in additional projects.

To further the connection, the bird image was introduced into other areas. The color palette takes its cue from nature, infusing rooms with spring green, russet brown, and terra cotta. Warm colors flow throughout common areas promoting social interaction and drawing residents into community spaces. A wraparound porch, rockers and multiple courtyards provide opportunities for enjoying fresh air and a variety of plantings.


Photos of Cincinnati are hung in many common areas and were obtained from the Parks Department. James Billiter, a local Cincinnati artist, produced several artwork pieces will have deep meaning for area residents.

We wrapped Schumacher's "Lotus Garden" textile, a traditional Arts and Crafts-inspired design, around 4' x 8' canvas stretcher bars and hung it over the dining fireplace. The bird images in the textile relate to the Songbird art tile.