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Realtor Mom, Designer Mom

By Shannon Baird, May 24, 2019

I recently helped my son and his wife purchase their first home. The journey to find the perfect property was quite a personal challenge. I found myself being Realtor Mom. I was more protective on which houses we viewed and how they invested their money. As realtors, some of our most challenging transactions are those involving family. Our emotions get tied into how we advise, consul and approach a transaction.

We began looking last year, wrote many offers, negotiated on a few but nothing seemed to come together. We found ourselves making too many compromises and feeling desperate to just find something. As so happens, a few days after we made the decision to put the search on hold, a cute-as-a-button incredibly located and thoughtfully maintained tiny bungalow caught our attention.

The house ticks all the boxes except one. Size. With only 1 bedroom, it unfortunately does not offer the space they were hoping for in an office/guest/game room. Enter Designer Mom. I own a design company , and I excell at creative problem solving in small spaces. I often design and consult on creative storage solution in ADU’s.

A good place to recapture underutilized space is in the sunroom. Ideas abound – Lofted storage over the stairs, a bookshelf on the far wall under the windows, so much potential. With the lower sloped ceiling there are some challenges but headed in this direction, I am certain we will creatively collaborate on a solution! I am happy to be letting go of the pressures of being Realtor Mom. I am enjoying settling in to the relaxed creative brain of Designer Mom and to help my children create a space they love.


Here is a built in we designed for a client – it features a twin bed mattress for napping, drawers for linens underneath,  hanging clothes storage, and plenty of bookshelves for a growing collection!


Shannon Baird

Earth Advantage Broker

About Shannon As a native of Portland, Shannon is well acquainted with all areas of the city, the surrounding suburbs, and what the various neighborhoods have to offer. Her 14 years of experience working in the real estate industry has helped to develop a true understanding of how a house has to function to become a home and knowledge of architecture and design, which can help in the evaluation and potential enjoyment of a home. Shannon has the ability to provide solid counsel. Her knowledge of real estate matters and absolute trustworthiness are invaluable in the process of any transaction. Having worked for 15 years as a manager of assets for executives living locally and in Europe, Shannon has developed and maintained the trust, organization, professionalism, and effective negotiating skills inherent to the business of real estate. Recipient of the Elizabeth Potter award from the State of Oregon Historic Preservation Office for work in restoration, remodeling and design in residential homes and commercial buildings in Oregon. The award provided for the attendance to a week long historic preservation conference in Mobile, Alabama where the art of preservation was taught by national and internationally renowned craftsman. A member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Oregon Association of Realtors (OAR) and the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR), Shannon also holds a Diamond-Platinum designation in the Million Dollar Club of the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors. Other designations include: Seniors Real Estate Specialist
For a look into the history of Shannon's real estate business before she joined Living Room Realty, you can view her blog that documented her sales, press exposure, testimonials and insights as an agent from 2009-2016. Arts + Culture New involvement in the arts, along with music projects completed this year. My 25 years of experience and knowledge in design and project management were directly related to the following. Founder and Principal of SBaird Design - A locally based boutique design firm with a global soul. Serving clients locally + internationally in a diverse range of projects: smaller and large residential remodels, commercial design, furniture design, home staging consultation, color consultations and branding. One of the founding members of YU Contemporary – A visionary art center empowering artistic imagination and cultural life, destined to become the most provocative supporter of the arts that the region has ever seen. Co – Executive producer – From the Land of Ice and Snow, a compilation CD, 6 years in the making. Led Zeppelin covered by eminent NW musicians. I co-produced the live show ( it sold out ) and the release of the album at Doug Fir Lounge. Press from National Public Radio and all of the local print media. Websites/blogs wrote stories on an  international level. Co-producer – of the final  live concert held at the venerable Berbati’s Pan, venue opened in 1994, closing show on New Years Eve 2010. Hired publicity, managing band necessities, managed merchandise sales, venue and supporting staff’s expectations.
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