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When you think about interior design, what words come to mind? Most minds will immediately jump to words like “creativity,” “decor,” and “flair,” but interior design is much more than just imaginative expression. Professional interior design is often guided by sets of informal rules, scientific principles, and essential design qualities. Interior design is really a careful balancing act of the subjective and objective design pieces that bring rooms to life. As a leading provider of residential interior design in Denver, we take those guiding principles to heart in everything that we do.

Breckenridge is home to some of the most gorgeous properties in the entire state of Colorado. Whether they’re older rustic homes or newer modern installations, those beautiful home exteriors must be matched by cozy and comfortable interior spaces. Sooner or later, the interior design of your Breckenridge property will need to be updated. How do you know when your home is in need of an interior design upgrade? We’ve handled our fair share of projects in Breckenridge for interior design and we’ve come across a few common reasons that homeowners seek out the support of a design professional.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 15:33

A Look Inside the Brighton Bathroom Remodel

John was one of my very first clients, several years ago.  At that time, we worked to add a powder room, install new hardwood flooring, paint colors, lighting, and window shades on the first floor of his modern townhome in Brighton, Colorado.

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When I started my business over 7 years ago, I started it in my bedroom, on an adorable little antique writing desk that I had personally stripped, stained, and refinished.  It was me, my iPad (didn't even have a laptop yet), and my dreams.

Flash to now and I have one small studio space that I share with another designer, and I often still land into my work from my laptop at the kitchen table or from the comfort of our feathered sectional with the dog, Scout, keeping my toes nice and warm.  Though now with my self-quarantine I am solely at home, which is like discovering new territory all over again.

What makes it even more unique is that my boyfriend has also been directed to work from home.  This is new territory for both of us, sharing our small yet gorgeous city condo for all hours of the day. (insert panic emoji here)

Fear not, I am here to help you get through this!  I have a few tricks up my sleeve that you might not have heard yet.  And they don't involve telling you to stick to your "normal routine."  Because let's face it - there is nothing "normal" about this.  

If you are single, or working from home alone for the first time, this might be really hard and lonely for you.  So read on, because I am saving my best tip for last on that front.

Friday, 17 April 2020 10:02

A Letter on Togetherness

As we all encounter this new territory together I wanted to take a moment to write and let you know that we are still here, wishing you and your loved ones well in these trying times.  We hope that you are taking this time to get goodness out of life, and relish in a little time away from the grind.

It is with much gratitude that I can share our business will remain open, and we will be able to maintain all of our operations without interruption for projects that are already in progress.

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It is not easy to build a custom home in Vail. As you get the ball rolling, you have more than a million things to consider and address. All of those choices can quickly feel overwhelming - almost like every decision is more important than the last. When you begin making plans for the look and feel of your new home, you’ll want to be sure to call in a Vail interior designer! Their design expertise can make a significant difference on the success of your custom build project. With their professional insights and support, you can craft the home of your dreams without the headache and hassle of going it alone. Let’s examine a few of the unique advantages that come from working with a designer when building a home.

There is nothing quite like owning property in the Colorado Rockies, specifically in Eagle. Your house is positioned in a great location, it has increased your net worth, and it’s a fantastic getaway spot for you and your family Whether you’ve just purchased a property that needs some updating or you’re simply ready to refresh your space with a remodel, finding an experienced professional to take the reins on an Eagle interior design project is key. Let’s discuss some of the most important reasons homeowners like you are hiring interior designers in Eagle to transform their properties.

Boost Your Property Value

It doesn’t take a real estate mogul to recognize how valuable the homes in Eagle County are. From simply upgrading your finishes to a completely remodeling a room, continued investments in what’s arguably your biggest asset can pay off in spades by increasing your property value.

For instance, let’s assume that you’ve hired an Eagle interior design firm to handle the remodeling of your kitchen. Any remodeling work will cost you something, but the payoff is well worth the initial investment. In fact, with a minor kitchen remodeling project, you can add on enough value to your mountain property to recoup roughly 80% of your project investment!

And that’s just one space in your mountain house. Bathroom remodels, bedroom upgrades, and other interior design projects can add significant value to your property. Even if you are not interested in selling your Eagle property right now, you can’t deny how significantly these gains can impact your net worth. Who wouldn’t want their Eagle property to have a higher value?

Attract More Renters

Many homeowners in Eagle choose to rent out their mountain homes to vacationers. Properties in Eagle are in high demand, as they are within driving distance of highly popular ski resorts, like Vail and Beaver Creek. Your home is also probably within a stone’s throw of tons of other outdoor activities, cultural hotspots, and much more! The idyllic location doesn’t necessarily mean that vacationers are jumping at the opportunity to rent your specific property, though. An Eagle interior design firm can help you identify what others in the area are doing to fetch top dollar from renters so that you, too, can capitalize on the passive income of vacation rentals.

When you take the initiative to upgrade your interior spaces, mountain vacationers will take note. With more exquisite furnishings and functional space planning to accommodate groups, you’ll have no problem attracting new avid renters! Colorado vacationers will be vying for the opportunity to snag a weekend at your property when they see the luxurious photos of your new and improved space

Let’s not forget how those interior design upgrades can feed into a continuous renting cycle. If the accommodations are excellent, your renters will post outstanding reviews for your property online. Other potential renters will notice those positive experiences and book their stays at your Eagle property. With more terrific reviews, you’ll have more guests booking, which puts even more money into your pocket. As another plus, an upgraded space ensures you can fetch top dollar from all the renters who want to stay at your property. What could be better than more renters and more money?

Craft A More Personalized Space

At the end of the day, your property in Eagle should feel like your home away from home. A change of scenery is always nice, but we all have a personal aesthetic that we just can’t shake. Your mountain property should align with that aesthetic to maximize your comfort and relaxation. We can help craft that for you with our first-class Eagle interior design efforts.

While many Eagle interior design firms are local to the mountains, Spark Interiors has developed relationships across Colorado to offer unprecedented access to a wide array of high-quality vendors in the Denver Design District. These connections allow us to find the perfect furnishings and decor elements for anyone and everyone. We will happily leverage our network of vendors to supply your mountain home with the right furnishings and materials that accurately match your personal aesthetic. No other provider of Eagle interior design can offer the same level of material access.

When you’re looking to create a more modern aesthetic that increases the value of your Eagle property, our interior design team can deliver it for you.

Increase Home Value With The Best Eagle Interior Design

At Spark Interiors, our creative interior design team excels at cultivating custom spaces and alleviating stress for our clients. We will first develop a thorough understanding of your needs, goals, and aesthetic vision. From there, we will set immediately to work on bringing your dream mountain home to life. By the end of our iterative design process, we know that you will be fully satisfied with your new space.

Contact the design team at Spark Interiors today to see why we’re the best Eagle interior design firm.

Thursday, 06 February 2020 10:01

An Introduction To Sustainable Interior Design

Today you hear a lot about the environment, climate change, our health and safety, and how these things relate to the products that we use every day. As an interior designer, I am not only here to help you make beautiful selections for your home, but I am also here to educate you on the positive and negative impacts that each selection may have on your health. I wanted to provide you with the information you need to make the right decisions on sustainable interior design.

According to the World Green Building Council, the built environment (buildings and construction projects) contributes to 39% of all carbon emissions. I feel that it is my responsibility to the environment to educate others and to make sustainable choices in our interior design projects.

With the dominating popularity of home improvement shows, more and more people are seeking advice on remodeling, building, and furnishing than ever before. And yet, there is very little mention of the best practices for sustainable interior design. I want to help bridge that gap. I want to offer education on sustainable principles, practices, and techniques as they pertain to the built environment.

How To Evaluate The Sustainability Of Products Or Materials

I have decided to keep things simple so that you can learn how to evaluate sustainability points for yourself. This is all about education and empowering you to make the right choice for your sustainable interior design project. Throughout this blog and the accompanying video series, I will select one topic or product per video/blog, and we will discuss the following criteria:

How does the manufacturing of a design product or material impact the environment?

Many materials are not allowed to be manufactured in the US because of our EPA regulations. There could be a very toxic output during the manufacturing process. Or perhaps part of the environment is destroyed in order to harvest the raw materials. It’s an important thing to consider for sustainable interior design. Each time that you explore a type of product for your interior design project, you’ll need to consider how the product is made.

What impact does the manufacturing of a product have on the health of those who are making it?

To put it simply: Are the people who are making a material or product exposed to harsh work environments or byproducts that reduce their quality of life? Are those employees getting sick due to the products that you’re considering? We also really need to consider whether those workers are being treated fairly and paid a livable wage.

How much embodied energy is required to make this material or product?

We need to consider all the energy that is consumed by all the different processes involved in making something and getting it to your home or place of business. This includes, harvesting, manufacturing, and transporting. Embodied energy is a pretty big concept and we recently took a deep dive into the concept of embodied energy. Still, we need to be considerate of this concept when we are working on a sustainable interior design project. Reducing CO2 emissions is one of the most important things to keep in mind when redesigning part of your home.

What impact does the installation of this material have on the environment and the health of the installers?

Quite often, we can make fantastic selections for your interior design project that are eco-friendly, healthy for you, and don’t harm the people that are manufacturing them. This is such a huge win! For a second, imagine that you have found the perfect flooring that has been sustainably harvested, with no toxins in the finish, and it came from somewhere local. It would be a shame if it was glued down with an adhesive that emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air for 15 more years. It could be worse if the installation process poses a health hazard to the installers who are working so hard to lay the floor for you. It’s an important point to keep in mind.

Could your new interior environment impact your own health?

In the long run, this sustainable interior design project is about you, your family, and your friends, or your staff members. We are designing your space so that you can enjoy it for many years to come, cherish the memories that you create, provide a safe environment for others, and so on. If we are selecting fabrics and finishes that emit VOCs into the air long after you have moved in, then we are not ensuring your health, safety, and wellbeing. Indoor air quality is the primary concern for interior finishes, and it is something that we seriously educate our clients on during the selection process.

Where does the product go when you are finished using it?

Where does anything go when we throw it “away?” It is estimated that 30% of overall waste comes from the construction industry. That’s not even counting the furnishings and décor that we get rid of as time goes on. If we are purchasing materials for short term use, we need a plan for how we are going to dispose of those furnishings. Your items could come from product lines that use plant-based dyes, no adhesives, no polyvinyl chloride (PVCs), and we know that if your piece ends up “thrown away” someday, it will decompose over time. Or we could decide that it’s best to not buy something for short-term use and instead it’s wiser to make investments that will last a lifetime (or more). The waste cycle of your products is a critical consideration for any interior design project.

There’s Always Hope For Sustainable Designs

Though these are tough things to think about, don’t despair! There are so many organizations out there aimed to educate and re-design. Yes! It is entirely possible to responsibly remodel and refurnish your home. For the commercial industry we have rating systems like LEED to keep commercial buildings in sustainable compliance. As for individual products and materials there are rating systems such as GreenGuard Certification or Cradle to Cradle Certification that verify the sustainability of a product. For the residential furniture industry, we also have the Sustainable Furnishings Council. These are some of the best environmentally minded systems that can support sustainable interior design projects.

Make The Most Of Your Sustainable Interior Design Project

By working with a knowledgeable interior design professional, you can ensure that your personal goals for sustainability are met every step of the way. I have my B.F.A in Interior Design, with an emphasis in Green Design, and I am committed to educating anyone and everyone, regardless of who they hire. Be sure to check out the Spark Interiors YouTube, Instagram, and blog regularly to learn more about individual products, materials, and processes on a monthly basis.

If you are ready to get started on a sustainable interior design project, give Spark Interiors a call or contact us online today! We’re more than prepared to create a more sustainable design for your living spaces.

- Megan Thompson, Principal Designer, Spark Interiors

Monday, 03 February 2020 10:47

What Is Embodied Energy In Interior Design?

With our focus on providing the option for sustainable interior design to our clients, I want to introduce a pretty big concept to you, formally called “embodied energy.” It’s an important concept that you must consider when you’re weighing the decisions of your interior design project. We wanted to hone in on this topic and how it relates to your interior design.

What Is Embodied Energy?

This concept is easy to understand, but difficult to grasp in everyday life. Embodied energy is essentially the total sum of energy consumed by the various processes that are associated with the production, manufacturing, and transportation of any product or material. The total energy consumed throughout the lifespan of a given product has significant impacts on our global environment. It's something that we all need to pay attention to whenever possible, and especially with interior design.

It is a lot to comprehend, so let’s break this concept down into smaller pieces.

Harvesting

Whether your product is a beautiful hardwood floor, a marble countertop, or a cashmere sweater, it originated from somewhere in the world. Was that wood harvested in the US, the marble in Italy, and the cashmere in South America? To fully understand the embodied energy of your interior design materials, we need to first find out where the raw materials originated. We also need to consider if any energy was needed that output CO2 into the atmosphere. For example, cutting down trees likely requires machinery and equipment that burns fossil fuels and produces carbon emissions. That hardwood floor might come with a larger carbon footprint than you initially realized.

Production

Before your raw materials can be manufactured into your end product, there is likely some production that needs to take place first. Perhaps that alpaca fleece needs to first be washed, sorted, and spun into wool. Or that block of marble needs to be cut into individual slabs. We’ll need to consider how the production tacks onto the total energy consumed.

Manufacturing

Now that the raw materials have been refined, they are ready to get into the manufacturing process. At this stage, it is very likely that elements are combined, and we may need to consider the harvesting and production practices of those additional elements involved in the manufacturing of this single product. For example, if yarn is dyed to make your cashmere sweater, where did the dye colors originate? What process was required to produce these dyes?

Perhaps the process is as simple as creating solid hardwood floor planks. In this case, we need to look at the energy and emissions related to the kiln-drying process that eliminates mites from the wood, or the machinery required to cut your planks to size. It is also important to look at how much waste was produced, if any is “left over,” and how that waste is handled.

Transportation

This process can occur at multiple stages throughout the process of creating your product or material. Maybe the blocks of marble come from a quarry in Italy, where they are transported to a fabrication shop to be cut into slabs, then put on a containership to be sent to the U.S. east coast, and then they are transported via freight truck to your local slab yard or fabricator. From there, you might pick out the best slabs which are then fabricated into your gorgeous kitchen island top and delivered by truck to your door. The new countertop certainly is dazzling, but a ton of fuel was consumed throughout the overall transportation process. That fuel consumption feeds directly into the total embodied energy of your product.

How To Control & Reduce Embodied Energy In Interior Design

All of this really means that we need to be thoughtful and considerate, and we need to do our homework when selecting finishes for your home. Of course, you can still get that stunning kitchen island, but we could choose to refinish the hardwood you already have as a trade-off to reduce your carbon footprint. When looking for furniture, artwork, and décor we may choose to support local artisans who source materials from within our region, which cuts down on the transportation emissions. Because we make some great decisions on many of the selections, we may determine that we are okay with getting a handmade wool rug all the way from India.

At Spark Interiors, we can leverage our connections to ensure that the embodied energy of your interior design products is kept to a minimum. We’re environmentally focused and we take into account every single point of energy output when selecting the right materials for your sustainable interior design project.

If you are looking for an expert to help you with your interior design remodeling or sustainable furnishings project, contact us today to reserve a complimentary phone consultation!

- Megan Thompson, Principal Designer, Spark Interiors

Thursday, 30 January 2020 11:23

3 Signs Of Great Office Interior Design In Denver

All great businesses need equally as great office spaces. An inviting and comfortable office space has been one of the standard rules of business for many decades. If you lack the appropriate office environment, you may find that it’s challenging to attract your ideal clientele or retain qualified talent. How are you to know what good office design looks like? How can you create the best workplace environment for your staff members? The best examples of high-quality office spaces prioritize a few crucial elements. Let’s examine some of the must-haves for office interior design in Denver and why they are so influential in your business.

A Reflection Of Your Brand Identity

First impressions are incredibly important in the world of business. Your potential clients develop their initial opinions on your business the moment they step foot in your office. Everything from the colors of your walls to the finishes and furnishings will influence whether or not that client signs a contract with your company. If your Denver office has interior design features that are unpolished, outdated, or lacking the proper branding, you’ll have a harder time gaining clients.

Your company culture can also be heavily influenced by the interior design of your office. It should come as no surprise that your workplace environment has a significant impact on the way your employees interact and perform. More specifically, the productivity of your office and the mental health of your employees is greatly influenced by your work environment. If you hope to avoid employee burnout, then everything from the floor plan to the furniture needs to be well-thought-out. Failure to focus on the interior design of your office can diminish the company culture that you’ve worked so hard to establish.

A Design With Functionality In Mind

When it comes to the interior design of your office, you can never sacrifice functionality for aesthetics. What good is a beautiful office design if it impedes your employees’ ability to do their job? This may sound like a no-brainer, but creating a functional office space can be more difficult than you think. A wide range of minute details can influence the functionality of your office. There are some important considerations that you should work through with your interior designer before making any final decisions. These might include questions, like:

  • How will natural light be used to benefit your staff?
  • Will you benefit more from an open office space or sectioned rooms?
  • What kind of storage options will you need in your office?
  • How might your furniture choices influence everyday activities?

If you want great office interior design in Denver that supports the needs of your employees, then you cannot ignore the importance of ergonomics. A functional office design will include furniture that sufficiently supports both the mind and body of your staff. An experienced commercial interior designer will ensure that functionality is not compromised by an aesthetically pleasing design.

A Full-Service Approach

Like so many other full-time Denver professionals, you live a very busy lifestyle. Between running a company and balancing your personal life, you have a million things to take care of on a weekly basis. You have pressing work responsibilities that require your attention, so you can’t solely focus on the redesign of your office space. That’s the beauty of a full-service interior designer, they’ll handle even the finest details so you can focus on your own to-do list.

Providers of the best office interior design in Denver will handle every element of the design process. With the help of Megan and her experienced design team, you won’t have to lift a finger as we craft the perfect office space to support your business initiatives.

Improve Your Business With The Best Office Interior Design In Denver

Are you considering a redesign of the interior of your office? From retaining employees to attracting more clients, there’s a lot to be gained from a professionally designed office space. Spark Interiors has been a leading provider of office interior design in Denver for many years. We’ve perfected the process of bringing your vision to life without interrupting your day-to-day operation. Megan and her design time will create the ideal workplace environment for your business that matches your brand identity exactly.

Contact Spark Interiors today to learn how you can reap the benefits of our revered office interior design in Denver.

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