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Gone are the days of holing up in the office, keeping your head down in your cubicle, and grinding out as much work as possible.  The younger generations are entering the workforce and bringing with them a refreshing energy and enthusiasm for collaboration, community, and partnership that is leading us to design innovation across the board.  

It seems that as I encounter people and tell them what I do for a living I am starting to get the same response and suggestion from people.  It goes something like this:

“I’m an interior designer and I own my own firm.  We do commercial & residential interior design.”

“Oh, wow that sounds fun!  You know what neighborhood you should really get into…those people have large incomes and a lot of money, you would do well over there.”

I was lucky enough to be invited to tour Union station last month and boy can I tell you, there is a lot to talk about. The history was just enthralling, and we got to visit the hotel and hear from the design team about the challenges they faced in winning the bid and completing the project.

Take a look around wherever it is you are right now.

How many different textures can you count?

The flooring, the walls, the upholstery (or lack thereof) are probably among your first considerations. But don’t neglect to take a look at that ceiling that never gets enough love…the shades on your light fixtures, the accessories and artwork in the room. All of these things add physical texture to your space.

I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful seminar last week regarding color and how it is affected by light.

I hope you all have had the opportunity to enjoy the Hunger Games movies. With Mockingjay Part 1 having come out recently, I wanted to talk a little bit about all of the architecture that is being portrayed in these films. After all, I am one that goes to the movies and pays more attention to set design and art direction than I do anything else. Although, I have to admit I have seen Part 1 twice; the first time I watched it for entertainment value and the second time I was just engrossed in the backdrop that is the somewhat depressing dystopian setting of ‘District 13.’ The style of architecture that is seen in this film is also quite similar to the setting of Divergent and soon to come, Insurgent.

This week I had the pleasure of listening to an internationally acclaimed furniture designer speak on his life, and design, and his dreams. Giulio Cappellini opened with a statement regarding following your dreams and it really got me thinking. This overly animated Italian man spoke with such passion, gusto, and speed that his statement was difficult to capture, but it went something like this:

As a designer there is nothing I love more than planning the kitchen or bath of your dreams, but the reality is that I also believe deeply in sustainability and DEMO = WASTE. However, there are some things we can do together to create a more environmentally friendly remodel, and it could help your local community!

So, I talk about VOC’s an awful lot. Mostly about how horrible they are and how you should avoid them at all costs! But what are they? Why are they bad? And how can you avoid them?

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