The ASID Austin Design Community held its 27th Annual Design Excellence Awards ceremony on November 7, at Abel's on the Lake. Austin's premiere design community joined in to celebrate creativity, innovation, and achievement in interior design. The evening’s festivities began with a fajita bar, cocktails, and a photo booth.
Designers viewed and experienced new products from 22 vendors including, Dorado Stone Distributors, Anchor Ventana, Cosentino, Legen Lighting, BMC, Crossville Tile & Stone, Daltile, Decorum Architectural Stone, High Tech Flooring and Design, Kravet/Lee Jofa, Stockton Hicks Laffey, Stone SOlutions, Travis Tile, Kingwood Fine Cabinetry, Architectural Tile & Stone, Austin Stone Works, Exteriors Designer Showroom, Sherle Wagner Intl, Sunsational Solutions, Texas Sun & Shade, and Tufenkian Artisan Carpets.
Slocum Street Style 2012 was once again a great success. Yesterday evening, Slocum Street brimmed with design enthusiasts and curious others strolling along leisurely from showroom to showroom in the twilight of the evening. Each showroom was full of the bustle of lively conversation.
The spread at McGannon Showrooms
They helped soothe the growl of people’s stomachs by serving light bites and drinks. Also featured in each showroom were individual raffle prizes for people in attendance. For those with bigger appetites, there were food trucks located on a few street corners filled with the smells of mouth-watering food.
The Kitchen Source had chefs from Subzero whip up some scrumptious tex mex finger foods for guests.
New Braunfels Downtown Design District is excited to announce their first ever downtown design stroll! It will be held Thursday, September 20, and the third Thursday of every month from 5 - 9 p.m.; so don't despair if you can't make it to this one. All seven shops will be open later hours for these events and each will have their own separate events and happenings. This downtown design stroll is not only a premiere event, it marks the grand opening of Adele Kerr & Company's showroom!
Most of us love looking at and gleaning inspiration from the colorful, glossy pictures from design professionals who've won an award (or a few). But all we see is that finished product frozen in a frame. Do you ever catch yourself wondering how they won; how many hours they poured in; what inspired them; what sort of steps led to this point; what is the story?
Debbie Baxter, Baxter Design Group, gives us a glimpse at each of her three projects. Two of them were for S.A.S. (based in San Antonio, but are scattered throughout the nation). The San Antonio location won first place in the retail category.
Photo by Matthew Niemann
The San Antonio Shoe Company (S.A.S.) manufactures handmade shoes for working people. A majority of their clientele are medical professionals and anyone who is on their feet all day and needs a comfort shoe. S.A.S. has gotten more progressive in their shoe styles. They wanted a store with an ambiance that reflected the progressive, more stlyish shoe style; a place where people could feel hip and fashionable when they shopped, and not feel their need for a comfortable shoe was a handicap.
They hired the Baxter Design Group to create this new look for them.
"We started out at their anchor store with this theme of fashion-forward, so that’s what’s reflected in this interior of the dark, grey-washed wooden floors with almost commercial-looking carpet, which looks very mod and very hip," said Baxter. "We used a color scheme of teal, yellow, blue, green and these huge punches of white (white casework, white ceilings, big white lights) to give it that 'WOW' factor."
Overall the theme was crisp modern. They cleaned up the somewhat cluttered and overstocked S.A.S. displays, and added fun black and white photographs of graphics that came from archives of shoe-making and cobblers, which told the story of the shoes. There are also photos of their senior level cobblers that actually make the shoes in their factories.
Baxter decided to use a lot of leather throughout the store (upholstery, etc.), since the shoes are made from leather. The architect on the job, as well as the man who designed the case displays, was Roy Braswell from Braswell Architecture.
"Our goal was to give the interior of S.A.S.’s stores a very new, fashion-forward (S.A.S.-sy look) before the introduction of the new product," she said.
Come by and see us today and tomorrow at Dallas Market Hall at booth 313! Thank you, McGannon Showrooms for such an exquisitely designed booth. We've gotten so many compliments. Great to be among a plethora of talented and wonderful design professionals at Metrocon12.
Today, we featured the talented lip print reader, Kathyrn of Pucker Up, who told people their all-around personalities and what tastes and desires they had. What a fabulous time!
METROCON12 is the largest design-related regional expo and conference in the USA. The premier two-day event will take place at Dallas Market Hall [2200 Stemmons Freeway] on Thursday, August 9 and Friday, August 10, 2012.
METROCON is a resourceful alliance: a tradeshow and convention organized through landmark volunteer collaboration between the Texas Chapter of ASID [American Society of Interior Designers] and the Texas / Oklahoma Chapter of IIDA [International Interior Design Association]. In a determined effort to strengthen the design community, these two organizations have joined forces and pooled resources to offer the best in exhibitors and continuing education to their members and beyond.
METROCON focuses on introducing the latest in products and innovative ideas to the Southwest region’s community of interior designers, architects, design students and other essential industry members.
Stacy Naquin, designer and friend of Denise McGaha of Denise McGaha Interiors, wrote a blog on McGaha's site praising her new service, Design on a Deadline. Below are her insights on how to get the most of your designer, budget and time.
With the rise of internet and technological advances, our expectations on time frames get shorter and shorter, which makes this service so appealing to many. Also understanding this need for quick service, I realized there was an entire market being underserved and not everyone could afford full service design which is why I launched Design in a Day.
If you're having a designer in your home for one day, there are a few things you can do to make the most use of your time:
1. Do your homework. The more work you put in on the front end, the more successful your project will be. Tear pages out of magazines, pin your favorite rooms from Pinterest, and look at websites like Houzz.com for ideas. You'll need at least 20 images, but more is better. Make notes of what you like such as the wall color, artwork, or overall feel of the space, etc.