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.
Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 shares her latest discovery of what is hot in product design.
News Flash: Apparently twigs, geodes, and tree branches are really hot in product design right now. I’m seeing this stuff everywhere!! In fact, I was even surprised to discover just how many stick and stone themed pieces are in the shop right now that I hadn’t even realized. It’s time to bring the outdoors in… literally!
(Photo courtesy of Ursuline Academy)
Laura Pate, owner of Brown Mountain Restoration, doesn’t just restore, she creates beautiful pieces of art on occasion.
She was recently commissioned along with a team of other design professionals for the new chapel on the Ursuline Academy campus, where she was utilized for a talent she considers to be her specialty: gilding.
“I truly love to gild. Gold leaf is such delicate work and requires your total concentration,” said Pate. “I love to shut out the world and really focus on the creation of something truly beautiful; and in this case, so meaningful.”
(Photo courtesy of Brown Mountain Restoration)
Pate also transcribed various prayers from the Catholic saints on the walls of the chapel. While her favorite part of the project was the gilding, it surprised her that the application of the calligraphy became near and dear to her heart.
“I would go to the chapel after all the workers had left and have this sacred space all to myself. One afternoon I was painting alone in the chapel, when I heard a sound behind me,” she recalls. “I turned a saw a woman seated in the pew watching me paint and silently weeping. It brought me such joy and peace knowing that I had even a small part in such a magical project. The calligraphy seemed to be the final touch to conveying that sense of magic and peace. It was a truly beautiful experience.”
The Design Guide Association is thrilled to announce its decision to take Design Guide magazine statewide! Almost a year in the making, this new format will include Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio with one fantastic, information and inspiration packed edition each August and February. The first combined issue will be released at Metrocon 2012.
Julie Evans, JEI Design; David Fuller, Alyson Jon Interiors; Shannon Streater, Design Guide CEO/Publisher
More than 100 design professionals from Austin, San Antonio, New Braunfels and the surrounding areas gathered this past Wednesday evening at Abel's On The Lake. It was a fabulous evening of networking, bringing designers and DG Partners together for business, entertainment, swag bags, delicious food and drinks.
It definitely adds a shock factor, a touch of the unique and speaks to your personality when you use various objects and furnishings in ways they weren't orginally intended for. In a way, it could be coined as part of the recent emphasis on the upcyling trend. In the image above, they converted an old dresser into a kitchen island. Nifty.
You'll never guess where these playroom cubbies orginated from. Ok, maybe you will - eventually. Two tall bookshelves on their sides make for some great built-in storage and also play the role of a bench!
Don’t miss out on Austin ASID’s upcoming CEU "Translating Artistic Design Principles to the Practice of Interior Design," on March 15, which will be presented by Amanda Hill of Hill Design + Gallery.
The program will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Hill Design + Gallery, 1623 Rivery Blvd., Georgetown, Texas 78628. Lunch will be provided. The lecture will be followed by an artist panel discussion. The panel will include Interior Designer and Artist Maria Martin, Architect and Artist Baron Wilson, Art Professor and Artist Sue Bishop and Watercolorist Carol Light.
Please RSVP to Amanda Still: (512)-212-4865 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if planning to attend.
Save the Date: Next month's Meeting CEU/hors d'oeuvres will take place June 19, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Architectural Granite & Marble (AG&M), 19012 Highway 71 West, Spicewood, Texas. Co-Hosted by Architectural Granite & Marble (AG&M) and Renaissance Stone Works. Hope to see you there!