Thursday, November 10, 2016

It's Nap Time!

   Here at the office lately we've been thinking how nice it would be if adults could get a daily afternoon nap like our kids do! Well lately a lot of modern businesses such as Google and Facebook have done a lot of research on this concept and have proven that having some alone, rest time during the day increases productivity and creativity in their employees! The designs they have incorporated are extremely fun, modern, and aim towards increasing those creative juices!

   Our office manager, Kristy, even pointed out to us that researchers have also proven that drinking your cup of joe before your 20 minute power nap will heighten the impact of caffeine on the brain! Tell that to your boss next time you lay your head down on your desk. 

   We really need to get our office some of these comfy solutions so we can put this "coffee nap" concept to the test! 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Virtual Reality: Taking Control of the Design World


   Virtual reality has become a HUGE rising success in several fields! In the design world it opens up so much potential for our upcoming generations from 3-D building, to allowing your client to walk through their space before its created! The concept is something out of a futuristic movie and it is truly eye opening. Students are beginning to learn about the technology in schools and companies are jumping on the opportunity to include it in their design process. 

   Presenting design concepts and development to clients will become a much easier process because they will actually be able to see what the space will look like and walk through it rather than try to imagine it through flat images. Programs through VR also allow you to design on the spot. You can create 3-D objects and place them in a space simply with your hands! All the possibilities this offers designers is amazing!

   One of the parade homes we staged last spring for Spain and Cooper Homes was pictured in a 360 degree walk through tour! We loved the turn out and thought it was a very unique way for clients to view the spaces online. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pumpkin Galore!

Fall is here and you know what that means: PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!! The pumpkin has expanded past just the simple pumpkin pie and jack-o-lantern phase and onto bigger and better things! From coffee to cookies to cocktails, you won't believe all the amazing recipes that have a little pumpkin flare in them. Wow your holiday guests with some of these fun, delicious recipes and show them what the season is all about...being thankful for pumpkins!! 

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin Butter

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip

Pumpkin Apple Cider Shandy

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

   Summer is coming to an end as quickly as it began! It's time to turn in those bright blues and greens and bring out the stunning oranges, reds, and browns of fall. Fall decor can be so fun and beautiful to create in your home and exterior. My design style is all about being fun, chic, and beautiful and there are most definitely classy and elegant ways to represent the fall season without filling your home with jack-o-lanterns, skeletons, and flying bats (but honestly isn't that the best part!?)

We may have given in and added a cute jack-o-lantern into our office ;)

   Decorating the mantel and fireplace is definitely a good go to place for your autumn takeover. The fireplace is warm and welcoming, and a perfect gathering space for the friends and family you are so thankful for! Repurpose old crates, window frames, and shutters to add a little something extra to those wreaths and flowers.

   The formal dining room is also a must have decorated space. Keep your loved ones close this time of year surrounded by the beauty of fall and yummy food!! Green garlands and hydrangeas look beautiful with the hues of fall! You can easily head out to your backyard and clip some of the beautiful blooms nature has blessed you with to create this earthy look!

   Fall colors not your thing? Incorporate whites and muted tones in place of the warm oranges and browns in order to get an extremely elegant and beautiful autumn look. I absolutely love this look and you might even love it enough to keep it year round!

   Another fall favorite you can't miss out on is the pumpkin spice craze!! My team and I have definitely fallen into the trend of everything pumpkin spice- from Starbucks lattes to the delicious pumpkin cheesecake our designer Paola is cooking up for us! Oh how we love the fall!

Friday, September 23, 2016

ASID Retreat Weekend Sneek Peak!


 The 2016 ASID Florida North Chapter Weekend is finally here!!! My team and I have been working really hard to plan this weekends retreat at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and we are so excited that it's happening! We have so many fun events throughout the weekend such as our Beach Bash tonight, several discussion panels and tours, and a cocktail party and Gala Saturday night! 

   The event is open for students and is a great opportunity for them to network and learn about everything happening in the interior design profession! We are so excited for everything to start and cannot wait to share with everyone the outcome of the event!!