Sunday, March 27, 2011

a true test of patience...

So for about the past 2 months I've been working feverishly on my studio project, which is to design an office space for a publishing company. I've devoted practically every waking moment to this project, and since I've pretty much cut sleeping out of my daily routine, my "waking moments" are numerous.

Each semester we tend to add a new program to our never ending list of tools to aid us in creating beautiful spaces. The latest is IDX Renditioner which is a plug-in for Google SketchUp. There are no words for the level of joy this program brought to my life upon its initial installment. But in the past couple of days we have developed a STRONG love/hate relationship. Using this program is a true test of patience, of which I've found I have little to none.

Around 6:00 a.m. this morning I finally decided that this particular space was as good as it was going to get and it was time to do a final render in IDX so I can move on to perfecting other spaces and the tedious work that still is to be done in photoshop. I hesitantly clicked "presentation render" and set my alarm for 12:30 p.m. Only to find that when I woke up 6 hours later no progress had been made. Perrrfect. (My fellow peers will understand my frustration.) So I decided to start it over. My computer has been "rendering" this specific space for the past 4.5 hours and it's about half done...patience is wearing thin, and I still have 4+ spaces to to do between now and Tuesday. Definitely time to stock up on the RedBull, 5 Hour Energy, and Starbucks!

So while I can't show you a final image of what I've been working on I'll give you a glimpse of what is in the works...

SketchUp image before IDX Renditioner, of the Mezzanine in the office space that is occupied by a library and exhibition space upstairs and the kitchen/break room and a small conference area downstairs.  

Preview IDX Renditioner image (pre-photoshop)

Here is also an image of the Reception Area of the shoe company I worked on last semester, that I recently redid for my portfolio.

I'm back to playing the waiting game while Jack Johnson plays in my headphones...Sitting, Waiting, Wishing...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

i love march!

Why do I love March?

Reason #1- My Birthday!

It's my Birth-month! And yes, I take full advantage of it! Not only do I have pre- & post- birthday celebrations but I also use the excuse of, "it's my birthday" for just about everything, all month long. I love birthdays and will always love birthdays, they're the best holiday of the year!

Reason #2- Mardi Gras

Who doesn't love Mardi Gras?! Honestly, probably most of the people who live in New Orleans, buuut these Mardi Gras themed/festive interiors are sure to get you in the mood for some king cake!

This room was on the set of MTV's Real World-New Orleans

This is actually the interior of the International House Hotel in New Orleans decorated for the occasion.

Gold is good!

When done right purple can do something to a space that no other color can.

Reason #3- St. Patrick's Day

Leprechauns, pots of gold, and green beer was Thursday's theme. And to carry that theme on I've found some great green interiors!

Kitchen with a beautiful green mosaic tile.

Reason #4 - The First Day of Spring

Today is officially the first day of Spring!!! And I don't think it could be anymore beautiful! With Spring comes sunshine, blooming flowers, and an array of amazing's definitely time to start enjoying outdoor activities!

Reason #5- Spring Break

And last but certainly not least Spring Break is always in the Month of  March (which gives me a whole week off just to celebrate my birthday!) However this Spring Break I have opted to not go anywhere. I intend to work feverishly on my Studio project and Portfolio/Internship search.

While there's only a little over a week left in March I do hope that everyone is enjoying their March and I can't wait to see what excitement April brings!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

spring is in the air...

The weather is finally warming up which means it's patio season!! I've found some great outdoor furniture to share with you all!

These chairs are so great!

Such a perfect little spot to curl up with a good book!

I love the way these chairs stack and form a sphere!

All the furniture above I found at Hospitality Design Sources. And these last 3 pictures are from Jack Wills Patio & Fireplace in Springdale.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

it's a club, it's a resort, it's paradise, it's a GYM?!

I was looking through my March 1st newsletter from Interior Design Magazine and discovered the most intriguing space. This is the first image I saw...

Naturally my first thought was "wow that's a really cool disco ball, I would love to go dancing at that club!" But the title of the article said "Look Better Naked"so then I was curious! Once I opened the article I was informed that this sweet little space was actually a gym. Um Hello! How cool is that! David Barton Gyms are located in NYC, Chicago, Miami, and Seattle, each of them are different and each of them are equally fabulous!  





Who ever said a gym had to look like a gym?!
I'd say it looks more like a gem.

*Photos courtesy of and