24 February 2012

Dwell With Dignity

I became an interior designer because I believe strongly in the role that our environment plays in our lives and communities. While browsing the design bloggers conference website and blog I came across this post about interior designer and Founder Lisa Robison and Kim Turner, Vice President & Director of Dwell with Dignity. 

Now there are a handful of things in life that I get jazzed about -  design related philanthropy and good graphic/web design are indeed on that list. It is safe to say I am sufficiently jazzed for a Friday morning - thanks to http://www.dwellwithdignity.org/. The website and blog are well-designed and very engaging. I covet the logo for the thrift studio - crest me a chair and I'll love you forever.

Find out more and better yet support the cause!
"Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit organization that creates functional, soothing, harmonious environments by providing and installing interior furnishings for families struggling with homelessness and poverty."

04 February 2012

Design Tip - Online Organization

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For those of us who have to work twice as hard to keep organized, attempting to gather ideas for design projects can be overwhelming. Even if you are naturally organized, venturing to unfamiliar home furnishing stores or design centers can be mind-boggling. Using Pinterest and Tumblr to organize projects has given my career as a freelance interior designer incredible traction.

I recommend using Pinterest and Tumblr for different aspects of the design process. First, I began collecting inspiration for my clients using Pinterest and then realized I didn't want initial stages of process that to be public. DON'T Get me wrong - I love Pinterest almost as much as I love... carbs. But when it came to using it for business it wasn't the best fit.

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My Private Tumblr Archive Page

So then... I discovered Tumblr , and loved that pages can be password protected!  Now whenever I start a project I make a Tumblr page for each client and I start collecting images and info that will help me pull together projects in no time! Furniture Specs, contact info, shipping details, phone numbers, pricing, color swatches all go in one place and are super easy to find when it's time to order!

Tumblr Individual Product Page

In the midst of writing this post I stumbled upon something quite magical  - OlioBoard.com
You can create mood boards online... Here's what I thought about it