Saturday, March 19, 2011

Secret Spaces

I was in the middle of a conversation the other day about designing my own home someday. In the middle of listing all the must have elements, secret passageways and spaces was mentioned. The thought of a house filed with all kinds of hidden secrets got me thinking. What would it be like to have a house that was absolutely amazing when you walked through it, but then even more amazing when someone showed all the things you can't see?

One of our jobs as interior designers is to create an experience for the end user. How amazing would it be to have two completely different first experiences of the same space! One time through the space you experience the things that are seen. The second time through the space you experience the unseen. If both of those experiences are made mind blowing by the interior design, then you have just created something special, original, and a design that people will continue to talk about after they leave. As a christian, it is a great metaphor for how beautiful life is in the things we can see and how amazing it is when you take into account the things you cannot.

In order to create this experience through design, you need some ideas of how to create secret spaces. So, I have compiled a bank of images that show secret hideaways and passages for your viewing pleasure...and mine.

This company is called Creative Home Engineering. They can be found at Their most popular types of hidden passageways are bookcases, dressers, fireplaces, and mirrors or paintings. They also have security options that include concealed vault doors, panic room doors, armored doors, biometric access control, and surveillance.

A designer named Lolly Lindeman came up with a design called the grensgeval. It is a door or wall that can change positions because of the two hinges that it hangs on. This changes the way you can open it every time you do. The base design could easily be disguised by whatever is attached to it as long as it does not interfere with the was the hinges maneuver. You can find more information on her website

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Evaluation of Myself

I am currently in the midst of searching for a summer internship. I thought it was a good time to take a good look at my personal goals, my mission, and my life in general. It is slightly scary for me to be so personal on my blog instead of evaluating the designs of someone else, but I think it will be beneficial.

Personal Mission Statement
  • To strive to achieve the most excellent work to my capability while enjoying what I do
  • To balance my personal life with my professional life, so that my quality of life will be wonderful
  • To try new things, never pass up a unique opportunity, and always seek personal growth
  • To always base my decisions on my spiritual beliefs and never betray them for success or money
  • To make a positive impact on the people and places I come in contact with throughout my life
Profession Goals Evaluation

What is your number one interest in interior design?
  • Restaurant Design
What or who influenced your interest in this profession?
  • When my mother was trying to decide on a floor plan for the house they were going to build, there were many magazines full of residential floor plans. I would take parts of each floor plan I liked and combine them into one dream house. Plus, the fact that I was also surrounded by the construction business through my families careers factored into my career path a bit.
What kind of skills in interior design do you have right now?
  • Experience in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Revit,
  • Experience Hand Drafting, Hand Rendering, Hand Sketching
  • Most stages of the design process: Programming, Schematic Design, Design Development, & Contract Document Preparation
  • Best Skill: Space Planning
What special skills do you have to offer your present employer or another employer?
  • Excellent communication skills, easily flexible, very organized, strong work ethic, relates well to others, problem-solver, eye for detail, creative thinker, eager to learn
If you were going to a job interview tomorrow, what specific career goal would you share
with the interviewer?
  • I want to expand my knowledge of interior design in every area that presents the opportunity
What could you do right now to improve the chances of getting the job you most want?
  • Consistently present myself as a profession in the profession of interior design
  • Complete an internship that teaches needed skills and knowledge while conducting myself as a professional
  • Networking with professionals in the field of interior design
List three of your biggest successes.
  • Winning first place in the Arkansas Third Congressional Art competition and having my art piece hang in the U.S. Capital for a year
  • Completing Studio 2, 3, 4, & 5
  • Maintaining a GPA of over 3.7/4.0 throughout my college career
List five goals you wish to accomplish during the next calendar year.
  • Intern at an interior design firm or an architecture firm with an interior design department
  • Complete my Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Begin a career in a field of interior design that interests me
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.5/4.0 or greater until graduation
  • Learn to play the piano or keyboard
List three goals you hope to accomplish by the time you are 30 years old.
  • Become a licensed interior designer
  • Pass the LEED exam
  • Become a licensed real estate agent
List three goals you hope to accomplish by the time you are 50 years old.
  • Create many award winning designs
  • Build a 401K
  • Have many of my designs published
Assuming it were possible for you to achieve any goal in interior design, what would it
  • Run an interior design business
List ten mini-goals needed to support the goal stated above.
  • Complete internship
  • Graduate with B.I.D
  • Work for 2 years under a licensed interior designer or architect
  • Pass the NCIDQ
  • Maintain the requirements to keep my license in interior design
  • Pass the LEED exam
  • Start a career at an interior design firm
  • Receive promotions at an interior design firm
  • Take classes or gain a degree in business
  • Build my client base

Friday, March 4, 2011

Art Nouveau

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From the first time I saw the style of Art Nouveau, I loved it. If asked, it would be my favorite historical period of interior and exterior design. The famous whiplash imagery is what draws me in. One of the countries booming with Art Nouveau influence in the 1890s was Belgium. There are many things that are distinctly Belgium: Belgium waffles, Belgium beer, and Victor Horta. I admire Victor Horta's Art Nouveau style. Therefore, I am providing a tribute to Art Nouveau and Victor Horta. These are so beautiful.