Cultural Appropriation in Interior Design

Cultural Appropriation in Interior Design

As I think back amongst “trends” in interior design over the past few years, I think of Kuba & Mud cloth, Handira, Suzanis, Juju hats, Indian block print, Hmong fabric pillows, ikat - design elements that are considered exotic, eclectic, ethnic, global.

But these design elements are “exotic” in the generic sense of “other” or “different” and in their rise to trend, most people didn’t know or didn’t care about the origin or cultures behind what was simply considered an interior design trend.

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10 Daily Must-Dos

10 Daily Must-Dos

There have been lots of studies and reports on habits, success, and productivity. Many emphasize the importance of repetition and dedication. Habits take time to become habits. To become a master at your craft it can take 10,000 hours (or more). Productivity can be increased by creating and using systems. This is where things like the Pomodoro Technique, time-blocking, habit-stacking, task-batching all came from.

Despite this being an extensive topic, today, there is something really simple that you can do to increase your success and productivity in your business. Something that will help you form habits, gain success, keep you focused, and up your productivity.

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10 Steps to Launch Your Interior Design Business

10 Steps to Launch Your Interior Design Business

Launching an interior design business is not for the faint of heart, some people want to get it up and running in a matter of weeks and others can spend years before they feel like they can hang their shingle.  I see designers get stuck in the process needlessly because they become paralyzed with decision-making.  Keep this in mind - you can always change it later.   I tried to give the steps in order that I would go if I was starting from scratch, but the thing is many of these steps can and should be done simultaneously.  You can't build a great brand without first knowing who you want to sell to and vice versa.  But that's what I mean about changing it later, you can always go back and refine what you've got. 

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Basics: Design Dictionary

Basics: Design Dictionary

When I first started working in an interior design office, there were words that were being used that I had no idea what they meant, but I also didn't want to ask in case I looked stupid.  True story.  There were a lot of words that I was embarrassed to not know.  But no fear my friends, I have complied a list of all those interior design industry words that confused me and I'm defining them for you.  You don't have to feel stupid in the not knowing.  

There are many interior design acronyms, some which are taken from architecture/construction and some that we've created all on our own.  This list is by no means exhaustive, but

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