Interior Designer's Toolkit

Interior Designer's Toolkit

It's always fun to get a peak inside of someone's bag, right?  I little snapshot into their life and the treasures they carry with them.  But mainly, I like looking in someone's bag because maybe, just maybe they'll have discovered some great secret I'm not yet privy too.  That miracle lip plumper?  A genius planner? An adorable key ring?  Secrets hidden in someone's bag.  

Being an interior designer means schlepping around quite a bit of stuff in your bag (and vehicle).  From a job-site meeting with a contractor to meeting a new client to installations, there are many different occasions that interior designers must be prepared for.  Below I've rounded up the best items that a well-prepared interior designer should have in her toolkit.  

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CAD Programs for Interior Designers

CAD Programs for Interior Designers

When I started in the architecture school at USC, computer aided design (CAD) was just beginning to be introduced into the curriculum.  Hand-drawing and drafting was still king and I had one class in drawing plans on the computer (which we saved on giant floppy zip disks).  It wasn't until years later while working for Michael Smith that I took an AutoCAD class and really started using it regularly.  

Now it is commonplace.  Your interior design firm can't survive without using CAD for 3D renderings or 2D furniture plans.  This doesn't mean that you yourself have to know the programs if you're like me and they were never an integral part of your design education.  There are lots of current students and recent graduates that are extremely proficient in CAD.  Sometimes it is better to delegate.  

AutoCAD

AutoCAD - The premier CAD program used by architects and engineers.  This is the most widely used program and a standard in the industry, but it is also very expensive.  For that reason,

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How to Get Published In Shelter Magazine

How to Get Published In Shelter Magazine

I met Lisa Mowry several years ago when I lived in Atlanta and she helped me get published.  She is a great person to ask about getting published because she works with multiple magazines.  In the 27 years she has worked for home & garden magazines, Lisa has produced more than 1,000 features for national and local magazines.

She is the Atlanta editor for such well-known publications as Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home and Decor, as well as a dozen more of BH&G’s special interest magazines...titles such as Cottage Style, Elegant Homes and Beautiful Kitchens & Baths. Lisa also serves as the homes editor for Atlanta Magazine’s HOME and has been a contributing writer for Atlanta Magazine for 20 years.

Her many other writing credits include Southern Living, Woman’s Day, Styleblueprint, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Metropolitan Home.  So you can understand why I asked her to help answer your "how to get published" questions.  

When should a designer submit projects?

In theory, nobody is ever really done with a house, but editors do need 

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Photographing Interior Design: Interview with Kat Alves

Photographing Interior Design: Interview with Kat Alves

This week I am speaking with Kat Alves, a talented freelance interiors and architectural photographer for both commercial and residential spaces.  I was first introduced to Kat when I did Amy Aswell's Real Designer feature since she photographs all of Amy's work.  

Kat is a California native with a degree in Photography and Design Studies from San Francisco State University.  She followed that up with a Certificate in Interior Design from UC Berkeley.  So she knows a bit about photographing interiors.  Her photography showcases modern, fresh design with natural light.  Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Dwell Magazine and Luxury Home Magazine.  

Below, Kat shares with us the inside scoop on working with a professional photographer: 

What is the benefit of hiring a professional photographer to photograph interiors?  

To make your project shine and be able to present your work to the world in its best light.  Since most homes are private, it is very difficult for prospective clients and others to view all the hard work of interior design. Photos are the key to getting

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6 Tips for Better Interiors Photos

6 Tips for Better Interiors Photos

When I first started my business phones had just begun to come with cameras.  There wasn't a way to document your life and share it like there is now.  It was a much slower time.  There wasn't the pressure that there is today to create magazine-worthy images for your life and your business. 

C'est la vie.

So what are you supposed to do now that your photography skills haven't developed as quickly as technology?

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