Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Magazines that Inspire

After my trip to the school library, and looking at a few different interior design mags, I came to the conclusion that my favorite is "Hospitality Design". I picked this one probably because that is the part of the field that I am interested into going into. I liked that mag because it has unique design ideas for hotel rooms and bar areas, fun furniture, and lighting tricks I would have never thought to use. I also liked a few of the other mags I saw in the library, including Society Interiors, Interior Design (enter at your own risk), and Interior Design ( I signed up for a free subscription for the HD mag but it was talking about business info so Im not totally sure I will receive it.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Furniture that Inspires

I went to Z Gallerie (and the place next to it, the name escapes me) a few weeks ago and they are contemporary furniture stores. All the furniture that they have there is very inspiring if that is your thing. Its amazing what people have designed. It definately sparked an interest to redecorate my own home (if it werent so dang expensive). Just the uniqueness of their pieces makes you think its more for decoration then to serve a function. Also some of the furniture they have on the Milan Furniture Fair is amazing!
Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Inspirational Design

I know I have blogged about this space before, but the building that really inspires me is Plush Nightclub in Dallas. There's not many pictures on the web of this space, but it has a trendy enterence with a pink hallographic butterfly wall. They have amazing lighting. This space is multi=level and has a different theme throughout. upstairs they have a catwalk with dance poles at every bottle service booth with interesting wall covering behind.
I would really love to spend some time in the this space when its not so crowded to really get a feel for everything. All in all, this space inspires me more than any other one so far.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Project Spotlight

Ok so I didnt read about this in a magazine or experience it myself, but a project that really inspires me is the tv show "Extreme Home Makeover". I really admire all the people that come in to help provide a home for the less fortunate. If providing families that need the help wasnt enough, they also build the home around their special needs (when required). I think that is important when becoming a designer, bc your client may not have special needs to the extent of the people on the show but it kind of makes you want to think out side of the box and make whatever changes are required, not only work for the family, but they also make it fun for the family dealing with the disability. I think that this is so important now, after our lecture on making design function for everyone.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Estelle's Frozen Yogurt Field Report

For my research for the Estelle's project, I visited a frozen yogurt place in Dallas called Orange Cup recommended by a friend of mine. I sat at this location and evaluated how everything worked. They werent very busy on this particular day, but during my time there I noticed that there were two doors, one coming from the mall and one going outside. Most of the customers came in through the mall enterence, went through the line, and then sat at a table and ate. The counter, as you can see from the picts, was kind of curved semi-oval and the big booth mimiced that with another table and another booth. The employees seemed happy to work there, pretty bored from lack of work, but their set up seemed pretty convient. I couldnt really see past the sneezeguard, but there was a lot of toppings that you could put on your yogurt and they seemed to opperate pretty efficiently behind the counter. The customers started at one end, the "ordering" end, and moved down to the "payment" end. Some of the positives of the space are that it is open and bright. Mostly white, but with some colored walls to add some excitment. I thought it was pretty ironic that the colors they used were a lot like the "colors of feelings" project we did for the healthy word. I think the space had a really good flow and it was simple but it made you almost happy. I noticed that they have many different kinds of customers that came in that day. Some younger people that seemed to be just friends, a dad and his daughter, there were a few couples that came.
I like the white and silver color scheme with mainly random pops of color (color wall here and there) makes it feel clean yet warm and fun. Everything has a matte finish to bring your attention to the bright orange shiney mosaic back splash behind the main counter, bringing your attention to the menu that was in white.
The flooring was painted cement, the walls were matte white with the spartic colored walls with painted flowers on one. the ceiling was white with some added hidden lighting that really makes the space stand out. There were also recessed cans lighting the area with a couple hanging pendants. They had some rounded walls which gives the space a smoother calmer feeling. They picked organic plastic chairs with some built in benches with white round tables. They also had some picts of yogurt on the walls. This places was really impressive because as we just talked about, its not only a healthy place to grab a snack, its also a green store. It kind of relates all kinds of ideas of healthy together and incorperating white and the "healthy" colors, I think this designer did their research. I really liked this project and it makes you look deeper into things.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

design that could have been better

I think this design is hideous! It looks like they were attempting to make this a cozier space by adding some color but the space is way too cluttered. I think they should have added some more cabinets to help hid all the crowding of the space. Maybe add some pretty handles on the cabinets. I think the back door could have been painted white to match the cabinets and make the space seems more open. The darkness of the wood clashes with the floor and since most of the other elements are light except for the tile countertop it kind of takes your attention away from whats important.

Friday, November 12, 2010

inpiration of the week

My friend has moved into his first place by himself and has nothing.. no furniture no real decor.. nothing. So this past weekend, I was asked to help him make his new place his home. I went to a lot of stores in Dallas looking at different stores trying to get some inspiration to start decorating.
We first visted the Z Gallerie where I fell in love with this bed (of course it looked better all made up and decorated... )
And I thought this one was interesting but his space doesnt really have enough room.

He totally loved this couch.. which I am not particularly fond of AT ALL...

We also visited IKEA.. the best place ever! (if you have a truck and live close to Dallas which I dont)

We loved all the storage units but he really loved this chair..

I really like this look for a bedroom. Hes young and its a bachelor pad, but I think it can still look classy.
We bought a gray/black/white pic of a surf boarder walking on the beach to use above the fireplace, so I was thinking of doing like a color scheme like that but throwing in a color. Maybe dark purple... Not sure yet.

The bedroom that really inspires me that he probably wouldnt like is..

Anyways.. Those are a couple of the things that I was looking at this week.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Career in Hospitality::Nightclub design

This has to be my favorite blog topic yet..
My goal is to be a Night Club designer. Here are a few of the places that I have been//go to on a regular basis that inspire me.
First and foremost is VICE. Downtown fort worth, this is the club that I frequent most often..
Vice is in the basement of the tower and is kind of limited on space but they make this Ultra Lounge pretty exciting with their dark brown wood and orange accents and amazing lighting. Also owned by Vice is Cameo featured below and Mantus both located in Dallas..

Cameo.. kinda the same set up- they do the bottle service thing as well with the dance music. Amazing lighting as well. Also pretty impressive. I only have visited this club once and that was this past Saturday night and it was all decked out for their Halloween party so I may need to go see it under normal circumstances to get the full effect.
Mantus is the other third club owned by the Emil and Jose and it, too, is set up bottle service style and it featrues djs from the area to come "spin". They all kinda match each other but they are also seperate. Mantus is literally on the same block as Cameo so its pretty convient.

Thrive is another club that has recently opened. They are known for having celebrities come and visit and party the night away. They also offer bottle service.

Plush is probably my favorite decorated night clubs that I have been to in Dallas. This mulit-level bar is pretty uniquely decorated with its 3D butterfly enterence, lady faces wall covering, stripper poles at every bottle service table, and go go dancers on the bar. This is one of the two bars that have inspired me most to become a night club designer.  The other being Pure in Austin..

The pictures do not accurately describe the uniqueness of this bar. They use a lot of lighting effects with blue lights. They pretty much use white and blue as their colors and give a feel like everything is made of ice. On the third level everything is red

This is Ghost Bar at the top of the W hotel in Dallas. I have only attended one event here but it was amazing. The lighting and view from the balcony are amazing. This bar is more spacious than most of the bars in Dallas that I have went to.  

Monday, October 25, 2010

Residential Inspiration

What really inspires me about residential design is the abililty to make it unique. I really enjoy seeing how designers have taken a persons home and turned it into something you don't see every day in every neighborhood.

I LOVE the contrast between the white curvey staircase and the square darker furniture. It really helps it stand out.

These stairs are not something you will find in every household. I think the designer really made this very contemporary and unique.

I like how this is an open floor plan with a double sided fireplace. I love all the windows and how the designer brought the outside in using natural elements and leaving it open.

The outside of the residence deserves just as much creativity as the inside. This home makes you wonder how it hasn't fallen over yet. Definitely an eye catcher!

This home is extremely contemporary with the use of abstract pieces that come out of no where. I really love this desgin.
I love the windows and pool combo. Makes you kind of thing you are on vacation all the time.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bloggy Inspiration

   I really enjoyed the following blog. I like the pictures that she added to her blog and how they are unique and contemporary. I also like all the beach scences and out-dooriness of her main blog.

The folling blog is from a part of interior design that I am not really familiar with and that doesnt really appeal to me, but reading her blog and looking at her pictures, I feel like I can get a greater understanding of the different interior design styles out there. Seeing how some things are used that I concider "crazy" may help me to be more versitle in the field.

Since I love remodeling the bathrooms in my own home, I found this particular blog pretty interesting.

This is another blog that really inspirers me. I love the modern design ideas here. Its not something you will find in any home which really sparks an interest for me.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Designer spotlight

I have selected Michael Graves to highlight for the purpose of this blog. He is an architect and designer that has traveled all over the world. He graduated from Harvard with a masters. He went to Rome and studied art and architecture. He is currently the Schirmer Professor of Architecture at Princeton. He was been awarded numberous awards throughout his career. He has published many books and writings and even drawings and sketches. He was known as one of the New York Five in 1970. He has become a house hold name from his domestic line sold at Target stores. Some of his most famous works are Alexander House at Princton, Crooks House in Fort Wayne IN, Hannselman house, and Portland house. I really like the uniqueness of his works.