Context is Everything

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How many times have you seen something in a magazine or out and about and wondered how you can re-create it in your house or workplace? How many of us have seen someone wear something that looked amazing, only to find that it didn’t flatter you in that same way? Sorry fellas, the second question probably appeals more to the …

Define Before Design: Programming

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As a designer, you get used to hearing, “Oh! What a fun job!” from folks when they learn what you do for a living. Now, don’t misunderstand me – I am not disputing that interior design is fun. I certainly wouldn’t have chosen it as my profession if I didn’t think I‘d have fun doing it! My point is simply …

Featured Designer: Bobby McAlpine

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Most designers are visual oriented and I am no exception. That fact, paired with the love of reading (inspired my mother) has made me a voracious consumer of design magazines. About 20 years ago I came upon the work of Southern architect, Bobby McAlpine. Mr. Alpine blends European elegance with a clean, modern asethetic—not an easy accomplishment. Over the years …

“Turn Key” – The Magic Word

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Just exactly what is meant by the term “Turn Key” or “Turn Key Design Firm?” For the team at IDC it means commitment. We are with you from day one to hanging the last piece of artwork on the wall. In these days of specialization in the design/architectural arena, IDC is here to see you through as much of the …

September 21st, World Alzheimer’s Day

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When I was 12, my grandmother lived with us for a summer while we were trying to find a good nursing home for her that had an available room. She suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. After living with her sisters in Melbourne, FL for years, they could no longer care for her in the ways she needed. That trademark “forgetfulness” had …

Designer VS Decorator: What is the Difference?

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Interior Designers Many people use the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways. Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators …

Creating a Set of Standards – It’s Not the End of Design

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Some may think that creating a set of standard finishes to be used throughout your facility promotes a somewhat boring palette and lack of design need. This however, is not the case at all. In instances where we work with large facilities, it can definitely be in the client’s interest to take the time up front to create a package …

Need Inspiration? Look at This!

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So it’s Monday again. At the start of a new week, who doesn’t need permission to just take a moment to dream big? And you have found yourself in good hands…for we love to dream big as we get to see new products just hitting the market, and are wanting to share a few of these with you today. Here …

Featured Designer: Sara Wingate

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Sara Wingate is the newest member of the IDC family. Here’s a little more about Sara! Where are you from? Winston-Salem Where did you go to college? Appalachian State University What is your favorite color? I can never decide…I love color! And I love colors together. What is your favorite decade for design? Why? Minimalism. When it is done well, …

When is the Right Time to Call an Interior Designer?

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HELP! Is there an Interior Designer in the house? So at this morning’s staff meeting it was finally agreed that a physical expansion/remodel/new building is definitely needed and you got elected to manage this new project. Congrats! All day your email has included a torrent of “name dropping”… similar projects, various architects, engineers, and recommended builders. Amid advice and warnings …