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 this – good interior design is so much more than just fun. It’s as much science and math as it is creativity and art. Great interior design starts not with …

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 I have watched his career and firm grow to include interior design, furniture design as well as a gorgeous architectural tome called The Home Within Us. Mixing in another passion …

“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 process as possible and help eliminate the need for yet another subcontractor to complete your interior. At IDC, we can handle initial space planning or programming to assist with 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 grown into bouts of fear, confusion, and disassociation. My bedroom had a pair of twin beds, so she slept in my room. I barely got any sleep the first few …

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 do not design. Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants’ quality of life and culture. Designs respond to …

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 of finishes to pull from when designing each phase of the project. This allows you to: Creating a cohesive look: You may choose to incorporate your logo colors as accents …

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 are just a few of the things that dreams could be made of: Also, a quick shout out to so many of our amazing clients, who also think outside the …

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, it is perfection. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod/Phone? Currently, ‘Oh My Stars’ by Andrew Belle If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your …

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 of city planning, building codes and budgets one lone voice mentions an Interior Designer. You think to yourself, ”Oh yeah, on down the line we might need to contact an …

Planning Your Project: Have a Time Frame In Mind

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Aside from asking you about style/color preference/branding, any designer worth their salt will ask you how long you plan to be in your space, whether you own your space, and how often clients come in your space. The last question is probably obvious but the first two…..maybe not. Here’s why we do a little detective work: If you are a tenant with a 5 year lease and plans to move to a permanent facility after your lease is up, your designer will likely choose to invest money into the things …