Cohabitation With Design

June 20, 2011

1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO.

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In 1901, St. Louis began constructing what would be known as the 1904 World’s Fair in Forest Park. This fair was to be a celebration of the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase. The city of St. Louis loaned Forest Park as the site for this exhibition. The only rule being that the park would return back to its natural state once the fair ended in December of 1904.

The fair opened in April of 1904 and covered 1,272 acres of land in Forest Park. This was the largest world fair to date. The fair consisted of 900 buildings, represented 22 countries, and of course, the famous 250 foot high ferris wheel transported from Chicago.

As one can imagine, this fair was spectacular to see, but what was to be done with all of the artifacts, including the ferris wheel, after the fair ended? Well, most of these artifacts were in fact buried in Forest Park by creating three makeshift landfills throughout Forest Park. Statues, parts of buildings, large vases and other goods, and the ferris wheel, were all buried in these landfills.

I am bringing all of this up now due to the fact that my husband happens to work in Forest Park and recently came across quite a find. He is the curious sort and tends to go on his own archeological digs over lunch hours. This may sound humorous, but he did discover a few artifacts. He has also determined one of the possible locations for the burial of the 250 foot high ferris wheel. A curator friend of his took a look at his findings and concluded that they were in fact from the 1904 World’s Fair.

March 7, 2011

Local Floral Designer…Maggie Noelke-Hale of Peacock Blooms

Maggie Noelke-Hale, local floral designer and entrepreneur is not your
cookie cutter florist.  Her recently established business, Peacock Blooms,
is a dream turned into reality. Specializing in unique fresh floral design,
Maggie likes to work outside of the box…or vase.

Working for a few local St. Louis florists, starting at the age of 16,
Maggie learned the floral design basics and knew she had found her niche.
She continued designing for throughout her high school, college and
professional career as a side job/hobby always dreaming that someday she
could design full-time.

 

In December 2010 Maggie was able to make her dream come to fruition. With
over ten years of floral design experience she established Peacock Blooms.
Maggie caters to everyday flowers (but not your everyday kind of
arrangements), weddings, events and any special occasion. She designs every
floral arrangement with passion and as a true work of art. There are no
catalogues to pick your arrangement from; every arrangement is designed
specifically for the occasion and person in mind.  Personal and
professional, she likes to spend time getting to know her clients to
appreciate their personality and perceptions, which is conveyed in their
arrangements.  Maggie is always seeking out unique flowers, creative
combinations and interesting containers/vases.

”People have asked me to
define my design style,” said Maggie, “I appreciate all styles of floral
design but personally I prefer Shabby Chic. I love upcycling vintage
containers and using a variety of textures, as opposed to using a
standard glass vase. Using objects from the past to beautify the present is
very fulfilling to me”.

 

Maggie offers complimentary consultations to determine if she is the florist
for you. To contact Maggie, please go to her website…

http://www.peacockblooms.com


Be sure to check out Maggie’s work March 20th at the Off-White Indie Wedding Show. For more information, check out the show’s website at…

http://www.offwhiteweddingshow.com

March 2, 2011

Q & A With An Interior Design Student

Lea's work...Living Room Perspective

I recently met with Lea Cummins, a senior in the Interior Design program at SIBA (Stevens Institute of Business & Arts…formerly known as Patricia Stevens. I asked her some questions that have been brewing in my mind for quite a while now regarding the level of preparedness an interior design student feels as they are approaching graduation.

Has the school in which the interior design student is attending made them adequately prepared to face the competitive world of Interior Design?
I also gave Lea the opportunity to ask me, as a professional Interior Designer, any questions she may have regarding the industry. Below is our conversation and my answers to her questions.
(ME) How prepared do you feel you are to take on the real world of Interior Design, outside of the confinements of a scholastic atmosphere?
(LEA) I do feel prepared to be working in the field. I actually worked for Wright’s Furniture and Flooring in Dieterich, Illinois (near my hometown) right after I graduated high school and up until moving to St. Louis in October of 2009. So when I started interior design school I actually felt ahead of the game. I had taught myself so many things and learned so much about products out in the industry that when I was taking my first few classes on materials and practices of design I was really in sync with what was going on.
(ME) How do you set yourself apart from design trends and what your colleagues are working on?
(LEA) I have really forced myself to try to think out of the box on my projects. I absolutely am a CAD and Photoshop lover and I also love doing Illustrations and perspectives! I know that to sell any project it is always beneficial to have more elevations, more perspectives, etc. to be able to explain and show the client your ideas.
(ME) In what ways do you feel ill-prepared for working in the Interior Design Industry?

Lea's work....Wine Bar

(LEA)It can be a big challenge in school to balance out all of your projects, which is a question I have for the professionals. How do you balance them? As a student at SIBA I have 10 weeks from the time I am given my project assignment until my presentation. I have always just juggled back and forth in between my projects doing all my floor plans, then choosing fabrics, etc., and although I do always get everything done. It’s in that last week that I’m still pulling all nighters to finish everything up. Is there a better way?

(ME) When you are working on multiple clients’ projects, which you will be doing on a very consistent basis as an Interior Designer, these projects are rarely at the exact same point in the design process. This is one way that having multiple projects can be manageable, each project is focusing on something entirely different. Another aspect to consider is that you will no longer have the extra small assignments (which take up any extra time you may have) that your professors may give you. When you are working on  your clients’ projects, they are your main concern and job. Lastly, you will have to come up with your own system for balancing out your clients’ projects. Each of us works differently and you will have to figure out how you work best to manage your time and get your work done on a timely basis while balancing your family, friends, and other activities.
(ME) Do you have any other questions for me?
(LEA) A question I have is when an Interior Designer is running their own company, how long did it take you to get there? What kind of companies did you work for before getting to your ideal job position?
(ME) While I was attending design school, I worked at a home furnishing rep. firm for a year and a half. I left this company when I was offered a job as a design assistant at an Interior Design firm. I was also able to use this design assistant position as my internship, which gave me the opportunity to learn all I could while I was there, instead of running from that job, to school, to a separate internship. Upon graduation, I was promoted to full-time Interior Designer at this firm. I worked here for 3 1/2 years until I moved here to St. Louis. Once arriving here, I worked the odd job to make money, but immersed myself in the design world and networking. I started my own Interior Design business in October of 2010 and am working on gaining more clientele. The journey is never over and you have to work hard to accomplish your goals. Getting your foot in the door by networking and assisting either at a firm or with an independent Interior Designer will gain you more than you know in this industry.

Lea's work...Perspective

(LEA) Are there things you feel that you just absolutely cannot learn in a school setting that you must learn out in the field? If so, like what?

(ME) What stands out to me most is being on a real field measure with my boss spouting out measurements for me to write down and draw out a floor plan at the same time. It was stressful and scary for me at the time. I later understood that if you are not “thrown into the pit” you will not be able to appreciate the skill and hard work it takes to do this job. Another event that stands out for me is my first client meeting presenting my very first kitchen design. Again, it was scary, but so fulfilling in the end and I learned so much! The difference between presenting to your classmates and professor whom you are familiar with and your first real client is huge.
(LEA) How do you feel is the best way to present your presentation? Is it just the preference of the designer or does it depend on the kind of project you are working on?
(ME) I would say it is a bit of both. Each designer will have their own way of presenting to their clients. The presentation process is definitely not like presenting in a school setting. When I was in Interior Design school, we had to make design boards. At this point in my career, I do not make design boards, unless I am just putting together a concept board, which is rare. I usually have most of my items separate from one another and present them to the client as such. I present floor plans first and follow with materials, etc.
(LEA) As I am going into my last year at SIBA I am definitely starting to think about my career and what I’m going to be doing at this time next year. I have big dreams and want to take on the design world. But I feel I am in for a reality check. I think that is one thing I don’t feel prepared for, is the networking part of the business. And it is not that our school hasn’t encouraged us to join ASID and IIDA and attend meetings etc., because I do those things! I just don’t know how to get myself our there when I am in those positions. I still feel like until I have graduated, promoting yourself (or your company) is such a hard thing to do. Am  I wrong?
(ME) I would say that getting out and networking while you are in school is a great way to get your name out there, get noticed, and show that you are a go-getter. You make a statement about yourself while you are a student and attending networking events that you will do what it takes to succeed in this business and that you are wanting to learn and experience all that you can while you are still attending school. My advice would be to go out there and get noticed!!

January 11, 2011

FORM blog…featuring yours truly

It has been a while since I have written, but I am actually working on my personal interior design website and a way to connect this blog to the website. Stay tuned!

 

I would like to share that I was recently interviewed for FORM, a design blog. Below is the website. Enjoy and I will be writing more soon.

 

http://formdesignshow.com/

October 11, 2010

Michele Lynch Mixed Media Jewelry

I have had the privilege of getting to know Michele Lynch and have become a huge fan of her mixed media jewelry creations. Michele is a multi-faceted artist who switched her artistic focus from painting (on canvas and glass) to jewelry making. She made this switch after experimenting with mixed media on canvas.

Her mixed media process started with vintage watch parts. She loved the tiny pieces and details of vintage watches and wanted to find a way to incorporate these pieces into her artwork. The watch pieces lead to vintage jewelry pieces, finally leading to a mix of the two, with a few modern bits thrown in the mix. The faces of all jewelry pieces are hand painted, while the rest are soddered together. There are even some hand sculpted details, such as bird beaks and witch hats.

She informed me that some of her pieces are planned, while many simply come together while she is creating. She loves that they all have a story to tell with their own personalities to express.  All of her jewelry pieces definitely express whimsy and are one of a kind.

Michele is available for custom creations, specializing in bracelets, rings, necklaces, and broaches. She can be contacted through her blog or through email.

http://michelelynchart.blogspot.com

michelel@michelelynchart.com

(Be sure to click on the pictures below to see the intricate detailing of Michele’s work)

August 9, 2010

FORM Contemporary Design Show in St. Louis

Please come out this weekend, August 13th & 14th for FORM at the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis, MO. I will be showcasing one of my favorite interior design projects at this event!

PRESS RELEASE:

The Luminary Center for the Arts is pleased to present the first
installment of FORM, an annual contemporary furniture, functional
object and architectural design show set for August 13-14, 2010. FORM
was created as a platform to encourage interaction with contemporary
design, support independent designers, and increase awareness locally
of cutting-edge trends in the design field. We have gathered some of
the best local representatives of the design world including SPACE
Architecture + Design, Centro, Niche, and studio | durham architects,
along with many great designers from around the country.

Form will serve as a fundraiser for a new artist equipment library at
The Luminary, which will offer area artists access to equipment and
resources not easily available to most individual artists.

Please contact either Carrie Iggulden at carrieiggulden@gmail.com, or
Brea McAnally, FORM’s curator, at brea@theluminaryarts.com with any
questions and/or further information.

www.formdesignshow.com

June 15, 2010

FORM Contemporary Design Show in St. Louis August 13th-14th

I am very excited to announce that I will be part of the FORM Contemproray Design Show in St. Louis, MO. The VIP evening is August 13th. The show continues on August 14th from 11am-4pm. My work shown will be a 1977 GMC Motor Coach remodel I was fortunate enough to be part of. Below is the story behind this project, along with a link to FORM and a link to an article featuring my work in Chicago Home Magazine.

If you will be in town, it would be great to see you at the show and for you to take this opportunity to tour the motor coach!!

Thank you for your support!

THE DESIGN STORY:

“As an interior designer, it is always fun to work on unique and sometimes unexpected projects. This was definitely the case for me when Rachel Carlson walked into my design firm and asked for information on bamboo. The connection between myself and this soon-to-be client was instant. As our discussion of her motor coach progressed, a remodel project came to fruition. We both believed this project would not be for ourselves soley, but one that could inspire others. A project that was a bit outside the norm that would allow others to think creatively about any space and make design visions come to life.

The motor coach was a typical 1970′s space, filled to the brim with orange shag carpeting, orange velvet upholstery, and orange plastic side and back splashes. All of this began to change once Rachel and I put our heads together and decided to focus on environmental concepts and a “martini lounge meets zen garden” theme. Our desire was to keep the feeling of traveling in a motor coach alive, but introduce a lush, comfortable, and nature-inspired space for her family to enjoy while vacationing.

Bamboo, chocolate burl cork flooring, eco-resin side and back splashes, jelly bean rocks, and mohair were all used to create the desired look for the space.

Overall, this is still my favorite design project to date. I had an amazing time working on not only the project, but with such kind people. This project may be a bit unusual, but it is definitely a functional, beautiful space for her family to enjoy for years to come.”

LINKS:

formdesignshow.com

http://www.chicagohomemag.com/Chicago-Home/September-October-2008/Trailer-Made/

March 3, 2010

PLEASE VOTE FOR JASON GRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

I commonly mention Gray Photography in my posts or use his pictures in my posts. Jason has now been nominated for best photographer in St. Louis and I want to show my support. So, please help me out by voting for Gray Photography at the link below and send this out to all of your friends so they may vote too!
Thanks for the support!!


Check Gray Photography out on the HOT LIST!

February 3, 2010

Inspiring Chair Styles

I believe I have found a few of the most perfect chairs ever made. One of which fits into my two loves of wingbacks and French design.

This French-inspired Wingback Chair is available at Rothchilds Antiques in the Central West End in St. Louis, MO.  I love the detailed wings of this chair, along with the exposed wood arms and legs. The chair is available in many fabric options.

The Peacock Chair is a perfect example of a chair that can fully live up to its name. This chair is inventive and fun, while still serving a functional purpose. The Peacock Chair has long been a style the design community is familiar with, but never like this. This chair is available at Centro in the Central West End in St. Louis, MO.

The Event Arm Chair is very reminiscent of a Tom Dixon piece, in my opinion. I actually thought it was one of his pieces when I first ran across it. The styling is very relaxed, yet sophisticated. This chair does not need a lot of bling and crazy pattern to make it stand out in a crowd. The Event Chair is available at stlloftstyle.com. A very cool website to check out for many unique items.

rothschildsstl.com; centro-inc.com; stlloftstyle.com

December 2, 2009

Local Photographer Model Call…

Jason Gray, of Gray Photography, is working on a very interesting and creative project right now and needs your help to finish. Please click on this link to find out more information on how to take part in this art project and how to contact the photographer.

Once completed, this project will be featured at a local gallery in St. Louis. Keep checking back here for more details.

http://hoursofidleness.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/the-identity-project-model-call/ 

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