Well It Was Fun While It Lasted

I am now an official UGA Alumni! That feels so weird so type out.. I have had the craziest past week having packed up my house, graduating on Friday, driving twelve hours with my dad to Dallas, interviewing all day Monday, and finally flying back to Austin late last night. I now literally have twenty-hours hours here at home to unpack and repack before I am off to Dallas again in the morning for one last interview, then flying out that night for my trip! My life is a joke.

I always seem to have so many different things going on at once, but I honestly like it that way! It keeps me busy and entertained, and not thinking about the fact that I will not be returning to Athens in the fall. I owe so much to that city – The University of Georgia and the people I have met there who have become my family have completely changed me.

During my last few days, I walked through my neighborhood and through north campus one last time to soak it all in:

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Going to miss these beautiful trees

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There is something so unique about this place. I haven’t decided if it’s the southern charm, the historic buildings, huge magnolia trees, the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, or the fact that I figured out the person that I want to be while studying here. Athens will always hold a special place in my heart and I will miss it everyday.

Now Graduation:

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We’re famous!

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We could almost pass as French

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Nothin fresher than my clique

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Hot Hot Hot

A few weeks ago while staying at my friend’s home in Atlanta, I rediscovered my love for RED. She doesn’t live in any old shack though… her family resides at The St. Regis in the heart of Buckhead. I absolutely love going to stay for weekend not only because I feel like I am a part of her family, but because I always admire the beautiful interiors they change seasonally in the public areas of the hotel. And the killer pool isn’t too bad.

 

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Doesn’t the bright red pop in contrast to the tan cement?! The perfect color for this area in my opinion. I also applaud the scale of the different aspects around the pool: the lanterns, awnings, fireplace, and staircase for example.

 

Here are some of my other red inspirations:

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Hello Lover

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Gold Fine Twig Ruby Ring by Alex Monroe

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Prague – I’ll see you so soon!

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Check of Approval

It has become a sort of ‘trend’ for designers to collaborate with fabric, furniture or lighting manufacturers to actually conceptualize and design their own line for the brand, which I think is fantastic. What makes an  interior designer unique is their specific view or perspective and how they translate it to reality. When a designer has the opportunity to create a line from their own ideas and taste, it is also an opportunity for the public (aka me) to incorporate this style into their home. No two collections are the same – each designer draws inspiration from completely different situations. One of my favorite lines was Mary McDonald for Schumacher last year, which coincidentally was Schumacher’s best selling line of all time.

Atlanta’s Schumacher representative, Karen, comes to the F&I program at UGA once a year to present these new fabrics to SIDA (Student Interior Design Association). She showed and explained the fabrics, wall coverings and trims just as she would to design firms in Atlanta. This included the fabric content, weave, fibers, colorfastness, performance specifications and possible end uses of each fabric.

This time she came with Timothy Corrigan‘s new collection. I was actually lucky enough to meet him at ADAC if you remember from my old post! He is an incredibly talented designer based out of LA, who also recently released his new book about his chateau in France. I guess you could say he’s having a pretty good year.

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Some of the fabrics Karen presented:

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Presents from the goody bag!

Luck o’ the Irish

Happy St. Patty’s Day!! I am so sorry for the lack of posts recently… I have had a hard couple of weeks, having traveled to Nashville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Jamaica and Savannah. So yes, I live a rough life. But it’s now back in Athens for my last month and a half of college (noooo), so I will definitely be living it up – not like I had an excuse for the past four years.

To get y’all in the Irish mood, I have selected some fun green home accessories to make your day just that much better. I personally love the color green and frequently try to incorporate it into my designs (Emerald was 2013’s Pantone Color of the Year!).

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Because green is the color of nature, it symbolizes growth, harmony and freshness. It comes in various shades, each triggering a different emotion or feeling. Dark green is associated with ambition, aqua with emotional healing and protection, and olive green is the traditional color of peace. Enjoy the green!

 

Malachite-Inspired Picture Frame by Jonathan Adler :

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Love it? Click here

Small Jade Rectangular Box by AERIN

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Obsessed? Make your way here

Moroccan Leather Pouf by Serena & Lily

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Lust at first sight? Click here

Manta Tray by Z Gallerie

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Must have? Buy it here

Lauren Lamp Table by Ralph Lauren

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Light up your life? Head here

Arrow Avocado Embroidered Pillow by COCOCOZY

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Seem comfy? Go here

Agate Bookends by West Elm

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Got to have it? Sum it up here

Have an amazing day! I know I did…

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Pardi Hardi

Happy Fat Tuesday y’all!! I just got back from NOLA yesterday after spending a long five days partying it up at Mardi Gras. I have been once before freshman year, so I had to make it back one more time before I officially entered the real world. Ugh.

I absolutely love everything about New Orleans – especially the food and the music. No other city I have visited offers such a rich, vibrant culture. Here are some pics into my crazy weekend:

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My friend Rachel trying to catch some beads

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Shelby and Sam!

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As seen at the parades. Too cute.

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The colors are amazingggggg

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An artist on the dance floor at Blue Nile on Frenchman Street. Definitely my favorite memories from the weekend happened here…

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The houses on St. Charles were so charming

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The King of Mardi Gras… Hugh Laurie

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Parades after Dark. Beads for miles.

If Possible Please

For our main project in TXMI 5320, The Professional Practice Notebook, we have a series of mini phases due throughout the semester that represents the various stages a business owner of an interior design firm would experience. This helps us to not only understand what it takes to actually own a business, but to also help us ‘brand’ ourselves. This notebook includes: a business plan, marketing plan, research case studies, self assessments, expense reports, resume, cover letter and portfolio, as well as mock interviews (help). Obviously if I were to open up my own firm, it would be several years down the road. But a girl can dream.

Here is what my stationary and business cards would look like:

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The business card would consist of a thicker paper material and the edges would be metallic gold.

(I used the address of a former employer, fyi)

As a young designer, branding and establishing yourself is essential – especially when looking for jobs. You must have confidence in yourself in order for others to see your true potential. I will start applying to firms in both San Francisco and Dallas next month (minor freak out is in the near future), so this is something I really have to start thinking about.

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Wonderland

UGA was closed today due to the overnight snow storm, which I had absolutely no problem with. Being the warm-blooded Texan that I am, I literally did not leave my house.

Things I did today:

1. snuggled with my friends while watching Breaking Bad

2. baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

So yes, it was a very productive day. Even though I did not necessarily play in the snow, that doesn’t mean I did not appreciate it. Looking out onto my lawn, with that white blanket that so seamlessly covered everything in sight, was incredibly beautiful. Everything was clean, pure – it almost made me want to move north. Almost.

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Love me some Winter Whites:

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Finito

I finally finished my two studio projects for this semester! Our TXMI 5330 Advanced Computer Aided Residential Design class conjoined with our TXMI 4380 Interior Textiles class to make one HUGE project. We were given the shell of a three story beach house in Kiawah Island, South Carolina that our clients, The Rochesters, bought as their second home. “They” wanted something more contemporary than their primary residence in Atlanta, but still comfortable and livable to accommodate frequent guests and entertain often. For studio, we built all the construction documents, while for the fabrics class we chose all the interior materials, furniture and accessories, calculated wallpaper and window treatments, designed custom flooring and cabinetry, all while staying within budget. Who knew money could be spent that quickly.

 

If you remember my past post Best of the Bunch, I ended up choosing the third board, Create a Life of Simplicity, for the overall concept of the beach house:

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Here are my final presentation boards:

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For these boards, I used Revit, Photoshop, and InDesign

Now the drawings:

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These construction documents were all created on Revit. This was my first project to do entirely on Revit, and I have to say I like it a bit more than AutoCAD.

Hope you liked it!

One Impressive Guy

Today was the first day I have ever skipped class… but don’t worry, it’s not senioritis (yet). I had the pleasure of attending an ADAC seminar for their Discover ADAC week! And who did I see?! None other than Timothy Corrigan himself. One of my classmates actually interned for him this summer in L.A. (why did I not take a road trip from SF to visit??), so a bunch of us got together and drove to Atlanta to listen to him speak about his new book, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce. It was honestly one of the most inspiring speeches I have ever attended and it truly did get me excited for entering the design industry next year.

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He began explaining how he was in advertising and later turned to interior design when his job transferred him to Paris, where he fell in love with design – how could you not in a city like that! After moving back to Cali and opening his firm, he started picking up clients like Madonna and SJP. In only five years, Architectural Digest placed Mr. Corrigan in their Top 100 list. Casual.

An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce is set up in an interesting way: it takes you on a tour of the property, including the acres upon acres of historic gardens, as if you were there, visiting for the weekend. Each room he showed during the presentation was more elaborate than the next. Even though the architecture and grounds are formal, he designed the interiors so that they are still intimate and livable. His signature is “Comfortable Elegance,” which was genuinely represented throughout the spaces.

 

Go Tim Go:

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Spotted: in this month’s Elle Decor

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Go buy his book! You won’t regret it.