NeoCon 2017

By: Catie Sterling I was very fortunate this year to have the opportunity to go to NeoCon for the first time with IDO. As a new interior design professional, I tried to take in as much of the convention as possible. Dozens of manufacturer’s reps informed us on their innovative new products, new directions of their companies, and allowed us… Read More

Summer Fun + Safety

By: Lee Boyland As we approach summer, we are drawn to the outdoors for many fun activities! Swimming, cook outs, boating and fireworks to name a few are all synonymous with summer, right? Memories are made when we’re enjoying time with family and friends out in the blue skies and sunshine, and I wanted to share a few safety tips… Read More

The Ace Mentor Program – Living the Future Today

By: Jill Mendoza For several years, IDO Associates have volunteered as mentors who help inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction. The ACE Mentor Program is a not-for-profit organization, formed under Section 501(c)3 of the District of Columbia in 2002.  A history of the organization can be viewed here.  Thanks to the dedication of ACE’s mentors… Read More

What is Next for Successful Learning Environments?

By:  Donna Metallic , RID During a recent conversation with a higher education client we started to discuss the ecosystem of a learning environment.  It reminded me of a trip to Steelcase University in Grand Rapids Michigan, where I had the opportunity to discuss the active learning ecosystem and experience firsthand the learning lab products. How can design influence our educational… Read More

Congratulations!…Now What?

By: Sara Kotarski   Happy May, and Happy Graduation for many! It seems like just yesterday I was saying goodbye to my home of four years and walking away as an alumna of Michigan State University’s Interior Design program. A lot has happened in those two years since graduation. I’ve lived in 3 states, worked 3 jobs, and rented 2… Read More

Authenticity Never Goes Out of Style

By: Victoria Numbers Authenticity. By definition, authentic means not false or copied; genuine; real. In an era of mass production, technology, and ultra-connectedness, there is a tangible craving for experiences and goods that have a sense of truth to them. A product that is unique and embodies the creative energy of the maker starts to generate a richer connection. Fortunately,… Read More

Take a Deep Breath and…Rest!

By: Lee Boyland Our society is speeding along at the pace of technology, and our schedules are packed with commitments. Some of us are great multi-taskers and we thrive on staying busy, checking off lists of to-dos, but we can only keep up at that pace for so long. Our brains need a break from work, extra curriculars, and we… Read More

People Who Live in Glass Apps…

By: Julie Knight, RID For 10 years, Glass Apps has produced industry leading smart glass technology for commercial, healthcare, residential and government applications. Smart glass is a switchable glass technology that changes the appearance of glass from clear and opaque states on demand. This smart glass technology is produced by laminating glass products with a PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal)… Read More

NeoCon: A History

  By: Brittany Adkins It’s almost here! The 49th annual NeoCon trade show is set to take place June 12th– 14th at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. IDO is graciously sending myself along with Victoria Numbers, Catie Sterling, and Sara Kotarski to the event to scope out new products and vendors. As we have been gearing up and laying… Read More

Spring has Sprung

By: Kris Kleinknight WOW – we’re through the first quarter of 2017; Spring is finally here; North Carolina won the Final Four and Easter is in two weeks! I’m super excited for Easter Sunday!  In an effort to help with my group’s Easter egg clues; I was searching for Easter facts or trivia and came across other Easter traditions from… Read More