Designing for a Maintainable Break Room

By: Catie Sterling One essential part of design is making sure a new space can be maintained over time. This is especially true in common areas, such as a break room. Once users start to move into a space, it can become messy if not designed well. A couple break room renovation projects have inspired me to write my blog… Read More

2018 Color Forecasts

By: Laken Taylor Keeping up with the trends has always been a fun past time for me and color seems to be at the top of the innovative design trends in the past few years. Color can often make so much of a difference that Zillow’s 2017 Paint Colors Analysis study discovered that homes with blue bathrooms generally sold for $5,400 more… Read More

How are you building your ship?

By: Jill Mendoza Getting the work done verses the experience of doing the work. When you consider building your ship or planning your workplace environments by introducing open office plans it may be for various reasons; to gain space efficiencies, increase the feeling of connectedness, or to make employees more productive. Whatever the driver is for your business, there is growing… Read More

Plants Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

By: Donna Metallic, RID We are spending 90% of our time indoors and it’s becoming evident that there’s a huge disconnect between us as human beings and nature. There are simple tools that can help bridge the gap between our indoor spaces and outdoors.  One simple item to improving our indoor air quality, is indoor plants. Indoor plants can remove all… Read More

Are We Alike or Are We Different?

By: Lindsay Ferro One of the most popular topics in regards to workplace environment right now is generational differences in the office. It feels like there are a million studies out there! But they all tend to result in one similar conclusion… Baby Boomers are typically more reserved, prefer a sense of normalcy, and are more traditional. While, Millennials typically… Read More

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

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

The Open Office Environment in 2017

By: Rhonda Wessel The open office as we know it is ever evolving and changing to meet the needs of today’s employees.  More collaboration is taking place in the office.  What makes the design of the open office different in 2017 than 5 years ago or even 10 years ago? Technology has evolved to make our work spaces more flexible. … Read More

Workplace Planning and Psychology

By: Catie Sterling While beginning to work on some major office area renovations, my team has to discuss several different factors based on our client, such as the existing space they’re working in, their wants vs. needs, technology, collaboration styles, etc.  Floor Plans & Freud: The Psychology of Workplace Planning, an article from Interiors & Sources’ Continuing Education Series, dives… Read More

What’s the Buzz?

By: Julie Knight Ever wondered why people like to gather in a coffee shop or café?  It is the buzz or ambient sound within these spaces. Ambient sound is defined as the background sound present in a location.  And according to recent research, moderate levels of background sounds distract us and subtly encourage us to have original thoughts. Because if… Read More