Balanced Living

By: Amanda Medlen, RID, NCIDQ, LEED ID + C So many events, encounters, observations, conversations and experiences related to this topic, in just this week alone, that it led me to want to write about it and share a little.  Apologies in advance, for what might come across as random ramblings…but a topic that I am extremely passionate about nonetheless! I… 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

How to Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance

By: Sara Kotarski These days, it is very easy to get overwhelmed by the constant demands of your job. According to a Harvard Business School survey, nearly 94% of working professionals said that they work over 50 hours per week. But did you know that working less can actually improve your productivity and prevent burn out? Maintaining a better balance… Read More

WELL Building Standard: Fitness Review

By: Yasha Ogg In following up on the Fitness Intelligence blog post by Julie Knight, the WELL Building Standard offers some interesting features in the Fitness Category that can be implemented into one’s daily activities. How can a company encourage physical activity among employees? One of our clients has implemented a protocol that personal trash cans by desks are prohibited…. Read More

Fitness Intelligence

  By: Julie Knight, RID The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released the 2017 findings of the American Fitness Index (AFI) report. The AFI findings assist communities to identify opportunities to improve residents’ health and to help use community assets to better support a healthy and active lifestyle. The AFI report measures personal health, preventive health behaviors, levels… 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

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

WELL Building Standard Workshop: A Review

By: Yasha Ogg This past Friday, February 10th 2017, I attended a WELL Building Standard workshop at the Lighting Agency in Denver, Colorado. With health and wellness being key words that are creeping into the building industry, it was interesting to learn about how this new rating system works. Pioneered by Delos, the WELL Building Standard is the culmination of… Read More

How to Promote Happy, Healthy Work Environments

By: Donna Metallic As Interior designers, we can influence the well-being of occupants and drive productivity of the occupants in the workplace by introducing the WELL Building  philosophy in which the built environments minimize the impact to the human occupant. The office workplace is morphing to adapt to new styles of leadership, to reflect the culture and brand of a… Read More

Spring Clean Your Workplace

By Kelsey Venekamp The sun is shining, the squirrels are playing and you’re inside—buried under folders and sticky notes, sitting at your desk, without a ray of sunshine in sight. With spring in the air and on our minds, now is the perfect time to reflect on the beauty and newness of the season and use that inspiration to de-clutter… Read More