Loose Ends

"Why We Matter"

I came across this great little video today about "Why Interior Design Matters", so I thought I'd share it with you! This video was the first place winner of a competition sponsored by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), and the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) along with media partner Interiors & Sources. The competition was explained as "a call/challenge to all professionals and professional organizations in the Interior Architecture/Interior Design field to create videos for our general public to educate them on how our profession positively affects society in innovative and entertaining ways."

I'm, of course, happy to re-post this video to help do exactly what the competition sponsors had hoped - educate the general public on how hiring an interior designer benefits society and the economy! On top of the video's complete yet concise explanation, it is also very creatively executed!

So, take a second and check it out!

This video was created by a group of students at Radford University - a job well done!

Made or Unmade?

Not too long ago, I had a discussion with some family members about something pretty controversial, and I'm actually not sure I know where I stand on the issue. Okay, okay, so I'm making it sound way more exciting than it may be, but it's still interesting - I think! The issue at hand is.. Should you make your bed every morning after you get out of it. Or, can you simply leave it unmade?

Made bed.

Unmade bed.

Even as a designer, I must say, I do not make my bed every morning! I suppose it's true, that I do feel better walking into a room that has a freshly made bed vs. one pillow here, one pillow who-knows-where and a duvet hanging on the floor, but the reality in our house is that Logan and I do not have the same schedule every morning - sometimes I am up before him, and sometimes visa versa - so I suppose neither of us have gotten into the habit of making the bed when we are the last to get up!

Unfortunately, I usually just crawl out and leave it for later. Not to mention, I often wake up with an idea or a task (from the ever-present to-do list) on my mind that I must go do/write down/tackle at that very moment, leaving no time to perfectly place the arsenal of shams and toss pillows on the bed. Occasionally, I'll actually make the bed later in the day, but sometimes I climb into it at night just as I left it in the morning.

I'm not convinced there is anything wrong with an unmade bed. When I come to bed at night and my bed is all disheveled from last night's sleep, it serves as a lovely invitation to lay down, get comfy and snuggle right in! That's a feeling that I never feel with a perfectly made bed. In fact, I often feel quite bad for disturbing a well-dressed bed. =)

Made bed.

Unmade Bed.

Oh, and here is the controversy I mentioned at the beginning of the post. My sister-in-law makes her bed every morning, whereas my brother-in-law refuses to do it ever! She says, "It just makes me feel better and it looks nice!" While he says, "Why do it? No one sees it! Besides, you're just gonna get back in it in a few hours anyway." Both of their arguments are true! However, I suppose I'm somewhere in between.

Made bed.

Unmade bed.

So, I'm curious to know what you do. What's your preference? Is your bed made or unmade?

Images found here!

New Blog Features!

I guess we need to work on our readership.. which we are - it just takes time! Anyway, we played a little game.. sorta like where's waldo? or what's different about this picture? We asked if you had noticed what updates we made to our blog design and layout? Well, if you hadn't figured it out, here's a list of what's new:

  1. We added a new title and header design to our blog. If you remember from this previous post, we love to use the be.love.create mantra.. and it sorta became the essence of our blog! So, check it out above, it looks like this!

Screen shot of the new header.

  1. We moved the business logo into the shaded upper right quadrant of our blog layout - essentially we swapped the mantra with the logo, to shift the focus of the blog!

Screen shot of the new logo location

  1. We added a link to our facebook and twitter accounts! Sometimes when we get busy and haven't blogged for a number of days, we may have posted a status update on facebook or tweeted a quick design tip, so now our readers can get a little dose of us elsewhere. Yay!

Screen shot of the social networking buttons.

  1. And, probably the biggest change, although maybe least noticeable to our readers, was the complete overhaul of our categories! Like I mentioned in our last post. We realized our content was more varied than we thought it might be. So, we created new categories to fit the topics we blog about most.

Screen shot of the list of new catrgories.

And, I'm hoping to make a 5th change - and updated photo of me - so I'll let you know when I do so.

Well, feel free to let us know your thoughts on the changes!

The New Ride

It's been almost a month that we've had our new vehicle.. and I have yet to post some snapshots of it and its sweet features. So, while there are actually a ton of other interesting things going on with us, and StudioVB, right now - they are keeping us so busy that I haven't been able to sit down and blog about them. So, until then, I'll just finally introduce you to the new ride! Unfortunately we haven't settled on a name for her yet. I'm hoping a couple of hours into our next road trip, one of us will come up with the winning name and shout it aloud in an exciting 'by George, I've got it' kinda way! Anyway, here she is, in her new home.. parked on our block!

Exterior of the vehicle.

And, that's where she is most of the time. Both Logan and I are blessed to be able to work where we live, which among many other benefits, means we don't have to drive very much. And living in the city, we are able to walk to get lunch, go to the park, visit friends, etc., which we love! Oops, went on a tangent!

Anyway, this actually brings up an important issue that I want to chat about. So, Logan and I make many efforts in our daily lives to live pretty environmentally friendly, but you might be saying, why did you buy an SUV? I know, I know, it's like the anti-green thing to do. But, it's not as horrible as you might think, and after careful consideration, we felt it was the right thing for us.

So, to clarify, here are just a few of our thoughts on why and how we made our decision:

  • We only need one vehicle in our family - one SUV is better than two vehicles, right? You know, we won't be filling two tanks, driving around two vehicles and polluting twice as much. =)
  • We go several (sometimes more than several) weeks on one tank of gas - since we drive very little - so gas guzzling is not huge issue.
  • When we do drive, it's often to go on a trip or because we need to transport large items, so driving a vehicle with plenty of space is a must.

And, here's how the Honda CR-V fit the bill:

  • It is a small compact size with a small engine, especially compared to some of the huge SUVs.
  • It is pretty fuel-efficient at 21/28/24 mpg (city, highway, combined).
  • It has 'ultra low-emissions'.
  • It has great storage features, both big and small!
  • And Honda has long been considered the 'greenest automaker'.

So, given all of this (and some other factors too), we decided to go for it! This baby will be in our family, well, hopefully long after we actually have babies, ha! And, I think it will serve us well.

Now, here are some more pics!

Front exterior of the vehicle

Shot of the black cloth interior.

Shot of the console in its up position.

Shot of the console in its down position.

Shot of the backseat.

Shot of the trunk of the vehicle.

Shot of the trunk shelf folded back.

So, what do you think? Do you like?

Oh, and remember the 'more interesting stuff' I said we had going on - well, don't worry, I have lots of cool projects and "before and after" reveals headed your way. So check back soon!