Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Random Photos Spring Forward

Nature as inspiration

for color and texture.

Interpret with items collected

or gifted.

Be prudent and cautious of the MIX

or awed by what occurs


or aromatically.   

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Projection Art - Dancing With The Stars - Quick Look

I can not believe that my post from last May (here) is garnering nearly 300 views a week during this 16th season of Dancing With The Stars!

Credit goes to the designers of the projection art decorating the dance floor during most of the competition this season.   (Apologies to DWTS designers I couldn't find a reference to who you are!)

During Tuesday night's featured
Macy's Stars of Dance we were treated to a new use of projection art.

The pattern seemed to follow, or direct, the path of the dance choreography......

We had to say ¡adiĆ³s! to American of Mexican descent, Welterweight Boxing Champion, Victor Ortiz and his partner, first time DWTS pro, Lindsay - when they ended up on the bottom in this week's viewer voting.

A personal aside:  when searching info on Victor, I have learned that we (may*) share the same birthdate in January!  That is always fun to learn about someone!

found via Google or an affiliate

Slow, Quick, Quick    Slow, Quick, Quick    Slow, Quick, Quick

*Due to recent events in news organizations false reporting of suspects, and the New York Stock Exchange computer automatically selling off stocks due to it's ability to read news headlines AND hacked tweets from the Associated Press - Victor and I MAY NOT share the same birthdate.

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Traditional Office Design Goes Modern

Moving.  We have all survived a move or two.  The comedian George Carlin and his "Stuff" commentary comes to my mind for coping with items that need to GO.  This happens when a home is moved, and it happens to businesses.

An office compares to a home in that each have stuff to save, use & protect.

Both are"...a pile of stuff with a cover on it."George Carlin "All your house is..."

My client is an Insurance Agency first established in 1886 in Portland, Oregon.  One or two moves in downtown Portland until 1983 when the 7th floor wood paneled American Bank Building was left behind for a soon to be booming suburban city center.

At the first of this year, a move within the suburban town was necessary to make room for continued success and the growing number of employees.  Who, of course, each come to work with their personal stuff and are responsible for a section of company stuff.  For example, each employee needs a locking file cabinet for client information.  The book keeper needs many locking file cabinets.

How to design within the client description of modern, open concept, nontraditional, "mad men" essence?  (AND a tight, tight budget?)

Solution to display a collection of Historic Office Stuff - Ikea Expedit (2 units)

George Carlin on other peoples stuff:
 "Their stuff is shit and your shit is stuff."

With only 4 President Owners in 100+ years, office equipment made obsolete by time has grown into a treasured collection of historic significance.  Displayed thoughtfully, this stuff remains important and not stuff that is s*#t.

100+ year old cast iron scale decorated
with pretty hand painted roses.
Used for letter postage
(my sister's first job in the '70's)

Insurance agents need to document - what a cool camera!

Rubber contract stamps (ie: paid, due, etc..) are gathered
in a glass vase.

There's one "mad men" style adding machine!

Faux Floral designed to soften
the Ikea esthetic.

Reception - Before a counter and desk were "created"- see Ikea Hack below.

The tired vintage 1980 street level office is a distant memory....
.... now that they have a
tree top 2nd floor corner suite overlooking the lake promenade!
 (a bit of commercial property heaven in Tualatin, Oregon)

Clients old Conference Chair
too tall, too wide, too black
8 crowded the old 7ft table
and absorbed the natural light 
New-ish "Dauphin" Conference Chair
Fine lines, pattern, reflective chrome
$70 each on Craigslist
(current retail $900)
Photo on the right shows the clients existing console (to be replaced by custom storage when budget allows).
TIP: I cleaned up the scratches from moving, with a black Sharpie felt pen.

New Look:  The pussy willow stems are silk shown in a vase from Cost Plus World Market.

Craigslist 8ft conference table $350
"buying" time until a raw edge timber slab table is budgeted. 

The clients existing chairs, plant, and basket lamp table.
Encouraged my client to bring in the coffee table and side table
from his home basement storage.
The side table (above) was in terrible shape
until a rub down with Howards!

Promises have been made that the plastic ficus is on it's way out!

(I had left it in the discard pile during my visit. "other people's stuff!")

The World Market glass table lamp (above right) has been replaced by this Pier 1 floor lamp.

"Metropol" Floor lamp from Pier1
Painting from World Market
Antique Waste Basket as planter from client archives.
It is a survivor of an early 1900's flood in Portland and
a flood in the early 2000's in Tualatin, Oregon.
I love this history!

Close-up of the waste basket now used as
a planter (see photo left)

View from "bull pen" with kitchen door on the left.

Original artwork (by our niece Marissa) on the floor, is now hanging on that small wall.

I attempted to purchase this wood assemblage months ago when I discovered it at my sister's home (her career is with this agency).  My sister and brother-in-law retain ownership and have agreed to hang it "on loan".

For now, as this is "stuff" I want! 

see more of niece Marissa's artwork   here

Ikea "Galant" locking storage
World Market painting

Fabulous faux ficus
from the wholesale florist supply

Our Ikea Hack Moment:

Take two Billy Bookcases with doors
(install the back panels good side out)

Back it up against a Malm desk

And top the Billy "counter" with
1/2" custom glass

This took more than the average effort from my client!

He was more than happy to do all the work of building his Ikea purchases, as this made his goal of Zero Budget (jk) nearly attainable!

Invaluable FREE labor from Miller Insurance office personnel (who also recommended me for this job),
my sister, brother-in-law, nieces & nephew and Mom who has the entree to the wholesale florist (she also gifted our purchases), was my driver and creative right hand.  xoxo  :-)

Thanks to Ikea for affordable modern desks (there are 6 in the open plan "bull pen") & cabinetry;  Scott at Metro Office Supply in Portland (14325 N.E Airport Way & Craigslist) for beautiful used office chairs & file cabinets; Pinterest for opening their private design board option at just the right time!

Special THANK YOU to my little brother (company President #4) in giving me this opportunity to practice my online, email, telephone design services.  WOW S*#T have I learned a lot.  

Cheers!  Linda   :-)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring Cleaning

Editing My Hoard......


.....each of them are Dear Old Friends.

Cheers!  Linda   :-)


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