First Blog Post of 2018

IMG_3603Hi Followers and fellow Designers! It has been a while since I have posted on my blog. The last few months of 2017 were busy but very effective. Today I just wanted to share some of my goals with you for the new year, specifically related to interior design and my work for this blog. 2017 was a great year for me, I felt the most fulfilled in my work that I ever had and worked so hard. It was a lot of fun and it feels so good to look back and see all my hard work in various projects. It’s always interesting looking back at the year behind you. It’s not often that we take the time to truly reflect, to take a step back and reevaluate before moving forward. We’re always thinking so much about the future that it’s nice to take a moment and think back on your year.

So, without further ado, here are my 2018 goals for my design career and personal life:

1. REDEFINE WHAT SUCCESS MEANS TO ME

This is a big one. It’s easy to define success by your income or professional accomplishments. But it also drives me crazzzyyyyyy. I’m never satisfied with my success when I define it this way. I am always pushing myself to the limit when it comes to my hustle (currently working four jobs and taking on 16 credit hours for my LAST semester of design school! #GIRLBOSS). Remember, success is never owned, its rented. And the rent is due everyday. I’m always reaching for more and forgetting about all the other important things in my life. So, first of all, I plan to celebrate more of my “small” successes throughout the year, whether that be in business or my personal life, and to truly appreciate them. I also hope to redefine my definition of the word “success” so that I can truly think of other things besides my career when I hear the words “success” or “successful”!

2. KEEP TRAVELING

2017 was definitely defined by all the traveling that I did. I met so many amazing people on my trips and networked with people that I would have never guessed I would simply because I decided to go on road trips and weekend getaways to some of my travel wish list spots. Jetting out to Beverly Hills and walking down Rodeo DR., staying at the iconic Beverly Hilton, wandering historic Downtown Knoxville and viewing all the fine detail, and sitting on Carolina beaches while envisioning coastal designs REALLY gave me a lot of inspiration for my design concepts during 2017.  I’d really love to plan a trip to Texas or Colorado. There is something that is pulling me there and I would love to see what all the hype is about. That’s one trip that I definitely want to plan for late summer or late fall. I will say it once and I will say it again, traveling is the best way to expand your style and design(s).  I also have my eyes on Chicago for Neocon!

This year will already include a ton of traveling because I need to decide where I want to spend the next 4-6 years to finish my Interior Design/ Architecture degree and establish my designs. January through March will be spotted with quick trips to some of my favorite places across the East coast. I am excited for the chance to pick my new location. Wish me luck because I’m horrible at making timely decisions.

3. HAVE A SELFISH YEAR.

Man, oh man. I can already tell you, 2018 is going to be busy. 2018 will be a year filled with: new branding, new jobs and projects, graduation and degree, healthier lifestyle, new school and enrollment, and most importantly, new opportunities. I didn’t realize just how fast two years of school goes by. The past two years while in Design school have been challenging and critical for my growth, especially 2017. I started my last semester of Design school last Monday and I have to say, its already going by super fast. This Spring 2018 semester, I am employed at two internships which include Showroom Design at Asian Loft in High Point Market Square Suites (come see me at Spring 2018 High Point Furniture Market y’all!) along with commercial furniture and interior design at Carolina Furnishing and Designs. They are wonderful networking opportunities that I am excited to be apart of.  As the days grow shorter, I am closer to graduating and moving forward with my degree. I will be enrolling at a new university (Applications are being filled out and submitted to my top University choices. Wonder where I’ll end up?) and complete my degree. Reflecting back on the last year, I never saw myself where I am now. I have gained so much knowledge, independence, recognition, and strength. I am rolling with the punches and smiling at whatever life may throw at me in 2018 versus 2017. Words can’t express how impatient I am to continue my education at a fresh, new school with inspiring inspirations surrounding me! 2018 will be my selfish year. Focusing solely on myself, for myself. A year dedicated to personal growth. How to be the best daughter, friend, designer, sister, employee, student, fur-mama, and companion all in one. When I can support myself and be kind to myself, I notice a world of difference. It’s easier to make decisions, to listen to that inner voice inside, and to create the life that I want. In the end, you really only have yourself to lean on, so why not be a cheerleader instead of a critic? So, I promise in 2018 to make an effort to improve my compassion for myself.

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Things that I plan on implementing more in 2018 that will help me reach these goals: listening to more podcast, more gym time (preferably yoga), no more weekend work, more time with friends and family, and more walks with my goldendoodle.

I can honestly say that after two years of design I am loving it more than ever … maybe even a lot more than ever. I believe that the secret to our staying power is continuing to change and evolve each year while following our passion and goals.

Make sure to follow your passion this New Year.

Until Next Time, 

Maelee Arnold Designs

Interior Design Student 

Get To Know: Vivid Interiors

BRIGHT – FUN – VIVID

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 Source: Vivid Interiors Website

 

Last week my Commercial II design class took a trip to Greensboro, North Carolina to visit a full service design company called Vivid Interiors. Vivid Interiors website brands themselves as this:

We are a full service interior design firm located in Downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. Our storefront is a color explosion of local art, quality NC-made upholstery, and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Our self-described aesthetic is a modern twist on southern style. Did we mention we love color?

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Source: Vivid Interiors Website

The store front was amazing! The local North Carolina art work was explicit. Vivid Interiors is a fresh, fun interior design firm located in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. They are an eclectic mix of polished prepster with a little bit of funky quirk. They offer a variety of residential, commercial and showroom design services from consultation to full service interior design. Full service is where they work with clients from conception to installation. Show room design is almost the same as Full-service Design but in a showroom setting. They bring their team to your showroom where they will then oversee the assembly of your product and set and style each vignette. They oversee construction, showroom painting, wallpaper installation, signage and audio visual components. They even help oversee the packing up and shipping things back to your home base! BINGO!!!

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Source: Vivid Interiors Website

 Vivid also works with many vendors who supply a vast selection of items to their store.

Visiting this shop gave me some inspiration for my final year in deign school. Vivid designs can also give you some inspiration! Contact them for your design needs:

(336) 265-8628

info@vivid-interiors.com

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Commercial Design II Class with Instructors Holly Barker and Addie Welch, along with Vivid Design owners Gina and Laura. 

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student 

Introvert VS Extrovert Seating

 

Either an introvert or extrovert, the personal style of your home should reflect your characteristic abilities to relax and recoup.

I’ve always assumed that being an “introvert” or “extrovert” meant you were shy or outgoing. The apex predator vs. the intelligent silent assassin. Center stage vs. screenwriter. I was wrong. I was also under the impression individuals were deemed “introvert” or “extrovert.” I was wrong about that, too. In truth, introversion and extroversion has nothing to do with being the life of the party or the bookworm, but actually relates to where/how you source your energy. Also, no one is 100% either way — everyone has characteristics of both sides, but as personalities go, we either fall mostly in the middle or slightly to one arch.

When it comes to decorating our homes, however, it is seemingly pleasant to allow yourself to identify with one or the other — even if you feel that, personally, you bounce between the two (as most do). They key idea here is “how you source your energy.” As your living space denotes the central point of your lifestyle, the look and feel of your home is essential for reclaiming your narrative… In a sense, a base for “refueling.”

 

An extrovert’s space

If you have a house full of extroverts, you’re going to want to foster a feeling of openness. In an extroverted house, all spaces are social spaces.

And even if you can’t create one big eating, dining, and lounging space, you can still create a haven for your extrovert family! You just have to get creative. For instance, if you have a larger, but closed-off kitchen, you can still make it a warm, social space by adding a sofa. A couch in the kitchen adds a lovely atmosphere to cooking or after-dinner cleanup time.

 

An introvert’s space

Introverts thrive on socializing in smaller groups. They also tend to need some alone time free of distractions. TVs and other obviously noisy activities should be relegated to rooms with doors in an introvert’s house.

To create a more introverted furniture arrangement, set up more intimate seating arrangements with — for instance — a couple of chairs facing each other here and there throughout the house. This encourages conversations between just a couple of people and discourages the hustle and bustle of those large groups, which tends to exhaust introverts.

Adding separations within rooms will make the spaces feel like completely different rooms. Even if your house has large, open spaces, you can create your own smaller rooms with separators. They keep a bright, airy feel while defining distinct spaces inside a large room.

A mixed space

This is where it can get tricky. If you have a house with a few introverts and a few extroverts (or even an ambivert who enjoys both styles) you’re going to want to mix it up with introvert as well as extrovert spaces.

 If you have a den or family room as well as a living room, you can make one the extrovert space and the other the introvert room. Even an extra bedroom can be turned into a introverted space. Call it the “library” or “study” to drive home that this is a quiet space. Many introverts are bookworms anyway, and will welcome a quiet space with a couple of comfy chairs and a lot of books to keep them company.Think about the psychology when you’re decorating as well.

Here, I am going to show you how a commercial floor plan I made for a Women’s Clinic in Texas can be versatile for both extraverts and introverts.

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This floor plan works for introverts AND extroverts because it offers a range of seating. There is individual seating options for someone who does not feel comfortable sitting beside a stranger. There is also bench seating options for the person who doesn’t mind. 

Whatever style of living energizes you, explore home design blogs to get ideas on ways that you can make your home layout really work for you and your family. There are so many wonderful examples already out there that will inspire your inner extrovert, introvert, or ambivert!

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student 

Traditional Bohemian Residential Design

The Woodward Residence is located in a Historic part of High Point, North Carolina. The residence was built in 1931 and is a minimal traditional home in Emerywood. The couple has lived in the house for nine years and are now considering the options of an “aging in place” design. Along with making the residence a universal design the Woodward’s have also asked to change the style from traditional to bohemian traditional design style. Mark is inspired by the bohemian fabrics he sees when traveling for work so often. Holly has requested to add on rooms to the house and incorporate existing client furniture.  To accommodate the new request for accessibility along with their growing family Maelee Arnold Interiors has been hired to make the home accessible and to design additions to the Historic home.

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Bathroom Perspective created in SketchUp and rendered in PhotoShop.

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Kitchen Perspective created in SKetchUp and rendered in Photoshop.

A home that is holistic, bohemian, and traditional is shown throughout the Woodward Residence. The Woodward Residence has principles of nature throughout the household and will be replicated in the design through sequencing, natural colors, and transitional rooms. The entrance of bohemian influence in the spaces will provide an interchanging look with visualized texturized surfaces. Designed with the Woodward’s in mind, the space will resonate with those who appreciate art and design, but also to those who share a home.

Until Next Time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

 

Womens Healthcare:

For my summer 2017 semester in Design school, I was instructed to develop a floor plan and design for a women’s clinic. The final project included a nurses station and waiting room.

The Women’s Center is a women’s clinic based in Texas. It’s a large company with a nurse station staff of about 11 led by head Doctor Megan Phillips and Doctor Lauren Tucker. Ms. Phillips and Ms. Tucker treat women in the Pearland, Texas area.

The main purpose of the center is to provide a high rate of return of patients and most importantly, make sure that their patients are taken care of. The Women’s Center takes great pride in the architectural projects that they finance for their patient and staff. The Women’s Center wants the projects to be of superior quality, setting new standards for nurse’s stations in the transitional hospital where The Women’s Center is located. They are inspired by the high-end design that Dr.Tucker sees in visits to luxury day spas in the East Coast.

This particular project is called the Women’s Center. It is a concrete hospital from the 1960s, located in the city south of Texas Street. This is a transitional inner-city neighborhood; it has experienced resurgence in recent years, as some former industrial buildings are being converted to retail, and commercial uses.

The completed project will contain a nurse’s station, six exam rooms, and a patient waiting area.Model

Floor plan created in AutoCad and PhotoShop

FINAL podium rendering waiting room

Waiting Room Perspective created in SketchUp and rendered with Podium and PhotoShop.

Nurses Station Perspective created in SketchUp and rendered with Podium and Photoshop.

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Custom logo I created that was inspired by the lotus flower for The Women’s Center.

Enlightenment through the Women’s Center is refined by an environment that is unified, holistic, organic, and ordered. The Louts Flower, a metaphorical symbol of both enlightenment and the geometrical principles of nature will be replicated in the design through sequencing, corresponding hospital colors, and curvilinear architectural.  The welcoming nurses station is conveyed as a curvilinear state with flower texture paneling, dimly-lit overhead lighting, and custom flower murals that enhances the room. Designed with females in mind, the space will resonate with those who seek women’s healthcare, but also to those who share a work space.  Like principles in design, the environment will be artistic, harmonious, and bring a unified spirit to the occupants through collaborative spaces.

Until Next Time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

Retail Project:

Late July my design class was presented a retail project. For this project in particular, we had to design for high-end fashion. Me, being the person I am choose, Tory Burch. I really enjoy Tory Burchs’ style and the way she represents her brand.

Tory Burch is an American lifestyle brand that embodies the personal style and sensibility of its Chairman, CEO and Designer, Tory Burch. Launched in February 2004, the collection includes ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, watches, home and beauty. – Tory Burch, Mission Statement

Tory Burch is an American Life Style Brand that embodies the personal style and sensibility of its Chairman, CEO and Designer, Tory Burch. Launched in February 2004, the collection includes ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, watches, home and beauty. Ms. Burch runs her company out of N.Y. but is wanting to open a retail store in Charlotte N.C.
The main purpose of the store is to provide a high rate of customers in the Carolina’s. Tory Burch takes great pride in the architectural projects that they finance for their brand. Tory Burch wants the projects to be of superior quality, setting new standards for high-end retail stores in the transitional city where Tory Burch, Charlotte is located. They are inspired by the high-end design that Ms. Burch sees in visits to luxury spas in Europe.
This particular project is called Tory Burch, Charlotte. It is a brick three story building from the 1990s, located in the city Charlotte, N.C. This is a transitional inner-city neighborhood; it has experienced resurgence in recent years, as some former industrial buildings are being converted to retail, and commercial uses.
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Tory Burch floor plan created in AutoCad and Photoshop

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Store Front perspective made from SketchUp, Podium, and Photoshop.

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Front perspective made from SketchUp, Podium, and Photoshop.

Interiors have gold custom wallpaper, mirrored walls, classic lacquered Tory Burch orange shelving, traditional furniture with gold accents everywhere. A classic approach on Tory Burch.

An organic life style through Tory Burch is refined by an environment that is unified, holistic, and ordered. Tory Burch, a designer of both lifestyle branding and organic prints will take geometrical principles of nature and replicate them in the design through sequencing, brand colors, clean-line architectural, and many textures. The bright retail store is conveyed as a personal “Tory” state with its orange lacquered covered paneling, and dimly-lit overhead lighting, and sofas to evoke romance and allure. Designed with Tory Burch in mind, the space will resonate with those who appreciate art and design, but also to those who share a “TB” sense of pride. Like principles in design, the environment will be artistic, harmonious, and bring a unified spirit to the occupants through the space.

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student