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 

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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

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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

7 Ways to Use 2017 Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery

Just a few months ago, the people who decide all things color trends came out with a trend color forecast for 2018.

The 2017 Color of the Year was announced back in December.  I know.  I am behind on this blog post.  I am getting to it now. So I need to beg the color trend people to hold the roll out of 2018. For me, I am just warming up to 2017 and I need time.  Time to savor in it all including the color du jour.

“The color”  as most of you know, is a shade of green, Pantone is calling Greenery (15-0343).  Today I bring you 7 ways I would use the color of the year in home decor.  Take a look and let me know if you have any other ideas…

 

Here are my 7 ways to use green in home decor as illustrated through these photos.

7 WAYS TO USE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR – GREENERY
  • Dining chairs – upholster the seat of a cute dinging chair in green.
  • Feature wall wallpaper – find a wonderful wallpaper with bold leafy print for a powder room or hallway
  • Plants – decorate with plants!
  • Green sofa – timeless if in hunter green or a shade of emerald
  • Kitchen island – Paint lower cabinets or a kitchen island a fabulous jade green
  • Bench or stool – Take a small stool or bench into be covered with green fabric from your local fabric shop
  • Pillows – Add a few green pillows to your living room sofa or the chair in the den.

Here is how the Pantone folks describe this almost chartreuse shade of green:

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

Looking forward to finding out what is in store for 2018.  As you an see by these swatches above…we are looking at a lot of color!!!

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

 

Commercial Design: West Hampton’s Elementary School

An environment that is unified, holistic, and organic refines equality throughout the West Hampton Elementary School. The Stingray, a metaphorical symbol of both deep thinking and leadership uses the geometrical principles of nature and will be replicated in the design through sequencing, school colors, curvilinear architectural, and art focused classrooms. The entrance of geometrical shapes in the spaces will provide an interchanging look and highlight visually textured surfaces. Designed with the “Stingray Nation” in mind, the space will resonate with those who appreciate art and design, but also to those who share a scholastic sense of pride. Like principles in design, the environment will be artistic, harmonious, and bring a unified spirit to the occupants through collaborative spaces.

Maelee Arnold Interior’s was contracted to design the third grade class room and activity space of the West Hampton’s Elementary School. The design must be harmonious and functional for children.

THE CONCEPT FOR RE-DESIGN OF WEST HAMPTON ELEMENTARY CENTERS AROUND THE VIBRANT CREATIVITY OF YOUTH. THE FOCUS FOR WEST HAMPTON IS TO ENHANCE CHILDREN’S EDUCATION THROUGH HANDS-ON LEARNING INITIATIVES THAT INTEGRATE ARTS EDUCATION AND INDIVIDUAL LEADERSHIP. INCORPORATING BOLD COLORS REMINISCENT OF THE HAMPTONS COASTAL SETTING TIES THE SCHOOL TO ITS SURROUNDING COMMUNITY. OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE SPACES THROUGHOUT, ALLOW EACH STUDENT THE FREEDOM TO ENGAGE IN THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT SURROUND THEM

 

Maelee Arnold Interior’s took the time to research the needs of third grade class rooms before picking out any furniture, finishes, and equipment (FFE). After researching, it was apparent that third grade is the grade year where children transition from single desk to group tables. It was also apparent that third grade scholars spend a lot of time focusing on science and math. To help incorporate third grade standards I found single movable desk that can be pushed-together to create a “table space” or “group space” for all the students. On top of mobility in the classroom, I also added THREE group areas that would give students a place to work on Science, Math or Reading; independently, in a group, or with the teacher.

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Smith and System Silhouette Desk

I focused on a blue, orange and grey color palette that mimics West Hampton’s beaches for the classroom. Too much color can cause a “wondering eye”, which is not ideal in a school space. Not only was color an important element of our design but texture and shape was as well. I decided to carry a hexagon/ “honey comb” shape through out the third grade class rooms and activity space. Adding different shapes brought interest to the human eye

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Rendered Floor Plan of Third Grade Classroom


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Rendered Perspective of Third Grade Class Room.

Programs used to create rendering: Sketch Up, Adobe Photo Shop, Auto Cad and InDesign

The activity space was by far the funnest space to design! I was given an empty room with curved walls. During my design process I had to consider ALL children. A design that would accommodate every one of the Third Grade. I decided to turn one wall into a “storage” / “slot” wall. The wall thickness has been taken from the standard 6″ to a solid 16″! The extra space allowed me to place the seating IN the wall. The idea of this came from children in wheelchairs. Disabled children should never feel secluded due to their mobility. When you add-on the extra width to the wall it allows children and teachers to GRAB the seating down and place it around wheelchairs.

I also added in PLINKO board, hexagon wall seating and a book nook for the Third Graders!

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Rendered Floor Plan of Third Grade Activity Room


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Rendered Perspective of Third Grade Activity Room.

Programs used to create rendering: Sketch Up, Adobe Photo Shop, Auto Cad and InDesign


I look forward to sharing more designs with you. For any questions about this perspective or design please email me at: maeleea24@gmail.com

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student


GO STINGRAYS!