Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Flash Flood of 2011

Yesterday was quite a day to remember. After hours and hours of rain, I walked out of my apartment to find that my complex was flooding...and I don't mean just a little bit. Here are some images from around my complex.

Beyond the trees is skull creek...and where the water is now, that's one of our parking lots as you can see in the next image.

Due to all the crazy weather we have been having in Northwest Arkansas this year 40/29 news did a comparison to the snow received earlier and stated that the amount of rain that we had yesterday would be equal to 12' of snow if it were 40 degrees colder. Thank goodness it was warm out!
The weather is crazy --- be safe out there!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Designer or Decorator

The Interior Design program at the University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture, is an amazing program. Those who graduate from this program have a great understand of design all around, but this is not to say that we are perfect.

Our motto this year is:
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."
-Steve Jobs

It seems to me that in recent years there seems to be a lot of talk about the difference between "interior decorators" and "interior designers." The most simple way I have ever heard it explained is, "A decorator does not design but a designer does decorate..." It is not that Interior Designers feel that they are "better" then others, it is simply that they are more educated on products which will increase the health, safety, and welfare of those who use the space.

In my schools program, it might be over emphasized that we are not "decorators" and thus we focus  more on the planning and organizing of the space and not so much on the "decorating." This is an important part of making a beautiful and functional space (and something that I personally need to work on.)

Here are some images in which art, or "decoration" have really brought the space to life.

The accessories used in this space give a  feeling of comfort.

I love the use of plants on the interior. 
This increases the indoor air quality as well as giving a sense of comfort to the user subconsciously.

This kids clothing store has very few  accessories but the table displays are great!

Okay, just a few more...
Look at all the dots on the shades...maybe too much.
I love this room, the combination of orange, brown, black
white, and red is quite interesting.
Looks like red, black, and white are popular colors right now!

"Good design is obvious, Great design is transparent"

Sunday, April 17, 2011


Themed design seems to be the highlight of my life.
This great restaurant, T REX is downtown Disney.

This is outside of the restaurant. Obviously, its a very popular place!
This room is symbolic of the Ice Age. It is even a few degrees colder then the rest of the restaurant.

This is a view into the seating. To the left you can see the bar area and to the right is the ice age room.

This is my favorite place in the building. It is symbolic of the ocean. There are fish and coral everywhere!  

The link below is an amateur video of the restaurant.  As you watch you can see the walls change colors and a view into each room and their relation to each other!
T Rex Video


Tuesday, April 12, 2011


This is beautiful...lots of maintenance but so worth the time spent.