Sitting down for a chat with Tobi Fairley

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Traditional Home Magazine predicts “Tobi will be like Cher or Oprah- of those women for whom one name says it all”. Selected as one of Traditional Home’s Top 20 Young Designers in America, Tobi Fairley has a signature look that is fresh and simple combining colorful, large-scale prints with classic furniture styles for a beautiful and functional result.

Today we feature our interview with Tobi and how she uses Olioboard as a tool for her design business.

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.
I’m a businesswoman in a creative field who loves to find innovative solutions for my clients, whether I’m designing their home or coaching them about transforming their business. My interior design work is (for me) all about exciting fabric pairings and fearless use of color and pattern. My consulting work is motivated by my desire to inspire people to ditch their self-defeating ways of thinking and living in order to embrace the potential we all hold to achieve the things we truly want in life.

2. What’s your preferred way to start a new project? How do you typically get inspired and creative in the early stages?
A gorgeous fabric with a great color palette and an interesting pattern is usually my starting point, but not always. My sources of inspiration are VERY diverse, and thanks to Pinterest I no longer live buried in magazine clippings! Travel and music are other very vital sources of inspiration for me!

3. Prior to Olioboard, how did you present design direction ideas to your clients?
My design team was mostly creating digital presentation images in Microsoft Power Point, and if we needed a perspective drawing or elevation we used AutoCAD or did a hand rendering. These are tools we still use, but Olioboard presents us with another great tool that is perfect in certain situations.

4. Can you name 3 ways in which Olioboard has become a useful tool for your interior design business?
We use Olioboard to give a client an idea of the mood we’ve envisioned for a space by making a digital inspiration board. We use Olioboard to create a perspective image of a design and then trace over that image to create a more precise and gorgeous hand rendering for our clients. I’ve also encouraged designers I’m coaching who might not yet have a full portfolio of professional photos to use Olioboard designs to demonstrate their skill to prospective clients.

5. How have your clients reacted to Olioboard as a presentation tool?
They love it! It looks fresh and dynamic, and of course they love the accessibility.

6. In addition to the Olioboard Pro Plan (which includes a color scheme tool, text tool and budget tool), what features or improvements would make your life as a designer easier?
Olioboard is already such great tool to use! The only thing I might add is a measuring feature. You can usually eyeball the sizes but sometimes a measuring tool can be useful. It could help bring the drawings closer to “scale.”

7. What are three time saving / creative tips you would give to designers and members just starting to use Olioboard?
First, Add the Olioboard button “Add to Olioboard” to your bookmark bar! It is the best! You can upload images to Olioboard in an instant. And the best part is it adds the URL, price, etc. all in one click! Second, arrange your items into sets to keep you organized! Instead of always scrolling through all of your items, you can search by the sets. And lastly, if you are using Olioboard as a guideline to trace for presentation, don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t worry about cropping images or color palettes because when you trace you can add in the color you want and ignore the background of items if it isn’t needed. It’s a major time-saver!

Win a chance to attend one of Tobi’s design camps!
Be sure to stay tuned for exciting upcoming contests on Olioboard where you will have the chance to win passes to Tobi’s new design camps. She is a wealth of knowledge on all things design and in these camps she shares her lessons and experiences to help you take your design business to the next level.

Keep checking in for this amazing opportunity!

Interview with Designer Stacy Naquin on E-Design

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Hello everyone. I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. Today we are very happy to share our interview with Louisiana based designer, Stacy Naquin and our discussion on e-design.

Tell us about you?
Stacy Naquin’s signature style is a unique combination of timeless design details and current trends, making her one of the freshest faces in design throughout Louisiana and the South.

Her lifelong love of design led Stacy to study at the prestigious Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and Louisiana State University, where she graduated with a degree in Interior Design. Since that time, Stacy has gained over fifteen years of experience and expertise in residential and commercial interiors, which culminated in the establishment of Stacy Naquin Interiors.

Years working alongside many of the nation’s premier kitchen and bath designers has made Stacy an integral resource for new home construction and major renovations, as well as lavish interiors. Collaborating with her husband, the owner of a luxury audio/video technology firm, helps Stacy bring high-tech capabilities to her gorgeous designs, marrying the best in style and function for her exclusive clientele.

It is Stacy’s passion for both design and the business of design that keeps her traveling extensively to work on best practices for the design industry and stay current on the latest resources and trends.

How did you get interested in e-design?
After starting my own business, I realized there was an entire market being underserved or not being served at all. There is a common misconception that hiring an Interior Designer is very expensive and is available only to the elite, but I knew there had to be a way to offer affordable design. According to consumer spending reports, roughly 66% of people buy their furniture online. As more and more consumers embrace the internet, creating an e-design service where clients can do their own purchasing was a natural progression.

What led you to decide?
Time is money – for the client as well as the designer. I’ll find 10-20 times the amount of product online as opposed to driving around town looking for the perfect product in the correct size, pattern or color.

Where do you see opportunity in your design business?
Proximity is no longer an issue. I may have blog readers from Florida to California that love my design aesthetic, and within a week or two I can provide everything they need to implement their new design.

Do you plan to offer luxury services?
Absolutely. You will always have clients that want exclusive fabrics, custom furniture, and unique items and simply don’t have the time or don’t want to do it themselves.

How do you see e-design tying into that?
With Olioboard, I can upload a product from any vendor I carry, not just what is available on their site. Also, I have used it as a tool for conceptual design.

Do you think your luxury clients will be put off to see e-design?
Just as in the fashion industry, there are different levels of product to offer a client. A luxury couture designer will design gowns for the Oscars, but they will also have a separate line designed for Macy’s.

Do you know of any top Interior Designers that offer e-design services?
Tobi Fairley and Windsor Smith come to mind.

What are the 3 ways you see they can use Olioboard?
Olioboard is a time saving tool to create 3-D presentations, print out an itemized shopping list, and to provide clients with the convenience of purchasing by simply clicking on a link.

Do you see any pitfalls or negatives with e-design? When opting for fast, affordable design, you sometimes compromise the extent of customization such as sizes, fabrics, or added trim details.

If you want to learn more about Stacy Naquin and her design services check out any of the links below.

Blog: http://stacynaquininteriors.com/blog
Website: http://stacynaquininteriors.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacy-Naquin-Interiors/160797013945101
Twitter: http://twitter.com/StacyNaquin
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/stacy-naquin/29/4b/70b
Olioboard: http://www.olioboard.com/users/stacynaquin

Designer Interviews – Lynda Quintero Davids

Today we are interviewing the amazing Stylist | Designer | Planner | Thrifter | Blogger, Lynda Quintero-Davids. Lynda is also a long time Olioboard member who has figured out how to truly utilize Olioboard to promote herself and her business. Read on to learn tips from Lynda on getting your name out there for others to take notice.

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.

I love shopping, thrifting, dancing, drawing, painting, gardening, branches, flowers, the color black, cuff bracelets, the beach, history, and NYC! I have a strong passion for making something out of nothing, always finding more space, and a strong desire for wanting to make things look their best. From a simple shift to shopping thrift – My home is my lab where I experiment on looks, styles & techniques I can do for you.  Although I spent twenty five years working in retail as a stylist, fashion show coordinator and visual merchandising director, I’m very passionate about architecture, interior décor and photography. My design experience includes: apartment & townhome renovations, outdoor living & garden design, event planning & execution. My specialties include: budget design, conceptual design, room boards, interior planning, retail space planning, styling, painting, thrifting and furniture refinishing. I also enjoy creating flower arrangements and have worked as a Production & Design Assistant for David Bromstad and the ColorSplash team in Miami.

2. What’s your preferred way to start a new project? How do you typically get inspired and creative in the early stages?

Getting inspired to start a new project can come in several different ways. Often I find myself sketching a thought on the nearest paper I can find or now – as many of you do – I’ve become a Pinterest addict!  If it’s for a client I am working with, most importantly I ask several questions and LISTEN to the answers. While listening to the answers, I also take note of my surroundings by looking around for other clues: colors, keepsakes, and types of magazines & books they may have around. If the space is an empty shell, then asking, “How long you have lived here?” is usually a pretty good guide to let me know either this person is a) in a rush, b) can’t make a decision or c) is a perfectionist and may not be so easy to please. But relying back to listening – the client may not have enough time or not know where to start. We all have something we love dearly – a color, a dress, a photograph, a book, a bowl – so even that can be a good place to start.

When I’m not working with a client, EVERYTHING, and I mean everything, stirs my imagination – both good and bad. And the inspiration doesn’t always need to be taken literally. For example, back in 2006, a beautiful yellow school bus drove passed me on my way to work. Something about that yellow caught my attention and just stayed with me. A few months later, while on a trip to NYC, it dawned on me: with all the NYC photos I have, I didn’t have any of the famed NYC Taxis, so I kept trying to capture an image of them – but failed. A month later, my husband and I returned to NYC to be married in Central Park. On our way to the park, we got stuck in a Taxi jam. Jeff knew I wanted a pic of taxis, so he just stuck his arm out the window with the camerawhile we were in front of Mies van der Rhoe’s Seagram’s Building – and BAM! He got the shot that inspired me to do a black, white & yellow room, popularly known at HGTV’s Rate My Spaceas “Cash Cab”.

3. Prior to Olioboard, how did you present design direction ideas to your clients?

Prior to using Olioboard, I’d use my sketches of floor plans or elevation drawings – along with tons of magazine clippings, catalogue tear-outs and drawings. I’ve also done actual sample boards, but who the heck wants to lug that big board around? Besides – you can’t send that in an email, a tweet, or a FB message.

4. Can you name 3 ways in which Olioboard has become a useful tool for your interior design business (or career)?

Using Olioboard, I’m able to select reasonably priced style that is very desired among my target market. And even if it’s not on Olioboard, I can easily upload a phone pic of a thrift find or a deal I spot at Homegoods… and even better, now I can source on Pinterest what I’m looking for, and then add it to my Olioboard library (basically repining from Pinterest TO Olioboard. All of which is a HUGE time saver when trying to pull together a look for a client, a friend or family member, and even our home.

5. How have your clients reacted to Olioboard as a presentation tool?

Besides emailing an Olioboard to a client to review a color, a sofa style, or a room design, I have also printed my 2D and 3D boards out onto cardstock, which makes for an easy and impressive presentation. Not everyone is a visual thinker – and that’s perfectly alright. Having an Olioboard on hand helps give clarity to the vision of a space. I like using both 2D first and then show the 3D of what the selected elements can look like in the space. And since I print it on paper, it’s very easy to make notes and adjustments. Showing an Olioboard itself online is also easy because the board can be enlarged, or make the necessary adjustments on the spot –  although I still prefer to print out the boards, and put them together in a nice black folder along with my business cards, project details, the budget and a contract. As tech savvy as some people are, I understand not everyone is. People like holding onto the printed Olioboard, especially if I leave them one.

6. In addition to the upcoming Olioboard Pro Plan (which includes a color scheme tool, text tool and budget tool), what features or improvements would make your life as a designer easier?

Since Olioboard first started up, I’ve seen them go through a few changes – all for the better to upgrade their site. And the best change by far has to be the addition of the ProPlan Tools. Before the tools, I’d have to save my board and reload it to another site to add in text. Now, with the text tool in the ProPlan, I’m able to easily integrate not only text for the project name, but I can now add in details like “before” and “after” to photos or notes such as “this chair style – in this fabric”

Since I also blog, using Olioboard with Pinterest has been helpful to create blog content for style trends I spot in stores, on the street, or on Pinterest. I am also creating lifestyle spaces- merging fashion with home décor – which is so important to both industries and our economy. This helps me demonstrate that as a designer, I have a CLEAR understanding of the different lifestyles. It also allows me to incorporate my retail background of visual presentation, which is what I did while working at JCPenney: help give brands an identity that the targeted market can relate to their lifestyle – and they will likely the goods. Well, now the goods I’m selling is myself on the internet.

Going forward, an enhancement I’d like to see with the tools is the ability to “save” the color schemes (which is actually already in the works). Another feature I’d like to see is maybe teamining up with Picnik to offer other editing options for boards – for example framing them – plus options to edit photos – for example convert a “before” photo to B&W on a board.

7. What are three time saving / creative tips you would give to designers and members just starting to use Olioboard?

1.Learn the buttons and what they can do for you. From cropping, to locking, to shifting images in your layers back to front & front to back. The other important buttons to be aware of are “Public” and “Private”. Some items you may want to keep private are shots of your client’s space, your signature, and your logo. Items to share with the public would be those fab furniture finds you have just pinned or an inspirational photo. Be sure to “save” often.

2.Create your library and take the time to organize it into sets. I started building my library with items I’d find in Olio’s categories and dump those onto an open board, then click save – all the items are saved, regardless if it’s for the current project or a future one. Afterwards, I take the time to put those library items into my sets. Easy sets to categorize are rugs, chairs, flooring, wall colors, and wall coverings – and then create other sets by color. Eventually sets can become client project specific.

3.Don’t be shy! Share your completed boards with friends on Facebook and Tweet them too – especially if you are a designer looking to build your brand. Not all of my boards are blog worthy or represent my design style – but for those that are, I created a tab with a library of my boards on my blog. Although I’ve experimented and have done a bit of DIY projects on my blog, I mostly use my blog as a current portfolio of my work, my design style and my abilities and hopefully it also shows my organizational skills – like an online Resume. Olioboard has been a tremendous help to me being able to apply and showcase my skills in visual presentation, planning and organizing.

Lynda was born and raised in North Bergan New Jersey and frequently visited New York City on the weekends with her Godmother. She grew up seeing her dad sketch something on a napkin one day, and the next, he’d be outside building it. At age ten, her parents relocated them to South Florida where, over the past 33 years, she developed her metropolitan style with an occasional flare for the tropics. She relocated from South Florida to Phoenix, Arizona, (“in the valley”) where she is already tapping into acquiring different décor styles because of the new location.

Early in her teens, she had wanted to go into fashion design. The closest thing to it, that she could do, was window displays. Window displays grew to a love of fashion show production and visual merchandising stores. In her late twenties, she wanted to develop her fondness of merchandising to do store planning and design, so she decided to go to school for interior design. Being her father’s daughter, she too enjoyed building, painting, and decorating the house. Now she passionately combine the two loves. Her work has been featured on HGTV, Houzz, CasaSugar, various blogs and right here at Olioboard! You can connect with Lynda via: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, flickr and her blog, Focal Point.

To learn more about each design in this post, just click on any of the board images.

Designer Interviews ~ Bobbi Moore

As our Designer Interviews continue, today we feature Bobbi Moore, ASID Allied., a talented and creative interior designer who uses Olioboard as a presentation tool to showcase various room design layouts, including seasonal, color story and accessory options to her clients. Learn more about Bobbi and her experiences using Olioboard below.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your interior design business.
I am the Principal Interior Designer for Panache Designs, my own company, working primarily in the Northern VA area. Panache Designs operated two retail stores for over 20 years in this area. Since I began as “retail based”, I still operate my design business that way. There are various calls for just window treatments, but since I still offer over 325 companies for furnishings and accessories, primarily I am involved in whole room and sometimes whole home projects. I have completed projects in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Arizona, and a large restoration and furnishings project in England. I am an Allied Member of ASID.

In the moodboards featured above, interior designer Bobbi Moore presents 2 different seasonal looks for her clients: Winter & Spring Foyer.


What’s your preferred way to start a new project? How do you typically get inspired and creative in the early stages?
I start a new project based on the client’s requirements. Since I am involved in a lot of whole room projects, I will start with a client showing them sample colors, pieces of framed art, and patterned area rugs, to see what style and colors they respond to favorably. Usually a client knows the style they like, I just show them how different style pieces can be mixed into it in order to create an artistic look.

Can you name 3 ways in which Olioboard has become a useful tool for your interior design business?
First, Olioboard has been excellent as a way to show clients different styles and colors. I have placed several of my “rooms” into a portfolio presentation on my IPAD, using Dropbox. I recently created 4 foyer scenes based on seasons, and just from those was able to help one client channel her color selections very easily. Second, for another client, I was able to show her the exact color Benjamin Moore paint, with the exact fabrics against it that I had selected for her sofa and chair. I also am trying to get them to paint the fireplace white, so I also included that in their Mood Board. Third, I have had one client that was interested in a sofa, so I put it on Olioboard and of course I added the pillows, art and area rug to the scene. She was able to see a finished scene, and that is also what she ordered, the entire look, including a coffee table.

Prior to Olioboard, how did you present design direction ideas to your clients?
I first started using Olioboard as a fun tool to easily experiment with furnishings and accessories. It is just so user friendly, that I started to realize I could finish a project presentation, completed as a full room style, in about a quarter of the time it would take me to do a computer generated plan from a full software program that I was using. I keep my sets on Olioboard loaded with some of the accessory, lighting and furniture companies that I sell., and they are ready when I am planning a project. Even if we are selecting a different product, using Olioboard does show a client the look I am trying to accomplish, by putting accessories in place.

How have your clients reacted to Olioboard as a presentation tool?
Clients seem to love looking at all the different room plans on my IPAD. One client asked if I scanned them from a magazine. They love seeing their style of room with styles of furniture they never even thought about using. It helps them to branch out and consider different ideas a lot easier than just me talking to them about change.

In addition to the upcoming Olioboard Pro Plan (which includes a color scheme tool, text tool and budget tool), what features or improvements would make your life as a designer easier?
I am very interested in the improvements that are being added to Olioboard. One thing that would be also very useful is the ability to scale a wall, window and furnishings according to actual client room measurements.

What are three time saving /creative tips you would give to designers and members just starting to use Olioboard?

Tip 1: For new users of Olioboard, I would encourage them to just jump in and start mixing together several items they like in the usual “mood board” arrangement.

Tip 2: Experiment with “realistic” looking rooms. Watch the scale of items, for example, with 2 side by side chairs – the one in the foreground should be slightly larger than the one in the background. Use olioboard’s excellent tool to take out the background colors on your item.

Tip 3: Look through the huge library of rooms created by the many talented users of the program and you will get inspired to create your own unique look. Everyone is very friendly about sharing items and sets, this expands resources for everyone. I love seeing the same item used on various boards with such uniqueness.

 

Bobbi Moore is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID Allied. Panache Designs operated as a Design Studio with two retail stores in the Northern Virginia area for over 20 years. The principal designer, Bobbi Moore continues with Interior Design services, still ordering direct from over 350 manufacturers. We offer all design services to include custom window treatments, space planning, furniture, lighting, area rugs and all accessories.

We have completed many whole room projects and also whole home projects in Northern Virginia, Virginia Beach Virginia, Boston Massachusetts, High Point North Carolina, Pine Island North Carolina and New Hampshire. We oversaw the renovation of a Manor House in Exetor England which included all furnishings, draperies and accessories. This project was featured in the local newspaper for Exetor, England. One of our fully decorated homes of 12,000 square feet was featured on the Virginia Home and Garden Tour for Northern Virginia. Panache Designs has participated in the Capitol Expo Home Show in Dulles, Virginia two times a year for over a decade. We have completed build out and design of six retail gift shops. We were also selected to design and implement custom window treatments for twelve floors of a Tysons Corner Virginia hotel. To learn more about Bobbi and to view her complete designer portfolio, visit www.panachedesigns.org. You can also find Bobbi on Olioboard (member: Panache), Facebook, Houzz and Pinterest.

Designer Interviews ~ Rachel Guest

We recently interviewed Interior Designer Rachel Guest, IIDA, LEED AP, to discuss ways in which she uses Olioboard as an organization and presentation tool. In our interview, Rachel gives insightful tips in using our moodboard creation platform and discusses her creative process: from overall conception to client presentations. Whether you’re a design student, interior designer, decorator, or one of our amazingly creative community members, you’re sure to find some moodboarding inspiration, along with some fabulous “tips & tools” of the trade.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your interior design business.
I’m currently an independent interior designer living in Austin, TX. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and have always had an interest in art and design, especially organic forms that relate to nature and the outdoors. In the past I’ve worked for both suppliers and large national design firms doing both residential and commercial design. A couple of years ago I set out on my own, retaining some clients from my last employer and developing new ones along the way. I’m a highly visual thinker and love using technology to bring ideas to life for my clients. In addition to design, Iove photography, hiking, being outside, and my beautiful Labrador retriever named Cowboy.

What’s your preferred way to start a new project? How do you typically get inspired and creative in the early stages?
I get inspired by helping my clients find their own unique style and expressing it in my work. I work very hard up front to understand my client’s desires by asking for a lot of input, and then establish some alternative concepts that express who the client is, and what I think will make them most comfortable in their environment. Once a design style is established – I get creative.

What helps me in the initial stages is visually playing with pictures of inspirational settings or element or colors, and placing them together, filtering and adding, changing size based on the relationship to each element. As I “play” with visual relationships, ideas stem and I edit the design ideas. At times I may sketch out a relationship flow, if the projects have more than one program for the space. This is my design process and that’s why the accessibility of the tools Olioboard provides makes this process faster and easier for me to work through with my clients.

From Moodboard concept to final room design. Photos by Merrick Ales Photography.

Can you name 3 ways in which Olioboard has become a useful tool for your interior design business?
First, it helps me push farther in my design process because it is simple and easy to use. I can quickly generate several different design approaches to test the tastes and styles preferred by my clients. Second, I like being able to design first, then see budget implications second and because Olioboard is linked to specific products and pricing, I can quickly see how adding or subtracting elements will impact a client’s financial needs. Third, in addition to making it easy and quick to generate designs, it is very low cost (free!) and provides output in a very aesthetically pleasing understandable format that my clients can both relate to and appreciate.

Prior to Olioboard, how did you present design direction ideas to your clients?
I used to cut out pictures and spray mount them to foam core, then spray mount those elevated images to a large foam core. Then I would need to request material samples or go find them and hot glue gun them to the large board. This cost me in both time and materials and I ended up with piles of samples and many of these boards littered around my office. As my business has evolved I’ve moved to mostly digital presentations. For some clients, I have built entire websites to highlight materials and palettes to be used, for example when a client has multiple offices and is trying to develop a consistent theme.

How have your clients reacted to Olioboard as a presentation tool?
They’ve reacted positively, because the speed at which I can get them back creative and cohesive ideas has increased. Also because the culture has transitioned into such a digital world, that being able to send them an entire presentation in one snapshot of the design board I make on Olioboard simplifies so many aspects from the traditional ways interior designs have been presented. Finally, when they have a comment or a change request, I’m able to quickly and effectively change it and shoot the revised board back to them immediately – they love the quick response. It helps them to stay engaged and excited about the transformation of their space.

In addition to the upcoming Olioboard Pro Plan (which includes a color scheme tool, text tool and budget tool), what features or improvements would make your life as a designer easier?
I look forward to the Pro Plan for sure! But as far as any other improvements that could help me, I guess at this time, maybe a few pre-determined layout templates to help maintain a consistency in a presentation palette for repeat client projects. Another thing that I would like to see as a designer who shares her boards on FaceBook, I wish the like button, when hit on FaceBook, transferred over to show the love on the olioboard profile.

What are three time saving /creative tips you would give to designers and members just starting to use Olioboard?

Tip 1: When sorting through the available products, drag and drop ALL images that first strike your eye as desirable. Don’t get too hung up on whether they match perfectly or not. Because of the layout relationships you can easily assess how the various products relate to each other (or not). I find that it’s easier to delete, filtering your design, than trying to develop the perfect design the first time from the unknown. Basically, pull in all options that draw your eye. You will surprise yourself with some items that work with each other beautifully, that you may never have found by looking at them alone

Tip 2: Scale the image appropriate to what the real physical relationship would be in the environmental space – this helps to get the feel for the presence of the various products in the target space. Then later, you can play with size of images depending on the artistic presentation you want to convey to the client.

Tip 3: Depending on your design goal, present the products and images with a relating conceptual background. Adding in texture or utilizing images that can help give your presentation depth or a framing element is good, but keep in mind the simplicity is also often useful for expressing a vision – if you over complicate the design presentation, the client will have a hard time seeing the forest from trees, as they say.

 


Rachel Guest, IIDA, LEED AP
As a professional designer in the Austin community, Rachel Guest is President of RED Earth Designs and works on an array of creative interior design projects for both commercial and residential clients. An amateur artist and photographer, Rachel’s mission is to blend the functional needs of her clients with artistic touches that create unique and pleasing aesthetics for the spaces she creates. In addition to being a licensed interior designer, Rachel is an art school graduate and is accredited as a LEED-certified design professional, making her an expert in sustainable design. She worked on a LEED project that achieved a Gold Status in 2008, which also won an award for best construction of the year in Texas.

Her expertise spans 12 years of material resourcing with broad technical experience in space planning, environmental design, and incorporating sensory elements that are fun and unusual. Rachel strongly believes in putting her talents, ideas and hard working efforts in giving back to the community. She has participated in many home remodels for non-profits such as Make A Wish and LifeWorks. She also enjoys donating custom art pieces, personalized photo shoots that are framed as part of the decor. Rachel and RED Earth Designs have won numerous awards for their community participation and projects. But her favorite part of these projects is to see how much they touch each individual and how the experience of the spacial interior environment is so important to the soul and it reminds her why she loves designing so much. To learn more about Rachel and to view her designer portfolio, visit www.redearthdesigns.com. Find Rachel on Olioboard, Twitter @REDEDesigns and Facebook.