When should you hire a professional interior designer?

I’ve been practicing commercial interior design for over 20 years, yet many people are still unsure about what I do.  The industry hasn’t been effective at making the profession as well-known as other design professions, and with overlaps with both architecture and interior decoration, true interior design can be seen as a bit of an unknown. One key difference between interior design and architecture is scale.  To design a building is a much larger proposition than designing an interior space.  In my experience, there are benefits to having both architects and interior designers on a project team.  As in all…

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Ingenuity Can Help West Virginia Change

Senator Joe Manchin’s passionate plea to save what’s left of the coal industry is extremely discouraging for West Virginia.  Rather than show leadership during this time of energy transition, Sen. Manchin (as well as Senator Shelley Moore Capito, our Representatives in Congress, and most other statewide leaders) chooses to take the well-worn path of the status quo, and lacks the vision to see a real future for our state, one based on new technologies, services, and renewable energy. Sen. Manchin says that carbon capture and storage (CCS) “has not been demonstrated at any commercial scale power plant anywhere in the…

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USGBC Strives to Improve Quality of Life

As a commercial interior designer who’s been working in the building industry for over 20 years, I couldn’t agree more with Brooks McCabe’s assessment that the built environment is “more than just bricks and mortar.”  And as Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s West Virginia Chapter, this definitely holds true for me and our members.  The purpose of the organization is to improve the quality of life for West Virginians by transforming the way the built environment is designed, constructed, and maintained, resulting in buildings and communities that are environmentally, socially, and economically prosperous.  That is a big purpose,…

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