My Life Post-iPhone

Since I don’t Use the iPhone

I have more battery life, I have access to all my music without restrictions, I have a decent map that gives the right directions. Sound familiar? It’s no wonder that tons of people are moving away from the iPhone in exchange for Droid or similar… but I digress. This blog is not about phones it’s about my life.

What to Do With it

My experiences in life are mine and this is my online journal. I don’t care if nobody reads my blog or if the entire world does – as long as I have put my thoughts on “paper.”

I’m an ex smoker, interior designer, care taker of my aging grandma, parent and critic so that means there will might be new posts every day or hardly at all. Please feel free to leave a spam-free comment.

Shopping for wall art stickers with your iphone

Who would have ever imagined back in the 80′s that you could shop for anything anywhere anytime. Thanks to the iPhone and other smart devices, there are a ton of really cool options for shopping for just about anything you want. I buy wall art stickers online all the time, it’s kind of a new hobby that I have. Since there are always so many cool pictures of things to choose from, I haven’t hung a real picture on my wall for years, that goes for the office as well. My wife was the first one to pick up a decal like this to stick on the wall from Target, which was pretty cool. But the quality of these things sucked. It was like a cheap sticker that just peeled off around the edges after a few months. And don’t get me started on the clear sticker boarder around all of them. Well, when you decide to do business with someone other than a big box store it is so much easier to get exactly what you want and usually a much higher quality. That’s been the big thing I’ve learned with the internet and shopping online with my iPhone, from the pool, or wherever I’m inspired to buy something.

Buying the right thing pays off

style and apply If you buy the right stuff instead of some crappy box store piece of junk then you’ll not only have something you like better, but you’ve gotten it for a pretty cheap price or at least the same as the bigger store. You see, big stores have tons of items in every category but they don’t specialize in anything. This is good for the masses, giving a few options. But if you want a ton of options, you need to visit a local or online retailer that has all the options you could ever imagine. Those are my two cents for the day, thanks for reading!

Why I Don’t Shop for Furniture at Home Depot

As an interior designer, I make it my business to judge every retail, office and home space that I am in. I look at the artwork, the furniture, the paint color of the walls, the finish of the paint on the walls, the Carpet, window coverings, pictures, I even look at the garbage can if there is one visible. When I going to a restaurant, I look at the floor, the backsplash, the windows, mere, and The paint finish. Did you know that paint in restrooms should be done in high-gloss? This keeps moisture from soaking in.

Recently I was contracted to design and office space for architects! One of the architects that I worked with had presented me plans for a home that I did the furniture for. I found a great resource for vintage industrial office furniture that had plenty of items for that home, which I think is the reason Why I was hired for the job at this office.

Looking like a rockstar

When you shop at a box store like Home Depot or any other, you will find pieces that a customer can easily find on their own, that’s why I don’t shop furniture, lighting fixtures or any other piece that can be considered “signature” from major retailers.

Since the key to success and just about any industry is being resourceful, and since there really is, as Albert Einstein puts it, “creativity is the art of hiding your sources of inspiration” – or something like that… Here is a picture of one of the pieces I had delivered to that home which got me the job in the architects office:

TV Lift Cabinet

The art of interior design and decorating begins with anthropology, how do the people who are in that space interact with the space? What is their primary function for being there? If it is a living room, are the chairs organized in a way that simulates conversation? Or Are all of the chairs focused only on the television set? The point of any living room, in my opinion, is to stimulate conversation among its inhabitants. How about an office? In a shared office space especially, that should lend itself to creativity. Creativity happens to be one of the greatest drivers of new business for any business. Innovation and in the spirit of entrepreneurialism can come I live with the proper environmental resources that stimulate the imagination. That is my take on design. It is pragmatic, it is creative and it’s own right, and it is the paradigm in which I operate when doing any such project. I think this is what gives me an edge in my industry, at least locally.

So when you are considering the space in which you work, live, shop… Look around and see what the design intent was meant to do. How about Starbucks? They have interior design nailed right on down to the music that is piped through the speakers. The atmosphere is totally built around sipping and expensive caffeinated beverage in the comfort of a creative coffeehouse Which just about every American can enjoy, which is why Starbucks is considered the “third-place.” I only wish I had that contract. Thanks for stopping by.