Archive for 2011

Christmas Envy

Christmas Envy
Happy Chris-Kwanz-Nukah! It’s Christmastime and all is colorful and bright.  Last night on Christmas Eve most stores, restaurants and even gas stations were shuttered for the holiday.  Homes had trees inside with lights that sparkled through front windows.  And, of course, there were so many varieties of outside decorations from garlands to a whole front... Read more »

Good Design: It's Not Just For “The 1%”

Good Design: It's Not Just For “The 1%”
Occupy Wall Street started on  September 17th and Occupy Chicago began a week later on September 24th – today is day 73. This Movement touches and protests many political and social issues and positions from the banking bailout fiasco and the continuing mortgage chaos to free speech, environmental responsibility and gay rights.   But the core... Read more »

Just because TV Says you Can?

Just because TV Says you Can?
One more time:  You are not a Designer because TV says you are.  Just because the Internet and HGTV/ DIY television are giving out all sorts of options for helping one exude overconfidence in construction, remodeling and design (plus, plus), doesn’t mean that it’s truly so. Sadly, Lowe’s is letting many employees go in our... Read more »
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Thoughts on Success

Thoughts on Success
                  To share with anyone/everyone. This feels true to me and is is too well-articulated NOT to post. I must have copied this over 10 years ago (I could tell by the color of the paper): THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO SUCCESS Whatever you want in life,... Read more »

If I Scratch Your Back, Do You Scratch Mine?

A buzzword these days is “Networking”.  I interpret this “movement” to be a mutual sharing of ideas with the bottom line of sharing of sources, resources and exchanging recommendations.  Right?   Well, some are in a better place to recommend than others and some have limited resources for being recommended.   There’s always W.O.M. (Word of Mouth),... Read more »

For Now and Forever

For Now and Forever
This will be a short echo of my own most basic business practice: A while ago, a very wealthy, sophisticated client (who had worked with other designers before me) thanked me for being reliable and returning calls, following up and following through. “Of course!”  is what I said.  “What?  Are you kidding?  That’s my job!”... Read more »
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Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago
Once again, here’s a fantastic reminder that we are in the midst of an architecturally LUSH environment. This coming weekend (Oct 15 & 16) the Chicago Architecture Foundation has set up buses and tickets to create your own FREE tours of our awesome City. In addition to their schedule and array of tours, this is... Read more »

A Design Project in Real Time

A Design Project in Real Time
Everyone knows that the whole construction industry sucks right now.  Starting from a piece of real estate (vacant lot or completed residence) through hanging art on the walls, substantial projects “in works” are pretty hard to find.  Many qualified and talented Architects, Contractors, Interior Designers and so many categories of tradesmen and vendors would love—and... Read more »

The "Ikea Effect II" (or "Too")

  Could NOT resist! …Thank you, Scott Lewicki, Certified Anusara Yoga teacher extraordinaire and NASA Physicist, for sharing this on Facebook  (what timing!).     Join me on my Facebook Fan Page and Twitter (on the right) …. And, you can sign up for Blog Post updates as well!
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Why We D.I.Y. or The "IKEA Effect"

Why We D.I.Y. or The "IKEA Effect"
This is fascinating and not at all surprising: I just heard about this!  Harvard University researchers have discovered (or better: “Labeled”) what is being called “The IKEA Effect”.  This has been officially studied. “The IKEA Effect” is when we buy something and put it together ourselves.   We  then use it (or hardly use it,... Read more »