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A thought occurred to me the other day, while I was chatting with a colleague of mine.  She and I were having a brainstorming meeting, and she said, “Do you realize just how much we have to know?”

Many people have been commenting over the last few years about the growth we are experiencing here in Denver, and whether you like it or not it is not looking like it will be stopping any time soon.

I wish my drive to the mountains and my I-25 commute were a little better too, but this growth is affecting the Design & Construction industry in just as many ways.

Gone are the days of holing up in the office, keeping your head down in your cubicle, and grinding out as much work as possible.  The younger generations are entering the workforce and bringing with them a refreshing energy and enthusiasm for collaboration, community, and partnership that is leading us to design innovation across the board.  

It seems that as I encounter people and tell them what I do for a living I am starting to get the same response and suggestion from people.  It goes something like this:

“I’m an interior designer and I own my own firm.  We do commercial & residential interior design.”

“Oh, wow that sounds fun!  You know what neighborhood you should really get into…those people have large incomes and a lot of money, you would do well over there.”

I was lucky enough to be invited to tour Union station last month and boy can I tell you, there is a lot to talk about. The history was just enthralling, and we got to visit the hotel and hear from the design team about the challenges they faced in winning the bid and completing the project.

Take a look around wherever it is you are right now.

How many different textures can you count?

The flooring, the walls, the upholstery (or lack thereof) are probably among your first considerations. But don’t neglect to take a look at that ceiling that never gets enough love…the shades on your light fixtures, the accessories and artwork in the room. All of these things add physical texture to your space.

Last night I attended ColorMix 2016 presented by Sherwin Williams. I think it is important to mention that each and every year I am more and more impressed by this event.

I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful seminar last week regarding color and how it is affected by light.

I hope you all have had the opportunity to enjoy the Hunger Games movies. With Mockingjay Part 1 having come out recently, I wanted to talk a little bit about all of the architecture that is being portrayed in these films. After all, I am one that goes to the movies and pays more attention to set design and art direction than I do anything else. Although, I have to admit I have seen Part 1 twice; the first time I watched it for entertainment value and the second time I was just engrossed in the backdrop that is the somewhat depressing dystopian setting of ‘District 13.’ The style of architecture that is seen in this film is also quite similar to the setting of Divergent and soon to come, Insurgent.

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