One of the things I love about my job is all the incredible talent in this industry that I am exposed to. This includes industry leaders of course, but also our next generation of stars. At BSD, we encourage students to participate in internships – no matter what their interest’s are or what they “think” they want to do. It’s important to be exposed to the real world of design which means enjoying all the crazy-happy-fun-outrageous days as well as experience the stressful-deadline-driven-fast-paced-difficult days. They all exist.
Our latest intern is Rebecca Yohn, affectionately known as Beckie. She is completing her sixth and final week with us so we asked her to write about her experience. This is what she had to say:
Hey everyone, I’m Beckie Yohn and I am an Interior Architecture student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro! I knew for a while that I wanted to attend UNCG because almost my entire family graduated from there, but I didn’t always know that I wanted to be an Interior Designer. It wasn’t until the 8th grade when my mom put the idea that I could be a designer when we were redecorating the living room and she recognized that I had a designer’s mind. After that, I became more interested in learning about color combinations and took Drafting classes in high school at Weaver Academy in Greensboro. After graduating high school from Greensboro College Middle College, I began my Interior Architecture degree at UNCG, where I learned how to be creative, design well, and think critically. But it wasn’t until I started my Internship with Barbour Spangle Design that I learned what true creativity, design, and fun really was.
I first heard about Barbour Spangle Design when my Professional Practice class organized a Design Day for some design firms to come to our school to review our portfolios, resumes, etc. My professor provided us with a list of firms that would be there, and I knew that after researching all of them, Barbour Spangle was the one for me. I knew that I would much rather be with an Interior Design firm than an Architectural firm, but once I looked into the design work they had completed. I begged my professor to schedule me an interview with me at that time, but unfortunately, they were in high demand, but I didn’t let that discourage me. Not long after the Design Day was over, I sent my resume, cover letter, and online portfolio to BSD, and I was invited for an interview and I was able to complete a summer internship with them. I knew that I could learn a lot from the whole team, and I have.
Every day is a new adventure at BSD, and every day is a new learning experience. I have gotten the chance to shadow each of the designers and learn more about commercial, residential, healthcare, and showroom design than I could have learned in school or through another firm. I not only learned design from this firm, but I have also learned how a design firm should be run and organized. Because BSD is such a compact business, each designer pretty much has their own field and own projects, allowing each designer to see their projects through all the way to construction and installation, which is something that you don’t get to do in school or in larger firms. I have gotten to know each one of the wonderful people that would here at Barbour Spangle Design throughout these 6 short weeks, and I know that I will never forget what I have learned about design, and about life.
Thank you Beckie for all your hard work and your never-ending smile!
July 19, 2013
We would like to welcome the newest addition to our team: Emma Neidert
Ok so really, she is not all that new anymore…she started in November. Emma has been a GREAT addition to our team and if you have not met her already, you are in for a treat when you do.
To learn more about Emma please click here.
Have a great weekend everyone!
June 21, 2013
This week I had the distinct privilege to serve as a Pinnacle Award judge for the American Society of Furniture Designers. It was such an honor to be in the company of the furniture industries leaders.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Pinnacle Award, their website has the following statement: “The Pinnacle Awards were created in April 1995 by the ASFD board of directors to promote design quality and encourage the recognition of furniture designers within the retail home furnishings industry.The purpose of the Pinnacle Awards is to promote better design quality and to encourage the recognition of furniture designers within the retail home furnishings industry.” To learn more click here.
Our meeting took place at the Conference Center of High Point University. It was a long day and as a designer that enters other design competitions (not the Pinnacle Award), I found myself being critical that each submission adhered to the strict guidelines the ASFD had in place. I mean, if we have to follow the rules, shouldn’t everyone else?
There were some FANTASTIC entries and I can’t wait for the winners to be announced this fall at the October Furniture Market. I am told it’s like the Academy Awards for the furniture industry. Great. Now I have an excuse to go buy a fancy new dress. Do you think sequins would be too much?
Have a great weekend everyone. xo
High Point is a pretty amazing place this time of year. In addition to the spring blooms mother nature brings our way, the city (literally) comes to life with our market friends. Downtown is buzzing with activity from delivery trucks to furniture manufacturers, designers, day workers and the like; we are all here to create displays that keep today’s buyers coming back to High Point for more.
This spring, I believe we all feel a sense of renewed energy and excitement. The Triad Business Journal just posted an article that says this market “is shaping up to be one of the best markets in years”. Good, we need it. (By the way, that article features one photo and it happens to be a showroom we designed with Nourisson!)
As designers in High Point, it goes without saying that we work on showroom interiors. Our clients vary greatly as well as the products and we love each and every one of them. Additionally, we are BUYERS. That’s right, we get out there after weeks of set-up and late nights and walk those streets just like everyone else. The difference for us is we know this city like the back of our hand – and with that comes some perks, some of which I thought I would share. When we go to “other” trade-shows such as Atlanta, Chicago or Vegas (this year we plan to add NYC to the list) I am concerned about several things: finding great new resources, how to make the most efficient use of my time and let’s be serious: parking and food!
Lets start with the details first: Parking and Food. Honestly, neither has been all that great in the past but HP has made HUGE progress in both areas.
Parking: As a buyer, you are able to park in the IMC Buyers lots located on Commerce and Green. Be prepared, they will expect to see your buyers pass before you can enter and get there early, those lots fill up fast. There are also several parking garages downtown: one on Commerce between Elm and Main, one on Main Street between High Ave and Commerce, and one on Broad between Wrenn and Hamilton. Again, show up early as they fill up fast. Another option is parking at your favorite showroom (assuming they know they are your favorite)! Many exhibitors have their own lot and will even shuttle you to wherever you like to go and even pick you up! Be sure to make arrangements in advance. You can also do something called Park & Ride, which I highly recommend if you are not an early riser. These lots are located at the Oak Hollow Mall (there are electronic billboards directing you to the right location) and South Market Center Drive (this one is slightly closer to downtown but not as convenient to Greensboro). As a last ditch you can pay to park in a variety of lots located in the heart of downtown. For those of you that this irritates (I see this everywhere I go so HP isn’t the only city that charges to park) MANY of these lots are “donated” to local charities and the parking fee goes to raise money for that charity – if that makes you feel any better.
Food: As much as I would like to fix a home-cooked meal for each and every one of you, I’ll be at market shopping. Luckily, the options to continue shopping AND eat have greatly improved over the last few years! Many showrooms now provide some sort of lunch ranging from light finger foods to a full-course spread. The buildings themselves also now provide cafe and restaurant-like options. Each building will identify where those spots are. I am happy to report there is (finally) a Starbucks located in Market Square! And just spied this week: a food truck on the corner of Elm and Commerce just outside of Market Square Suites entrance. Inside the downtown shopping area (and in walking distance) there are several restaurants including Jimmy’s Pizza on Main Street, Penny Path (new) on Kivett, Oscars Burgers on Wrenn Street, and Elm Street Cafe (obviously, on Elm). Just a bit further north you can find some local favorites including Sumela, Blue Zucchini, Blue Rock Pizza, Emerywood Fine Foods, Granny’s Doughnuts, and for a fine dining option, High Point Country Club (a private club that – true to southern hospitality – opens its doors to market visitors twice a year). For dinner there are a variety of really great local eateries in the Piedmont Triad Area. Some of my favorites include: [Greensboro] Josephines, 1618 Grill, Southern Lights, The Iron Hen, Liberty Oak, The Filling Station, Bravo, Green Valley Grill and Printworks Bistro. [Kernersville] Bistro B. [Winston Salem] Mozingos, Sweet Potatos, West End Cafe, 6th & Vine, Milner’s, and O’So Eats..
The next question is how to make the most of your time? One market I had a group from ORVIS come in town to shop with me. At the end of the day, one of the executives said “it would have taken us days to cover the amount of territory you have covered in hours, thank you”. As nice as this comment was, it was my responsibility to make it simple for them so I was happy to know I had done my job. Even though I am local, you too can shop like one – it just takes planning. I typically shop 3-4 days, more than many visitors I know. In other cities we keep it to two so we have to be efficient. Let me say this clearly: PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Review things like the Market Preview, the Planning Guide, and talk to your reps. Once you know where you want to go divide it out according to it’s location. I typically reserve one entire day to see the large IMC building at the bus terminal and Showplace. The second day includes one of my favorite buildings, Market Square (home to our office), the C&D building, 220 Elm, and the some of the showrooms located within and around this city block. The third day I will do Hamilton and Wrenn Streets – some of these are spread out but our weather is so beautiful I enjoy walking this shopping route. The fourth day I do any outlying buildings that are not on the loop mentioned above (this is also the day that is highly likely to get cut if necessary).
Transportation has vastly improved over the years and is an important component for getting quickly from one stop to the next. High Point offers two free continuous bus lines that loop around the entire downtown area: the RED line and the GREEN line (shown above). You can get a bus map here go to page THREE for the Red and Green Line stops. High Point also provides one of my favorite market perks – the G0-Anywhere shuttle van. That’s right, they will take you anywhere, for free, within a three mile radius. Go to the downtown Transportation Terminal or simply flag one down from any location in the Market area. You may also call 336.887.RIDE (7433) to have a shuttle dispatched to you. Go-Anywhere Shuttles will be operating from Saturday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 24, 7:30am – 8:30pm, and Thursday, April 25, 7:30am – 5pm.
If it’s your first time to High Point market (let me be the first to say WELCOME), I would highly recommend reading about being a first-time visitor on the High Point Market Authority’s FIRST TIME VISITORS section here. It includes valuable information that you will want on-hand including videos, printouts and maps.
Lastly, one of the most important things I do when shopping market is finding great new resources….and that my friends is a trade secret I won’t be sharing today, sorry! However, if you are interested in my favorite finds, you can follow my Spring market shopping Pinterest Board Fun Finds.
There is so much more to learn and know about market like buyers passes and where to stay among other things. Be sure to visit the HP Market Authority website that provides an ample amount of additional information.
If you find this post helpful to your shopping experience please be sure to let me know and share it with your friends!
Good luck and hope to see you soon, in High Point of course!
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April 14, 2013
This month’s winston-salem monthly features a home we recently renovated. The article, titled Mother’s of Invention (read the article here), details the importance of creating a home that is designed around, and for, the family who resides there.
In her own words, our client wrote this about the project:
It’s not where you live, it’s how you live. That concept has always stuck with us; whether it was living in Denver, Colorado, Durango, CO, The Bay Area in San Francisco, or South Texas along the Gulf shores all in Jennifer’s youth or just across the river from New York city in Bayonne , New Jersey or the Maplewood-in the suburbs, of New Jersey for Austin. Home is that place where you go to find comfort and peace with those you love. So it was when we first walked into this home that our family felt like we could live here really well…except with a few slight changes here and there.
So; the dream list began; a touch of the feeling from our past-Colorado nature, (bring the outside in with lots of windows) California casual (clean line cabinetry, concrete, fireplace), Texas expansiveness (open kitchen, living, dining) New Jersey community, (close proximity to family within the house) , and Maplewood as place to play (boy cave/man cave).
Also, It’ not what you do, it’s who you do it with……the relationship is important…..working with those who want to collaborate, not dictate. Who are open, not with set with preconceived ideas-creative and willing to take some risks. So, the list began with who to have help us-architect, builder, designer. We assembled just the right group: Vicky Schober – the builder (who’s first reaction was excitement at doing something different and she’s a mom), Jill Spaeh – the architect and Mom who wanted to first meet the whole family to understand “how we live” and the calm cool designer, Anne Barnhardt who was First a Mom and her priority was to help us better live as a family, but doing it with style and comfort! Anne has since deceased and I see and feel her everywhere. She was amazing in her talents and extended her warmth into every choice brought forth-thinking about the family first-the texture of the fabric, the feel on the feet, the durability of 2 boys and how the space would be for their friends, on and on-it was important to her that our boys love their home and be drawn to come back in all the years ahead.
Desired end result…was for our family to walk in the door and have a rush of warmth and love awaiting, for friends to come and feel the pull of gathering, and for new friends to walk in and feel like they belong.
At Barbour Spangle our goal with each and every project is to help our clients – no matter if they are stay-at-home moms, executives, or retirees – create a sense of HOME. Just as our client details above, that word – HOME – means something different to every one of us. Design should be a reflection of who you are, the family that lives there, the people that congregate, love, play and eat together, not just something pretty. It should be a place to find refuge, to have fun, to love, and to heal.
Have a good weekend everyone.
March 25, 2013
If Industrial is your design aesthetic – Rejuvenation is the place to shop for lighting. A member of the William Sonoma Family (whose brothers and sisters include Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PB Teen, West Elm, Williams Sonoma Home, Mark + Graham and Cultivate), Rejuvenation is a designers paradise for classic American lighting.
If you need a little industrial design inspiration check out the Pinterest page of architect Monica Gasperini titled Industrial Interiors.
Some of her pins on that Pinterest board include:
One of our more recent projects for a furniture manufacturer included a dining area and design center:
March 15, 2013
This morning on the TODAY Show they had a segment on the power of the Power Nap. I have a friend who, for years, has insisted she needed to nap in order to function. What?? I admit, I have unabashedly teased her for it. Girlfriend, you know who you are and I am sorry.
According to a recent study 43% of Americans feel like they don’t get enough sleep. Some suggest that by taking a 15-30 minute doze you will be more creative, less stressed and refreshed. Really? I’m not convinced, but I am willing to try it.
Since it’s all about the environment at Barbour Spangle it got us thinking….where do you take a nap at work? I certainly can’t do it at my desk. The question becomes, is it a room or a product? Call it what you like: Nap Room, Quiet Zone or Rejuvination Center – the purpose is to create a space that is quiet,cool, dark and perfect for some Zzzzzz’s. This could be as simple as taking a small room and painting it a darker color and outfitting it with a comfy chair. Sounds nice but I did some digging around to see what else is out there other than good-old-dad’s La-Z-Boy recliner.
I can’t decide if this looks like napping or riding a bike? This power pod designed by Frank Ehners is called el Zulo.
This feels a bit more spa-like with it’s integrated lighting and music. Designed by Alberto Frias it looks like something out of Star Wars! Princess Leia, is that you?Speaking of Princess Leia, what about StormTroopers….? Darth must be missing his army. Metronaps EnergyPods
Go ahead, you know you want to. Take that power nap and let me know how it works for you.