Sunday, September 11, 2011

God please watch over us.

I've tried three times now to express my thoughts about what happened 10 years ago today in a manner that shows how much my heart hurts for those who lost loved ones and had to experience this tragedy firsthand. I feel I have failed to do so because it is impossible.

I suppose it would be easy to focus on all the sadness that unfolded and the hatred that we could feel for those who had attacked innocent people; however, I feel it is important to speak of all those people who went out of their way to help or sacrifice themselves for others. Despite all the terrible things that some people are capable of.. There is GOOD in this world. There is LOVE in this world. Selfless acts of kindness do exist. Please don't stop believing in the power of Good and God.

There are no words that can express how precious life is and this day of all days I am grateful for all my blessings. God Bless our Country.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Internship + CIDA visit = Summer?

Hello friends. I know it's been several weeks since I last posted... HOWEVER, I have a good excuse! Summer break wasn't spent at the pool this year but at the studio + Pomfret Hall nearly everyday. I have been working on internship hours and helping the department get ready for the CIDA accreditation visit on August 26th. Do you ever wonder why we do such "interesting" projects in some studios? I say interesting because we've all been there- "Why are we doing this! It's so silly." I've come to an understanding with those projects- it's all to meet CIDA standards.

I won't go into too much detail but here are a few photos from the display of the exemplary work over the years. If you have time on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, you should really come by Pomfret A136 to check out the display and reception.

Oh! On another note- if the professors have kept any of your projects from the past you may now have them back. (After the reception of course!) Beginning September 2, 2011 we should have them ready to give back to the students.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lines Across Drawing Exhibition - sUgAR Gallery

The opening reception was a success! We had well over 30 people attend.  Here is a collage of the photos from the evening. The exhibition is on display until July 23, 2011! Stop by if you haven't already.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lines Across Drawing Exhibition - sUgAR Gallery

This summer I've been working on the Lines Across Drawing Exhibition for the University of Arkansas student art gallery. The opening reception will be this Friday, June 10, 2011 from 5:30 - 7:30.  The exhibition will feature drawings from Art, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design.


This is what the gallery looked like before we organized it! But the hard work has paid off and I feel the show will be a success! Looking forward to seeing a lot of students there too!



Monday, May 9, 2011

Health Care Schematic Designs


Create several schematic design options for a health care clinic to serve your community. 

Solution One focused on an older clientele- a more calm, sophisticated, muted palette.

Solution Two was more family friendly. Colorful, engaging, exciting.
Making the health care experience of a child that of a positive one.

Solution Three - Variations on the first two palettes and solutions.

Click the photo to enlarge.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Meanest Mother in the World

Mothers. They are there from the beginning and continue to shadow you throughout life. From a young age I admired her and turned to her softness and warmth every time I was hurt, sad, scared or frustrated. When I was older I tried to rebel and push away to gain my independence. As much as I tried to push away I found my mother tried even harder to pull me closer. Even throughout the rough years she loved me. Now that I'm older, I see my mother as a my best friend and I still run to her for advice and that much needed hug. Especially since finals are just around the corner and this is always a stressful time of year. I call my mother 2-3 times a day some days.. "When all else fails call up momma"...

Mothers are mothers no matter how old or young you are. Appreciate the time you have with them and always, ALWAYS tell them you love them. I love you momma. You are my everything. Thank you for making me the person I am today.  

Here is a poem that my mother referenced anytime I didn't think my life was fair..
And I couldn't have asked for a better "meaner" mom!

Meanest Mother In The World by Bobbie Pingaro  

I had to have cereal, eggs or toast. When others had cokes and candy for lunch, I had to 
eat a sandwich.  As you can guess, my supper was different than the other kids' also.
But at least, I wasn't alone in my sufferings.  My brothers had the same mean mother as I did.
My mother insisted upon knowing where we were at all times.   You'd think we were on a chain gang.  
She had to know who our friends were and where we were going.  She insisted if we said 
we'd be gone an hour, that we be gone one hour or less--not one hour and one minute.
Now you can begin to see how mean she really was.

We had to wear clean clothes and take a bath.  The other kids always wore their clothes for days.  
We reached the height of insults because she made our clothes herself, just to save 
money.  Why, oh why, did we have to have a mother who made us feel different from our friends?

The worst is yet to come.  We had to be in bed by nine each night and up at eight the next morning.  
We couldn't sleep till noon like our friends.  So while they slept-my mother actually had the nerve to 
break the child-labor law.  She made us work.  We had to wash dishes, make beds, learn to cook 
nd all sorts of cruel things.  I believe she laid awake at night thinking up mean things to do to us.

She always insisted upon us telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, even if it 
killed us- and it nearly did.  By the time we were teen-agers, she was  much wiser, and our life
became even more unbearable.  None of this tooting the horn of a car for us to come running.  
She embarrassed us to no end by making our dates and friends come to the door to get us.  
If I spent the night with a girlfriend, can you imagine she checked on me to see if I were really
there.  I never had the chance to elope to Mexico.  That is if I'd had a boyfriend to elope with. 

I forgot to mention, while my friends were dating at the mature age of 12 and 13, my old fashioned 
mother refused to let me date until the age of 15 and 16.  Fifteen, that is, if you dated only to go to 
a school function.  And that was maybe twice a year.

Through the years, things didn't improve a bit.  We could not lie in bed, "sick" like our friends 
did, and miss school.  If our friends had a toe ache, a hang nail or serious ailment, they could 
stay home from school.  Our marks in school had to be up to par.  Our friends' report cards 
had beautiful colors on them, black for passing, red for failing.  My mother being as different as
she was, would settle for nothing less than ugly black marks.

As the years rolled by, first one and then the other of us was put to shame.  We were graduated 
from high school.   With our mother behind us, talking, hitting and demanding respect, none 
of us was allowed the pleasure of being a drop-out.

And whom do we have to blame for the terrible way we turned out?  You're right, our mean mother.  
Look at the things we missed. 

She forced us to grow up into God-fearing, educated, honest adults.  I will stand a little taller and 
I will be filled with pride when my children call me mean.  

Because, you see, I thank God, He gave me the meanest mother in the whole world.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Palette One | Health Care Facility Spring 2011

The goal was to create a palette that felt more like home than a health care setting.
Click on the photo to enlarge.

Palette One

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Portfolio - Photography

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Portfolio - Commercial Project 2


Provide an environment that enhances the quality of life for the employees through comfort and health.
Provide an environment that conveys a sense of energy, creativity, passion, and future focus.
Provide an environment that supports the firm’s work and encourages communication and collaboration.
Provide an environment that is fiscally responsible and steps lightly on the earth.
Provide an environment that celebrates the clientele and advances the individual organizations’ missions.

Ideation Sketches and SketchUp Rendering

Floor Plan

Materials Palette and Furniture

Portfolio - Residential Tiny House


The challenge was to design a home under 200 square feet that accommodated the amenities of a
traditional home. The client was a single young woman who traveled frequently. The space reflects
an elegant style with the necessary flexibility to remain open and comfortable.

Ideation Sketches

Floor Plan and Materials Palette


Portfolio - Residential Apartment


The goal for this project was to design a space for a family moving to the united states from Iran.
By researching their heritage, culture, religion, and design preferences, I was able to design a space
that gave the sense of belonging in a new country.

Hand Renderings

Floor Plan and Section Renderings

Portfolio - Commercial Project 1

Design a new corporate lobby that married the refined elegance of the Faber-Castell brand with innovative, creative and exciting design features. The goal was to rediscover the past and transfer it to the present with timeless design and modern technology.
SketchUp Renderings

Portfolio - Miscellaneous Projects

Miscellaneous Projects

Portfolio - Residential Home


Design a  residential home for a man who lives in fayetteville with his 10 year old daughter, jade. 
Daryl’s elderly mother visits for several months at a time requiring the home to be “visitable”. 
The arts and crafts period influenced the style and design of the home. 

Ideation Sketches and SketchUp Renderings

Floor Plan and SketchUp Rendering

AutoCAD drawings

Friday, April 22, 2011

Design Dazzle

I'd like to introduce you to Design Dazzle and Ms. Toni. I have her blog posts on my iGoogle page and everyday she comes up with wonderful ideas most of which are budget friendly. 

Today's post was about a vintage baby nursery on a budget.. 
It's just adorable (then again my husband and I are suckers for the sock monkey!)  
You should check her blog out.

Here is another example of a nursery she posted a while back that is just too cute!

Just love baby rooms! :) Happy Friday..

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Photoshop Inspiration

Yes I'm on a roll tonight.. I suppose that's what happens when your husband is out of town and you can't sleep. :) This weekend I took photos of a family friend's pre-prom escapes. Oh to be 15 again! The stories I could tell.. WAIT. That's a whole other blog post.  Back to reality. I'm old and would rather spend my nights editing with Photoshop and Picasa than dancing anyway! 

If you don't know photoshop... my advice is to youtube, google, read Photoshop for Dummies and most importantly: PLAY PLAY PLAY with Photoshop until your clicking finger is sore. This program is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. You can accomplish so much with so little. 

Below is a photo I took of Macey and her date. The sun was beaming down and shadows were strong. 
The photo turned out dark, uninspiring and not exactly the kind of image I'd put my name on. Until...




-Enhanced Color
-Cropping for Effect
-Surreal Glow Added
-Wood Chips Edited Out

I mentioned another program I use in conjunction with Photoshop, called Picasa. It's fabulous as well. I edit back and forth between the programs to get the desired effect. And I couldn't be happier. 

PICASA is a FREE program offered by Google which allows you to do simple edits of your photos. You should download it today!!

Check out more of my photos at:!/strucksphotography
Happy Editing! 

15 Minutes of Fame

Though I'm not usually keen on the spotlight.. Miss Zoe made a discovery today that first lead to my embarrassment then I realized it's kind of cool being "out there". You've always heard "everything you put on the internet is out there for EVERYONE to SEE". I'll be the first to admit I've googled myself in the past and the search has come up empty. Thankfully. But this afternoon Zoe, looking for design partis, found me

I posted my parti diagrams to my blog earlier this semester and never thought anything of it!
I suppose that's better than being found on Google for other things.. ;) Just a thought!

Google Search of Design Partis

The Results!

My Parti Diagrams and  Blog Photo

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Showers...

Some of my favorite things in the world include: photography, friends, babies and cake.

Yesterday I hosted a baby shower for one of my oldest and dearest friends. While the frenzy to bring the shower together is somewhat nerve racking (especially this week), my darling husband and I banded together to make it happen in sweet fashion.

Most definitely the hardest part of a baby shower is the cost. I did some research and found some adorable ideas that I could recreate at home for a fraction of the cost.

And here is the result:


Baby Pennant

Paper Flower Balls
Simple Sugar Scrub Treats


Good Day. Good Friends. Good Times. Good Design Ideas! 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Never Enough

The craziness that is project due date time has come and gone yet I find that I'm still not satisfied with the results. Is that a natural characteristic of all designers? I wonder...   I was talking with a few fellow students the day after the projects were pinned up and I began to detect a trend. Each one of us ohhed and ahhed over other students' work. Pointing out the strong points at which that particular student excelled and comparing them to their own project, "This is so much better than mine, I feel like an underachiever." I felt the same way. I suppose the drive to always be better isn't such a bad notion. We just need to realize how talented we really are and have the confidence to stand behind our work.

I know I my floor plan has my heart and soul in all aspects of it's design and rendering. I should be pleased and I am... Mostly!

P3 Publishing Company Design

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March Madness

March Madness begins tomorrow for NCAA basketball fans. I must admit I was a fan of college basketball once upon a time. Long, long again... before Interior Design. These days March Madness has an entirely different connotation. It encompasses the full court press of finalizing floor plans, assisting Sketch Up models with IDX Renditioner and Photoshop, rebounding from critiques and stealing the show with our presentations two weeks from tomorrow. There will be no sidelining this project over spring break and I foresee overtime in my future; however, I'm ready for this. This project could go ALL THE WAY! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Relax Student Designers

You will create a beautiful, creative solution for the client.
You will finish this project.
Relax Student Designers.
You are amazing.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Florida Licensure Debate

Circuit Court Upholds Florida’s Interior Design Licensure ASID Declares Locke vs. Shore Decision a Victory for Florida Businesses and Interior Design Community
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 7, 2011) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and its members support the United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit on its decision this week to uphold the State of Florida’s interior design statute.

The Court unanimously affirmed last year’s District Court decision that Florida’s licensing requirement for interior designers practicing in commercial settings is constitutional. The statute does not prevent any designer from performing the work they currently do but expands the scope of work for those who meet additional requirements. Interior designers practicing in residential settings in Florida may do so without a license.

“We are very pleased that the Court upheld the state’s interior design statute,” said Director of Government and Public Affairs at ASID, Don Davis. “This decision ensures Floridians will continue to benefit from the high quality of services the interior design community provides.”

In a well reasoned opinion, the Court rejected, among other things, the Appellants’ contention that the Florida legislature’s safety concern does not provide a rational basis for the license requirement.

Believing in Florida’s right to maintain and enforce legislation that serves to protect the public safety and consumers, ASID filed an Amicus Curiae Brief with the Court in support of the proposition that Florida had a rational basis for regulating commercial interior designers. The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, which administers the national qualifying examination recognized by the state, also submitted an Amicus Curiae Brief in support of the state’s position.

For more information, please contact Director of Government and Public Affairs at ASID, Don Davis at (202) 675-2344 or

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bathroom Design

Small apartments usually mean small bathrooms. That's one of the pitfalls of apartment living. They can be cramped, lack storage and be very dark. Below is a photo of our bathroom. By adding a colorful shower curtain and storage rack we've tried to combat the typical apartment bathroom horrors! More lighting would be great but for the next few years this will suit us just fine!

These are two examples of design that have brought light and charm to the bathroom space.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Parti Diagram Creates Order

This week Jenn showed our studio two design examples of the same space. The one on the left was not designed with a parti in mind and the one on the right was designed with the help of a parti diagram.

A parti diagram is an idea sketch, an initial response to a site, a client’s program or some other conditions that begin to determine the order for designing a project. They don’t really represent what the project will look like in plan or elevation, but are a road map of the ideas of the project. (

Below is the parti diagram I settled on for my design solution. I incorporated my concept in the development of the parti so hopefully this will in turn create a more fluid design in the end.

And here is a sketch of how the space planning is coming along after that parti diagram. I feel like the parti helped me introduce circulation paths that make sense and allow for views of the building at different levels while also leading employees and clients back to the central node on any path they take.

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Oh.. Portfolio design! Oh how you can take over my entire weekend. Three weeks ago I attended a portfolio seminar for design students. Sonia Davis Gutierrez of the New Design School gave us detailed information on designing our portfolios. After several professionals gave me feedback on my portfolio I left motivated, excited to re-vamp my overly stimulating portfolio.

Now here I am 2 days away from the Architectural Career Fair at the University of Arkansas and I must admit I'm frustrated with the progress I have made on my portfolio. I've taken over the desk at home trying to market my best self. The goal is to procure an internship with a wonderful company which I could learn from and go on to have a brilliant design career.

I suppose I should get back to the basics.

1. Brand your work so that it can be a stand alone piece if necessary.
2. Use descriptions on each page to orient anyone who looks at the work.
3. Strike a balance between many images and showing your best work.
4. Consistency!

Back to my portfolio. Good luck fellow student designers.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Update! Design from the HEART

Sweet Baby Mason
Born 8:59 am
6 lbs 11 oz
20 1/2 inches

Love that he was sporting
Valentine's Day outfit
made by his favorite
designer.. Cousin Stacey!