Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a Little team, that signed up for the Fashion Show, ’cause winning was their dream.
Each year, IIDA Orange County (International Interior Design Association) hosts a Haute Couture Fashion Show wherein local design firms are pitted against each other to create the most unique, clever and avant garde costumes, all in the name of charity. The catch: instead of using typical garment fabrics, competing teams utilize a variety of interior finishes (think upholstery fabric, tile, vinyl, laminate) to create their masterpieces. Let’s just say if “Project Runway” and “This Old House” had a baby, it would be the IIDA Fashion Show. READ MORE
Many of us were lucky to have our founder, Bill Little, as a mentor, and his lessons are still shared throughout our firm – but they were so helpful that I thought I’d start sharing some of them on our external blog.
I spent my first few years at Little as a very frustrated designer, wondering why my clients kept saying no to my best design ideas. Meanwhile, I noticed that Bill’s clients must have been a lot smarter than mine… because they always said yes to his ideas. READ MORE
I came, I saw, I concurred… The Getty Villa is jaw-dropping. With its breathtaking vistas of the Pacific Ocean, Ancient Roman architecture, archaeological wonders, manicured gardens, marble, pillars, arches, mosaics and murals galore, the grounds provided a visual feast that left me feeling more bloated than “Gratiarum Actione Die” (or Thanksgiving Day for non-latin speakers). If the Getty Villa is any indication of how folks lived in Ancient Rome, I could almost get past all the violence, disease, poverty and human sacrifice of the era. READ MORE
LID. In Beyonce’s world, it probably stands for Lovely Irresistible Denim. But in our world, it stands for Low Impact Development. It was the subject of an all-day seminar I co-presented in Florida last week with a college professor of mine. And no, it’s not just for the single ladies… READ MORE
Once upon a time, there was a young designer, bright-eyed and new to the working world. She put a portfolio together, sent out a few resumes, bought a very grown-up power suit (the kind grown-ups wear) and went for a few interviews.
Pretty soon, she came upon a job offer and accepted it right away. The firm was verrrry small and felt like home. Everyone knew everyone, and they all wore several hats. But pretty soon, the designer started to ask some questions… READ MORE
A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to present a topic that I’m really passionate about at two conferences. What began as a thought leadership exploration a couple of years ago about how learning spaces can better adapt to the multitudes of pedagogies and learning methods being used today has led to white papers, articles and multiple speaking engagements focused on a new learning environment I’ve written about here called the Immersive LearningScape. READ MORE
For some, snow still blankets the ground while for others; tulips are promising signs of spring. Warmer weather seems to be the best excuse to meet up with friends at the local cafe, start a new workout routine and by all means, reward yourself with some new spring clothes! After all – we could all use a little pick-me-up now and then.
Now that you are motivated for some change, consider what this means for your business. READ MORE
It’s National Engineers Week, or EWeek for short, and one of the goals of EWeek is encouraging engineers to volunteer year round to inspire youth to be engineers. These days, it seems much easier said than done… READ MORE