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themed by Cherrie H.

Designing-ly So!

My inspiration has come from most of my travels and the desire to travel.  I love the feeling you get when you’re in a town or country that you’ve never traveled to before.  The smell, the architecture, and the food is different.  The overall visual experience of a different country is inspiring. That’s pretty much what I would like to achieve with my designs.  To give the user a feeling of awe and that its an escape from all the hustle and bustle of life. I’m working on an illustration project right now where I’m drawing from my experience in Paris, France. Once its done I’ll be sure to post it up!  Thanks for asking!


Photo Courtesy of wallpaperdock.com

14th May 2011 (10:56 am) - By jadeduong

You were totally right though, her second snippet release was…iffy. lol 

21st Apr 2011 (11:01 am) - By jadeduong

So what do I do since I’m unemployed and on Spring Break from school?  I cook! I felt like challenging myself. So I spent 8 hours, a full day’s work, making Beouf Bourguignon.

This dish takes real patience, however; the results are always worth the wait. If only your eyes could taste this picture! 

I followed Julia Child’s recipe, courtesy of Food.com. 


19th Apr 2011 (11:11 pm) - By jadeduong

Student Sample Swap

An event was held at GKK Works, an Architecture and Construction firm in Old Town Pasadena. The goal of the event was to provide students not only with material samples from different vendors, but also to provide students with a networking opportunity. A panel discussion was held amongst four different individuals all who are in the interior design industry.


They all offered great advice and tips about the industry.  The information that was most impactful during this panel was the emphasis on not giving up and opening up yourself to the idea that once out of college; it doesn’t always have to be at a kick-ass design firm that you work for. It can be at a furniture showroom, fabrics or wood vendor. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still my dream to work for an awesome firm, but I know what they meant. The job market is tough for anyone right now and just because things don’t go as planned, doesn’t mean that we won’t get there! 


After that event I pretty much came home with tons of fabric, wood, tile, and 3form samples. Vendors came with tons of samples of their products and more.  It was a mad house of students grabbing as much fabric as they can.  I left with boxes and bags full of material. I seriously have enough samples to start my own material’s library however I will donate it to Fullerton College. Well, of course after I pick out my favorite items! 

I came across an article from the Los Angeles times about a FOOD PORN site called TasteSpotting.  I wish I had known about this site sooner! So many beautiful pictures of such delicious food. All in which have inspired me to take even more pictures of FOOD.  So I will start with this Mushroom Croque-Monsieur.

 Mushroom Croque-Mosieur

So how does this apply to Interior Design? 

Food photography and Interior Design have similar design principles. When we walk into a space, we take a look around the room. Our eyes scan the area, and although we don’t specifically look for balance, pattern, texture and etc. if its well designed and has those principles, we will either feel at ease, motivated, or stimulated. When we see a room that inspires us, we want to model our rooms to it.  It’s the same with food. When we see food that looks well arranged, colorful, and full of texture, we want to eat it! So we either hunt down a food truck, restaurant, or recipe that will provide us with what we so want.

So go on, and get your food porn on. 


1st Apr 2011 (9:00 am) - By jadeduong

The Craft

After driving for a half hour from Orange County to the Pacific Design Center I had realized that I forgot my camera.  I debated with myself on whether I should turn around and of course my answer was yes! What would a design blog be without photos???  Right.

So after driving an hour and a half and being a victim of road rage in traffic, I finally made it. With demonstrations to witness I first visited the CBS showroom. They featured fine upholstery and hand carved furniture.  This is grueling work guys! Imagine standing for hours on end, bending over constantly, applying nail heads to furniture, and carving wood! These workers are true artisans! 


Although I love IKEA dearly for making cheap modern furniture accessible, I really can’t wait until I can afford a piece that is custom and hand carved. I have such respect for the craft!

I was then off to the clay lamp base demonstration. 


Such a beautiful designer with beautiful designs! What I loved about this demonstration was that Lesley Anton made it look so easy.  She started with a block of clay and within minutes she had formed a tear drop vase.

My favorite of the day was Michael Savoia of Villa Savoia.  Michael was a sweetheart and a professional. He demonstrated on his computer the program that he uses for some of his embroidery.

Not only does he work with this program he also does embroidery by hand.  Michael has been doing this for over 20 years and his passion shows in his beautiful work.

I was asked whether I was looking into a career in embroidery, and I said “No, I’m here to learn about the process”. Which is how I feel about all of these demonstrations.  For a designer, its important to know how a piece was made.

We have to remind ourselves that there is always someone behind a pattern, a custom piece of furniture or a lamp and it is, that person who makes it unique and really, one of a kind.

West Week 2011- Pacific Design Center

Finally, a destination worth desigh-ing over! Ha, get it? Anyways, I am excited about this student day program coming up at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood on March 25, 2011.  

There will be a demonstration on ‘Fine Upholstery’, starting from a bare frame, filling cushions, and applying fabric. YES to some this may sound blah but to me this is pure education!

We sometimes take for granted what we sit, lay, or walk on and learning about how something is built…builds an appreciation for the work. Check out the link for more information about West Week 2011.  Fortunately there are more programs throughout the week but unfortunately for the design field only. But if you like being teased go on and click the link.


Oh and I’ll be sure to post pics after the event! 

When I search for inspiration, I draw from Gnome Chomsky.  

A kinder, gentler, fatter Gnome Chomsky. 

When I search for inspiration, I draw from Gnome Chomsky.  


A kinder, gentler, fatter Gnome Chomsky. 

14th Mar 2011 (10:20 am) - Reblogged from The Daily Darrel

OC Mart Mix at SOCO- Costa Mesa

I visited the new South Coast Collection aka SOCO. When walking through the mart there were so many cute stores that displayed great design, however this one caught my eye. It was a cute boutique called Mixed Greens.  They specialize in vintage and one of a kind organic home+design products.


I love the stitching on these decorative pillows and what I really loved about these designs are how Rustic Chic they are!! Go check them out!



Yes, I know.  Not many want to admit that they are, especially when meeting a stranger.  I guess it’s a lot like and not really like contracting an STD.  Really.  You feel ashamed and think, “How could I not protect myself?” 

Unlike herpes being unemployed is not permanent…Well, I hope.

I used to work as a bank service manager.  It was a mundane job but with such great benefits. My steady college job became my career even after graduating with a BA in Psychology. At the same time I knew that the banking industry wasn’t for me and I had aspirations on becoming an interior designer.  

It’s kind of like being that steady girlfriend in high school even though you knew it was going to end when college started. But then when college started, the boyfriend was too good to you for you to dump, so you kept it going.

I knew a hard decision had to be made soon, however the decision was made for me when I lost my job. Yep the boyfriend I kept even though I wanted to dump him, dumped me.

I felt sad but why? This is my chance. It felt a little like losing my self-identity.  

But then I realized that my self-identity is more than just a 40 hour bank job. My self-identity was and always has been that of a designer.  

So, please join me on this journey as a design student who will travel and search for places that cultivate great design and anywhere anything is just designing-ly so!