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Archive for August 2009

Google Office

Friday, August 28, 2009

Last week I added photos of some of interior design projects on a sidebar. I realized that I never talked about my last school project, Google Office Building. Before I started this project, I thought it would be pretty boring. Office buildings don't exactly scream exciting. Much to my surprise, this project was my favorite one.

What made this project exciting was that this was a Google office building. Have you seen any photos are their spaces?!! It's amazing! Google offices are colorful and fun.

Other than their colorful spaces, the Google Culture is incredibly interesting. I'm sure that if many other company's followed Google's example, employee productivity would be much higher. Here's a description from their Corporate Information website:

  • Local flavor, from a mural in Buenos Aires to ski gondolas in Zurich, expressing each office's unique location and personality.

  • Bicycles for efficient travel between meetings, dogs, lava lamps, and massage chairs.

  • Googlers sharing cubes, yurts, and huddle rooms (few single offices!) with three or four team members.

  • Laptops in every employee's hand (or bike basket), for mobile coding and note-taking.

  • Foozball, pool tables, volleyball courts, assorted video games, pianos, ping pong tables, lap pools, gyms that include yoga and dance classes.

  • Grassroots employee organizations of all kinds, such as meditation classes, film clubs, wine tasting groups, and salsa dance clubs.

  • Healthy lunches and dinners for all staff at a wide variety of caf├ęs, and outdoor seating for sunshine brainstorming.

  • Snack rooms packed with various snacks and drinks to keep Googlers going throughout the day.

  • The Google Office that we designed has six floors. This was a group project and each person worked on one floor. I designed the sixth floor. Our team decided that each floor would have a different accent color, pulling inspiration from the Google logo. Unfortunately, the Google logo doesn't have six colors, so we had to add a few. We pulled colors out of a hat, and my accent color was purple. Here are some highlights from the cubicle area.

    Purple paint for the accent wall.

    Sondra Alexander Ostrich wallcovering.

    Steelcase's new systems furniture c:scape

    Task chairs for the cubicles. Steelcase's Think Chair.

    The back of the chair has purple mesh fabric.

    Here's a perspective drawing of the cubicle space. Notice the Google homepage on the computers.

    I did the drawing in SketchUp, a Google software product.

    Overtime Wish List

    Saturday, August 22, 2009

    1. Kate Spade Westbury Drawstring Opus. I went to the Kate Spade store last week and fell in love with the bag. They also have one in aqua, which is half off right now. It's not on sale on the website, but it is in the store.

    2. Kate Spade Coney Island Stevie. I didn't see this one at the store. It's new, so maybe they'll get it in soon.

    3. White Gold Peridot Necklace. I've been looking at this necklace for several months at Zales, and now Overstock has the exact same necklace for half off!

    4. Vintage Emerald Ring. This would make an excellent graduation present.

    5. Coach Ali Signature Hobo. Love it!

    6. Grape Cluster Pearl Pendant. I love pearls!


    Friday, August 21, 2009

    The end of the fiscal year is coming up soon-September 30. That means I've been busy, busy! We have lots of furniture to award by September 30. The work just keeps on coming. Yesterday I worked from 7am-6pm. That was one long day! (I got a lot done, see photo above.) We've also been strongly encouraged to work on Saturdays. Yuck! But at least I'm getting lots of overtime!

    Painting Class

    Wednesday, August 19, 2009

    I want to thank everyone for leaving sweet, encouraging comments regarding my breakup. Breaking up was incredibly difficult, but I'm starting to heal and get excited about the future. I've read some articles about how to recover from a breakup and everything I've read has said to try new things.

    I've been trying several new things as part of my August goals. I've been learning to cook, developing a budget, setting up savings accounts, and working out. I'm working on improving myself to become a better person. But all that self improvement has made me yearn to do something fun.

    Ever since reading about a painting class that Ashley took, I've been trying to find something similar where I live. After searching online, I found My Spirited Art. I begged Megan to take the Contemporary Landscape class. We had a blast!

    The painting teacher had a mural of the Five Elements of Design in the studio. I told her that she was missing the element, color. She didn't believe me and said that "hue" not "color" was the correct element. I didn't argue with her, but my Basic Design professor drilled the Elements into me, and I will never, ever forget them. The next day, I got an email from the teacher saying that I was right about the elements of design, she was wrong and that I deserved a free painting class! I can't wait to take another fun class!

    I Heart Wednesdays

    Wednesday, August 12, 2009

    Most people like Wednesdays because the work week is halfway over. I like Wednesdays because it's free food day at Arby's!! I love eating out, but it's just not very practical now I'm on a budget. I don't want to blow my August goals before the month is even halfway through, but free food definitely fits in my budget!

    I love their curly fries! My co-workers and I go to Arby's every week. We like to see who has the biggest curly fries. It's been me the past two weeks.

    Today's special was the Chicken Club Sandwich. Yum!

    Arby's will be having free food until the end of this month. I don't want August to end!
    Aug. 5 - Free Regular Roast Beef with any drink purchase
    Aug. 12 - Free Roast Chicken Club with any drink purchase
    Aug. 19 - Free FruiTea with any sandwich purchase
    Aug. 26 - Free Regular Beef 'n Cheddar with any drink purchase

    Tuesday, August 11, 2009

    When I was doing research for my Art Gallery project, I found Harmonic Environments indoor waterfalls. Since the Art Gallery project had no budget, I knew this was my chance to get creative.

    Harmonic Environments is a designers dream because their waterfalls can be customized to match anything. Plus, waterfalls are so relaxing! I would love to have one in my house.

    Diapers and Photos

    Monday, August 10, 2009

    This weekend I went to a friend's baby shower, who I've known since 1st grade. One of the games we played at the shower was making a diaper out of toilet paper. We were groups of three, and one person was the baby and the other two group members had to put the diaper on the baby. Meaghan judged who had the best diaper, and my team won!

    Isn't the toilet paper diaper a great look for me?

    Meaghan (in the middle) with her family. Meaghan is having a girl, and she's naming her Madelyn Claire.

    After the shower, my friend Samara and I went on a photo shoot in historic New Market. I think they turned out great and now I have tons of photos of myself with short hair. Here are some of my favorites.

    Treetop Office

    Friday, August 7, 2009

    Sure beats working in a cubicle.
    Article and photo can be found at Inhabitats website


    Cooking has always terrified me. Especially the part about touching meat. It's slimy and gross!

    A couple weeks ago my mom and sister Stephanie went to upstate New York for a week so that Stephanie could go to college orientation. Megan and I stayed at home and had to fend for ourselves. I was pretty worried about what we would eat, since I have a fear of cooking. However, I'm even more afraid of starving, than cooking.

    I did some research online and decided that Rachael Ray's 10 dollar meals sounded do-able. I sent some recipes to Megan, and she picked Honey Mustard Chicken and Mushroom and Pea Chicken.

    I was extremely proud of myself that I managed to 1) touch meat without freaking out 2) cook something all by myself 3) cook something edible!! I realized that this cooking stuff wasn't so bad after all.

    One of my goals for August is to cook once a week. Yesterday I cooked Mango Coconut Chicken for dinner. My entire family loved it! It tasted SO good too! The recipe suggests making it black beans, but I made it with rice and green beans.

    If anyone has easy meals for beginners send those recipes my way.

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    Goals and Changes

    Thursday, August 6, 2009

    These past few months have been full of changes. I finished school, moved back home, started my internship, and broke up with Shawn. Now that I'm in a new life chapter, I wanted to work on improving some areas of my life.

    My goals for the month of July were to
    1. Pay off my credit card.
    2. Start a budget.
    3. Start saving
    4. Start working out.

    I'm proud to say that I accomplished all my goals for July! I've learned my lesson about credit cards. My dad has been giving me some great tips. I understand credit better now, and I hope to avoid credit debt in the future. Now that I've paid off that card, I plan on getting a credit card through my credit union, which has a much better interest rate than my current card.

    I started a budget and quickly realized that it wasn't realistic. After some reworking, I believe I have a workable budget. I did exceed my budget, but I was expecting that in my first month. I wrote down everything I spent in July and have a much better idea of where my money goes. Hopefully I'll do better in August.

    I opened some new savings accounts. One for my future apartment needs, one for my future wedding, and an emergency account. Since I'm living at home, I have very few expenses. Now that I've paid off my credit card, I hope to start saving about 70 percent of my paycheck each month.

    I bought three workout DVDs. I tried out Yoga for Weight Loss, which I thought was a waste of time, Pilates for beginners and Jillian's No More Trouble Zones. Jillian's workout was the hardest, but that just means that it's working. I also started going for bike rides, which I really enjoy. I now go into work at 7am. I hate getting up early, so this a huge deal for me. The reason I started going to work early is to get off earlier, so I have more time to work out.

    My August goals are:
    1. Create a spreadsheet to track my budget
    2. Start cooking once a week
    3. Open a retirement savings account
    4. Visit a new church
    5. Update my portfolio and resume

    I hope my August goals are just as successful as my July goals!

    CAD inspired fabric

    Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    I'm loving this new fabric that was revealed during this summer's NeoCon.

    Architex's new line called Where's Walter. The pattern was inspired by floorplans as you would see them in CAD.

    I wish I could have my office chair upholstered in this fabric. It's so designery. Nothing says interior designer like having a floor plan on your chair, or even using one as a pillow!