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Tea party fashion exchange

Hello all! The post I’ve written today, which you may think is not specifically linked to design in sense of a piece of furniture or design scheme, but what it does have in common with the art and design world is an idea and concept are the just or even more substantial than the product itself. Enjoy!

Within certain areas of our society; work, fashion and family life, women are expected to act, look and meet certain “standards” to fit the ideological female brief. This constant self examination can breed huge competition between women and create division.

Understanding the pressures modern women face, Rastarella Falade from Nottingham (shown below, third on right) has made it her mission to break these boundaries and unite women all over the city by holding various events from open-mic nights to belly dancing, encouraging women to get together and make friends.

Rastarella teamed up with friend Iona Tamberrino to hold a fashion exchange tea party at the Vine Community Centre in Nottingham at the weekend. The initial idea started off as a small get together but as the word spread vigorously across Facebook, the exchange ended up being a pretty large event housing racks and tables full of clothes, shoes, hats and everything in between.

Even the BBC wanted a piece of the action! Continue reading

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Design your room in 3D for free!

Coming up with a completely new design scheme for a room in your home can be a little daunting, especially for anyone who hasn’t an ounce of interior design training. Trying to visualise a scheme from all those ideas flying around in your head is also rather difficult. But there is hope!

Online interior design website MyDeco, have created a “Fisher-Price” version of CAD (computer aided design software which professional designers use) that is super user friendly and offers amateur’s a wealth of products, wallpapers, paint, flooring,  and so much more, to help build the ideal room scheme.

I decided to try this software for myself, now bare in mind im not a professional and have never claimed to be, so this was like delving into the unknown! Firstly I picked a floor plan, (you also have the option to upload your own floor plan with specific measurements which is extremely helpful) I then chose a door and two windows from the side bar where you can pick and choose from a range of furniture, staircases, accessories or paint, which you want to include in your design. You can then plonk them into the diagram wherever you like, It’s basically a “drag and drop” process from there onwards.

Users can switch between the 2D birds-eye view or the super cool 3D view that shows you a more realistic representation of your scheme. However to move certain items on to another wall or turn around, I found I had to change from 3D view to 2D, although I only had an hour or so to get to grips with the software and didn’t read any of the tutorials which may hold the key to doing this in a more efficient way.

2D Birds-eye view

There is a mahoosive range of furniture for every room in the home to choose from and the best part is the products are available to buy through the MyDeco site. This brings me onto another handy tool, when you pick a product the size, price, colour and supplier are displayed, so you can work out exactly what will fit and if the flow of the room will work. If it does, then you can surf on down to the online store and get your order in! If you’re on a tight budget, that’s okay, the system will calculate how much you’ve spent so you  don’t end up designing a room for £10,000 instead of £1000!

Finished render of design with price list

Plus, when you pick a colour of paint for the walls, you’re given an option to request a sample pot of that colour direct from Dulux! The possibilities are endless!

But there are few little snags with the software, Interior Designer at the National Design Academy, Vicky Arbuthnot had a little test run, she said, “I find it a little frustrating the I can’t put stud walls in my plan or change the size of the windows, so this meant I needed to alter the size of the whole plan. That said, the software is great for beginners who want to visualise a design, see manipulation of space and traffic flow. It’s also a great tool for those who want to progress onto more complex systems.”

The image below shows the back view of my design, but what it doesnt show is there are two arrows, left and right,  underneath the simulation that you can use to spin the design around and view from various angles.

After faffing about for over an hour, I was sort of happy with my design and decided I could brave the storm and share my creation with the world. From the top menu, I could tweet, Facebook or blog the design which I now regret slightly as the design team here kind of ripped it apart, but I do appreciate they’re pro’s in their field and only say what they see (tears welling up).

Sharing your design

I jest, MyDeco’s 3D room design is a beneficial tool to those wanting to accurately see what their design would actually look like without paying a penny. The site also has a large selection of designs uploaded by other users that are perfect for drawing inspiration and ideas. I’d suggest you have a bash and see what you can come up with! Make sure you forward them on to me and I’ll post your scheme up!

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Vote for us to win the Decorex Loves Bloggers Competition

 

The Design Hub are rocking it with the best interior design blog around, we’ve been shortlisted for Decorex’s Blogger campaign and voting has begun!

The prize is to report live from Decorex 2011 at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea in September. This would be a fantastic opportunity for us to be among some of the worlds best designers and arguably the best design event of the year.

Please show your appreciation if you feel we’re worthy of such an honour and vote for us. 

You can do this by going onto Decorex’s Facebook page and selecting The Design Hub from the top groups of shortlisted blogs. (You will need to click the MORE  tab to see all the full list of blogs.)

Voting only lasts for 1 week and the top three will go through to the grand final.

Click here to go though to Decorex’s Facebook page and cast your vote!

Many Thanks!

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Deaf Texan artists’ first UK exhibition at the Surface Gallery

Earlier this week I visited the über cool Surface Gallery in Nottingham to see the grand opening of their 2010 Surface Open Show winner’s exhibition. Texas based artist Janet Morrow has been preparing her three week solo exhibition for nearly a year after scooping the prize and is her first in the UK.

A Community of Non-normative Beings” is a body of work examining themes of deafness, disability and otherness and what it means to occupy a non-normative body in a culture where normality is narrowly defined. Striking shimmering sculptures of polythene plastic, polyester organza, ink, rope, helium and concrete among other materials, dramatically occupy the space. Continue reading

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Decorex Loves Bloggers and The Design Hub!

All the hard work is paying off and our blog The Design Hub, has attracted the eye of the Decorex team who have featured us on their Facebook site as a nominee for the Decorex Loves Bloggers competition!

Showing their appreciation for the blogosphere, Decorex are giving one lucky Interior Design Blogger the opportunity to report live from the event in September which is held at the prestigious Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

This could be us but we need as many votes as we can to win this amazing prize!

Decorex Facebook followers can vote from Monday 20th June for one week and the blog with the most votes goes through to the grand final!

It would be a fantastic opportunity for The Design Hub to bring you insider scoops on what happens at Decorex 2011 and would greatly appreciate your vote!

Decorex will reveal ways in which to vote on Monday 20th June so stay tuned for updates!

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Hear first hand from interior design student Felicity what distance learning is really like

Good morning folks! I hope you are all well. I feel like I’ve been pulled away from blogging the last week or so because of a side project, so I’d like to post something today which I’m extremely happy to show you all.

I’ve had the pleasure of following bubbly and energetic student, Felicity Dainton from Wiltshire, through her Professional Interior Design Diploma studio course at the National Design Academy (NDA) in Nottingham. It was great to see first hand how she went from strength to strength and thoroughly enjoyed every task, every day.

The studio course is made up of one week at the NDA learning about colour theory, technical drawing, rendering, how to set up a business and lots more. Then the students have four weeks at home to complete their assignments and have a final week back in the studio to go over the course again and brush up on the skills learned.

Hear Felicity’s experience for yourself and how she progressed throughout the weeks. I’d also like to say thank you Felicity for letting me join her through this journey!

If you fancy flexing your creative talents, want to build on a hobby or make the first steps to changing careers like Felicity, you can visit the National Design Academy website www.nda.ac.uk, contact them by phone on 0115 91234 12 or visit their Facebook and Twitter page.

This course is also available to international students and can be done solely at home instead of in the studio, just contact them to find out more!

Take the leap of design! It could be the best thing you ever do!

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Spreading the social media word

After a rather glum morning at the hospital, this afternoon I delivered a short talk to some Interior Design Diploma students at the National Design Academy in Nottingham about the huge benefit social media and blogging can do for a business or personal profile as a designer – I just loved every minute of it!

To give them a little boost in the right direction, I decided to print off a list of PR tips, people and trends to follow on Twitter and an article I wrote yesterday about this subject. Online paper Social Business Consulting, had timed their feature of my post perfectly Continue reading

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Discover the huge benefits of blogging and social media to your business

Since starting The Design Hub in January I’ve been introduced to a whole new world of social media from sharing forums and Twitter streams to Facebook business pages and Linkedin profiles. I’ve realised that I’m not at as techi savvy as I thought I was. The first few weeks on Twitter I was completely baffled with trends, lists, hash keys and just general letters stuffed in random places!

So I thought It might be a good idea to get a feel for how others used blogging and social media. I began to read other peoples blogs to see how they set out their pages and posts, also what extra tools they used to make the blog more interactive and user friendly such as; top posts, latest posts, popular search terms, RSS, archives and links. This research gave me so many fantastic  ideas about what I wanted to include on my blog I couldn’t wait to get started! Continue reading

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