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VIP Membership Celebration Recap

: March 5, 2013 7:12 pm : Blog

On January 25th we had our inaugural VIP Membership Party to celebrate our members and VIP punch card program that we launched in 2012 to encourage members to be involved with WiD. This is a rewards program available to WiD members only; punches are granted at events and collected at the end of the year.

We were floored with donations to give away to lucky participates and new members that joined that night. We had around 150 people attend to enjoy cocktails, appetizers, music, a photobooth, and shop tours of Von Design. Plenty of fun was had as many new connections were made and old ones reunited. Due to the overwhelming positive feedback and great turnout we have decided to make this an annual event!


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Something to Give…Featuring: FLOR

: January 14, 2013 10:23 pm : Blog

***Our “Something To Give…” blog series highlights members, family, friends, and/or supporters of Women in Design-Denver Chapter that have generously offered to donate a bit of their talent as a prize for the 1st Annual VIP Membership Celebration.***

Recently, WiD Networking Chair, Carmen Schechinger, caught up with Lindsey Clark, a Design Consultant for FLOR Store – Denver, to ask her a few questions and express WiD’s appreciation for their very beautiful and benevolent prize donation of an area rug for our WiD VIP Membership Celebration.

In Lindsey’s words, FLOR is a carpet design squares company. They present the possibility to create inspired living space through a unique composition of carpet design squares. They have recently opened a new studio here in Denver, where you can come touch, see and feel everything FLOR! It’s located at 2500 2nd Avenue and visits are encouraged!

Lindsey was full of interesting information about both FLOR and her own background in design:

How did you get involved in design/flooring sales? 

I graduated with a degree in Interior Design. Originally I began with FLOR in Atlanta when they opened their showroom during the summer of 2011, and then transferred to the Denver showroom. I love the ability to become an ‘expert’ with a particular interior element, all while having infinite creative possibilities.

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Something to Give…Featuring: Shooka Sharafi

: January 8, 2013 7:47 pm : Blog

***Our “Something To Give…” blog series highlights members, family, friends, and/or supporters of Women in Design-Denver Chapter that have generously offered to donate a bit of their talent as a prize for the 1st Annual VIP Membership Celebration.***

We are very honored to offer our members a chance at this stunning prize, an original painting from a Shooka Sharafi, an interior designer with Slaterpaull Architects.  The painting incorporates kufic, the oldest form of calligraphy and a type of script used in various parts of the Arabian Peninsula. The translation is a verse from the Qur’an, which used kufic in its first copies, that reads “Love your family.  Respect your elders.  And be truthful always.”

What a beautiful sentiment.  Read on to find out more about this very talented woman:

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WiD Builds – Day 2

: January 7, 2013 5:28 pm : Blog

Our volunteers gathered once again on the chilly morning of December 8th and met at the Taxi development parking lot to carpool up to Kittredge, a small community about 20 minutes west of Morrison. The Blue Spruce Habitat team was ready for us. We had a full day of installing SIPS, sill plates, steel stud ledgers, and tiling at an adjacent property. At one point I was handed a tool and the explanation of how to use it came with a worrisome statement, “be very careful, and position it on your left side as it tends to throw you to the left and can easily break your wrist.” I was not feeling very happy about this tool at that moment, and just then the power shut off. Once it was restored all other tools worked except for that one. I made a quick escape to another task just in case. A couple of us spent all day in a window well, but I am not sure what that was all about as I was wrestling with my own challenges at the other end of the site. The good news is that they reported “mission completed” by the end of the work day and we were all very pleased with the result. I am sure it’s the best window well up there.

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Something to Give…Featuring: Jeni O’Brien

: January 6, 2013 10:24 pm : Blog

***Our “Something To Give…” blog series highlights members, family, friends, and/or supporters of Women in Design-Denver Chapter that have generously offered to donate a bit of their talent as a prize for the 1st Annual VIP Membership Celebration.***

We are very excited to highlight the creativity and generosity of one of our own, Jeni O'Brien. Jeni is the Chair of the Membership Committee for Women in Design and she works as a sales representative for Mountain Trade Supply.  She is also currently in the processing of launching her own handbag line.  To most that might sound like quite the work load but when you meet her you realize that Jeni has the energy and spunk to accomplish it all.

I had a chance to communicate with Jeni regarding both her professional design experience and her upcoming handbag line.  Here’s a bit of what Jeni had to say: more »

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What I Do

: November 28, 2012 2:33 pm : Blog

Demystifying the Design Professions

(and a introduction to some of the members on the communications committee)

 Meet Micaila Vaughn

Lighting Representative at Visual Interest

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There’s a Coworking Space for Everyone

: November 13, 2012 10:08 pm : Blog

As entrepreneurship and self-employment continue to be on the rise, community workspaces are gaining popularity globally. Coworking is the concept of multiple small companies and entrepreneurs operating out of a shared office space while working independently of one another. According to a recent Global Coworking Survey by Deskmag, coworking has doubled every year since 2006; the latest count being 2,150 spaces worldwide. The traditional 9-5 office model is evolving into a 24/7 space that serves as a hub for networking, connecting and collaborating.

Job trends are constantly shifting, and coworking spaces are able to adapt and flow with companies whose needs are ever changing. Earlier this year, Thomas Frey was a featured speaker at the TEDxReset Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. It was there that he predicted over two billion jobs would disappear by 2030. Certain markets, from the power industry to education, are integrating current and future technologies – eliminating jobs we have known forever, and creating new jobs that are more efficient. With this transition, coworking spaces are being optimized – using their flexibility to fit the needs of businesses, both large and small. In many spaces, including my own, large companies have based their employees out of a coworking space to be a more integrated part of their local community, and give them leverage by gaining a greater business network.

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Something To Give… First up: Jordan Vaughn

: September 12, 2012 11:11 am : Blog

***Our “Something To Give…” blog series highlights members, family, friends, and/or supporters of Women in Design-Denver Chapter that have generously offered to donate a bit of their talent as a prize for the 2012 End of Year Event.***

Today’s feature article finds me on a rooftop overlooking a stunning panaroma of downtown Denver with Jordan Vaughn, President/Owner of Von Design, Inc. and his Sister Micaila, a member of WiD since 2011.  This site is where Jordan recently relocated the furniture design company that he began in 2002 at just 20 years old. But don’t be impressed yet!…he’s just one test away from becoming a licensed architect and is hoping this space will not only establish a fresh new haven for furniture-making but also showcase the style of building he’s capable of both designing and constructing.

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Fire Damage Claims

admin : July 23, 2012 12:28 pm : Blog

By WiD Guest Blogger

Matthew T. Blackmer, M.S.C.E., P.E. & Pie Staff

Pie Consulting & Engineering

Anomalistic weather is becoming the norm, causing an increasing number of billion-dollar-plus disasters annually. In 1980, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began reporting an average of three to four of these major storms a year, but the numbers have increased exponentially over the past several years. In 2011, there were a record 14 disasters of this magnitude. And on top of this virtually every federal, state and forest service agency across the nation forecasted that 2012 is very likely to become a record year for extreme wildfire activity in the western and southwestern U.S., with the future heralding a year round state of danger. And it has proven to be the case already. Just recently wildfires were burning in nine U.S. states, already inflicting heavy property damage.

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Everyone at the Table, Please.

admin : July 2, 2012 1:13 am : Blog, Uncategorized

Most of my friends and acquaintances know that along with all aspects of building design and construction, I love the domestic arts…..from cooking and entertaining to creating sculptural handbags and clothing to creating a flower garden with all the native plants of Colorado and compatible regions of the world to sketching.  Since cooking and entertaining is listed first, I will just tell you that I love to cook.  It’s another palette in the tool box of creativity. The ingredients that go into culinary concoctions are like the pencils, pens, paint tubes, rolls of trace, etc. preset in other parts of my world.  Cooking for people and having them all around the table laughing, discussing concepts and ideas, telling stories and experiences, and enjoying great food together, are some of my favorite times in my youth and now.  The table is a place where the head is responsible for ensuring the comfort and hospitality of the folks surrounding it.

Diverse groups of herbs take root in Cheryl's garden to create the complex flavors that come to her table.

As an Executive Co-chair for Women in Design-Denver, it’s important for me to invite you all to the table of WiD-Denver.  I recently attended the USGBC Cascadia Region Living Futures unConference in Portland, Oregon, which highlighted why an affirmative RSVP is required.  The theme of the event was “Women Reshaping the World” and demonstrated through speakers and activities that women have an important role at the table of building design and construction as well as the political scene.  And it’s important for the health of not just our families but our societies and our planet.

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