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EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN | Residential By Kate O’Hara Martha O’Hara Interiors DESIGNING YOUR 2020 STRATEGY By Julia Molloy

EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN | Commercial The Landing, Austin, TX. Design Firm: True Interiors Legacy of Design Award Winning Project STATIC IN THE HOME A Shocking Experience By Lisa Mattich, Fiber-Seal of Dallas, ASID IP HOW THE INTERIOR DESIGNER CAN BEST WORK WITH THE TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATOR By Bill O'Connor, Dallas Sight and Sound, Inc., ASID IP DYNAMIC LIGHTING FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT By Keith D Brown, Bravas ASID IP


President’s Message

Dear Texas Chapter of ASID Colleagues: I am honored to have the opportunity of working with you this year as we continue to address the

amazing opportunities we have to be of service to our communities and our profession. I firmly

believe that what we do makes life better for those we serve wherever they live, work, play or heal. Design indeed does impact life! I hope you

will join me this year as we work together to strengthen our organization and to communicate the difference that ASID Interior designers make.

We have a lot going for us! Our Texas Chapter is one of the largest and best ASID chapters in the nation. We include Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin,

San Antonio, West Texas and El Paso. All of our design communities come together to create the great State of Texas ASID Chapter. Each design community has their own wonderful board that works diligently to plan and execute the events and meetings our members enjoy on a monthly basis.

Our theme for the year is “You Belong Here.” We will be holding our first ever state wide Membership drive in March that will build on this

theme. “You Belong Here” reminds me that in ASID we all find a sense of belonging that enhances what we do and who we are. ASID provides

connections that help with the continuing improvement in our profession, magnifying our voice with political and industry partners, and

encouraging those who are in training to take their place in this industry. We are proud to be hosting our annual student symposium later this

year that brings our design students together from across the state. We all belong and in belonging we find we are better together. I know we shall grow personally, professionally and as advocates for our industry as we reach toward what we can achieve together this year.

I would like to thank all of the volunteers in our individual communities and our outstanding State Board. With such talented and committed professionals working together there is no limit to what we can do. I am looking forward to a great year in this great state. ASID Texas Board:

Design Community Chairs:

Financial Director – Brianne Bowers, ASID IP

Dallas – Carrie Barron, Allied ASID & Lisa Sorenson Floyd, Allied ASID

President-Elect – Corey Davey, ASID, RID

Austin – Stephanie Swedlund, Allied ASID

Professional Development Director – Cody Rackley, Allied ASID

El Paso – Karen Leah Rivera, ASID

Communications Director – Gabriella Martinez, Allied ASID

San Antonio – Nichelle Hosley, Allied ASID

Membership Director – Joyce Bryant, Allied ASID, RID Director At-Large – Sheryl Beck, Allied ASID, RID

Student Representative to the Board – Carlisle Rose Bolger, Student ASID


Lisa Barron, ASID, RID, NCIDQ

Texas Chapter ASID President 2019-2020


Fort Worth – Lisa Teakell, ASID

West Texas – Suzann Haechten, ASID

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Lisa Barron, ASID, RID president@tx.asid.org


Corey Davey, ASID, RID president-elect@tx.asid.org

2019-2020 Design Community Leaders AuSTIN - ChAIR 2019-2020

Stephanie Swedlund, Allied ASID AuSTIN - fINANCIAL ChAIR 2019-2020 Joel Leggett, Allied ASID


Brianne Bowers, ASID IP Rep finance@tx.asid.org


DALLAS - CO ChAIR 2019-2020 Lisa Sorenson Floyd, Allied ASID

DALLAS - CO ChAIR 2019-2020 Carrie Barron, Allied ASID


Joyce Bryant, Allied ASID, RID membership@tx.asid.org

DALLAS - fINANCIAL ChAIR 2019-2020 Kimberly Partyka, ASID IP Representative __________________

EL PASO - ChAIR 2018-2020 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Cody Rackley, Allied ASID professionaldevelopment@tx.asid.org

Karen Leah Rivera, ASID, RID

EL PASO - fINANCIAL ChAIR 2018-2020 Fran Timbrook, ASID, RID __________________


Sheryl Beck, Allied ASID at-large@tx.asid.org

Lisa Teakell, ASID, RID

fORT wORTh - fINANCIAL ChAIR 2019-2020 Annette Mallard, ASID, RID __________________


Gabriella Martinez, Allied ASID communications@tx.asid.org

Michelle Hosley, Allied ASID

SAN ANTONIO - fINANCIAL ChAIR 2019-2020 Nena Mayorga, ASID IP Representative __________________


Carlisle Rose Bolger, Student ASID studentrep@tx.asid.org

Suzann Haechten, ASID, RID

wEST TExAS - fINANCIAL ChAIR 2019-2020 Thuy Baumstimler, ASID IP Representative

Volunteer Leaders AwARDS ChAIR

Alex Hosseinnia, ASID IP Representative EMERgINg PROfESSIONALS ChAIR Debra Stewart, ASID, RID E-NEwSLETTER ChAIR



Simi Kapoor, ASID IP Representative INDuSTRy PARTNER LIAISON

Helene Terry, ASID IP Representative I.T. ChAIR

Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, RID LEgACy Of DESIgN ChAIR Annette Mallard, ASID, RID MAgAzINE ChAIR

Priscilla Valentine, Allied ASID NCIDQ ExAM PREP ChAIR Lisa Pope, ASID, RID ROSTER ChAIR

Ashlynn Bourque, ASID IP Representative SChOLARShIP ChAIR

Grayson Knight, Allied ASID SOCIAL MEDIA ChAIR Lexi Banda, Allied ASID


Julie Reynolds, ASID, RID STuDENT SyMPOSIuM ChAIR Kathryn Nelson, Allied ASID wEBSITE RAffLE ChAIR Teresa Morgan, ASID



Two ASID Texas Chapter Members Receive National Honors This past July at ASID's National The Leadership Experience, ASID Texas Chapter members Laura Burton, Allied ASID (Austin) and Adam Nash, ASID (San Antonio), were recognized as 2019 ASID Ones to Watch Winners.

ASID recognizes the need to grow diversity and inclusion in the interior design profession. Through ASID Ones to Watch, the Society supports rising leaders to ensure that diversity is reflected at all levels of the industry. Each year, the ASID Ones to Watch program identifies and recognizes rising leaders in the interior design industry who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the profession. They are poised to take the next step in their careers. Up to 20 applicants were honored as ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners within four unique categories: Design Excellence, Education Leadership, Manufacturing Leadership, and Volunteer Leadership. Find out more at asid.org/resources/awards/ones-to-watch. Laura Burton, Allied ASID

Congratulations to Laura & Adam for winning this prestigious award!

A Fond Farewell to METROCON Expo & Conference

We are sad to announce that METROCON Expo & Conference will not return for 2020 and beyond; however, we are proud to say over these past 17 years we have consistently… • delivered stellar, diverse, and relevant programming, • introduced new features annually as a result of survey feedback, • served as a model of industry collaboration, • provided conscientious financial oversight, • attracted a dedicated committee of hard-working volunteers, • and gave back to the industry we love – just over $1.9 million! It has been a wonderful 17 years for METROCON, 15 of them with the ASID Texas Chapter as a Partnering Association. Metrocon, Inc. thanks all of its supporters – Attendees, Exhibitors, Speakers, Sponsors, and Volunteers – who have been there every step of the way. Please find the full official statement on the METROCON website, metroconexpo.org, which will be up and running through October 1, 2020. VERY IMPORTANT: If you need your continuing education conference transcript(s) from 2016, 2017, 2018 and/or 2019, please contact us at metrocon@metroconexpo.org before the website closes. - 12 - ISSUE IV 2019 | ASID TEXAS CHAPTER

Adam Nash, Allied ASID




Theresa Marie Chovan, Allied ASID

Jennifer Bailey - Bailey Village of Designs

Beret Syverson Evenstad, Allied ASID

Paloma Bustamante - Triton Stone Group

Elizabeth A. Connor, Allied ASID Brooke Hilsabeck, Allied ASID

Brookelyn R. Vawter, Allied ASID

Andy Beres - Triton Stone Group

Melissa Castro - Triton Stone Group

Zachary Cortez - Triton Stone Group Thersa Davis - Global Views Blakely Dent - Florida Tile


Robin R. Bond, Associate ASID

Susie Brennan, Associate ASID

Timothy A. Dolley, Associate ASID

PROFESSIONAL J. Shelby Taylor, ASID Kirk D. Thomas, ASID

Christine Dubay - Dallas Luxury Beds

Mhari Fleishman - Architectural Granite & Marble, Inc.

Phillip Gardner - Triton Stone Group

Felipe Goldring - Crescer Designs LLC Courtney Gorman - Moore and Giles

William Huntington - Triton Stone Group Tina Jeppesen - Dallas Luxury Beds Maritza Leon - Triton Stone Group Monica Loving - Ivystone

Kenneth Miller - Monogram Appliances Megan Ochoa - Triton Stone Group

Andrea Pearson - Triton Stone Group Brian Roeder - Blatt Billiards

Erica Roque - Triton Stone Group

Kelley Schadt - The Container Store Lisa Skelton - Triton Stone Group

Trudy Traino - Triton Stone Group Karla Urbina - Tri-Supply






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By Kate O’Hara, CEO + Creative Director of Martha O’Hara Interiors When you’ve been living in a small Tudor-style home for over 35 years, you learn to overlook some quirks. Martha O’Hara Interiors was approached by a long-time friend and client, Lisa, who was living in a charming but dated historic home. She remarked about the kitchen utensils she had to store in her lower level, the endless doors that led to compartmentalized spaces, the cove-like rooms with low arches, dark ceilings, and sponge-painted walls. Even worse, her only television was set-up in the dark basement, because at least that area was a bit more spacious than the rest. The result: Lisa was living in her lower-level and bedroom, while avoiding the rest of her home…you know, like the whole main level. When Lisa started talking to the design team at Martha O’Hara Interiors about her project, it was clear the first point of order would be to resolve her home’s tight spaces. The home’s odd layout and lack of storage weren’t letting her live freely anymore. But that certainly wasn’t the only issue to resolve! Above: Natural light now travels through the living room and into the kitchen, highlighting a gorgeous custom Fay + Belle area rug (fayandbellerugs.com) - 14 - ISSUE IV 2019 | ASID TEXAS CHAPTER

Lisa gave her Martha O’Hara Interiors team three primary goals: open things up, increase storage, and add more seating. Opening Up. The new layout eliminated an unused formal dining room and removed two dividing walls. The resulting transformation is incredible – with more natural light, easier flow, and some lovely moments of color in an otherwise black and white palette. While the layout change created the open concept Lisa wanted, it also posed a challenge to another key goal: to dramatically increase storage. Storage. O’Hara and team focused on storage through custom cabinetry and thoughtful furnishings. Multifunctional cabinets were key – from large pull-out drawers for pots and pans, to an appliance garage for large gadgets, to multiple pull-out cutting boards in strategic locations. For a touch of impeccably styled functionality, a large buffet cabinet now stores barware and formal serving ware. During parties, it makes for a perfect auxiliary bar area. Seating. What was lost in wall space, was gained in function. Removing the wall that divided the formal dining room from the kitchen, for instance, allowed room for an eat-in kitchen nook that Lisa can enjoy now that opens to the rest of her main level. Seating here is plentiful, with a custom bench that beautifully disguises the room’s radiators. Custom swivel chairs at the adjacent peninsula offer even more function.

Below: Once compartmentalized, now connected! The new layout ensures harmonious, open living.


Some well-chosen splashes of color make this new main level sing – take a look at this vintage overdyed rug from Fay + Belle Rugs!

In the living room, charming details like the Tudor-style beams looked lackluster amid dark and dated walls. Today, a new palette of black and white opens the space dramatically, especially when contrasted by black moldings, trims, and beams. Performance fabrics offer Lisa peace of mind for entertaining and those inevitable red wine spills. Color is layered into special accents throughout: from fuchsia pillows to navy velvet chairs, to statement brass fixtures. The goal was to add interest and dimension to the living room without overpowering the small space. Most notably, a custom wool Fay + Belle rug was fashioned to complement Lisa’s extensive art collection. Her most precious pieces now receive the attention they deserve. Interiors by Martha O’Hara Interiors




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Invite those you respect and trust to help you navigate your firm forward.

By Julia A. Molloy The year is almost over! Do you know what that means? Yes, it’s time to plan on setting aside some time

to review our progress this past year and look forward to the New Year! Next year is going to be a great one and I’m truly looking forward to it. So how do we begin? Well, we all hear about goal setting and

resolutions for the New Year and I’m all for it, but there is something that comes first, STRATEGY!

Before you can prioritize and set goals, you need an overarching strategy session! I recommend having

2 a year, one at the beginning of January and one during the 3rd quarter if possible. There are a few

prerequisites and components involved with strategy sessions.


List out items for discussion including challenges, problems and areas for growth.


you need your company’s key characteristics clearly defined and updated

Those of you that know me well know that I constantly refer to the key

characteristics. Simply put, this is a list of a dozen or so adjectives or

short phases that describe your firm’s values. The bottom line is, you

need guiding principles and a mission statement to help you navigate

through all the ideas and options that will come up in your strategy

meeting. You will also want to put some ideas down on paper and

develop an outline for a meeting agenda.


Put together an advisory board

Who are the few people that you absolutely trust and respect

for their savvy, expertise in their field, sage experience and vision?

Find them and invite them to be an adviser for your firm. You just

need 1 to start. They can be a senior member of your firm if you’re

fortunate enough to have someone of that caliber on your team. All

that is required on their part is to join your 2 strategy sessions each year.

It is helpful if most of them are in completely different fields and bring

to the table strengths that you do not possess.


have an agenda or list of objectives Like any meeting, put together a list of objectives or an agenda

of items you’d like to discuss and resolve during the meeting.

Often the first one will be to review all products and services as well

as areas of concern or need for refinement. Pull them together and

brainstorm about what is possible and what fits with your firm’s mission

and values. Don’t focus too much on logistics, as you’ll have a separate

meeting for that. This is all about ideation, vision and overarching direction

for your company’s growth and development as well as innovative ideas

for solving issues you’ve been challenged by.


hold the meeting out of your office, in an inspiring environment

Studies have shown that you cannot think ‘outside of the box’

very effectively when you are physically sitting ‘inside your box’. So

have the meeting out of your normal environment. Preferably somewhere

uplifting, non-distracting and open feeling. High ceilings are important

and expansive views are ideal. Changing the scene will disrupt your

normal thinking patterns and make new ideas come to you more easily.

Have lunch brought in and run from morning through the end of the

day. You may need to have a 2 day intensive, especially as you run

yours for the first time, or as massive growth or changes are occurring

in your interior design business.



follow it up with a plan of action meeting to discuss implementation and timing

Once you are clear about what you want to create

or the solutions to implement, it is all about execution. Have a secondary meeting a couple days later

with the team members or advisory board members

that are logistically oriented and get a firm plan of

action on the books. Include tasks, timing and the

persons accountable so that it really does get done. Add all tasks to your Master Task List and if needed,

hold a few follow up meetings at set intervals to

To effectively implement, establish clear tasks, who is responsible and when it is to be done.

discuss progress on assigned projects.

Your objective is to come up with an overarching approach and direction for your

interior design business. You’ll want to emerge with a crystal clear understanding

You will be empowered by the clarity this session will provide. Once your strategy

is clear, you are ready to set goals, milestones, and plan for the needed resources

of what your firm does and, more importantly, what it does NOT do and who it

to accomplish your goals.

along with your various modalities for charging for them.

To assist you in this process, I have created a Strategic Plan Worksheet. It can serve

does it for. Be clear on your ‘packaging’ or how you present or bundle your services,

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THE LANDING Austin, TX Legacy of Design Award Winning Project DESIGN INTENT

To create a hotel style leasing office and fitness center in

Austin with high-end luxury and resort-style amenities while using the existing Tuscan architecture to give residents

a place to relax in style.


Incorporating the existing substantial Tuscan architecture

throughout the property as well as oddly shaped twostory foyer.




This luxurious style was able to find a modern use for heavily

ornate columns and moldings, as well as the trowel-textured

walls. Mosaic tile with marble border was added to the foyer

to create a special moment with a custom circular bench and dramatic brass chandelier.


The Landing is a hotel-style leasing office and fitness center in

Austin with high-end luxury and a bit of fantastic flair. The jewel toned color scheme mixed with luxe textiles and brass accents give it that lavish touch. The existing Tuscan architecture was

transformed to give the space more of a modern style. Upon

entry you are greeted with an octagon-shaped grand foyer that

gives an impactful first impression of the space, with its dramatic chandelier and stunning view of the resort-style pool area.

Original columns and moldings are accented with a toned-down

modern scheme. Accent mosaic tile emphasizes the octagon-

shape and draws your eye to the custom circular reception

bench. The leasing lobby keeps the hotel-style in mind, with

plenty of mixed-use seating areas and a twelve-foot reception

desk, complete with custom wood top and brass task lighting. To the right of the foyer features a glass-surrounded conference

room with metallic stripe detail, fit for 8 guests. The WIFI Lounge


was designed with the resident’s comfort and

convenience in mind, with plenty of lounge seating

and bistro tables adjacent to a fully stocked coffee bar. Further into the space, residents can enjoy a

modern pool table and custom banquette seating

with wood paneling and metallic wallpaper; oversized

swing-arm sconce lighting reflects in the antiqued mirrors above. Located on the second floor for is

an amber-striped fitness center and yoga studio with specialized bouncing floors.

The Landing received First Place, Corporate under

15,000 SF in the Legacy of Design 2019 Awards.

Square Footage: 9,127 SF (1st and 2nd floor) Completion Date: 06/26/2018 Budget: $225,395.62 Construction Timeline: 02/13/2018 - 06/26/2018

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STATICA IN THE HOME… Shocking Experience By Lisa Mattich, Fiber-Seal of Dallas, ASID IP A client called us recently to ask if we could help with a problem her family was having. It seems that they had just taken delivery on a new microfiber sofa. Visually, the sofa was a delight. However, when anyone sat on the sofa and walked across the room to go outside, touching the doorknob set off a spark that would immediately “get their attention!” So why would a microfiber sofa create this kind of problem? More important, could anything be done to minimize the painful consequences?

WHAT IS STATIC? In simple terms, static is a build-up of electrical charges. When two different materials come together, positive and negative charges are transferred from one material to another, resulting in one material becoming positively charged and the other negatively charged. When you sit on a sofa and then get up, both you and the sofa carry this slight electrical imbalance. A “perfect storm” of conditions for building up significant charges might look like this: ● A cold, dry winter day ● Person wearing wool clothing ● Getting up from a microsuede sofa. When all of these contributing factors come together, the effects can be dramatic.

Perhaps one of the greatest technical leaps in the carpet industry came with the invention of the first anti-static nylon yarn. Tiny filaments of nylon (or other synthetic) with a carbon core are blended in small amounts with the normal nylon carpet fibers as the yarn is being made. The result is a carpet yarn that “drains” static charges away from the surface, much like a lightning rod. STATIC ON FURNISHINGS Unfortunately, upholstery fabrics are not created using anti-static fibers. Natural fibers do not typically exhibit the problem. However, polyester and other synthetic “microfibers” and “microsuedes” – very popular for both home and automobile upholstery – can contribute to static issues. CAREFUL WITH THE CURE So, back to the original problem of static related to a microfiber sofa. The thing many people are told to do is spray a diluted solution of fabric softener on the sofa. While we agree that this will solve the static problem, liquid fabric softeners dry to a gooey film. Not something you want to use on your sofa.

STATIC ON THE FLOOR Before we get into a discussion of remedies, it is interesting to note that static problems with floor coverings are largely a thing of the past.

Likewise, we do not like the idea of the anti-static aerosol sprays. The ones we have tested tend to leave an unwanted residue.

Many years ago, when synthetic carpets were becoming widespread, anyone who had this type of carpet was acutely aware of the associated problem of static electricity. Walking across a room full of nylon carpet (or, even worse, a long hallway of carpet) could generate quite a surprise at the first touch of metal – or another person.

A very simple fix for static is to create humidity. A humidifier will increase moisture in the air, reducing static charges. It certainly can’t hurt anything. Another idea we like is lightly brushing the fabric with a dryer sheet such as “Bounce.” It will still leave a tiny amount of residue, but not enough to do any harm.

The chemical industry came to the rescue, offering anti-static treatments (usually through carpet cleaning companies) that did an adequate job of reducing static. These products were not permanent, however, and also suffered from the disadvantage of being somewhat sticky. This meant that solving the static problem tended to cause a different one: faster soiling of the carpet.

Lisa Mattich, Owner of Fiber-Seal of Dallas, ASID IP. Fiber-Seal is the #1 source for fabric protection and furniture protection in the United States. Lisa works with designers, business, and individuals to help protect their investment in fine furnishings such as: upholstered furniture, rugs (including Orientals) wallcoverings, draperies, and leather.


How the Interior Designer Can Best Work with the Technology Integrator By Bill O'Connor, Dallas Sight and Sound, Inc., ASID IP Let’s face it, the role of the home technology integrator, or Electronic Systems Professional (ESP) has changed. What was once TVs and speakers has grown and evolved to encompass nearly everything in our daily lives, starting with the allimportant home network. The scope of things the ESP may be involved in can often include: • The home network, including wired and Wi-Fi; • Lighting control; • Motorized shades; • Security and life safety; • Surveillance (camera) systems; • Access Control; • Motorized lifts; • Climate Control; • Television and video systems; • Whole house audio; • Home theaters; • High performance music rooms; • And more… With this increased scope, it is more important than ever that the Interior Designer and ESP work together from the earliest stages of the project in order to achieve the vision of both the designer and the client. It is important to choose an electronics professional with an aesthetically-driven design philosophy, one that is in line with your own. Knowing the current technology and products, they should be able to recommend ways to eliminate, consolidate, and minimize the visual impact of electronics and controls. Be sure they share your design philosophy and are willing to work with you to achieve it. The challenge with home electronic systems is that no one wants to see them, but they have to be exposed to be relevant. TVs when turned off are not very attractive, but they are made to be seen. Speakers can’t be hidden behind furniture or paintings as those things block the sound. Invisible speakers, however, can be built into the wall and textured and painted so that they disappear. But they have to be included in the drawings and framed in during the construction stage, so when do you bring in the home technology integrator? The right time to bring the ESP to the table is when the plans are being drawn! Many decisions regarding space allocation, framing, electrical, mechanical, even plumbing, can be affected by the choices for home technology. For example, window framing can change based on the shades chosen. You want to recess a TV into the wall? How will it be ventilated, how will it get power, and where will the components be hidden to provide the signal? This affects decisions on framing, electrical and trim. And this is only one piece of equipment! Most systems in luxury homes are located in a closet, or a room dedicated solely to the electronics. I’ve seen systems that required as many as eleven racks! The rooms need proper planning, including space for the racks and for air movement around the racks. Heat is the number one killer for electronic components, and special ventilation is required (don’t put them in cabinets without ventilation!). It may be a separate zone on the HVAC, or a mini-split in the room. And the electrical load must be precisely calculated. - 30 - ISSUE 1 2019 | ASID TEXAS CHAPTER

Is there a home theater? Many calculations go into the proper design of a theater, including room dimensions, speaker placement for optimal acoustics, sound isolation, seating arrangement, projector location and ventilation, sight lines… A proper ESP will provide you with dimensional drawings, renderings, and exact construction specifications to achieve the best possible room for your client within their budget. Home technology can do much to hide devices normally found cluttering a wall – thermostats, multiple banks of light switches, security keypads, to name a few. Again, all of this needs to be planned from the earliest stages. As the project moves along, make sure locations are checked, and any changes are accounted for. The trim around a door can affect the location of lighting keypads and touchscreens. If you’re putting speakers in a ceiling, do they need back boxes to keep the sound from radiating into the attic or into the room above? Many of these devices require extensive wiring. This should be planned for in early stages and wires pulled in the construction phase, so that they don’t have a negative impact on the design. With proper planning, home technology can add value to the design and the benefit you bring to the client as a design professional. So how do you choose the right company? As mentioned before, look at their design philosophy, but dig a little deeper and look at their documentation, and how they communicate with not only you but also the GC and the other trades. Check references. Check for certifications. The Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (www.cedia.net) can be a resource, but their certifications are limited. The Home Technology Association (www.htacertified.org) has more rigorous standards, and they divide companies into three levels of certification – Foundation, Luxury and Estate. The HTA can be a good resource for finding the right company to work with you and your clients. Just remember – start early, check often and communicate regularly. Working with the right company can be the difference between an OK project and an outstanding one, one that will have your client bragging about you to all their friends. Bill O'Connor is a 20+ year veteran of the home technology business and is Director of Business Development for Dallas Sight and Sound, Inc. DSSI has been earning the right to serve their clients since 1984, and is HTA Certified at the Estate Level. Bill has an MBA from SMU and is a Certified Outreach Instructor for CEDIA, in addition to numerous other industry certifications. Bill also serves as the AV committee chair for the Dallas Design Community of ASID.

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Dynamic Lighting for the Built Environment By Keith D Brown, Bravas, ASID IP When humans first populated the earth the largest influence on their lives was the sun. It determined when they woke and when they slept, when they hunted and when they hid. Even after the discovery of fire the physical toll of maintaining an open flame limited its functionality as a light source. Even tallow candles, popular in the 14th century, were so expensive that only the most affluent members of society could enjoy more than a few minutes of light per day. Up to the 19th century was still prohibitively expensive for the majority of people. In 1816 Baltimore became the first city in America to light its streets with gas distributed through a system of pipelines. This technology proved so beneficial that it was found in almost every city by 1850. And just like that, we owned the night. No technology has had a bigger impact on how we live than artificial light, and as the people tasked with helping our clients design and build their homes we have to understand the impact that lighting has on their lives. By thoughtfully applying lighting design, lighting technology and lighting control we can profoundly impact the way our clients live in their homes.

Lighting Design

Richard Kelly was a pioneer in lighting design, and his work included the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth. Kelly presented what he called “the three elemental forms of light” in a lecture titled “Lighting as an integral part of architecture” in 1952. While he had much more fanciful names for them, he was describing the practices of washing surfaces, highlighting objects and creating sharp details. He also believed that natural light should be the primary source of light when practical, a practice known today as daylighting. Photography by Magda Biernat

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Today we talk about lighting design using the terms task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting, which we combine to create beautiful layered spaces.

When beginning with a blank slate, many lighting designers will start by laying out a grid of recessed lights across the space to provide smooth, even, lighting. While certainly effective, many of our clients are looking for more drama than such a lighting plan can deliver. Consider instead, beginning the process by noting all of your task-oriented areas such as kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, reading nooks, etc. Next, layout all of your furniture, accessories, and artwork while considering the materials you are using in the space. Now, think about how those areas should be lit. Smooth yet intense light over a kitchen workspace. Dramatic light washing down a warm stone wall. Artwork accented by crisp lighting that pools on the floor in the surrounding space. Only when these dramatic moments are created do you begin to light the rest of the space, filling in the ambient light where needed. This is obviously a simplification of the process, but it reflects the important role that light should play in our work.

Lighting Technology

For better or worse, most new homes now feature LED lighting. The efficiency of LED fixtures is well documented, but many have never been happy with details such as color, quality, and dimming performance. Modern LED fixtures now have the ability to more closely match traditional incandescent lighting in all of those categories, along with one really special trick. LED technology allows a nearly infinite amount of control over the color of light emitted by a fixture. This allows the tuning of light to match the look desired within a space. Incandescent light, while beautiful was limited in the color temperature it provided. LED manufacturers have also made huge strides in improving the quality of light they emit, with high CRI (Color Rendering Index) options available at almost all price points. The biggest improvements in LED technology are related to dimming performance. High quality LEDs, when specified correctly, no longer suffer from flickering and erratic performance. In fact, higher performance fixtures can now dim to candle light levels when combined with the correct dimmers. Additionally, dim-to-warm technology allows LED bulbs to shift in color, much like an incandescent bulb does when dimmed. This provides that warm, candle-lit, atmosphere perfect for a date night or just a relaxing evening at home.

Without question, the most exciting improvement in LED lighting is Circadian Rhythm Lighting, also known as human-centric lighting. Our body is designed to use cues from the environment to maintain natural rhythms. In fact, our eyes features photoreceptors other than the rods and cones we have always heard about, known as Melanopsin receptors. These receptors do not help us form images, but instead transfer information about our environment directly to the Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), the part of our brain that manages our sleep/wake cycle. Recent studies appear to show that these receptors are very sensitive to blue wavelengths of light, which are present in our smartphones, computer monitors and light fixtures. Those same studies also seem to show that the SCN expects to see that wavelength of light in the early morning, and uses this cue to synchronize our internal clock with the world around us. When we expose our bodies to bright lights in the same wavelengths in the evening it may inhibit our ability to complete the restorative processes naturally run during sleep, among a number of other negative outcomes. The potential effects of this technology are huge and include improved mood, better sleep, increased productivity and even better healing. A field study was performed at the Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands with impressive results. Both patients and hospital staff reported higher satisfaction, while patient fell asleep faster, stayed asleep longer and reported enhanced mood as measured by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Human centric lighting is a key tool in biophilic design, one of the hottest trends in interior design. By mimicking the color and intensity of the sun we hope to roll back some of the damage we have done by flooding our workplaces and homes with artificial light.

Lighting Control

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Great lighting design involves using layers of light to deliver the desired result, and that layering typically results in a large number of fixtures. To dial in the ideal lighting levels most homes depend on banks of dimmers, particularly in rooms like the great room, kitchen and master suite. Lighting control allows precise, repeatable control of the light in a space, and allows us to do so without a large number of dimmers cluttering the wall. With a lighting control system we are able to simplify the control of a house full of lighting, and improve the look of the home every day. We do this both by removing unneeded clutter, and by pre-configuring the ideal light for the space. Imagine finishing your install day by walking the home with the lighting designer and A/V company, and customizing the way the lighting will look once you are gone. This finishing touch allows all of the details the client invested in to look their best for years to come. This is the end-to-end experience that our industry can provide to our clients by working together, and being bold enough to learn new facets of the business. If you haven’t already, I challenge you to learn as much as you can about how lighting impacts your designs, and how you can influence the architectural lighting on your projects. The entire industry would benefit from your involvement. Keith Brown is the Manager of Marketing for Bravas, the only nationwide provider of luxury, design-driven, smart home systems. Bravas works with interior designers, architects and custom home builders to incorporate intuitive technology into their client's homes. These systems include A/V, automation, security, lighting design and control, motorized shading, and more. Keith Brown also serves as the President of the Dallas Executives Association.

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The ASID Texas Chapter - Dallas & Fort Worth Design Communities invited

Emerging Interior Designers to their October Peer Group event. Emerging Designers

were treated to an evening with the award winning interior designer Traci Connell, Associate ASID of Traci Connell Interiors. Traci Connell, Associate ASID told us

of her journey to a respected interior designer and gave us her top tips on working

with a team in a design firm and building your career in the design industry.

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ASID SCALE X By Carlisle Bolger, Student ASID, Student Representative to the Board

ASID Student Members were invited to University of Incarnate Word for SCALE X. Students were provided with tours, keynotes, roundtables, and portfolio reviews! The conference allowed design students of Texas to network with Design professionals and reps to gain knowledge about the field to further them in their journey. Students were very excited to get hands-on experiences in a more intimate setting. Thank you to our sponsors, and thank you to all the eager design students for coming!

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Designer Appreciation Event at the Salvation Army

We recognized the volunteers who facilitated over $750,000 worth of donations in goods and services hours to design, furnish and decorate Phase 1 of the new Salvation Army Rathgeber Center Emergency Shelter Units. We took a tour of the facility, and introduced Phase 2 to adopt/furnish the 23 family extended stay suites. We enjoyed some wonderful bites from Tapas Catering and sipped on Mocktails from Sans Bar.

October Social at Rosedale Kitchen



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Sherry Zuch, IP and DDC Programs Co-chair, Ashlyn Bourque, IP and ASID TX Directory Board Member, Carrie Barron, Allied ASID & DDC Co-Chair, Karen Parks, ASID & DDC Programs Co-chair, Lisa Floyd, Allied ASID & DDC Co-Chair


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Fall is for Fundamentals for the El Paso Design Community! On Thursday, September 12th, members were invited to a lunch and learn hosted by the staff at the newly remodeled Emser Tile showroom. Clinton A. Anna, National Sales Manager for ParexUSA/Merkrete presented the CEU “Crack Isolation & Waterproofing Membranes for Tile Installation.” He reviewed the mistakes to avoid and best practices for a flawless tile installation.

holiday Open house

‘Tis the Season for the El Paso Design Community! On Tuesday evening, November 12th, members were invited to a Holiday Open House hosted by Laura Carrillo Designs located in the El Paso Design District at the Epic Railyard. Members enjoyed regional cuisine and beverages while they shopped holiday florals and home accessories.

Fran Timbrook, ASID, Lorraine Huit, Allied ASID and Shelley Saab, ASID shop the latest trends in holiday decorations..

Stunning holiday decorations on display at Laura Carrillo Designs.


Shelley Saab, ASID, Laura Carrillo, Guest, Karen Leah Rivera, ASID, Fran Timbrook, ASID and Sally Dinsmoor, ASID.

Maricarmen Antillon, ASID and her guest enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine.

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Membership appreciation held at The Modern October 15, 2019

Annette Mallard, RID, ASID; Megan Kranz, Asse. ASID; Lisa Teakell, RID, ASID; Lela Penney, The Stone Collection, IP; Julie Behr, Vintage Floors IP; Amy Burns, Expressions IP; Bo Reese, Fergusons, IP; Lilia Martinez, Student ASID


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Scale X event for interior design students was held at University of the Incarnate Word where they were exposed to various aspects of the interior design trade.

ASID San Antonio DC October event at Parrish

SADC November Board meeting hosted by Lighting Inc.

Kory Jonsson, Lexi Banda, Allied ASID, Carolyn Darensbourg, Allied ASID, ET (owner of Lighting Inc), Nichelle Hosley, Allied ASID, Jennifer Morgan, ASID, and Ginger Browning


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ASID Texas Chapter West Texas Design Community had the pleasure to connect with ASID Student Members to educate them on ASID and Membership benefits! The best part of the evening was the $250 scholarship raffle sponsored by the ASID Texas Chapter! Congratulations to our two ASID Student Member winners: Kelsie Biehn & Kara Matthews (not shown).

Ditsha Fairuz, Lupe Vega, Alex Ramirez, Kelsie Biehn, Mariana Gomez, Courtney Osborn, Alina Lim, Tahmeed Chowdhury, April Montoya, Micah Schwartz, Kaylie Sheely, Lisa Barron, ASID, RID & Gabriella Martinez, Allied ASID.

The ASID Student Chapter and Department of Design at Texas Tech University invited the ASID Texas Chapter West Texas Design Community Members to join them for their annual Design Expo. The ASID Design Expo of West Texas at Texas Tech University connects design professionals, interior design students, and architecture students with the best in the industry and allows Industry Partners to introduce their products to future designers while educating them in the latest product design!


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