Kitchen Design

A kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. It requires careful planning, knowledgeable selections and experienced scheduling. At idi students learn how to successfully design a beautiful, functional, kitchen.

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As with any modern design, clean and simple kitchens create a perfect space for family and friends.

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Luxury kitchens are not only beautiful, but built to last with plenty of room for entertaining.

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Function and efficiency are important elements for a good kitchen design.


History of Interiors and Architecture

Idi offers exciting “History of Interiors and Architecture” classes! Enjoy learning about the history of interiors while you discover how historic styles evolved and the meaning behind your favorite architecture.

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Rounded corners, carvings, and furniture with paws or hooves were often features of the Egyptian era.

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From the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s Victorian, gothic, and Edwardian styles were popular. Above are the famous Victorian style “Painted Ladies” of San Francisco.

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Prairie style was a popular choice from 1899-1910. Shown here is Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Robie House”.

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Minimalist, modern design is a popular style choice today. This current style includes organic features and spacious interiors.


Coastal Design Style

Inspired by the ocean, coastal design has always been a favorite design choice. It’s crisp, neutral pallet and organic textures are often complemented with shades of blues, greens, and fun beach inspired accents.

Ceiling fans, tropical themed greenery and openness provide a tropical feel.

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Streamlined furniture, an open floorplan and minimalizim make this coastal home feel modern.

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Whimsical accessories and casual furniture create a simple, stylish cottage feel.

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Environmental Design at idi

At idi we believe eco-friendly design is an important part of interior design. Our “Environmental Design” class offers students an in depth study of sustainable environments, quality of life issues and the “smart house”-use of computers and electronics in buildings.

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Lighting is important in green design; choose fluorescent, LED and CFL.

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Smart home automation can control temperature, lighting and irrigation.

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Green furniture and materials are an important part of eco-friendly design.

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Choose low or zero VOC paint for a fresh, healthy environment.

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Wicker is Trending

Almost all of us have had a piece of wicker in their lifetime. It is so versatile and can be incorporated with all styles of design and décor. idi students learn about sustainable environments in our Environmental Design class.

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Sometimes synthetic fibers are used, especially in outdoor furniture, but traditionally wicker is made of a plant material such as bamboo, willow, rattan or reed.

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Wicker is a style of weave dating back to ancient Egypt and It adds an organic, natural feel.

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Rattan is very popular and can add interest and texture to any space.

idi Environmentally Designed Projects

One of our favorite days at idi is when the students bring in their custom designed lighting projects for our Design Thinking Class. The designs must be made from sustainable, eco-friendly materials and illuminate when plugged in.

This is one of the many exciting projects at idi where students can use their innovative creativity!

Meet Erica Bryen – IDI Graduate, Principal Designer and Owner of Erica Bryen Design

Today we welcome Erica Bryen – Principal Designer and Owner of Erica Bryen Design. In this episode Erica shares her passion for interior design and her long time role as buyer for one of Orange County’s premiere “to the trade” showrooms.

We also talk about the reality of client relations, how she leverages her association with a showroom to streamline her design business, and her “real world” advice to design professionals about knowing your value and standing your ground.

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Congratulations to Martha Duque, IDI Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design Student, 2019 IA Interior Architects Diversity In Design Scholarship Recipient

 Deepening Design through Diversity.

 By Martha Duque, Student IIDA.

With the expansive reach of technology, creativity inspiration sources have become endless. Traveling to exotic destinations, bustling urban environments, nature’s wonders, and cultural heritage sites, is readily available at your fingertips though your computer screen. But incorporating diversity in design is about a lot more than just sourcing visual inspiration from around the world. It is about understanding how people in different cultures communicate, how they interact, what they value, where their comfort zones are, and how they experience the world. Taking the best of these worlds to create a unique and desirable experience for clients is how we truly enrich and elevate design.

Diversity has become a big plus when it comes to the hiring and selection of employees at the top design firms. The mix of experiences brought to the table by candidates with a global background in a variety of industries, segments and levels is so unique, that it can’t be easily replicated by competitors. It also creates a culture that continually evolves and morphs with new recruits, producing a dynamic work environment that never becomes stale or stagnant. Working in cross-functional and cross-cultural teams not only to brings together best-practice leaders, but it enhances the diversity of the design solutions. These power teams are pushing the boundaries of creativity and bringing a whole new dimension to their designs though the cross- pollination of ideas.

The search for inspiration across seemingly unrelated vertical markets is also a big contributor to design diversity. With the trend towards experience-based interiors, experts are engaging in new creative thinking techniques to promote innovation. The healthcare industry is pulling from the hospitality industry for inspiration, corporate and retail segments are taking elements from the entertainment and leisure industries. Spaces are no longer unidimensional, they go beyond just being functional and aesthetically pleasing to become fun and engaging hubs for social interaction and collaboration, enticing people to stay longer and come back for more.

Technology is also re-shaping the future of design. Some may argue that technology has granted access to so much information that it has made it harder to create truly original designs. But when access to these resources is used to stimulate creativity rather than to copy, the possibilities are infinite. Technology may be considered disruptive in the development of social connections, distancing us from those closest to

us, but it has also brought those furthest away from us much closer, facilitating the exchange of ideas and strengthening bonds with colleagues and business partners across the globe. As more design tools become available to the design community, not only can we easily capture, store, and disseminate knowledge, but we can use that knowledge and combine it with artificial intelligence to generate innovative new spaces.

Those at the leading edge of architectural and interior design are taking advantage of technology advances, artificial intelligence, employee diversity, and segment cross-pollination to get ahead of the pack, rewrite the norms and reshape the future of design.

Meet Megan Stone IDI Graduate, Interior Designer and Founder of The High Road Design Studio

“Megan Stone’s specialty is designing marijuana dispensaries, like this Royal Highness store in Palm Desert, Calif. Credit…Laura Austin for The New York Times.”

A disrupter, innovator and entrepreneur, Megan Stone is the grand dame of dispensary design. Since founding The High Road Design Studio in 2013, she has provided interior design and brand identity services to cannabis retailers and brands across the US, for both recreational and medical markets. Her unprecedented retail designs have helped usher the cannabis industry onto Main Street and into the mainstream, and have forever changed the international conversation about the retailing of “vice.” Her work has been lauded for altering thoughts, feelings and behaviors worldwide, blazing a trail and earning awards and commendations for design excellence along the way.

The High Road Design Studio worked through brand development to conceive a logo and identity program that truly communicates the essence of Maitri and its owners. The brand story was then infused into their historic building with its prominent Main Street location. From a carefully considered space plan, to the locally inspired Frank Lloyd Wright palette used in a color blocking technique, from the custom millwork collection to the unique art installations, every detail builds on the local history and brand story to provide a welcoming and memorable dispensary experience.

Read about Maitri Brand, designed by High Road and published in Architectural Digest


Today we welcome Megan Stone of The High Road Design Studio. Megan specializes in the cannabis consumer experience through professional retail design. In this episode we discuss her multi faceted approach to design in this new and rapidly growing retail market. We also touch on the value of establishing a niche in design and sticking to it as well as the importance of being an authority not only in her field of design but also in her specialty market.

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