THE ROLE OF INTERIOR DESIGNER IS CHANGING TO MEET NEEDS OF A CHANGING WORLD!

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Home Stager with Home Staging by Interiors Defined, Inc.

Is it just me, or is anyone else seeing the dramatic shift that has recently taken place in the design profession? When I was in school we focused on things like form, function, proportion and beauty. Once you had mastered the art of these fundamental design elements you were considered to be pretty much on your way. Now however, the role of the interior designer is expanding to encompass not only these basic elements, but much, much more.

Largely due to dramatic and unexpected changes in our economy, increased life expectancy, and a strong resolve on the part of our rapidly growing older population choosing to "age in place", we have added a lot of new terminology to the fray. Terms such as: communal living spaces, imposed lifestyle demands, and adaptive design. We as designers can no longer afford to limit our professional role to form, function and beautification. We also need to stay in touch with new leading edge concepts which shift more toward eco - friendly, energy efficient ideas and solutions designed to meet the diverse lifestyle needs of our clientele.

As a designer in Orlando and Central Florida, I am committed to working together with industry partners to design homes which will better address our growing need for communal living spaces. Homes designed so that generations can live together under one roof with shared center courtyards and common areas where family and friends can gather, as well as having individual living spaces where they can later retreat. Homes with dual Master bedroom suites for "baby boomers" caring for their aging parents or couples with adult children who for various reasons have decided to return home. Homes for young professionals who have chosen to pool their resources to share space and living expenses rather than compromise their standard of living.

Our role as professional designers should be revised to now include a commitment to work together promoting awareness and creating innovative design solutions for a changing world!

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Rainer
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Kimberly Uksik
Independent - Pickering, ON
Home Stager - Durham, Toronto, On.

Hi Jeannene,

This is so true.  I have been noticing a lot of shifting lately and have had to adjust my services to adapt

Sep 11, 2009 02:11 AM #1
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Kathleen Garvey
Cherry Creek Properties - Denver - Denver, CO
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales

Hello Jeannene,  As you know here in Florida, the builders have always been innovative as Florida retirement areas have been built and continue to lead the way with new lifestyle choices.  The world is always changing so it is best to keep that ability to be flexible and creative on the forefront!

Sep 13, 2009 02:57 AM #2
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Jeannene Edwards
Home Staging by Interiors Defined, Inc. - Orlando, FL

Hi Kimberly,  I agree.  Having the ability to adapt has really become necessary if we want to stay in the game!

Sep 13, 2009 04:09 AM #3
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Jeannene Edwards
Home Staging by Interiors Defined, Inc. - Orlando, FL

Hi Kathleen,

You are right.  I agree that Florida certainly has been leading the way in diversity when it comes to meeting our  lifestyle needs.

And it's always nice to hear from a fellow Floridian!

Sep 13, 2009 04:27 AM #4
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John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Thanks Jeannene...I really like your ideas like dual master suites and shared courtyards. We baby boomers certainly do want to age-in-place for as long as we can. I also think sustainability is extremely important. the real benefit of approaching a design from a perspective of sustainability is it serves current 'and' future clients simultaneously-an added dimension or layer to the value chain giving hope to those will follow us.

Have a great weekend.

Cheers,

john

Nov 28, 2009 09:18 AM #5
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Jeannene Edwards
Home Staging by Interiors Defined, Inc. - Orlando, FL

Thanks for your comment John.  Adding multiple dimensions to the value chain we offer our clients I believe is going to make the difference between having the ability to stay in the game . . . and not!

Nov 29, 2009 06:03 AM #6
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