2012 dallas market trends

The designers at PPDS recently returned from Dallas Summer Market with insight into this year’s most notable interior design trends. On our two day sensory overloaded journey through the Dallas World Trade Center and Market Center, we took note of 2012’s new lighting, furniture and accessory trends. The trip exposed us to endless new concepts […]


Anyone who knows me knows there are two things I live for: Travel and Shopping. On a recent trip to Hawaii I took advantage of the local design opportunities. Many think that it’s difficult to find resources when you travel, but I encourage you to explore, drive around, and read local journals. Look for items […]

qubique – next generation trade show – furniture/design

Travel evokes creativity and promotes fresh new ideas. On my recent trip to Germany I visited a design trade show, Qubique, and thought I would share some of the innovative ideas I experienced! From left to right, top to bottom: 1. A tree planted in a Fiat 500 to emphasize the consistency of design, sustainability and […]

tarrytown transformation: before & after

Our last post, 3d movies, 3d tvs, 3d design!, featured a beautiful house in Tarrytown that needed a little help becoming a home to its new owners. Using 3D technology [and the Clients’ admirable style], our Designers were able to transform the kitchen from a rustic and impractical room to a sleek and sensible utopia. […]

NeoCON snapshots

I find that tradeshows are a great source of inspiration. Seeing all of the new products as well as old products used in innovative ways really re-energizes you to get creative with your designs. Here are just a handful of the products I saw and learned about while in Chicago last month. Should any of the images […]

it’s all in the details

The success of the Parade of Homes residence can be largely contributed to consistent attention to detail. Every material was thought through for function and aesthetics – no surface was an afterthought. No matter what type of project, we do our best to utilize those techniques faithfully. Here are some of our favorite examples: What are some […]

barbie vs. building code – part two

Registered Interior Designers are responsible for how our choices affect the lives of the public who use the spaces we design. We must be well versed in the Texas Accessibility Standards [TAS], Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] and the International Building Code [IBC]. These laws are an integral part of our space planning process and guide […]

barbie vs. building code – part one

Later this year, Mattel will introduce a new toy that caught our attention. In the 52 years that Barbie’s perky self has been around, she has had over 125 careers but this year she will be hitting the streets with blueprints and hard hat in tow. That’s right – Architect Barbie will be released in […]

laissez les bon temps roulez

If you’re looking for an escape from the mundane – join in next year’s Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans! I spent last week strolling up and down the French Quarter, absorbing the sites that the city’s locals and revelers alike had to offer. The numerous trips to and from the Bourbon Street apartment that […]

embracing change in today’s workplace

As Registered Interior Designers (RID), we are required to participate in Continuing Education Program Hours (CEPH) pertinent to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  Fortunately for designers, many companies are working hard to present us with exciting, new program options.  These days, it’s relatively easy to sign up for interesting, relevant, and fun […]