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Indoor / Outdoor Living Spaces

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

Being one with nature is a notion human beings have embraced for ages. Having a respectful relationship with it has been a necessity for our survival and our evolution. So it’s not surprising that in a time when society is becoming more globally aware of the benefits sustainability and “going green,” we are noticing a growing trend in blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living. Floor to ceiling glass windows and sliding doors that welcome an abundance of natural light, indoor courtyards, and rooms that open right onto backyard decks are popular ways of inviting the calming effects and simple beauty of the outdoors into one’s living space. These examples show indoor/outdoor living spaces that truly bring the outside in, illustrating that interior design goes beyond just four walls. – Read More –

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Interior Landscape Design

By: Rick Hess / Mae Case, DISD

Have you noticed more and more living walls and vertical gardens popping up in your city?  While some interior design trends come and go in the blink of an eye (remember when Pinterest was awash in herringbone?), Design Institute of San Diego expects interior landscape design to be a sustainability trend with staying power, since these plant features can bring health benefits as well as an intriguing focal point.  Although designers and architects have been incorporating plants into their spaces for decades, as the desire to “go green” has gone mainstream, clients are increasingly interested in design features that put their green credentials on display.  Or the chef at the new restaurant on the block may opt to grow his or her own herbs within the restaurant walls, supporting the local movement.  Interior designers may also choose to bring a landscape architect onto the team to design a vertical garden in their client’s lobby.  However it’s implemented, interior landscape design is catching on in a very big way and its benefits are plentiful. – Read More –

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San Diego Staycation

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Summer is here and many of our Design Institute of San Diego students are on break.  San Diego offers beautiful weather and breathtaking locations to get away while staying in the area.  This post is dedicated to our hard-working interior design students relishing a well-deserved summer break.  Let us inspire you to discover the perfect San Diego staycation during this gorgeous season.
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Refresh: Landscape Design Around the Globe

Spring is transforming our landscapes into flourishing environments full of new life. Landscape design around the globe is enhanced with beauty while fresh springs and waterfalls flow freely. Design Institute of San Diego decided to take a short recess from interior design and acknowledge the beauty in which we live. This blog post is a tribute to the spring season and a reminder that the landscape around us provides breathtaking inspiration. Allow the images in this post to take you around the world and give you the opportunity to revitalize and refresh.

By Rick Hess, DISD

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