Design Institute – 2021 IDV Final Presentations | Traci Taylor, Arise Interiors

Design Institute – 2021 IDV Final Presentations | Traci Taylor, Arise Interiors

Excited to share that our very own Traci Taylor, was a judge for the Design Institute-IDV final presentations. The Design Institute students worked hard to present incredible design solutions for the project at hand. Big shout out to the professor that led this project, Lily Robinson, Ed.D, Architect, NCIDQ. Read more below!

The Final Presentation

The final project was to redesign an old ruin, that used to be a Smallpox Memorial Hospital (pictured here). The ruin is located on Roosevelt Island, a narrow island in New York City’s East River, within the borough of Manhattan. It lies between Manhattan Island to its west and the borough of Queens, on Long Island, to its east. The students had to present an entire concept, program, and plans.

Concept, Program, and Plans

Some of the world’s best known designers combine traditional architecture with contemporary designs to create unique spaces. Students had to mimic this design process by redesigning an old ruin. Student designers had a chance to think critically and intentionally about obstacles and layout restrictions to design innovative solutions for this complete redesign as their final presentation.

” I was very impressed with the creativity and dedication that was presented by the DI Interior Design students! It was an honor to be on the judging panel. The students presented innovative and unique ideas. Without a doubt we have an exceptional new generation of designers entering the industry!”

Traci Taylor

Principle Designer, Arise Interiors

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Redfin – 15 Simple but Genius Entryway Ideas that Make a Big First Impression

Redfin – 15 Simple but Genius Entryway Ideas that Make a Big First Impression

“Benches are great decor elements because they work, and a credenza is nice, too, so long as it doesn’t just become a place to drop stuff when you come home. Also, clutter is never a good first impression, so be sure that you’re including functional storage when planning your entryway ideas to keep the clutter to a minimum.”

Arise Interiors was featured in an article published on’s Blog:

If you’re looking to take on a budget-friendly home makeover project, the entryway is the perfect place to start. For one, the entryway is the first area in your home that guests – and you – will encounter and a few simple entryway ideas can pack a serious design punch. Every home has a spot that sets the stage, and having a good entryway design is key to establishing welcoming vibes in your home, especially if you’re looking to make a stylish first impression.

Before you place an old side table or hall tree in the space and call it a day, we reached out to design experts from Spokane, WA, all the way to Houston, TX, for their best entryway ideas to help you make a big and beautiful impression.

1) When styling your entryway, keep three things in mind; art, accents, and lighting
2) Showcase your personality with fun decor pieces
3) Create a focal point as one of your entryway ideas
4) Make a statement with mirrors and light fixtures
5) Don’t forget to keep it functional
6) If you’re looking for unique entryway ideas, try layering your decor pieces
7) Design rules should guide your decisions, not control them
8) Bring natural elements into your decor
9) Accessorize with a mix of high and low decor and incorporate greenery

10) Use the layout of your home to plan out your entryway design
If your home is large enough to have a dedicated entry, lots of options become available. For smaller SoCal homes, such as homes in San Diego, CA, with doors that open to a living space, furniture placement is key. Benches are great decor elements because they work, and a credenza is nice, too, so long as it doesn’t just become a place to drop stuff when you come home. Also, clutter is never a good first impression, so be sure that you’re including functional storage when planning your entryway ideas to keep the clutter to a minimum. –Arise Interiors

11) Don’t be afraid to go bold
12) Tuck away the junk
13) Create a functional storage system
14) Use seating to create a stylish (and comfortable) landing zone
15) Don’t forget to use the vertical space

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ASID Design Excellence Award Gala 2020

ASID Design Excellence Award Gala 2020



DEC 4 2020

The ASID Virtual Design Excellence Awards and Holiday Gala took place Friday, December 4.

Awards were announced in 23 categories, including residential and commercial design, use of lighting and technology, kitchens, baths, sustainable design, product design and much more.

We’re proud to announce Arise Interiors received awards
in 3 categories:

Aging in Place Bathroom

1st Place

Residential Space ( < 3500 SQ FT)

2nd Place

Large Kitchen

2nd Place

Aging in Place/Universal/Accessible Bathroom

1st Place

Vibrant and Clean
Vision – A natural palette peppered with some aqua and green breathes fresh, new life into a re-imagined UTC town home. Choosing materials and finishes that have higher contrast helps make the change from flooring to wall, as well as cabinet to counter, more obvious. Large glass wall tiles make the bathroom seem much larger. The client has a handful of challenges ahead – with dealing with Parkinson and all of its symptoms, so it was all in the details. A modern custom floating vanity allows for walker wheels if needed.  Personal touches like adding a filter faucet at the sink makes his trips to take medicine a bit easier.

Residential Space (< 3500 SQ FT)

2nd Place

Minimal and Courageous 
Vision – Large central activity space and natural light all around. The design was passionately centered around making something distinctive, courageous, and functional which were common values shared among the designer and architect as they each began their own entrepreneurial endeavors.
A large glazed wall with sliders connects the patio and backyard with the double height great room inside.  The home interior is organized around this central activity space and the skylight-illuminated staircase with perforated steel railings.

Large Kitchen

2nd Place

Classic and Bold
The vision was to open the kitchen, utilizing the entire space, centering the room with a large island and bar seating. The original kitchen was was small and tight, the furniture and decor exuded warm and sophisticated style with mid century elements and unique pieces from around the globe. We opted to incorporate the existing style and include modern fixtures and a pop of color to open up the space. 

A word from Traci Taylor

“Virtual award galas are a new thing for everyone, and I’m happy to be involved with a community that adapts to the times and continues to find ways to celebrate quality work. There’s so much time and passion that goes into every project – and ASID knows that hard work deserves to be acknowledged. I had a great time viewing the awards from home and was lucky enough to have friends and family tune in from all around the country. Thank you to the ASID team for putting this together and congrats to all of the SD Interior Designers that participated!”

Pictured to the left – Traci Taylor and husband enjoying a cocktail while watching the Virtual Design Excellence Awards.

Attendees got an up-close look at San Diego County’s most magnificent interiors and the San Diego interior design community that includes professional interior designers, consultants, artisans, craftspeople, and exclusive showrooms.

The virtual awards celebration was an easy way for the public to get acquainted with the top interior designers working in San Diego County and enjoy a panorama of their award-winning design projects.


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One Painting Can Complete A Room

One Painting Can Complete A Room



Kitchen & Master Bathroom Renovation

 Art and interior design go hand in hand. Many Interior Designers have a go-to art gallery for staging their finished spaces. We have been using pieces from the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery in La Jolla for years. CFA Gallery is a premier fine art gallery featuring paintings, sculptures and limited edition works from internationally acclaimed artists.

Wall art matters the most when it comes to comprehensive interior design. A custom painting for interior design solution can bring together an entire room. 


Art Can Achieve . . .

  • Instant color palette
  • A focal point
  • Color and texture
  • Personal Life Philosophy

Custom Painting for Interior Design Solution

At the end of select projects, once the furniture and art pieces are in place, there is a professional photoshoot of the finished space. Sometimes, Traci’s client’s fall in love with the curated art and purchase the pieces to keep in their home.

This was the case for a complete home remodel that wrapped up back in 2017. The owner of the home fell in love with the painting that Traci selected and after nearly 2 years couldn’t stop thinking about it – unfortunately someone bought the painting from the gallery before the homeowner had a chance to buy for it.

As a solution, the artist presented a few other paintings similar to the original one, but none of them jumped out at the homeowner as much as the original – they just didn’t have the right color palette or feel.

The Solution

Since the homeowner did not love any of the new choices, the artist decided to paint an entire new painting that had the same tones and feel as the original painting + a sprinkle of symbolic details of the home owner’s personal life philosophy. This custom painting for interior design solution quickly became a leading focal point completing the newly renovated space.

Fast forward to now (2020) and the homeowner received her custom painting.

The finished painting turned out more magnificent than the original painting. Here is a look of the finished painting.

The Interpretation

Below you can see the painting’s interpretation from the homeowner.

Final Word

“…here is an ocean, city, stand up paddle boarder, sail boat, plane, sunny sky, a mirror that I am looking through and it is reflecting my life.”

As an Interior Designer, Traci develops meaningful relationships with her clients and it’s these types of stories that make her love what she does. 

View the full Case Study for this project HERE

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Redfin – Tips for Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space

Redfin – Tips for Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space

As summer continues to bring nice weather, having an outdoor living space might be just what your home needs.” 

The best outdoor spaces we have constructed have incorporated both direct and indirect lighting to maximize ambiance and mood setting. Top it off with a water or fire feature and you are set for success. – HB Home Services

Arise Interiors was recently a featured contributor to an article on real estate website Redfin, where the topic of building ultimate outdoor living spaces was discussed in its modern-day popularity and variety. Traci from Arise Interiors made this suggestion when considering the design and details of your ultimate outdoor living space:

When you are looking at your outdoor space try to view it as zoned areas just as you would with your interior.  By planning and defining areas for a specific use, or multiple uses ensures that you’re getting the most out of the space. Think in terms of the kitchen area, lounge seating, or play area, there are so many options. Once you have your space planned out, selecting surfaces, finishes and furnishing becomes much easier. Don’t be afraid to define multiple purposes for one area. 

There were several other designers featured from the East to the West, all offering their insight as to what to consider when creating your year-round outdoor living space. Some might even say that it should be a balanced reflection of your indoor living space.

Read more on the article Tips for Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space by clicking here. We also have other design tips within the Arise Interiors website, to which you can access by clicking here

Looking Ahead As Design Changes The Climate

Looking Ahead As Design Changes The Climate

Now more than ever before is our climate becoming the center of our decisions. From the brands we like, to the homes we live in, sustainability and the effect of our decisions on the climate are vitally important. In the design world, as i + D Magazine put it, “there’s a renewed interest in producing and highlighting sustainable products for the home.” And it is true. At Arise Interiors, we are constantly looking to incorporate recycled materials, fair trade design elements and sustainably manufactured resources. In this blog post we are going to be sharing some of our favorite highlights from the i + D Magazine Spring 2020 issue, ‘Looking Ahead as Design Changes the Climate’.

Highlight 1: A Guiding Principle

Founded in 2006, was the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC). This council is comprised of manufacturers, retailers and designers designated to increase the eco-responsibility of furniture being made across the world. The SFC has scorecards for a furniture piece by looking at the materials that are used to make it. For example, the Wood Furniture Scorecard was created to hold furniture companies to a high expectation that they select and source wood sustainably and responsibly. The guided efforts of SFC are not only looked at by manufacturers but also by consumers. According to i + D Magazine, nearly half of their website traffic comes from consumers wanting to learn more about what they are buying. This is something interesting to think about when looking at pieces to incorporate into your next remodel or even just re-decorating project in your home. At Arise we primarily work with certified supplies and select products that are designed to last and vetted for downstream effects.  Nearly every vendor we work with is either solely offering or offers LEED certified and/or sustainably sourced materials.

Highlight 2: Clearing the Air

One of the largest catalysts to climate change is air pollution. But did you know that there are now ways to combat air pollution that actually start with the household pieces you buy? One of the most popular and budget-friendly retailers, IKEA, is working on this solution within their products specifically. According to i + D Magazine, “In 2018, the company launched the Better Air Now initiative in an effort to combat air pollution by turning rice straw — a harvesting residue that contributes to air pollution when burned — into raw material.”  These pieces under the collection, FÖRÄNDRING, are available in Europe and India exclusively, however the collection has made fast waves since the initiative started and has plans to become available globally. It’s options like these that will make the difference for the masses. People from all economic levels can afford to reduce their carbon footprint, without sacrificing design aesthetic.



Highlight 3: Reducing Landfill Waste

A major issue that still has no resolution, is the process of how we get rid of our waste. While we do have landfills, these landfills are only a small bandaid over a massive problem. Any way that we can reduce, reuse and recycle, the better. And it’s amazing at the current number of companies, from furniture, to beauty to food, that are centering their products and packaging solely on recycled materials. One successful business example that  i + D Magazine showcases is Greg Benson, CEO and Co-Founder of Loll Designs. Benson uses recycled water cartons to make stunning Adirondack chairs, as well as a full line of stunning outdoor furniture, from dining tables and chairs to lounges. He says that “more than half of his sales come from architects and designers.” This is exactly the type of product we look for at Arise Interiors when making product and finish sections. There has also be a new interest in carbon offsets for remodel projects.  It’s a one-time expense that is relatively small that can reduce the impact of building.

Highlight 4: Telling a Story

More and more standards are increasing for companies to be green and sustainable. It’s not merely enough to use these buzzwords as consumers and businesses increasingly want to know how their goods were sourced and manufactured, what chemicals were used (if any), and how they were made. At Arise Interiors we have numerous sustainable design practices not only in our projects, but in our office too. See below as to how our office is sustainable.

  • We minimize consumption of single use plastics and paper
  • Limit passive heat gain during hot months
  • Offset carbon consumption
  • Chose an office location based lower commute times and access to public transit
  • Employ sustainable design practices and materials for clients

To access and read the full article in i + D Magazine, click the link here.

Featured Image via Tiles of Spain