Got an opportunity to talk shop with Joe Zanca on his podcast 'Get it Done' highlighting entrepreneurship and what its like taking that ever so daunting leap into the world of becoming a business owner. Spoiler alert; it never feels like the right time but if you plan well, it can be 'worth' it.
Check out his podcast for some inspiring stories and thanks for having me on Joe!
Entrepreneurship for Architects
I have been lucky enough to not only have some great mentors throughout my career so far but also have relied on a few resources to help guide me through some of the uncertainty.
Starting out and even as the company continues to grow, there are always elements to the business that are 'new' to the operations and administration of the studio.
For example, we just expanded our small operations here to also include enhanced employee benefits which I personally feel is important to the overall satisfaction and appreciation for all the hard work the team does on establishing existing conditions, modeling design options, and everything that goes into seeing projects from beginning to end.
For anyone who might be considering starting off on their own or even want to potentially explore expanding any side work into more of a stable self-employment opportunity; feel free to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org as I'd be happy to share any insight I can with you.
The decision to start off on your own is never really easy. If you're thinking I'll wait until the time is right or when I finally become more financially secure; that time never really comes about.
The advise I could give and have tried to share with a few colleagues who are undertaking the journey for themselves, plan for what you can and take the opportunity when it arises.
There is no time like the present! If there is anything I can do to help, reach out.
After a year with more time at home, the boundaries of work/play/relax have been blurred. It is important to provide places of respite to rest and recharge both mentally and physically. Your bedroom is a prime example of a room that should be a place of sanctuary at the end of each day.
Let’s start with the color of your bedroom. A wide variety of colors can be used. Blue is a popular choice for bedrooms because the color can be soothing. Make sure that if you go with a deeper blue, you have plenty of natural light so your room doesn’t feel too dark.
If you’d like to increase passion and romance in the bedroom – try for a rich red! When choosing strong colors, remember to always balance them with brighter neutrals so the color doesn't feel overwhelming.
An easy way to incorporate stronger tones into your room is the keep the color in the easily updated pieces – bedding and accessories. By doing this, you can keep the walls a timeless neutral and keep your options open to update your room for less hassle in the future.
While color plays an important role in the overall feel of your room, eliminating clutter will also help you clear your mind at the end of the day. Consider nightstands with drawers to hide little things away. Hanging lamps from the wall or ceiling can free up table space as well.
Your bedroom should have a balance of natural light. Especially when working with darker colors, natural light is very important for your wellbeing. Consider installing room darkening or black-out shades for use while sleeping if you are bothered by bright light in the morning. This will give you the ability to allow in as much light as possible during the day and blocking out both natural and man-made lights at night - reinforcing your circadian rhythm.
No matter your personal design aesthetic, if you keep these basic pointers in mind your bedroom will be a fantastic space to rest and recharge.
Happy New Year! Many of us have had a rollercoaster of a year and are happy to see it end. Every year Pantone announces their "Color of the Year" for the new year. This year come with not one, but TWO colors that very accurately represent the time we're in.
"Illuminate" is a bright, clear yellow. "Ultimate Gray" is a medium gray shade. These two colors reflect the dichotomy that 2020 brought to the world. While a global pandemic and spotlight presidential election took over everyone's newsfeeds, many were also able to enjoy more time at home with their families and gather a sense of hope for the future.
Most people don't specifically realize that there is an official color of the year. The way you'll see this is usually reflected in marketing campaigns, clothing, and retail wares. Companies utilize these popular colors to stay on trend and unite their visions.
Because of the trends in retail, home designs trends also follow the popular color of the year. You have a lot of freedom in how you use them - as much or as little as you want! Ultimate Gray is a fantastic neutral that would work well in any home.
Yellow helps to brighten any room. It works especially well in rooms without a lot of natural lighting to bring a sense of sunshine into the space. Bright colors are best incorporated in ways that are easily updated - pillows, rugs, accessories, to name a few. If you're feeling daring - buy a statement piece of furniture to really add a pop!
Illuminating and Ultimate Gray are two fantastic color options no matter what year it is. Take a look the next time you're in a store and see how many times you can spot them! If you are not sure what makes the most sense for you, Contact Us to get some professional input on what you might think about doing with your space.
Welcome to 8TFive Studio. I'm owner architect Neil Silva and you can find the latest about our company, projects and many more home ideas.
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