Commercial Renovation & Tenant Improvement

Commercial Renovation & Tenant Improvement

Santa Monica Commercial Office

In this corporate headquarters, we did the tenant improvement, a complete renovation of 3000 sq ft; Duong Designs built out 6 offices and conference room, installed the kitchen, server room, etc. according to this progressive city’s strict codes. We optimized the natural lighting and ventilation given its temperate location near the beach. We continued onto help with four other TI suites within the same building. Client provided all their own furnishings. Read more…

Video & Photos: Wall Tattoos – Decor for homeowners & apartment dwellers who don’t want to paint

Video & Photos: Wall Tattoos – Decor for homeowners & apartment dwellers who don’t want to paint

For apartment dwellers and home owners who want to temporarily decorate their home but not invest a lot of time wall tattoos are the solution. This wall tattoos/decals are cost efficient, only $50-200 depending on size and manufacturer. Personally I prefer to use Surface Collective , their products are removable, great for those whom don’t want to damage their walls and paint. Read more…

Ethno-clectic – Best import shops in LA

Ethno-clectic – Best import shops in LA

Ethno-clectic – my client for interior design calls her style “ethno-clectic” loves the designs of Morocco, India, Tibet, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, etc. In shopping for this project, I ran around Los Angeles, trying to find a eclectic mix of international imports and great antiques from all over the world. With the increased communications and international trade, buying something beautiful and unique has never been easier. Read more…

Dwell on Design – Form meets function with a sustainable spin

Dwell on Design – Form meets function with a sustainable spin

ASID-LA at the Dwell on Design Show

Dwell on Design, the largest design show on the West Coast, at the Los Angeles Convention Center was my first time attending a trade show as exhibitor. This weekend, I volunteered with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) on their third year at Dwell. A few designers and myself represented ASID as we provided information to the expo attendees and possible industry partners. It was a really fun experience to speak with people and answer questions in a casual environment where you know everyone there is interested in design regardless of which side of the table they stand. On Friday when I first arrived, my immediate thought was, I died and went to designer heaven. I asked a fellow designer, may I move in? He says “yes my dear, do whatever you want put only until Sunday at 5pm.” We were in the same boat of being in utter adoration of this show’s products & style. Read more…

Moving Tips – Save Time, Money & the planet all at the same time

Moving Tips – Save Time, Money & the planet all at the same time

Here are some tips for saving money and time while moving:

Get free boxes from www.craigslist.org, search for boxes. There’s always posting for “pay it forward” types of environmentally concious people who want to continue the life and usage of these boxes. Save some trees, save your money, get used boxes. Read more…

A Designer’s Truly Green Lifestyle

A Designer’s Truly Green Lifestyle

In celebration for this year’s Earth Day, I’d like to share my transition into a much greener life. I grew up with some green practices but now live a truly green life, from eco-vegetarianism to designing a sustainable off-grid orphanage in Haiti. I also highlighted some lifestyle changes that made me more eco-friendly. I am only 1 person but I can make a difference. If everyone on this planet makes changes it will be a giant impact!

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ASID Home Tour Kick-off at the Toto Showroom

ASID Home Tour Kick-off at the Toto Showroom

ASID/LA - Self-Guided -Five Home Tour

Homes on tour located on the west side of Los Angeles

Sunday May 16, 2010 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Benefiting PATH – People Assisting The Homeless

The kick-off party at the Toto showroom in West Hollywood had many ASID attendees, including the home tour Designers Fernando Diaz & Associates, Suzanne Furst Interiors, Amy DeVault Interior Design Inc., Quentin Rance Enterprises, Nan Werley & Associates Inc. Read more…

Eco-Home Tour with a Pioneer in Los Angeles

Eco-Home Tour with a Pioneer in Los Angeles

Recently, I met Julia from Eco-Home Network, she is a true pioneer in the Green revolution that is happening now. She has been touring people through her eco-friendly home since 1988 and has hosted more that 15,000 people from around the world. Her goal was to make a cultural change and shift the way we think and behave to have a more sustainable lifestyle. She is quite an inspiration. Please hurry to go on a tour before she retires this June. I am sure she is quite proud that she has seen our society’s shift in the recent years, but more still needs to be done. Read more…

The Virtual Office – Design Revolution Is “Going Green”

The Virtual Office – Design Revolution Is “Going Green”

Duong Designs, a lively interior design company centered on “creating environments that promote a daily sense of joie de vivre”, has recently teamed up with¬†Kay Angel to build a “fully sustainable off-the-grid” orphanage and “provide a home and education for abandoned children in Jacmel, Haiti”. Not only are they working hard for a great cause, but they are also “going green” with the virtual office.¬†Christine Duong, founder of Duong Designs, has a background in computer business consulting and personally lives a eco-friendly lifestyle; as a “design-entrepreneur”, she is joining the design revolution by optimizing technology, including streamlining communication, collaborating online, and increasing efficiency.
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Eco-friendly Orphanage — We Can Build an Orphanage Haiti, We need your help

Eco-friendly Orphanage — We Can Build an Orphanage Haiti, We need your help

So exciting!!! Plans are starting to fall in to place. We are definitely building the new orphanage at the new location in Jacmel Haiti!

Our team is starting to gather donations and sourcing the materials needed for this fast-tracked project. We want to get the kids out of the sun and elements into a safe loving happy healthy home.

Objective:
To construct an off-grid orphanage on gently sloping land on the outskirts of Jacmel, Haiti. Sustainable site plan incorporating renewable energy, food production, water capture and reuse, and waste treatment design
Project scope to include:
6 BR, 2BA 2-Story Orphanage with kitchen, dining, laundry, clinic, office, storage, assistant director’s room, and central courtyard.
5 BR, 2BA Guest House
2 BR, 2BA 2-Story Director’s House Read more…