Category Archives: ASID

Designer Inspiration: Our Trip To Charleston

This weekend, Katerina, Rob and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina where we attended the ASID Carolinas Chapter conference and award ceremony.  While there, we got a chance to explore the sparkling city and get inspired. Here’s what we saw:



Katerina’s friend and mentor, Jill Muti, gave us a tour of Ashley Hall, a historic all-girls school located in the heart of Charleston’s peninsula.  There, we discovered a preserved mansion from the antebellum era, currently in use as an administrative center.  But our favorite part of the school was a former aviary, a small outbuiling completely covered in local conch shells.  Delightful!

During the day, we explored Charleston’s extensive street markets and antique stores.  Among the treasures we discovered were ancient Italian artifacts and local artisan-made goods.


As the sun set, Charleston became even more majestic.  With gourment restaurants and world-class bars, there were endless opportunities for entertainment.  Among our favorite eateries were Husk and Magnolia’s, where we indulged in local fare.

But the main purpose of our trip was to recieve an award on behalf of Design Lines for our work on the Chancellor’s Residence at NC State University.  We were honored to be chosen as winners among our talented peers from the ASID Carolinas Chapter.

We look forward to visiting this gem of the South sometime soon!


Nothing But Pink Inspiration 4 of 5


Design Lines Inteior Inspired Breast Cancer Awareness Traditional Home & NicNacManic

Who said you can’t have pink food too! A sweet macaroon or a “In The Pink Drink” is a perfect snack before a girls night out.

As far as interiors go, pink can definitely give a room the “wow” factor! Below are two shots from our portfolio. The room of the left is of a little girl’s room, while the picture on the right is Judy’s living room in the 2008 ASID Ramblewood Showhouse.

Design Lines Interior Inspired Breast Cancer Awareness Portfolio


images: 1. NicNacManic 2. Traditional Home 3. & 4. DLL

Ashley Receives an ASID Carolinas Chapter Presidential Citation


Ashley Thompson, Allied Member ASID



Way to go Ashley! At the 2010 fall ASID Carolinas Chapter Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, Ashley won a presidential citation for all of her hard work as the 2008-2010 ASID Carolinas Chapter Website Chair. For two years, Ashley’s responsibilities included the re-design and launch of the ASID Carolinas Chapter website, daily updates, maintenance and postings. The rest of the Design Lines team is proud of all of your dedication, hard work, and service for ASID.

Why Should You Hire An Interior Designer? { Part 1 }

Although interior design is a creative field it has a very complex business model. For years, people have associated interior design with fluff and the affluent demographic.

DLL-Why You Should Hire An Interior Designer

To us, being an interior designer is about being our client’s life activist. We are about design and quality, not just about selling furniture. We are not here to tell you what kind of style you are, or make you stick to a specific trend. Ultimately it is our mission to make your life easier, more fun and more functional. It is our job to bring your dreams to life and visions of where you call home. It is through our 30 years of proven business practices and special technical and creative knowledge that we can be curators and innovators of good design. We are qualified by education, experience and examination.

DLL Portfolio-Ray Barbour

According to ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) interior designers should receive their education from a CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) qualified schools. ASID’s website has a wealth of information about selecting accredited schools  and picking the right interior design program. Here are a list of CIDA accredited schools in North Carolina.

All of the interior designers at Design Lines come from accredited schools and are members of ASID. Molly & Ashley hail from ECU, Judy calls Florida State her alma mater, Lauren received her degree from Meredith and Brittany graduated from the interior design program at BYU-Idaho.

Check back next Tuesday for {Part 2} on “Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer?” We will help you identify your goals and determine what you would want to achieve when working with an interior designer.

{High Point-Baker Showroom}: “The History of Luxury”

Design Lines, Ltd. Baker Showroom Event Jan. 2010

Judy, Ashley, Brittany, Lauren and Hilaire traveled to High Point, North Carolina yesterday to hear a talk on “The History of Luxury” by James Caughman, who is currently the senior marketing executive for the Kohler Interiors Group, responsible for the Baker, McGuire, Ann Sacks, and Kallista brands. This event was an ASID Carolinas CEU Community event. Thank you to the team at the Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showroom for hosting such a wonderful event!

The talk was very informative and further explored the history of luxury. Below are four great takeaways that we thought you might be interested in knowing from the presentation.

  • What is luxury? Luxury is about good design, wonderful materials, crafted by artisans but most importantly luxury is about an experience.
  • In the world of luxury we (Americans) look to the so called “captains” for aspiration and emulation.
  • In the past, luxury was reserved for the court, but today luxury is much more accessible. It’s changing from conspicuous consumption (buying because I can) to conscientious consumption.
  • “We live in an opaque world. We need to create transparency.” As in, it is our role (interior designers) to educate on quality and to share our knowledge.

What is your perspective on interior designers and the history of luxury? To you, how has luxury evolved over the years?

Designers Support Returning Vets Through ASID Foundation

I thought you would like to learn about the good work the ASID Foundation is involved in. I am on the Board of Trustees and although I have held many positions with National ASID, this by far is the most rewarding. One of our new initiatives will help the brave men and women who return home from war.

“Through a new partnership with the organization Rebuilding Together and its Veterans Housing Initiative, the ASID Foundation is helping to provide safe, sustainable and accessible housing for active duty and retired members of the Unitied States Armed forces who own homes, yet are in desperate need of assistance. The fact is that many of these men and women cannot afford the cost of home maintienance and often times are physically unable to modify or maintain their homes.”

31,000 service members have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan…the need is huge and will be even more dire as they return home.

Designers have stepped up and have contributed thousands of dollars to the Foundation to begin this important work. You do not have to be a designer to contribute.

Contact me at or to learn how you can support the ASID Foundation.