• Business,  Marketing

    Net Profit Margin vs. Gross Profit Margin


    In the last post we described the limitations of what a gross profit, gross profit margin and net sales are.  But we also explained our businesses have more “bags” that hold more figures that need to be factored into a financial report.

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    In business, we are all about not just doing a great job for our clients and building our reputation, but at the end of the day, we want to see profit also.

  • Business,  Marketing

    Gross Profit Margin – How Knowing it Helps a Designer



    There are so many ways to justify a personal expenditure of a new suit, new bag or briefcase  when you are in the design field. After all appearances mean so much don’t they? Our work is judged by how we look and come across, isn’t it?? Especially when we “know” we made profits on our last couple of jobs we should be able to allow for a splurge, right?  Don’t we need to celebrate a new contract with a delicious lunch after an appointment??  Isn’t that what return on investment is? Or was that petty cash or owner’s capital – a tax deduction?  Whatever!!

  • Color Study,  Tangible Intangibles

    Are You a Victim of Constancy?


    On a daily basis, we don’t give our brains the respect they deserve.  Just take a look at your computer history for the day, let alone the week.  We have asked our brain to go to a zillion sites, read our never ending e-mail, sort and recall.  That alone is commendable!  But do we appreciate that in order to not overwhelm this vital organ, it has devised myriad  programs over time to short cut what our five senses come dragging home continually?

  • Tangible Intangibles


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    ~~How do we learn to see

    We arrive at the world of design because we somehow have proven to ourselves we have a better process of visualizing spaces than the average person on the street. We delight in the properties of color, shape, placement, texture etc etc. But, knowing we have an innate ability, training that ability can involve a lifetime of learning to see in a new and encompassing way in which we can hone our talents.

  • Home

    Welcome to Interior Designers Blackbook


    …things you may not have learned, skipped that class, forgot to read, didn’t want to overburden your memory bank or didn’t want to appear stupid for asking…


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    This blog is the first of what I intend to be an open-ended development of a great resource of information for anyone interested in the field of interior design and especially for those in the business or with plans of starting one.


    The subject is vast and always interesting. Interior design is a subject that affects all of us in one way or the other. How and where we live, work, play and interact is strongly influenced by our surroundings. The way an interior is arranged, painted, furnished, organized and accessorized influences our thoughts, moods, and energy. Whether we will buy a shop’s goods, eat in a restaurant or look forward to going home at night can be attributed by the subtleties of interior design.

    Stay tuned as I develop this blog into a website that will give the budding designer (or a seasoned one) products, services and insights that can help to better organize, stay creative, discover resources and stay on top of this ever changing field.

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    The blog is designed with categories to not be just random thoughts but layers of information that build on the subject under which it is listed.

    I hope you will join me in this journey as we expand our understanding together and enjoy the interest we share in this creative niche of the world.~~


  • Color Study,  Tangible Intangibles

    Can You Get Green From Orange?


    Color is an intrinsic part of our life.  The only time we aren’t involved with color is when we are in the dark with all lights out.  But then our dreams kick in and – Bam! There we are dreaming in color.  But color is mysterious too.  We are taught as kids that red and blue make purple, yellow and green make yellow/green, blue and yellow make green.  All nice in theory, but sometimes it just isn’t true.