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Elsy Studios Local Cafe Redesign

Tight on Budget? Great Design Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

It’s a common misconception that great design requires a big budget. Sure, with some extra dollars to spend, you can upgrade to high-end finishes, materials and design elements, but at the heart of great design is creativity, strategy and perspective… and those things don’t depend on a bank account. They come from hiring inventive designers who are willing to work within your parameters to deliver a final product that is striking and memorable. (more…)

Acoustics in Interior Design by Elsy Studios

Acoustics: Where Form Meets Function

When designing unique and memorable spaces, the Elsy team knows the importance of creating environments that appeal to all senses. While sight and touch may be the first senses that come to mind when thinking about interior design, sound is equally important and shouldn’t be overlooked. (more…)

Elsy Studios visits Milliken Floor Coverings

Milliken Floor Coverings Welcomes Elsy Team with Southern Hospitality

Elsy Studios is always looking for inspiration outside the office, and when an opportunity arose to visit Milliken Floor Coverings, designers Carmen Schechinger, Jennifer Schmidt and Sam Ward couldn’t pass up the opportunity! Their cross-country trip began with a pit stop in downtown Atlanta for some delicious Southern cuisine before touring two carpet mills in La Grange, Georgia, to get a glimpse into how some of Milliken’s innovative floor coverings are manufactured. (more…)

Denver Design Week: Healthy Workplace Discussion

3 Design Elements for a Healthy Workplace

I recently came across a staggering figure: The average American spends 93 percent of their life indoors – 87 percent in buildings and 6 percent in vehicles. If the majority of your time is spent inside somewhere, it should go without saying the design of the indoor environment should support your health and wellbeing, right? But only in the last two decades or so has much attention been paid to what that means for workplaces – the place we adults spend the majority of our days.

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CASA House Denver Design and Remodel

CASA House: It Takes a Village

Bringing people together for a cause is one of the things that Lynn Coit, President and Founder of Elsy Studios, does best. When Denver CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) reached out for help with their new space, Lynn used her new position as the President Elect of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Colorado Chapter to rally the design community and create something truly inspired and meaningful. (more…)

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CREW: Breaking Barriers to Success

I recently had the opportunity to speak on a panel alongside my peers, friends and mentors in the commercial real estate industry. The CREW: Breaking Barriers to Success event bought together local female entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges we’ve faced and some of the insight we’ve gained along the way.

Sitting up there with Kristen Cummings (Chief Experience Officer, VESTA), Megan Walsh (Principal and Co-Founder, Catalyst Planning Group), Martha Weidmann (CEO & Co-Founder, NINE dot ARTS) and Traci Lounsbury (President and Co-Owner, ELEMENTS), I knew I was in good company.

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Floral Ceiling Pattern Interior Design

Inspired Design: Three Projects, One Award-Winning Pattern

Inspiration can spark at any time, and you need to pay attention when it does. When Architect and Elsy Associate Sarah Zales had an idea while traveling mid-flight, she immediately began sketching.

Little did she know, that spark of inspiration, which was originally intended as a ceiling design solution, would turn into a design carried throughout multiple projects in the coming year. From a large-scale custom millwork art piece installed on a ceiling to a unique vessel for a floral arrangement and finally as a custom pattern for an award-winning haute couture dress, the design proved to be not only versatile, but also memorable in each context. (more…)

CU Denver Architecture Critique with Sarah Zales of Elsy Studios

Mentoring the Next Generation of Architects and Designers

One of the things I love about Elsy Studios is how much our team is encouraged to give back to our industry and our community. A few months ago, I was asked by a former professor to return to my alma mater, CU Denver, to review midterms for fourth-year architecture students.

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J Clancy, Elsy Studios Interior Designer

Deck the Halls: Office Edition

‘Tis the season to deck the halls. Who doesn’t love some garland and a string of lights? But, just like your decorations at home, décor in the office reflects your personality, or in this case, the company’s culture. Decorations can make a first impression to clients and even double as a team activity. They should be fun, but they should also be thoughtful. Which is why we put together these four tips to help you get started! (more…)

Lynn Coit, Denver Business Journal Citizen of the Year

Together We Make a Difference

I know this blog is generally devoted to the work we do here at Elsy Studios to create truly memorable spaces. It’s work I’m proud of, and I promise, I’ll return you to your regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. Today, I want to share an experience that has me feeling inspired and hopeful. – Lynn

It’s been an intense few weeks, right? With all the divisiveness our country is experiencing right now, it’s easy to feel like one person can’t make much of a difference – that the challenges we face are just too big.

I found myself reflecting about this feeling recently. And then I remembered a lesson I learned from my parents at a very early age.

The lesson was this: We are all stronger when we help our neighbors. (more…)

Lynn Coit Interview: The Chaise Lounge

CIDC 2016 Annual Meeting: Its Good to be a Designer

What an exciting time to be an interior designer. With advances in technology, local economic growth and new approaches to the design process, there always seems to be something new to learn, explore and celebrate.

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 2016 Colorado Interior Design Coalition (CIDC) Annual Meeting. The event covered the state of the industry and how the profession is changing, reminding us all to not only invest in the “me,” but also the “we” of the industry. (more…)

Mark Cheeks: Elsy Studios Project Manager

Meet Elsy Studios Senior Project Manager Mark Cheeks

Mark loves to design workspaces that are engaging and have visual interest. He believes that the best design doesn’t always have to be a grand stair case or ego driven by a designer. (more…)

Nathan Applegate: Elsy Studios Drafter

Meet Nathan Applegate, CAD Technician and Drafter for Elsy Studios

Nathan works closely with Elsy designers to bring their visions to life in 3D. The result? Clients can see how materials work together in the space before construction ever starts, and communication between designers and contractors is improved for a seamless installation. (more…)

Quiznos Grill Flagship Interior Design, Denver, Colorado

Elsy’s Work on New Quiznos Grill Concept Gets a Shout Out

The June 2016 issue of Visual Merchandising and Store Design (VMSD) magazine features a two-page spread on the new Quiznos Grill flagship location.

The design for the fast-casual concept was completed in collaboration with Quiznos’ national branding agency, Tesser, and very talented team members Carmen Schechinger and Sarah Zales. (more…)

Interior Design Tips: Carmen Schechinger

Carmen’s Top 5 Design Tips

We recently introduced you to Project Manager Carmen Schechinger. Now we’d love to share some of her top design tips with you!

Right now, Carmen loves the different shapes and sizes of materials that are coming out because they allow you to be creative with installation. It’s not just the standard square carpet and tile. Just recently, for example, she designed an office with a herringbone carpet installation that was black with pops of purple! (more…)

Carmen Schechinger, Project Manager, Elsy Studios

Meet Elsy Studio’s Project Manager Carmen Schechinger

We’d like to introduce you to Carmen Schechinger. She has been with Elsy Studios since day one and her hard work and design talent have paid off big time. She was recently promoted from interior designer to project manager. (more…)

Juliana Rini's Top Interior Design Tips

Juliana’s Top 5 Design Tips

Last week you were introduced to Project Manager Juliana Rini. This week we are sharing some of her top design tips. Juliana loves the nostalgic patterns that are trending right now because they bring an element of fun and whimsy to a space. Getting inspired by the old to make something truly unique for the client is just one of Juliana’s specialties. (more…)

Juliana Rini, Elsy Studios Project Manager

Meet Elsy Studios Project Manager Juliana Rini

Juliana began with Elsy as an interior designer. She now applies her unique background in art and design – not to mention a high level of technical skill – to her role as a project manager. (more…)

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Design Details That Make Your Workplace Stand Out

Renowned Architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe once said, “God is in the details.” Still, others insist the details are where the devil is found. From a workplace design perspective, I’ve found both to be true. As a commercial interior designer with Elsy Studios, I always aim for the former, but often encounter the latter. When it comes to tenant planning, real estate and design teams are often so focused on the big picture and parsing square footage that they don’t see the potential impact of a few small, but important details. (more…)

Lynn Coit Interview: The Chaise Lounge

Lynn’s Interview with The Chaise Lounge

We loved hearing our own Lynn Coit talk about the business of interior design, her advice for new designers and why she loves designing spaces here Colorado. If you have some time, check out her podcast with The Chaise Lounge here. (more…)

Workplace Interior Design Tips

Brie’s Top Six Workplace Design Tips

Last week, we introduced you to Elsy Studios Associate Brie Bane. This week, we’re sharing her top six tips for successful design. Brie loves to play with textures, shapes and boundaries! Currently her favorite design features and trends are layering rugs, geometric shapes, using mixed metals, creating quiet touchdown spaces, and installing live walls in spaces. (more…)

Brie Bane Cosgriff, Elsy Studios Project Manager and Interior Designer

Meet Elsy Studios Interior Designer/Project Manager Brie Bane Cosgriff

So, what do you do if you have a degree in Fine Arts, Anthropology and Interior Design; love mixing knowledge of culture, art and space; have a penchant for thinking three dimensionally and enjoy working with your hands?

You buy a 1906 foreclosure home, strip it down to the studs and then rebuild it… of course! (more…)

IIDA Prêt-A-Porter Fashion Show

IIDA Prêt-A-Porter Fashion Show

The IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter put on another fantastic Prêt-A-Porter fashion show this year! For the event, design teams partner with manufacturers to showcase their products in unique (and fashionable) ways.

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Office Workspace Interior Design

Sarah’s Top Five Workspace Design Tips

Last week, we introduced you to Elsy Studios Associate Sarah Zales. This week, we’re sharing her top five tips for great workspace design. With more than 18 years in the business, and a constant eye on what’s next, Sarah is a great resource for our clients. (more…)

Sarah Zales, Elsy Studios Associate and Interior Designer

Meet Elsy Associate Sarah Zales

Back in June, we introduced the Elsy Studios Inspires Series. In August, we featured Associate Cathy Loftus, and this month we are excited to introduce you to Sarah Zales.

Sarah has a great understanding of and sensitivity to our clients and her coworkers alike. She is a wonderful leader that has an innate ability to motivate others to do their best work. She is a devoted daughter, wife, mother and Architect. Sarah truly cares about her clients, a trait which is reflected in the quality of her work. (more…)

CREJ Commercial Interior Architecture and Design Conference

Keeping Creativity in Architecture and Design

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Colorado Real Estate Journal’s 2014 Commercial Interior Architecture and Design Conference. It was a fantastic event that reaffirmed the fact that Denver is a growing hub for creativity in architecture and design. At Elsy, we foster creativity by establishing an emotional connection with the project – from our initial drawings all the way to the finished space. We find that by tapping into the emotions of the designer, the client and the employees who will work in a space, we’re able to deliver a more creative and ultimately more impactful result. (more…)

Office Interior Design Tips

Cathy’s Top Five Workspace Design Tips

Last week, we introduced you to Elsy Associate Cathy Loftus. This week, we’re sharing Cathy’s top five tips for great workspace design. With more than a decade in the business, and a constant eye on what’s next, Cathy is a font of great design knowledge! (more…)

Cathy Loftus, Elsy Studios Associate and Interior Designer

Meet Elsy Associate Cathy Loftus

Back in June, we introduced the Elsy Studios Inspires Series. We are so proud of the spaces we create here at Elsy and we are excited to introduce you to the people who help make these spaces happen. This month, we are featuring Associate Cathy Loftus.

Our goal as commercial interior designers is to create environments where people are better able to work and thrive. Cathy takes that mission to heart not just here at Elsy, but in her efforts in the Denver community. From her work to empower underprivileged and low-income women in our community to her desire to bring a sustainable approach to a design project, Cathy seeks to improve everything she touches. (more…)

Designing Employee-Friendly Office Space

10 Tips for Designing Employee-Friendly Office Space

(AND AVOIDING OPEN PLAN PITFALLS)

Why are people sitting in their cars, stairwells, even hiding in the restroom to get a little peace and quiet? Over the past 15 years, many employers have embraced an ‘open, collaborative’ concept for their workspace only to find that their employees are desperate for a quiet space to focus uninterrupted. (more…)

Elsy Studios Interior Design: Space Matters

Welcome to the Elsy Studios Inspires Series

Over the next several months, we’ll be introducing you to our team and sharing a little more about what we do here at Elsy Studios. At Elsy, we always say “Space matters.” Over the course of this series, we hope to explain how each member of our team contributes to building spaces that matter – spaces that inspire and motivate. In this video, our founder Lynn Coit gives you a peek into our offices and talks about what she believes makes the Elsy team unique. Check back soon for more of the Elsy Studios Inspires series! (more…)