Monday, August 3, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I regret to inform you that...

After careful consideration and debate I regret to inform you that DesignMeKnot will be shutting down for an indefinite period of time. A lot has been going on in my personal life and I am unable to dedicate an adequate amount of time and energy to make her into what she could be. Thank you for your time and consideration. any questions or comments can be emailed to Good luck to any other future design students.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Haters to the left Haters to the right...

Jealous- feeling or showing envy of someone or their achievements and advantages :
example: he grew jealous of her success.

One of the things that I have began to notice is that Haters are more prominent in our lives than we think they are. The problem is not when you have a of haters the problem is when the haters appear in your family or inner circle. You find yourself stifling your joy in front of them to avoid their snide comments about your success or dreams. I'v always heard my brother say that he keeps his grass trimmed so he can see the snakes in his yard (or something of the sort) but how then do you deal when the snakes reside in your house. DO you risk exposing them to be banished. In watching the Jackson 5 Story I wonder if Joe Jackson was jealous of his sons because of all the opportunities that they were afforded that he never had. All of us have been jealous of someone at one point of time or another in our lives, but do you allow the jealousy to overpower your lives to where every statement is to belittle some one else then it's to reevaluate your life.

Definition of a ‘Hater’ by Maya Angelou
A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all
their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall.
They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever
good enough! When you make your mark, you will always attract some
haters…That’s why you have to be careful with whom you share your
blessings and your dreams, because some folk can’t handle seeing you

It’s dangerous to be like somebody else…

If God wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given
you what He gave them! Right? You never know what people have gone
through to get what they have.

The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but
they don’t know my story… If the grass looks greener on the other side
of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there

We’ve all got some haters among us! People envy you because you can:

Have a relationship with God
Light up a room when you walk in
Start your own business
Tell a man / woman to hit the curb (if he / she isn’t about the right thing)
Raise your children without both parents being in the home

Haters can’t stand to see you happy, Haters will never want to
see you succeed, Haters never want you to get the victory, most of our
haters are people who are supposed to be on our side. How do you handle
your undercover haters?

You can handle these haters by:

1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are *(VERY IMPORTANT!!)
2. Having a purpose to your life? Purpose does not mean having a job.
You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. A purpose is having
a clear sense of what God has called you to be. Your purpose is not
defined by what others think about you.
3. By remembering what you have is by divine prerogative and not
human manipulation. Fulfill your dreams!

You only have one life to live…when it’s your time to leave this earth,
you ‘want’ to be able to say, ‘I’ve lived my life and fulfilled
‘my’ dreams,… Now I’m ready to go HOME! When God gives you favor, you can
tell your haters, Don’t look at me…Look at Who is in charge of me…’

Maya Angelou

It's hard discovering that members in your family seek to belittle you in your face or behind your back. Often times they don't even view it as criticism they view it as "Constructive Criticism, but the key is that COnstructive criticism has a positive aspect to it. If all your hearing is negativity then chances are they've been but by the hater bug.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson

Life is short. We often take for granted the time we have with people until it is entirely to late. if you love someone or care about someone you should tell them while you can. Michael Jackson will always hold a special place in my heart because he is symbolic of a special bond between my father and I. Never-mind the fact that he is the symbol of a celebrity that everybody hates to love. It is not very well known he suffered from Vitiligo and Lupus and was recently diagnosed with a lung disease though the latter had not been confirmed. Jackson worked from a very young age and from my point of view never had a real childhood or developed relationships where people didn't expect from him. It's sad. And I know that he is finally in a place where no one will pretend to be his friend or lie on him or have larger than life expectations. I wish him well and hope that all of us will remember him for the wonderful legacy that he leaves behind.

Michael Joseph Jackson
August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

more than words... the ultimate wisdom

this was posted on Love crusader by a good friend of mine...
What is love?

This is a controversial question that, in some shape, form or fashion, puzzles each individual. Last night while browsing Facebook, I happened to notice a close friend’s status in which asked this somewhat polemical question.

This was my answer:

“My favorite definition of love comes from my one of my mother’s favorite movies, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin:

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any of us can convince ourselves we are.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident…we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”

…however, i’ve grown to learn (and am still learning) that love is the quiet understanding and mature acceptance of imperfection. It’s real. It’s elevating. It lifts up your spirit in a way nothing else can. Even at your lowest, love allows u to feel your best.

Love is not always about having a candle-lit dinner or exchanging expensive gifts. It means way much more than that. Love cannot be measured with materialistic things or romantic rhymes. It is an unconditional feeling that inspires, revives and even sometimes hurts.

At the end of the day, you don’t have reasons for loving, you just do.

The 13th Chapter of Corinthians explains love in way more detail…

READ it in ur spare time…”

So now…

What does love mean to? Care to share?

Corinthians 13:


If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

To be able to love is the ultimate wisdom. true love is forever it is infinite and perfect. love is the only perfection in a world of imperfections. it is not judgmental or immature or unforgiving. it is all that is good with the world and nothing horrible. love is completely beautiful.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

baby steps...

I've been feeling really blah lately... questioning my purpose on this earth. It seems that everyone around me knows exactly what it is they want to do with their life and are making bold leaps toward achieving their goals. I on the other hand sadly am not. Everybody has something that is holding them back be it others expectations, the absence or presence of funding or it could be your own fear and distrust of yourself. This summer I planned to take two drawing classes to begin the path to master sketching. unfortunately the mental health of my mother and the physical health of my father have caused me to abandon this quest and tend to them. The frustrating part is that it seems that I am at a standstill. I don't have a job because at this point it would be pointless because of all the traveling. And I can't take a drawing class because I will not be in one city. I long to be free from my parents obligations and chase my dreams. And so I am forced to take baby steps while every one around me leaps...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Research: A Brief Guide to Design Education

For the hopeful design student, selecting the right program is no easy task. There are many factors that will guide your choice of school, and not all of them are as obvious as the school's location, size and cost. In fact, many of the most crucial traits of a design program are things that won't show up in the guidebook at all: the department's focus, its record on placing graduates into good careers, and details about the faculty. Such details can often be learned only by visiting the school in person and conversing with faculty, and current and former students.

But most important of all is for you, the student, to understand your own interests as much as possible, so that as you discover each department you'll be able to know whether it's the right place for you. Your design education is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you want to get the most out of it. Matching your interests to a program's strengths is crucial.

Some schools offer part-time and evening courses, or--even better--a "pre-college" program that runs for a few weeks over the summer, giving you a taste of the ID program before applying. Once you've assembled your top ten list of schools, you should inquire to see if any of them host such programs.
While there are too many aspects of design education to describe them all, here's a short list of some of the most important ones for a potential student to understand before committing:

1. Philosophy

Different programs have different emphases. Some are more skills oriented, others more conceptual. Some educate graduates more suited to a corporate design office, others train designers more suited to consultancy work (not to say the skills are mutually exclusive, but consultancies often have different needs). Some programs really work the engineering and manufacturing end of the design process, while others have a focus on environmental sustainability. While none of these is necessarily right or wrong, it's important to know what you're looking for, and make sure the program fits.

2. Placement

A design school needs to have a good post-graduation network to help you find a job. Ask the program head or placement advisor about how many of their graduates go on to successful design careers--go ahead and get specific, about what companies, how soon after graduation, and in what capacity. How connected is the program with the local if professional design community (if there is one -- there are some excellent schools out in the middle of nowhere)? Do working designers come in for critiques? Does the school sponsor projects with outside companies, studios, or nonprofits?

3. Internships

Find out what requirements the school has for internships. Many employers strongly prefer even freshly-minted graduates to have work experience in a design studio, so a program that requires at least one internship before graduation can be a real boon. You should also find out how much support the school offers students to help them find internships. This is related to point #2: is the school well connected? If it's not and doesn't have local design firms that regularly bring on interns from within its program, you will be left to your own devices and will have to relocate temporarily to do the internship (typically over summer break). All of these things are workable, and living in different parts of the country to work can be great fun, but it's often expensive and requires initiative on your part.

4. Faculty

Faculty make or break a program, and some of the most important questions have to do with their abilities and qualifications. How many of them are experienced professional designers, for instance? How capable and engaging are they as teachers? Some schools--universities in particular--will have a large proportion of tenured faculty that haven't set foot in a design office in 15 years or more, and a handful of part-time professors who are also working designers. Other schools reverse this ratio. Again, ask for specifics: which members of the faculty have worked recently, at which firms, for how long, on what types of projects? Even requesting resumes isn't out of line--you're the customer in this case, and you have a right to know. This is not to say that tenured faculty are bad, but the design world changes rapidly; a good program needs to be timely, and bring real-world experience into the classroom.

5. Reputation

As much as you can, once you've got your list narrowed down, ask around in the professional design community about the reputations of your top schools. It's good to hear from others that the program you are interested in is worth attending. Accreditation is another big issue, and absolutely essential in the US, especially if you decide later you want to go for a graduate degree. The IDSA has a list of accredited ID programs, and if your program's not on it you should put some real thought in before investing yourself there.

6. Fundamentals

Don't take this for granted! All programs should give you an understanding of the basics of the profession, and provide access to facilities that allow you to explore them. Learning how products work, how they are made, how to make them work better, what makes them look right, and how to present ideas are all core requirements in this field. Easy access to libraries with relevant industrial design materials, as well as to wood-working, metal-working, and plastics shops, is essential to your studies.
At a recent design conference, I heard hiring designers reviewing student portfolios remark "If I were some of these students, I'd demand my money back from the school. They just aren't prepared." Don't let yourself be one of these students. By doing your homework before you start your education, you'll be prepared to take advantage of every opportunity the program has to offer, and enter the professional world ready to succeed.

Adam Richardson is a Senior Designer in the Innovation Process Group at frog design, inc., and teaches at California College of Art.

Via: Core 77

Music Mondays

So I got busy yesterday and forgot to post this, but here goes

Maybe you haven't noticed but Kanye is one of my favorite artist. Alot of people say that he's cocky, but in this day and age you have to be. So many people will try to tell you that you can't achieve your dreams, or do things to sabotage your efforts. If your cocky enough you'll just laugh and keep it truckin.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

And i vow that my child will be well endowed... at least their room

browsing the web i came across these stylish children's rooms.

Children's rooms are a perfect example of storage options and there also usually very colorful.

The two rooms i chose are organized with designated areas for sleeping, dressing, and leisure-study.
Perfect Organization. Just like my Children will be...

Special Saturdays:

The reality of your life is driven by your concept of what is possible. Whatever you are certain of, is certain to be for you.
You cannot change the laws of reality, and there is no reason to do so. For reality can accommodate whatever possibility you dare to imagine.

Know that it can be done, and there is most definitely a way. Commit the whole of your true self, and it will be.

Dream big, wonderful, meaningful dreams and purge them of every trace of doubt. Your own unique dreams are yours precisely because you are the person who can fulfill and experience them.

Pay no attention to those who claim that the best days have passed and the best opportunities have all been taken. Life's abundance has no limit, and grows to whatever proportion you choose to imagine.

Give your time, thoughts, efforts and commitment to express that abundance in your own special way. Know without a doubt that it is possible, and it is.

-- Ralph Marston
" The Daily Motivator"

I dare you to dream.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Upholstered Headboards

I don't know why, but I love upholstered Headboards. Their so romantic... Anyway here's a couple. I personally prefer the one's with button tufting. Blue is considered to be a relaxing color...

Inspiration is free: "Tryna get that Oprah Money"

Forbes Mag released most powerful people in the "world" list...
Just thought that I'd point out that the person at number 1 doesn't have the most money. Do What you Love. Not what'll make you money.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Been gone for a minute now im back

I apologize for my absence. I've been under alot of stress and I'm in the process of relocating. I haven't forgotten. And I definitely don't intend to make it a habit of disappearing...

Futuristic Caravan

Interior Design & Art & Fashion go hand in hand one inspires the other until it is all just a cycle.

The difference between a designer and a decorator is that a designer fits the style for your everyday life. Much like the difference between style and following trends...

via: Kanye Universe


The Inhalt is a multi-cellular caravan that can be tailor-made to suit the liking of an individual using an online configurator. This configuration is then generated by a computer using the customer’s inputs, and then the final design is done by parameters from the architects

Friday, May 29, 2009

A House is not a Home

My mother is moving... [sigh] I should be excited because
1. We get to go furniture shopping AND 2. She's decided to let me work my maic on the place.

The crappy part is.... She hasn't found a place. I love my mother to death, but she has the WORST taste in houses. More often than not she sacrifices style for practicality and that does not have to be the case. I hope to Keep you all updated with pictures and maybe just maybe I'll be able to convince her

Inspirationis free: As a child...

I really don't know what to add to this. via:Street Etiquette

"JKISSI : Yes , my little nephew 5 year old Jeremiah is next up in line. I never really noticed how conscious he was about his dressing until his mother told me he insists that his sleeves are rolled up and such. Jeremiah goes to a catholic school here in NYC, where with catholic schools come uniforms , and he feels he needs to distinguish himself from the rest. I just need to air out that I , Joshua Kissi, in no way had any influence on the poses or clothes Jeremiah chose to wear. People may not believe me at all , but it is the truth of the matter here. From the Corduroy blazer , pink oxford, rolled up chinos, red socks accompanied by boat shoes speaks which volumes to a adult , I had no play. What I admire is he is still in fact a kid, his nose gets runny, he loves to swoosh around with his favorite spider man toy making loud noises, while still expressing himself to the max when it comes to dressing. I thought to myself at Jeremiah’s age I was quite rebellious on the choice of clothes my Mom chose for me. I would always label her choices as “not cool” because it lacked bagginess or looked too preppy to wear. This just took my brain in a spin to the future of when I have kids of my very own, and how that would turn out. thought to myself I remember Scott Schuman ( The Sartorialist ) featuring kids on his blog, but mostly in European countries. He stated some interesting points about snapping pictures of his own children and children in general. He gives the inspiration and idea of his well known blog to his two daughters. “Children dress to express, not impress” that quote right there just spoke to me concerning my nephew. The idea of impressing people in fashion by dressing a certain way is what most adults strive to do. In contrast kids could care less about impressing, they are really about expressing their goofy and funny personalities in the way they dress."

How many of us supress our own creativity to please those around us? I have to say that I'm somewhat lucky because my Mom has recently chosen to suppourt my dream, but I know countless other cases of people choosing not to follow their heart because of fear of disappointing their parents or society. Follow your heart. If your really serious about your passion once you truly begin to work your dediction and commitment will win your parents over. And you'll thank me in the long run.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Inspiration is free: Art Imitates Fashion

Maybe I'm the only one but well put together outfits make me imagine that same style-design in a room. This one especially intrigues me because it has a country-funky twist. idk. maybe its just me but whatever the case rihanna can dress. or rather who stylist [Mariel Haenn] has a gift. Here's what Haenn has to say about her personal dedication to the craft:

"Haenn tells MTV, “I put everything into it. I know there are not a lot of other stylists that care as much as me, but it’s me and my name on it. And when I’m making the call and people know it’s me styling it, it has to be right every time.” ( quote taken from Concrete Loop).

All this does is make me want to get a stylist even more.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Inspiration is Free: Anna Wintour

My favorite teacher in 7th Grade was this lady named Ms.Sleezer. She had a reputation for being a hard, cut throat type. She demanded nothing but the best from her students. I was one of the few students to ever receive an A in her class. I don't think that people who are perfectionist are mean. I just think that they know what they want and refuse to compromise. Nothing wrong with that.

Design Schools

To become a certified interior designer you have to pass an exam called the 
NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam). 
Cool enough right?
 I'm so stoked to go to FIDM in L.A. get all the experience...and
apparently there are only certain schools accredited by the CIDA and [sigh] FIDM isn't one of them. crush my beloved dreams. FIDM seemed like such a great school that encourages creative growth. keep looking...

SO I discovered Design Intelligence
Top Ten Interior Design Schools

1. Kansas State University
(umm yeah Kansas is in the middle of nowhere I'd like an internship)
2. Pratt Institute
(located in New York City... wait it cost HOW much to go there? yeah I'll Pass)
 University of Cincinnati
(I'm not to fond of Universities)
4. Cornell University
5. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(More Large Schools, no thanks)
6. California College of the Arts
(Hmmm... I'll keep this on the short list)
and Finally My favorite on Paper So far:
New York School of Interior Design
1. It's in New York access to a plethora of Design firms and Internship Opportunities
2. It only teaches Interior Design
3. It's a small school not more than 1,000
4. They have a program for students interested in Interior Design that don't have an adequate portfolio
[sigh] I'm in Heaven

Monday, May 25, 2009

Inspiration is free

I'm going to post a daily inspiration.
 Here is the first. 
Raps most notorious workaholic.
Weezy F. Baby

"the difference between me and you is this is your job, to me this is my life"

A dream realized.

I never wanted to be that person wandering and not knowing what their calling, or purpose in life was. 

Just last month I sat alone staring at the ceiling. Seemed like all of my friends had their life in order running around focusing on their passions while I stood off to the side standing still and looking well... lost. What was I passionate about? What did I love doing so much that nothing else mattered? I scoffed. I'm in my JUNIOR year of College, I should not be having this conversation with myself now. Not now while I'm about to be thrown on my behind out into the vicious cold real world. I glanced down at my sheets and made a mental note to myself that I needed to get another comforter and start looking for new furniture. My mom would have a hissy fit, but she'd get over it. I was always buying things to organize and decorate my condo. Seemed like a never ending saga. 
And then I knew.
I wanted to be an Interior Designer.

Wait a minute. I can't draw. I have NO formal art training. What the flip am I doing. So I did what I always do when I have no clue what I'm doing. Research.

This is Just a Test...

Dope Alice in Wonderland sample...
nevermind the fact that alice in wonderland scared me as a child

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