retail design

Who is a good Referral Partner? by Emily Loker

Over the past few months we’ve been narrowing down who our ideal referral partners would be - businesses who have the same clients as we do.  As a commercial interior design studio, we want to serve businesses to design their retail spaces, restaurants, and offices. 

One group of ideal referral partners are commercial real estate professionals. These people sell and lease commercial spaces to our ideal clients, and, in most cases, work with interior designers to produce feasibility studies to show clients how the space could look, often recommending interior designers to those companies once they actually get the space. Why not extend the experience you offer your clients by referring them to a qualified interior design studio, such as CAKE, so they are not left scrambling once they sign the lease or purchase agreement?

Other ideal referral partners are contractors! We always work with contractors who specialize in interior fit-outs, as our services go hand-in-hand in providing a seamless experience for our clients. We love these teams because they are specialized in implementing what we do best.

Are you a commercial real estate professional or a contractor who specializes in interior fit-outs? Call or email us so we can connect!

Sustainability by Emily Loker

My two-year-old son is currently obsessed with trash. He always needs to look in each of the bins before and after going to daycare, and he gets excited when he puts the trash in its proper bin without our help. This past weekend, we finally set up a rolling composter and three rain barrels, so that we could make a smaller footprint on the environment.

Linking this to our business, the environment plays a large factor in what we do – whether it be utilizing the natural sunlight in areas, selecting LEDs elsewhere; specifying FSC certified wood for construction or millwork, and sourcing rapidly renewable, recycled, or reused materials for finishes, furniture, or special features. 

All of these things that are considered during the design process that seem somewhat granola-y, don’t necessarily affect how the space will look in the end. Most suppliers now have sustainable options, or have even positioned their products to be better environmental choices right from the beginning. They’re just added benefits of how any space can easily be built and operate more sustainably.

The Value of Interior Design by Emily Loker

We have all tried to do something we’re not necessarily trained to do to either save money or because of the resources available that make it seem so easy.  Filing your taxes is a good example with all of the e-file companies out there.  Inevitably, you get a notice of assessment where you end up owing money that you did not account for EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. 

Pinterest, HGTV, and “a friend with a good eye for design” are all things that undervalue the quality and amount of work that interior designers do.  These are excellent starting-off points, but interior designers find creative design solutions for interior environments while supporting the health, safety, and well-being of occupants while enhancing their quality of life and support their business goals. As Registered Interior Designers, we spend years (4+) studying this and only this, adhere to strict guidelines of professional practice, and have ongoing education requirements for as long as we call ourselves Interior Designers.

As professionals, we will save you money while eliminating the frustration (and expense) of DIY-gone-wrong, ordering the wrong lighting, furnishings not fitting, and everything else you don’t see on HGTV. We do it right from the beginning so you don’t have to worry about it.

If you, yourself, or if you know someone who has fallen down the Pinterest rabbit hole searching for ideas for a remodel, I would love to set up a consultation to understand and narrow down all elements of the big picture, to provide creative design solutions that enhance their quality of life at home or work.