General, Inspiration /

Just Don’t Eat the Crayons

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One of the latest trends I’m so excited about is adult coloring and – more importantly – adult coloring books. I know it may sound risqué, but it’s really quite PG. These physical coloring books and even mobile apps consist of ready to color pages of complex patterns, delicate florals, organic mandalas and stunning graphics that are aimed at an older population. Who wouldn’t love an opportunity to revive a great memory of your childhood with a little stress-free coloring?

This latest creative explosion is certainly a means to relax and unwind. I adored coloring as a child, even as young adult, and frankly in my profession, I still love it. In lieu of coloring my favorite Lisa Frank posters, my “coloring” now is a bit more tangible and involves various colorful selections for clients and projects. Nevertheless, any good designer or architect probably has a minimum of four random colored pencils or Prismacolor markers lying on their desk at any point in the day. There is something relaxing about coloring, and based on the fact that seven of the top 10 best-selling books on Amazon right now are Adult Coloring books, it shows that there is a large segment of the population who could use a break from all the stress of the day and a break from feeling of digital overload.

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General /

A Night with CREW & Crystal Washington

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Social media, a powerful and ever-evolving tool, was the subject of the CREW event I recently attended with my Lawrence Group coworkers. As a lover of social media, I looked forward to hearing Crystal Washington’s expert opinion and tips for real-estate professionals to use on a variety of powerful social platforms.

Being a relatively new member of Lawrence Group’s marketing team, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to spend time among other professional, media-savvy women within my own company and the industry. The event’s location, the Caramel Room at Bissinger’s, was the icing on the cake. The space was gorgeous, and it was rewarding to see a project with Lawrence Group’s touch on it in person.

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Architecture, General, Inspiration /

An Architect’s View of Sedona

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Every year I travel with my former college roommates for a long weekend. We live in five different areas in the country, so we choose someplace unique that supports our need for the urban environment, nature, solitude, experience, or culture. The five of us met the first week at University of Kansas years ago. Arriving, I didn’t know a soul but left with lifelong friends (and a great education!).

This year, we spent a long weekend in Sedona, Arizona. The quietness and beauty of the geological formations were enhanced by perfect weather and friendly people. Initially, the darkness of the city was maddening, as no street lights made it hard to find our lodging late at night; however, that big open sky, the beauty of the vast heavens chock full of stars, quickly dispelled our modern day navigational frustration.

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Architecture, Interior Design, Projects /

Navigating a Change in Workplace Strategy

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Northwestern Mutual recently engaged Lawrence Group to design their new St. Louis offices. This was not only a change in venue from downtown St. Louis to Creve Coeur but also a shift in their Workplace Strategy. Northwestern’s business model is unique in that each financial representative operates as their own business unit. Their former space was nearly 100% offices and made for a compartmentalized, isolating layout. Managing Partner Gerard Hempstead first described their business structure as: “a friendly competition, but competitive nonetheless.”

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General, Inspiration /

CREW Network Convention Recap

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Earlier this month, I was able to attend the 2015 CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network conference in Seattle. From the opening keynote to the breakout sessions, project tour and Madelaine Albright’s closing keynote, the conference was energizing, inspirational and provided lots of networking time.

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Architecture, Inspiration /

Trueblood: True Architect

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My grandfather, Wilbur Tyson Trueblood, Sr., was born in 1874 in St. Louis, Missouri, a city he would go on to shape in many ways.

He had a passion for advancing his education and attended the old Manual Training School of Washington University in St. Louis and a year at Columbia University in New York City.

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Interior Design /

A Great Way to Start

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NeoCon is the commercial interiors industry’s most important annual event. It brings together the right people, the best products and the most innovative ideas. Attending NeoCon again with my Lawrence Group coworkers was so rewarding and just the inspiration boost we all need every once in a while. I had attended once before with coworkers from a previous employer, but since I’m still pretty new here attending with other designers at Lawrence Group was a great way to start off my work here.

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Architecture, Inspiration, Interior Design /

We can’t do it all

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Oftentimes in architecture we are challenged by a project or client to do something truly special to make a place an amazing destination. As designers, we also relish opportunities where we have the freedom to design with custom details and high end products and finishes – producing a destination focused around the architectural elements in a space.

However, an all-architecture solution is not always the best design prescription, and something else needs to happen to better capture the essence of the client, project or site. We must humbly take a step back and realize that we are not the star of the show. We are the directors of the show delivering a fantastic performance from a cohesive cast.

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General /

Welcome to our shiny new blog.

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After many long hours of discussions and deliberation, we here at Lawrence Group have decided to join the modern era of blogging. We looked at the idea of having and maintaining a blog from many different perspectives. How will it aid in achieving our corporate goals? Will this be an additional creative outlet for our staff? Will we be able to share engaging information with our clients? How will it be different? All good questions, and hopefully in the end all things we will strive to achieve.

That being said, WELCOME to our blog. We want to give people a more in-depth look into the world of Lawrence Group. That might include stories related to projects we are currently working on, tips on design or sharing day to day adventures. But rest assured, there will be plenty more to come.