American Society of Interior Designers – ASID is a community of people drivenby a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change people’s lives.
National Council for Interior Design Qualification – NCIDQprotects public health, safety and welfare by identifying interior designers who have the knowledge and experience to create interior spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but alsofunctional and safe. Visit the Health, Safety and Welfare portal (HSW) to view an interactive floor plan and discover the importance of hiring a professional interior designer.
U.S. GreenBuilding Council– USGBC is a key starting point to learn about green design. The USGBC developed the LEED system which provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types, commercial aswell as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operation and maintenance, tenant fit out, and significant retrofit.
Sustainable Furnishings Council – Another great source for information and education regarding green design. What is the difference between green, eco-friendly, environmentally safe, and sustainable? Peruse their web site for clarification and resources. The SFC is the #1 organization in green furnishings, a non-profit balanced coalition of supplies, manufacturers, retailers, and designers formed to promote sustainable practices.
Forest Stewardship Council – The Forest Stewardship Council sets standards for responsible forest management. A voluntary program, FSC uses the power of the marketplace to protect forests for future generations.
Some favorite South Florida buildings and places worth visiting:
The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark and features a Main House built by industrialist James Deering in 1916, featuring 10 acres of formal gardens and a native forest all magnificently located on Biscayne Bay.
The Museum of Art Fort Launderdale is located in heart of downtown Fort Launderdale’s Arts and Entertainment District. Among the museum’s permanent collections are American and European modern and contemporary art, Picasso ceramics, and contemporary Cuban art.
The Flagler Museum and Whitehall the Palm Beach home of Henry Flagler built in 1902, a 60,000 square foot, Guilded Age Mansion described as more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.
The Morakami Museum and Japanese Gardens with its unique gardens and collections, it is one of S. Florida’s most treasured cultural attractions.