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August 2015

You never know how strong you are until you push yourself to be strong beyond your comfort zone. You never know how creative you are until you allow yourself to be creative. You never know how needed you are until you extend a hand to someone else. You never know how fearless you are until you are no longer fearful. Do you get where I’m going here?

Making a shift to follow your passions in hopes that it will lead you to your destiny and the life you have envisioned for yourself takes GUTS. When I say guts, I am speaking of faith, sacrifice, and will power. Here I am, a young adult with a comfortable paying job, who just graduated with a degree, yet I know there’s something more for me to achieve and align myself with. I wont go into details about how I have gotten to this point in my life on this post, as it would make this blog post extremely long. However, I always welcome the opportunity to meet and chat with new people who are likeminded about the importance of personal growth. Don’t be a stranger! Email me: chase@chasedowell.com

One of my favorite quotes from Oprah is, “pleasure is energy reciprocated”. This quote to me means in order to gain or obtain something you desire, you have to put attention towards it. Even when the vision doesn’t seem clear or obtainable, you continue to position your attention on whatever your desires are. This is exactly what I have done and continue to do with interior design, architecture, and my company. I have immersed myself into the world of design by taking courses, continuous reading and blogging, meeting other designers, and tapping into my own gift of designing. This is WHY I BELIEVE IN ME.

From this point on, this post may not be for you and solely for me, but I am compelled to write it. There will come a time when we are connected from the right source, with the right people, at the right place, at the right time that will thrust us forward when we are ready. I often have to remind myself that what I have to offer as a designer is different from any other designer out there and the time will come when I am able to showcase it. That means I can’t be discouraged by the beginning stages of entrepreneurship (which can be very discouraging at times). There is power in thoughts, which is why this post is titled Why I Believe In Me. What you think about your situation will be the direct outcome of your situation. Regardless of the many late nights business planning, studying design techniques and trends, and creating ways to use my business to be philanthropic; I believe that it will all pay off for me and align me with my life’s purpose. Just like what you consistently put your attention to will pay off for you too! I believe it for you.

I say all of this to say; believe in those goals, visions, and dreams. They were given to you for a purpose. Be encouraged that in perfect timing your passions will lead you towards your destiny and connect you with individuals you could have never imagined, and allow you to impact lives far beyond what the human mind could think. And when you get to a point where it “seems” like failure has knocked you down, get back up and whisper to yourself…. I BELIEVE IN ME.

Thanks for reading,

Chase

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If you’ve been keeping up with my Japan condo remodel series, you may already know the details of this project. If this is your first time reading this series, you can read the details here to catch up. This project is a multi-step project for my drafting course I’m currently taking. In this stage I started the dimensioning, adding in the cabinetry, appliances, and plumbing. Drafting is challenging! Well, I can speak for hand drafting. Trying to ensure the line weights are accurate, measurements are correct and in scale, doors and windows are the right dimensions; and I could go on (not to mention drawing is not my ministry!). Its a challenge that I must say I enjoy. This course has allowed me to become comfortable with reading and explaining plans which is very important in the design industry.

Although there are still a lot of things I need to clean up on this plan, and also still more to learn; I am proud of the progress. Studying and practicing is only enhancing the gift of design that comes naturally to me.

Thanks for reading,

Chase

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Hi readers,

It’s another Inspiration Monday here in CDID land. In this particular post I simply want to encourage you to use rejection to your advantage. I know, I know…. You’re probably thinking what in the world are you talking about Chase?!? How can I use something so disappointing to my advantage?   …… It’s simple my friend.

Rejection is a part of life (sucks right?). There are going to be times when you will be rejected from relationships, partnerships, job interviews, business deals, business meetings, social circles; you name it and there is a possibility it will come with rejection. On this journey of following my passion of design and becoming an entrepreneur I have experienced A LOT of rejection. Now, I could sit in a pity party and wreck my brain trying to figure why, or I can use the rejection as ammo to keep pushing myself harder to be what it is I know I am destined to be. What helps me deal with rejection so well is that I understand my vision and dreams are too large for most people to grasp. Heck, sometimes I can’t even grasp it! People are not responsible for managing your dreams, therefore they have the right to choose whether or not to participate in it.

Don’t get down on yourself when you are faced with rejection. For the time that you would spend feeling sorry for yourself, use that time to reflect on what you need to work on personally and press on. Each NO provides you a greater opportunity to be prepared for when you get the YES.

Thanks for reading,

Chase

Currently in design school I am working on remodeling a condo in Japan. I have always loved learning about different cultures and their customs. My drafting professor’s son currently resides in Japan and we are tasked with developing the drawings and specifications for the condo he’s currently residing in. We had a choice to keep it the same or re-work the plan along with a client profile. Of course I chose to re-work the plan.

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As you can see, the condo is very choppy with many walls in such a small space. The condo is a little over 800 Sq. Ft. and for this client I am blending both American and Japanese cultures in the design concept. In my plan I will rework the living room, kitchen, and dining area to be open and flow easily to one another. To bring the inside in and to open the space even more, I am adding a full wall of folding out-swing doors that will lead to the balcony. This will be great to open the home up when entertaining guest. I’ll be sharing more of the design details later throughout this project. Right now, I have drawn the exterior and interior walls for the plan. Next will come the dimensioning, cabinetry, and appliances in which I will be sharing on the next Discovering Design post. BTW… I am excited about being able to hand draw plans for my clients as a part of the design process. Of course there is a place for computer drawings in my firm, but there is something about being able to give a client a hand rendering thats more personable and well thought out. It makes it less of a “thing to get done” and more of an EXPERIENCE.

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Cant wait to share more with you all on this project!

Thanks for reading,

Chase

 

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What an exciting weekend this has been! We finally launched our new brand and refreshed website after months of hard work and dedication. We all know and understand that branding is one of the most crucial aspects of building a successful business. I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with a talented brand and identity designer who helped me take my vision to the next level. I highly recommend Geeky Dreamer for your branding needs. Seeing the fruits of my labor and visions be revealed right before my eyes has inspired me tremendously. Even more so that it has inspired others to move forward with their business endeavors and refusing to let fear get in the way. I am delighted to share with my readers the story behind brand. You can read it here.

I would love to read in the comments below what you think about the new site and brand.

Thanks for reading!

Chase

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When I think of the dining room I think of family, friends, memories, and good food. There are times when serious discussions have to happen in the dining room, and there are times when fun and laughter fills the dining room. A well designed dining room takes these details into account. The design elements should not only represent the family that will share such a sacred space, but it should also feel as though it is the place of comfort and love that will keep the family stronger and together though the years.

I decided to create a dining room inspiration board with warm tones that would welcome a family to create memories of love and comfort. The warm creams and browns are soothing, while the touches of gold ignites a little fun for contrasting.

What emotions does your dining room express? I would love to read about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading!

Chase