Green Building Fact Sheet

The overall green building market (both non-residential and residential) is likely to more than double from today’s $36-49 billion to $96-140 billion by 20131
The value of green building construction is projected to increase to $60 billion by 20102
The construction market accounts for 13.4% of the $13.2 trillion U.S. GDP3

Market Impact

  • The green market was 2% of non-residential construction starts in 2005; 10-12% in 2008; and will grow to 20-25% by 2013.
  • Comprises 13.4% of the $13.2 trillion U.S. GDP. This includes all commercial, residential, industrial and infrastructure construction. New commercial and residential building construction constitutes 6.1% of the GDP5.
  • Green building will support 7.9 million U.S. jobs and pump $554 million into the American economy over the next four years (2009-2013).

Energy

  • Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use (includes fuel input for production).
  • Buildings are one of the heaviest consumers of natural resources and account for a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions that affect climate change. In the U.S., buildings account for 38% of all CO2 emissions.
  • Buildings represent 72% of U.S electricity consumption.

Water

  • Buildings use 13.6% of all potable water, or 15 trillion gallons per year.

Materials

  • Buildings use 40% of raw materials globally (3 billion tons annually).
  • The EPA estimates that 170 Million tons of building-related construction and demolition (C&D) debris was generated in the U.S. in 2003, with 61% coming from nonresidential and 39% from residential sources.
  • The EPA estimates that 209.7 million tons of municipal solid waste was generated in the U.S. in a single year.
  • Sectors Expected to Have Green Building Growth
  • Education
    • Government
    • Industrial
    • Office
    • Healthcare
    • Hospitality
    • Retail

What’s Driving Green Building?
These factors are expediting the growth of green building:

  • Unprecedented level of government initiatives
  • Heightened residential demand for green construction
  • Improvements in sustainable materials.

Why Build Green? Building green saves money

  • The cost per square foot for buildings seeking LEED certification falls into the existing range of costs for buildings not seeking LEED certification.
  • An upfront investment of 2% in green building design, on average, results in life cycle savings of 20% of the total construction costs – more than ten times the initial investment.
  • Building sale prices for energy efficient buildings are as much as 10% higher per square foot than conventional buildings.
  • Estimated Value of green construction starts:
    • 2000: $792 million
    • 2001: $3.24 billion
    • 2002: $3.81 billion
    • 2003: $5.76 billion
    • 2004: $4.51 billion
    • 2010 (projected): $60 billion (10% construction starts)
  • Real estate and construction professionals overestimate the costs of green building by 300%.
  • Perceived cost benefits of green building:
    • Operating costs decrease 8-9%
    • Building value increases 7.5%
    • Return on investment improves 6.6%
    • Occupancy ration increases 3.5%
    • Rent ratio increases 3%

Why Build Green? Green buildings consume less energy and fewer resources
In comparison to the average commercial building:

  • Green buildings consume 26% less energy
  • Green buildings have 13% lower maintenance costs
  • Green buildings have 27% higher occupant satisfaction
  • Green buildings have 33% less greenhouse gas emissions

Why Build Green? Green building occupants are more productive

  • An experiment identifies a link between improved lighting design and a 27% reduction in the incidence of headaches, which accounts for 0.7% of overall employee health insurance cost at approximately $35 per employee annually.
  • Sales in stores with skylights were up to 40% higher compared to similar stores without skylights.
  • Students with the most daylighting in their classrooms progressed 20% faster on math tests and 26% faster on reading tests in one year than those with less daylighting.
  • Corporate perception of whether green fosters innovation: 57% agree; 28% neutral and 15% disagree.
  • Improvements in indoor environments are estimated to save $17-48 billion in total health gains and $20-160 billion in worker performance.

Why Build Green? Green building occupants are healthier

  • People in the U.S. spend about 90% of their time indoors.
  • EPA studies indicate indoor levels of pollutants may be up to ten times higher than outdoor levels.
  • Significant associations exist between low ventilation levels and higher carbon dioxide concentrations – a common symptom in facilities with sick building syndrome.

Download the above USGBC Document

Leed

Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, provides a suite of standards for for the construction and operation of environmentally sustainable building designs. LEED certified buildings use resources more efficiently and provide healthier work and living environments than conventional buildings —which are simply built to code.

Green Building Fact Sheet

✽ Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use.
✽ Green building will support 7.9 million U.S. jobs and pump $554 million into the American economy over the next four years (2009-2013).

How to Help your Finishes Qualify
Some of our products such as clay and lime plasters merit credits in the Indoor Environmental Quality category of LEED point certification. LEED certification is obtained after submitting an application documenting compliance with the requirements of the rating system as well as paying registration and certification fees. Certification is granted solely by the Green Building Certification Institute responsible for the third party verification of project compliance with LEED requirements.

Recently the application process for new construction certification has been streamlined electronically, via a set of active PDFs that automates the process of filing the documentation.

For more info & to purchase USGBC Publications click here.

Imago Dei wins in the Top 20 as a Fan Favorite @ Houston’s Via Colori

Thanks to all of you who came out to visit us at HOUSTON’S VIA COLORI and for voting Imago Dei in the Top 20 as a Fan Favorite. We had such a blast!

In case you missed it The Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival was on November 17 & 18, and had over 240 artists take over the streets of downtown Houston, covering the ground in colorful chalk art murals. It was a FREE two-day festival that benefited The Center for Hearing and Speech.

Imago Dei artists Henry Membreno, Susan Diebold Chughtai and Meredith Cunningham created a 10-by-20 foot chalk mural for Blue Moon Brewing Company with the Houston Bayou in the background. Check out our mural in progress:

Imago Dei creating Blue Moon chalk mural @ Houston's Via Colori 2012.

Imago Dei creating Blue Moon chalk mural @ Houston's Via Colori 2012.

Imago Dei creating Blue Moon chalk mural @ Houston's Via Colori 2012.

Imago Dei, Blue Moon chalk mural @ Houston's Via Colori 2012.

And the finished product! Don’t you just love how this turned out? Again this mural is 10′ x 20’… it was Massive!

Imago Dei Team, Blue Moon and Our Mayor at Houston's Via Colori!

Even the Mayor, Annise Parker, came over to check out our mural. So Fun!

Imago Dei was voted in the Top 20 as a Fan Favorite at Via Colori for our mural representing Kroger.

Imago Dei artists Ali Kay, Sarah Pope, and Audrey Omenson created the chalk mural for Kroger. Thanks to all of you who took pictures and supported our efforts. We are thrilled that this benefited The Center for Hearing and Speech.

Imago Dei team, chalk mural for Kroger @ Houston 2012 Via Colori!

Imago Dei team, chalk mural for Kroger @ Houston 2012 Via Colori!

Imago Dei team, chalk mural for Kroger @ Houston 2012 Via Colori!

Imago Dei team, chalk mural for Kroger @ Houston 2012 Via Colori!

Also, here is a link to an article in the Houston Chronicle about our team at Via Colori!

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Downtown-chalk-art-doesn-t-last-but-good-feeling-4048686.php#photo-3757703

Nov 17-18: IMAGO DEI + BLUE MOON + YOU! @ Houston’s Via Colori Street Painting Festival.

Blue Moon

Imago Dei + BLUE MOON + YOU!
Imago Dei is proud to announce that we were selected to create a 10’x20′ interactive chalk art mural for Blue Moon Brewing Company at The Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival. On November 17 & 18, over 240 artists are taking over the streets of downtown Houston, covering the ground in colorful chalk art murals. This FREE two-day festival is an art experience that will captivate all your senses. You can talk to the artists, jam to live music and delight in food and drinks.

BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! Did I forget to mention that our mural is 10′ X 20′ (the size of a SCHOOLBUS)? We are inviting our friends to come and get their hands dirty by helping us create this massive mural. Taste Blue Moon’s newest Brew, enjoy all the fun & entertainment, and benefit The Center for Hearing and Speech. Help us get the word out and make this a super fun social event. Invite your friends via Facebook.

Also keep an eye out for Imago Dei’ s square down on the street. We will be creating a chalk mural along with all the other Houston artists. Vote for us as a FAN FAVORITE!

WHEN:
Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:
Hermann Square at City Hall 901 Bagby |
Houston, TX 77002 713-523-3633

http://www.HoustonViaColori.com

LINKS:

http://www.facebook.com/bluemoon
http://www.Centerhearingandspeech.org
http://www.flickr.com/photos/houstonviacolori/
http://www.facebook.com/HoustonViaColori
http://www.twitter.com/Via_colori
http://www.youtube.com/user/HoustonViaColori

Imago Dei Wins 3 Design Awards @ The 2012 ASID Design Awards.

Imago Dei wins 3 ASID Design Awards.

The ASID Texas Gulf Coast Annual Design Awards was this past Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the Bayou City Event Center.

We are so excited to announce that Imago Dei won three Design Awards:

  • Honorable Mention for Best Use of Hard Surfaces
  • Honorable Mention for Adapted Reuse
  • Honorable Mention for Best Implementation of Original Design

We also collaborated with two other Design Award winning projects:

  • Honorable Mention for Residential Children’s Space
  • Residential Theater/Media Room

Honorable Mention for Best Use of Hard Surface

Imago Dei- 2012 ASID Design Awards- Best Use of Hard Surfaces.

We won Honorable Mention for Best Use of Hard Surfaces. Imago Dei created a custom mobile for Skyline Art Services, that welcomes visitors into the main atrium space at a military hospital. To see more of Skyline’s work visit their website.

Imago Dei, Oak Leaf Mobile.

Imago Dei, Oak Leaf Mobile.

Honorable Mention for Adapted Reuse

Imago Dei, 2012 ASID Design Awards,Honorable Mention for Adapted Reuse.

We won Honorable Mention for Adapted Reuse for a sculptural tree we created for children’s clothing boutique, Liz & Kirby. This project was designed by the amazing Shundra Harris of Shundra Harris Interiors. Shundra did an amazing job designing this gorgeous space! To see more of Shundra’s work visit her website.

Imago Dei, Tree Sculpture at Liz & Kirby.

Imago Dei, Tree Sculpture at Liz & Kirby.

Honorable Mention for Best Implementation of Original Design

Imago Dei, 2012 ASID Design Awards, Honorable Mention for Best Implementation of Original Design

We won Honorable Mention for Best Implementation of Original Design for a Western themed theater room. We collaborated with CDG and designer Mickey Bufalini, the design genius behinds this fantastic theater room! Imago Dei created a room full of murals incorporating the clients deep-rooted alma mater, Texas A&M. To see more of CDG’s work visit their website.

Imago Dei, Western Theater murals.

Imago Dei, Western Theater murals.

Imago Dei, Western Theater murals.

Residential Children’s Space

We are thrilled that Kate Duckworth of Maison Market won Honorable Mention for Residential Children’s Space. Isn’t this room fabulous? We had the opportunity to collaborate with Kate to create the underwater sea theme mural for this room. To see more of Kate’s work visit her website.

Imago Dei, Kids Room Mural. Designer: Maison Market.

Residential Theater/Media

2012 ASID Design Awards, Diana Walker. Imago Dei Ceiling Mural.

Congratulations are also in order for Diana S. Walker of Diana S. Walker Interior Design for receiving her award for Residential Theater/Media Room. On the ceiling we created a mica plaster celestial map.

Congratulation to all the winners of this year ASID Design Awards. Great Job everyone!

Henry Membreño: New Works. A Complete Inventory.

These Beautiful abstracted works from Henry Membreno’s latest show entitled “New Works,” can be viewed at Imago Dei’s Gallery and Showroom. All originals are available as giclee prints. Please call for detail: 713.520.5557.

Henry Membreno, Anime, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Anime, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Bellicoso, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Bellicoso, 2012.

The original of Bellicoso was donated to Arts4Life for AIDS Houston. Giclee’s are available upon request.

Henry Membreno, Atravezando, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Atravezando, 2012.
Henry Membreno, El Vals Del Rey, 2012.
Henry Membreno, El Vals Del Rey, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Glacial Estuary, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Glacial Estuary, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Dissonance, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Dissonance, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Fugue, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Fugue, 2012.
Henry Membreno, El pajaro y el pez, 2012.
Henry Membreno, El pajaro y el pez, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Illuminado, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Illuminado, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Neblina Dorada, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Neblina Dorada, 2012.
Henry Membreno, NIght Fury, 2012.
Henry Membreno, NIght Fury, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Incendio, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Incendio, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Memory of Royalty, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Memory of Royalty, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Sing Song, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Sing Song, 2012.

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Henry Membreno, Poco a Poco I, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Poco a Poco I, 2012.

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Henry Membreno, Poco a Poco II, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Poco a Poco II, 2012.

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Henry Membreno, Poco a Poco III, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Poco a Poco III, 2012.

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Henry Membreno, Poco a Poco IV, 2012.
Henry Membreno, Poco a Poco IV, 2012.

A Commission Story: The Language of Nature I & II.

Giclee prints available on paper or canvas. Please contact info@ImagoDei.pro or call the studio 713.520.5557 for sizes and pricing.

Imago Dei just completed a commission that we are so thrilled to show you for the designers at In.site Art Consulting Group. We love the colors and the compositions within the abstracted paintings. The triptychs have an uplifting theme inspired by the wooded landscape. Light ties the paintings together as a revelatory and mystical presence.

Imago Dei, The Lauguage of Nature I.
Imago Dei, The Lauguage of Nature I.
Imago Dei, The Lauguage of Nature II.
Imago Dei, The Lauguage of Nature II.

In Progress Photos:

Imago Dei Studio, in-progress paintings.
Imago Dei Studio, in-progress paintings.
Imago Dei, Commission Painting Detail.
Imago Dei, Commission Painting Detail.

Details of the paintings:

Imago Dei, The Language of Nature I.  (Abstract 1.)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature I. (Abstract 1.)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature I.  (Abstract 2)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature I. (Abstract 2)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature I.  (Abstract 3)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature I. (Abstract 3)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature II.  (Abstract 4)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature II. (Abstract 4)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature II.  (Abstract 5)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature II. (Abstract 5)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature II.  (Abstract 6)
Imago Dei, The Language of Nature II. (Abstract 6)

Kid’s Room Murals: Monster Trucks Tear It Up!

toy trucks
Red Monster Trucks

Monster Madness!

Do you have kids that love Monster Trucks? Then you have to see our newest project where we turned a bedroom into a Monster Truck playground. These Murals provide an exciting background for imagination and adventure. I only wish we had painted then for my son Canyon! He would just eat this up.

Imago Dei partnered with the creative Michael J. Siller, of Michael J. Siller Interiors. Please visit his work and website.
Imago Dei, Monster Truck. Mural on Canvas.
Imago Dei, Monster Truck. Mural on Canvas.
Imago Dei, Monster Truck. Mural on Canvas.
Imago Dei, Monster Truck. Mural on Canvas.
Imago Dei, Monster Truck. Mural on Canvas.
Installed: Imago Dei, Monster Truck. Mural on Canvas.
Imago Dei, Monster Truck. Mural on Canvas.
Installed: Imago Dei, Monster Truck. Mural on Canvas.
Imago Dei, Monster Truck. Mural on Canvas.
Installed: Imago Dei, Monster Truck. Mural on Canvas.

Michael  J. Siller, logo.

Michael J Siller Interiors
5120 Woodway, Ste 190
Houston, TX 77056
Phone 713-528-4343
michael@mjsinteriors.com

Michael J. Siller Interiors was established in 1987 in the historic River Oaks Shopping Center. The office is now located at the Decorative Center of Houston.The firm has completed many projects for discerning clients nationally in Texas, California, Utah, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, New York and Wisconsin. Their work also includes international locations in Mexico, England, France and Switzerland. The company has a diverse portfolio that includes primary residences, high rise condominiums, beach houses, ski resorts, ranches, lake houses, restaurants, executive offices for chairman of corporations and private aircraft.Michael has a meticulous eye for detail which creates interiors with a sense of formality yet maintaining comfortable and inviting elegance. The end results are luxurious spaces that are livable and reflect the clients’ personality and taste.

Inspirations have come from endless studying and extensive traveling of the palaces, chateaus, and country houses of Europe and Asia, along with the great historic residences of America.

Michael is assisted by Interior Designer Christopher Alexander.

Houston Family Arts Center features Murals and Art from Imago Dei.

This was a super fun project created for the The Houston Family Arts Center. Imago Dei collaborated again with Shundra Harris to create large scale custom murals for HFAC. This space oozes creativity and we hope you will drop by to see a show, or sign up your kids for their amazing workshops and classes!

HFAC Theater, Mural: Imago Dei.
HFAC Theater, Mural: Imago Dei.
The Houston Family Arts Center, Mural:Imago Dei.
The Houston Family Arts Center, Mural:Imago Dei.
The Houston Family Arts Center, Mural:Imago Dei.
The Houston Family Arts Center, Mural:Imago Dei.
The Houston Family Arts Center, Mural:Imago Dei.
The Houston Family Arts Center, Mural:Imago Dei.

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The Houston Family Arts Center is a non-profit organization established to provide a fun outlet for creative community involvement through the production of affordable, high quality, family–friendly entertainment. We seek to entertain, inspire, challenge and educate within an atmosphere of positive values. We are touching hearts, touching lives in a dramatic way!

Houston Family Arts Center
10760 Grant Road, Houston, TX 77070
281-685-6374
www.houstonfac.com

Also, see other projects created by Shundra and Imago Dei.

Here is more info on Shundra Harris, please visit her website:
http://www.shundraharrisinteriors.com

Shundra Harris, Shundra Harris Interiors.

Shundra Harris Interiors
Cypress, Texas 77410
p: 817.228.7297
f: 281.856.9865
e: sharris@shundraharrisinteriors.com

Shundra Harris Interiors is a dynamic, forward-thinking interior design and concept firm that delivers integrated design solutions for an array of projects. From educational facilities to entertainment venues, health-care offices to high-end residential, large scale, multi-discipline spaces to one room renovations, we are committed to excellence in providing professional design, concept, consulting and project management services.

Zan Magazine: 3 Page Spread on The Village Executive Suites!

Zan Magazine, May / June 2012.
Zan Magazine, May / June 2012.

The May/June 2012 issue of ZAN features a three page spread entitled, “A Whole New Way of Office-ing! Houston’s New Executive Suites; Part Function, Part Art!” It is an interview with Jeremy Wells describing the vision of The Village Executive Suites and the work of Imago Dei. You can read the text of the article below. Thanks so much to the ZAN team!!! You can get your own copy by subscribing to ZAN MAGAZINE: The first national magazine dedicated to modern Iranian women. ZAN is committed to serving the community openly and whole-heartedly and aspires to inspire, enlighten, and entertain. The editor in chief is Sudy Samandari, and she has created a gorgeous dynamic magazine! ( artistically- I LOVE IT!!!)

Zan Magazine, The Village Executive Suites Spread.
Zan Magazine, The Village Executive Suites Spread.

A Whole New Way of Office-ing! Houston’s New Executive Suites; Part Function, Part Art!

(article from Zan Magazine, May/ June 2012 issue. Pages 64-66.)

When you think of executive suites, less than inspiring images come to mind: cold floors, drab walls, a grumpy receptionist. But not anymore! The vision of The VIllage Executive Suites offers business professionals a futuristic office space: Upscale office suites and amenities paired with the style of a New York Soho art gallery.

So instead of cold floors and drab walls, VES provides a unique ambiance to its tenants with decorative finishes and custom art adorning the walls.

Imago Dei created all the wall finishes using specialty products such as, American Clay, Diamond Veneer, Venetian Plaster, SIlver Leaf, and Lusterstone Mica Plasters. Current paintings on display were created by Jeremy and Jamie Wells, the owners of VES, and contemporary artist Henry Membreno. Additionally, VES plans to host four gallery openings a year, yielding an influx of traffic and patrons to benefit the artists and tenants.

Of his vision of creating VES, Jeremy Wells says,
“As an artist I recognize how environments effect space, mood and productivity. I have been creating environments for my clients for years and it was a dream come true to put all I have observed together in one space.” In an interview Zan got the chance to find out more about this new posh Houston spot- built with today’s sophisticated professional in mind!

ZAN: What was the idea behind The Village Executive Suites?

Jeremy Wells: We loved the neighborhood feel of the Rice Village and wanted to create a workplace environment that caters to the many entrepreneurs who live in and near the neighborhood. Being both artists and entrepreneurs we weren’t interested in building your average office building. We designed a space that is extremely efficient yet captivating and beautiful. We felt there was a need to create a space that was confident in its professionalism, fully equipped with up-to-the-minute technology, while fun in its creative modern aesthetic.

The people who work here are passionate about what they do and we thought the space they do it in should facilitate that as much as possible. The Village Executive Suites does just that through the aesthetically engaging interiors, the many amenities included, and the friendly support staff. Even at the architectural stage we designed a workplace whose common areas could double as an art gallery. The lives of the people who office here are anything but static which is why we designed a dynamic art exhibit which rotates throughout the year displaying the works of both emerging and established artists. The art has a lively energy that really makes the space come alive.

What needs does it fill for people?
One of the first things we do with clients considering our facility is sit down and consult with them to find out if we think their business would be a good fit for the building. We are filling a specific need for many entrepreneurs by providing them with a cost effective and streamlined method they can incorporate into their business model. We cater to small businesses that need a space away from their home yet don’t necessarily need a large office with all the overhead associated with it. By bundling services such as support staff, furniture, phone systems, internet and phone service, mail and printing services as well as a business-ready conference room there is tremendous value for our clients to office here. One other perk of having an office here is that there are no business names on the individual suites, this gives our client’s visitors the impression that the entire office is theirs and that is a pretty impressive assumption.

Being an entrepreneur is often a lonely journey. We’ve designed an environment that facilitates a sense of community where entrepreneurs can share both their victories and their challenges. It’s in these kinds of encounters where vital new perspectives are discovered or even new business opportunities. We find that besides the obvious networking opportunities, there is also a synergy that drives peak performers to reach their full potential.

What is the vision for the near future?
We have an ear to the ground listening to visionaries describe the office of tomorrow and what types of environments will inspire people to work at their full capacity and efficiency. When we see a potential service or opportunity to help our business owners be more successful we will pivot and adapt quickly. In addition to this agile business model we are designed to be able to implement new services constantly. We are already planning even more ways to expand and perfect our current facilities.

How is the face of ‘offices’ changing in our fast moving mobile world?
Tomorrow’s office is seamlessly integrated with technology that meets the practical needs of office workers. It is an office where technology does not isolate us from one another but through increased productivity enables us to develop deeper and more meaningful relationships. The idea of a long-term commitment has changed drastically and tomorrow’s workers will need a space to work that responds to their ever changing needs. We’ve proactively responded to this by offering flexible furniture packages, the ability to scale up or down your office space needs as well as offering extremely flexible terms. Collaboration is continually being recognized as an important business tool both within an organization and between other organizations. Our workplace design embraces this. Work is increasingly being done on mobile platforms and we’ve embraced that not only by providing multiple common spaces to work with WiFi but also by providing seamlessly integrated Virtual Office programs where someone can use our address, a phone number and phone service, as well as hold meetings in the conference room. We’ve offered this in response to the many entrepreneurs out there who are not quite ready to bite off a full time office commitment but are ready to fully leverage current technology to literally house their company in a Virtual Office environment.

The fact that the phones in our pockets today are more powerful than our desktop computers a decade ago has taught us that more can be accomplished with less these days – and the same goes for our offices. By leveraging shared common space and current technology our entrepreneurs are realizing that productivity does not necessitate a large office building.

In this age of transparency and accountability excess is generally frowned upon. We’ve designed a place that is luxurious without feeling excessive.

Henry Membreño: New Works

Henry Membreño, 2012. Paintings, Sneak Peek Swatches.
Henry Membreño, 2012. Paintings, Sneak Peek Swatches.

DETAILS ON THE OPENING:

Henry Membreño: New Works

Gallery Opening @ The Village Executive Suites

Hosted by: Imago Dei

June 15th, 5-8pm

2525 Robinhood
Houston, TX 77095
P: 713.520.5557

FOODTRUCK OFFERINGS:

OH MY GOGI!-Oh My Gogi! is a Korean BBQ & Mexican Fusion Truck in the Houston area! www.twitter.com/OhMyGogi

THE GOODIE BOX-The Goodie Box is a mobile frozen treats truck! www.twitter.com/thegoodiebox_tx

LADYBIRD– We’re a mobile food truck serving upscale comfort food made from scratch

MUSIC: DJ JEN B

Henry Membreno, 2012.
“NIGHT FURY.” 83.5″x 31.25″ Henry Membreño, 2012.
Henry Membreño, 2012.
Henry Membreño, 2012.
Imago Dei. Henry Membreno, 2012.
“WHIP DIPTYCH.” 96″x 36″ Henry Membreño, 2012.
NEBULA WHIP. Henry Membreno, 2012.
“NEBULA WHIP.” “96” x 48″ Henry Membreño, 2012.
Imago Dei. Henry Membreno, 2012.
“BLUE RETURN.” 72″ x 48″ Henry Membreño, 2012.
Henry Membreno, 2012.
Detail: “BLUE RETURN.” 72″ X 48″ Henry Membreño, 2012.
Imago Dei. Henry Membreno, 2012.
“FUGUE.” 84″ x 32″ Henry Membreño, 2012.
GULF. Henry Membreno, 2012.
“GULF.”42″ x 32” Henry Membreño, 2012.
VIGNETTES AT DAWN. Henry Membreno, 2012.
“VIGNETTES AT DAWN.” “40 x 24” Henry Membreño, 2012.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Local contemporary artist, Henry Membreño’s, “New Works” are emotive abstractions comprised by fusing acrylics, pigments, and graphite on various substrates. In his exploration of gesture, he seek to develop recurring motions that illustrate the development and degeneration of memory.

Membreno’s family fled to Mexico from El Salvador in 1973. Because of his affiliation with Jose Napoleon Duarte’s stifled Christian Democratic party, Membreno’s father was scheduled for political assassination, along with his family, by the growing military death squads. After seeking temporary asylum in Mexico, they continued to the US where artist Henry Membreño was born in Weslaco, Texas in 1975 as the first American-born child. He spent his formative years in Houston and continued his education in NYC. After graduating from The Cooper Union in 1998, he remained in Manhattan as a life-drawing instructor. Membreño arrived in Los Angeles in 1999 working in television and fashion design. He left LA in 2006, returning to Texas where he now works as a fine artist.

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Designer Lynne T. Jones’s Project Featured in Houston Remodeling Guide with Finishes by Imago Dei.

Houston Remodeling Guide, features Imago Dei's Venetian Plaster Finishes.
Houston Remodeling Guide, features Imago Dei’s Venetian Plaster Finishes.

Houston Remodeling Guide 2012 features a project designed by interior designer Lynne T. Jones. The Venetian Plaster Finishes were created by Imago Dei.

Designer Lynne T. Jones, Venetian Plaster by Imago Dei.
Designer Lynne T. Jones, Venetian Plaster by Imago Dei.

A beautiful new sink and hardware by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery enhance the appeal of the Powder bath by leaps and bounds. The beveled-edge granite countertop Fabricated by Stone Evolution and the new Cabinetry by The Cabinet Zavalda add interest, along with the Venetian plaster finish on the walls by Imago Dei. Interior design by Lynne T. Jones, ASID of Lynne T. Jones Interior Design.

Designer Lynne T. Jones, Venetian Plaster by Imago Dei.
Designer Lynne T. Jones, Venetian Plaster by Imago Dei.

When Premier Remodeling removed the wall between the Kitchen and Dining room, the dining room came to life and was immediately a more inviting space to spend time. The travertine floor by Daltile along with the beautiful rug and Venetian plaster finish by Imago Dei on the walls add elegance to the space.

Houston Remodeling Guide, 2012.
Houston Remodeling Guide, 2012.

Sneak Peak: Inside Liz & Kirby, Children’s Clothing Boutique Opens in Cypress, TX.

Liz & Kirby, Front Door.
Liz & Kirby, Front Door.

Liz & Kirby

25259 Northwest Fwy Suite 180, Cypress TX
P: 832.220.1090
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Exciting News for Cypress, children’s clothing boutique Liz & Kirby, just opened and it is a must visit for those longing to find trendy clothes for there young babes. Stop by the store, visit their facebook page. The owners of Liz & Kirby hired Shundra Harris, of Shundra Harris Interiors to create the fabulous interiors. Every detail was considered and the entire space was designed with brilliance. Imago Dei partnered with the Shundra to create, build, and sculpt a large tree in the middle of the store.

Liz & Kirby Interior. Sculpted Tree, Created by Imago Dei.
Liz & Kirby. InteriorDesign: Shundra Harris Interiors. Sculpted Tree: Imago Dei.
Liz & Kirby Interior. Sculpted Tree, Created by Imago Dei.
Liz & Kirby. InteriorDesign: Shundra Harris Interiors. Sculpted Tree: Imago Dei.
Liz & Kirby Interior. Sculpted Tree, Created by Imago Dei.
Liz & Kirby. InteriorDesign: Shundra Harris Interiors. Sculpted Tree: Imago Dei.

Here are some of the cute finds at Liz & Kirby:

Liz & Kirby, Axel & Hudson: Hat.
Liz & Kirby, Axel & Hudson: Hat.
Liz & Kirby, Axel & Hudson: Shirt.
Liz & Kirby, Axel & Hudson: Shirt.
Liz & Kirby, Douglas Cuddle Toys: Bird.
Liz & Kirby, Douglas Cuddle Toys: Bird.

Here is more info on Shundra Harris, please visit her website:
http://www.shundraharrisinteriors.com

Shundra Harris, Shundra Harris Interiors.
Shundra Harris.

Shundra Harris Interiors
Cypress, Texas 77410
p: 817.228.7297
f: 281.856.9865
e: sharris@shundraharrisinteriors.com

Shundra Harris Interiors is a dynamic, forward-thinking interior design and concept firm that delivers integrated design solutions for an array of projects. From educational facilities to entertainment venues, health-care offices to high-end residential, large scale, multi-discipline spaces to one room renovations, we are committed to excellence in providing professional design, concept, consulting and project management services.

Urban Home: Spotlights Decorative Finishes and Imago Dei.

Austin-San Antonio Urban Home Magazine.
Austin-San Antonio Urban Home Magazine.

Pick up the April/ May copy of Austin-San Antonio Urban Home Magazine to see a design trends article on Decorative Finishes that spotlights Imago Dei’s work. Two featured projects were created by Interior Designer Laurie Pearson, of Laurie Pearson Designs. Imago Dei created the decorative finishes for both of these rooms (see images below.) And of course, the stunning photography was by Lynsey Jones of Lynsey Creative.

Interior Design: Laurie Pearson.   Faux Finish: Imago Dei.
Interior Design: Laurie Pearson. Faux Finish: Imago Dei.
Interior Design: Laurie Pearson.   Faux Finish: Imago Dei.
Interior Design: Laurie Pearson. Faux Finish: Imago Dei.

Decorative Finishes by Tavaner K. Sullivan

an excerpt from the article:
For as long as people have sought shelter, decorative finishes have been used to personalize, add character and complete a space. Whether the elegance of a plastered wall, the story of a mural or the mesmerizing detail of stenciling, all have stood the test of time and evolved into respected forms of art…

Jeremy Wells, co-founder of Imago Dei, approaches his decorative finishes in the same way he does his fine art; focusing on texture, composition and color. Because of his background in fine art, he pays particular attention to color theory, how layered colors create new colors and their affects on a space.

“You can’t pick colors in a vacuum. You have to approach it holistically and think about everything surrounding the surface that you are creating,” he says. “Take into consideration the light and the way it moves throughout the day and space, the flooring, fabrics, furniture and the use of the space.

In decorative finishes, portion and scale are just as important as color. For example, in his Houston office, Wells pairs a neutral, cool gray wall next with a smaller vivid and intense turquoise wall. An entire room of such a color would be exhausting, but in a small section, it is just invigorating enough. “There is a delicate balance,” says Wells.

When working with a large space, think subtle, and when going bold, think of sweets, Wells recommends. “If you eat too many sweets, you get sick. If you want to go bold, do it in small doses- an accent wall, a powder room, a vaulted ceiling.”…

When creating decorative finishes, Wells offers three essentials to keep in mind: 1) Work with someone who understands the purpose of the space and has the track record to create and achieve a beautiful space. 2) Not all finishes are right for all spaces. 3) Think of the space holistically and design a finish that will be well-suited for the room as a whole and does not compete with the other design elements.

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