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The Art Institute of Atlanta–Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

One West Court Square, Suite 110, Decatur, GA 30030   |    1.404.942.1800

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he Art Institute of Atlanta–Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

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Green Up Your Home for Health and Savings Green Up Your Home for Health and Savings

Did you know we spend as much as 90 percent of our lives indoors and that indoor pollutant levels are often two to five times higher than outdoors? Using the principles of green design will significantly improve your home’s indoor environment, leading to better health and well-being for your family.

Simple changes make a big difference. “Many principles of sustainable design and green building can be easily incorporated into your existing home without extensive remodeling,” says Lilia Gomez-Lanier, Interior Design faculty at The Art Institute of Atlanta — Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. Plus, such improvements can save you money.

Here’s how.

Water Conservation
“Efficient use of water has become a national as well as a regional concern,” says Robert Brown, Interior Design faculty at The Art Institute of Tennessee — Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. When replacing appliances or fixtures, look for those that use less water, such as low flow faucets and shower heads, dual flush toilets, front loading washing machines, and newer models of dishwashers with two drawers, so you can run small loads. Using less water can add up to big savings on your water bills.

Air Quality
With many Americans suffering from asthma and allergies, indoor air quality is more important than ever. Household pollutants like mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and toxic chemicals from building materials, household cleaners, and pesticides can be health risks. Start by reducing dust and improving ventilation. Clean furniture, floors and carpet regularly. Consider cleaning and sealing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Ensure that range hoods, bathroom fans and gas fireplaces exhaust to the outdoors. Eliminate sources of asbestos and lead, and eliminate or properly store air fresheners, pesticides, certain cleaning products and paint, which can emit pollutants. When you redecorate or renovate, look for low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, stains, adhesives, carpets and hard surface flooring, as well as wood and bamboo products manufactured without formaldehyde.

Energy Conservation
Leslie Roberts, Interior Design faculty at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, says, “Energy efficient appliances save you money in your electrical bill, and there may be tax incentives for switching to more efficient systems.” She recommends using a heat pump and a programmable thermostat, adding insulation in walls, ceiling and floor, and insulating windows, window treatments and floor coverings. Gomez-Lanier adds, “Introduce an attic fan and ceiling fans to circulate air and cool the house with less energy. Use heavy draperies to eliminate a lot of direct light and heat.” And don’t forget energy efficient light bulbs.

Renewable Resources
When remodeling or redecorating your home, reuse existing furniture and building materials where possible. Used furniture – either your own or purchased at a garage sale or second-hand store – can often be re-upholstered and refinished to look new. At architectural salvage stores you can purchase doors, windows, hardwood floor planks and more. When using new materials, Roberts says, “Choose materials that are produced from rapidly renewable resources, such as wool rugs, bamboo or cork tile flooring.” Though these products sometimes cost more, they generally last longer and are a better investment over time. Purchasing materials with recycled-content is also an environmentally sound choice, helping ensure that recycled materials will be used again to manufacture new products. You can easily find construction materials with recycled content, including drywall, insulation, plastic lumber, kitchen countertops, glass tiles, carpet and padding, even steel.

Help in Making Green Choices in Your Home
A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited interior designer can help you make sound environmental choices for your home and prevent expensive mistakes. An interior designer who has achieved this accreditation knows effective green design solutions and keeps up with the newest information about sustainable products.

Start going green at home today. Your family, your wallet, and the planet will thank you.

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The Art Institutes ( www.artinstitutes.edu ) is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. The Art Institute of Tennessee — Nashville is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by theTennessee Higher Education Commission. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important information.

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Top Fashion Tips for Spring and Summer Top Fashion Tips for Spring and Summer

Spring is just around the corner – time to start planning your warm-weather wardrobe updates. To help you stay on top of the trends for spring 2014, we asked the experts for advice. Lynne Riding, who is the fashion coordinator at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, and Dr. Courtney A. Hammonds, who has the same role at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, were happy to offer some pointers.

Q: What are the top five trends for Spring 2014?

A: “Look for clean, simple lines,” says Riding. “You’ll also see pleats, sheers and lace, and prints – both floral and graphic.” Hammonds agrees that pleats, especially knife pleats, will be big this spring. “Graphic prints are a major trend, using written words embroidered or printed across ready-to-wear garments,” he adds. “We’ll also see accessories with metallic touches, in gold and bronze this year.”

Q: What are this spring’s top colors?

A: Both of our experts agree that lilac and other pastels are the most important color story for spring. Greens, especially mint green, are also big. “Muted and sophisticated tones predominate, although brights are also seen, particularly when paired with metallic touches,” Hammonds says.

Q: What one piece should everyone consider adding to their wardrobe to be on trend for spring?

A: “A poplin dress shirt in white, lilac or mint green is a great spring/summer addition,” says Riding. “It could either be a long wrap shirt without buttons or a long shirt worn on the hips with a belt.” Hammonds recommends adding a modern accessory, such as a metallic bag or clutch, statement eye frames, or even a metallic shoe that can go from day to night.

Some other ideas to give your wardrobe the fashion edge this spring? Consider a longer skirt (mid-calf or upper ankle length), wearing a classic shirt untucked with the bottom several buttons undone, a wardrobe item or accessory with fringe. And be sure to hang on to fashions with color blocking. Riding says this trend is continuing to be popular.

Whatever you do, Hammonds advises, dare to be edgy and always be true to yourself and your personal style. Riding adds, “A trend only works if it works for you. Does it fit your style, your lifestyle, what’s flattering? For instance, if lilac is not your color, don’t add a lilac dress to your wardrobe. Instead, choose a flower print that includes lilac or wear a print skirt with lilac tones along with a crisp white shirt. “

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The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Walks for the Cure The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Walks for the Cure

A team of ten faculty and staff from The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, walked on Saturday, May 10, in the Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Race for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research. They raised over $350 from colleagues, family, and friends - and had a terrific time at the event itself.
walk for the cure

“Rain or shine, we’re committed to walking 3.2 miles to show our support of such a worthy cause,” said Angel Fielder, assistant director of admissions at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, and the team leader.

“The thing I love about The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur is that when we set our minds on something, we never give up. Regardless of reaching the goal or not, we pull together in positivity and hopefulness pushing through with the resources we have to try to make it happen (whatever IT may be),” said Fielder.

The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur team joined 10,000 participants on race day and helped contribute to the $1.4 million raised.  The funds help enable thousands of Atlanta women detect and survive breast cancer and support research to cure breast cancer.

The Art Institute of Atlanta—Decatur is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Atlanta—Decatur, One West Court Square, Suite 110, Decatur, GA 30030 ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Faculty Participates in Art Gone Wild The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Faculty Participates in Art Gone Wild

Chouaieb Saidi, faculty member at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is one of 37 artists participating in Art Gone Wild at the Atlanta Zoo.  A featured event of Art Gone Wild was the first-annual Paint-out Week where Art Gone Wild artists transform blank canvases into zoo-inspired master pieces en plein air or “in the open air.”  Zoo Atlanta guests have the opportunity to watch the artists bring exotic animals, botanicals and scenery to life through various mediums including water color, oils paint, chalk and many more.  The art is then auctioned off in which 50% of the proceeds benefit Zoo Atlanta which makes this a rare and exciting opportunity to benefit the art and animal worlds simultaneously.

The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, 1 W Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030, (404) 942-1800.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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