IDRA Featured Software: Mark on Call™

Interior Design Software BY Interior Designers FOR Interior Designers

Mark on Call™  is a time-saving design and space planning for the Apple® iPhone and iPod Touch created by interior designer and author Mark Lewison. The manufacturer touts that this app lets interior design professionals plan, preview and carry out their design visions while staying organized and within budget. We at IDRA think this could be a great tool for you and your interior design team.

With the Mark On Call™ app you can:

● Become a self-confident designer by creating and implementing detailed visual plans that work.

● Design for how you live by using the space programming checklist.

● Custom size, place, and lock multiple architectural, living, dining, bed, bath, kitchen, and generic room elements for intricate virtual planning.

● Save customized room items for use in all your floor plans.

● Take pictures of actual finishes, fabrics, rugs, and flooring from your favorite manufacturers and “skin” them onto ANY item or surface in your room using your iPhone camera or images from your photo library and publish and share them with other users.

● Access the Mark On Call™ Presets Palette offering pre-loaded color, pattern, wood, and stone options; apply our user-friendly color wheel; easily add your own; or import custom colors and patterns other MOC users share in the new Rooms Gallery.

● Mix and match furnishings, colors, fabrics, patterns, accessories, finishes and flooring materials before purchasing.

● Instantly measure any two points in your room with our new precision touch crosshairs measure tool.

● Make and share detailed shopping lists in your local currency to help with buying decisions.

● Add “eyeliner” to your room for eye-catching flair that will make your design pop in real life.

● Apply Mark’s ten commandments of interior design to your living space with the room checkout feature



● Utilize new Rooms Gallery to backup & publish your room designs, move rooms to another floor plan, create room templates, & collaborate with other designers, clients, friends, family, or other app users.

● In app “import” feature lets you download published room designs & custom color presets created by other Mark On Call™ users.

● New angled & multi-dimensional wall design feature to create infinite angles, recesses, & irregular floorplan features.

● Room background color option to represent wall paint or wallpaper.


As a proud Mark On Call™ owner, you are entitled to FREE updates every time we add new features.

Interior Design Social Diary: Apt Therapy, Sukio & Sorensen

One of the comfiest pre-summer nights in D.C. was made cooler still when interior designer Jill Sorensen, founder of Marmalade Interiors, stopped by to chat about style and décor at the Sukio studio. Sporting a tangerine-colored top and denim jeans, Ms. Sorensen lounged for two hours among several dozen guests with Sukio’s owner, Ms. Desiré Greene, discussing the world of design and giving glimpses into how an export from Sweden has become a model of American success. 

Apartment Therapy Design Evening
June 15th, 7-9pm
Sukio Design Co.
Washington, D.C.

Jill Sorensen
Marmalade Interiors
1350 Beverly Road

Suite 115, 174
Mc Lean, VA 22101
(800) 861-3550

Photography Courtesy of Heather Soskin & Eleven O Eight Photography
Please contact Heather Soskin for licenses and use.

Special thanks to our friends at Sukio Design Co & Heather Soskin of Eleven O' Eight Photography.


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Interior Design Social Diary: Sukio Hosts Jill Sorenson

Join Sukio Design Company's Desiré Greene
Sukio Hosts Jill Sorensen

Image credit: Live Like You

DC’s Apartment Therapy Meetup hosts An Evening with Jill Sorensen of Marmalade Interiors! Known for her playful use.... more 



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Interior Design Social Diary: Brian T. O'Rourke's Pop-Up Gallery Expo

Chicago Artist Brian T. O'Rourke Showcases His Talent and Skill
With Live Painting and Exhibit at Chic Suburban Chicago Pop-up Gallery

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IDRA Software Feature: Design Manager

Design Manager Pro 7 is the right solution for you if your company has...

• A fiscal year end other than December 31st
• Stock Inventory
• A need for up to 64 users
• Free Trial now
• Pro 7.0 Tutorial to see the software in action
• Online version
• Training
• Live Backup Service
• Credit card processing

•Automatic Color-Coded Status lets you know the status of each Item with just a quick glance.

•Place a Task or Reminder on an individual Item now and synchronize this with your Microsoft Outlook Tasks so you remain organized wherever you go.

•Easily add pictures to your Items to print out on Proposals.

•Break an Item down into Components with prices, markups or discounts.

•Always know the status of an Item with the Color-Coded Status tab that appears on your Specifications Window but also on your Item Window and all appropriate reports.

•Scheduling of the design team's activities and the work that needs to be completed on the project is a crucial element of Project Management. Lucky for you, Design Manager has made this simple by allowing you to create your Project Schedules in minutes.

•Professional, Color-Coded Timelines with a few clicks.

•Create professional Proposals to wow your clients simply by checking off which Items you would like to appear on the Proposal.

•You can print-to-screen to look at the Proposal before you Accept or Reject it.

• Purchase Orders can be created and then batch emailed or faxed at the end of the day, so large firms can work efficiently and save hours of time.

•Rolodex® and Microsoft Word™Templates

•Keep track of all Vendors, Clients and Miscellaneous Contacts with our Rolodex® that can be sychronized with your Microsoft Outlook™ Contacts.

•With the push of a button create Microsoft Word™ Templates, such as Professional Letters and Fax Cover Sheets, that automatically fill in the contact's information.

•Pull up the correct Project and check off the Items that have the Color-Coded status of: Needs to be Invoiced.

•Cash Receipts

•Once the client sends in payment for the invoice, recording the payment is easy with the Cash Receipts Window.

•This window is the same window to record Deposits or Retainers on a Project, so you will already know where to go!

•Pay Vendor Deposits, Invoices, and Operating Expenses.

•Print Company Checks.

•Reconcile Checkbook and Credit Cards.

•Keep track of an unlimited amount of Items with pictures.

•Transfer Items from Inventory to an individual Project or sell them right away from the Point of Sale screen.

•Run a complete store front operation with our step-by-step Point of Sale system.

•Contact us for appropriate hardware to accompany your Point of Sale system such as a Scanner, Bar Code and Receipt Printer, a Cash Drawer, and more.

•Always know the bottom line by printing out your Financial Statements with just a few clicks of the mouse.

•Report Categories include: Project Management, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, General Ledger, Inventory, Time Billing, Glossary Listings and Mailing Labels and Envelopes.

•Report Favorites folder for frequently used reports
•Enter many common types of returns, refunds and credits to clients or from vendors all from one easy-to-use screen.
•User Names and Passwords can be added so multiple people have access to the software simultaneously.

•Design Manager Pro 7 can have up to 64 users.

•The Administrator has Security settings that can be set for each user; such as, allowing or blocking access to different parts of the software.

HGTV Searches for Designers for New Show

HGTV is  Looking for Professional Interior Designers to Appear on a New Hit Show!

HGTV’s newest hit show, Showhouse Showdown is seeking talented professional interior designers across the United States!

Based on the Irish format by the same name, Showhouse Showdown is a competition between two professional interior designers who take over two newly-built and identical homes or townhomes with identical budgets to create a winning interior design. At the end of each episode one designer is voted the winner by members of the public who represent the developer’s target market.

Currently casting designers in the following areas:
  • Wilmington, Del.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Washington, DC area
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Pittsburgh
  • Los Angeles (including Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa areas)
  • Oklahoma City
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Austin, Texas

Check back often for additions of other cities! HGTV is looking for professional designers with tons of personality and a unique design perspective.

Submit the following to

  • Two recent photos: a professional one is fine along with a casual full body shot
  • A short paragraph describing your design aesthetic and what makes you unique as a designer
  • At least 4 photographs from your portfolio showcasing your work
  • A couple of words to describe your personality
  • Link to your website and any video that exists
  • Resume and contact information
Be sure to follow IDRA on Twitter for updates!

IDRA Featured Designer: Tynesia Hand-Smith

Design 36ixty

How did you enter the field of design?

How did I enter the design field? Well, I think I was born in. I studied both Architecture and Interior Design and it was natural; an extension of me. Funny story, but true-I was in my 3rd year at the school of Architecture when a fellow classmate took a look at my finished model and said that I should be an interior designer. I was kind of offended. I thought he was being sexist, but it was because I had incorporated interior design elements that were not asked as part of the project. I had introduced color, light fixtures, flooring, artwork... and I had the best time constructing it. Dare I say it? He was right! This is what I was meant to do.

When did you first discover you had a natural talent for becoming an interior designer?

I don't think it was ever my discovery because I really thought that everyone had the same ability that I had. I wasn't inventing anything. It was just an idea, right? A concept? Well, I think I was home visiting and my Dad said to me (in response to some idea or design solution that I had suggested) “Wow! You’re so creative. How do you just come up with this stuff?” And I said, “It’s nothing special really, you would have thought of it right? “ And he said, “No! I would have never thought of it. You've been creative since you were a kid “. How funny is that!? So, I think it was my Dad that really turned the switch on.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I think generally speaking, my design aesthetic is the combination platter but I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a clean line. I love the artistry in mixing textures and patterns, old with new and almost always a little black and a little sparkle!

Where do you find design inspiration?

I find INSPIRATION EVERYWHERE!!! It’s so true. It’s in the places you would least expect. It’s like having these design nerve endings that are constantly processing the world around me. I love it!


What do you enjoy most about your role as a designer?

I love the happiness it brings my clients! It’s great to be creative and expressive but it feels absolutely amazing to bring others a certain joy that comes from having a space that they love so much that it makes them smile both inside and out!

What challenges have you faced in business?

I think the business of design is by biggest challenge. It’s tough switching gears from creative spirit to QuickBooks guru (which I am not).

Ty's accolades, awards and accomplishments:

Guest Designer on TLC’s “10 Ways To Improve The Value Of Your Home “

Won several HBA awards with Metro Design Interiors for model home interiors:

  • Best Interior Merchandising

  • Best Kid's Room

  • Best Master Bathroom

  • Best Sales Center

In a more recent project, Smith Commons in Washington, DC,  received the “I wanted to move in “ from The Washington Post's Tom Sietsema. On any day, that's good!

Tynesia Hand-Smith
Principal Designer
Design 36ixty
2015 1st St NW, Suite B
Washington, DC 20001

Photography by Dakota Fine