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Lynn Pickard

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Church Design | interior design | Design Week | special needs ministry

How to Design Your Space to Support Those with Special Needs

By: Lynn Pickard
September 10, 2021

Intentionally building a program for individuals with special needs provides your church an opportunity to share the Gospel with individuals of varying abilities and allows them to fully grow in their faith. It also lets the families of those with special needs feel supported, knowing their loved ones feel comfortable and confident in their environment, and are valued members of the church family. The following projects we worked on for Chapelstreet Church's Masterpiece Ministry and Parkview Community Church show how design can help support a special needs ministry:

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children's ministry space | interior design | Design Week | kidmin

3 Shifts in Kid’s Ministry Design

By: Lynn Pickard
August 17, 2021

When it comes to children’s ministry, Orange is known for its curriculum that emphasizes the importance of combining the influence of both home and church to teach children the Gospel. Orange also thinks broadly about how children and families experience church as a whole. As a Design-Build-Furnish firm, we value collaboration and learning, so recently I attended the local Orange Tour stop with fellow Aspen interior designer, Kristen Freeman, where we learned more about how design can help support children’s ministry.

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Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.

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Church Design | interior design | Design Week

Biophilic Design: 7 Ways to Bring the Outdoors into Your Church

By: Lynn Pickard
December 03, 2020

Don't do it yet. But after reading this first paragraph, close your eyes for a moment. Imagine a stressful time in your recent past. If you could escape anywhere in the world to help reduce your anxiety, where would you go?

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Church Design | interior design | Relaunch Church | Rapid Relaunch | Design Week

5 Interior Design Trends to Integrate into Your Church Now

By: Lynn Pickard
November 30, 2020

Just like your home decor gives people clues about who you are—your style and taste—so do church interiors. People can quickly identify who you are as a church, what you value, and who you're trying to reach based on the furnishings, finishes, and equipment you have throughout your building. While it's not practical to stay on-trend with every interior design fad, incorporating some current design details will help keep your building fresh and relevant. Here's a quick snapshot of five interior design trends we've been integrating into churches, which will stay fresh for some time to come:

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Church Design | children's ministry space

4 Tips for Designing Children's Ministry Space

By: Lynn Pickard
January 07, 2020

Creating a vibrant and functional children’s ministry space, while communicating your church’s vision and DNA through it, is no small task. Use these four tips to help you as you start to envision your new design.

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Church Design | Project Profiles | church facilities | interior design

The One Space Churches Won’t Invest in That Could Reap Big Rewards

By: Lynn Pickard
August 17, 2016

It’s one of the least thought about spaces in the church. No one wants to spend money to update it. As a matter of fact, no one even really wants to talk about it. Know what it is? It’s not the storage closet or the coat rack. It’s the church office!

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Church Design

Creating Quiet Spaces for Introverts in Church

By: Lynn Pickard
June 23, 2015

A few years back, I was at a trade show exploring the latest contract furniture designs. I stepped into the Steelcase showroom toward the end of the day and was immediately drawn to their new workspaces.

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Church Design | children's ministry space

Children's Ministry Space: 4 Ways to Create More than a Flashy Theme

By: Lynn Pickard
June 09, 2015

For many churches, attracting and retaining families is a high priority. One way to do this is by creating a dynamic, stimulating environment for kids—one where kids are captivated by the features of the room and where parents feel confident their children will be safe and have fun while they worship in an age-appropriate space.

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Church Design | Culture | Millennials

Five Steps to Color Your Space for Rest

By: Lynn Pickard
March 19, 2015

In the landmark Barna/CKN study, Making Space for Millennials there are some strong, big-picture ideas for making your physical space more Millennial-friendly. But when it’s time to make those ideas a practical reality, are you equipped to make the design choices that will bring your principles to life?

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Church Design | Project Profiles

From Outdated to Updated: A Tale of Two Churches

By: Lynn Pickard
December 16, 2014

Last week in this space, we outlined how you and your team can take your church from outdated to updated in three easy steps. This week, we’ll cover how we followed those same tips in working with two churches on their renovations.

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