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As the Economy Awakens, Thoughts Turn to Dream Houses
The New York Times
After faltering slightly, luxury building is again booming in the traditionally high-end parts of the country, like South Florida and the Hamptons, as the economy continues to show healthy signs, architects and designers say. But even people with more modest homes in mind are turning their desires into reality. A study to be released this week from Liberty Mutual says that 44 percent of Americans were planning to move or renovate their homes this year.

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Come to D.C. for Two Great Events in April
ASID
Join ASID for two important events in April: the 2015 Design to Lead Summit and the ASID Legislative Symposium. Attend one or both events, April 13–15. A combo ticket to attend both events is available for $375 (ASID members) and $525 (non-members). Register today.

The 2015 Design to Lead Summit will take place on Monday, April 13, and will provide the next generation of design leaders with the education and skills needed to succeed as they take on next step management roles. Don't miss your opportunity to engage and learn from some of the design industry's most prolific thought leaders at the 2015 Design to Lead Summit. Two panel discussions — one in the morning, and one in the afternoon — will provide attendees with new leadership perspectives and a road map to success. The morning panel will address the importance of cultivating a culture of excellence within an organization, while the afternoon panel will focus on strategic vision.
Learn more and register today.

The 2015 ASID Legislative Symposium will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14-15, and will provide the training and knowledge needed to preserve practice rights at both the state and federal legislative level. Attendees will earn up to .4 CEUs in breakout sessions focused on building codes and standards, lighting design, the evolution of interior design in the building industry, and national updates on interior design-related legislative activity. They will also learn to engage in the legislative process and receive unique advocacy training led by Soapbox CEO Christopher Kush, and will engage with legislators on the technical and scientific aspects of the interior design profession and how it contributes to each state's economy during ASID Hill Day. Students who attend the ASID Legislative Symposium will receive an additional discount — $170 (ASID member price), or $220 (non-member price, which includes a complimentary student membership).
Learn more and register today.


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"Clean Design" Book Tour Gets Rolling in NYC
ASID
ASID COO Chris Tucker attended the book launch of interior designer Robin Wilson's Clean Design: Wellness for your Lifestyle at the Manhattan store of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on March 27. ASID is a partner of the Clean Design national book tour, which will follow Robin Wilson's personal appearances at FLOR locations across the country to personally connect with fans, sign books, and share her vision of stylish wellness design. To learn more about the book tour locations and dates, please visit www.cleandesignbook.com.

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Head to Charlotte for ASID Accelerate Studio – April 30
ASID
Join ASID and Steve Nobel of NOBELINKS for an exclusive ASID Accelerate Studio event on April 30 in Charlotte.
     When:     Thursday, April 30
                     9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

     Where:    The Westin Charlotte
                     601 South College Street
                     Charlotte, NC 28202

     Pricing:   Full Day (0.6 CEU) = $390 ($330 ASID member price)
                     Single Session (0.1 CEU) = $80 ($70 ASID member price)

Developed with small business owners in mind, the workshop series is an investment in your business and provides proven tools and techniques for designers new to the profession and for those who are prepared to take their design businesses to the next level of professionalism and profit.

The workshop series features six Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC)–approved sessions that focus on topics to help interior designers build successful, sustainable businesses. Attendees can participate in the full-day program or choose sessions a la carte. Learn more and register today.


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Join ASID for the Design Viewpoints Series at High Point Market, April 17 – 21
ASID
The High Point Market Authority (HPMA), in association with ASID and sponsored by Horchow, will present the popular Design Viewpoints Series April 18-21 at the High Point Theatre. The series offers up to .4 continuing education units (CEUs) to those who attend. All Sessions are IDCEC-approved. Learn more.

HPMA, in association with ASID, will offer two bonus seminars that are IDCEC-approved.
FLOURISH Summit: Friday, April 17
Reigniting the Fire Within You: Purpose and Passion in Design: Sunday, April 19


The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point, N.C., every six months. With over 11.5 million square feet of show space featuring more than 2,000 exhibitors, High Point Market introduces tens of thousands of new products during its bi-annual shows. Register for the High Point Market.


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Advance Your Success: Business Strategy Solutions Now Online and On Demand
ASID
Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or in the early stages of your career, business savvy is essential to success. And there's no easier way to get it than through a special series of training courses now offered by ASID.

Business Strategy Solutions was developed by business professional, author, and educator Steve Nobel of NOBELINKS. Four CEU-accredited courses, totaling .7 IDCEC CEUs, will guide you through the vital steps to building a successful business: setting your intentions, attracting clients, managing projects, and sustaining your practice. These online interactive courses provide the flexibility you need to work at your own pace, on your own time. And most importantly, you'll gain practical advice to implement immediately.
Learn more and register for Business Strategy Solutions.


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Earn Your CEUs: Join ASID at ICFF, May 16 - 19
ASID
ASID returns to ICFF with an expanded educational program for industry professionals and a new Student Day program.

Positioned on the show floor, the ASID Educational Series will bring together thought leaders and industry experts to present provocative content throughout ICFF. Sessions will appeal to a cross-section of design markets and will include topics on business practices, the impact of design on human health and wellness, housing trends, and materials. Registered session attendees will earn 0.1 IDCEC-approved continuing education units (CEUs) per session. Register for the ASID Educational Series today. Attendees must register for ICFF separately.

ASID will host its popular ASID Career Exchange at ICFF on May 19. Students and recent graduates have the opportunity to network with leading architecture and design firms, manufacturers, and established designers at this event. ASID will also provide a guided show floor experience for students, led by established designers, allowing those new to the profession the opportunity to learn best practices on navigating trade shows and working with manufacturers.


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Apply for an ASID Foundation Scholarship by April 30
ASID Foundation
The ASID Foundation provides scholarships and awards for individuals like you who are dedicated to advancing the profession of design. Applicants are awarded financial assistance for their outstanding work in interior design research, behavioral science, business practice, design process, theory, and more.

Awards of up to $5,000 are available for undergraduate students, graduate students, and educators. Both ASID members and non-members are eligible and can apply at no cost. Applications will be accepted from March 1 – April 30. Learn more and apply today.


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Earn CEUs and Learn to Think Green
ASID
Register for an ASID REGREEN Workshop near you this spring to learn how to provide environmentally-respectful interiors through design. The REGREEN Implementation Workshop is the nation's first and most comprehensive green residential remodeling program. Gain key information for both residential renovations and small commercial projects. Part of the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program, the workshop offers 0.8 HSW CEU (IDCEC), which can also be used for LEED CMP. Learn more and register.
     Where: Workshops are available in San Jose, Calif.; Kohler, Wis.; and New York City, with
     more cities coming soon.


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Make Your Mark on the ASID 2015 Chapter Challenge?
ASID Foundation
The ASID Foundation's Chapter Challenge is an annual fundraising program that supports the important work of the Foundation. Each year, the Society's 48 chapters are challenged to meet an assigned fundraising goal, with the aim of raising $100,000 to support the programs and projects the Foundation sponsors annually. Among these endeavors are The 1% program, the Transform Grant, the Foundation Scholarship and Awards Program, and the Leadership Academy. Each chapter can make a significant contribution to reaching this landmark goal. There are many ways for chapters and members to participate, from organizing a chapter fundraising event, to encouraging others to make a contribution. Learn more.

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Design Success University Survey
ASID
Complete Design Success University's 6th Annual Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey by April 24 and founders Gail Doby and Erin Weir will give you 50 percent off their brand-new Business Assessment, a publication that identifies the seven most common business-related problems you're facing and generates a customized report detailing how to fix those problems. You will also receive free access to the Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Perks Program, which gives you great deals on everything from travel, auto purchases, clothing and gifts. Begin here.

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Business Conditions at U.S. Architecture Firms Improved Modestly in February
American Institute of Architects
Severe weather continued to depress design revenue at architecture firms in February, with growth rates remaining well below typical 2014 levels, reports the American Institute of Architects. With a national Architectural Billings Index score of 50.4 for February, billings increased somewhat from the 49.9 reading in January. New design contracts were also weak in February, posting a 50.0 score, which signifies no improvement over January levels. Even new project inquiries, though indicating growth, were at their slowest pace of increase in two and one-half years.

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Young Designers Expressing Their Styles in Subtle Ways
Vogue
In the past, the names of famous designers often were synonymous with a particular style or trend in design. Their calling cards became a signature fabric or wallpaper; their work projected a lifestyle that was inseparable from their identity. Nowadays, interior designers — and the clients who seek them out — are taking a more malleable approach to decorating, adapting personal instincts to each individual project.

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Pretty Brilliant: Six Materials Look Good While Working Wonders
Interior Design
High-tech and high design come together in innovative products that perform and are sustainable, too.

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Digital Windows Could Improve Health
Sourceable
With the rise of the micro-apartment, windows and natural light are set to become rarer. While people can place potted plants inside apartments for a touch of nature and to help with air quality, windowless dwellings still will lack natural light. However, there will be options for digitally mimicking the light that would normally come in through windows.

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Clarity Is the Key
Design Success University
In thinking about the importance of having an effective contract, these words come to mind: "I prefer clarity over agreement." As designers we should definitely be working with a contract, but if the contract is not clearly written with all the necessary components, it can lead to great frustration and disagreement during the project and/or after the project is completed. The expectations need to be clear for both parties before they agree and sign the contract.

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Utilizing Deadlines Skillfully
Custom Home
The deadline is a critical tool, used by the most successful people in the world to make things happen. Completing projects in a timely manner and beating the inevitable priority shift is the result of setting proper deadlines and working to achieve these goals. Setting deadlines not only helps your team complete their work on time, but it also sets proper expectations with your clients.

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How to Balance Client Work with Passion Projects
Fast Company
Many creative professionals, whether they're designers, architects, or writers, prioritize client work over personal projects. It can be hard to take something you dreamed up in the shower as seriously as a project that a client commissioned and offered to pay you for completing. The way to do self-initiated projects is to treat them like client projects. You can't treat them differently, or they become secondary or fall through the cracks.

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Interior Designers Should Hunt Eagles, Not Turkeys
Fred Berns
Looking to take your design business to the next level? Reach that goal by remembering this: Work with good clients. Don't work with bad ones.

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Universal Design, Usability Gain Importance for Bathroom Remodels in 2015, Houzz Survey Finds
Remodeling
While bathrooms are most likely to remain the same size, certain changes will be more popular than others. Remodeling trends for 2015 include larger showers, more accessibility features, and double sinks, according to a newly released Houzz survey.

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Top Spots for Luxury Getaway Homes
The Wall Street Journal
Overall, demand for second homes is surging, especially among luxury buyers, according to data from Realtor.com. An analysis of some of the top resort areas in the U.S. shows that prices are rising in many places, partly driven by lower inventory. Here is a market snapshot of five popular second-home destinations.

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Universal Seating Options in the Home
K+BB Collective
When planning your next home design or remodel project, remember to incorporate seating opportunities throughout the home. A bench at the back and/or front door for removing shoes, a seat in the shower, a chair or storage bench in a walk-in closet, a chair or storage bench in a bathroom, a window seat at the landing of a set of stairs, a banquette or eating bar in the kitchen — these are just a few ideas to consider.

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Concrete Gains Ground as Decor Material
The Associated Press via Casa Grande Dispatch
The Pantheon. The Panama Canal. The Hoover Dam. When you think of concrete, you might imagine great feats of engineering, or at least highway overpasses and other sturdy, stolid structures. But concrete has become a stylish medium in the home, thanks to interior designers and artisans.

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Plants on the Inside: Here's the Data to Support Your Suspicions
Building Design + Construction
A recent report from the Universities of Cardiff, Exeter, Queensland, and Groningen suggests plants in offices increase productivity by 15 percent and workplace satisfaction by up to 40 percent, according to Ambius. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, states that employees in green environments also report higher concentration levels.

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Occupant Satisfaction Linked to Green Certification
Buildings
While most of the focus on green certifications such as LEED and ENERGY STAR is on the cost savings associated with sustainable practices, a new study from DTZ shows that occupants in green certified buildings tend to be more satisfied than those in conventional buildings. The researchers found that buildings with at least one certification averaged a satisfaction score at least seven points higher than uncertified facilities.

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Want Color or Life Inspiration? Take a Walk
Home Workshop
Think that's a daring color combo in the fabric you just found? Go outside — it's highly likely you'll see something even more fearless. The color palettes you'll find in nature are mind-blowing, so when you need inspiration, take a hike.

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Five Trends Shaping Today's Hospitality Industry
Building Design + Construction
Peer-to-peer rental platforms, recent demographic shifts, and customer review forums have changed the hospitality industry and will continue to do so. Accordingly, hospitality brands are placing new emphasis on the guest experience by maximizing convenience through digital technologies, and facilitating location-specific, individualized travel. Here's a look at the emergent trends that will continue to drive the effort among hospitality brands to build a positive reputation and earn customer loyalty.

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Design and Communication in the Workplace
Research Design Connections
A study published in the latest issue of American Behavioral Scientist indicates that "workers who were encouraged to utilize flexible seating arrangements in a remodeled space had a higher proportion of face-to-face [and IM] interactions with colleagues outside of their team." The researchers also observed that "the likelihood of communication between employees was inversely related to the distance between their seating locations [i.e., more distance, less communication]."

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Experiential Design Gone Wrong
VMSD
As the material, spatial, and technological options available to store designers expand ad infinitum, let's not forget the service-driven design fundamentals. Think like the customer. Be the customer. It's not complicated, but it is critical.

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Report Examines the Need for Design Researchers to Prioritize Behavioral Health
The Center for Health Design
A new report from the Center for Health Design shows that while there will be significant expansion in mental health services for 62 million Americans as a result of provisions in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, little attention has been given to the role of the physical environment in behavioral health settings in the past 40 years. Fueled by the trend toward evidence-based design, research on healthcare facilities has increased during the past 20 years; however, studies addressing the design of behavioral health environments are few.

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