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The Rise of the Small House
Freshome
For decades, new home sizes have been trending upward. But a changing economic climate and increasing concern for the environment have launched a new trend: the small house movement. Here, infographics illustrate the data behind the trend.
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Upcoming Materials Research Collaborative Webinar Series
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In 2011, the ASID Foundation awarded a grant to the Materials Research Collaborative, a two-year project of the sustainability powerhouses Healthy Building Network and BuildingGreen. On May 22, we will launch the first webinar of the series: "Introduction to Sustainable Design Resources." Approved for 0.1 HSW CEU, the webinar is $39.99 for members ($64.99 non-members). Register now!
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Register Now for GO PRO/LA at Dwell on Design, June 21 – 23
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As part of Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, GO PRO/LA will provide emerging professionals with a track of custom programs incorporating some of the most exciting design projects in the L.A. area, unlimited access to the DOD show floor and unparalleled networking opportunities with ASID leaders. GO PRO/LA is limited to 100 attendees, so don't delay — register now!
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IDCEC Numbers Now Available on My ASID and the IDCEC Websites
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ASID members requiring CEUs may now find their IDCEC number on My ASID and on the IDCEC website. This number is required to sign into IDCEC and access transcripts, retrieve certificates of completion, warehouse CEUs, register CEUs and more. Your IDCEC number is also required when attending CEU eligible events. And don't forget, 2013 is a CEU deadline year — ASID members requiring CEUs must have 0.6 CEUs by Dec. 31, 2013.
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Interior Design Billings Stalled in February
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The ASID Interior Design Billings Index remained in positive territory for the month of February but showed no improvement over the previous month. Billings for February posted at 55.1, just slightly below the January index of 55.3. (Any number over 50 is considered positive.) Inquiries also were down, dropping nearly a point to 63.3, compared to 64.2 in January.
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Lessons in How to Play With Fire
The New York Times
Lessons that Jack Sanders learned from a century-old sandlot baseball club in Alabama — play loose, improvise and have some fun — are part of the engine behind his design practice in Austin, Texas. They also drove Sanders' Heavy Metal design-build camp a few weeks ago.
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New High-End Shelter Magazine Launched
MediaBistro's Unbeige
Magazines gutsy enough to enlist chairs as cover models are far too rare these days, and so it is with pleasure that MediaBistro welcomes a brand-new shelter magazine: Departures Home & Design.
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Study: Most Affluent Will Maintain Spending
ForResidentialPros.com
Most affluent consumers will maintain spending despite expecting lower income because of higher taxes, according to the Spring 2013 Affluent Market Tracking Study of the wealthiest 10 percent of U.S. households, which account for almost half of all consumer spending.
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AIA: Renovation Projects Outpace New Construction
Realty Today
A new quarterly survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects found that the number of renovation projects is outpacing new construction projects, especially bathroom and kitchen remodeling ones.
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Pantone Offers Color Service Subscription to Designers
The Editor at Large
If there's one thing that's always on the mind of the design industry, it's color. Pantone's answer to designers' persistent fascination with color is a new service that offers color insight and analysis from experts in the field.
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Overcome the Complexity Within You
Harvard Business Review
Although it doesn't show up explicitly in any personality test, some people seem to be more prone to creating complexity than others. Instead of narrowing down projects, they allow the scope to keep expanding, and instead of making decisions, they defer until there is more data and better analysis. If this kind of pattern seems all too familiar, here are four questions that can help simplify things.
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Interior Design Blogging Tips
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Anne Sage offers tips about how to create a successful blog — and then keep it going without getting bored or discouraged.
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Don't be Boring on Your Company "About Us" Page
Inc.
Most of us have websites for our business, but it's interesting to notice how often the all-important "About Us" page is overlooked and seems to be more of an afterthought than the attention-getting, customer-seeking powerhouse it should be.
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Business Problem? A Product is Only Part of the Solution
Professional Remodeler
Thousands of new products, tools and software programs tout how they can improve your business and improve your client experience. The challenge is making sure you are not trying to fix a problem with a product and missing a key element, such as a process.
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Getting a Grip on Your Social Media
MultiBriefs
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Blogger — is your head spinning yet? With so many social media options it can be hard to pick and choose which options to use. While rattling off a 140-character post or uploading a photo seems easy enough, when you are on six different social media outlets, it can be pretty time-consuming. Understanding how your customers use social media will help you rein in the time you spend online.
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Renovation Style Guide
Elle Décor
Whether you are starting over or refining an existing design, these inspiring ideas and terrific products will improve any room in the house.
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Anatomy of an Accessible, Universal Design Master Bathroom
News from the Block
Whoever said accessible bath design cannot look cool and relaxing has never visited the home of Rosemarie Rossetti and Mark Leder. This Columbus, Ohio, home is a living example of how inspired design can also be a safe and functional space for people of all abilities, sizes or ages.
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Peek Inside Eight of the World's Greenest Homes
Fast Company's Co.Design
A new book, The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design, surveys gorgeous "passive" houses that adhere to an emerging standard of sustainability, which has gained traction in Europe but remains largely unpracticed in the United States.
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Wallcovering Tips and Techniques
MultiBriefs
With wallpaper and wallcoverings making a comeback, it helps to be informed about some of the different types and how they are installed. While everyone is well acquainted with standard wallpaper, not everyone is equally familiar with the different types of wallcoverings and how to properly install them.
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Infographic: The Rise of the Small House
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How to Use Instagram to Promote Your Business
WSI Designer Marketplace
The world's most popular photo social network holds lots of opportunities for designers. Here's how to make it work.

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Inside the Big Business of Kitchens and Baths
Interior Design
Kitchen and bath projects are a million-dollar revenue driver for most firms, according to Interior Design's recent survey.

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A Blueprint for Green Living: Three Families Brave LEED Certification
The Washington Post
Homeowners who enter the world of environmentally sensitive building and remodeling quickly learn there are many shades of green.
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Passive vs. LEED vs. Net-Zero Energy
Earth Techling
What is the difference between these three sustainability- and efficiency-minded approaches to design? Daniel Mathews explains.
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How to Live, Work and Play More Sustainably
The Wall Street Journal
Want to learn how to live a more sustainable lifestyle? Listen to insight from actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., Margaret Walls of Resources for the Future and Kateri Callahan of the Alliance to Save Energy as they discuss living green in a video chat.
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Surprising Ways to Create an Inspiring Workplace
Entrepreneur
Like fashion or music, office design is influenced by trends. As smart companies think more about how employees work and what they need to be effective, important trends are emerging, says Leigh Stringer, director of innovation and research at New York City-based architecture and design firm HOK.
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Suite Dreams
Interiors & Sources
For hospitality designers who have struggled to adapt facilities to LEED standards, the coming release of LEED for Hospitality is sweet news, indeed, says Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED Fellow.
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Shedding Light on Retrofits
Interiors & Sources
A lighting retrofit can reduce energy consumption, improve working conditions and make businesses more attractive to consumers. Here are some tips to help make your next retrofit more successful.
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