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Study: America's 10 Most Interior-Design Savvy Cities
PRWeb via Long Island Newsday
Elite Fixtures, an online retailer of indoor and outdoor lighting products, has released its list of the 10 Most Interior-Design Savvy Cities in America. To find design-conscious locales, the New Jersey-based company researched regions nationwide looking for a variety of factors that included proximity to art schools and how much residents spent on home improvement projects such as remodeling and décor.
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Register Now for GO PRO/NYC, Oct. 4 – 5
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Experience the pulse of Manhattan with rising designers and attend inspiring events at this fall's GO PRO/NYC, featuring sessions on 3D printing, client engagement and environmental psychology. Only 100 spots are available for this exclusive event, so register now and take advantage of the discounted early bird rate of $125 for ASID members ($150 nonmembers). For more information, visit www.asid.org/gopro.
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Spend Time in Seattle This Month with REGREEN
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Plan a trip (or extend your existing itinerary) to the Seattle area this month to include the REGREEN Implementation Workshop on Aug. 21. Designed for professionals who want to create sustainable, healthy interiors, REGREEN fills an important niche in the marketplace and you won't want to miss it. For program information and to register, click here.
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From Airbnb To Warby Parker: Seven Tips From Leading Design Entrepreneurs
Fast Company's Co.Design
For the modern-era business to succeed, design has to be built in from the ground up. It's a tall order for designers, who now more than ever need to nourish their inner CEO. Graphic designers Jessica Karle Heltzel and Tim Hoover set out to anthologize exactly how today's designers can navigate startup and business culture.
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Summer Lovin'
Metropolis
It's time to explore the great outdoors — and designers have some innovative options to turn to this summer. Bold and colorful outdoor products are ready for their moment in the sun.
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AIA Consensus Construction Forecast: Slowdown in 2013
Dexigner
With slower than expected activity in the nonresidential construction sector in the first half of this year, the projections for growth in spending have been scaled back, according to the American Institute of Architects' semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast.
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IKEA's Augmented Reality Magically Furnishes Your Room
Technology Digital
IKEA's 2014 catalog is making a splash with a new augmented reality feature. Available Aug. 25, the catalog uses an augmented reality technology that lets users see what the furniture would look like in their own spaces.
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Brand You: Communicating the Value of Your Personal Brand
ICON Online
The one thing that's standard among interior design professionals is that pricing their services isn't. Whether you charge hourly, by the square foot, as a percentage of the overall budget, with markup or without, every job is unique. But there is a solution to having your worth and your client's estimation of your worth be a match — and that lies in communicating the value of your brand.
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If You Want to Raise Prices, Tell a Better Story
Harvard Business Review
In a world of abundance, what your product or service does for your customers is important, but not nearly as important as what your product means to them. It's the second part — the story — that yields the greatest pricing power of all.
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Tobi Fairley: How to Use Olioboard for Your Business
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Tobi Fairley, ASID, one of Traditional Home magazine's Top 20 Young Designers in America, understands why many interior designers use PowerPoint, AutoCAD and old-fashioned hand-rendered images to present ideas to clients. "These are tools we still use," Fairley says, "but Olioboard presents us with another great tool that is perfect in certain situations."
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Seven Easy Ways to Increase Your Income With Past Clients
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Studies consistently show that clients who have purchased from you once are likely to do so again if they are given the opportunity to do so. In fact, Inc. magazine says acquiring new customers is "expensive (five to 10 times the cost of retaining an existing one), and the average spend of a repeat customer is a whopping 67 percent more than a new one."
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The Reply to Email Overload? Prioritize — Or Turn It Off
NPR
In a high-profile Wall Street lawsuit, attorneys offered up a defense fit for the digital age: They claim the defendant didn't see a key, incriminating email because he gets too many messages — an estimated 1,000 a day — and opens only 11 percent of them. This raises the unrelenting issue of email overload and how people today are managing the onslaught.
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This Clever Stool Charges Gadgets, Cuts Clutter
Wired
Smartphones, flat screens and game consoles have transformed our rooms into spaces worthy of the Starship Enterprise, but furniture stopped evolving with the buggy whip. Joe Levy, a 20-year-old design student from New Zealand, is trying to cut through this Gordian knot of charger cords and HDMI cables with a new approach to furniture design for the age of gadgets.
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Home Remodeling Trends: Safety, Health and Sustainability
Newsmagazine Network
Interior design style preferences and functional needs vary widely among homeowners, but overall, today's design trends favor simpler living and low-maintenance materials. Homeowners also continue to remodel their homes in ways that will make them safer, healthier and more sustainable.
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Use of Minimalism in Bathroom Design
MultiBriefs
Clean, straight lines, simplicity and the allure of quietness are the hallmarks of a true minimalist bathroom. Simplicity, however, doesn't mean stark. There is a world of difference between minimalist and monastic, and this should be kept in mind.
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New Guide to Designer Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks
PRWeb via WatchList News
Stainless steel kitchen sinks may have started out as a budget alternative, but in recent years they've moved to the forefront of kitchen design for their beauty and durability. HomeThangs.com has introduced a guide to using them to get a sleek, modern look.
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How to Clean Marble Statues
The Washington Post
Marble statues are just the kind of vintage pieces that tend to collect dust in storage, waiting for their time to shine. What's the best way to spiff them up before adding them to a space?
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SampleResource.com Puts Discarded Samples to Use
DesignWire Daily
The launch of SampleResource.com brings the accessibility of fashion-like "sample sales" to the furniture and flooring industry. "Manufacturers, reps and dealers can post their new or like-new products for sale, and potential buyers can search product availability by zip code or nationwide," explains founder Laurel Fischbach.
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Sustainable Furniture Makes Headway with LEED
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Want to specify green furniture in your next LEED project? You can now earn a credit for environmentally friendly furnishings that have been third-party certified.
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Is New York's "Greenest" Skyscraper Actually Its Biggest Energy Hog?
New Republic
When the Bank of America Tower opened in 2010, the press praised it as one of the world's "most environmentally responsible high-rise office building[s]." But according to data released by New York City last fall, the Bank of America Tower produces more greenhouse gases and uses more energy per square foot than any comparably sized office building in Manhattan.
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Selling the Store
Interiors & Sources
Forget the traditional divisions between "online" or "in-store" — consumers are now shopping where and when it's convenient for them. Here's a look at how designers are bringing down the retail walls and boosting their clients' brands.
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The Incredible Shrinking Office: Work Spaces Get Smaller
BusinessNews Daily
A new study by corporate real estate firm CoreNet Global discovered that the average amount of space each employee has to himself or herself in the office is 150 square feet, down from 225 square feet in 2010. That number is projected to drop even further, to 100 square feet, within the next five years, the study found.
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The 10 Most Interior-Design Savvy Cities
PRWeb via Long Island Newsday
Elite Fixtures has named the 10 Most Interior-Design Savvy Cities in America, based on proximity to art schools, remodeling expenses and décor.

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What's Ahead for Interior Designers in 2013?
MultiBriefs
Although the final verdict is still out on business performance for the second quarter of 2013, recent indicators suggest recovery may be elusive.

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What Successful People Do During Lunch
Fast Company
Do you take your lunch break at your desk, staring blankly at your computer? You're doing it wrong. Here are productivity-powering, energy-boosting tips.

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The "Sink-Urinal" Saves Water, Encourages Men to Wash Hands
NPR
A Latvian designer named Kaspars Jursons is trying to help solve European water shortages by redesigning the men's restroom. His new urinal design includes a tap and sink right over it.
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HIPAA, ACA Drive Improvement in Hospital Acoustics, Privacy
Building Operating Management
In the past few years, hospitals have begun to focus more on privacy, noise control and acoustics. This concern goes beyond federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations, which mandate that patient information be kept confidential. Another big reason is a new rule related to patient satisfaction that affects payments to hospitals.
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Frans Van Hulle: An Office Space Should Inspire Creativity
The Wall Street Journal
Frans Van Hulle, CEO of ReviMedia, has experienced "all types of office environments," from working out of his living room to sharing an office to establishing his company's own corporate space. "In the end it doesn't really matter what type of office environment you are in as long as it reflects your office culture and inspires you to be creative," he says.
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Laura Ashley Moves into Hotel Market
Design Week
Homeware brand Laura Ashley has entered the luxury hotel market, opening a 49-room hotel that showcases the company's own products and its interior design service team.
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