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National study indicates spikes in home improvement spending
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A recently released report from reveals signs that consumers are gaining confidence and starting to dedicate more of their time and resources to home improvement projects that inspire creativity and innovation. With the onset of the recession, homeowners had begun to shift away from elective improvement projects and put more of their resources into repairs. Now, they are beginning to shift back, and this return to growth offers hope for a bounce back in consumer spending. More

Speculating on the baby boomer market
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With the oldest baby boomers just a year away from turning 65, nobody really knows what kind of home boomers will want in retirement. The safest bet is that the market will be highly fragmented and dynamic. The good news is that with so many buyers in that age group there will be plenty of prospects for even niche interests. More

Led by leisure travelers, hotel and resort bookings likely to improve in 2010
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The good news is that 2010 probably will not be worse than what can only be described as a dismal 2009 for the hotel industry. The bad news: Few industry observers expect significant recovery until late in the year, and more likely 2011. The surge of distressed assets into the marketplace that so many predicted for the second half of 2009 never did come, and now some investors believe it could be late next year before major deals start happening again with any consistency. More


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Layered floors & wallpapered ceilings among interior design trends for 2010
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Overall the trends are going for more of the same: more mix and match of colors, styles, and textures, a continued interest in the collection of artisan works as opposed to brand name items, and an anything goes attitude when it comes to fitting pieces into one's décor. More

Review of the decade in home interior design and décor
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From feature walls to vintage boho chic and retro restyling, the last 10 years of interior design and home styling have been anything but boring—making cool but cold minimalism almost a thing of the past. More

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Some New Year's chair
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Karly Hand, one half of the blog team that is Design Crisis, starts the new year with a selection of one-of-a-kind items that elevate the chair to an art form. More

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Home décor colors reflect growing sense of optimism for 2010
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The future's so bright, even the shades. Home decor may have hit a neutral wall in 2009, but this year, it's breaking out of the beiges and baby blues and painting the town(house) bright and bold, according to interior design experts. More

Three brilliant bits of LED lighting design
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For the energy-conscious, LED's are the future of lighting—likely even greener than CFLs. But along the way, LED lamps have become a little bit of a cottage industry for design, chockablock with engineering and design brilliance. More

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Color forecast for 2010: Turquoise call center furniture?
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More and more people selecting furnishings for call center and office spaces look to current design trends and outside of the traditional (and slightly boring) all gray color schemes of the past. According to Jackie Jordan, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, the trend toward vibrant colors comes partly as a response to the challenging times and a need for something positive to balance out the stress many are facing. More

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