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Expect green home market to skyrocket
National Association of Home Builders    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Experts at the 2012 International Builders' Show tell the industry to expect a fivefold increase in the green home market before the end of 2016, with green remodeling leading the way. The Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study predicts green construction will make up 29 percent to 38 percent of the market within four years, growing from $17 billion in 2011 to as much as $114 billion in 2016. But green remodeling will outpace even that staggering figure: The segment is expected to undergo a whopping 150 percent increase. More



ASID announces Educator Design Excellence winners
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The American Society of Interior Designers has named the winners of the second annual Educator Design Excellence Awards, a peer-juried national design competition that recognizes interior design excellence in both residential and commercial design projects completed by ASID Educator Members. More

Muted colors lead fall, winter trendy choices
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The Pantone color palettes for fall and winter 2012-2013 are in: The color authority has nine palettes to share for an array of choices. It seems that almost all the palettes are muted a bit. More


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Designing a fix for housing
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Recent efforts to fix the housing market have focused purely on the financial aspects of the slump. A permanent solution, however, must go further than money to address issues that have been at the core of the crisis but have been wholly ignored: design and urban planning. More

Is DIY dead?
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In an interview with "Elle Décor," celebrity decorator Sheila Bridges predicted the demise of the home craft trend, proclaiming "the DIY craze has run its course." But is DIY just a craze? Don't handmade creations and a unique point of view date back to the very beginnings of interior design? More

Announcing the Baldwin Reserve Portfolio
Baldwin Reserve combines quality craftsmanship with advanced technology to deliver a personalized blend of styles. Easily mix and match knobs, levers, and roses, in eight finishes to deliver a custom look for every architectural style. Reserve offers short lead times, quick installation and an industry leading limited 25-year finish warranty. MORE


USGBC announces comment period for LEED update
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The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that the third public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building program will open March 1. The comment period, which will close on March 20, marks the start of the LEED 2012 program delivery process. More

What's ahead for 50+ housing industry?
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Don't count out the housing market for people over age 55. Many have lost jobs and seen their retirement portfolios crash in the past five years, but the market for communities dedicated to active adult living actually is underserved, according to economists speaking at the International Builders Show. They pointed out that builders are seeing an uptick in sales of single-family homes, condos and rental apartments to older Americans, and they say the trend likely will continue upward. More

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Universal design trends in kitchen and bath
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To answer the increasing demand for universal design, home appliance and plumbing manufacturers continue to develop products for the home that help make the user's experience safer and more comfortable without sacrificing beauty. More

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Deadline approaching for ASID Foundation's
2012 scholarships and awards

The ASID Foundation is closing 2012 scholarship and award applications in March. Students and professionals are invited to apply for five available awards and scholarships by March 12. Offering a total of $23,000 in awards, the 2012 scholarship and awards program is the largest to date. Awards are open to ASID members and nonmembers, students and professionals. More information can be found on the ASID Foundation website.

Keep up with all the ASID news on our ASID ICON News page online.



Products for the imagination
Hospitality Style    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For 2012, trendsetting hospitality designers will be living in a material(s) world. Every hotel, restaurant, spa and cruise ship will be a work of art in the sense that it will be an original. Innovations in manufacturing processes and enhancements in raw materials make it not only possible but also cost-effective to be imaginative. More



Regulating warmth
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A recent study has shown people tend to self-regulate their feelings of social warmth through applications of physical warmth, almost without realizing they are doing so. What implications does this have for the design and use of physical environments — especially in places where people might feel anxious or isolated? More


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Smaller kitchens and baths? Not so fast
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McMansions may be out of style, but according to a recent study by RICKI, the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence, downsizing one's home — and in particular one's kitchen and bath — isn't topping most people's wish lists, either. More

Bringing clients over to the dark side
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As a design professional, you know there often are elements of a project that require careful persuasion to get a client's approval. While it may be a challenge to convince a client to purchase a quirky lighting fixture or agree to an unconventional seating arrangement, it can be even more difficult to sell a particular color, especially one a client thinks is "too dark." More



Designing for waste and material flow
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Ask any health care sustainability leader about challenges, and you'll find that space is near the top of the list. With the increased complexity of health care waste management, the configuration of the soiled utility room and backdoor storage areas can improve or impair a program. More

Making the case for resilient design
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Do you know the difference between sustainable design and resilient design? Some of the main points of resilience center on simpler, repairable elements. More


Introducing Walker Zanger's Tuileries Collection

The Tuileries Collection of handmade tile from Walker Zanger, offers a fresh take on classic French motifs. Tuileries’ carefully edited decorative patterns and harmonious colors are perfectly suited for today’s refined take on traditional style. Visit www.walkerzanger.com to see the complete Tuilleries Collection.
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DINOFLEX® - Flooring That Lasts!
DINOFLEX® manufactures high quality, recycled rubber surfaces. From custom designed resilient rubber flooring to acoustic underlay, DINOFLEX® offers Architects and Designers a wide variety of choices to create personalized designs for education, sports and fitness, retail, hospitality, recreation, and commercial applications. Our products help achieve LEED credits and our Indoor products are FloorScore® Certified.


Interior gardens increase productivity
Interior Design Source    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is a deep and complex psychology behind interiors that most people take for granted. By understanding this, designers can create spaces that truly are influential. But one surprisingly subtle addition to interiors is proving to lift both the mood and productivity of those in the space: the common plant. More

Thinking outside the office
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The corporate world has seen a change in the way designers approach work space. The shape of how people interact has shifted from a hierarchical model to a more collaborative model — and so have the designs that facilitate the interaction. Church office spaces are no exception, changing to meet the new work model. More



Newsletters: An open door to new sales
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Your list of potential clients grows daily. But do you use this information, or does it stay in your computer or notebook? An active marketing tool is a newsletter, which can push projects, homeowner tips and more to clients and potential clients. More



Interior design firms use social to go global
Interiors & Sources    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Advances in technology and social media have allowed designers to collaborate and connect on a global level, opening doors for forward-thinking firms. More

Buying interior design software
The Write Destination via Business.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Spend more time with your clients, and let interior design software assist with the less glamorous necessities of running a business. Commercial interior design software streamlines the proposal process and tackles time-consuming business and accounting tasks. Such programs also help you track a project from proposal to final payment. More



Pinterest adds to business
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As the Internet continues to evolve, websites and surfers adapt to new ways of sharing digital information. The wonderful sharing tool called Pinterest has grabbed attention, and InteriorDesignPro has added the "Pin It" button to help designers network with potential clients. More


21st Century Murphy Bed
Effortless. Comfortable. Undetectable. The perfect place for a flatscreen TV. Press the wireless remote - Zoom-Room provides the most elegant guest bed solution for convertible spaces. MORE
MechoSystems presents the McDonough Iceland Collection™

Recyclable shadecloths developed with William McDonough and inspired by his photographs are PVC-free, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM, and can be recycled indefinitely.
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How Net Promoter can help increase your referrals
Housing Zone    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Who doesn't love referrals? Who doesn't want more of them? The best way to get them is by providing an experience so good it turns clients into promoters. More

Small business filing can be taxing
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From tax deadlines in the U.S. to taxation internationally, small businesses all need to be informed about the rules and regulations involved. Here is an overview of what may be the least enjoyable part of running a small business. More

4 reasons business partnerships fail
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You never enter into a partnership with failure in mind, but it could happen; there are myriad reasons why things don't work out. Keep your eyes open for the red flags that could make a partnership go off the rails. More


Case Studies: Sound Masking
Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system. 
Textured & Colored Planks
Design & Fashion United
Junckers Hardwood introduces the highly anticipated Design collection featuring fifteen unique textured and colored boards. The collection offers modern, dramatic, and traditional styles for commercial and residential use. Click here to view the collection. Please contact Junckers at 800-878-9663 to request samples.
PERFECT PIZAZZ

Richly textured with plenty of sparkle and shine, Access Lighting’s newly released Pizazz Collection is a contemporary play on traditional crystal, and simply divine. Dramatic enough to incorporate in a formal entry, the contemporary edge to this series lends itself to more playful informal settings too. Not to be missed.
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