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"Change is Now" — And Other Takeaways from the DFA Summit
The Editor at Large
Earlier this month, the Decorative Furnishings Association hosted its first annual Summit in Dallas, together with ASID and other groups. DFA board members and other attendees shared a few of their personal takeaways from the event.
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ASID Invites You to Experience Our Impact Report
ASID
ASID is continually focused on not only emphasizing the benefits of our Society but the importance of design on the world around us, both as a potential profession and to potential clients. Our new Impact Report highlights ASID achievements throughout 2012 and our plan for the future, illustrating the immense community of interior designers and the breadth of impact we continue to have.
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Join ASID this June at NeoCon and Dwell on Design
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Save the date for two not-to-be-missed events from ASID this summer! ASID@NeoCon in Chicago, June 10–12, will feature topnotch speakers and experiential events at the industry's largest commercial interiors expo. ASID@Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, June 21–23, will include Celebration – The ASID Design Awards, GO PRO/LA for emerging professionals, REGREEN workshops and much more! Stay tuned to ASID.org for registration information in the coming weeks!
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ASID Makes it Easy for Potential Clients to Find You
ASID
We want to help you make the most of your online presence! When potential clients visit ASID.org, they can now search for a designer to contact — and potentially hire — through our "Find a Designer" and "Designers Near You" functions. All members can be included in these databases, but you must first log in and create your personal profile including a headshot and contact information.
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Study Says Designers Control the Outdoor Market
Interior Design
Interior Design's latest outdoor product survey reveals how designers tap into the potential of outdoor spaces. When it comes to calling the shots on specifying outdoor products on a project, designers are by far the final word: 86 percent have direct involvement in product choice.
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Technology Upends Another Industry: Homebuilding
NPR
Years into the economic recovery, hiring remains slow. Many businesses learned to do more with less during the recession, so they don't need to bring on as many people now. These new efficiencies have led to what economists call "labor displacement," which is taking place around the country.
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Tweeting Your Way to a Successful Industry Blog
Katie Dubow
To use digital communications to the fullest, you simply must have an industry blog. But what if no one's reading it? One easy way to bump up your page views is by using Twitter.

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Unlocking Business Ideas Hidden in Nature
Entrepreneur
When Janine Benyus coined the term "biomimicry" to describe how nature can prompt innovation, she never expected her phone to start ringing off the hook — but it did.

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Can These 10 Trends Endure the Test of Time?
Houzz
It's hard to know what's going to stick and what's going to go down in history as the next macrame plant holder. Interior design trends come and go and come again.

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Designers' Favorite Movie Interiors
House Beautiful
Designers share the movie interiors and sets they love. While some are real locations, others are pure imagination. Either way, sometimes we wish we could stay.
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New Home Sales Jump to Highest in 4.5 Years
The Associated Press via The Miami Herald
New-home sales jumped in January from the previous month to the highest level since July 2008, a sign that the housing recovery is accelerating. The Commerce Department said new-home sales rose nearly 16 percent in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 437,000 — marking the largest percentage increase in nearly 20 years.
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Five Tax Credits to Put Money in Your Pocket
American Express OPEN Forum
Despite the importance of tax credits to reducing tax liability, many small-business owners fail to take advantage of them. Don't be one of these people. Small adjustments in your business activities can result in eligibility for these tax credits.
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Eliminate One Big Time Waste
Design Biz Blueprint
Setting boundaries with your clients around your available time is one of the most important changes you can make in your business. In your Letter of Agreement, it is important that you are specific about what tasks are included, and that you remind your clients of this when needed.
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Tweeting Your Way to a Successful Industry Blog
Katie Dubow
To really use digital communications to the fullest, you simply must have an industry blog. But what if no one's reading it? One easy way to up your page views is by using Twitter. Three quick tips will help you tweet your way to more page views on your blog.
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Spring Predictions: What Will Homeowners Want?
Qualified Remodeler
March marks the start of the spring season, a time when many homeowners across the country will dig out of the winter weather with a renewed interest in refreshing and remodeling their homes. With growth predicted in the double digits, it helps to anticipate what homeowners will want.
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Better Outdoor Kitchens: Tips to Keep in Mind
K+BB
Designers weigh in on the continued evolution of outdoor kitchens, what indoor kitchen designers bring to the outdoor table and how to capture the business opportunities represented by outdoor kitchens.
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The Versatility of Cork
deco
For many years, cork was associated with bottle stops and worthy but dull flooring. Not anymore. Now it's the design-friendly, eco-friendly material of the moment, and it's banishing any unpleasant memories of yesteryear.
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Lighting Efficiency Improvements Proposed for New Standard
EDC
Proposed changes to the ASHRAE/IES energy standard will require automatic lighting controls in more space types and shorten the times before lighting is automatically reduced or shut off.
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Sustainable Fabrics Reign in 2013
DesignBuild Source
Increasingly, textiles are being judged at least in part on their environmental impact, as interior designers are now moving to support suppliers who consider how their fibers and fabrics are produced.
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Notorious Prison Transformed into Luxury Hotel
The Daily Mail
As one of the Netherlands' most feared prisons for almost 150 years, Het Arresthuis was not a place you would want to stay. But following its closure and something of a makeover, people are now paying good money to spend a night at the former jail.
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National Restaurant Association Chooses Best Kitchen Innovations
Drinks Media Wire
The National Restaurant Association recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Kitchen Innovations™ Awards, which honor the most promising and cutting-edge advancements in kitchen equipment for the foodservice industry.
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How to Use Customer Data to Plan Store Layouts
Retail Customer Experience
Retailers already invest in customer data collection, data management and formulating insights. Now it's time they start exploring the myriad ways to apply that valuable data to boost the bottom line. Tweaking store layout is one way to help earn maximum return on your investment.
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Love, Light and Life
Long-Term Living
Harnessing the energy of interior spaces can change an institutional building into a home. An interior designer takes a look at the power of light, variety and focus points to create peace and comfort within the care environment.
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