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5 trends in kitchen and bath industry
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As the U.S. continues to see improvement in housing starts and remodeling, now is as good a time as any to think ahead — and quickly. Important changes are taking place in the kitchen and bath design industry as a new mix of consumer segments is colliding, gradually gaining confidence and beginning to spend a little more of its disposable income. And those with insight into the shifting marketplace will have a firmer grasp on the future and a clearer path to success in 2012.
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ABI remains positive for third straight month
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On the heels of consecutive months of strengthening business conditions, the Architecture Billings Index now has reached positive territory three months in a row. The January ABI score was 50.9, following a mark of 51.0 in December. The new projects inquiry index was 61.2, down just a notch from a reading of 61.5 the previous month. More

Designing rooms for children with special needs
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It was just a little longer than three years ago when interior designer Ginger Rodriguez received the phone call that would change her life. She and her husband, Miguel, were asked to provide emergency foster care for a child with medical disabilities and developmental delays. The experience prompted Rodriguez to add a specialty to her business: creating rooms for children who have special needs. More


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Easy chairs: Getting to the bottom of age-friendly seating
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People who are exhausted by climbing into and out of humongous designer furniture or who have given up sitting in their favorite lounge chair because they can't get up without help can find the right chair for them — and their decor — with a little perseverance. More

Copper interiors decrease health risks
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Can interior design really influence someone's health while traveling? Believe it or not, it can. One option is the use of antimicrobial copper in airport interiors. Astoundingly, antibacterial properties are present in both copper and other alloys that have a copper weight of 60 percent. Taking on the challenge to test these statistics is Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 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


ADA compliance deadline for hotels coming soon
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Starting March 15, some long-awaited access regulations will go into effect — regulations that will make travel more accessible to everyone. New ADA guidelines will require hotels to make sure disabled guests get the accessible rooms they need. More

Design's next frontier: Nudging consumers into better life choices
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Designers are beginning to understand how irrational thinking plays into the decisions people make. That knowledge can be used to influence consumers to make responsible choices. More

Dream home for the new era: Compact, connected, mortgage-free
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The future is here — and it's for lease. Even before the Great Recession, real estate market analysts Todd Zimmerman, Laurie Volk and Chris Nelson were explaining the demography-is-destiny argument for an inevitable shift in American housing. More

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Designing commercial kitchens for special diets
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Gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan, vegetarian. Seemingly more diners than ever before continue to request special diet-related foods and meals. As a result, operators now realize they need to set up their kitchens differently or make room for the flexibility necessary to accommodate these special requests. More

Home sweet hospital
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As the single-patient room becomes the norm rather than the exception in health care today, designers will do well to stay in tune with current trends in health care design, taking into account everything from sustainability to aesthetics while keeping in mind the chief objective: improved patient outcomes. More


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7 stunning green home furnishings
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There is a lingering stereotype about green design being boring or crunchy, but nothing could be further from the truth. From a spectacular chandelier made from recycled coffee stirrers to a modernist sofa that doubles as a punching bag, read on for seven gorgeous, green, one-of-a-kind furniture designs that are inspiring, provocative and sure to get your friends talking at your next dinner party. More



Killing the 'visual noise'
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Healing environments and positive distractions may be all the rage in health care design, but is there an argument to be made that less is more? Eliminating the "visual noise" and designing with a simple, back-to-nature approach can help set patients at ease and ensure they can navigate the facility with ease. More

Living alone
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Increasing numbers of people live alone — a demographic shift that comes with far-ranging design consequences. Considering place design alone, there are repercussions not only for home design, but also for more public spaces. More


Introducing Walker Zanger's Pietre di Borgogna Collection
Pietre di Borgogna is a new porcelain tile collection that perfectly captures the look and beauty of natural French Limestone, a material that has captured the imagination of architects for centuries.

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What to consider in a website for an interior design company
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People extensively utilize the Internet to look for information regarding the products and services they need. Your interior design company has to take advantage of this fact. Create a website for your business. For a very small cost, you get to showcase your expertise not only to local customers but also to the international market. Certainly this is one good way of widening your reach and increasing your profits. More

Crowdsourcing interior design
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LeadsMarket.com wanted to create a great working atmosphere for its team in their new office, but company leaders were not sure which interior designer to hire for the job. Instead of hiring one interior designer, LeadsMarket.com decided to crowdsource the interior design using Arcbazar.com. More



Time to redesign
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Huge demographic, social and economic shifts are underway that will challenge our current models of doing business and convince interior designers that they need to start thinking bigger. More

Avoid the pitfall of assumptions
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Are you a design professional who often presumes what's not in the budget of those you serve? How can you know, ahead of time, that they won't invest in your most expensive design services? Or that they won't spring for your highest-ticket products? You can't. More



Strategies for jump-starting stalled projects
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In the aftermath of the Great Recession, many A&D firms' workloads are steady but slow. Statistics are not easy to come by, but anecdotal evidence suggests that, even as the economy improves, projects of all types remain on the sidelines. Getting stalled projects underway again requires patience, perseverance and a well-tended professional network. More

Are you as busy as you think?
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If you believe results from the American Time Use Survey done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, plenty of Americans have faulty impressions of how they spend time in our "too-rushed-to-breathe" world. But one simple starting point will help you become more efficient and less hectic: keeping a time log. More


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Everything you wanted to know about benchmarking
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Benchmarking involves looking outside your own business to examine how other businesses are doing in order to identify standards of excellence and best practices that can help you improve your business performance and profitability. You can use benchmarking as a way to improve the business you have or to set targets for growing or expanding your business. More

Stressed out working from home?
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Working at home and feeling burned out? You are not alone. This blog post will help you to get out of your problem alive. 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
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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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