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Facebook for the building industry?
Architectural Record    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Imagine an online social network that's all about buildings. Architects, contractors and engineers can connect with future clients and subcontractors, give and receive referrals, and even get RFPs and submit bids right in the same platform. This is the promise of Honest Buildings, a new social media platform that could be a powerful marketing tool for the design and construction community. At the same time, the new platform gives tenants and building occupants unprecedented knowledge and influence. Are we ready for this kind of transparency? More

Rethinking the modern kitchen: 5 design concepts
Professional Builder    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As designers and builders, we all know how important kitchens are to our clients. In fact, the kitchen very likely is the most significant room in the home. Since it seems everyone wants to congregate there, the space must function not only as a cooking area, but also as the hub of family activity. More

Seniors, young adults will influence US housing markets
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Aging baby boomers and their echo boomer children will have a significant effect on trends in the nation's housing market during the next 20 years, according to a new report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The Northeast and Midwest are most likely to see a large number of older homeowners selling their homes to younger homeowners as the baby boomers age. This increased supply could mean additional buying opportunities for echo boomers. More

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Benjamin Moore to honor 'Emerging Designers'
The Editor at Large    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it hands out the 2012 HUE Awards on Tuesday, April 3, Benjamin Moore will be shining the spotlight not only on veteran architects and interior designers but also on a new crop of emerging professionals. With the help of "House Beautiful" magazine, Benjamin Moore has identified three talented up-and-comers whose work has demonstrated they may be the next generation of HUE titleholders. More

New retirement resorts
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A growing number of intrepid retirees, wary of spending years in an assisted-living facility or staying at home, are opting for arrangements that provide them with a full range of services and a greater sense of adventure — fully staffed homes in Costa Rica, backyard bungalows on their children's property, so-called co-housing arrangements, full-time spa living and even serial cruises. 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

How biophilia can improve our lives
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Evolution has made us predisposed to want and need nature. If green building focuses as much on biophilia as it has on saving energy and water in the past, it could help us rediscover the ecological interaction and relationship we need to thrive. More

Television today: Interiors that steal the show
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Drama may have spilled off the TV screen when the creator of "Smash," playwright Theresa Rebeck, stepped down as the lead producer on the NBC series. Design fans, however, will be pleased to know the show's eclectic and luxurious interiors for its Broadway-based characters will be back for a second season.

Related story: 'Mad Men' set designer evolves style with series (Matters of Style)

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With HP’s Wall Art Design Tool, designers can select from millions of images in New Era Portfolio’s exclusive collection to create digital, customizable, sustainable wall coverings. Printed with HP’s Latex Inks, this PVC-Free wall paper carries the GREENGUARD Children & School certification.

Design website for high school students
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The Chicago Architecture Foundation recently launched, a Web-based platform for high school students to learn about design and architecture through real-life problem-solving. The site challenges students to redesign elements of their school, sketch and develop digital models, and it provides real-time interaction and feedback from professional architects and engineers. More

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Hotel giant rethinks working, meeting spaces
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By 2013, almost 35 percent of the global workforce will work without an office. Marriott Hotels & Resorts hopes to attract this next generation of business travelers with their "Future of Work Innovation Co-Labs." Formed in collaboration with Steelcase and IDEO, the prototypes showcase new technology, space and service experiences for meetings and work. The spaces also address travelers' needs for both individual work areas and collaborative settings. More

Sound matters
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Good office acoustics is a key contributor to work performance and well-being in the workplace. The ability to find quiet times and places is essential to support complex knowledge work, while the ability to have planned or spontaneous interactions without disturbing others is necessary for teamwork and relationship development. Can designers meet these challenges? More

Trends for luxury bathrooms
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They might be scaling down in some areas, but custom-home clients aren't skimping on bathroom amenities. Many master baths resemble sumptuous, spa-like retreats. Here are six trends in bathroom designs. More

Designing for allergies    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Designing or remodeling a space that will be occupied by someone with severe allergies or sensitivity to materials because of a medical condition is serious business. There are steps you can take to help homeowners make informed decisions and ensure their new space is as safe as possible. More

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Handy guide: What's fresh in paint
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Paint, the product also known as hope in a can, continues to be one of the least expensive decorating options available. Although easy to use, it's not always easy to choose. Consumers and designers struggle to get just the right shade of blue or beige. And manufacturers offer more types of paints with planet-friendly formulas than ever before. More

Beyond LEED
Metropolis    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The sustainability rating systems — Passive House, Living Building Challenge and Net Zero (a subset of the Challenge) — appear in isolated new construction projects. The promise and perversity of trying to pick out sustainability targets, building by building, within a tightly woven urban fabric can be examined in Philadelphia. More

How to 'millennialize' the office
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Creating an open and flexible work space is essential to attracting top millennial talent, but you don't have to break the bank on a complete office redesign. More

Flexible space design expands kitchen options
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kitchens can be large or small, but their importance remains the same — even in a "flexible space" design. The kitchen can spill out into a multipurpose room that can serve as a living room, a dining area, workout space or even an office. But still it is the kitchen that has grown steadily as the heart of the house. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Wood Age Collection

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Interior Contract Furniture Collection

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Window dressing trends: Invisibility
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Is it really possible to have invisible window dressings? "Curtain Pole Wizard" takes a look at ways to dress windows so they disappear or fool the eye into thinking they aren't really there. More

Library interior design speaks of serenity
Free Home Improvement Idea    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The key ingredient in all library interior design is serenity. Creating an area that is conducive to studying and reading should be the first and foremost consideration in library interior design. More

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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
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Recyclable shadecloths developed with William McDonough and inspired by his photographs are PVC-free, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM, and can be recycled indefinitely.

Is minimalism maxing out?
DesignBuild Source    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With current design moves that gravitate toward the ultra-modern — particularly in the realm of interior design — minimalism is finding a niche in the current era, a notion that may not be as positive as it professes to be. More

Tatami and raffia for interior designers
KOTHEA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Raffia and tatami are terms used synonymously by some interior designers' clients. But these are very different products, with different attributes as wall coverings and fabrics. More

Marketing advice: What clients don't want
Hospitality Style    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In order to build visibility — and business — for your firm, you have to get existing and prospective clients to listen to your marketing message. To do that, it's vital to know what piques their interest and what turns them off. Some top clients, on four continents, offer their views. More

Can you design a room without a budget?
Design Biz Blueprint    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the most important pieces of information you need to collect in the beginning or programming portion of a design job is an accurate budget. The problem you often find is that it seems next to impossible to get the client to give you a budget. More

Web savvy: Social media 'late bloomer' shares secrets of success
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A self-described "late bloomer" in the world of social media shares how her interior design business has blossomed as she has learned how to leverage the various marketing channels social media presents. More

What small businesses should know about Pinterest
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Marketing specialist Jay Ehret provides a primer on what small-business owners should know about Pinterest, the social media darling of the minute. More

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The secret to mastering patience
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Patience is a matter of control. For most executives, control may open the window to developing greater levels of patience. Boil it down to the maxim: "Control what you can control and let the rest go." More

How to charge a fee (without starting a customer rebellion)
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumers are up in arms. From airlines to banks to telecoms, companies are gouging us in our moment of need, piling shady fees on top of mediocre service as people struggle with the ongoing effects of the Great Recession. In a climate like this does anyone dare charge a fee? More

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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.

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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