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The comeback curtain
The Wall Street Journal    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One legacy of the real estate boom in many suburban homes has proven hard to live with: dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Created to maximize light, these windows are a tough interior design assignment. But some interior designers are finding inspiration in women's fashion — specifically in the wispy, sheer blouses and pullovers more women are layering over camisoles and tank tops. The result is a layered, see-through window treatment, whether sheer curtains over half-opened shades or textured curtains over sheer shades. More

Stylish storage spaces evolve in modern houses
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The rise of foodie culture and more people trying to make better use of their space both explain why so many homeowners have embraced the benefits of a well-planned pantry. Says interior designer Jo Rabaut of Rabaut Design Associates, "I think pantries are definitely trending now. The people we design for now want one somehow, some way." More

Multigenerational housing demand rising
Leader-Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How to meet the needs of aging parents and how to address the underemployment of adult children are issues being overlooked by housing density pundits. But families addressing those needs demand real solutions — solutions that come in the form of multigenerational housing that can accommodate three or more generations living under the same roof. More

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Legislation: The role of interior design educators
Professional Interior Designer's Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A panel discussion held at the 2012 Interior Design Educators Council Annual Conference, although geared toward interior design educators, does address some of the larger issues relevant to all professional interior designers. More

LEED-certified building projects hit 12,000 in 12 years
Designwire Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program turns 12 this year. Coincidentally, it recently hit the 12,000 mark for LEED-certified commercial projects around the globe. 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

Patchwork fever: Designs suggest one-of-a-kind looks
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Patchwork is everywhere you look right now: a proliferation of pieced-together patterns on armchairs, sofas, rugs and pillows. It's an ages-old art form given a distinctly of-the-moment spin. Designers are employing materials such as leather and sari scraps to create unexpected furnishings. More

How do we love marble?
Interiors & Sources    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Let me count the ways. Cool, elegant, timeless and infinitely shapeable — this is why we love marble. But how much do we actually know about it? Let's explore this most sophisticated stone. More

SurfaceWorks' Mingle Collaborative
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A multi-purpose meeting area, Mingle™ by SurfaceWorks features a conference table designed around collaboration and learning. The unique organic table shape is designed for video conferencing and technology-aided training, and supports a flat screen monitor on one side and a white board on the opposite side.
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High-tech wayfinding makes splash at hospital
HC+O News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new wayfinding program at the recently renovated Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Mo., is designed to push the envelope with state-of-the-art digital components. More

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This study is examining the difference between sustainable design and sustainable living practices. The objective of the research is to explore if designers are feeling additional responsibility to further educate clients about the use of the space after installation. If designers are incurring additional sustainable living responsibilities, we can then further develop what it means to practice sustainability in residential interior design. Please take just a few minutes to complete the online study questionnaire by clicking here. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Collaborative interiors prove working together is better
DesignBuild Source    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With a growing understanding of what makes a work space productive and enjoyable, interior design layouts for the modern workplace, education space and office are changing. Designers and businesses alike now know the traditional model used when creating spaces devoted to individual working and learning is not the only — or even the most beneficial and efficient — model to follow. More

Sustainability challenges universal design
Universal Design Newsletter    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Designing for sustainability and social responsibility — or, to put it more bluntly, designing for our future survival — is an enormous professional challenge. How can design overcome poverty and environmental degradation while providing spaces and elements that are inclusive? More

Creativity linked to color green
Research Design Connections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A team led by Stephanie Lichtenfeld has linked seeing the color green to a burst in creative performance. Building on prior research, the group has found that even brief exposure to the color — associated with growth-relevant words — encourages creativity. More

New Copper Trends for You

The Renovation Collection delivers beautiful copper sinks at a remarkable value. Now you can have a luxurious bathroom or kitchen on a budget or splurge on our other collections.

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Countertop options expand
Residential Design + Build    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Homeowners' options for countertop materials and colors continue to expand as pure white, detailed edges and new patterns surface for kitchen and bathroom designs. More

Designing for an aging population
Healthcare Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the changing face of health care showing new wrinkles every day, the worlds of acute and long-term care seem to be growing closer all the time. The aging population — including the huge baby boom generation — has different wants, needs and demands than previous generations, and health care systems are going to be forced to respond to those demands at some point in the near future. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Wood Age Collection

Inspired by nature, Wood Age Porcelain Tile captures the look and beauty of end grain wood, exposing the character of the concentric rings and graining. Unique in appearance and eminently function, Wood Age is a new generation of Porcelain tile. Visit to see the complete Wood Age Collection.
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Effortless. Comfortable. Undetectable. The perfect place for a flatscreen TV. Press the wireless remote – a sumptuously comfortable bed floats into the room. With its 10-year limited warranty, Zoom-Room, the electronic retractable Murphy Bed, provides the most elegant, practical and intelligent guest bed solution for convertible spaces. MORE
Interior Contract Furniture Collection

Grosfillex, a US manufacturer, designs and builds a complete line of distinct, durable commercial furniture to meet or exceed industry standards – indoors and outdoors! Focused on new materials and technologies, Grosfillex is proud to introduce a new contemporary interior furniture line with slim HPL tables and stack chairs in youthful colors and trendy designs. Grosfillex product line offers professionals and designers performance, durability, functionality, style and comfort at an affordable price. MORE

Economists predict housing starts will double by 2014
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Real estate economists and analysts are expecting significant turnaround in the national economy and the real estate market within the next three years, according to a new survey by the Urban Land Institute. More

The SketchUp: Universal design in a kitchen
Modular Kitchen Ideas    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Using Google SketchUp to visual different options, features and benefits, universal design expert Linda Knapp and host Mike Tadros, co-founder of Igloo Studios and author of "Real World SketchUp," review a kitchen model designed to accommodate people with special accessibility needs. 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.

Home prices off to rocky start    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Data through January 2012, released by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices — the leading measure of U.S. home prices — showed annual declines of 3.9 percent and 3.8 percent for the 10- and 20-city composites, respectively. More

Tomorrow's specials
Dwell    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Slide into that booth or belly up the bar to learn what's next for restaurant design. You'll know before the maitre d' does. More

Bringing Pinterest boards to life
NeighborsGo    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pinterest fanatics and interior designers Stephanie Weeks and Leah Young of Dallas have developed a unique event to bring their Pinterest inspiration boards to life: an interactive Pinterest party. As a tech-savvy and busy professional, Weeks has a firm grasp on the delicate balance of utilizing technology in a personal service industry. More

Thrill of victory, agony of defeat
Residential Design + Build    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Changing your mindset by getting paid for your time with prospects can increase revenue and lead to more design and construction work. More

Designs on success: Leadership
Hospitality Style    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your clients and your team both look to you for inspiration and clarity. Here's how to refine your management style. More

Concept aims to create paperless environment
Ubergizmo    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Architects and interior designers usually require a lot of paper to sketch out their designs or blueprints. Not only is this a waste of paper, but also it can be highly inefficient because of the amount of paper they have to carry around. Enter the EDDY, or Electronic Drawings Display, a device that aims to mimic the qualities of paper but will help make design offices a truly paper-free environment. More

Chair Company Dazzles Clients

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Relocating? Market before you move    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to relocating to a new market, many interior design firms try — and die. You can be triumphant in your transition if you follow these four marketing maneuvers before you make your move. More

The pros and cons of being an independent contractor
Nolo    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An independent contractor is a person who contracts to perform services for others without having the legal status of an employee. Some people seek to become ICs, while others have the status thrust upon them. Whichever group you fall into, working as an IC has both benefits and drawbacks. More

The ABCs of Green Acoustics
Sustainable design is a road that has largely been paved by the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system. However, the lack of attention historically paid to acoustics has been detrimental to the overall performance of sustainable spaces. MORE

Why sales has a bad rap in kitchen and bath business
K+BB    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nick Ritota, CKD, CBD, writes, "We tend to think that the science of selling is far separated from the art of design; I beg to differ. We all need to sell to have successful careers in this industry." More

New online community offers forum for workplace challenges
Interiors & Sources    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, nora systems Inc. launched the noraXchange®, an interactive online community for building and design professionals to share ideas and learn about a variety of topics. Updated monthly, the noraXchange is designed to help facility managers, architects, designers, installers and other building professionals address challenges and answer questions they encounter in their work. More

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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.
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