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Five Smart Upgrades for the Kitchen
Consumer Reports
The kitchen has always been the heart of the home. More and more, it's the brains as well, thanks to the emergence of smarter appliances, fixtures and design practices. Here are five upgrades to consider when remodeling the kitchen — or just looking to improve its form, function and feel.
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ASID Successfully Defends Practice Rights in California
ASID
The Society is pleased to announce California Assembly Bill 2192 has been defeated for the 2014 legislative session. ASID opposed the legislation because it would have created a board for project permitting made up exclusively of architects. The bill would have given architects assigned to this permitting board the authority to conduct expedited reviews and to stamp for approval drawings for other architects, circumventing government review of plans and also excluding other design professionals from the review and permitting process.
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Join the Green Revolution in the Big Easy
U.S. Green Building Council
In 2014, the U.S. Green Building Council is bringing the industry together at Greenbuild in New Orleans from Oct. 22-24 for Leadership Jazz. The Big Easy is the perfect setting to celebrate the global impact of green design and sustainable practices, while also embracing the essence of community, culture and soul.
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ASID Design Innovation Award Winner Keeps Workplaces Connected
ASID
Haworth, winner of the 2014 ASID Design Innovation Award, is transforming collaboration and communication in the workplace. The firm's cloud-based visual work space, Bluescape, "accelerates decision-making by enabling anyone to create, communicate, visualize, organize and strategize virtually anything, anywhere, anytime."
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New Study Stresses Need for Increased Awareness of the Benefits of Healthy Design Practices
GreenSource
"The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings," produced by McGraw-Hill Construction, explores the need for both medical and design professionals to draw a stronger connection between people's health and the spaces they inhabit, whether it is a home, office, civic building or hospital. It concludes, for there to be more investment in healthy design practices, practitioners must build awareness and understanding of how the physical environment can play a role in their patients' quality of life.
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Affluent Are Browsing Online, But Are They Buying?
Michael J. Berens
Smartphones and tablets have transformed the ways consumers are shopping. Nearly any information consumers want to know about a product they can find online, along with scores of user reviews and recommendations for competing products. But market research experts say technology has had little impact on the buying habits among affluent consumers and purchasers of luxury goods.
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Rendering the Future
Interiors & Sources
Computer aided design has permanently altered the architectural and design process. Renderings are today the clearest expressions and closest representations of a designer's vision. While hand sketches and construction documents present skeletal forms, computer-generated renderings add flesh to bones.
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Nostalgic for Lava Lamps? An Illustrated History of Interior Design
Fast Company's Co.Design
Designers over at Harvey Water Softeners have created an illustrated guide to the evolution of interior design, covering everything from lava lamps in the '60s to the Memphis Group's bold geometric shapes in the '80s to the Ikea flatpack takeover of the aughts.
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Boomers to Occupy 10.7 Million Households Over Next Decade
Senior Housing News
The aging of the baby-boomer generation over the next decade will increase the number of households aged 65 and over by some 10.7 million, increasing the demand for investments to age in place. "For those staying in place they're looking to modify those homes to deal with changes [in mobility]," said Chris Herbert, research director for Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.
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Spotlight on Charity-minded Designers and Companies
The Editor at Large
This season, designers and showrooms are giving their time, talent and money to a number of charity organizations in the name of good design and good will. Here is a roundup of projects and designers helping to make the world a better place.
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The Tough Side of Soft Furnishings
Sourceable
Like any other manufactured product, textiles can have negative impacts on the environment and human health during their production or use. These impacts occur across the board, from pesticides used on raw materials or poor working conditions for employees, to hazardous materials remaining in the finished product.
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Millennials, the Next Key Cog in the Housing Market, Off to Slow Start
The Wall Street Journal
There are roughly 80 million millennials in the U.S., and the speed — or lack of speed — with which this group starts buying homes will have a big effect on the housing market, as well as their own retirements decades down the road, Shari Olefson, director at The Carnegie Group, says.
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Having Trouble Getting Hired?
Design Biz Blueprint
It is a very frustrating situation when a client leads you to believe they want to hire you for a big project and then after reviewing the budget changes their mind. And it happens more often than we'd like. Here are some effective strategies to help you avoid this situation in the future.
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Three Steps to Focus Your Firm for a Successful Future
DesignIntelligence
There are fundamental requirements when building a better business. Once those are in place, there are three critical steps that will focus your firm for a successful future.
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Houzz Introduces Badge Affiliation Program
Houzz
Houzz has partnered with some of the industry's leading trade associations (including ASID), charities and academic institutions to launch a new affiliation badge program. If you are a building, remodeling or design professional on Houzz, you can now add badges to your profile! Showcase your affiliations, including the schools you've attended, the local and national associations through which you receive ongoing professional training, and the nonprofits you support.
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Four Design Business Management Software Systems Decoded
Editor at Large
Aside from client management and mood boards, interior designers must consider many [more tedious] factors when growing a business, such as bookkeeping, budgeting, order management and payroll. Over the years, various business management software systems tailored specifically to the interior design profession have made those tasks easier. Editor at Large has analyzed four of those organizational tools.
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The Best Apps for Interior Designers
Elle Decor
The best apps carry the same traits as well-designed interiors: beauty, function and inspiration. And with the right combination of apps, your iPad becomes one of the most versatile tools at your disposal. The editors at Elle Decor asked seven interior designers — and one editor — to share the apps they can't live without.
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How to Keep a Kitchen and Bath Budget — and Your Client — on Track
K+BB
Have you had experience designing a kitchen or bath on a tight or otherwise challenging budget? Some designers provide tips to keep the budget on track, as well as the clients.
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Marble Makes a Comeback in Design
The Wall Street Journal
The French used it to build Versailles, and Michelangelo chiseled it into the Pietà. Marble — long associated with historic works — is back in vogue, thanks to an '80s design revival combined with consumer demand for natural, raw materials.
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Interior Design Innovation to Meet Tighter Budgets
Archita Datta Majumdar
Homeowners are still cautious about overspending on their homes, especially for interior design. But that does not mean there is less demand for nicer interiors, be it for a new home or for a renovation project. The phrase "interior design" no longer conjures up images of major dollar signs that usually made it the domain of the well-to-do. As with any industry, progress is marked by change, and in the interior design world the latest buzzword has been "affordability."
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Five Smart Upgrades for the Kitchen
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Three Lighting Trends to Watch
WSI Designer Marketplace
If you're in the dark about today's lighting trends, then this "crash course" is for you. Lighting is once again on the fast track, and your clients will need a little educating.

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Millions of Millionaires: Who Are They?
Michael J. Berens
The rich have been getting richer recently. For interior designers looking to market their services to these wealthy clients, some recent reports offer valuable insights.

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Five Products to Green the Home and Office
Ecobuilding Pulse
Sustainable products don't have to look good to do their job — but it certainly helps specifiers persuade clients to give an energy-efficient product the go-ahead. Our picks include a new smart thermostat, sound-abating panels that double as décor and a series of ceramic tiles whose intricate hand-painted patterns top a recycled base.
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Supreme Green
Interior Design
As new technologies are developed and manufacturing processes advance, the green credentials of a product are actually becoming less visible. Energy-saving functions are seamlessly built-in while recycled materials have become indistinguishable from their non-recycled counterparts. The result is a new generation of sophisticated sustainable furniture and lighting designs that satisfy style-conscious, eco-aware clients.
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Wallpapering Tiles Are Formed Using Recycled Paper
Treehugger
Dear Human's paper tiles act as three-dimensional wallpaper, coming together as a series of interlocking hexagons, which are made by pressing the paper pulp in air release dies in a molding process that closely resembles how ceramic tiles are made.
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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About Circular Economy?
Inhabitat
Nothing goes to waste in nature, and the dung beetles are perfect examples of a species that transforms another's dross into gold. So, what can they teach us about re-using and recycling materials for a true circular economy?
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Furnishing and Equipping Student Spaces
College Planning & Management
As college and university students increasingly seek living environments more like boutique hotels than the childhood bedrooms they left behind, facility administrators and interior architects are actively working to meet their new criteria. Like their parents, students today crave good design, not condescension, and the offerings and selection of furnishings and equipment for campus common areas are changing to reflect this trend.
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Less May Be More: Flexible Design and the Future of Offices
Officing Today
Using a track-mounted moveable wall system coupled with flexible furnishings, Washington, D.C.-based firm FOX designed a model office space that can be refigured on the fly using a tablet-operated control system. Collectively, this allows the office owner to literally configure and program a client-specific officing solution with standard components that can be easily moved, removed, stored, repositioned and otherwise updated.
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Industrial Offices: 21 Awesome Examples of Bricks, Wood and Cement
Target Commercial Interiors
While most conversation about office design focuses on grand ideas like layout, mobility or privacy, there is another side of office design that is less about function than style. Fashion, in the discipline of office design, definitely exists — and it's showing itself across all varieties of office spaces.
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KNOL Conducts 'Out of Office' as Experiment on Work Environments
Designboom
As commentary on the evolution of office environments, Dutch design studio KNOL conducted "out of office," a spatial experiment that creates a flexible work setting that gradually transforms into a rigid grid of cubicles.
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