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Interior design billings stay positive in June
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The June 2012 ASID Interior Design Index results signaled broad growth in the industry. While the Billing Index dropped by 6 points to 56.5 from its March level (62.5), June's score marked the sixth straight month that revenue has risen. A score of 50 indicates near-term growth for the industry. Also on a positive note, firms are hearing more and more about potential projects. Inquiries scores show another month of strong growth, with June now the 10th straight month the score for inquiries has been above 50. More

Former HUD secretary Henry Cisneros advocates for aging in place
Kaiser Health News via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"I'd like to see us commit as a nation to creating lifelong homes," says Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He has co-edited a new book, "Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America." "We should make this a priority, just as we did with creating more energy-efficient homes. This could involve certifying a package of age-related home improvements and coming up with public and private strategies for financial support." More

Way-out workplaces engage Gens X and Y
The Herman Trend Alert    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Employers all over the world have discovered that creating unusual work spaces for the younger generations has a very positive effect on engagement and retention. Enlightened organizations will look for ways to add fun to their workplaces. More

Tricks of the trade for staging luxury apartments
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What does it take to sell an apartment that has been on the market for some time? Interior Marketing Group, a Manhattan-based marketing company, stages high-end and luxury apartments and employs several strategies to make an empty apartment feel like a warm home. More

Entries Sought for Sustainable Practices Award

Zeftron nylon is now accepting entries for its 2012 Sustainable Practices Award. The award recognizes innovative projects in the architect and design community that are helping create a more sustainable environment. The Grand Prize winning firm will have a $1,000 check in its name made payable to a sustainable organization or charity of its choosing. The Runner-Up firm will have a $500 check in its name made payable to the sustainable organization of its choice. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 30.

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The modern home: spacious, open, airy, gleaming — and noisy
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Trendy open floor plans where rooms aren't separated by walls mean voices carry. Interior designers, homeowners and architects are coming up with a host of solutions to create temporary nooks while keeping a big, open feel of a room. More

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Americans' favorite colors for spaces
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"House Beautiful" polled Americans to learn more about their favorite colors for spaces. The data gathered are useful to designers if used with discretion even though saturation and brightness were not addressed in the survey. Participants were asked about their favorite color in general and then about favorite room colors. More

Builder confidence continues to improve    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved for a fourth consecutive month in August. "From the builder's perspective, current sales conditions, sales prospects for the next six months and traffic of prospective buyers are all better than they have been in more than five years," said Barry Rutenberg, NAHB chairman. More

Study explores asthma triggers in built environment
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Design firm Perkins+Will has released a new report on the impact of the built environment on asthma. "Healthy Environments: A Compilation of Substances Linked to Asthma" identifies 374 substances commonly found in the buildings that are known or suspected asthma triggers, or "asthmagens." More

How will health care reform affect interior designers?
Healthcare Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How will interior designers be affected by the forthcoming changes in the U.S. health care system brought on by Obamacare? The answers are every bit as undefined as they are for the rest of the health care A/E/C community, unfortunately. More

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Finding cultural identity through interior design
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It can easily be noted how the values, morals and identity of a city are portrayed through its major works of architecture. However, while architecture offers this cultural identity in a high-impact way, interior design offers the opportunity for this culture not only to be expressed, but also to be formed. More

How to choose the right color temperature for lighting
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There is a reason for standardizing on a color temperature, and that is consistent look! If more than one fixture is in an area and there are different color temperatures in use, it will look inconsistent — looking at both the lights and the illuminated target area. More

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New York to allow tax exemption for LEED buildings
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New York Senate Bill 1462, which became law July 18, authorizes a municipal corporation to provide a real property tax exemption for certified green building improvements. Municipal corporations now will decide whether to adopt the exemption. More

Where artists create: Studios get personal
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An artist's workspace is as personal as the artwork. Talk to different artists, and you'll get a variety of individual requirements for the spaces in which they create. The only common denominator? Each finds that personal blend of the functional and the inspirational. More

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The magic of giving less to get more
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Your clients look to you to be the expert and to lead the way — not the other way. If you don't, they lose respect for you. When you lead with confidence, your clients will stop pushing you to do things you don't want to do, and they'll end up happier because of it. More

What are the international copyright risks of working abroad?
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The legal restrictions and enforcements against plagiarism, or its business and commerce cousin copyright and intellectual property, vary from nation to nation and are subject to a considerable amount of legal gray area within the U.S. Because many A&D firms are increasingly multinational organizations, this provides a new set of opportunities — and dangers. More

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Be an 'inner winner'    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What's on your mind? Tell me what you're pondering, and I'll tell you if you're profiting. Your focus says a lot about your financials. Think about big payoffs, and you'll get them. Think instead about big problems, and you'll get them. More

Make your website work for you
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Your website is often the first (and last, if it's not up to snuff) introduction to what you offer. It has to be engaging, informational and convincing. Consumers who visit your site need to come away with a clear idea of why they might want you for their project. More

Quickbooks vs. Studio Webware for your interior design business
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Are you considering using Studio Webware for your interior design firm but are reluctant to switch from QuickBooks? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each system? More

Know your process    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Process isn't just an exercise in the predictable; process is what gives your business a competitive advantage. More

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Sticker shock begone
Residential Design + Build    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A well-run design/build process will keep clients up to speed on costs and should eliminate sticker shock. Custom-designing and -building a home is an educational endeavor, and we should share costs for the client's benefit — and, ultimately, our own. More

Decorex names top 100 interior design Twitter influencers
PR Newswire via Yahoo Finance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For three weeks this summer, Decorex International ran a campaign to determine the top 100 interior design influencers on Twitter. The team monitored the list of nominees, ranked them using PeerIndex (to gauge their online reach) and formulated the list. Did you place among the top 100 most influential Tweeters for the interior design sector? More
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