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Color forecasts for 2012
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Fashion usually foretells, a year or so in advance, what shades eventually will permeate home trends. The Color Marketing Group announced this spring that p'zazz, a vibrant, deep red-purple, seen in past seasons on the runway, is the "it" color for fall/winter 2011 to 2012. According to CMG's forecast, "expect it to adorn feature walls, accent soft furnishings and breathe new life into standard hues such as beige, navy and gray." More

ASID introduces The Business Library to members

ASID has teamed up with The Business Library to meet your business needs by providing answers to your most important big-dollar opportunities, concerns and questions. What's my business worth? How do I increase my retirement money and income? When should I sell my business, and how do I negotiate the best deal? How do I prepare a financing proposal to get needed capital? How do I design a compensation package that gives me the most after-tax income? How can I assure business continuity, save personal and business taxes, increase and manage my cash flow, and build more wealth?

Visit the ASID Business Resource Library on our website and see how The Business Library answers those questions and many more, with actual case studies to lead you to the right decisions that pay off for you and your business today and for many years to come.

Through special arrangement with The Business Library, we are able to offer you some of their most popular resources for a fraction of the normal cost. ASID members pay only $12 for each report — a savings of $27 off the regular price.

Click here for a listing and description of all reports. We hope you take full advantage of The Business Library as a valuable new member benefit. Plus, check out the Practice & Business area of the website for more business resources.

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Restoring the retro house
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Since Pam Kueber started her website in 2007, it has become the epicenter of a small but devoted group of midcentury design enthusiasts, a go-to destination for homeowners who spurn the latest decor trends in favor of retiling their bathrooms in turquoise mosaics from the Eisenhower years or installing Dishmaster kitchen faucets whose bulky forms recall those of a late-model Studebaker. More

Student hubs are the new campus hot spot
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Students look for spaces that help them connect with others before, during and after class. But what makes a hub hubbable? How much campus space should be dedicated to these zones? How can college administrators support the design of these spaces? A Herman Miller survey of higher education facility planners, architects and designers provides insights. More

Sustainability scrutinized
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Criticism of "sustainability" is not new, but at two recent events — one academic, the other professional — sustainability met with both skepticism and criticism in unexpected ways. Have we reached a point where sustainable architecture and design need to be addressed more rigorously? More

Recent downturn in architecture firm billings accelerates
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Even before the debt ceiling agreement, the historic downgrading of the U.S. credit rating and the resulting wild stock market gyrations, the current downtrend in billings at architecture firms already had started to accelerate. In July, the AIA Architecture Billings Index declined for the fourth month in a row, falling to 45.1. What's in store for the U.S. economy — and the architecture profession — in the upcoming months remains very unclear. More

Security. Convenience. Style.

Baldwin is pleased to introduce its latest security advancement, a keyless entry door lock. It features convenient one-touch locking with decorative hardware's only motorized deadbolt and two customizable access codes-one for family, one for temporary access. The keyless lock is easy to install in a standard door prep and can be integrated with wireless home automation systems utilizing Home Connect™ technology.

As they saw it: Interior design
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The blog "As they saw it," which compiles news and articles published shortly after events occurred, has begun a series on interior design in the U.S. Most postings to date focus on the 1960s and '70s. Click MORE to take a walk down memory lane. More

It's makeover time in Kathmandu — but where are the interior designers?
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Demand for interior designers has risen sharply in Nepal, ahead of upcoming festivals and peak tourist season. With the change in living standard and lifestyle, the need for intelligent and optimum utilization of space is felt more strongly than ever before. The solution lies with interior designers — but many already are booked for the entire season, making it difficult to find an interior designer on short notice. More

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Designing space for the high-tech patient room
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When planning for new patient rooms, today's health facility professionals have quite the challenge. They must ensure the room design allows for effective, state-of-the-art technology when the space initially is occupied and can adapt to future technologies. Working closely with a knowledgeable medical equipment planner will increase the probability that the design will last well into the future. More

History and design of the bathroom: Pulling it all together
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An eight-part series reviewing the history (and future) of the bathroom culminates in this summarized overview that offers a functional, practical set of ideas. The result is a bathroom that you can't have; the components don't exist. But they could, easily. More

Dubai's interior contracting sector heats up
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In recent months, the United Arab Emirates has seen an increase in work in the commercial interior contracting sector. The local industry is in full-steam-ahead mode as several factors combine to open more opportunities. More Artwork Done Right

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The cost of interior design
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Many interior designers constantly are asked by friends, family and relatively new acquaintances what their services cost. That's not easy to answer. All clients have specific needs and expectations, and it's the designer's job to give them the best value for their dollar. More

5 employee issues that should worry small business
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It may not seem like it, but in some cities and some industries the job market is actually heating up. The recently released PwC's 14th Annual Global CEO Survey contains some interesting insights about the future of talent management. More


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Strategies for managing global design teams
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Working with clients and partners across long distances holds its own set of issues that still need to be resolved: Is the country stable enough to work there? Is the client reputable? Does the contract resolve issues of tax and currency, differences in definitions of phase and scope, and payment for travel/expenses? Do the local architects, consultants and contractors have the same expectations for quality, and are they competent to undertake the work? More

Reaching wealthy consumers
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A recently released study by the Interactive Advertising Bureau details the digital usage and attitudes of wealthy consumers. Not surprisingly, you will find them online. They spend an average of 20 percent more time online weekly, compared to the general population. This group, who used to be the toughest to reach, now may be targeted online. More

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Market volatility dampens small business growth
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After the downgrade of U.S. government debt and subsequent volatility in the equities markets, small-business owners are taking a wait-and-see approach. "The uncertainty and fear is making everybody crazy," said interior designer Jo Heinz, president of Dallas-based Staffelbach Inc. "I believe this will slow decision-making by our major clients, and it will have a trickle-down effect on our projects and our workload." More

Does your firm's website tell your story?
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When was the last time you cast a critical eye on your company's website? If it requires visitors to download plug-ins, features small photos, has hard-to-find contact information or important sections that can't be printed, it's time for an update. What's in? Bold graphics, personality and quick access to information. More

How to say 'no' gracefully
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Here is the scenario: Every time you see a particular friend socially she has another design question or problem for you to solve. So what do you do and say to these friends or acquaintances who don't realize that design is your business and they have stepped over the line? Here are some tips to get friends to respect your boundaries. More

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