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The evolving tastes of younger homeowners
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While it's commonly assumed that younger consumers love complicated technology and anything trendy, that's not necessarily true when it comes to kitchen and bath design choices. In fact, while younger consumers may love their technology and idolize Tim Gunn, that doesn't mean they're willing to sacrifice practicality or durability in order to achieve their high-tech, fashion-forward vision. More



Sustainability standard developed for refrigeration appliances
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The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, CSA Group and UL Environment have released a new benchmark for household refrigeration appliances: a voluntary sustainability standard for home appliances. This new standard is the first in a family of product sustainability standards intended for use by manufacturers, governments, retailers and others to identify environmentally preferable products. More

September home improvement market shows growth
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Home improvement spending will increase 4.9 percent in 2012 and 4.0 percent in 2013, outpacing GDP growth, according to data released by the Home Improvement Research Institute. "Consumers are starting to get back closer to normal in their maintenance, repair and improvement of their homes. Some of the newest data on housing should help maintain the positive momentum the industry started experiencing last year," said Fred Miller, managing director of HIRI. More



Spread the wellness: Design to support worker health
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Fitness centers and ergonomically designed furniture and casegoods are just a couple of the ways designers and architects address employee wellness in health care settings today. What's next on the horizon? More

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New REGREEN Workshops for Fall

ASID debuts the new interiors-focused REGREEN Implementation Workshop this fall. The course addresses the industry-specific challenges interior designers face when renovating a residential space and prepares design professionals to make sustainable retrofit decisions that save money, improve home performance and contribute to healthy interiors. The all-day workshop offers 0.8 CEU and is taught by Annette Stelmack, Allied ASID, LEED AP BD+C, sustainable design consultant at Inspirit-llc, contributing editor for Green Building Advisor, LEED faculty, and co-author of Sustainable Residential Interiors. Cost is $240 for ASID members ($290 non-members).

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Share Your "Iconic Space" In ASID ICON!

Each issue of ASID ICON features an "Iconic Spaces" page, profiling a member along with a timeless interior that inspires him or her. From the intricacy of Spain's Alhambra to the colors of Dorothy Draper's hotels to the simple lines of Frank Lloyd Wright's homes and so many others — we want to know which timeless interiors have made an impression on you.

If you would like to be featured, please email icon@asid.org and include (1) your name, title and firm name; (2) a short description of your iconic interior: why you chose it, what it means to you, how it's influenced your design philosophy, etc. (about 75-100 words).


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New lab will test livability of indoor spaces
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Green interior design is largely focused on lowering environmental impacts and carbon output of a space. In a move that is an important reminder of the various other elements of green interiors, Australian Environment Minister Greg Combet recently opened the Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory at the University of Sydney. The world-class facility aims to emphasize the importance of interior air quality, how this can be improved through the implementation of green building features and its strong positive impact on productivity and health and well-being. More

Your toxic sofa: Still full of flame retardants
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California is a big state, so when its Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation sets a standard, it pretty much becomes an national standard. That's what happened with flame retardants that make up as much as 10 percent of the weight of a sofa. But as California battles against them, industry is fighting back. More



Minor adjustments: Specifying elements that foster flexibility
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While hospital interior design concepts often are driven by budgets and schedules, good design solutions offer longevity, too. Consequently, designs for health care environments also must be flexible enough to accommodate tomorrow's breakthroughs to keep a hospital ahead of its competition. More

Libraries for the modern home
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Modern interior designers have experienced and shaped the evolution of public libraries. These educationally-oriented buildings have been transformed from highly institutional and bland spaces into vastly more creative, communication-oriented venues. While library spaces are finding renewed success in the public realm, they are also finding popularity in the modern household. More


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Demand swells for multigenerational housing
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One reason for the growing number of multigenerational households is the recession, but it's also a lifestyle choice. Designers are looking to the "home within a home" concept to accommodate. More

A colorful fall forecast
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One thing is for sure: We won't see a lack of color this fall. On the contrary, we will see a full spectrum as we look to fall with optimism. Saturated hues with positivity and energy, sensual, deep colors, complex pastels and textured neutrals all will be spotted this coming fall. More


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Best of Boutique winners 2012 announced
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Hospitality Design magazine is pleased to announce this year's Best of Boutique winners — all of which will be featured in the October print edition. Some 40 entries were received in categories ranging from textiles to furniture to lighting. More

Furniture arrangements and activity in care homes
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Research in care homes indicates that how furniture is arranged can significantly influence resident activity. A simple study that involved moving away from classic arrangement of furniture to smaller sections that offered choices for activities or privacy improved the quality of life among residents with dementia. More

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Winsome windows
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Windows have a lot riding on them. Beyond their basic function of bringing in natural light and views, today's windows must have both beauty and brains — able to complement a home's architectural style, boost its energy efficiency and protect it against the fiercest weather. It's a lot to worry about, but when done well, there are few things that have a greater impact on a home's comfort and style. More


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The art of understatement
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An antidote to the growing cacophony of visual noise surrounding us, Architectural Record's 2012 Record Interiors features seven projects that are refreshingly quiet, focused and well-crafted. Homing in on what's essential, the designers and architects are unapologetically minimalist in their strategies. Each solution is uniquely tailored to its client, program and context — 19th- and 20th-century landmarks, a high-rise apartment, a new industrial-style structure and a commercial space — fusing with the existing architecture but never overshadowing it. More

The cult of disappearing design
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More than simply stashing your stereo in a closet or throwing a shawl over your ottoman, the all-invisible aesthetic aims for a higher-minded goal: creating unified spaces that flow from room to room and place to place. Driven by technology and old-fashioned ingenuity, such design pursues goals like "zero sightlines" (fixtures that can't be seen in profile) as well as creating seamless — and shadowless — surfaces. More

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The prospect problem: Are they stayers or players?
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Are they staying, or just playing? That's a judgment you have to make about prospects. More

The exploding business of bartering
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What do Honda, Haymarket Exhibitions and your plumber have in common? Bartering. Business bartering is big, and it's happening at every level. The International Reciprocal Trade Association reports that in 2011 more than 400,000 companies worldwide used bartering to earn an estimated $12 billion on unwanted or underused assets. More



Embracing technology in kitchen and bath business
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A new survey conducted for KBDN by the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence polled some 323 kitchen and bath dealers and designers from all across the country, trying to pin down how kitchen/bath dealers and designers currently use — and plan to use — technology for business purposes. The results show 9 out of 10 professionals are embracing technology like never before. More

How to grow without adding staff
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As the housing market picks up, the professionals involved in it have to figure out how to rebuild their businesses without having to staff up. Consultant Charles Schneider offers ideas for expanding without breaking the bank. More

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Everlasting evidence: Emails are forever
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Electronic evidence discovery has become an integral part of the process of preparing legal cases — for plaintiffs and for defendants. Emails and other information placed on the Internet, intranets and local servers aren't easily destroyed or shredded like hard-copy records. Electronic files are typically stored on backup servers and, even if deleted from a server or computer hard drive, leave residual traces that computer forensic specialists can recover. More

Pause your email to get some real work done
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In the old days, before we were always connected, you could take your phone off the hook for an hour to have a private meeting, get some work done or even just have a meal in peace. The omnipresence of email has made that kind of isolation difficult, though. More


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Designs on success: Your OTJT business degree program
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Many young design professionals come into their first job with more experience with aesthetics than spreadsheets. After all, design schools do have a tendency to make the creative aspect and the related deliverables "the most important thing in the world" — and that mantra goes on for four or five years. Then, as they settle in to a firm where they want to be for a while, young design professionals begin to recognize the difference between the design business and the business of design. More

5 ways to get traffic without paying
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Traffic is how your website pays its way. High traffic results in more paying customers for you. And there's no shortage of people eager to take your money in exchange for promises of more traffic. Sadly, not all of them are worth the cost. More
 
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