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3 lighting designers offer fresh ideas on illuminating the home
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Although buyers want less of what isn't necessary, they're still looking for the best of what is — which makes this an ideal time to revisit your designs with an eye toward perfecting your homes' basic elements. And if you need a good place to start, try lighting. With lots of new money- and time-saving technologies and inexpensive maneuvers that pack a dramatic punch, lighting is an ideal makeover candidate for tight budgets. More

Construction, architecture groups urge industry job growth
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The NAHB, the Associated General Contractors of America and the AIA each recently released reports aimed at legislators and lenders that focus on how the construction industry can lead the country back to economic health. The AIA goes further to outline what steps policymakers need to take for this to happen. More

On 1stdibs, dreams — at least — are free
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The site's marketplace for design and antiques is filled not with the ones that got away, but with the ones most people never will have. Interior designer Celerie Kemble said she has an imaginary house full of unattainably expensive furniture saved in her favorites file. She has no hard feelings about the sticker shock, she said, because there is "an education to be found in exploring the rapture created by a beautiful object." More

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Design Viewpoints Series in High Point in October

The High Point Market Authority, in association with the American Society of Interior Designers, once again is producing its popular seminar series for interior designers during the October High Point Market. The Design Viewpoints Series will take place Oct. 23-25 at noon, at 100 High in Showplace West. All seminars in the Design Viewpoints Series are free to interior designers attending High Point Market. No RSVP is required, and lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about topics and speakers, click here.

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Michelle Obama hosts national design awards
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First lady Michelle Obama hosted the winners and finalists of the 12th annual Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards recently at a White House luncheon. This year's program had a new component: 15 local high school students were selected to go to the design fair and the White House lunch. The students were selected by museum officials based on a variety of criteria, including their knowledge of and passion for pursuing a career in art and design. More

Responses to creativity
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There is a push throughout the professional world for creativity — but why are creative suggestions so often negatively received? Designers who are aware of the issues surrounding new ideas are better equipped to circumvent opposition to novel ideas they present. More

Helpful hues: The role of color in health care lighting
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Epigenetic design — based on how the body and brain receive, perceive and interact with the physical environment — is a key element of health care facilities. Epigenetic design can be simple when interior designers understand the research and how patients and staff are affected by the built environment. One such example? The effect the color of light can have on circadian rhythms — and thus on the patient's ability to heal more quickly. More

'Visitable' housing gaining support
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A number of public and private groups are pushing the idea that all new housing should at least be "visitable," or accessible to people with mobility issues. So if Grandpa's in a wheelchair or Junior has broken a leg in a football game, either one can come to dinner without a lot of fuss. More

Empire State Building becomes tallest US building to win LEED Gold
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One of the most iconic office buildings in the United States, the Empire State Building, is now flaunting a LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the tallest national building to achieve the designation. 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.

Must-see movies starring architecture and design
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In some films, a house, castle or high-rise apartment quietly rounds out the characters' personalities. In others, the set is key to the plot. Then there are movies where the location becomes the whole point of watching. More

Powder rooms create different challenges for designers, homeowners
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Planning the powder room is different than planning most other bathrooms. Sanitation always is at the top of the priority list. Of the remaining needs, either aesthetics or utility is at the top of the list for many people. The choice often is split based on the homeowner's age. More

Living small with multifunction furniture
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Living with some of the most expensive land prices in Canada, interior designers in Metro Vancouver long have been forced to tweak architect Mies van der Rohe's catchphrase: Less, it seems, always must reveal more. More


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Designing office space for a world of Web workers
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As more and more people use the Internet to make their work mobile and free themselves from being shackled to the office, it's not just workers' lifestyles that are going to change: Their physical work spaces are bound to evolve as well. More

Cooking up color
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The most common colors for kitchens tend to be subdued: creamy white Carrara marble, inky black granite and light-toned woods. However, this slideshow offers a look at kitchens that use color to elevate the space beyond the ordinary. More

Contemporary boutique hotel's interiors inspired by Dutch masters
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The realism of 17th-century Dutch painting is characteristic of the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic, when the art of the new mercantile state was reinvented. This aesthetic still resonates today at Canal House in Amsterdam's Jordaan district. The hotel's staid exterior, comprising narrow houses with archetypal gables, conceals an adaptive reuse that is both contemporary and evocative of the past. More

Non-conformity the theme of interior design at Maison & Objet
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"Singularité" or the rejection of mass uniformity is the theme of this year's trendsetting interior design show Maison & Objet held in Paris. The theme, say the show's organizers, represents a desire to "go against the grain" and assert one's own individual design tastes in interior design and lifestyle. More

Growth beyond borders
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Walt Disney's Favorite Chair is Back
Walt Disney Signature & Avant Gallery are proud to launch the re-imagined Airline_009 Chair designed by Cory Grosser, bringing the classic design of the original Airline Chair from 1934 back to life. Solid machined walnut frame with a fine leather upholstery in 10 beautiful colors. Made in the USA.

Should you secure a retainer?
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Kitchen & Bath Design News recently posed the question to dealers and designers in the kitchen and bath industry: "Does your firm secure design fees or retainers? Why or why not?" For many reasons, policies vary. More

Nice ones finish best
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How is your reputation with the contractors, subcontractors, showroom sales persons and realtors you deal with? They are telling prospective clients, "If you are hiring a design professional, please hire a good one and a NICE ONE." Are they referring to you? More


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Pro bono projects: A commitment from the heart
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As designers watch the world around them, more and more professionals are thinking about how they can use their talents best to support the local and global community. Whether on an individual, firm or organizational level, design professionals frequently volunteer their expertise to support the health, safety, and welfare of individuals in need around the world. Their efforts are making lives better while raising awareness of the power of design. More

Are you training yourself to fail?
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The more we continue to make the same mistakes, the more we ingrain ineffective behaviors into our lives. Our failures become our rituals, our rituals become our habits, and our habits become our identity. You can't get out of this pattern by telling yourself you're a productive person. You have to climb out the same way you climbed in: with new rituals. More

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12 ways to shake up your attitude and your business
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Are you stuck in a rut? There are many things going on in today's world that are not particularly pleasant or enjoyable. Many of those things, though, are out of our control. What we can change and what we do have control over is how we think, approach things and apply solutions. More

Business owners: Twitter is not your therapist
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Carol Roth writes, "As I spend more time on social media, I'm amazed at the sheer number of entrepreneurs who treat Twitter like a therapist's office. I totally understand many of the folks online are solopreneurs and small-business owners, and for them a social media site like Twitter serves as a virtual water cooler. But if you are one of these people, I ask you to rethink your strategy." More

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