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Report: Demand for luxury items, services rising via Qualified Remodeler    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Luxury is making a comeback, according to a report issued by The site's "Fall 2012 Remodeling Sentiment Report" reveals an uptick in the scale of planned home remodels. More

University's new dorm designed with deaf students in mind
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Gallaudet University's newest residence hall has many of the luxury perks that have become common in dorms across the country such as suite-style rooms with private bathrooms and communal living rooms with flat-screen televisions. But the building also has subtleties aimed at making Gallaudet's deaf students feel more comfortable. More

How modern design is reshaping law firms
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Think "law firms" and one can easily drum up visions of dark, stuffy, carpeted interiors and even danker smells. Not so any more. Thanks to the growing number of tech-savvy younger law partners, modern design — combined with the latest technology — has finally invaded this bastion of spaces. More

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UN: Aging in place is of global importance
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Given the magnitude of the global aging population, the United Nations is calling aging in place a top-10 priority. In a recent report focused on aging in the 21st century, the U.N. cites challenges ahead for the older generations with a note of aging in place being a top concern. The report, "Aging in the 21st Century: A Celebration and A Challenge," details the implications as well as how remaining in one place is paramount. More

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ASID will debut the new interiors-focused REGREEN Implementation Workshop during this month's High Point Market on Oct. 17. REGREEN, the nation's first and most comprehensive green residential remodeling program, is introducing this in-depth training focused on healthy FF&E and sustainable renovation strategies. The workshop is an all-day practicum featuring sustainable design guru Annette Stelmack, Allied ASID, LEED AP BD+C.

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Ecomimicry: Evolution as the first principle
Metropolis    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ask a conservation biologist and she or he will assert that making the built environment an extension of the natural environment means more than simply making it energy efficient. Evolutionary science drove areas of study such as ecology, zoology and botany to update their perception of the world and also inspired new branches of science. Is it time for design to follow suit? More

What makes a cool office?
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An office is a recruitment tool, a second home, a place to hang out with friends, a place to be inspired and, particularly for entrepreneurs with huge goals, the place that will serve as the launch pad into building the next billion-dollar company. So it's no wonder so many founders are obsessed with office design. More

Rise of the mixed economy
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A London-based collector describes how, in his home, contemporary art dovetails with design pieces. This kind of crossover collecting is not new. Art and design of the 20th and 21st centuries seem like natural bedfellows, with collecting in both sectors slowly gaining momentum. More

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USGBC opens 5th comment period for LEED update
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The U.S. Green Building Council has announced the opening of its fifth public comment period for the proposed update to its LEED green building program. The comment period, which will close on Dec. 10, enables the building community to view the most recent draft of the rating systems and provide comments where any substantive changes have been made. More

Safety zone: Optimizing patient safety in bathroom design
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The past 10 years have seen enormous effort and emphasis on designing better patient bedrooms: single-patient rooms that contribute to healing and beneficial outcomes, patient safety and family inclusion. For the most part, however, the bathroom remains an area that disappoints and perhaps endangers patients, challenges designers and frustrates owners. More

NYC micro-apartment pilot attracts 33 design submissions
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The deadline for submissions for New York City's micro-apartment program has ended, with 33 proposals received. Announced in July, the competition is a pilot that could set the stage for reducing the minimum number of square feet for an apartment in New York City. More

Latin America development is focus of hospitality design community
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More than 3,500 members of the hospitality design community gathered in Miami in September, where the hot topic for HD Boutique was burgeoning development and related hurdles in Latin America. More

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Home lighting, the shadow side
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The dark is a great place to start when seeking enlightenment on lighting, says at least one lighting expert. "Without the dark to play against, light would serve no purpose," David Martin claims. More

Impact of design on respite spaces
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One of the ways stress and fatigue are addressed in healthcare is through the use of planned breaks for rest and rejuvenation so staff members are ready and able to resume work. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Spectrum Health and Nurture by Steelcase in Grand Rapids, Mich., was interested to see how the built environment, in particular, could be used to help improve the quality of the break-taking experience and its possible related outcomes. More

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Design down the volume
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As restaurants and bars grow increasingly loud, Alan G. Brake calls on architects and interior designers to consider noise levels. "Designing for auditory comfort and safety should be a priority for architects and interior designers," he writes. More

Blues are back
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In this blog post, Layla Altman, ASID, shares her thoughts on how fashion-inspired navy blue shades are making their way into this season's interiors. More

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Feng shui and keeping it real
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Feng shui, the Chinese art of designing and rearranging one's environment to create harmony in life, sometimes uses esoteric language. But it also offers practical advice for arranging a space The author shares lessons learned from a presentation by feng shui expert Benjamin Huntington, ASID. More

Trends designers dig
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The staff at St. Louis Homes asked interior designers their favorite trend to incorporate into their clients' homes. Color, graphic patterns and track lighting are just a few that will give any room in your house a fresh feel. More

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Keys to creating a luxury brand interior design firm
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Learn the five keys to creating a luxury brand level business. Whether you target the affluent or not, luxury level service as a goal for your firm will propel your brand, credibility and reputation upward. More

Tips for managing your key accounts    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the kitchen and bath industry, most of us depend on repeat referral business from customers. So, how do you maintain and retain your key accounts, and ensure that you maximize your referral potential from these clients? More

7 social psychology studies to help you convert prospects into paying clients
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When it comes to converting more prospects into paying customers, it all boils down to how well you understand your buyer's mind and what they want from your business. The thing is, your time can't scale in every circumstance, and there may come a point where you aren't able to know each and every one of your customers personally. When that's the case, what's to be done? More

Juggling priorities: A good idea?
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eric Sinoway, author of the HBR article No, You Can't Have It All and the book Howard's Gift: Uncommon Wisdom to Inspire Your Life's Work, tackles the limits of perfectionism when faced with a crisis. More

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Find your productivity hot spot
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Productivity expert Jason Womack says the secret to getting more done is to create a distraction-free zone. Here's what it should look like. More

How to facilitate a healthy transition for your business
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If you are a business owner, key manager or employee of a company going through an organizational transition, such as a merger or leadership change, it is likely you will experience performance disruption caused by confusing messages, speculation or lack of information. And you are not alone. Often the planning for these important events happens behind closed doors with only the owners and advisers, leaving everyone else to speculate about the future. More

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