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Design-Specific Research Gives You an Edge
Interiors & Sources
We're succeeding again as a community, and we can plan accordingly with insights from the most recent ASID Interior Design Billings Index report. It helps us to better shape our businesses and more strategically position ourselves with new and existing clients. Knowing the health of our industry and its near-term outlook, we can more effectively anticipate future outcomes.
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  Five Tips to Design Smarter

Download Five Tips to Design Smarter to learn how Crestron home automation can enhance your design and expand your practice – without having to be a technology expert. Crestron delivers optimal convenience, security and energy savings in an exciting way, balancing function and form with a worry-free installation.

A Case Study: Generative Space and Community of Home
ASID Foundation
Join the ASID Foundation at the National Building Museum on Thursday, Nov. 20, to hear David Cordell, ASID, of Perkins+Will, and Tamara Cavin, IIDA, discuss generative space interior design principles used in the LEED Silver Conway Health and Resource Center at Community of Hope in Southeast D.C. Community of Hope is a leader in the community, providing homeless and underserved families with resources to become healthy, stably housed, well-educated, and financially secure. This is the second public programming on generative space hosted by the National Building Museum.

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Celebrate ASID Student Takeover Month
A key benefit of being involved in ASID is learning from the personal experiences of peers, professionals and mentors. Throughout November, ASID will host a full roster of student activities, education opportunities, videos, resources, tips and more. Each day we encourage you to tune in to what's happening — you never know who or what will inspire you. Download your personal interactive calendar and stay connected through Facebook.
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Fly High and Give Back: Pro Bono Design Opportunity in the Bay Area
The 1%
The Hiller Aviation Museum uses aviation as a gateway for people to embrace adventure and innovation while using tools of science to explore how the physical world works and how the dream of flight is made into reality. This Smithsonian Affiliate museum is located in the Bay Area and serves 87,000 visitors annually, including 35,000 youth that participate in educational programs. The museum seeks pro bono services for a facilities needs assessment that will identify design strategies to create a stronger and more impactful visitor experience. If you are interested in making a difference, Give 1%. As a partner of The 1% program, the ASID Foundation encourages designers to make pro bono service a continuous part of their practice.
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  Designer Fabrics, Trims Store - Factory Direct

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Six Paint Companies Decree Color Trends for 2015
Editor at Large
Pantone's well-known "Color of the Year" (which has yet to be revealed for 2015) radiates through the worlds of interior design, fashion, technology, business and more — but it's not the only game in town. Other colors, from Breakfast Room Green to Clarified Orange, are making their mark for the coming year.
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Trends from NeoCon East
The 12th annual NeoCon East show provided insights and ideas for attendees and exhibitors. There were many themes featured at the show, but some of them stood out more than others. One of the biggest themes was the idea of creating commercial spaces that don't feel like typical commercial spaces.
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Ellen DeGeneres Writing Interior Design Book: Home
Ace ShowBiz
Ellen DeGeneres is preparing an interior design book to be released next year. The book, called Home, will feature many tips from the host of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," who says most people don't know she has a passion for interior design.
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Is the Client Serious? Watch for the 'Tell'
Design Management Company
A good salesman, like a good gambler, needs to watch for the tell. How often were you sure the client was going to hire you, and then you never heard from him/her again? How do you know if the client is in earnest or just trying to find a polite way to give you the brush? Pay attention to body language.
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Stop Giving Away Free Design Advice!
Interior Desig+n Community
You have an interior design business. So, stop giving away free design advice! You are not visiting a friend and sharing ideas. You are giving and they are taking. This can happen to us all. So, what is the solution? Give the clients what they want!
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Learning from a Presentation Post-Mortem
Hank Boyer
Following the completion of a sales presentation, a best practice is to perform a meeting post-mortem. While the most important perspective will be the assessment your customers make, it is highly instructive to objectively and candidly evaluate how you did during each meeting.
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Spark Your Creativity in Six Steps
Psychology Today
We're all fascinated with creativity, both the end result and the process itself — which remains largely mysterious. Research has offered up some observations and findings that may help you harness your own creative thinking and energies.
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Remodeling Conditions Continue to Show Strong Growth
NARI via
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry released its third-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse data of current and future remodeling business conditions. Results indicated strong growth in the third quarter of 2014 with a rating of 6.41. Quarter-over-quarter increases are evident in all sub-components measuring remodeling activity. This is the second quarter of growth in 2014, coming on top of June's strong increase over the 6.07 recorded in March.
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Going with the Grain: The Increasing Use of Agate Decor
Archita Datta Majumdar
The past few years have seen agate slowly creep into designers' consciousness. And with increasing popularity of naturalist decor, it is hardly a wonder that this colorful crystallized rock is in such demand. Agate is one of nature's many wonders, with the array of amazing textures and colors that are grand and soothing at the same time. While the trend initially started out with decorative items around the home, one can now see full countertops, walls and more done in detailed agate. ​
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Children's Interior Design Trends
Interior design is no longer just about the adults as parents lean on design professionals to create beautiful spaces for their little ones. The children's interiors market continues to grow in the form of safe, functional furniture, natural textiles and designers with services wholly dedicated to youngsters.
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Grosfillex Contract Furniture Collection

Grosfillex, a US manufacturer, designs and builds a complete line of distinct, durable commercial furniture to meet or exceed industry standards – indoors and outdoors! Focused on new materials and technologies, Grosfillex is proud to introduce a new contemporary interior furniture line with slim HPL tables and stack chairs in youthful colors and trendy designs. Grosfillex product line offers professionals and designers performance, durability, functionality, style and comfort at an affordable price. MORE
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World Green Building Council CEO Jane Henley Stepping Down
Architecture & Design
The World Green Building Council has announced that CEO Jane Henley will step down from the role in March 2015 in order to focus on entrepreneurial activities while studying at MIT University in Boston.
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Want A Greener Building? Let the Sun Shine In
Green building design is nothing new for companies seeking to improve their sustainable business credentials, but more architects and interior designers are including elements of the natural world in their blueprints. This isn't just because it looks nice. Projects by early pioneers like Google and the General Services Administration demonstrate that this biophilic design can improve employee performance.
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Retailers Going Green
Some of the big news back in 2007 was a series of endeavors made by Wal-Mart to build more efficient and sustainable stores. The move was applauded by most and used as a beacon of hope for the environmentally minded. After all, if Wal-Mart could go green, then any retailer could. While not every retailer has decided to implement sustainable designs at their stores, many have. Here are but a few of the greener designs shoppers are seeing.
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Rules for Designing an Engaging Workplace
Harvard Business Review
As today's companies wake up to the value of workers who are truly engaged in their work — a clear case of trying to encourage certain ways of thinking and behaving — they should probably be paying far more attention to place design. Few things are more instrumental in boosting — or diminishing — levels of employee engagement.
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2015 Trends in Action: Hospitality Architecture
In its continuing series of 2015 trends applications, this month Specs+Spaces focuses on hospitality architecture trends. The editors are highlighting four key trends — remote, nature, materiality and modular — that demonstrate that design and architecture continue to inspire and enlighten.
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CannonDesign Releases Guide for Specifying Flooring in Healthcare
Building Design + Construction
CannonDesign's Health Practice has released "Flooring Applications in Healthcare Settings," a report summarizing available information and evidence into a usable practice guide for key decision-makers in health organizations. The report compares and contrasts different flooring types in the context of parameters such as health and safety impact, design and operational issues, environmental considerations, economics and product options.
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