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Interior Design Billings End 3rd Quarter on Up Note
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The ASID Interior Design Billings Index inched up again in September, falling only slightly below the previous quarter's mark. ASID firms reported positive growth in billings, and the Index has remained in positive territory for nine consecutive months. More

Pantone Color of the Year for 2013: Emerald
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Pantone's color of the year for 2013 is Emerald. Just how influential will that choice turn out to be? Hard to say. Color forecasters, manufacturers and store buyers do put some stock in the selection, if anything because the announcement has become something of a marketing juggernaut unto itself. More

Designer's Help Shows Your Style at its Best
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The moment comes for some people when they move into a larger home and realize they have no idea how to use the space. For others, the inspiration to work with an interior designer springs from dissatisfaction with their color scheme or a desire to upgrade their post-college Ikea furniture to something a little more grown-up. More

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New Office Trends Boost Productivity Through Flexibility
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With a growing understanding of the correlation between space and productivity, designers and major companies are now working together to maximize the potential of office spaces and make the daily grind a little more palatable to workers. More

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New E-book Shares Essential Tips for Consumers
How to Design Your Perfect Interior, a new e-book from ASID and Design Success University, provides comprehensive information and decision tools for consumers to make educated choices about how to achieve the perfect interior. Author Gail Doby, ASID, provides insider tips and insights that will prove invaluable in helping clients navigate all aspects of their interiors project. Available for $9.99 from the ASID Store or as an Amazon Kindle edition.

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ASID, Public Architecture Encourage Pro Bono Design
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Through a new partnership, ASID and Public Architecture will support pro bono service for nonprofits seeking interior design expertise through a nationwide Public Architecture program. More

October Construction Spending Rises    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce has announced that construction spending during October 2012 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $872 billion, 1.4 percent above the revised September estimate of $860 billion — and almost 10 percent higher than October 2011. More

Pioneering the "Granny Pod"
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Over the past decade, the population of Americans who are 65 or older has grown faster than the total population, and many of them need to find living arrangements that balance their needs for independence and special care. Enter the MedCottage, or "granny pod," designed as a portable hospital room and now being introduced in Fairfax County, Va. More

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Creating an Environment that Engages Employees
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Research shows employees who are engaged deliver care that results in higher patient satisfaction. This article describes lessons learned, revealing design interventions that can influence the employee environment. More

Dinner Parties, Guest Bedrooms and Multiple Offices in 420 Square Feet
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From a moving wall that creates an entire second bedroom to a fold-out table that allows dinner for 10, to an acoustically separated toilet room that doubles as a private phone booth, the concepts in tiny living are not about living with as little as possible — but rather using smart design and prioritization to live large with a small footprint, on a relatively affordable budget. More

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Designing for Health: Physician Shortages and Implications for Design
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As the population continues to grow and age, the physician shortage is becoming more acute and leading to changes in healthcare delivery. Primary care providers and practices across the country are beginning to realign under two models of organized care delivery: medical homes and accountable care organizations. Both have real implications for space and design. More

Embracing the Better Living Design Movement
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Everyone knows Heinz ketchup and their iconic glass bottle. Yet, few people buy ketchup in the old bottle any more after Heinz introduced an updated, user-friendly version a dozen years ago. Such a transformation is coming to the home design and remodeling industry as well. In the coming years, consumer demand for homes that are more livable across their lifetime will explode. More

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A Place for Everything in the Kitchen
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Kitchen storage is part of good design, so planning where to place pots, pans and utensils to maximize convenience, functionality and safety is an essential strategy for kitchen designers and clients. More

Three Fantastic Color Inspiration Sites
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Color can be one of the most challenging things about interior design, mainly because there are so many ways to add color to a space. Here are a handful of good websites that have an innovative approach to assisting with color selection. More

Improving Performance by Reconfiguring Existing Designs
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Understanding and improving the relationship between people and their working environment can reduce the chance of errors, improve human performance and thus enhance the performance of the whole system. One way of achieving this is to train humans to better understand the environment that surrounds them. Another is to configure a better environment in the first place. More

All the Pretty Houses
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Architect/designer Daniel Romualdez has become one of the premier style-makers of our time. Nowhere is his impeccable taste — and his mastery of eclectic styles — more on display than in his own four homes. More

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Are You Shrinking to Fit?
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Are you reducing your design fees because you heard that someone else is doing it for less and you are afraid if you don't do it for "peanuts," you won't get the job? Are you starting out with a reasonable fee — but allowing clients to add to the scope of the work without renegotiating the fee? If so, then it's time to practice setting boundaries. More

Taking Account    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Because finances are such a big part of how a business runs, and because entrepreneurs often want to have their hands in as many aspects of their venture as possible, accounting and bookkeeping often become one of many tasks rather than a point of focus. But there are dangers to letting the books and financial planning become an afterthought. More

Nine Great Sources of Interior Design Inspiration on Instagram
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Though many interior designers have yet to discover the joy and fun (and marketing-savvy) that is sharing photos on Instagram, Say Daily editors think this mix of design editors and designers are a stylish — and inspiring — bunch to follow. More

Consistency in Branding: The Art of Differentiation
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Brand consistency is the most important thing you can do to truly differentiate yourself from your competition. If your marketing message does not match up with the quality of your marketing efforts, then your customers will not see integrity in your message. More

Could Teaming With Other Small Businesses Be Key to Success?
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In a tough economy, growing your business doesn't have to involve costly new hires or expensive acquisitions. Instead, teaming up with another small business might be your best solution. Successful teaming relationships can help you gain experience, offer a more comprehensive service or take on bigger contracts. More

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Five Tips for Great Partnerships
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Partnerships bring the best of two people together to create something much bigger than each could have accomplished alone. But what makes a partnership thrive? What happens when the opposing points of view combine for the worse — not the better? And how do you overcome the challenge of negotiation to reach a really groundbreaking result? More

Why Your Social Media Success Depends on Email Marketing
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There's a hierarchy in the world of building a total online presence for your business, and mastering things like Facebook and Pinterest fall below getting your content strategy, SEO and email marketing machine oiled and ready for prime time. Without the proper foundation to build on, your social media efforts will drain your focus and time with little opportunity for return. More

The Importance of Delegation for Your Small Business
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No matter the size of your business, chances are you can't be everywhere at once. But when you run a successful business, there is no field that can go untouched on a given day. This is where delegation is your best bet to pay attention to those areas that really need your attention. More

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