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The game room grows up
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Gone are the days when pool, table tennis, darts and the like were afterthoughts, relegated to an unfinished basement or stuck in an extra, unloved room. Even as designers have reinvented subterranean space as the "lower level," families are moving entertainment areas upstairs, into the heart of the home, and throwing open the doors for friends. Spending leisure time at home became a necessity during the Great Recession and has remained a mainstay. Today's successful game room is a place where people want to spend time — regardless of its paraphernalia. More

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10 lifestyle trends to watch in 2012
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Looking for a niche to fill next year? There are 10 identifiable trends on the horizon that will — or already do — influence how consumers live in 2012 and beyond. More

'Mapping' the NYC design scene
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Pentagram's Luke Hayman riffs off of Massimo Vignelli's iconic subway map to create a chart of key figures in New York's design network, both past and present. Developed for Amsterdam-based interior design magazine Eigen Huis & Interieur, the map is an admittedly unscientific compilation of names in the industry. More

Announcing the Baldwin Reserve Portfolio
Baldwin Reserve combines quality craftsmanship with advanced technology to deliver a personalized blend of styles. Easily mix and match knobs, levers, and roses, in eight finishes to deliver a custom look for every architectural style. Reserve offers short lead times, quick installation and an industry leading limited 25-year finish warranty. MORE

Kitchen facelifts
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If a full kitchen renovation scares your client, suggest a facelift. Enhancing a kitchen can be as simple as taking advantage of the latest tools and techniques to breathe new life into the busiest space in any home. More

Hyatt House design shakes up hospitality segment    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Home is where the heart is: This credo clearly is evident in Hyatt Hotels Corp.'s recently revealed extended-stay Hyatt House design. The brand concept will feature a more neighborhood-like environment, creating a home-away-from-home for long-term guests, said Gary Dollens, global head of franchise and select brands for Hyatt. More

Make the ASID Foundation Part of Your Annual Giving

Our 4 x 40 campaign is in its second year. If you haven't heard, we are trying to enroll 250 people passionate about design to commit $500 a year for 5 years by 2015. It is working, and we are a third of the way there. We have three more years to reach our goal, and we can get there much sooner with your help.

December is the month when many of you decide where your philanthropic dollars will go. We know there are many personal causes that compete for your dollars. We're asking you to add the ASID Foundation to your list. Go to and click "Contribute" to make your online donation today.

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Flooring: The top 250 design survey
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Floor Focus magazine reports that responses to its survey of designers were replete with indications of a continued difficult market. For instance, pricing was a growing concern, vinyl products increased in popularity and, sadly, environmental concerns among many respondents diminished in importance. On a positive note, it has been a great year for sustainability developments. More

10 ways to dazzle guests: The corridor
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The phrase "dazzle your guests" when discussing corridor design in the hospitality sector might seem contrary. Yet this most rudimentary, transitional space plays an important role in guest comfort and is critical to the overall experience. Smart corridor design is essential in large or convention hotels and resorts, where the simple act of finding a room can go from good night to nightmare. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Wood Age Collection
Inspired by nature, Wood Age Porcelain Tile captures the look and beauty of end grain wood, exposing the character of the concentric rings and graining. Unique in appearance and eminently function, Wood Age is a new generation of Porcelain tile. Visit to see the complete Wood Age Collection. more

Designing for safety
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Designing and detailing the next generation of patient rooms to decrease falls and hospital-acquired infections is extremely important to American health care systems. Because Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals continue to decrease, it is more important than ever for the health care industry to address unreimbursed "never-events." More

Making ceilings seem higher
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Ceilings that seem a little low are an issue designers need to resolve from time to time. Oberfeld, Hecht and Gamer researched how the colors used on ceilings, walls and floors influence the perceived height of a room. Does their research support conventional wisdom — or turn it on its ear? More


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The Legacy copper collection blends artistry and functionality. Each handcrafted work of art has surpassed our stringent standards for unparallel design and durability.

More bidding, more solo acts — more clients disappearing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A sneak peek at the results of Residential Design/Build's annual Market Trends Survey shows interesting tidbits happening in the design/build industry. More

Properly lighting a child's space
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Daylight always is the best ambient light for a room, but after the sun goes down, artificial light becomes necessary. Know what it's like to walk into a dark room, flip the light switch — and still feel like you're in the dark because the only light source is a dimly lit overhead fixture? That's what you find in most bedrooms, playrooms and bathrooms designed for children. Learn how three types of light can work together to overcome the darkness. More

Mentoring the next generation of health care design professionals
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Real work experience often is a prerequisite for a job, especially in today's economic environment, when competition for jobs is at an all-time high. One of the few remaining differentiators among applicants is this real-world experience. But how do health care designers get their first job when experience is required? More

Lawyers 'can be productive anywhere'
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Law firms are designing their offices to give lawyers and staff a variety of comfortable places to perform their tasks. Technology, changing work styles and an emphasis on clients' needs are reshaping the office landscape — and there's no turning back. More

LEED designs not necessarily sustainable operations
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When the Banner Bank Building opened in Boise, Idaho, with a platinum LEED rating, the developer touted 50 percent energy savings — but saw only a 2 percent savings in the first utility bills. The building stands as a lesson in how to think about what sustainable design in general and LEED certification in particular really mean. More Artwork Done Right

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Roppe Corporation, a leading commercial flooring manufacturer headquartered in Fostoria, Ohio produces a wide selection of rubber and vinyl wall base, tile, tread and accessory products. Roppe Corporation has been preserving jobs and improving the quality of life for the residents of their community since the company’s inception in 1955. MORE

Squeamishness and the value of angry clients
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Entrepreneurs underprice their services because of deep-seated fears of rejection or perceived hubris. It's just human nature to want people to say "yes" rather than "no" to our offerings, and the perception is that these alternative answers have a direct correlation to price — even though they often do not. But how much we charge is not the only area of potential concern. There also is the issue of how we charge. More

It's time to be honest: Is your website ugly?
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A Colorado marketing executive confides her experience in helping a New Jersey interior design firm understand why its website had stopped drawing traffic. The answer might be hard to hear — but it's critical to improving your business' online image. More


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MechoSystems presents the McDonough Iceland Collection™

Recyclable shadecloths developed with William McDonough and inspired by his photographs are PVC-free, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM, and can be recycled indefinitely.

The magic of making money: Think like a consumer, act like a retailer
Builder    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ever wonder why some design studios post claims of substantial increases in per-home revenue and others don't? Why some design studio environments add to the builder's bottom line and others subtract from it? Why some design studios result in raving fans and massive referral sales and why other studios are just new, perhaps "prettier" places where the same old problems persist? Trust me on this: The devil is in the details. Really. More

Shedding new light: How to light a home for photos
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Columnist Janet Bussell-Eriksson shares what she learned during "Lighting Tips for Excellent Interior Photography," a workshop led by Seth Joel, a leading contributor to Getty Images. More

Don't be your own worst enemy
Interior Design Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One person might be holding you back from doubling your income as a design professional. That person isn't a competitor or a customer. That person is you. Interior design professionals can be — and too often are — their own worst enemies. More

3 tips designers can learn from dentists
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In many ways, the design and construction industries are very similar to dentists. Whether people are patients or clients, all feel some level of anxiety before they even walk through the doors. This is where dental practices excel — and what others can learn from their business model. More

Case Studies: Sound Masking
Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system. 
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Design & Fashion United
Junckers Hardwood introduces the highly anticipated Design collection featuring fifteen unique textured and colored boards. The collection offers modern, dramatic, and traditional styles for commercial and residential use. Click here to view the collection. Please contact Junckers at 800-878-9663 to request samples.
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Don't miss Clements Fall Estate Auction September 25th at 2:00pm, featuring the estate of Dr. Hossein Massoud. Fine persian rugs, period furnishings, collectibles, works of art, and much more. Bid live online, in real time, at Since 1938, we have been bringing you and your clients nothing but the very best. Clements Antiques, the Largest in the South.
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