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As 2011 comes to a close, the Interior Design Society would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the interior design industry, we would like to provide the readers of IDS Hot Topics, a look at the most-accessed articles from the year. The news brief will resume publication on Jan. 4.

Making the most of the mantel
ELLE Decor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Because the fireplace always loves to be the center of attention, the way its mantel is decorated can have a dramatic impact on a room. The perfect perch for displaying everything from art to flowers to a personal collection of objects, the mantel can say a lot about a room's intended style — minimalist or maximalist, contemporary or classic — in addition to highlighting the interests and experiences of the homeowners. To provide some pointers, we asked a handful of top designers to share their experiences and explain how they make the most of their clients' mantels. More

Storyboards bring home decor planning to life via The Virginian-Pilot    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Interior design students Chad Krikorian and Rechelle Palacios fiddled with a lamp, mirror and console. They moved around tufted ottomans and a sectional sofa. They laid out wallpaper and paint colors. And they never broke a sweat. The pair worked on a storyboard – or visual images of how a room will be transformed, from paint and wallpaper to actual swatches of material for furniture, bedding, curtains, flooring – filled with their ideas to make a media room livable, functional and chic. More

Nate Berkus: 12 things the designer can't live without
ELLE Decor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nate Berkus may go down in history as the nicest guy in decorating. He’ll tell you it’s because, at heart, he’s still a Midwesterner who remembers his first job—redoing his bedroom at age 8. Major purchase: a wooden box decoupaged with an English-foxhunt scene. “I thought it was the greatest,” he says. Little more than a decade later, he was interning at an auction house in Chicago, and then working with a jeweler in Paris, where he developed an appreciation for the finer things, culminating in a taste for Charvet ties, Benneton stationery, and anything Hermès. More

Experts already at work searching for 'it' hues of 2013
Edmonton Journal via The Calgary Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You remember it. The oven in the pukey olive green. The carpet somewhere between dirty sand and mustard yellow. So much robin’s egg blue that it confused birds. Yes, we're talking about your home in the '70s. For a while there, interior design meant pastels and colors that could be squeezed out of a condiment bottle. Someone, somewhere thought it would be a good idea. More

6 ways to make a small space feel larger
InteriorDesignPro    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Decorating dilemmas come in all shapes and sizes — literally — as the size of a home can vary drastically from its neighbor. Although all sizes of homes face common ingredients when it comes to decorating, Interior Design for Small Spaces can be especially challenging due to its limited square footage — as compared to larger homes that boast oodles of footage allowing for more decorating options. More

A peek into the future of home design
The Chapel Hill News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to kitchen and bath design, beauty is only skin deep. Style, of course — great looking materials, appliances and fixtures in magazine-worthy traditional or contemporary expression — are the ultimate goals, in remodeling as well as new construction. But increasingly, it’s about more than meets the eye — what’s inside, what works greener, smarter and more efficiently, what is techno-savvy, safe and cost effective — that really sells. More

Using butterfly wings and earthy textures
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When one's working life is spent conceiving and installing some of the most impressively soigné interiors in the world, a laid-back personal refuge is practically an occupational requirement. For Alberto Pinto — a tastemaker whose staggeringly A-list client roster includes French banker Michel David-Weill, American industrialist David Koch, and Moroccan monarch Mohammed VI — that escape is a colorful four-bedroom apartment on Ipanema, the Rio de Janeiro beach that became a household word thanks to a 1960s bossa nova tune. More

Decor store owner mixes estate sale, thrift, resale, new items for eclectic look
The Oregonian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Inside the little design shop called Noun, everything is so clean and artfully arranged — think Hollywood set meets Elle Decor — it's easy to forget that much of the inventory came from tract houses and trailer parks. Owner Stephanie Sheldon has a gift for blending estate sale finds with newer pieces to create a stylishly eclectic look. And that's exactly what draws customers — you could even call them fans — to her unusual store. More

Creating an eye catching focal point over your master bed
Freshome    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The master bedroom always has been associated with being the one place in your home that is uniquely yours. Whether you enjoy a dramatic, romantic, or modern aesthetic, how you address your master bed wall with becomes the focal point of your room. The master bed is always going to be the star of the bedroom and enhancing the wall with an eye catching focal point will make your bed feel great. Here are tips to draw all the attention to your master bed wall, as soon as you enter the room. More

The art of choosing the perfect interior designer
PRWeb via The San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Don't have the eye of a designer and the taste of a decorator? Or perhaps just looking for a little extra guidance? No matter what level of skill one processes in design, according to Lloyd Princeton of iMatchDesigners, anyone can have the home and business they have always dreamed of from the inside out in one easy process. More

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