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Really great design inspiration at IDS
Toronto Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This year's Interior Design Show,which is like a film festival for those who love design, is where manufactures launch some of their new products, designers where able to see prototypical designs and where just about everyone in the design world in Canada and some from the rest of the globe congregates for a few days. If you had the opportunity to attend, you would have been proud of the quality and talent and you would have found yourself leaving with inspiration and information. The list of internationally acknowledged trendsetting creators was impressive, and the exhibit floor was filled with great technology, amazing newcomers, innovators and artists. More
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What's old is new again at IDS 2012 (blogTO)
Canadians take center stage at IDS (Toronto Star)
Interior Design Show in Toronto: Meet 6 influencers (National Post)

At home with Giorgio Armani in Switzerland
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Architecturally speaking, the Engadine Valley in southeast Switzerland pushes few envelopes. Best known for the posh resort of Saint Moritz, this dramatic 60-mile-long stretch between jagged mountains is dotted with traditional stone houses whose parchment-color exteriors have been embellished with folkloric sgraffito, decoration made by scratching the plaster walls with iron nails. Characteristic, too, are small windows whose size keeps the alpine chill at bay while their deeply angled recesses funnel precious light indoors. More

Isn't it Bucolic
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Authenticity might just have one last gasp in 2012 before marketers club it to death. But even if the back-to-basics appeal of eating slow food and buying hand-wrought items wears off, there'll always be the joys of "a simple country house." The best rustic retreats feel like they grew from the ground — perfectly charming, relaxing and complete. Creating that effect, however, can be an even bigger challenge than handling those lumps in the almost-retired mattresses and the drafts that bedevil vintage rooms. More

Concrete thinking
Elle Decor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Christian Boros, the owner of a German advertising agency, and his wife, Karen Lohmann, an art historian, were looking for a singular space in Berlin — both for living and exhibiting their vast contemporary-art collection — when they discovered an old five-story bunker in the central neighborhood of Mitte. The bunker had been built in 1942 as an air-raid shelter for residents of the area. "It was what we wanted: something really interesting from a historical point of view," Lohmann recalls. More

Going the extra mile at Charleston's Baby Bloomers Home
Kids Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Once competitors of each other, Baby Bloomers and Baby Bloomers Home are now the yin and yang of juvenile products stores, united under one name and one family: the Home store carries furniture, bedding, mattresses, accessories and décor, while the smaller Baby Bloomers store focuses on gear, toys, diaper bags, apparel, books and gifts. More

3 important loan programs for small business owners
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Small Business Authority is an active participant in providing debt and financing to all U.S. based businesses under certain guidelines and programs. As a small business owner, you may have trouble securing conventional (bank) financing. The Small Business Authority works with small business owners to effectively identify, evaluate and structure financial needs unique to small businesses. The loan programs listed can help develop, expand or sustain your small business. More

Interiors: Shutters for windows
Scripps Howard News Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shutters as a window covering are a great choice. Wood shutters are a wonderful way to add elegance and warmth to your home. They look nice and require no maintenance. They afford privacy and also open to let the sun shine in. They even offer insulation. Some contend that wood shutters add to the value of the home as they add an architectural strength. Let's explore. More

Wallpaper appears to be making a comeback
Staten Island Advance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After years of being ripped down in favor of neutral paint colors, wallpaper is making a comeback. Homeowners are once again turning to wallpaper to add splashes of color and design interest throughout their homes. "Wallpaper has made a comeback in a big way here on the Island during the past nine months," said Jo-Anne McDonald, an interior designer in Castleton Corners, N.Y. "Homeowners want that visual interest... that extra pop of color." More

World Market Las Vegas Winter 2012 : A glimpse into design ideas
and trends

Freshome    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
During the week of Jan. 30, Las Vegas was the destination spot for designers, architects, and all design professionals of the home trade industry. World Market Las Vegas – Winter 2012, was an opportunity to see the latest trends in home design and to see what buyers will be choosing for their clients, and stores. In 2012 it looks like the trend is towards metallics, neutrals, but still bold colors and unique textures and patterns are making a strong statement. More

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