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The psychology behind interior design
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The study of space is known as proxemics, and it goes a far way in explaining why we feel a certain way when we enter a room. It specifically deals with the amount of space people need between each other in order feel comfortable and relaxed, which is heavily related to how a room is laid out or a public space situated. Studies have found that when chairs in public spaces are positioned too close together, or a room too tightly formed it forces individuals into socially interacting or excessively acknowledging those around them, causing stress levels to rise. This increased stress level has been linked with both decreases in performance, productivity and mood. More

Rediscovering the beauty of plastered walls
Universal Press Syndicate via The Denver Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ancient ways of plastering walls are spreading into 21st-century homes. Many homeowners who want natural, durable and textured walls in their homes are choosing plaster. Plaster starts as a dry powder and is a mixture of natural ingredients — most commonly clay, lime or gypsum — that when mixed with water becomes a paste, which can be applied to an existing wall in layers. Natural pigments can be added into the plaster mixture, which makes the color permanent and part of the wall. More

In dire need of design
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Among the battalion of specialists who will meet divorced men on the other side of their split — real estate agents, mortgage brokers, financial planners — is a relatively new member of the ranks, one Susan Manrao. Charming and funny, with an infectious laugh, Manrao, a 35-year-old interior designer in Los Angeles, found her niche after realizing there was one kind of client she preferred over all others: the divorced man. Her "aha" moment came about two years ago, she said, when she was doing a walk-through of a house that belonged to one such client in his 40s whose children often came to stay. It was basically empty. More

Slideshow: Best paint color for every room in your house 2012
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Throughout the country, people are knee deep in snow and doing everything they can to keep from freezing. It's cold, but spring is just around the corner. If you're looking to get a head start on sprucing up your home for the warmer months, try one of Pantone's fashion colors for spring 2012 on your walls. If some of these colors prove too bold for your taste, bring them in using accents like pillows, rugs and artwork. More

Cabin fever
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Across Russia, the traditional log cabin known as the isba is a staple of the countryside. These rough-hewn farm structures, built with simple tools, have walls of split tree trunks. It's hard to imagine such a rustic home existing in the center of a city. And yet an isba is precisely what Denis Perestoronin, an antiques dealer specializing in icons and Russian folk art, has created within the confines of his apartment in the middle of Moscow. "I didn't just want a Russian-style home," he says. "I wanted the real thing." More

Small business filing can be taxing
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From tax deadlines here in the U.S. to taxation internationally, small businesses all need to be informed about the rules and regulations involved. Here is an overview of what may be the least enjoyable part of running a small business. We recommend consulting a tax professional before filing your returns. More

The best in squooshy sofas
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Sofas are expensive. Even the cheap ones cost a lot. Which is why I believe it is always worth buying the best you can afford. In every instance where I have persuaded a client to stomach the cost of a very good sofa or armchair, they have been glad once they're sitting on it, writes Rita Konig, a decorator and journalist in New York and London. More

The 5 fears of negotiating design fees
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A simple awareness that bargaining is the normal first step in any project contributes directly to a company's bottom line. When creative service professionals pay as much attention to negotiating the deal as they do to scoping the project, their financial and emotional positions improve. More

Give and take: The rise of interaction design
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A wave of interest in interaction design is bringing the world a new kind of interior that turns users from innocent bystanders into active participants. More

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