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A peek into the future of home design
The Detroit News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Increasingly, interior design has become about more than meets the eye — what's inside, what works greener, smarter and more efficiently, what is techno-savvy, safe and cost effective. "Good design is an expectation, so we can go below the surface," says Michelle Lamb, editorial director of The Trend Curve, a trade newsletter that forecasts trends in color, pattern and design for manufacturers, interior designers and retailers. "There's an option to a lot of things that we weren't looking to in the past." More

6 ways to make a small space feel larger
Interior Design Pro    Share    Share on
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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. However, with a few simple tricks, that small living area will feel open and look awesome. More

Blending the flat-screen TV into an abode's decor
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Carol Ruth Weber of Weber Life Design is an interior designer and personal life assistant, who has 27 years experience. In this article, she offers nine ways to make a flat-screen TV less distracting to a room's look. More

Builders cite rise in 'mother-in-law suites'
The Associated Press via Foster's Daily Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Home builders across the country say they are getting an increasing number of requests for mother-in-law suites, granny flats or accessory dwellings. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 62 percent of builders surveyed were working on a home modification related to aging in 2010. About one in five builders added an entry-level bedroom. More

Carpet — the bolder the better — makes a comeback
The Associated Press via Beaumont Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After years of being ripped out and kicked to the curb, carpet is making a comeback. And not just the neutral-toned carpets of recent years, but ones that are boldly colored or patterned. The softer, cozier feel of wall-to-wall carpet is appealing to homeowners used to treading on tile and wood. More

Fabrics set the tone for any room
The Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fabric is transformative and expressive. It provides color, pattern and texture. Besides the obvious beauty that can be found in the vast array of materials out there, fabric can spruce up a space in some quick and easy ways. More

Influential designer shares secrets to her success
The Miami Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Liliana Korn Custy can expertly oversee everything — from construction and design of a 16,000-square-foot Georgian-style house near Buenos Aires, to designing a 7,000-square-foot penthouse triplex in Oceania Tower V in Sunny Isles Beach. "I can work with whatever the client wants," she said. "I like doing research. I am creative and like going beyond." More

Original art obtainable without busting budget
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Framed posters and department-store paintings have long been staples of home decorating. But a growing number of shoppers are seeking original art for their homes, says interior designer Robert Novogratz. "Art is about to explode to the masses," he says, because technology is giving us unprecedented access to artists. More

Remodeling projects that add big value
Better Homes and Gardens    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Replacing windows, creating a more inviting entryway and accentuating architecture are among the 25 remodeling projects that home improvement experts say will increase a home's value. More

Right magazine rack can be 'a real accent piece'
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To keep abreast of design trends and new products, Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the husband-and-wife team behind the New York interior design firm Carrier and Company, read a lot of magazines. "We have 12 or 13 subscriptions and try to page through everything," said Miller. The two designers searched for magazine racks "that are unusual and shapely," she said. The right magazine rack, she added, "can be a real accent piece." More

Turning chairs into art — fast: Interior designers test skills, styles in timed contest
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At the South Dakota Interior Designers' annual expo, four teams had four hours to turn an ordinary chair into one that was infused with pop art flair and incorporated three different materials regularly used in interior design in their chair. More

Universal design: Wave of the future
50 Something Info Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Building or remodeling a house that ages with its owners is a smart way to go. Lifespan design or universal design is the design of product and environments that are usable by most people regardless of their age or abilities. Because universal design is so desirable and accessible to all stages of development, it adds value to a home. This post highlights some of the factors of this current and future plan. More

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