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Making the most of the mantel
Elle Decor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
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, Elle Decor asked a handful of top designers to share their experiences and explain how they make the most of their clients' mantels. More

Plaid rooms
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's nothing quite as cozy or welcoming as a touch of plaid, particularly around the holidays. The season's favorite pattern reigns supreme in our roundup of tartan spaces. More

Discover carpet squares, a modern flooring alternative for contemporary interior design
Interior Design Pro    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Want modern flooring that can fit any room in your home? Then let interior decorator Christine Ringenbach introduce you to a textured alternative to ordinary carpet, wood or tile. An alternative to the usual wall-to-wall carpeting or area rugs, Ringenbach said, is to use this innovative system of carpet squares to create runners (or) custom rugs in any design, shape or size. More

A playful wink
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With D.C.'s plethora of historic districts and period homes, sometimes the move toward Modernism comes from the bottom up. Such was the case with the basement makeover in a Logan Circle townhouse that designer Karen Bengel of Design Milieu recently re-imagined for a family of four. With the green light to take the basement into the 21st century, Bengel set about transforming it from its rudimentary, close-to-unfinished roots to a clean-lined, well-lit, comfortable space where the homeowners and their two young sons could relax together and entertain friends. More

6 stages of social media for SMBs (and everyone else)
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As with anything, there are stages for small business owners who decide to get involved with social media. Mastery doesn't come all at once. We start at the bottom, we learn new tools and tricks over time, and eventually we work through common issues just as others have before us. More

Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey is being conducted by Design Success University
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Design Success University announced it is gathering information for its annual Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey. Information collection starts Nov. 1 and ends Nov. 30. Participating interior designers may win one of four $100 Amazon gift cards during a random drawing each week. The annual Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey eBook will be published on Jan. 5. More

Interior designs by the late Arthur Elrod still admired today
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What Albert Frey and Donald Wexler were to midcentury modern architecture, Arthur Elrod was to interior design. In the 1950s and '60s, Elrod combined casual elegance and bright, bold colors to complement his clients' personalities and lifestyle — long before private consultations were commonplace. More

Top fall design books
Veranda    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a young man, the talented David Kleinberg quickly found his way to the top of the design world, honing his skills for sixteen years at Parish-Hadley. Kleinberg remained at that lofty level when, in 1997, he opened his own New York firm, where he continues to thrive today. Now, this self-described "classical person in the modern world" has produced his first book, which the venerable Albert Hadley himself endorses in a gracious foreword — and no wonder. More

Where do I put my drink down? Why a drinks table of course!
StyleBeat via Interior Design Pro    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You often hear interior designers talk about drinks tables. These are easy to access at the ready chair — side spots that serve as the perfect place to plant a drink, book or reading glasses. Read a round up of diverse drinks tables that serve a purpose and look great while doing it. More

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