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Contemporary softens trend toward austerity
Builder Online    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A "less is more" philosophy prevails in these recessionary times, and nowhere is this shift more evident than in kitchens and baths. Contemporary spaces continue to gain ground, even in homes that are traditional on the outside, but there's a difference between streamlined and sterile. The projects that received highest marks from the jurors in this year’s Watermark Awards from Builder magazine illustrate a deft understanding of that distinction. More

Architecture billings up for third straight month
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After two months of modest improvements, the AIA's Architecture Billings Index increased once again in April. Inquiries for new projects also increased again. While the increases are good news, don’t expect a return to business as usual anytime soon. Economists predict it will take nearly three years to return to normal and even longer to reach a full recovery. More

REGREEN 301 Workshop Being Held June 25 and 26

ASID and USGBC Los Angeles present REGREEN 301: Implementing Residential Remodeling. This two-day workshop, being held during Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, builds on foundational knowledge of the REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines and available online courses and will assist you in identifying and evaluating which green considerations, concepts and strategies will make a meaningful and positive impact on your next project.

The 300-level course is a required step in achieving the new REGREEN Trained—a comprehensive certificate of completion that allows you to differentiate yourself in the marketplace. For registration information, visit

Designing with solid state lighting
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The latest issue of Implications, a research newsletter on design and human behavior produced by InformeDesign, outlines the current state of solid state lighting (SSL) in the design industry and considers the design benefits and challenges related to designing with SSL. Author Mark Ricketson, LC, describes challenges related to measuring the photometry and color quality of SSL and the impact of ambient temperature on SSL products. More

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Since 1946, Baldwin has been America's premier maker of solid forged brass hardware. Other industry firsts include the modern rim lock and residential mortise, and Baldwin’s patented PVD Lifetime Finishes. Cape Cod Brass are Baldwin experts who can manage complex orders with accuracy and tremendous customer service.

Medical offices embracing interior design that promotes healing
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Healing design, also known as healing spaces, is making its way from the interiors of hospitals, large health systems and long-term care providers to private practices. Savvy medical office practitioners are embracing the concept of a healing design based on the five tenants, which can provide an aesthetically pleasing environment with a curative affect on their patients. The design reduces the anxiety level of family and promotes a sense of well-being in the staff while increasing their effectiveness. More
Interior Design magazine wants your opinion on government design projects
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Tendence, taking place August 27-31 in Frankfurt, Germany, is the most important international consumer-goods event and the leading design platform during the second half of the year. With the "Next" promotional program young design companies have the opportunity to present themselves and their products to international key players from industry, trade and the media. more

Home 3D app brings design tool to iPhone or iPad
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Unlike most interior design apps that connect users to image galleries, Home 3D is a powerful virtual rendering tool that allows you to experiment with space planning, furniture arrangement and finishes directly from your mobile device. You can use your iPhone to create new materials. When you're done, you can go into "dollhouse" mode and take a virtual 3D walking tour of your design. More

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What are green features really worth?
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Across the country, appraisal companies and lenders have been slow to acknowledge builders, buyers and owners of green homes as they apply for financing. The money-saving aspects of green dwellings are not considered by current appraisal practices. Green home builders and buyers need to advocate for appraisal reform so their investment in green features are fairly reflected in the value of a home. More

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Video project documents user experience for low cost
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A project at Georgia Tech involved providing students with inexpensive flip video cameras in order to help librarians learn about the library from the user perspective. The low-cost project delivered a "treasure-trove" of unique assessment data collected in just a few minutes and identified some easily accomplished actionable items that improved the overall user experience of the library. More

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CMG goes Barefootin'
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What's the season's hot hue for home décor? According to the color czars, it's "Barefootin'," a warm neutral juiced with orange. "Barefootin' " reflects our collective need to ease up on stress, according to the Color Marketing Group (CMG), an international organization of color design professionals. While orange is generally a high-energy hue, this toned-down variation can "soothe a weary psyche, but without being dull." More

Constellation Now Available from Fire Farm Lighting!

Constellation 2913 pendant light fixtures in 3ft, 6ft, 9ft, 12ft diameters with multiple finish and lamping options. Complete specs and ordering info on our website. More

Designers share make-over show pet peeves
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Despite their popularity, TV home make-over shows are the publicity designers love to hate. To find out why, Kitchen and Bath Business magazine asked a group of professional designers what they wish these home-makeover reality-TV programs would really show and tell. More

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Interior design companies gain inspiration from fashion trends
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Increasingly more interior designers are looking to the fashion runways for inspiration, the Canadian Press reports. This trend recently prompted Brizo, a faucet manufacturer, to host a panel discussion about fashion, form and function. The event, which featured a speech from New York-based designer Jason Wu, was held at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago. More

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