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Design dilemma: Size doesn't matter
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According to a recent report of the American Institute of Architects, Americans are getting more real with home design. Instead of lusting after huge master bedroom suites, gigantic kitchens, two-story entry ways and living rooms, and enormous “his n’ her” bathroom suites, people these days are content with smaller everything, including less square footage, smaller master bedrooms, smaller kitchens, and an open floor plan that combines living room space with the dining room and kitchen. The key, these days, is functionality, not size. More

The Power of Color and Light Working Together
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Color and light — If you can't see the colors at night that you took hours to select and sell, you have not finished the job. Learn color language of 25 colors on the color wheel during the Interior Design Society's (IDS) The Power of Color and Light Working Together event. Attendees to the March 27 event will also learn wow to narrow down the selection of colors in your client's home and how to select the correct bulbs, and temperature of the light bulb, among other things.

Confident color, patterns get spring decor off on positive note
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In home decor, there's something about the start of spring. When life's renewing itself outdoors, we feel the urge to revive our interiors, too. This season, decor offerings are especially upbeat. Start with the palette. "Saturated" is a word being used a lot. It means ripe plum hues, intense tangerines, rich indigos, verdant greens, zingy turquoises, hot reds and peppy yellows. Dee Schlotter, a color expert with PPG Pittsburgh Paints, says exuberant orange is No. 1 on her trend radar. More

Sig Bergamin's eclectic home in Brazil
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Architect and designer Sig Bergamin enjoys rock-star status in his native Brazil. He is the go-to designer for the sort of clients who have multiple houses, jets, helicopters, and yachts; he himself travels regularly between homes in Paris, New York, São Paulo, and the Brazilian state of Bahia. More

Authentic Kitchen & Bathroom Surfaces
Cosentino Spring 11 Series features the addition of three new choices to its extensive collection of quartz countertop materials. Design inspired, the latest offerings include Rosso Monza, a vibrant red; White Platinum, a stark hue with flecks of silver, and Cemento, a tarmac gray. The quartz countertops are naturally non-porous and scratch, stain and heat –resistant.

Typography 101: What small business owners need to know
Mashable via American Express' Open Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How you present yourself aesthetically in the business world is as important as a solid business plan is. It's crucial for companies to have a Web presence, whether it's a simple landing page, a blog or social media profiles. The content and products you're offering should be valuable to your audience, but the design of your site or blog makes a difference in keeping your customers engaged. No one will stay on a poorly designed website. More

Ceramics take a bigger role on the home decor stage
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Ceramics are always a great supporting player on the home décor stage, but this season they're grabbing more of the spotlight. Today's ceramists are exploring creative textures and finishes, and even the mass market is offering exciting new examples of the pottery arts. From velvety soft, lacy tealight holders to chunky, colorful platters, there’s something for everyone. More

The effect of interior design on daylighting
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When building designs do not take interior design considerations into account early, the effects of day lighting may be thwarted. The reason is the interior designer makes decisions about the placement, height and color of furniture as well as the color of the walls, ceilings and floors. These decisions can have a big influence on the availability of natural light in a space and how much energy savings a daylighting system actually achieves. More

dare to dream in color
Add a splash of color, create some drama, dare to step out from the norm. Access Lighting presents-Lacey; Laser cut metal pendants, sconces and flush mounts that you can custom color. Lacey - so you too can dream in color! more

New program helps interior designers better serve their clients with integrated technology solutions
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The convergence of technology and interior design is becoming the standard in homes and commercial buildings. The design build community is embracing technology and programs that drive creativity, innovation, and collaboration. Crestron announces the new Interior Design Partner Program, which connects designers with the resources and tools to incorporate integrated technology as part of their designs and deliver the best client experience. By partnering with the premier brand of intelligent home and building solutions, designers stay informed of the latest integrated technology developments. More

Pro portfolio: New look for Los Feliz Midcentury home
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Interior designer Julie Maigret's recent update of the Los Feliz home she shares with her husband, Rob, is the latest installment of Pro Portfolio. The Los Angeles Times' feature looks at recently built, remodeled or redecorated spaces with commentary from the designers. More

Home builder offers a room in which to flee from a snoring spouse
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Baby boomers' snoring has breathed life into the sales of mouth pieces, clips, strips, nose sprays and specialized mattresses. Now home builders have heard the roar. A so-called snore room is the latest offering from Del Webb, which builds communities for people 55 and older. More

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