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As 2015 begins, the Interior Design Society would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals
a safe and happy holiday season.


As we reflect on 2014 and prepare for the year ahead, we would like to provide our readers with a look at the most-read articles from the year.
Our regular publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 6.


This Crazy App Turns A Magazine Into An Interior Design Tool
Co.Design
From Jan. 8: A few months ago, Ikea released an unbelievable app. When you placed the company's catalog anywhere in your home, it could appear as one of a few different pieces of furniture on your iPad screen. In a long line of borderline useless augmented reality apps, this simple experience felt like magic. Now, entrepreneur Marc Lebovitz is expanding on that same idea with his new startup, Adornably, a company centered around a new iPad app.
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Best Ways to Use the Soft Yellow Color of 2014
Houzz
From Jan. 22: Does Benjamin Moore's color of 2014, Breath of Fresh Air, leave you cold? Do you wilt at the sight of Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s selection? Then maybe PPG Pittsburgh Paints’ Turning Oakleaf is more your speed. It's a fresh, cheery and warm alternative to gray or beige. Here you'll see the color used in actual rooms, along with color palettes I've pulled together to help you coordinate it with other colors.
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11 Fresh Bedroom Trends in 2014 You Must See
Freshome
From March 5: The bedroom; one of the most sacred rooms of the house and one of the rooms where we spend the most time (even if it’s to merely sleep). It can also be one of the few room where you can design and decorate it to meet your particular tastes, and not have to worry what Tom, Dick and Harry thinks, as they’ll never see it. For couples, there needs to be a balance, a juggling act, sacrificing personal extremes and coming to an agreement on a design that works for both.
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5 Questions That Will Close the Sale (Without Pressuring Customers)
Inc.
From Jan. 1: Good salespeople know that asking questions is the most effective way to learn about the needs of your customers. But you’ve got to ask the right questions. Otherwise, you risk scaring prospective customers out the door--or simply annoying them so much that they decide to buy elsewhere.
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6 Ways The Kitchen Of The Future Will Blow Your Mind
ELLE Décor
From Feb 5: The closest things we have to a fortune teller with her crystal ball in 2014 are the industrious people working as trend forecasters. And the latest predictions out of London-based innovators Stylus are all about food. Specifically, how it will grow, change, and amaze us this year. While the predictions are aimed at restaurants, we know they'll surely trickle down to the home. So consider this 2014 food forecast a preview of what your busiest room in the house will look like in the years to come.
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Julianna Margulies's Serene New York Apartment
Architectural Digest
From Jan. 15: When an actor plays a character as convincingly—and for as long—as Julianna Margulies has played Alicia Florrick on the celebrated CBS television series The Good Wife, it’s easy to conflate the two. But their sharp differences register instantly in Margulies’s presence: The actress is as warm and relaxed as Florrick is coiled and controlled. The bright, airy New York apartment Margulies calls home underscores the point.
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Confidence in Quoting Your Fee
Design Biz Blueprint
From Feb. 5: Do you ever get in a panic over quoting your fees or presenting the cost of a project that is way more expensive than you have ever done before? Don’t worry, you are not alone in this feeling. It is a very common problem. “Pricing Panic” has happened to all of us at one time or another. A little case of the nerves is not a problem, but when you are so terrified that you avoid talking about your fees, you begin to damage your business.
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Laura and George W. Bush's Serene Texas Retreat
Architectural Digest
From July 16: Central Texas, especially that sweet spot halfway between Dallas and Austin where small swaths of the legendary old prairies remain, is an earthly paradise. Blowsy live oaks spread their heavy limbs beneath cloud-spattered skies, while creeks and rivers—most prominently the meandering Brazos—ripple alongside gently rolling pastures gilded with waving grasses. These natural glories are precisely what led Laura and George W. Bush to choose the area for their Prairie Chapel Ranch, the retreat they completed in 2001, just after he became the 43rd president of the United States.
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How to Negotiate Like a New York Street Hustler
American Express OPEN Forum
From Jan. 9: Negotiating is something that every entrepreneur, at some point, will face. Whether you’re securing investors, signing a new client contract, or trying to woo that star employee, no matter your industry, it’s an often-overlooked practice that can have a big impact on your business. And expert dealmakers know it’s more art than science. In this world, Billy Leroy is something of a Renaissance man.
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2 Sentences That Engage Customers
Inc.
From Jan. 1: You're excited about your company, right? You're proud of your products, right? Therefore, your best strategy, when talking to a customer, is to tell the story of your company and its products with excitement and enthusiasm, right? Wrong.
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