Eye on Design (ASID)
Jan. 18, 2013

Mining Pinterest for Color Preferences, Room by Room
Fast Company's Co.Design
A fascinating project scours Pinterest boards to find the most commonly pinned colors for kitchens, bedrooms and more. Colour and Space is a project by designers Mie Frey Damgaard and Peter Ørntoft for decorative paint brand Jotun. The pair have analyzed two fairly basic but powerful categories: color and location. The results are placed into simple pie charts, showing preferred colors in places around the home.More

72 Hours Left to to Nominate a Colleague for the ASID Design Awards
Nominations for the ASID Design Awards will close at midnight, this Sunday. Now is your opportunity to nominate an organization or colleague who has made significant contributions toward the advancement of the interior design profession, while exemplifying a commitment to enhancing the quality of life. To nominate, complete a nomination form and email to designawards@asid.org by midnight on Jan. 20. More

Now Is the Time to Log in to the New ASID.org
If you haven't already visited, we invite you to take a tour around our redesigned site and see what's new on ASID.org this week. Visit the Help section to view frequently asked questions about top membership initiatives and be sure to update your My ASID profile in order to get the most from your ASID online experience. Log in today to add your headshot, project photos, firm information and more. More

Mark Your Calendars: Join ASID at NeoCon and Dwell on Design
Save the date for two not-to-be-missed events from ASID this summer: ASID@NeoCon in Chicago, June 10–12 and ASID@Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, June 21–23. Stay tuned to ASID.org for more information in the coming months! More

Earnings Bonanza for Homebuilders
As profits across much of corporate America are forecast to slow, the narrow (but widely watched) industry that builds America's homes is expected to see its bottom line soar in big ways: Homebuilders are back.More

Modern Interior Design Trends, Ideas from Maison & Objet
Maison & Object showed simple and elegant lines, eco-friendly products, stylish room colors and interesting organic forms in fall 2012, setting modern interior design trends and decorating ideas for 2013.More

On the Periphery
As a designer, do you often find yourself in a scenario like this? After walking through a space, the client describes the architectural elements and tells you what's important to see, as well as how the space will be used. What the client overlooks — but designers can't — is how the space is supposed to feel via the use of lighting. More

Green, Blue to be Popular Paint Colors
Paint Quality Institute via ForResidentialPros.com
The greens and blues that characterize the world outdoors are the same hues that will be popular when beautifying our living spaces this year, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute.More

Top 20 Design Trends
Commercial Interior Design
It's the start of a new year, so Commercial Interior Design has picked the top 20 trends to watch out for in the next 12 months. From green — both as a color and a concept — to one-of-a-kind design, these trends will influence this year's spaces.More

Nurture Your Most Profitable Customers
Profitable growth is more achievable if you focus on identifying your most valuable customers — and keeping them happy. A customer profitability analysis can help you recognize the customers you can't afford to lose.More

"Firsts" Add Magic to Interior Design Marketing
There's something to be said for being first in sports, in medicine, in space exploration — and in your interior design business. "First," like the word "only," demonstrates your distinction. Figure out what you're first in and then tout that unique skillset.More

Seven Business Mistakes You Don't Have to Make
Young Entrepreneur Council via Upstart Business Journal
The founder of Mindvalley offers insights for entrepreneurs who are on the long, hard climb to success. Thanks to hindsight, he presents seven deadly mistakes you don't have to make in your business.More

How to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Graph Search
The Next Web
With Facebook's recent introduction of Graph Search, businesses are naturally curious to find out how they can take advantage of the tool, even though it's currently only in limited preview. Facebook has naturally made it a point to explain what businesses should be doing.More

Homes of the Future
Research Design Connections
The Futurists, by Chris Carbone and Kristin Nauth, projects many changes for the form of houses 10 years from now, as well as changes in how we will use our homes. "As the need for wired power and data access falls away — and new interfaces emerge — more-flexible home designs may come into vogue."More

Starting a Business? Save Cash by Bartering
Women & Co.
Launching a business demands a lot from you — especially the need for startup cash, which can be a big hurdle for many entrepreneurs. But you can slow the drain on your startup budget by trading goods and services with other businesses, a $12 billion practice worldwide.More

Furniture Adapts to Housing Trends
Marketwire via AlphaTrade Finance
While the saying "home is where the heart is" continues to resonate in the minds of most Americans, many individuals are not only taking a new approach to finding their new homes, but also rethinking interior design ideas.More

Floating Staircases Add Visual Interest to Contemporary Home Design
Home Design Gallery
Staircases have always been perceived as design elements in interiors. Over the years, through experimentation with form and structure, a range of designs has become available for today's staircases. Advancement in technology has enabled architects and designers to find alternate ways of providing structural support to the staircase, giving birth to a new genre of staircase design.More

Steampunk Style
New England Home Design Blog
How many of you know that some of today's home furnishing styles reflect a unique cult aesthetic known as Steampunk? Originating in the futuristic fantasies of 19th century authors Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, Steampunk attempts to blend the disparate styles of the Victorian, Industrial and Technological Ages.More

Anticipating the Milieu Mini-Mag
Cote de Texas
The brainchild of interior design great Pamela Pierce, Milieu is a new magazine set to be on the stands this fall. Recently Pierce shared her goals for Milieu, recalling the quality design magazines of old. More

The Material Challenge of Healthier Interiors
Healthcare Design
When it comes to sustainable design and green building, we're often quick to think of energy performance, water conservation and healing gardens. But a rising area of concern in healthcare is safer materials selection and the avoidance of chemicals of concern in building materials, furniture, fabrics and finishes — the pursuit of "material health."More

Energy Education Council Offers Tips on Home Energy Conservation
Saving money and being more energy efficient is a goal of many homeowners. Why not add it to your resolutions for 2013? The Energy Education Council has created a list of tips on how to save energy in many areas of the home this year.More

Workplace of the Future: Focus on the Occupant
DesignBuild Source
"A sustainable building is about more than energy reduction," says Peter Mathieson, technical director for Aurecon, which transformed its headquarters. "It is about creating a building that works for the long term and is flexible and adaptable. We wanted to create an environment that reduced energy usage but was also enjoyable to be in."More

The New Normal: The Results-Oriented Office
Interiors & Sources
A strict all-work-and-no-play policy is the norm for most offices, but like everything else in our rapidly evolving world, that is starting to change. As the workday continues to stretch beyond the traditional punch-out time, the line between work life and private life gets fuzzier every day — and that's not always a bad thing.More

Client Confidential
Boutique Design
2013 could be a lucky year for hospitality design firms with the right stuff. Lodging Econometrics and STR Global predict the hotel pipeline will hover close to 1 million rooms, and the groundswell of renovation projects will continue. Hotel owners and operators offer inside tips on how designers can ride this wave into a record year.More

Energy Ratings Elevate Older Buildings
A December article in The New York Times reported the discovery that older structures typically outperform new ones in conserving energy. While that may not come as a surprise to many architects — who know that historic buildings typically have thicker walls and smaller aperture sizes — the announcement apparently baffled many Manhattan-based building owners and developers.More

Pharmacy Design to Beat the January Blues
Studio Em
The January blues usually entail a winter cold and a visit to the local pharmacy — a trip that can be doubly depressing because most pharmacies are boring, clinical places with little warmth or character. But one shop in Spain is showing how design plays its part in overall health.More