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New era for intelligent home design    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Designer and journalist Lynette Evans has started a blog devoted to the "friendly house." A friendly house is one that is designed and built to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone — young and old, able and physically challenged — without sacrificing style and beauty, using the principles of Universal Design. In addition to the friendly house blog, the friendly house website offers a wealth of ideas and knowledge resources, including smart project reports, a gallery of smart spaces, product reviews, a portal for feedback and questions and more.

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Innovation, reinvention shape the future of design
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Panelists at Fall Market in October discussed everything from innovative new platforms to digital interaction with potential clients to business expansion. The consensus: Changes are certain, and forward-thinking interior designers will adapt with the times. More

Record interiors 2011
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Architectural Record picks some of the best interiors for 2011 but finds they all share a common trait: Like a barometer of the times, each project reflects the pragmatic realities of 21st-century design. In every case, the designers address exacting programs and budgets by synchronizing divergent styles and eras, in often surprising ways, with innovative materials and technologies. More

Announcing the Baldwin Reserve Portfolio
Baldwin Reserve combines quality craftsmanship with advanced technology to deliver a personalized blend of styles. Easily mix and match knobs, levers, and roses, in eight finishes to deliver a custom look for every architectural style. Reserve offers short lead times, quick installation and an industry leading limited 25-year finish warranty. MORE

Now is your chance: Share your funniest interior design moment!
MultiView    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Interior designers — you know it has happened to you. You have that one crazy, unbelievable, off-the-wall, absolutely hilarious story about your industry that just has to be shared! Well, get ready for the chance to profit from your on-the-job experience! MultiView is looking for the funniest stories out there. Tell us about yours! If your story is chosen as one of the best, you will win a $500 gift card — PLUS you will get to see your story come to life as part of a professional production! Don't wait. Submit your true story now!

Introducing an exciting new ASID member service

Is your business the best it can be? How would you know? Until now, it has been almost impossible to compare your interior design business to others. Beginning Nov. 1, all that will change as we introduce the new Design Business Benchmarking service, exclusively from ASID. Join us Thursday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. ET for a special webinar to learn about this new service and how it can help you improve and grow your business. The webinar features Marc Molinsky of Designer Advantage, an interior design financial consultant. Watch your email for an announcement next week about this new service and how to register for the free webinar.

Graduate student seeks assistance with thesis

A master's degree candidate in interior design is researching the effect of increasing sustainability awareness on the professional practice of interior design, specifically the perception of preservation's role in interior design. She is seeking the views of practicing interior design professionals through an online survey. To participate in this survey, please click here or copy and paste this URL into your browser's address bar:

The survey will be available until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Keep up with all the ASID news on our ASID ICON News page online.

Remodeling spending expected to soften in 2012
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Remodeling expenditures seemed to be peaking through the first nine months of 2011. In the third quarter alone, they hit an annualized estimate of $116.8 billion, the highest this activity has been since the first quarter of 2009. But remodeling spending is expected to dip precipitously during the next six months, according to the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. More

GreenBuild 2011: Recap from Toronto
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Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the GreenBuild Conference & Expo, held in Toronto in early October, brought together professionals from every sector to focus on sustainability, green building and the things that will affect building in the future. Be sure to catch the second part of the report as well. More

UK: Design as important as cooking at new generation of restaurants
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You don't need to be a food critic to know the restaurant experience is about far more than what's on your plate. And a spate of recent openings and relaunches suggests delicious decor is a higher priority than ever for many restaurateurs. More

Introducing Walker Zanger's Lucca Collection
Lucca, Walker Zanger’sexclusive new limestone collection is inspired by traditional stone working techniques, but decidedly modern in design sensibility. Crafted in Italy, Lucca combines honed, patinato and rift finishes, creating exciting blends of texture that will lend dimension and visual drama to any room. Visit us at to learn more. more

Finer points of fabric and upholstery
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Quality springs and padding are integral to upholstered furniture, but it's the fabric and tailoring that will give a finished piece character and flair. Brush up on these tips for evaluating fabric to make the right choice for each piece. More

The solid-surface Akana drop-in tub is an exquisite geometric synthesis of a smoothly curved, comfortable interior bowl and a bold, sharply angular tub deck. For complete information on MTI products, go to MORE
Not Your Neighbors Copper Sink

The Legacy copper collection blends artistry and functionality. Each handcrafted work of art has surpassed our stringent standards for unparallel design and durability.

Educating affluent consumers about the value of hiring a designer
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Interior designers provide valuable services, yet consumers rarely understand thevalue of hiring a professional. Autumn Conrad, public relations manager at ASID, educates consumers about the value of hiring an interior designer. More

Top 10 etageres
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Two designers debate the merits of the etageres, evaluating how these sculptural yet practical shelving units truly stack up. More

Office design: Stealthy saboteur?
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Shared workspace — the ubiquitous "cubes" of the modern office — are great for fostering communication and creativity, but they can lead to increased sick days, according to Danish research. More Artwork Done Right

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- Produce custom images on our gallery-grade material (acrylic, aluminum dibond and canvas) for float-on-the-wall displays.

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Our holiday & winter collections (with more than 150 classic and contemporary designs by Laura Megroz) invite the spirit and warmth of winter festivities into any décor. Quickly, easily, and very merrily!

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Roppe Corporation is Proven. Flooring. Experiences.

Roppe Corporation, a leading commercial flooring manufacturer headquartered in Fostoria, Ohio produces a wide selection of rubber and vinyl wall base, tile, tread and accessory products. Roppe Corporation has been preserving jobs and improving the quality of life for the residents of their community since the company’s inception in 1955. MORE

Passport to recovery
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The design for the new University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital turns the recovery process into a virtual safari with the help of a colorful palette and 15 storytelling friends. More

California design: Living in a modern way
Specs + Spaces    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the mid-20th century, California was a hotbed of creativity, where designers were able to experiment freely away from the establishments of New York and Europe. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents this landmark exhibition dedicated to the California modernist tradition, "California Design 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way, LA." More


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Interior design website woes
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Their websites are hindering rather than helping many design professionals: That's the conclusion Fred Berns reached after reviewing hundreds of sites of designers, window fashion professionals, kitchen and bath specialists, architects, industry partners and others throughout North America. More

Designer shares insights of working with clients
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Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, speaking at the High Point Market Authority's semi-annual Market Trend Breakfast Monday, said it's important to let clients and the architecture of a space define the design process. More

MechoSystems presents the McDonough Iceland Collection™

Recyclable shadecloths developed with William McDonough and inspired by his photographs are PVC-free, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM, and can be recycled indefinitely.
A Unique Partnership with the Design Industry
BR111 Exotic Hardwood Flooring has become one of the most well known and trusted names in the flooring industry and is now available direct to the Trade. MORE

Make the transition from employee to entrepreneur
Small Business Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Small Business Trends writes a lot about how to grow your business, but what about those of you who either want to start a business, or who have started one but are still working your "other" 9-to-5? More

Case Studies: Sound Masking
Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system. 
Textured & Colored Planks
Design & Fashion United
Junckers Hardwood introduces the highly anticipated Design collection featuring fifteen unique textured and colored boards. The collection offers modern, dramatic, and traditional styles for commercial and residential use. Click here to view the collection. Please contact Junckers at 800-878-9663 to request samples.
Clements Fall Estate Auction
Don't miss Clements Fall Estate Auction September 25th at 2:00pm, featuring the estate of Dr. Hossein Massoud. Fine persian rugs, period furnishings, collectibles, works of art, and much more. Bid live online, in real time, at Since 1938, we have been bringing you and your clients nothing but the very best. Clements Antiques, the Largest in the South.
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