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Comprehensive Feng Shui for you and your clients
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"Thanks for another fabulous event, the 10th FAB now. Always learn something new, very informative and knowledgeable. Will appreciate if we can have another course with Gayle. I would like to learn more about Feng Shui, this information will help me a lot with my staging carrier. Thanks again and look forward, O.Florinskaia @ Art of Home Staging."

Would you like to be able to offer your clients more than beautiful decorating? By incorporating Feng Shui into your designs you will not only open yourself up to a whole new market, but you will also be enriching their lives. When Feng Shui design is practiced you will be able to produce designs that not only look good, but they are also good for health and well being, it takes "Green" to the next level. Start your journey to life empowerment with ancient knowledge that has helped millions enrich their lives and the people around them. Professional certification classes starting soon — contact Tatiana@IDRCanada.org and start making TIME AND SPACE WORK FOR YOU and your clients!
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Take a peek inside the homes of star design bloggers
The Globe and Mail
There's an undeniable voyeuristic appeal to British journalist Ellie Tennant's new book, Design Bloggers At Home. Who wouldn't want a peek behind the curtain at the pros' own homes? But the book is designed with the very practical goal of helping to inspire readers to rethink their own decor, including lots of close-up details "so that people reading it can take ideas away for their homes," Tennant says.
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When the couch goes under analysis
Toronto Star
The value of furniture has become very confusing. There are sofas that retail for $899 and a similar-looking couch goes for $5,000. How are we to know what is underpriced and what is overpriced, and what we should spend for quality? One of the first criteria should be "North American made." After that, start with the bones of the sofa.
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Decorating Den Interiors launches new website
Home Accents Today
Decorating Den Interiors, North America's largest interior design and home furnishings franchise company, announced the launch of a new website as part of its 45th annual conference and supplier market held earlier this month in San Diego, CA. "The new website is the logical next step after the new branding look we introduced last year to reflect our broader offerings of home furnishings," said James S. Bugg, Jr., president and CEO.
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Architectural Digest remembers decorating legend Betty Sherrill
Architectural Digest
Betty Sherrill, who died on recently at the age of 91, was American decorating's grande dame, the chairman of McMillen Inc., the country's oldest operating interior design firm, which she ran from 1972 until 2002. Petite, perennially blonde, and flirtatious yet steely, the former Betty Lewis Stevens was the child of a Louisiana plantation aristocrat and a New Orleans engineer/contractor.
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6 sophisticated ways to decorate with wicker
The Globe and Mail
Wicker — and its close cousins caning, thatching and plaiting — is like whisky, wine and Joan Rivers — it just keeps getting better with age. The weaving technique, which basically involves wrapping thin reeds or twigs in and around other thin reeds or twigs to make something strong and pliable, goes back to Ancient Egypt, and has been used to create lightweight, durable baskets, seats and tables ever since. It's particularly common these days on patio sets, but, thankfully, it's not limited to outdoor decor.
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New Italian porcelain collection by ErthCOVERINGS

The new Memento Collection by ErthCOVERINGS is full-bodied porcelain, pre-sealed and ready for installation. With a timeworn natural stone look and feel, it is suitable for both interior & exterior applications. Designed in collaboration with Italian stone artisan Giovanni Barbieri, it is available now in 4 colours and 3 styles.
 


Nautical decor
Vancouver Sun
Oh, we do love to be beside the seaside ... even if there's no real sand or ice-cream truck in sight, plumping up a cushion inspired by the ocean will remind you of those waves, that sun, those picnics. We've trawled some stores for a range of seaside and nautical nods get you in the mood for lazy days on the beach or whatever floats your boat.
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Madesquare turns square pictures into home decor objects
TechCrunch
Madesquare is an app which takes square photos. But wait... its iPhone app takes square photos, and then auto-magically turns those into square photo products, which can be conveniently shipped to you, or friends and family.
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The basics of interior design: Patterns
Metro News
Every well-decorated room should have some sort of pattern, whether it's featured on fabrics, rugs, wallpaper or accessories. Even wood floors and furnishings have patterns to consider when designing a space. Patterns help to bring a room to life with movement, shape and colour.
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Flea-market finds add flair to decor and infuse your home with style
The Leader-Post
The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece of furniture to make their home more beautiful.
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Asiana decor creates a sense of tranquility
Las Vegas Review Journal
Designers have long been aware of just how ubiquitous Asian-inspired home décor has been and we've even given it a name — "Asiana." It's a style that is both exotic and intriguing with the aim of creating a sense of tranquility. In fact, we've only to look to the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Deco and Art Nouveau to see how great its impact has been on designers in the West.

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White's dirty little tricks: How to choose the right white paint
National Post
So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the hardware store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites to choose from. Many have familiar yet poetic names that conjure up ever-so-slightly different hues: cream, pearl, vanilla, snow, chalk, ivory, jasmine, bone. But the closer you look, the more confusing the choices are.

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Know your decor terms: 'What's the Difference?'
The Huffington Post
Think you know your interior design terms? Recently on Cityline I decided to play a little game of 'What's The Difference?,' showing the subtle distinctions between words we use every day — and even I learned a thing or two! For a quick brush-up on your vocabulary, with some practical design tips along the way, here's that game of "WTD?" so you can play along at home.

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7 hottest new decor trends
Stuff.co.nz
Which styles and colours will we be seeing in furniture showrooms — and, ultimately, homes — in the months ahead? We turned to two American design pros: Kathy Basil, manager/buyer for Design Resource, and Nancy Woodhouse, senior designer, Gabbert's Design Studio. They shared what they saw, what they liked and offered a few tips on incorporating new looks into existing decor.
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Hues for your home: Sunny yellows in decor
iDiva
What is your earliest memory of the colour yellow? For me, probably the sun! Humans instinctively associate yellow with brightness. Deeper means hotter and lighter hues imply happiness. These feelings arise from your instincts and not any habit per se. I think yellow awakens greater optimism.
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