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Dec. 17, 2014

Interior Designer Creates Calm Spaces for Autistic Children
Yakima Herald-Republic
A.J. Paron-Wildes' home, a walk-out rambler in suburban Oak Park Heights, Minn., is a study in calm — all clean, uncluttered spaces and earthy, neutral hues that echo the autumn leaves framing the view of the St. Croix River. On an autumn afternoon, daughter Eva, 6, is having an after-school snack, while son Devin, 19, sketches intently, seated at the studio desk in his orderly bedroom.More

3 Tips for Gathering Endorsements for Your Small Business Website and Beyond
SCORE Small Business Success Blog
Positive feedback from happy customers cultivates confidence and, ultimately, boosts sales. In fact, a recent survey showed that 72 percent of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations; more than half of those surveyed said they're more likely to use a local business based on positive online reviews. Why? Well, for potential customers, endorsements eliminate some of the mystery shrouding what it's like to do business with you. More

New Role for Interior Designers: Home Health Specialist
By Michael J. Berens
Homeowners want their homes to support their health and well-being, and they are willing to undertake renovations to improve their home environment. But they are not always certain which steps to take or which products to buy to address their concerns. These and other findings from a recent Houzz survey suggest interiors designers may be able to provide a valuable service by helping homeowners to make their homes healthier and safer.More

Venus Williams Serves Up Interior Design
Minneapolis Star Tribune
This is what you get when you hire Venus Williams as your interior decorator: an enthusiastic designer who has traveled the world, drawing inspiration from Moscow to Beijing, but never quite had time to complete formal training; a team of professionals working with her; and a place on a client list that includes celebrities and professional athletes. And, of course, you get Venus Williams.More

10 of the Hottest Home Decor Pins of the Year
POPSUGAR
When it comes to the most popular home decor trends of 2014, there may be no better indicator than Pinterest. Ahead, join us as we look back on the year through the eyes of our highest-ranking pins. From gorgeous vanities to unexpected DIYs to small-space living tips, these images will stick with us for quite some time. More

Debunking Myths about Women-Led Businesses
Forbes
"You’ve come a long way, Baby" was the 70's ad slogan mirroring the feminist movement of the time and with the 2014 Chanel Campaign applauding the modern feminist I can't help but ask, have we really? No one disputes women issues have improved but have these improvements translated to our local businesses and pocketbooks?More

15 Amazing Colorful Bathroom Designs
ELLE Decor
These hue-filled spaces will inspire you to brighten up your bathroom. More