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Feb. 13, 2013

Pinterest Infographic For Small Business
Small Business Trends
Pinterest is the fastest growing social network in history and as such, has businesses everywhere exploring how they might utilize this virtual pinboard to their advantage. One of the main reasons for Pinterest's popularity is its ease of use. It essentially allows users to bookmark, organize and share visual ideas found on the Web. For businesses, Pinterest can also be used as a valuable marketing and sales tool and it's easy to get started. More

Elton John and David Furnish's Home in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Architectural Digest
Given musician Sir Elton John and film producer David Furnish's reputation as savvy collectors of contemporary art, one could be forgiven for assuming that the swing set on the front lawn of their new Los Angeles house is actually some installation by an up-and-coming artist — perhaps a discovery made during John's recent concert tour. But it's a mistake to assume anything about this pair. While the home may present certain earmarks of rock-icon fabulousness (a swank Beverly Hills,Calif., address, breathtaking hilltop views), in both scale and design this modernist dwelling was chosen with one overriding goal in mind: to create a comfortable West Coast base for the couple and their expanding family, which includes a two-year-old son, Zachary, and a newborn son, Elijah, who arrived just as this issue went to press. More

10 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs
Midwest Investment Network
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to start a business? Here are some indicators from Michigan State University Extension that may help you decide. More

The $100,000 Closet
The Wall Street Journal
When Rochelle Maize renovated her 6,110-square-foot Beverly Hills, Calif., home, it wasn't a new kitchen or home theater at the top of her list of must-haves — it was a closet. She hired a designer to create a 400-square-foot master closet with a flat-screen television, a refrigerator for Champagne, white cabinetry with silver-leaf etchings and a large crystal chandelier. Total cost: $100,000. More

Restoration Drama
The New York Times
In the annals of domestic horror stories, Jay Fielden's is as gothic as they come. It begins with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the attendant financial meltdown in the fall of 2008. He and his wife, Yvonne Orteig Fielden, now both 43, and their two young children had just moved into their new home, a sturdy example of Connecticut's storied collection of modernist glass houses, which they had bought for $900,000 in 2007 and spent eight months renovating. More

Obama Names Michael Graves to Access Board
Design Wire
President Barack Obama has named Michael Graves, FAIA, to the Architecture and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. The Interior Design Hall of Fame member has revolutionized architecture and product design by introducing postmodern forms and bold color, and will now lend his singular aesthetic to the world of accessible design.More

7 Qualities of Über-Productive People
Some people get more done than others — a lot more. Sure, they work hard. And they work smart. But they possess other qualities that make a major impact on their performance. They do the work in spite of disapproval or ridicule.More

Decolabs Lets You Create and Share Interior Designs With Virtual Furniture
Have you ever struggled to imagine how a piece of furniture might look in your room? Now you can picture it better using Decolabs. Decolabs, a free app for iPad, lets you design a room using virtual furniture objects. The app's augmented reality tool allows you to select furniture from e-catalogs and position them onto real photos of your room to help you can visualize how the items will fit in your space.More

Electric Blue LED Wine Cellar with Gothic Flare by Beckwith Interiors
Say you have a seven bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom multi-million dollar estate — but you really want it to stand out. How about a LED-lit wine cellar with individual wine bottle holders and a transparent ceiling?More

Malibu, Calif., Town House: From Mold to Remodeled
Los Angeles Times
The job started with a water leak — and ended in the total remodel of the 1,800-square-foot Malibu town house. Jackie Gould, who had lived in the beachfront home since 1976, called Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, the husband-and-wife principals of the Santa Monica architecture firm Minarc, and asked them to help with a little repair work related to the leak. "Mold-proof me," she remembered saying. But it wasn't so easy.More

30 Design Apps for 2013
Interiors & Sources
It seems like we all have our faces buried in our smartphones and tablets these days, so why not make some productive use of that time? Interiors & Sources has compiled a listing of some of the coolest, most innovative and just plain handy apps on the market. More

Mars and Venus Face Off on Home Design
Men may be from Mars and women from Venus, but they both think a great kitchen is their number one priority in a home, according to an informal survey conducted by two architects, an interior designer and a homebuilder. Even more interesting was that their ranking of priorities for other home features were almost evenly aligned. More