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Feb. 26, 2014

Tour the Sets of 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, The Great Gatsby, and Her
Architectural Digest
A futuristic, technology-driven Los Angeles. The unforgiving world of astronauts and spacecraft. The antebellum South. Glamorous 1970s Manhattan. Long Island's Gold Coast during the Jazz Age. Moviegoers were treated to a wealth of cinematic eye candy this past year. The talented production designers and set decorators who created the celluloid worlds of the films Her, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, and The Great Gatsby are vying for the Oscar for best production design on Sunday, March 2. And if you’re into Oscar handicapping, here's a tip — all of the films but The Great Gatsby are nominated for Best Picture.More

The 3 Musts for an Effective Landing Page
Small Business Trends
A landing page is a single webpage where you want potential customers to land in order to capture leads for sales. There are many different features you can include on a landing page. You likely want to include enough information to capture interest and drive sales, but not enough to distract them from your main point.More

A Colorful French Home with a Child-like Spirit
Design Sponge
Lisa Sanchis is a French graphic designer who mostly works in the realm of publishing. She creates books for children (fabric books in particular) and is also the author of sewing books. As a soon-to-be mom, her latest book is about creating things from fabric to decorate children’s rooms.More

10 Round Soaking Tubs for 2
The ultimate bathing luxury? A free-standing, round bathtub built for two. Here are 10 in serenely romantic settings.More

Stories Boards Tell — And How To Untell Them
By Michael J. Berens
Keeping board members on track is never easy, but what do you do when your board falls prey to misinformation — in particular, misinformation of their own making?More

Record a Video to Market Your Business — A Video Tutorial to Getting Started
Video marketing expert Denise O'Berry joins Sarah Santacroce for a fun and informative tutorial on getting started with video to build your brand and grow your small business.More

Edgar Allan Poe, Interior Design Critic
Smithsonian Magazine
In Edgar Allan Poe's short story "Landor's Cottage," the author paints an idealized picture of his own New York Cottage. He describes the building in painstaking — some might even say excruciating — detail, but Poe also devotes a short paragraph to cottage's furnishings. "On the floor was an ingrain carpet, of excellent texture - a white ground, spotted with small circular green figures. At the windows were curtains of snowy white jaconet muslin: they were tolerably full, and hung decisively, perhaps rather formally, in sharp, parallel plaits to the floor - just to the floor. … " More

Dipped in Chocolate: Monochromatic Rooms
Smooth and dreamy, chocolate brown works just like a stark black in the world of interior design, but it's much softer and more versatile in the realm of style genres. From the bedroom to the living room, you can use a creamy, chocolatey shade to create a dark and dramatic look that still has a touchable essence. Take a look at some of the stylish, monochromatic rooms we found dipped in chocolate!More

Enough With the Motivational Home Decor
Are the cushions telling you something? Is the wall hanging reminding you to breathe? Did your coffee cup just advise you to stay calm? You don't need a collection of the latest interior design magazines to tell you that the wordy home decor trend is in full swing.More

Luxury Living Makes Its Return — With a Twist
By Michael J. Berens
Inconspicuous consumption dominated affluent consumers' buying habits during the recent recession. McMansions, flashy cars and lavish vacation homes were out. Luxury buyers contented themselves with more modest purchases. As the economic recovery has taken hold, however, wealthy consumers have expressed their confidence by returning to big-ticket spending. Sales of large and expensive homes have increased markedly throughout the country in recent months, driven by greater economic stability, attractive pricing and plentiful inventories.More

You're Winning Customers But Are You Following Up?
Experts have long said that it's less expensive to win new customers back than to try to win over new ones. Existing customers already know about your company, so there's no need to shell out money on advertising and marketing to tell them about you.More

Colors to Incorporate Into Your Home
The Washington Post
No color is off limits for a brave decorator. Over the years, The Washington Post has asked designers for advice on how to use a whole rainbow of hues in the home.More

A White Bathroom Done Right
The Wall Street Journal
As long as there has been indoor plumbing, there have been white bathrooms, perhaps because the color most associated with cleanliness also makes a small room feel less cramped. Interior designer Jennifer Eisenstadt stuck to the traditional, hygienic hue when she renovated a no-frills space in her 1844 Brooklyn Heights brownstone, but gave it a patterned spin.More

6 Easy Ways to Help Your Crappy Memory
When lost car keys, missed appointments, and forgotten passwords are every day occurrences, it gets frustrating. If your memory isn't as good as it used to be, as good as you'd like it to be, here are some of my favorite easy ways to compensate for a "less than perfect" memory.More

7 Hyper-Inspiring Designer Bookshelves
ELLE Decor
Wishing your bookshelves looked a little more … polished? These seven, by interior designers across the country, provide the perfect inspiration. More

How to Work Closely with Interior Designers
CE Pro
One of the direct benefits of being involved in the lighting and shade control business is the interaction with interior designers. Much like architects, builders, electricians, general contractors and real estate professionals, designers are a coveted trade for integrators to establish relationships with. According to the 2013 CE Pro Readership Study, integrators say that 6.5 percent of the time an interior designer has the final say on product selection.More