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May. 14, 2014

Designing a Festive Dining Room
The Wall Street Journal
It is the rare sit-down dinner that holds guests' attention from appetizer to dessert. In those less captivating moments, according to San Francisco-based designer Jay Jeffers, "the eye has to have places to explore." This dining room, which Jeffers created in a 1913 Presidio Heights townhouse, offers visual nourishment from any perspective.More

Skype Introduces Free Group Video Calls for Up To 10 People
Small Business Trends
Your next video conference on Skype may now be free. Skype announced this week that its Skype group video calls service is now free for up to 10 participants on some platforms. Prior to this, group video calls on Skype had been available only if one participant had a premium membership ranging from $4.99 a month to $8.99 for a single day pass.More

6 Quick Tips for Fixing a Cash Flow Crunch
American Express OPEN Forum
Ask any small-business owner what business challenge he or she faces on a regular basis, and more times than not you'll get the answer "cash flow." Managing cash flow is a constant struggle for many business owners, and the success or failure of their businesses frequently rides on it.More

5 Ways to Get People to Remember You (And Your Company)
Being memorable is essential for every entrepreneur — after all, people won't fund you or buy from you if they don't even remember you exist. Here are five ways to ensure you're making a strong and lasting impression.More

Darryl Carter Designs a Room at the Kips Bay Show House in Manhattan, NY
The Washington Post
Darryl Carter established his own design firm in 1998. Since then, the native Washingtonian has written two design books, created a paint line for Benjamin Moore and opened a store in Shaw that bears his name. He recently added another major career milestone. Carter unveiled his first room at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, an annual tradition since 1973. He was one of 22 designers selected for the prestigious display that began its month-long run at the historic 1884 Villard Mansion. More

Stencil Your Ceiling for a Luxurious Look
The next time you walk into a room, look up. You will probably see a sea of white. But you could go big, bold and graphic with a stenciled ceiling. … But for the adventurous homeowner, stenciling a ceiling can elevate a design more than any wall treatment. More

8 Ways to Design with Plywood
Architecture gets expensive, so these homebuilders put their creativity to work by designing with plywood. Here's how they saved a buck on materials without looking, well, cheap. More

5 of the Best Young Designers
The Wall Street Journal
Design is a bit like Hollywood. Everyone knows the stars by their first names; the rest continue to work in semi-obscurity. "It's extremely hard for anyone new to break into the industry," says Italian designer and architect Rodolfo Dordoni, famous for his best-selling Lumiere light for Foscarini, which is sold world-wide. "Even at my age, I still find it tricky and disappointing when a product doesn't get taken up by a company or sells poorly." More

Stop What You're Doing And Fall For These 5 Outdoor Fireplaces
ELLE Decor
Is your backyard missing this summer essential? At actress Courteney Cox's Malibu home, a custom-made banquette surrounds a teak-and-steel lava-rock fire pit. More

5 Tips for a Killer Twitter Bio
Interior Design Community
Twitter, the land of a very few words, keywords and hashtags, it takes very fine tuned writing styles and creativity to make 160 characters interesting. Writing a brief twitter bio has become an art form like writing a beautiful verse or a Japanese Haiku. You have to present your best self in a concise manner something people find really hard to do.More

7 Magic Words (And 10 Negotiation Ideas) For Entrepreneurs
Of all the skills we teach prospective entrepreneurs, there’s an element missing. Where in our MBA or business preparedness programs do we talk about the skills of negotiation? Um … with the exception of sales training, which is highly focused on negotiation, perhaps the answer is never.More