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Oct. 1, 2014

Details Make the Difference in 700 Square Feet
Houzz
Randall Reynoso and Martin Camsey were remodeling their Monterey-colonial-style home in Sacramento, California, when life intervened. Reynoso, who works in banking, was transferred to his company's San Francisco office. Realizing he would need to be in the City by the Bay four days a week, he and Camsey started looking for a home there. More

The Elastic Interior
The New York Times
It's a common enough dream for those who live in cramped urban spaces: Suddenly you notice a door you never realized was there and beyond it a room you didn't know you had — or maybe an entire wing of your home, just waiting to be occupied.More

7 Strategies to Write a Speech with Ease
Business 2 Community
Question: What's the hardest part of writing your speech? The results of this informal poll from LinkedIn revealed the biggest block to writing a speech is (drumroll please): Starting. More

Gender-Neutral, Sophisticated and Fun: Welcome to the Modern Nursery
The Globe and Mail
Forget powder-pink walls and cartoon-character sheets. The modern nursery is gender-neutral, sophisticated and as fun as it is sweet. "Parents are trying to impart a casual elegance, creating what I like to call un-nurseries," says Toronto interior designer Montana Labelle. Instead of a designated kiddie room, parents are creating a contemporary space that complements the rest of the home. And moms- and dads-to-be are investing a lot of time, and money, to get it right. More

Quiz: What's Your Decor Style?
Domaine Home
No matter if you're looking to redecorate or are just starting out on your home décor journey, trying to find furniture, lighting, and fabrics that work for your style can be tricky — especially when you aren't even sure what your style is! To help you narrow down all of the available options and make buying pieces a breeze, we've devised a handy quiz to help you find your interior aesthetic. More

Step Inside the High-Stakes World of ABC's Scandal
Architectural Digest
Scandal, ABC's addictive series about political intrigue and sabotage among Washington D.C.'s power circles, returns for a fourth season tonight. Created by Shonda Rhimes of Grey's Anatomy fame, the thriller centers around D.C. fixer Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington), whose firm—made up of a staff she calls "gladiators in suits"— manages the personal and professional crises of Washington’s elite, including her on-again, off-again lover, President Fitzgerald Grant (played by Tony Goldwyn).More

New Apps to Aid in Home Design and Renovations
Reuters
Home owners and renters looking to redesign or renovate can turn to new apps to help simplify the process and get the job done sooner and more efficiently. Last year Americans spent approximately $130 billion on home remodeling projects, the highest amount since 2007, according the U.S. Census Bureau.More

What's Your Body Language Saying?
Entrepreneur
Since we all want to portray ourselves as cool, intelligent, strong, charismatic, principled, caring, and interested in others, learning tactics to make a great first impression is critical. First impressions are so important because they make an indelible mark on how we're perceived by others. Surprisingly, our posture, smile, eyes, personal hygiene and the way we dress, is the basis for other's impression of us.More

'Now' is how to build your interior design business
By Fred Berns
Interior design professionals can't grow their profits simply by convincing prospects to buy. The key is convincing them to buy now. You compete with far more than your competitors when it comes to getting prospects to work with you now. You compete with those new cars that prospects want to buy. And those vacations they want to take. And those college tuitions they have to pay for. Yes, prospects have lots of other things they could spend their money on right now rather than your design services. "Why you?" used to be the question foremost on a prospect's mind. Now there's a second one: "Why now?" More

11 Interiors With 'Bright' Personality
The Huffington Post
Sculptural-style ceiling fixtures infuse these interiors with "bright" personalities. Be inspired: Dodson Interiors incorporates an artistic twist into their dining room design, with a light fixture resembling a 1920s fringe flapper dress. Hyde Evans Designs on the other hand, selects a fixture that resembles the landscape and brings infinite harmony to the breakfast room nook.More

12 Home Decor Instagram Accounts To Start Following Now
The Huffington Post
Sure, everyone knows you can find mouth-watering things to eat (#foodporn), magazine-worthy fashion (#streetstyle) and jaw-dropping travel photos (#dreamvacation) on Instagram, but the inspiration doesn't end there. When it comes to home decor, we've found Instagram to be a go-to for some serious style lessons on everything from envy-inducing closets to just plain gorgeous desks. More