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An upscale establishment on Duval Street in Key West.

Color is Key in Commercial Lighting Design

Melissa Galt Attracting Luxury Clients
Melissa Galt Discusses Finding the Millionaire Interior Design Client

The Millionaire Next Door: Your Next Luxury Design Client

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Customer retention is key to a thriving retail business. These three loyalty programs are designed to help. (Photo: JackF / stock.adobe.com)

3 Programs to Help Retailers Cultivate Loyal Customers

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Layering light sources adds visual interest to a room, but it also helps reduce eye strain and set the mood of a space, helping inhabitants relax and unwind.

How Lighting Technology Advances Affect Consumer Health and Wellness

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Interior Design Society 10th Annual Designer of the Year Awards are underway

IDS Designer of the Year: A Decade of Interior Design Excellence

Interior Design Society Members: Enter your favorite room in the Designer of the Year Awards for visibility and credibility!

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(Photo: Unsplash user Julien-Pier Belanger)

What Consumers Expect from the Retail Experience

Here's what the latest research from the National Retail Federation says about what consumers demand when it comes to areas like shipping and events.

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Are you using half-time to make sure your business is running smoothly?

Are You Prepared for Your Business's Half-Time

For a business owner or leader, half-time (halfway through the year) — or for a designer, halfway through a project —  is very important. And by drawing on the analogy of professional sports, you can gain insights into how to approach this crucial elements of the game. 

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Church & Rose’s homepage is easy to navigate and places the design work front and center.

How to Create a User-Friendly Interior Designer Website

Branding and web design expert Richard Chapman shares tips and things to avoid when it comes to optimizing your digital user experience.

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Jeff Dross, Corporate Director, Education and Industry Trends, for Kichler

Meet the Furniture, Lighting & Decor Editorial Advisors: Jeff Dross, Kichler

Meet Jeff Dross, Corporate Director, Education and Industry Trends, for Kichler.

Keeping Up With Technology's Evolution in Business

What do books have to do with it? Like the book industry, technological advances are changing the way consumers research and purchase home furnishings, and we need to keep up. 

Interior Design Business Coach Rides the Learning Curve

Melissa Galt turns her interior design expertise into a path for helping others grow their businesses.  

3 Tips for Organizing Your Interior Design Business

If you're hoarding samples, here are some tips to help you de-clutter and get organized.

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Bradington-Young showcased its customization capabilities in a number of ways in its High Point showroom to help retailers and designers see the possibilities for custom design and merchandising.

Bradington-Young Brings a Novel Approach to Custom Display

The company showcases its custom-order capabilities through its Luxury Accents program.

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Office Designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors. Troy Thies Photography.

5 Goals for Interior Design Entrepreneurs in 2020

Assessing business costs, office culture and branding can help your interior design business grow in the new year.

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Kristina Christopher

Meet the Furniture, Lighting & Decor Editorial Advisors: Kristina Christopher, Fanimation

Meet Kristina Christopher, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ceiling fan manufacturer Fanimation.

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High Point exhibitor Cisco Brothers is SFC certified and committed to responsible wood sourcing. The manufacturer uses Forest Stewardship Council Certified wood in its frames and furniture.

The Sustainable Designer’s Guide to High Point Market

Plan ahead for Spring Market, April 25-29, with these green sourcing tips. 

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(Photo: Unsplash user Maddi Bazzocco)

How Effective is Sponsored Content?

Brands can capitalize on trust between influencers and their audience by offering paid sponsorships—but just how effective is influencer marketing?

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Greg Crowley of Crowley Furniture & Mattress is one of four award winners.

Home Furnishings Association Announces Major Award Winners for 2019

Howell Furniture, Brakenridge Furniture, Greg Crowley of Crowley Furniture & Mattress and Joe Bright of Dunk & Bright Furniture have won awards.

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Helen Rutledge, owner of antique shop Bibelot, says mixing antiques like this Georgian Pine Secretary with modern pieces looks fresh and luxurious.

Minimizing Environmental Impact With Eclectic Antique Furniture

The ultimate renewable furniture resource, antiques offer new opportunities for Millennial clients.

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Colleen Daly, Vice President of The Howard Elliott Collection

Meet the Furniture, Lighting & Decor Editorial Advisors: Colleen Daly, The Howard Elliott Collection

Meet Colleen Daly, Vice President of The Howard Elliott Collection, a mirror, wall art, decorative accessories and accent furniture manufacturer.

Melissa Galt shares 5 passive income streams for interior designers.
Melissa Galt shares 5 passive income streams for interior designers.

5 Passive Income Streams for Interior Designers

Are you aware of how digital technology can give you multiple passive income streams? If you’re looking for red hot interior design revenue streams that can bring dollars in the door, you’ve reached the right place.

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