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Mitzi
Color and dimming capabilities in today’s LED allow for lighting design and use indoors and out. Pictured: The Lola Pendant from Hudson Valley Group’s Mitzi division.

LED Lighting Technology Offers Design, Efficiency Opportunities

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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Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor
Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor

American Lighting Association Free Retail Webinar Available On Demand

Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor, shared how lighting retailers can cope with coronavirus-related business closures.

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Kerrie Kelly Shares Tips for Staying Sane During Coronavirus Lockdown

9 Ways to Organize and Lift Spirits During the Coronavirus Crisis

Kerrie Kelly shares top tips for getting organized, battling boredom and reconnecting during the coronavirus pandemic.

How Important Are Healthy Home Features for Consumers?

Whether in their homes or in the community, homebuyers increasingly are seeking opportunities for healthy lifestyles where they live.

Willow Tree Designs
Willow Tree Design is a mix of window treatments, furniture and home accessories, including seasonal holiday decor.

How a Designer Answered When a Retail Opportunity Knocked

Interior designer Terry Sullivan made the leap to retail with Willow Tree Design, a home decor and window treatment business. 

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Is Your Retail Business Healthy?

In its 2020 State of the Industry Report, STORIS shares 20 actionable strategies to help your retail establishment flourish in its 20/20 Vision Plan. 

Gary Inman
To deliver a complete experience, Gary Inman of Baskervill, says the most important thing is to make the story about them.

3 Interior Designers Share Client Satisfaction Insights

Expectations, transparency and credibility are key when working with clients.

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Designers attending an educational seminar at AmericasMart.

IMC to Present Six-Part Design CEU Event at AmericasMart

The March 10 gathering is the first of four planned in 2020.

IDS Designer of the Year Awards
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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An upscale establishment on Duval Street in Key West.

Color is Key in Commercial Lighting Design

Inspired uses of color in Key West businesses.

2020 Houzz Study Reports Positive Sentiment Among Home Renovation Professionals

Amid growth, the 2020 Houzz U.S. State of the Industry study reveals a rise in costs of doing business.

mark richardson half time prep
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. 

church & rose
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.

Jeff Dross
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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