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ISFD, International Society of Furniture Designers, Innovation + Design
Innovation + Design Awards Entries have opened.

ISFD Innovation + Design Competition Opens Entries

The International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) is pleased to announce that the INNOVATION + DESIGN 2021 competition and exhibition is accepting entries now through June 30th. This is a…
Image by Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from Pixabay
Image by Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from Pixabay

March Retail Sales See Strong Rebound

Retail sales rebounded with huge gains in March as government checks fattened consumers’ bank accounts and more vaccination against COVID-19 made it easier for shoppers to get out of the house and…
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

Attracting Your Ideal Interior Design Client

Identifying your hot and buying ideal client is the fast path to design success. You can stop spinning your wheels trying to be all things to everyone and focus on those clients you enjoy the most.…
Gail Doby, Business Breakthrough Book
Gail Doby's new book, Business Breakthrough, is available on Kindle.

Gail Doby Shares Business Strategies in New Book for Designers

Gail Doby, Co-founder and Chief Vision Officer, of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting, has written a new book that shares many of the secrets and strategies she has used when coaching interior…
Photo by Hakan Nural on Unsplash
Photo by Hakan Nural on Unsplash

How Will Business Change After the Pandemic?

As we’re closing this issue, I’m getting ready for my first COVID-19 vaccine. The thought of finally being somewhat protected from this virus after a year of hunkering down has allowed me to start…
Photo by Tom Hermans on Unsplash
Photo by Tom Hermans on Unsplash

WithIt Launches Industry Book Club, Networking Platform

WithIt, the women’s leadership development network for the home and furnishings industries, has leveraged its networking capabilities on the Mighty Network platform. “The Mighty Network is a cross…
Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash
Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash

7 Questions That Need a ‘Yes’ to Close More Retail Sales

If you work in retail sales, you have to care about your customer first. If you start with what they — as a visitor to your Planet Furniture or Planet Lighting — are experiencing and if you are aware…
Photo by Christiann Koepke on Unsplash
Photo by Christiann Koepke on Unsplash

3 Payment Platforms for Retailers and Designers

In an environment where cash may not be exchanging hands and checks can require the extra step of going to a bank, not to mention the convenience of credit cards for clients and customers on big-…
Interior Design Society, Virtual Conference
The Interior Design Society has opened registration for its May virtual conference.

Interior Design Society Opens Registration for Virtual Designer Conference

The Interior Design Society (IDS) is excited to announce that  registration is now open for their 2021 National Conference. The conference will be held  virtually this year, with a strong speaker…
smart lighting
Light layering is important for good lighting design, says Lightstyles’ Melvyn Kahn. In this project from his lighting design team, smart lighting controls help manage each light layer for a cohesive look that can be easily adjusted.

Understanding the Smart Home Spectrum

At one time, smart home systems were only found in ultra-high-end luxury design projects. Their complexity and high price tags made them unattainable for the average homeowner. Times have since…