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Houzz 2021 Kitchen Trend Report
Houzz shares what consumers expect in 2021 kitchen renovations. Photo: Margaret Wright Photography @Houzz

Kitchen Storage Tops Wish List in HOUZZ 2021 Kitchen Trends Report

Augmented reality
Digitizing your product inventory is the first step in launching augmented reality on your website.

How Augmented Reality Can Enhance Your E-Commerce User Experience

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Home Design Business Think Tank, Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor, Gail Doby
Learn profit-maximizing strategies from our experts and panels.

Home Design Business Think Tank: A Focus on Profit for Designers and Retailers

Our next Home Design Business Think Tank takes place on Tuesday May 17 with Gail Doby and Monday May 24 with Bob Phibbs. Read on to register!

High Point Market Authority, Purple mattress, ideastreams
How has Purple developed it's unique brand loyalty paradigm?

High Point Market Authority Partners with HFA, Purple for May IdeaStreams Webinar

Learn Purple's approach to reinventing brand loyalty.

Design Coaching Center, Interior Design Business Experts, Melissa Galt
Melissa Galt shares her top tips for attracting your ideal clients.

Design Coaching Center: How Do You Attract Your Ideal Client?

Join us May 3 at 2:00PM ET for a one-on-one conversation with Melissa Galt about attracting your ideal client! 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Photo by Tierra Mallorca on Unsplash
Photo by Tierra Mallorca on Unsplash

How Did Coronavirus Impact the Housing Market?

Low mortgage rates and low inventory have driven up prices in this competitive market.

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Photo by recha oktaviani on Unsplash

IIDA Releases 2021 Interior Design Compensation Report

The 50-page report highlights findings to help designers value their skills and experience, negotiate salaries and raises, and make smart choices about their careers.

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

ISFD Innovation + Design Competition Opens Entries

ISFD is accepting submissions for 2021's Innovation + Design Awards through June 30.

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

Furniture and home furnishings stores were up 5.9 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted amid increased vaccination and government stimulus.

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.

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's Business Breakthrough: Your Creative Value Blueprint to Get Paid What You're Worth is the first in a series of three business books. 

Photo by Hakan Nural on Unsplash
Photo by Hakan Nural on Unsplash

How Will Business Change After the Pandemic?

For home furnishings industry professionals, the end of the pandemic may mean another revamp of your business.

Photo by Tom Hermans on Unsplash
Photo by Tom Hermans on Unsplash

WithIt Launches Industry Book Club, Networking Platform

The first book is The Gifts of Imperfection by award-winning author and motivational speaker Brene Brown.

Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash
Photo by Blake Wisz on Unsplash

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

Answering your customer's unasked question can be the key to more retail sales.

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, what platforms are you using to accept payments? 

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

Speakers have been announced for the Interior Design Society Navigating Your Future virtual designer conference. 

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

From do-it-yourself to professional-grade systems, the options for connected home systems are vast.

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Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash

Setting Customer Expectations

Customers and clients are reasonable as long as they are kept in the loop and know what to expect.

High Point Market, IMC, Market Snapshot
IMC begins its Market Snapshot program for the June High Point Market

IMC Market Snapshot Highlights High Point Introductions

IMC's Market Snapshot program is showing products via nine room designations.

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