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e-design decorist
An example of a design Henle provided to a client.

4 Reasons to E-Design on the Side

Las Vegas Market rountable
From left: Toma Clark Haines, Dann Foley, Wendy Glaister, Kerrie Kelly, Diane Falvey, Kimberly Joi McDonald, Fernando Rodriguez, Sarah Grover

How Do You Manage an Interior Design Business With a Creative Mind?

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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

Design Kollective
Design Kollective is an e-commerce platform designed to create a seamless online/in-store shopping experience for consumers shopping boutique home furnishings showrooms.

Design Kollective Helps Retailers Tackle E-commerce

home staging
Adding home staging to an interior design services can add a revenue stream to your business.

Adding Home Staging to Your Interior Design Business

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Nancy Ganzekaufer Business Coaching
Nancy Ganzekaufer shares social media strategies for interior designers.

5 Tips for Interior Design Social Media Success

Nancy Ganzekaufer shares her tips for social media success as an interior designer, including hashtags and social media planning insights!

Morris Furniture
Morris Furniture strives to replicate in-store signage and promotions on its website, right down to the price tags.

Balancing Bricks and Clicks in Home Furnishings Retail

E-commerce and physical stores work together for an omnichannel shopping experience.

Steelyard
Steelyard, continues to add features to the platform to streamline the interior design process.

Steelyard Digitally Connects Designers, Home Furnishings Resources

Steelyard streamlines the connection between designers and vendors.

A Furniture Shopper's Path to Purchase

Research shows most consumers do online research at home before entering a store.

Home Design Business Think Tank Nancy Ganzekaufer Melissa Galt
The Home Design Business Think Tank for May is all about brand messaging.

Home Design Business Think Tank: Week 2 Focuses on Client Communication

From understanding how your message needs to evolve to how best to communicate with your clients and potential clients, our virtual May Think Tank series shares expert and peer insights for successful brand messaging now and moving forward. 

Universal Furniture Virtual Market Recordings Available

Videos of the Zoom discussions are available on the company's YouTube channel.

How Small Businesses Can Protect Customer Data

Simple cybersecurity measures businesses can take to protect customer privacy.

theMART Launches Virtual Showroom Series

The CEU-approved programming is free for the design community.

HOM Gabberts
The grand entrance to Gabberts in HOM’s Little Canada, MN store complex was designed by Connie Post, with an 18-foot faux fireplace flanked by see-through window grids for a striking and very upscale, glamorous look.

High-End Home Furnishings Inventory Leads to Big Profits

The industry’s profitable merchant class is trading in better goods, presentation, customer experience and convenience.

Wendy Yates
Wendy Yates

Interior Designers Share Advice for Facing Coronavirus Crisis

How eight designers are broadening their skillsets and embracing digital tools to push through the current climate.

How Much Are Consumers Willing to Pay for Home Furnishings?

Research shows customers are willing to splurge on quality and comfort.

Phillips Collection
Phillips Collection’s fish decor and seat belt dining chairs make an impact at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC, and would also shine in a retail space.

Vendors Share How to Create Eye-Catching Showroom Displays

Manufacturers offer advice for thinking outside the box to create show-stopping moments with high-impact products.

Shops at 1700
Carole Marcotte has layered in old and new, adding local vendors in The Shops at 1700

Adding Layers: How Carole Marcotte Mixes the Old and New at The Shops at 1700

The designer has expanded her retail product selection, adding a curated collective of local vendors to the mix. 

Karen Wolf Design Pop Series
Karen Wolf's Latest Design Pop will focus on home office design.

Interior Designer Karen Wolf Launches Online Trend Series

Wednesday, April 15th's installment of the Design Pop Series focuses on home offices.

(Photo: J. Kelly Brito on Unsplash)
(Photo: J. Kelly Brito on Unsplash)

IMC Announces Free Business-Building Webinars for Buyers, Exhibitors

April topics include timely discussions like preparing for businesses to reopen and navigating remote selling, plus trend education, business efficiency tips and branding exercises. 

Jaipur Living Launches Trade Talk Instagram Live Series

Nashville-based designer Sam Cram is scheduled for Wednesday April 15 beginning 1 p.m EST. 

Making a Lasting Impression With Thoughtful Customer Appreciation

Showing thoughtful appreciation through extra efforts can make your business memorable. 

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