Check out the growing list of events under the Resources tab on the Designer Society of America website.Read More
In the modern design office, smartphone apps are being used as both actual tools and virtual tools—from tape measures to drafting aids. Here is a sampling of some of the top app picks from industry leaders.Read More
Before you know it spring will be here, beckoning us to shake off our cozy winter wardrobes and press forward with a fresh outlook and a new mindset. More than any other time of the year, spring offers that special “reset” we all need to re-energize our bodies and renew our minds and spirits.Read More
Design Wise – A Chat with Vern Yip
Atlanta interior designer Vern Yip gained popularity via a number of television shows, including Trading Spaces, Deserving Design, HGTV Design Star and, most recently, Urban Oasis.
What if your houseplant could charge your smartphone?
That is what the creators of Bioo hope to achieve with their new product, which does just that. CEO Pablo Vidarte and his team have set out to develop a plant that can provide enough power to keep your phone going throughout the day.
The freshness of a new, un-scribbled calendar. The clean lines of household furniture, freed from December's tinsel, trash and clutter. The sweet silence of a second cup of coffee after the children mount the school bus. The delicious feeling of energy to spare, energy released, but not expended, by December's holiday frenzy.Read More
We’re excited about the approaching holidays and are eager to gather with family and friends to celebrate all we have to be thankful for this year and every year. For some of us, this time of year gets especially busy with work as often clients decide to stop procrastinating and move forward with an interior design project or two before opening their home to holiday guests.Read More
We know you're feeling it and so are we. While the summer months - and the high temps that go along with them - can be draining, we all know that relief is just around the corner. Come on fall!Read More
As kids, we all lived for summer vacation - the last day of school followed by family vacations and long days spent swimming, riding bikes and enjoying the outdoors with our friends. As adults, we can still appreciate the summer and the often slower pace of business that it brings. It's a great opportunity to recharge our batteries and take some time to appreciate the little things. Summer can also be a busier time for adults, especially with little ones under foot and begging to be entertained.
Green design is as hot a topic as ever. Often we can influence - or just assist - our clients in making green decisions during new construction or renovations. One trending topic is the design of "green roofs" or energy-efficient vegetated roof systems. Once installed, they often last longer than conventional roofs.Read More
Hard to believe, but it's that time of year...again! Whether your business slows this time of year or picks up speed, remember to take some time for yourself. We all get so busy trying to mark everything off our holiday to-do lists that we often forget to slow down and enjoy all that is going on around us. Check out our article featuring 10 tried and true steps for enjoying a relaxing holiday season.Read More
Cooler temperatures and a kick in our step, fall is fast approaching. Time to shake the beach sand out of our shoes and prepare for the soft brush of cashmere sweaters. Interior design starts to take an upward swing with clients focusing on family visits and the holidays to come. Let's bring in the season with a slow gentle stroll.Read More
Your new feng shui design skills will add confidence and generate additional revenue streams. This program is ideal for the professional looking to enhance their business and lives. The program will provide the tools to enhance and support a new career in the Interior Design markets of both residential or commercial interiors. Realtors will also benefit by introducing the Home Staging tips to their clients.Read More
Unless you are really new to the industry, you have likely run into the term "LEED" or "LEED Certified." LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, provides third-party verification of green buildings. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the program enables buildings to earn LEED points based on impact, both human and environmental. The overall goal is to create spaces that are both healthier for the people living in them and more sustainable for the environment. Being familiar with the basics of green design enables you to help clients navigate the tricky regulations.Read More
This time of year is filled with cheer as a wide variety of festive holidays are celebrated here and around the world. It's a wonderful time to enjoy family and friends, to cherish the memories of holidays past and to pay tribute to those loved ones no longer here to celebrate with us.Read More
Expand your reach by making your website accessible to mobile phones, social networks and everywhere else on the web. Expand your reach by publishing your website to mobile phones, Facebook, and the web. Edit in one place, and publish everywhere. Connect to social media from your new website. Post your designs on Pinterest with one click! Connect directly to Houzz! The possibilities are endless.Read More
Feeding America food bank members help provide low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 46.5 million people in America each year, including nearly 12 million children and 7 million seniors.Read More
As we celebrate our 15th anniversary at Designer Society of America, we hope you still celebrate each and every milestone in your interior design career as well. When schedules get tight and clients get cranky, it can be easy to forget why we got into this line of work in the first place.Read More
Meredith Melling's duplex loft in NoHo features the polished decorating of Ariel Ashe - lots of neutrals with some standout pieces like a tufted royal-blue velvet sofa and a burl-wood-and-chrome dining table - set against its bleached wood floors and gutsy exposed beams and columns. Tying it all together is an invisible, but palpable, element: a sandalwood, vanilla and pepper fragrance, designed especially for Ms. Melling and her apartment, wafting from a sleek metal machine the size of a tablet hidden behind the blue sofa.Read More
The temperatures continue to rise as we enter the summer season. As everyone gears up for summer vacation, you might see a decline in the amount of business you're doing. Take advantage of any slow days of summer to get reorganized and primed for the busier months.Read More
How important are Continuing Education Units (CEUs)? DSA has not forced them upon you and made them a requirement for membership in the past, so does this mean that they are meaningless?
As a professional who markets services to the public, you want to be in the KNOW and well-versed on the current market trends as well as consumer safety and health regulations.
Your website can keep you relevant in today's market or leave you out of the results altogether. Responsive web design is the way websites will be built for the decade to come. They are built to "respond" to the ever changing canvas of mobile phones and tablets. The web has evolved past the desktop with the sale of mobile devices at 1 billion and is expected to double by 2015. That's a market not to be ignored.Read More
I always enjoy styling and staging houses in our beautiful neighborhood of Queens Harbour. One of the problems I run into frequently is overgrown shrubs and outdated plant selections. Newer varieties perform better and don't take over the visual space that we call Curb Appeal.Read More
Do you have some extra time this summer? Would you like to include a nationally recognized certification for residential interior design in your repertoire? Use this summer to increase your marketability - don't put it off any longer! We've made our program even more user-friendly and full of useful information for currently practicing designers.Read More
Most interior designers scramble from one project to the next, with full days and busy schedules. For that reason, having a mobile office of some sort is crucial for so many of us. To use our time to its fullest advantage, we need to be able to complete work-related tasks as easily and efficiently as possible.Read More
High Point market is upon us once again. The gorgeous hues of autumn leaves and the crisp air this time of year make it the perfect time to visit North Carolina for one of the country's premier markets. Fall dates for market are October 13-18 and retail home furnishings buyers will flock to High Point for the event.Read More
There are several standards affecting paint and they are not equal; they focus on different things. To various degrees, they focus on physical paint properties, how the paint contributes to smog, and how the paint affects human health.Read More
We want to extend our congratulations to Lubomir A. Sloboda, a Certified Residential Interior Design graduate in the Designer Society of America's design course, who recently placed second in the Student Category of the prestigious 13th Annual Northwest Design Awards competition at the Seattle Design Center.Read More
If you're like me, you look forward to a fresh start at the first of the year. Setting goals for the next 12 months can be exciting and a perfect opportunity to assess where you're going and how you're going to get there. But don't overwhelm yourself by setting the bar so high that it's impossible to reach. If you can dream it, you can make it happen!Read More
Hello, fellow designers! Can you feel the brisk air moving about? Do you smell chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Well… it's that time of year again. Fall and winter holiday season is among us and, ready or not, it's time to start planning parties, family meals, career moves, and changes for 2012. We at the Designer Society of America would like you to know that we are there for you during this time by offering new incentives for current members and for their design friends.Read More
Finally, there is someone out there who has dedicated the past decade towards discovering ways to help you face and conquer the challenges that today's interior design industry faces. Design Society of America wants to be your resource for a social network between interior designers, vendors and clients.
Join us now and you will receive an additional 6 months free!
Studio Projects is a tool that allows you to publish orders for your vendors to view anywhere, anytime. Your vendors can interactively select to view any order - current or past - you have placed with them, view detailed information about the item and order, and send messages to you about the current status.Read More
Making sustainable choices requires looking beyond price. This is where the "triple bottom line" enters the picture: price, environmental impact, social equity.Read More
Happy New Year! We've been working like mad behind the scenes to bring you a 2011 full of opportunities to network and gain valuable knowledge about the interior design industry. As a result, we're offering a full schedule of tele-seminars and webinars throughout the year, all designed specifically for our members, who can participate in
two free of charge!
A busy summer is over and fall is finally in the air. In honor of the new season, Designer Society of America is offering an entire year’s membership free! It’s true - we are actually giving you two years for the price of one! Now, when you join for the low annual price of $195, you will get an entire extra year free. But the value doesn’t end there. You will enjoy these full membership benefits for two years...Read More
If you are new to “green building” and want to learn a little on the cheap, there are many options. United States Green Building Council (USGBC) offers a variety of webinars that you can view from your home or office. Some are live and must be watched on a specific time and date, but many are available on demand.Read More
Last month we shared with you some information about Studio WebWare and all the benefits their Studio Designer software program offers to interior designers. This month we'll address the ease with which designers can use the program on the go via Blackberry, iPhone and Droid.Read More
While we may love the colors we select for a client, it may not always be correct for what she/he perceives. If there is opposition, what do you do next?Read More
Last month I gave a brief overview of the book "Environmentally Responsible Design," a reference book to help provide a foundation for understanding sustainable interior design. This month I'm recommending "Women in Green," a compilation of conversations with women involved in sustainable design.Read More
Hi - You may or may not know this, but I was allied ASID for 15 plus years. During that time, I was too busy as a working designer to take the time to be grandfathered in as a professional ASID, and was told that it would really not affect my practice. I have decided to share my story with all of you in an effort to help more interior designers better understand the affects of the Practice and Title Acts. I did not realize their true meaning until I too had been fined.Read More
Even when it isn't Valentine's Day, we should all feel the love in a home when we enter. It's important to be able to express your clients' soul in their surroundings when you create a design for them. As designers, we should think of ourselves as instruments for bringing harmony in design, while not stifling the clients' spirit by infusing too much of our own.Read More
Happy New Year! Don't you just love a fresh start, a new beginning, a clean slate? This year can be whatever you want it to be, so set your goals and go for it! One idea might be to learn something new to offer your clients - Feng Shui ReDesign.Read More
Yep, it's here again -we're right in the middle of yet another holiday season! While I hope everyone has lots of clients keeping them busy, I also hope you find time to sit back and take in all the festivities of the season with family and friends. This is also a great time of year to look back over the past 12 months and analyze your business. How can you make things even better in 2010?Read More
How about an opportunity to network with other interior design professionals? Could your business benefit from shared ideas and resources found among like minds? This could be your chance!Read More
Your Designer Society of America was well represented at World Market in Las Vegas last month, as I spent several days networking with industry professionals, all working together for the greater good. In addition, I attended numerous seminars to see what others across the nation are working on and what priorities are set for the coming year.Read More
Whether you are a small business owner or are thinking about starting a small business, everyone in the country is impacted by America's small business economy. Small businesses continue to be the heartbeat of America, representing 99.7 percent of all employer firms and generating 60 to 80 percent of new jobs over the past decade, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.Read More
When meeting a new client for the first time, your portfolio can make or break a deal, depending on how you use it to sell yourself and your design talents. Be sure your entire portfolio reflects your style and abilities, providing potential clients with a clear idea of the level of professional interior design services you are capable of providing.Read More
While we have all heard these things in the past, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a busy design business and forget some of the basics, such as professional ethics and standards. As practicing designers, we should always behave in a way that is ethical and professional.Read More
Welcome! If you are reading this, you are evidently one of many new members who have recently joined this exciting networking opportunity. We want DSA to become your number one "go to" resource for all your design professional needs. Our organization is a fantastic opportunity to communicate with like minds and industry professionals from across the country.Read More