#interior design certification


This is a wonderful program for someone who has talent for decorating but wants or needs to add the validity that becoming certified offers. The C.I.D. designation and membership in the Certified Interior Decorators International organization will open doors and lets consumers know you are a professional they can trust. So. thank you Mr. Renner.
Kim Winnette, C.I.D.

Any industry that decides to create guidelines and raise the professionalism of its industry deserves commendation and the decoration community deserves no less.
Charlotte Jensen
FASID Past President of the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)

I have just finished the C.I.D. Certification Program. I have found that your section on The History of Furniture and Architectural Styles very concise and informative and exactly what I needed. The other section was Session #7, Consulting: Fees and Compensation . It cleared up so much for me on exactly what I should be charging. I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful program.
Laguna Niguel, CA

Showrooms would be much more willing to work with a Certified Interior Decorator (C.I.D.)
Dallas Decorative Center
Dallas, Texas

#scandinavian interior design


Why I like it: For that designer item you ve always wanted or that unique piece for your home you are still hoping to find, HORNE is the place to go. It is a fantastic source for some of the best brands and modern designs. Shipping to: Worldwide Shipping from: United States About the shop: Our promise is to only.

Why I like it: A treasure trove of handpicked goods from vintage furniture and books to menswear and home accessories. A visit to their brick and mortar shop on Haarlemmerdijk 31, Amsterdam, is a must. Six and Sons also won Best Online Shop in the category Lifestyle at our Shop Awards 2015! Shipping to: Worldwide Shipping from: The Netherlands About.

Why I like it: I am a big fan of this Award-winning skincare company. The ingredients for this products are sourced from Iceland s pure environment: glacial water, Arctic cloudberry and cranberry, among others A natural blend that replenishes the nutrients that stress depletes. All products are free of parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, chemical sulfates, and phthalates.

Why I like it: Top notch perfume, body care, home fragrances and accessories created with a distinct focus on craftsmanship and quality. Shipping to: Europe the United States Shipping from: Sweden About the shop: The Stockholm-based fragrance house was founded in 2006 by Ben Gorham. A native Swede born to an Indian mother and a Canadian father.

Why I like it: It s a treasure trove for the modern, stylish man. It has a broad selection of wish list-worthy goods, from clothing, shoes, home accessories, watches, bags and much more. Shipping to: Worldwide Shipping from: United States About the shop: Launched in 2013 as the brother site to Shopbop.com, East Dane is a thoughtful, straightforward.

Why I like it: Not many Canada-based shops have such a great assortment of modern furniture, lighting and accessories from top brands. A go-to place for a special gift or to finally splurge on that designer piece you ve been eyeing for a while. Shipping to: North America Shipping from: Canada About the shop: The Modern Shop is 100%.

#modern home interior design


24 Minimalist Home Office Design Ideas For a Trendy Working Space

The modern trend is indeed all about ‘less is more’ and the philosophy is pretty evident in the way current set of designers and architects and their designs for contemporary homes. With clients also increasingly opting for the sleek, stylish and clean look that has well-defined lines, interiors of modern homes seem to be following the minimalism trend to the core. Home office designs are also following the same path and that is only understandable as they need to blend in with the already existing interiors or seamlessly amalgamate with the rest of the house.

Here is a collection of minimalist home office designs that vary in shape, size and often are accentuated by unique shades, colors and patterns that give them much needed individuality. Designs showcasing the fact that inspiration is never too far away; which one do you like the best?

by Tamm-Marlowe Design Studio

by Odenza Homes Ltd

by Causa Design Group

Easy on the eye and on resources as well

One of the most essential advantages of opting for the minimalist design is that it not only is easy on your eyes and looks both contemporary and classy, but it also does not demand much in the form of materials that are needed. A home office that is minimalist in style also seems to need a lot less décor as cluttering it with too much takes away from the clean and clear lines.

by Butler Armsden Architects

#bar interior design


40 Inspirational Home Bar Design Ideas For A Stylish Modern Home

Contemporary homes are all about incorporating every little detail that is to the taste of those who live in them. When it comes to creating a complete modern home that is perfect in every sense, the likes of home office ideas, smart media rooms and game rooms seem to be an absolute must.

A popular addition to that lineup which seems to be gaining momentum more than before is a cool home bar they certainly seem like an appropriate upgrade to ponder about at home.

Why go somewhere else for a bit of intoxicated fun when you can have it all at your own residence? That is precisely what this collection of simple, elegant and at times easy to create home bar designs offer. Dive in to pick a design that you think is best for your own home and perfectly fits all your party needs.

Fun times flowing at home

Modern lifestyle is such that most of us tend to have very little time to spare, even if it is on the weekends and at times some of us might not really have enough zest to drive around to our favorite pub after a really long and tiring day. The Home bar offers the perfect solution by ensuring that you are never too far away from a drink and the best part of course, is that you can always invite your buddies over at any time and would never have to worry about being a good host.

A home bar also at times can help you out with a few of your business needs as you can always invite clients over to show them a good time as you negotiate a few deals over drinks in the privacy of your own house.

Bring back the good old times

Nostalgia is a very funny thing as it can sometimes gloss over the less comfortable and pleasant details and leaves most of us wanting to travel back in time to those so called good ol’ times when it was all jolly and simple. You can bring back your own favorite pub from your college days or that regular hangout you miss so much by recreating a similar atmosphere with your own home bar.

Some bright neon signs and a few arcade gaming machines should help in fashioning a retro themed home bar to your exact liking.

Drive back to your bedroom in 10 seconds!

This might sound a bit too preachy to a few, but drunk driving is one of the biggest reasons why accidents happen on the road and if you have had one too many drinks, most often you need someone else to drive you back home. Enter a home bar into the scene and you are simply never too far away from your bed. Not only does this make the roads safer for others, but puts you out of any potential run-ins with the law as well.

From a party at home that simply rocks, to not having to worry about driving back home, a home bar offers plenty of advantages that go way beyond the aesthetics of it. From the classic to the contemporary, retro to futuristic, you can opt for a design that fits your house best and then fill it with the best intoxicating delights of your choice.

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#french interior design


A Hamptons Home with a French Accent

Even in the green, manicured depths of Eastern Long Island, husband-and-wife tastemakers Todd and Amy Hase can’t escape the influence of France. Not only does the designing duo’s popular Todd Hase line of furniture, lighting, and fabrics have a distinctly Gallic sensibility, the couple and their two young daughters spend each summer at Ch teau du Jonquay, an elegant 17th-century manor house in Normandy they have lovingly restored, from towers to gardens. So it’s not surprising that, two years ago, when the Hases decided to construct a home in the bucolic New York village of Water Mill, they turned to France for inspiration.

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Initially they didn’t intend to build a new house, French in style or not. Happily ensconced on ten acres in the nearby town of Bridgehampton, the couple had presumed that particular residence would be their home base until Ava, now 10, and Chloe, 12, were grown. Admirers of the Hases’ suave style, however, made an offer on the furnished 10,000-square-foot house the family couldn’t refuse. Few things focus the mind like relocation, and quickly a plan began to form. The Hases would find a smaller piece of land in the general area and construct a more practical but no less stylish replacement. “Todd is always up for a new project,” Amy says with a laugh, noting that he can’t visit any city without thumbing through its real-estate advertisements. “It was a new idea. Our kids were older, and it sounded fun.”

Photo: Roger Davies

The wooded Water Mill property they now occupy is a more modest six acres. The white-shingled house Todd designed is 2,000 square feet smaller than their previous digs, with less grand, more intimate spaces whose scale is based on historical precedent. As Todd explains, venerable country houses in France often have rooms that are a reasonable 18 feet in length or width, largely because timber was milled in that dimension 250 years ago; he used that measurement as his architectural guide. He also studied the work of David Adler, a 1930s American architect who was influenced by historic European houses. Todd took inspiration from a tentlike construction at Villa Trianon, the Versailles getaway of legendary American decorator Elsie de Wolfe, to build a canvas-shaded terrace that stretches across the back of the home, doubling the family’s entertaining space during the summer months. The central section of the new house is primarily one room deep, which allows sunlight to stream in from both sides, in the mode of charming French manors known as lanternes. The old-fashioned style also addresses ultramodern energy concerns. “You just have to crack the windows and there’s incredible cross ventilation,” Amy says, adding that the smaller rooms and lower ceilings have resulted in energy savings in winter. Also, the scaled-down rooms were easier to decorate. “Relative to the house we sold, this one is a lean, mean fighting machine.”

Still, graciousness has not been forgotten. Since they married, 15 years ago, the Hases have slowly collected a choice array of antiques, largely French and Chinese in origin, and combined them with their company’s own complementary designs. Lest the Asian accents strike anyone as odd in such a Francophile house, Todd points out that French homeowners of centuries past incorporated Far East touches into their rooms as emblems of fashionable taste. In a guest room stands the Qing dynasty wedding bed that once dominated the newlywed couple’s 600-square-foot apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side today the Hases’ children climb inside the elaborately carved and gilded piece to put on puppet shows. A large leather-top Napoleonic map table anchors the formal dining room, where the walls are clad in a Chinese-style de Gournay pattern. Louis XVI music chairs are placed in front of the playroom windows, their seats and backs upholstered in pink silk embroidered with a tulip pattern, a tribute to Todd’s Dutch ancestry. In the green-walled library the color was copied from a paint seen at the celebrated Ch teau de Groussay objects mingle that span continents and cultures and have been gathered on the couple’s peregrinations, from an Empire daybed to a Chinese ceramic pagoda.

“Rooms are albums that provoke memories,” says Amy, as much a passionate traveler as her husband. “What you decorate with should remind you of a street you wandered down or an experience that made you happy.” Given the Hases’ life thus far, the rooms of their Water Mill home should be able to tell even more stories as the years go by. Unless, of course, somebody makes them another offer they can’t refuse.

#residential interior design


What Does a Residential Designer Do?

An interior designer is professionally trained to create a functional and quality interior environment. Qualified through education, experience and examination, a professional designer can identify, research and creatively resolve issues and lead to a healthy, safe and comfortable physical environment.

A decorator fashions the “look” of a space and its outward decoration—paint, fabric, furnishings, light fixtures and other materials. In addition to enhancing the total visual environment, an interior designer creates a space that is functional, efficient and safe.

Among the many areas of expertise a professional designer commands are

  • Space planning and utilization, including organizational and storage needs
  • Long-term project and lifestyle planning
  • National, state and local building codes
  • Safety and accessibility
  • Ergonomics
  • Design for people with special needs
  • Conservation and “green” design
  • Historic restoration
  • Interior detailing of background elements, such as wall and ceiling designs
  • Custom design of furniture, drapery and accessories
  • Selection of appliances, plumbing fixtures and flooring materials
  • Acoustics and sound transmission
  • Audiovisual and communication technology
  • Construction documents and specifications

For more information, see the definition of interior design developed by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, as well as an explanation of the differences between interior design and decorating.



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#cottage interior design


Cottage-Style Design

A Cottage-Style Living Room

Designer Ken Fulk replaced one big coffee table with two African drum tables in front of the Ralph Lauren sofa in the living room of a California cottage. “They’re better for traffic flow than one of those huge knee-knockers, and easily moved to wherever we need them,” says Fulk. The galvanized steel French bistro chairs around the vintage dining table are from the Sundance catalog.

A Cottage-Style Living Room

Designer Ken Fulk replaced one big coffee table with two African drum tables in front of the Ralph Lauren sofa in the living room of a California cottage. “They’re better for traffic flow than one of those huge knee-knockers, and easily moved to wherever we need them,” says Fulk. The galvanized steel French bistro chairs around the vintage dining table are from the Sundance catalog.

Classic Blue and White

Designer Tom Stringer calls the rehab of this northern Michigan lake cottage Renovation-Lite, because he consciously avoided overhauling its charming eccentricities. A coffee table designed by Stringer holds stacks of old National Geographic s. “They added the perfect yellow punch. They’re so classic — just like blue and white. But we also knew they’d be great rainy-day reading,” he says.

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All-American Cottage

Designer Myra Hoefer kept the colors neutral in this all-American cottage. She added bright accents in the form of orange and blue throw pillows. Also designed by Gina Gattuso. Featured in June 2006 issue.

#funeral home interior design


It’s Valentine’s Day, which means love is in the air!

Speaking of valentines could your funeral home’s interior use a little extra love this Valentine’s Day?

If your funeral home has peeling wallpaper, that infamous “funeral home smell,” or looks like it was decorated circa 1920, chances are it does need a little makeover.

I posted a question on our Facebook earlier this week asking our fans what their families loved most about their funeral home. I couldn’t believe that every single one of them had the same answer.

Can you guess what they all said?

It was homeyness!

If you want to make your funeral home homey , you ll have to think about all five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. Check out these easy-to-implement changes you can make to your funeral home that will make your families fall in love with it!


1. Add some personalization

Famous interior designer Judith Wilson once said Inviting means seeing a bit of you in your home. Help your families feel at home by allowing them to personalize the interior to their liking. At the NFDA convention this year, one funeral home owner told me that he leaves his walls blank and allows his families to add their own wall decorations during the service. This is a great idea because not only will this make your families feel at home it will also help make their service more meaningful for them.

2. Let the sun shine!

Everyone knows sunshine boosts your serotonin levels, therefore making you happier. By ripping your dusty, old curtains of your windows, you’ll literally (we’re talking brain chemicals here) be making your families happier. If you’re not comfortable ripping off all your curtains, try getting sheer ones that offer privacy during a service, but still let the sun peek through.

3. Add some color with plants

While your funeral home is usually covered in flowers during a service, it’s still important that you add a little “natural beauty” to the rest of your funeral home. You can achieve this by putting plants (both big and small) throughout. Not only do plants bring life into your funeral home (pun intended), but they also help reduce stress in fact, simply glancing at a plant is known to lower your heart rate.

4. Garden/Patio Area

Providing a place of serenity where families can reflect and get some alone time during such a difficult time is a great way to provide a little extra value to your families. Horan McConaty Funeral Home has done a great job with that with their cremation garden. Their cremation garden is complete with a pond, fountains, flowers and even walking paths.


5. The serene sound of water

If you’ve ever been to a yoga class or gotten a massage, you might have noticed that they played the sound of water. Isn’t the sound of ocean waves, rain or waterfalls so relaxing? Consider putting a mini water fountain in your funeral home by the sitting area like the one below. Families will appreciate the relaxing environment you’ve provided them with during such a difficult time.

6. The sound of music

I don’t know about you, but when I’m sad, stressed or angry, I like to listen to music to bring me back to a happy place. If you have a sitting area for families during the arrangement or service process, keep some iPods or MP3 players with headphones around so families and funeral guests can kick back and listen to some music on their down time.


7. Open a cafe

If you visit someone’s house and they offer you snacks or beverages, doesn’t it make you feel that much more comfortable and welcomed? The same should go for your funeral home. Create a cafe area in your funeral home stocked with some snacks, coffee, tea and beverages so your families have something to munch on and somewhere to munch at.

A great example of this is Robinson Funeral Home. who is opening up a Starbucks Cafe in their funeral home, calling it the “Coffee Corner ”.


8. Light some candles or incense

Putting candles or incense in your funeral home is the perfect way to avoid that infamous “funeral home” smell that people talk about. You can also use the power of certain scents to improve your families moods and help them relax a bit. Check out the quick guide below to determine which scents are right for you and your families.

Do you want to

  • Improve moods? Use scents like lemon, cinnamon and vanilla.
  • Reduce anxiety and tension? Try scents like lavender, cedar, orange, jasmine and bergamot.
  • Heighten relaxation? Try chamomile, marjoram, sandalwood, nutmeg and spiced apple. Not only do these scents add relaxation they’re known to reduce blood pressure too!

9. Bake cookies in the oven

If you decide to put a kitchen or cafe in your funeral home, try this trick: bake cookies right before your families come in for an arrangement meeting or right after the service. You ll make your kitchen area smell delicious and your families will love that you went out of your way to bake them sweets the perfect comfort food!


10. Offer massage chairs
If you’ve got a little extra money after your funeral home renovation and are looking to spend it, think about investing in massage chairs. Not only will they create a sense of serenity and relaxation, but you’ll get people in your community talking about how above and beyond you’ve gone to make your funeral home “homey”.

Take it a little further

10. Tap into a great American staple

If you live somewhere where warm weather is prominent, consider putting a patio area outside of your funeral home. Because barbeque is a great American staple, you’ll probably surprise yourself by how many families request to use that space either for recreation or as a part of the service for their loved one.

11. Reception Facility

Maple Grove Cemetery has done a great job at offering their community more than just one use for their cemetery. They opened up a reception facility for their families to use. It’s been so successful, they’ve hosted weddings there! If you’ve got the budget, opening up a reception facility could be a great way for you to remain profitable and relevant to today’s families.

12. Game Room

Funeral guests are overlooked all too often particularly younger children. To avoid children running around your funeral home with ants in their pants, consider creating a game room to entertain the younger crowd. Putting board games, ping pong, coloring books, magazines and toys in your game room won’t cost you much, and your older guests will be thankful that you’ve thought about every aspect of their loved one s funeral service.

In the end, the more you give, the more you get. It doesn t have to cost a lot of money or take a lot of time to create a funeral home ambiance your families will fall in love with. Just start simple and keep your budget and end goals in mind!

How have you made your families fall in love with your funeral home s ambiance? Share your thought in the comments below!

#hair salon interior design ideas


Decorating Ideas for a Hair Salon

Decorating Ideas for a Hair Salon. The interior design of a business is just as important, if not more so, than the exterior architecture. Businesses that cater to repeat clientele, such as hair salons, especially want to portray a favorable atmosphere that spurs their clients to keep coming back. There are many decorative themes that coincide perfectly with hair salons. A decorative theme can sometimes make or break a hair salon, along with the service, of course. Make your salon stand out and be recognized, earning top points.

Luxurious French-Style Salon

Decorate your salon in a luxurious French-style. Incorporate plush cushioned chairs with curved, dainty legs into your d cor. Hang extravagant fabric for your curtains adorned with thick, fluffy curtain toppers. Pinks and purples fit perfectly into a French theme. In addition, include raised embossing and intricate designs in your woodwork. Place bustier- and purse-shaped lamps in various locations of the salon. Moreover, place large oval-shaped mirrors before each salon chair. This type of theme will give your clients the illusion that they have stepped back in time and are in the dressing room of a famous opera prima donna. For even more customization, scatter French-style, hand-operated pump perfume bottles at each salon styling station. You can even include one or two tall stand-up oval mirrors in the corners of the salon.

Modern Futuristic-Style Salon

Modern and futuristic styles are becoming more and more popular every day with the invention of new technologies and the ever-constant progression into the future. Symbolize the innovative, technological and progressive state of your salon with a modernistic theme. Use simple, curved futuristic salon chairs, large square or rectangular mirrors, and track lighting. Make all shapes sharp and geometric. Include modern and contemporary art statues in your salon as well. Decorate in bright colors such as neon blue and fire engine red. Black and white work very well in futuristic themes. Moreover, style hair with only the newest and most technologically advanced hair styling tools on the market to further enhance your theme.


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#interior design franchise


How to start an interior design franchise

Interior design is traditionally associated with up-market houses and luxury offices. But thanks to the Changing Rooms generation it s now about improving the feel of a space any space. And if you have an eye for what makes a room look good then there are a number of franchises out there that could be for you.

What is it?

None of the franchises require to you to be an expert in design or formerly qualified. They all rely on the natural talent that they assume has brought you to the franchise in the first place and comprehensive training.

As a result, to work with Colour Counsellors you will benefit from an eye for colour but you will be taught about book keeping, design, antiques, carpet laying, painting, decorating, curtain making and so on.

Franchisees or Counsellors tend to visit the client in his or her home to discuss samples. It is difficult, otherwise, to gauge what it is exactly they are looking for and the kind of space you re dealing with.

You would then go home, work out a colour scheme and go back to the client with designs and an estimate. Then hopefully work goes ahead. Despite learning about the process of laying carpets you don t actually do this yourself. As well as building the business in terms of clientele, your job as a franchisee is to hire and retain the services of reliable subcontracted workers.

The franchisor runs a tightly controlled operation but you have access to the 300 suppliers with whom it has forged relationships and set up accounts. Without an account a supplier won t give you priority, as it will with a well known-name.

Decorating Den works in a similar way. Its name will get you an account with the supplier but you don t continue to operate through the franchisor, you deal direct.

But a distinctive aspect of the Decorating Den franchise is that all its franchisees drive to appointments in a ColourVan. This is a customised van that carries 1000s of samples, thereby serving as storage, as well as acting as an effective permanent advert. Most appointments will be on the clients premises so wherever you park the name is promoted.

Although even though she will travel quite a way, calling first to find what the client is looking for is essential, says Jo Tempest York in Buckinghamshire. That way I can find out if they re looking for traditional or contemporary or whether they want furniture and have the right samples in the ColourVan.

Urban Planters by contrast is concerned with the interior landscape of your space. Franchisees create contracts with offices, hotels, and leisure centres and so on to hire out and maintain real and artificial plants and sometimes trees.

Where the other two franchises offer potential repeat revenue, if you offer a satisfactory service Urban Planters guarantees a continuous revenue stream. And you don t need to be an expert in horticulture. As Liverpool franchisee Brendan Wilson says,

I was interested in gardening but only as a hobby. The attraction of the franchise is that it s a really nice product to work with and the variety is enormous. I go from large to small offices to fitness centres in a day, meeting many different people.

This is a burgeoning market as offices have ceased to see plants as a decoration or luxury and are now looking on them as essential. In many places it has become a health and safety issue. And Urban Planter franchisees look to make a design statement while providing this.


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