Business of Design Conference 2014

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Join us for these two full days of working sessions designed to build business, grow profitability and increase client satisfaction. For complete conference details, please visit www.business of design.com.

Atlanta | Business of Design Seminar

BOD-Atlanta-Seminar

15 STEP PROJECT MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

A 3-Day Seminar to Transform Your Business and Your Life

Intensive full-day training courses for beginner to professional decorators, designers, stagers and industry experts eager to learn Kimberley’s own patented formula for running a successful full-service design business.

Business of Design™ I
Gain client and trade confidence
Boost company profits
Increase word-of-mouth referrals

Business of Design™ II
Defining your unique company experience
Concise contracts
Budgeting with assurance

Business of Design™ III
Get a “yes” from clients
Track and bill for design hours
Turn projects into promotional vehicles

GENEROUSLY HOSTED BY
Insidesign Showroom
1231 Ashford Crossing
ATLANTA, GA

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Vancouver | Business of Design Seminar Series

BOD-Van-Seminar

15 STEP PROJECT MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

A 3-Day Seminar to Transform Your Business and Your Life

Intensive full-day training courses for beginner to professional decorators, designers, stagers and industry experts eager to learn Kimberley’s own patented formula for running a successful full-service design business.

Business of Design™ I
Gain client and trade confidence
Boost company profits
Increase word-of-mouth referrals

Business of Design™ II
Defining your unique company experience
Concise contracts
Budgeting with assurance

Business of Design™ III
Get a “yes” from clients
Track and bill for design hours
Turn projects into promotional vehicles

GENEROUSLY HOSTED BY
Layers & Layers
102-343 Railway Street
VANCOUVER, BC

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Reality Check on Choosing Bedding [VIDEO]

Join design contributor Nyla Free as she shares insight on creating the perfect bedroom. It all starts with selecting the right bedding.

Great Gift Idea: Designer Bags on Wheels

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Perfect for the professional businesswoman, traveller, college girl and grandmother. The retractable handle and in-line wheels allows easy rolling capability and storage when not in use.

This is a wonderfully practical and stylis laptop bag. It has a pull-up handle so you can wheel it as a carry-on. It’s chic enough to take with you to the next home show or on a weekend trip.

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Distinctive elegance in an Alligator embossed tote.

For more information or to purchase a bag, visit: Designer Bags on Wheels

Design Vignettes for Spring 2012

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As a design professional, I know it’s not enough to create a room that’s beautiful. A well-designed room has to function beautifully as well, allowing everyone in the family to move through the space with ease. A well-designed room also has to smell fresh and clean.

Many don’t make the connection between design and fragrance, but the reality is an unpleasant smell can ruin any decor, no matter how gorgeous. I have a new favourite scent for home from Glade Expressions. It’s Cotton and Italian Mandarin and the scent reminds me of fresh laundry off the line, just lightly infused with summer citrus.

Recently we had the chance to sample four new fragrances from Glade Expressions and create design vignettes for Spring 2012 that match the mood of each scent.

Craft Room: Pineapple & Mangosteen

More and more Canadians are embracing colour as never before. This season’s go to colours are citrus inspired oranges and yellows. For energy, you can’t beat this combination. If you’re not ready to go use colour in main rooms, start by incorporating colour in occasional spaces such as hobby rooms or even the powder room.

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ABOVE: Craft room vignette is inspired by Pineapple & Mangosteen.

Kitchen: Lavender & Juniper Berry

Why not allow travel to inspire your next design decision? Many Canadians in love with a particular colour or style while visiting a destination that’s new and exciting. Our kitchen vignette is inspired by a trip to the south of France when lavender is in full bloom. If you have a neutral kitchen, it’s so easy to incorporate travel inspired colour. A set of lavender blue dishes brings new life and a happy memory into your home.

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ABOVE: Kitchen vignette is inspired by Lavender & Juniper Berry.

Bedroom: Cotton & Italian Mandarin

Most of us want to create a bedroom that’s calming; a retreat from life’s hectic and busy schedule. As a designer I encourage my clients to remove electronics such as TVs and iPads from the bedroom in order to create an environment that is meant for relaxing. From furnishings to linens to our home fragrance, we crave crisp, clean setting where we can unwind and recharge. Since the bedroom is a private space, it’s perfectly fine to introduce a colour that doesn’t appear in the rest of the house, but go easy. A little pop of colour goes a long way.

By the way, did you notice the room diffuser in the vignette above? Glade Expressions has a selection of diffusers and fragrance mists that are good looking enough to leave in plain sight–just where you need them.

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ABOVE: Bedroom vignette is inspired by Cotton & Italian Mandarin.

Office: Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice

The office is a great place to be bold with statement pieces and just have a bit more fun, allowing your personality to show through. Accessories like the vintage globe, marble obelisks and magnifying glass give clues about the person behind the decor. This room might belong to someone who loves the idea of travelling the globe but wants their home to have a classic and timeless feel. The perfect setting for Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice.

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ABOVE: Office vignette is inspired by Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice.

For more information about the new collection from Glade.