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Professional Management

By: Amanda Medlen There are so many books, materials and resources out there for business, but which ones are the best ones?  I think that it would be fair to say that it really depends on your company, the culture that you are trying to promote and the status of the business itself.  I truly believe that no matter the… Read More

The Importance of Accountability

By: Lindsay Splichal We’ve all heard the phrase “teamwork makes the dream work”. But what makes a good team? How do you make sure everyone is accountable for the success of the business? How do you give feedback? How do you handle those that do not produce? According to the Harvard Business Review’s “The Right Way to Hold People Accountable”… Read More

Achieving Transparency Through Open Book Management

By: Lee Boyland In the built environment industry, the current climate seems to be booming. Design professionals are hammering away right now! So how does that translate to businesses’ financial success? It doesn’t necessarily mean their books are in good shape. One tool we’ve added to our belt in the past few years is embracing and teaching open book management… Read More

Design Savvy, Where Does it Come From?

By Janet H. Thomas With the fast pace of change in the world how does the local design community keep abreast of the trends, the successes and the failures? How do interior designers know what is sustainable, what is the right product to promote health and wellness? Finally how does the design community stay in touch with their local community… Read More

Building Strong Teams

By: Brittany Werth Working as part of a team has become common in most professional environments. But what happens when it starts to go wrong? As the days go by meetings are set, objectives are defined and rules are put into place but the important aspects, which lead to a strong teams, are pushed to the side. Many employees are… Read More

The Botanical Trend

By: Sara Kotarski Commercial plant products from companies such as Artisan Moss, Verde Profilo, and LiveWall are becoming increasingly popular in the market right now. This is partially due to the “botanical trend” that seems to have blossomed into the interior design industry over the past year. Companies of all shapes and sizes are introducing living plants as a design… Read More

Mayo Clinic’s Discovery Square

By: Kris Kleinknight Discovery Square in Rochester, Minnesota is a 16 block sub-district built in collaboration with Mayo Clinic in a highly connected urban life science hub. Mayo Clinic is adding three research centers in a four-story facility on the Destination Medical Center campus in Rochester, MN due for completion in 2019. The bioresearch campus will be the centerpiece of Discovery… Read More

Lighting Trends for 2018

By Rhonda Wessel Lighting design has always fascinated me, and it definitely is something that takes some thought and consideration. As an interior designer, many situations take some more detailed planning. I have been researching and cataloging light fixtures recently, and noticed some popular trends. Most of the lighting trends I have found appear in the residential spaces, however some… Read More

Interior Design Apps

By: Laken Taylor Every interior designer has some tricks up their sleeves and with twenty first century technology it sure got a lot easier. Here’s a list of applications you can get right on your phone! Sherwin Williams Color Snap: Build Color Palettes Color Match Photos Scan Color Numbers Paint Calculator This little app is fun and super handy to… Read More

Green Globes – a Green Building Initiative

By Janet H. Thomas There are multiple assessment systems to engage and assist the Design Community, Developers and Business owners in creating and maintaining sustainable environments. The Green Building Initiative (GBI) worked with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to bring an internet based assessment tool developed by Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment… Read More