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Energy Saving window coverings can cut your costs in winter and summertime too!

Source: Barrie Advance,, December 5, 2014

The right choice of window coverings can provide as many energy saving benefits for your home as it will in updating and beautifying your property. One advantage to saving energy is that it will also save you money during the winter months and through summertime as well. An astonishing 50 per cent of your home's cooling and heating energy can be lost through the windows. What follows are energy saving window treatments for your home.

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Five Interior Design Tips to Increase Your Home's Value

Source: Huffington Post, November 25, 2014

Incorporating your personal style is an exciting part in the home design process. But before you choose ultra trendy finishes or an extremely traditional design, consider what is most appropriate for the long time value of your home. Follow these tips to design a home that is personal to you, while incorporating elements that add value to your house.

Choose quality over quantity
Design a home that will withstand the test of time. Focus on the location, and the quality of the construction, materials and design rather than building the biggest McMansion on the block.

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What is Authentic Design in the Mobile Workplace?

Source: Meghan Edwards,, November 11, 2014

How can we create spaces for young people that, in the words of Richard Mark of Jacobs Global Buildings Design, "encourage them to interact with each other and not just with technology?" This question kicked off Interior Design's Principals Roundtable during NeoCon East, part of a series inviting industry leaders to join a select group of peers for a high-profile think tank. The 20 designers and architects in the room realized that clients are craving a particular sense of place, even if they don't know what exactly that should feel like. So how can designers deliver the unknown, and get paid for it? Here's the discussion breakdown. Interior Design president Mark Strauss and IIDA executive vice president and CEO Cheryl Durst moderated.

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