Pinterest: Why Designers Love or Loathe It

Pinterest: Why Designers Love or Loathe It

Joe Human, a designer in New York City says he has a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. “It is great for inspiration and finding example images to show to clients for more specific images than you can find on Google,” he says. But, he says, “at the same time it is kind of like HGTV to me. I don’t want clients knowing we use it!” Accordign to Human, his problem with Pinterest as a designer, is that he would like all of his inspiration to come from his own experience, his travels or his own knowledge. “Truth is, though, it comes...

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3 Myths That May Be Holding You Back From Designing with Sustainability in Mind

3 Myths That May Be Holding You Back From Designing with Sustainability in Mind

It seems as through everything’s coming up green these days. It used to be that demanding clients wanted high quality, low prices and blazingly fast project completion – all at the same time, of course. Now they want all that, along with homes that are health-promoting, smartly connected and environmentally friendly. While some of us jumped on the sustainability bandwagon right away, there are others who might need a bit of encouragement to understand why this growing trend has a deeper meaning – and can have a genuinely positive impact your business, too. We've found that there are a few...

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How to Identify Your Client’s Style

How to Identify Your Client’s Style

Interior design ideas are generally conceived, and often reside, within the heads of both clients and designers. Getting those ideas aligned is important to meet client needs. But it’s not an easy process. Clients may not be able to clearly articulate what they like. In many cases, they’re indecisive or simply don’t know. Designers then have to come up with both practical and, sometimes, whimsical, ways to give those ideas life. 30-year Veteran Shares Her Process Anne Michaelsen Yahn, is an interior designer with Anne Michaelsen Design, Inc., with more than 30 years of experience. She designs high-end residential homes...

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The Story of How a Designer and a Builder Built a Family, a Life and a Business

The Story of How a Designer and a Builder Built a Family, a Life and a Business

At Bellacor, we are fortunate to partner with industry professionals who provide us and our customers with real-life looks at how they bring their clients’ visions to life. We see these products every day—from Bellacor lighting fixtures to home decor and furniture—but we have yet to see two people use their Bellacor purchases in the same way. Today’s designer spotlight is from Jamie and Morgan Molitor, a husband-and-wife team that specializes in a full suite of interior residential remodeling services including design, style and building. Their lifestyle brand construction2style began as a DIY blog back in 2012, but has progressively...

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5 Residential Realtors Share Advice on Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

5 Residential Realtors Share Advice on Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Regardless of whether it’s a buyer or seller market, when someone puts their house on the market, they want it to be in tip-top shape and poised to present the best image to potential buyers. Many of today’s home owners are hiring stagers to help them get their homes into shape before placing them on the market. But, it’s possible to do some staging on your own. What does it take to stand out and drive sales? Here, five residential realtors share their top tips. Appeal to the Five Senses People innately experience the world in five ways, says Anthony...

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8 Interior Designers Share Where They Find Inspiration

8 Interior Designers Share Where They Find Inspiration

Trends come and go, and new, innovative ideas are constantly emerging. For designers staying up-to-date on—or even ahead of— trends is an important way to strengthen brand and build business. But what steps are they taking to learn about new trends, industry changes, and design options, and where do they go to find inspiration? Here, eight designers share their personal go-to strategies for keeping their creative edge, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious. Social media, of course, is the source of much inspiration for designers and others through sites like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and others. Instagram and Pinterest Instagram is...

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Popular Podcast Highlights the “Pros” in Bellacor Professional Division

Popular Podcast Highlights the “Pros” in Bellacor Professional Division

Bellacor Professional, the members-only division of Bellacor that's dedicated to serving interior designers, architects, builders, was recently featured on a well-known interior design podcast, A Well-Designed Business®. The acclaimed podcast airs twice a week on iTunes, Stitcher and iHeart Radio, serving as a respected resource for interior design professionals. LuAnn Nigara, the host of a Well-Designed Business is a prominent speaker, best-selling author and business owner. Nigara interviewed Sara Saferstein, director of Bellacor Professional about how having a division that's dedicated to those in the industry benefits the business, the professional and the client. Like Nigara, Saferstein has accumulated several...

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Secret Pendant Lighting Techniques to Improve Your  Kitchen

Secret Pendant Lighting Techniques to Improve Your Kitchen

Pendant lighting over islands are our favorite! There are so many fun options and styles to choose from so needless to say - it’s always hard to choose just one! From traditional glass to to industrial, not to mention size, it can be a daunting task. So we’re here today to chat with you about some of our favorite lighting options as well as some tips to think about when selecting and incorporating your designs within your kitchen. We will also share some before and afters of a recent kitchen renovation we did at Construction 2 Style and how we...

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What Your Entryway Says About You

What Your Entryway Says About You

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Our homes are reflections of ourselves. How you design your entry, naturally says a great deal about you. Did you realize that within your décor style, you are also setting the tone for your guests’ experience, merely by opening your front door? Whether it’s your desire to create an entry that is, playful, intriguing, dramatic, or even classical, it’s your color palette more than any other single element that sets the scene. The colors and color combinations you select, inform your guests on how to feel and how to...

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15 FREE Interior Design Resources & Time Saving Tips You Need

15 FREE Interior Design Resources & Time Saving Tips You Need

As an Interior Designer, being strapped for time is not uncommon. If you are running your own Interior Design business, most likely you are always looking for ways to be frugal as well as being efficient. With this in mind, we gathered the best free interior designer resources for you to be as successful as possible. That's right, free! Now you will be able to have more time without spending that jingle in your pocket while doing what you love and helping your clients live the most beautiful life they can live. 15 Free Interior Designer Resources Homestyler. This software helps you...

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