Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New For Designers From Ava Living

I just received an email from Nika Stewart who's been coaching designers to offer more services online for quite a while. She writes that Ava Living has just launched a service that gets you more leads! Yes - AvaLiving has entered into a partnership with Meredith Corporation (publishers of Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Traditional Home, etc. etc. etc...). Meredith will be sending consumers to the AvaLiving site for virtual design services!

Would you like to be one of the designers they find???

All you need to do is join Ava's Social Marketing Program for Designers. Once you are a member:

* Ava Living provides you with Consumer Leads.
* You follow-up the Consumer Leads with a complimentary Room Review and your menu of paid online Design Services.
* The Consumer reads their review and can buy your online Design Services.
* The Consumer pre-pays and you then complete their online Design Services.

It’s a very simple, but extremely powerful way to increase your geographic reach, your client base, and your revenues.

Get all the details on AvaLiving's Social Marketing Program for Designers here.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Year End Clearance Sale

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Getting The Sale

You have done another great design but it doesn't seem to get the recognition you thought it would. Why is that?
It's the marketing that doesn't come easily. DUDYE explains:

Designers are often focused on their own work, this is good, and it has its own place. But as a designer you also need to understand the market and your marketing. Another crucial aspect to focus on is your team. So concisely, you need to focus on four things:

1. Marketing - Your client/customer
2. The Market
3. Your Team - Your allies
4. Your work - You

Designers that focus and understand these four aspects of business get more recognition. Most designers' works are just beautiful and I say "just" because that seems to be the function of the designer's work. Beauty is fine but it doesn't seem to solve any problem that people might have.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Apogee Painting (Blog)

There's a new blog in town, Apogee Painting (Blog) and there are good tips in their recent post: How to Care For Your Newly Painted Walls.

The company was founded by Chuck and Larisa Eichacker. I love to see businesses blog. It is the easiest and most inexpensive way to market yourself and business.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Floating On A Cloud!

From ALF Group in Italy:

We love the idea of the "floating" bed!

It has the look of Calligaris which is available in the U.S.!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

From Tufenkian: Introducing The New Moderns by Laura Kirar

Aren't the carpets gorgeous? And don't you just love the shades of gray?

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Landfair Furniture In NOLO!

The latest Explore The Pearl is out and here is our ad:

Be sure to notice the Pearl has a new district called NOLO or North of Lovejoy!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Revisit Jimmy Choo

It's been a while since I posted about Jimmy Choo shoes. They are not really shoes at all, but works of art and you are seeing them on "So You Think You can Dance" Cat Deeley and the CMAs, or at least they look like Jimmy Choos. Here with a tip to If It's Hip, It's Here is evidence:

They are spendy, but they may be coming to the masses courtesy of H & M stores.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Metropolitan Home Magazine to Close

Continuing a trend of closing shelter magazines, the last issue of Metropolitan Home will be the December issue.
Founded as Apartment Life, Metropolitan Home became known for incorporating professional designers’ tips into its articles. It had a circulation of about 560,000 in the first six months of this year...
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Friday, November 06, 2009

Interior Design Of Mad Men

Sunday night is the season finale of Mad Men and Newsday has an article about the interior design of the show at 1960s 'Mad Men' style: So dated, it's daring.

The show doesn't show neutrality, writes Manhattan interior designer Valerie Onor, but "feminine or masculine styles and shades again."

Annette Tatum, author of the new book "The Well-Dressed Home: Fashionable Design Inspired by Your Personal Style" (Clarkson Potter, $35), suggests letting your taste in clothes guide your interior decorating:
As often as not, the actors themselves seem to serve as design elements; their wardrobe, makeup or personal effects add a definitive pop of color or sophistication that plays off their surroundings for a seamlessly styled scene.
And don't miss our blog post about Don Draper's office furniture.

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