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Contemporary Interior Design – CB2 Shines

CB2 Has Elevated Contemporary Interior Design

CB2 has elevated contemporary interior design. CB2 is transforming the perception of home design for today’s modern consumer by offering high quality, sophisticated design at an approachable price.

Glamour and Luxury

CB2 offers richness, glamour, and luxury in their design offerings — always stylish, ever intriguing!  The room settings showcased in their October 2018 lookbook expertly balance the currently popular gold and silver tones with soft hues.  Their interior settings adeptly apply texture and pattern, balance warm and cool, and make an artful, breathtaking use of black.  Their wood tones, upholstered furniture and area rugs create a warmth and coziness to balance contemporary lines.

CB2 has embraced the emerald green that is so hot at present, but it never looks out of place in any of their settings.  For accent walls consider SW6289 Delightful (soft mauve), SW 6747 Argyle (deep green), or SW 6496 Oceanside (deep blue) when incorporating your select CB2 offerings.

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There is a delicate nature to CB2’s bling — survey their mirrors, crystal drops, light fixtures and glass trees.  Their accessories are refreshingly innovative and interesting.

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Edgy, Eclectic, Inspirational

The brand is definitely today’s destination for timeless yet edgy home collections, creating furniture and decor to inspire creativity and celebrate individuality with an eclectic mix of products and decorating ideas. Their furniture and accessories are many and varied, so much so that you will find it easy to make CB2 your own.  Your space will truly look and feel like a home – contemporary, eclectic, unique, and very livable.

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CB2 is Growing Rapidly

In addition to being a leader in online retail, the brand is rapidly expanding their physical footprint and currently has 18 locations across the U.S and Canada. CB2 is part of Crate and Barrel Holdings, which is owned by The Otto Group, a global retail and services group based in Hamburg, Germany.

For More CB2

For more information, visit www.cb2.com, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 

 

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DesignerAdvantage – An Easy-to-Use Bookkeeping and Purchasing Service for the Busy Interior Designer

If you’re like most designers, you love designing and helping clients. However, the bookkeeping and order tracking part of the job is not your forte, you find it frustrating, and the paperwork trail is taking time away from what you do best.

The good news: DesignerAdvantage is aware of how inherently complex and difficult the purchasing and order tracking system can be for the design industry and has tackled that problem. DesignerAdvantage has created a simple, intuitive program for designers to use along with a support system to oversee accounting and purchasing from the moment you enter the spec all the way to the receiving warehouse. Their professionals assist you with resolving snags like rush orders, damages and backorders. Every designer who is a client of DesignerAdvantage is assigned their own account manager. Best of all, DesignerAdvantage fees are respectively passed along to clients as billable time or out-of-pocket reimbursable expenses. You get the benefits of a full time bookkeeper and purchasing agent without having to hire full time employees.

Marc Molinsky, CEO and founder of DesignerAdvantage, previously worked as a CPA at Ernst & Young LLP. After four years with Ernst & Young, Marc answered the calling to start his own business. A mentor of his introduced him to the owner of a lighting manufacturer who served the design trade. This meeting led to Marc’s realization that designers desperately needed real solutions and DesignerAdvantage was born in 2000. Marc and his staff of professionals have spent the last 17 years perfecting the technology, interface, accuracy, efficiency and value of this truly unique software that specifically supports interior designers in managing and growing their businesses.

The key features of DesignerAdvantage include the ability to enter specifications, create estimates and purchase orders, and record time by clicking on colorful tabs at the top of the main page. In addition to providing the extremely valuable features of accurate and up-to-date financials and purchasing oversight, DesignerAdvantage enables designers to run professional looking status reports for their clients with the click of a button. Imagine how happy your clients will be to receive periodic reports emailed to them on order status and expected ship dates. They will LOVE you! And you needn’t wonder how you are doing on budget — the program has a budget tracker for time and materials. Your project will show you percentage of budget utilized and highlight the project in red if you are over budget.

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The key to this revolutionary software is that it is customized for the design trade but it is linked to QuickBooks, the best accounting software for small business. Have you struggled to learn QuickBooks? Do you worry that you don’t have the time to learn it? You can put those concerns to rest. DesignerAdvantage has customized their software to be so easy to use, so simple and intuitive, that it only takes DesignerAdvantage professionals about 20 minutes to train designers on the software.

The two things a designer needs to do to ensure that DesignerAdvantage can do their job helping designers run a great business is to specify your product accurately into the software and enter any billable time. You can access your information any time online.

DesignerAdvantage will even offer a free business analysis so that you can understand very quickly the key things you can be doing differently to positively impact your design business. DesignerAdvantage manages over 100 design business all across the U.S. The information in their data base enables them to compare your P&L statement to other comparable design firm data. This analysis will help you understand, for example, if you are charging too little or paying too much for certain expenses. Furthermore, DesignerAdvantage offers its design clients access to a buying program that gives you purchasing rewards for all types of finishes.

Contact Marc Molinsky to learn how DesignerAdvantage can work for you, save you hours of frustration, improve your bottom line, and free up valuable time to do what you do best.

Marc Molinsky, DesignerAdvantage, 617.953.3134, www.designeradvantage.com

 

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Great News for Hospitality: Alta Fabric Finishing

Custom Recipe

Whether you need repellency, fire code compliance, cleaning ability, abrasion resistance, a liquid barrier or antimicrobial properties, Alta delivers the exact performance technology to make fabrics perform in their end use or application.

This molecularly bonded chemistry cannot be washed out, dry cleaned out, or rubbed off. The only way it becomes ineffective is if the fiber becomes destroyed.

Easy Specifying

Crypton and Nanotex offer certain protections. The distinct advantage of Alta is that you, as the specifier, indicate where the fabric is going to be installed (Hotel, Night Club, Health Care, Senior Living, Workplace, Food and Beverage Seating) and Applied Textiles will determine the appropriate recipe. They have even created a simple chain set that they refer to as their “designer checklist” that indicates the general requirements for each environment and which tests are run, making it very easy to specify the treatment. They even have a profile for hotel mattresses. Even drapery can be treated so that once it is soiled with mop water or oil from hands, it can be spot cleaned.

Your fabric rep might require a set up fee or simply a fee per yard. It will depend on the representative. Fabricut representative Cindy Royals is working hard to educate her clients about the environmental and design benefits of Alta fabric performance technology. She does not charge a set up fee to add Alta. Cindy points out that commercial clients have many more fabric options to specify to clients because of Alta. This is a real plus for designers in Assisted Living or Extended Care — they can create a Resi-mmercial vibe in these facilities because more residential constructions are succeeding in contract environments because of Alta. Residential clients can use Alta to protect lighter colored fabrics or fabrics that will withstand a great deal of hardship or abuse, such as in homes with young children or pets.

Click below to see the full chain set, provided by Applied Textiles:

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Applied Textiles easy to use specifying chain set – “Alta Designer checklist”

Additional applications include guest room, food & beverage, drapery & sheets, top of bed, headboard, outdoor seating, nightclub seating, mattress, pillows & accessories, spa, residential, workplace seating, privacy curtains, healthcare seating and wall panels.

Easy on the Environment

Alta is 95% water. It is environmentally safe for people and safe for fabrics.

Great Hand

Alta can be applied to velvets, silks, mohair and alpacas without crushing the fabric. Previous technologies would crush and stiffen your fabrics after treatment; Alta provides all the protection but maintains the great hand you want to deliver to your clients.

Learn More

The above summary is taken from an educational session given by Tim Butt, Applied Textiles’ Director of Education.

To contact Applied Textiles for an informational presentation to your company:
Call: 866.891.6266
Email: contact@applied-textiles.com
Or visit their website: www.applied-textiles.com.

To contact Cindy Royals and explore Fabricut options: cindy@cindyroyals.com 770.792.7156