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As part of our partnership with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the largest organization of its kind in the country, you can catch smart tips and new product finds from leading interior designers like Ginger Brewton, Kerrie Kelly, Alene Workman, and others every month here on dwell.com. Look through our list below for expert perspectives on all things interior design!

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Contemporary Hints in Santa Barbara

Catch design observations and smart tips this month and throughout 2013 from our national partner ASID's talented roster of interior designers. Be sure to bookmark this page and visit weekly for the latest stories and ideas! This week, ASID registered interior designer Kerrie Kelly explores how contemporary flourishes are cropping up in a most unexpected place: Santa Barbara, California.

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10 Tips for Timeless Luxury

Alene Workman is an interior designer nationally recognized for her luxury residential and corporate interiors, a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and a national spokesperson to the media for the American Society of Interior Designers.

Here she shares with us her ten tips for timeless luxury.

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10 Springtime Outdoor Space Tips

This time of year, we're all gearing up for spring and are eager to freshen up our outdoor spaces. There are several things to consider, from the size of your space to how you want to use it. Here, ASID-certified interior designer Ginger Brewton shares her tips.

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10 Inspiring Quotes from the Eames Family

In 1988, Charles Eames’s only daughter, Lucia, inherited the iconic Eames house in Pacific Palisades, California after the death of her stepmother, Ray. The house—along with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Mies van der Rohe’s Tugendhat House—is one of the world’s most significant modern residences. Built as part of The Case Study House Program, the home (and studio) has acquired near shrine-like status in the minds of architects and designers.

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Five New Generation Materials in the Upscale Market

A creative imagination is a key ingredient in timeless, luxury designs. Clients are often seeking surprises in design, like furniture as art. A good interior designer will look for the newest and most advanced products and materials to incorporate into projects to make the unexpected happen. Today there are some truly innovative changes with materials, their use and application, which are impacting the luxury market. Herewith, a few of these exciting new materials and finishes that have been popping up.

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Tips for Buying Wood Furniture

When shopping for wooden furniture pieces that will last a lifetime, it is important to understand exactly how pieces are made and how to care for them prior to your purchase.

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Furniture Design Tips from an Interior Design Pro

Furniture design can be one of the most rewarding, albeit, deceiving parts of the interior design process. It's not as easy as one might think. You can go wrong as quickly as you can go right, but when it's right—the net result in amazingly satisfiying. It's all in the "perfect fit," like most anything. A stunning amount of time and focus goes into tailoring a piece of furniture. The eye and the hand must coordinate seamlessly, and often working in tandem with other eyes and hands to achieve a final design or product. Our world is a mob-scene of great design followed immediately by a parade of knock-offs that seem to be happening simultaneously. The noise–factor for clients is incredible, and figuring out how to understand the value feels unraveling when it's not your forte. In our studio, we have an opinion that taking on the time, energy, expense and initiative to hire an interior designer deserves the awesome reward of a beautifully personalized, well–executed and uniquely tailored space. I find that furniture design plays a very important role.

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Design Tips and Ideas for the Modern Kitchen

There’s a reason the kitchen is called the heart of the home: It’s where you and your family gather to cook, to eat, to socialize, and, sometimes, just to catch up over a quick snack or a cup of coffee. In many homes, the kitchen has evolved into an all-purpose room, including a dining table, computer desk, entertainment area, even a fireplace.

Today’s kitchens are practical, welcoming, and fun. They feature sophisticated colors and innovative components. They also look more like the rest of the house, complete with furniture-like cabinets, wood flooring, and artwork. The perfect recipe for a beautiful kitchen calls for giving a lot of thought to both the components and the activities that take place in the room, from cooking and cleanup to snacking and socializing. Above all, the perfect kitchen is both comfortable and a pleasure to work in. Here are ten simple elements to consider for your well-planned kitchen.

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10 Tips for Creating a Comfortable Living Room

A comfortable living space is about layers, creating conversational seating, and building a sensible room that’s both visually and functionally stimulating. A perfect living room teases and pleases the eye in a manner that feels edgy and fun while simultaneously catering to one’s need to pile up or curl in in the most casual way. Here, ten tips to help you on your way.

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