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5 Trends Ready for Interiors

If you are a subscriber to our monthly trend letter, you have already seen our round-up of the biggest trends from the Fall 2020 Ready-to-Wear runways. (Not a subscriber? Subscribe today and you'll receive our most recent trend letter.) After poring through photos of fashion, it got us wondering which trends seem ready to start showing up in interiors.Here are our picks for 5 trends ready for interiors:SustainabilityAs consumers become more and more aware of the toll...

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Licensing is Smart in Uncertain Times

A lot of small businesses, freelancers, and entrepreneurs are facing uncertainty these days. We can relate, we are too at Design Pool. In the last two weeks, we've had to look at our 2020 plans and completely reassess what we'll be doing and where we'll be spending our energy. The shows we were exhibiting at have both been postponed. The Licensing Expo in Las Vegas has been rescheduled for August 11 –13, and Neocon has been canceled. As a small business with big...

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Design Tip: The Power of a Pillow

When friends ask me what they can do to give their space a refresh, one of my favorite design tips is to believe in the power of a pillow. Even one new pillow in a bedroom, living room, or study can suddenly make a space feel fresh and bright. Pillows don’t need to break the bank either or take up too much storage space. Pillows with removable covers are my favorite, and you can find very affordable pillow forms...

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Working from Home & Social Distancing

As we all work together to adjust to the new reality of social distancing this month, a lot of people who are used to working in an office are suddenly working from home. We feel for all of you, it can be a challenging transition. Our Design Pool team all work remotely and have each managed to find a way to work from home that is productive and keeps our sanity (and relationships!) intact. In fact, we shared a...

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Print-on-demand Terms to Know

The world of print-on-demand technology is an exciting corner of the world to hang out in, and it's growing exponentially. As technology improves, the opportunities to use this technology have been opening up. Yet, it can also be a little intimidating to enter and confusing if you're not up on what all the terminology means. We put together a handy list for you of a few of the basics terms to get you started.SubstrateSubstrates are the base material...

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Talking Trends with Kathy Phillips of Springs Creative

This month we are talking trends with Kathy Phillips, Vice President Design/Trend/Curator at Springs Creative. Kathy oversees the creative process for all printed fabrics by the yard for stores that cater to home sewers, quilters, and makers, as well as the home furnishings market. She is also a talented and creative woman who has a keen eye for trends and translating those trends to the specific needs of her customers.Kathy starts off her formal trend research by utilizing her...

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8 Fun Facts about Textile Design

Everyone at Design Pool may have different roles, but we all have one thing in common. We all have degrees in textile design. When people ask the standard cocktail party question, "What do you do?" answering, "I'm a textile designer" is nearly always a surprise, which kind of blows our minds.Everyone is covered in fabric all day, every day. Fabric protects us, comforts us, shelters us, but most people don't think much about how it's made or the...

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Let’s Be Partners

Did you recently invest in a digital printer? Do you have a super cool new product but don’t have a design staff? Do you see print-on-demand as a forward-thinking and sustainable way of doing business in the future? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we would love to talk to you about becoming partners.   We launched Design Pool in part because we were inspired by how print-on-demand technology was expanding exponentially. As new printers came into the...

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Design Tip: Refresh on a Budget

One of my favorite ways to freshen up a room while trying to stick to a budget is with a statement-making accent wall. You get so much bang for your buck! With a little creativity, you can create an accent wall that you can refresh seasonally or whenever you need to breathe a breath of fresh air into a room.Not sure where to begin? Here are my favorite tips to help you create an inspiring accent wall:Paint a...

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Good Design in Healthcare Enviornments

There is no doubt that good design makes for a positive aesthetic experience, but does it make for a healthier one? As hospitals and healthcare facilities look to build new spaces and upgrade existing ones, they are more often requesting that these spaces be more humanized. Good design can have a positive impact on the patient’s health by making them more comfortable and less anxious in the environment where their healthcare treatments are taking place. In addition, there is a positive impact on their loved...

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