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Designer Kelly Hoppen on BBC Show

One of two new dragons about to hit our television screens, Kelly Hoppen MBE is best known as an interior designer. But behind the soft furnishings lies a steely businesswoman with a competitive edge.

When the BBC announced in February that Kelly Hoppen would be joining its panel of dragons as part of a new-look line-up for its flagship Dragons' Den programme, there were perhaps a few raised eyebrows. Primarily known as an interior designer, her name appears on countless products in the home furnishing space ranging from candles and cushions to wallpaper and paint. 

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Source: New Business

IIDA Names 2013 Winning Chapters

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has named the IIDA Georgia Chapter as the winner of its Large Chapter of the Year, and the IIDA Great Plains Chapter as its Small Chapter of the Year.

Hilton Head Design Firm Wins International Award

K.S. McRorie Interior Design of Hilton Head Island has won an international design award for its work at Casa San Agustin, a luxury hotel in Cartagena, Colombia.

McRorie won the 21st Annual Will Ching Design Competition, which honors originality and excellence in commercial design from firms with five or fewer employees. The award was presented by the International Interior Design Association.

Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/2013/07/02/2564844/hilton-head-design-firm-wins-international.html#storylink=cpy

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Source: Island Packet

Roche Bobois Names Director of Design

Roche Bobois has named Patrick Cabaroc director of design for its newly opened 6,000-square-foot design showroom in North Palm Beach, Fla.

IDS Seeks Award Applications

The Interior Design Society is currently accepting applications for its Designer of the Year award. 

Projects completed between May 1, 2012 and September 30 2013 are eligible to compete in the awards. Categories exist for a number of areas, including window treatments, kitchens, baths, bedrooms, living spaces and a number of singular areas.

Each entry must include a $75 fee per category entered.

Deadline for entries is Nov. 15.

Coastal Living Showhouse on Daniel Island Opens

Coastal Living magazine builds a house from scratch every year to make homeowners across America jealous ... and to give them design tips, of course. This year's location just happened to be a spot right here in the Lowcountry. Daniel Island was selected as the best U.S. city of 2012, and Coastal Living decided to create their "idea house" on this little slice of South Carolina paradise.

The beachfront, 4,000-plus square foot home features an open floor plan, extensive porches, a carriage house, and a private dock.

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Source: Charleston City Paper

Home Furnishings Gain In Housing Recovery

The recovery in the housing market has helped spark an upturn on spending on home goods and materials.

When a house is underwater with more owed on the mortgage than the residence is worth, homeowners usually limit spending to emergency repairs. But with home sales and prices on the upswing, Americans are investing to improve their homes.

That's helped give a nice lift to home furnishing retailers. Privately held retailers of home-related goods and materials are seeing strong sales growth, according to new data from Sageworks, a financial information company.
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Source: Investors Business Daily

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