The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

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Interior design is undergoing its most drastic transformation since the sustainable design revolution of the 1990s. Advances made in creative methods, the application of data, neuroscience and health, and building performance are demanding new interior design leadership. Designers who have mastered the skills to create functional and beautiful spaces are reshaping the interior landscape, from historic preservation and adaptive re-use to innovation in newly constructed spaces to meet the needs of changing working-and-living prototypes. Design entrepreneurs have moved the delivery of their services into cyberspace and are practicing their profession in a mobile, connected community. Interior designers are doing “pretty good.”

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” – Steve Jobs

So what’s next for interior design? Who will lead this change? Here is a list of the top 5 game-changing issues affecting the industry today.

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Love the festive Easter spirit but wish it were more vegan-friendly? You’re in luck—we’ve rounded up six vegan-friendly ways to decorate Easter “eggs” to let you enjoy this old-school tradition without causing harm to any animals in the process. From wooden eggs to chocolate-filled papier-mâché eggs, these fun alternatives are not only vegan-approved—most are recyclable and eco-friendly to boot. Read on for the full list!

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HOW TO: Decorate Easter eggs using flowers and foliage

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