5 Creative Ways to Earn AIA Credits

The design and construction industry is constantly evolving, which is one reason professionals must continue to learn and grow throughout their careers. Design professionals who belong to the AIA must earn a certain number of continuing education credits to maintain their membership credentials. Many states also require continuing education to renew licenses, and for designers who are not yet licensed, some AIA credits may count toward the experience prerequisite.

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5 Benefits of Incorporating Cool Wall Technology into your Fireplace Design

Many homeowners desire a space with a luxury fireplace as the focal point, especially when designing a new home. However, the limitations of conventional fireplaces can impact your ability to bring the design vision to life. Factors such as clearances and heat barriers can alter the intended design or prevent clients from using the space in the way they envision. For example, with a conventional fireplace, they might not be able to safely hang artwork or a television above it.

Cool Wall Technology opens up new possibilities, allowing you to design with more freedom. It also provides several long-term benefits to clients that go beyond the look and feel of luxury.

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5 Trends in Contemporary Living Room Design

Living room design has evolved over the decades from formal sitting rooms to a nexus of family entertainment to casual multipurpose rooms. One common thread throughout this evolution is that living room design is centered around creating spaces for people to gather. The elements in the space, finishes, and style of furniture all influence the look and feel of a living room. Whether the intent of the design is to create a strong first impression, to provide a cozy study space for the kids, to entertain guests, or all of the above, consider incorporating some of these five contemporary living room design ideas into your home.

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"Spring Into Design" New York

Energized by the success of the popular, new Ortal fireplace design competition with Dwell in Los Angeles in March 2017, Ortal is pleased to spring into the May design season in New York.

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Unique Kitchen Design Ideas: 3 Looks

The kitchen is the most used room in the average home (a quick Google search confirms this). It’s no surprise, really. Food brings us together, and for the culinarily-gifted among us, cooking is often much more than a necessary chore—it’s an enjoyable, creative outlet, and even a stress reliever. Make this important space all your own with a look that captures your style and personality. We present three unique design ideas below.

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Creating the Perfect Seating Area Around Your Fireplace

How you arrange your furniture around an existing fireplace or design a room with a fireplace from the ground up depends largely on how you want to use the space. Below we present five ideas for creating an inviting seating arrangement around a fireplace.

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3 Unique Wall Finishes that are Compatible with Ortal Fireplaces

An average fireplace helps heat a home. An outstanding fireplace provides warmth, acts as the focal point of a space, and inspires people to come together.

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