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Marie Chan, CID, ASID, GREEN AP, has been published and quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal's SmartMoney, EzineArticles, HubPages, Bay Area Spaces, Silicon Valley Home, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Northern California Home & Design, Metro, Décor Eleganté, and Commercial Real Estate Women San Jose.

  • Plants for Healthy Interiors
    The air in your home or office is full of toxic chemicals. These plants suck up pollutants and improve Indoor Air Quality… more
  • Kitchen and Bath Trends Update
    Check out the latest kitchen and bath trends as well as products for your home… more
  • The IQ of Smart Locks
    In the age of Internet of Things, even mundane hardware like door locks and door bells are being endowed with "smartness"… more
  • 7 Creative Ideas to Repurpose Furnishings and Preserve Memories
    Tired of our throw-away culture? See creative ways to repurpose cherished possessions for a new lease in life… more
  • The Smart Home has arrived. Is it for you?
    To support the Internet of Things, mobile devices are reinvented as 'sensor hubs' to collect, interpret and analyze data… more
  • Interior Design Trends
    Check out these latest interior design trends for the home and office spotted at major industry trade shows… more
  • 3D Printing - The Future is NOW!
    3D printing is finding applications in industries as diverse as aerospace, architecture, engineering, medicine and even food… more
  • Interior Design for the Cognitively Challenged
    Research shows the cognitively challenged can be more comfortable in their surroundings by engaging their 5 senses - Vision, Hearing, Taste, Smell, Touch, and improving accessibility through universal design… more
  • Color, Light, Action - How Lighting affects Color in Design & Décor
    Have you ever found a fabric that looked great in a store, happily purchased it for your home, and… more
  • Seeing the Light: Why Lighting Matters in Interior Design
    Light has intrigued man since the dawn of time. Without light, there is no color… more
  • Interior Design for Active Aging
    As the baby boomers age, one reality is that the housing industry will be catering to a very large population that is retiring at a rapid clip… more
  • Bay Area Spaces - Cover
    Saratoga residence by InterSpace Design on cover of the magazine's Kitchen & Bath issue… more
  • Bay Area Spaces - Designer Tip of the Month 1
    Vary door fronts for interest… more
  • Bay Area Spaces - Designer Tip of the Month 2
    Don't fear bold style in a powder room… more
  • Silicon Valley Home - Slated for Greatness
    You might call slate the Robert Redford of the stone world: handsomely craggy, enormously versatile and gets better with age. It's that kind of star… more
  • LA Times - New Technology adding Dimension to Interior Design
    With interior furnishings getting both increasingly sophisticated, and at the same time responsive to the needs of the consumers, we have come to see in the last couple years a plethora of products and innovations… more
  • LA Times - Breathing New Life into Tired Spaces
    Owners of older homes have the choice of trading up to homes that are more expensive (but not necessarily more spacious), or renovating to enhance the quality and value of their existing property… more
  • LA Times - Design and Lighting
    Advances in lighting products have enabled designers to create more dramatic interiors that are also responsive to the functional needs of the client. The quality and quantity of light have to be balanced with the users' psychological and physiological needs in mind.… more
  • LA Times - Designing Interiors is Art and Science
    Time has come for interior design, often maligned as the "pillow fluffing" profession, to stand up and be counted as not only an art, but a science that, if applied appropriately, will benefit all facets of the users' daily lives… more
  • LA Times - Space Planning Critical as Home Offices Come of Age
    The changing social and economic landscape of our times has caused legions to embrace the idea of the home office. Professional consultants and entrepreneurs alike are incorporating work space into their residences and leaving their own imprint in the business world… more
  • LA Times - Designing for the "Age Wave"
    Escalating costs and the shortage of retirement facilities have increasingly caused the baby boomers to remodel their homes to accommodate their elderly parents… more
  • LA Times - Home Den can be a "Power" Office
    Professional interior designers, when called upon to design home office space, often take the design direction from the client's profession… more
  • Commercial Real Estate Women San Jose - ADA and Your Business
    The passage of ADA presents both risks and opportunities for business owners and managers… more
  • San Jose Mercury News - Showcase for Real Life
    It is no secret that the San Jose Symphony Auxiliary's 22nd annual Decorator's Showcase is in Saratoga...and the house is a knock-out. It has Greco-Roman architecture, and around it grows a garden with rhododendrons taller than a basketball player… more
  • Metro - Life in the Dollhouse
    The modest size of my new habitat poses some decorating hurdles that might be familiar to Silicon Valleyites looking to create plush environments in confined areas. So I asked some authorities on arranging space – an interior designer, a professional organizer, and a feng shui specialist – for their ideas on making life more livable in close quarters.… more
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