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(pronounced BAH ree-LEEF) See

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(pronounced bays BIHL-ding) An interior designer works within and draws up plans for an area with the confines of an overall building shell, and that structure is typically called the base building. Before an interior designer begins a project,

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(pronounced BAS-chen) We could actually also sneak this word into the DESIGN SPEAK section because of its original Medieval use describing the projecting architectural portion of a battle fortification. In modern times, however, this word tends to be used

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(pronounced BA-tl-mehnt) See

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(pronounced BI-eh-dihr) Inspired by the colorful garments worn by women in India who dedicate their lives to dance (whom the French refer to as Bayadère), this term describes a fabric having vibrant and often a bizarre combination of contrasting

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(pronounced boh MOHND) As you might have guessed, this is a French phrase. Beau means good, and monde means world or society, so put them together and what have you got? The world of fashionable society. Example: Much to the

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(pronounced bih-HOOV) People who use this word sound so cultivated. Plus, it’s fun to say because you get to pucker up your lips like you’re just about to give someone a kiss. But what does it mean, you ask.

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(pronounced bih-LIE) The easiest way to remember this word is to focus on the emphasized syllable: lie (as in falsehood, misrepresentation, fabrication, etc.). Why? This succinct little transitive verb means to present a false impression of, to contradict,

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(pronounced BENCH-ing) Though many of us might first think of team sports when we hear this term (e.g., “Why is the coach benching his best players when the team is only seven points ahead?”), in the interior design arena

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(pronounced BEHNCH-mark) A benchmark is an actual spot on a stable item used to indicate elevation, but the word is more commonly used outside of the world of topography and surveying — i.e., a point of reference from which