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Don't forget to register for for 2015 IDS National Conference, #INNOVATION 2.0: The Evolution of Branding, May 19 – 20 in Fort Myers, Florida. This year's conference will be centered on the evolution of branding and innovation in design. Attendees will earn 0.4 CEUs through IDCEC. If you are an IDS Professional member, this will fulfill your annual CEU requirement for 2015. Visit the Conference page on the IDS National website for more information and to register (please note that IDCEC CEUs are currently pending). Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2015, #INNOVATION and #IDSnatl.
Click here to learn more about IDS Vendor Showcase that will be held in conjunction with the opening reception (May 18) at IDS National Conference. Please note that space is extremely limited.
Click here to learn more about exclusive IDS National Conference sponsorship opportunities.
We are pleased to announce the distinguished judging panel for the 5th annual IDS Designer of the Year competition. Click here to learn more.
IDS Professional, Melanie Crabtree was featured in Charlotte Home & Garden magazine for a kitchen remodel she recently completed. Click here to read the article.
IDS Associate, Wendy Lepkoff of Wendy Interiors, along with IDS Student member Brenda Moskowitz were selected as winners of Decorator Madness to help a family redecorate their home affected by Superstorm Sandy. Click here to see the full story.
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Don't forget to register for 2015 IDS National Conference, #INNOVATION 2.0: The Evolution of Branding, May 19 – 20 in Fort Myers, Fla. This year's conference will be centered on the evolution of branding and innovation in design. Attendees will earn 0.4 CEUs through IDCEC. If you are an IDS Professional member, this will fulfill your annual CEU requirement for 2015. Visit the Conference page on the IDS National website for more information and to register (please note that IDCEC CEUs are currently pending). Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2015, #INNOVATION and #IDSnatl.
Thank you to our generous Red Carpet Conference Sponsor, Sherwin-Williams!
Click here to learn more about the IDS Vendor Showcase that will be held in conjunction with the opening reception at IDS National Conference.
Click here to learn more about IDS National Conference sponsorship opportunities
Calling all NYC area designers! The IDS New York City Chapter will host Lloyd Princeton for a CEU presentation titled, "Deciding What You Are Worth And Charging It" on April 16. Click here for more information.
Thank you to those of who you submitted entries in the 2014 Chapter Awards. We will be announcing the winners on May 20 at the Awards Dinner concluding IDS National Conference. We hope to see you there!
Would you like to get involved with an IDS Chapter? Visit our "Locate Your IDS Chapter" page on the IDS website to find out if there is a chapter in your area.
To join a local IDS Chapter, you must first join IDS National. Click here to learn more about IDS membership.
Attend IDS National Conference May 19 – 20 in Fort Myers, Fla. to earn 0.4 CEUs through IDCEC. This will fulfill the annual CEU requirement for 2015 for IDS Professional members. Visit the Conference page on the IDS National website for more information and to register.
The Interior Design Society has joined The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), effective Jan. 1. Click here to learn more.
Effective Jan. 1, IDS Professional members must earn a minimum of 0.4 (4 hours) approved continuing education units (CEU) each year. The current reporting period is from Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2015. Click here to read more about the updated CEU Filing Policy.
Michele Williams, owner of Scarlet Thread Consulting will host an upcoming class on "Pricing Without Emotion." This class is for workrooms, designers, decorators, and any other creatives (photographers, ceramics, upholstery, etc.) and will take place in Richmond, Virginia, April 27-28. For more information email Michele@ScarletThreadConsulting.com or click here.
All-Star Roster of Design Professionals and Business Strategists Lead May 2015 Interior Design Summit, created by Design Success University's Gail Doby and Erin Weir. Click here to read more.
Join the Sustainable Furnishings Council for GREENleaders Certified Sustainability Training ONLINE. This is the most comprehensive training program available in green home furnishings, providing manufacturers, reps, retailers and designers with the knowledge and credentials to become experts in sustainability (Approved by GBCI for 6 CE hours and registered with IDCEC for .6 W CEUs). Click here for more information and to register.
Take Ten webinars, with Jackie Von Tobel and Deb Barrett, are live webinars held bimonthly. Take Ten is designed for busy professionals wanting to focus on the profitable soft furnishings niche. Each Take Ten features a narrowly focused topic, so you can get your inspiration and information in bite size pieces in just 10 minutes. Twice a month our community gets a live webcast and twice a month they get an e-book takeaway packed with tips and tricks.
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Take Ten: First Look at High Point Spring Market
Fri, May 1, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
Jackie and Deb give you the first look at new soft products, collections and services launched at High Point Market. Plus, they might even throw in a couple of surprises from our SDL Buyers Tour.
Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website through the LMS link!
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IDS and Surya will co-host Sherwin-Williams Colormix™ 2015 – Optimistic Odyssey at April Market. This event will take place on Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 – 11:00 am in the Surya Showroom (Showplace 4100).
Take a visual journey and gain inspiration for your design projects as Carolyn Noble of Sherwin-Williams presents stimulating imagery, factual statistics and perceptive research supporting the 2015 forecast for color and design trends. Explore the drivers influencing future trends, including global, technological, historic, psychological and economic factors with specific information on this year's four dominant color stories. (0.1 CEU credit)
Join Accessories Resource Team (ART) and IDS at High Point Market on Saturday, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. - C-229 in the Fine Art Lamps Showroom. Allison Paladino Interior Design & Collections will make an appearance for the launch of her new lighting collection.
The Interior Design Society is co-hosting an educational seminar with with Lloyd Princeton at the Burton James and Fremarc Designs Showroom. Details are included below:
Speaker: Lloyd Princeton
Seminar: Building a Brand: 411 on Marketing
It's not always easy to differentiate one design business from another, unless
steps are taken for active marketing. Another problem lies with the belief that
getting published will make a career. Marketing is comprised of many elements
including Public Relations, Direct Marketing, and the Internet. Rather than wait
for referrals, designers will learn how to create new business!
Date: Monday, April 20
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (lunch to follow)
Where: Burton James and Fremarc Designs - 310 N. Hamilton St., Suite S101
Sustainable Furnishings Council is hosting the following events at High Point Spring Market:
SFC "Sustainable Style" Progressive Breakfast Tour at HPMKT (FREE Admission) on Mon., April 20, 8:30am – 12:00 pm. Click here for more information
Sustainable Furnishings Council will offer live classes for GREENleader Certified Sustainability Training (6 CE Hours) at High Point Market on Earth Day (April 22). Early Bird Registration of 50 percent off ends Feb 27. Click here to learn more. This training will also be offered at the New York Design Center on June 11. Click here to learn more.
Thinking about going to High Point but don't know where to start? Join Soft Design Lab's Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel in their inaugural VIP Buyer's Tour to High Point Spring Market* in cooperation with High Point Market Authority. If you have never been to High Point Market or have not attended in the past five years, you are qualified to join our exclusive Buyers VIP Tour. We are excited to share an extraordinary week of events with you which will include:
This is the only way to visit the most exciting home furnishings trade show in North America. We will take care of all of the planning, so you can concentrate on the show, buying and having a great time! Visit Soft Design Lab for more information. Register by Feb. 15 to take advantage of our early bird special.
- A pre-market, informational webinar to get you ready to go
- Accommodations at Sheraton Four Seasons Greensboro, NC; double-occupancy
- Daily Breakfast at the hotel
- Private welcome dinner and trend presentation at the exclusive, members only, String and Splinter Club courtesy of the High Point Visitors Authority
- VIP welcome package and market survival kit
- Design destinations and insider access to showrooms and ateliers across High Point
- Daily educational event schedule
- Countless social and networking opportunities, VIP party invitations, concerts and more
- Farewell Dinner at Print Works
Got questions? Email Deb at email@example.com
* High Point Spring Market Dates: Saturday, April 18- Thursday, April 23
Sustainable Furnishings Council will offer live classes for GREENleader Certified Sustainability Training at High Point Market on Earth Day (April 22). Click here to learn more. This training will also be offered at the New York Design Center on June 11. Click here to learn more.
Stay abreast on markets across the country by visiting the IDS Event Calendar. Click here to view it now.
We are pleased to announce the distinguished judging panel for the 5th annual IDS Designer of the Year competition. Click here to learn more.
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Thank you to those of who you submitted entries in the 2014 Designer of the Year Competition. We will be announcing the winners on May 20 at the Awards Dinner concluding IDS National Conference. We hope to see you there!
Click here to view a list of 2013 IDS Designer of the Year Award Winners and projects.
Visit the IDS website to view the IDS Buyers' Guide! To find preferred IDS vendors, look for the IDS logo in their listing. If you are interested in obtaining a new listing or updating an existing listing, please contact Dan Sylvester at 212-920-3918. Click here to view the IDS Buyers' Guide.
Concrete Decor magazine, the concrete industry's premier magazine for all things decorative concrete is offering IDS members the chance to subscribe free to their magazine. Click here to read their current issue that features an article about how decorative concrete is carving its way into the design community.
If you have not yet paid your 2015 IDS National dues, please contact the IDS National office at 336-884-4437 ext. 223 or 224 to remit a payment. As of Jan. 31, you will no longer be able to login to the IDS website to pay your dues since your account will be suspended due to lapse in membership.
If you have already paid your 2015 dues and have not yet received your membership card, you can expect to receive it within 3 - 4 weeks of the IDS National office receiving your payment. We thank you in advance for your patience!
If you are interested in obtaining a membership certificate or replacement membership card, please contact IDS Executive Assistant, Kelly McCallum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-884-4437 ext. 224 (please note for all replacement membership cards, there will be a $10 fee payable in advance for each replacement card ordered).
To view benefits exclusively available to IDS members, visit the Member Benefits page on the IDS National website. Members must log in on the IDS website in order to take advantage of available discounts.
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Purpose of Job: The Showroom Associate assists retail customers in all phases of tile, marble and stone product selection
and installation, to help customers make informed purchasing decisions, and to manage the quality and consistency of
product and service delivery.
Essential Functions: Critical features of this job are described below. Duties and responsibilities are subject to change at
any time due to reasonable accommodations or out of business necessity.
Work Environment & Physical Demands: The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here
are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. To be successfully
perform Essential Functions, the Showroom Associate must be able to:
- Through face-to-face and telephone contact, greet customers, offer immediate assistance, & assist customers in
choosing design options.
- Estimate and calculate the amount to be included in a pricing proposal & provide relevant samples/catalogs.
- Use personal computer and point-of-sale software to research product information and availability, prepare
estimates and to enter clear and accurate customer and order information.
- Arrange for, direct, and follow up on delivery and installation of orders and by working with customers and
Company manager(s) to resolve problems and provide ongoing support.
- Through face-to-face interaction, as well as through the use of telephone, email and other forms of electronic
communication, ensure customer understanding of availability, terms, status and delays.
- Because of the Company's coverage, operational, and customer needs (which may vary by location and/or
department), regular and punctual employee presence on weekdays, evenings, and weekends is required.
Attendance and dependability are essential functions of this position.
Other Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: To perform this job successfully, the employee must be able to perform each
essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this section are representative of the knowledge, skill and
ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions. The following are required (or strongly preferred, where noted)
- Lift, climb, stand, reach, bend, stoop, push, and pull
- Work effectively with customers and employees, making face-to-face contact in the retail store.
- Work with warehouse staff, resulting in occasional exposure to a dusty environment.
- Possess accurate depth perception, visual focus, field of vision, color vision & near/far clarity of vision.
- Read, write, type, and enter data into a computer
- Use the telephone, email, word processing and electronic messaging systems to write routine correspondence
(letters, memos, emails, and other types of electronic messages). Handwritten communications will, at times, also
- A bachelor's degree in interior design, architecture, marketing or equivalent are preferred;
- A proven sales track record with exposure to the tile and stone industry or new home construction is strongly
- Superior relationship-building skills;
- Strong oral, written, & presentation skills;
- Ability to self-motivate;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Solid computer and systems skills.
What About … Upselling Your Interior Design Clients?
What's a great way to boost sales in these competitive times? Ask current clients about future needs. Ask: "What about… ?" No question leads to more sales than one with those two words
The Monochrome Home: The Richness of Limited Palettes
The Wall Street Journal
The appeal of a monochrome interior scheme is pretty simple: It's timeless and practical, a calm beach in a sea of color choices. And no matter what decorating style you prefer — midcentury, Art Deco, minimal — the boundaries of black, white and gray allow for vibrant flourishes, despite the restrictive-sounding palette.
Setting Fees So You Get Paid
Design Biz Blueprint
One of the toughest challenges you have these days is learning to pay yourself what you're worth, and including that in your project fees. One of the benchmark methods of fee calculation is the comparison of the design fee to the overall budget.
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1 Slight Shift to Win Your Dream Clients
Design Success University
Many people believe they have to make the client like them, but the reality is, if you shift your mindset ever-so-slightly, you'll see a dramatic shift in the type of clients you book (and partners you attract). You want your clients to like you. But here's the catch: You need to like them, too. It's a two-way street. So when you meet with potential clients, remember that you're interviewing them as much as they're interviewing you.
Interior Designers Should Hunt Eagles, Not Turkeys
By Fred Berns
Eagles, not turkeys. Follow that client strategy, and you'll fly high from this point onward. Looking to take your design business to the next level? Reach that by remembering this: Work with good clients. Don't work with bad ones. Resolve to bond with the best, and avoid the rest. Make it your mission to connect with prospects who value your services so much that they'll pay any price for them. While you're at it, lose the losers, and fire those who take advantage of you, waste your time and bellyache over every bill.
How to Create an Interior Design Contract
What work are you required to do? What don’t you do? How long will it take to do the things you do? Ensure them that you will keep an eye on the entire design process, and mention others involved.
Are you ready to make a commitment to your professionalism?
The CQRID Exam is the only accredited exam offered exclusively for Residential Interior Designers.
For more information visit www.cqrid.org.
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