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The Brass Revival in Home Décor
The Wall Street Journal
In contemporary design, all that glitters is no longer silver. Nor is it nickel, chrome or mirror-polished stainless steel, the similarly cool metal tones that have outsold other finishes on everything from faucets to furniture for decades. Brass, last in vogue in the '70s, has been moving in from the margins, showing up on a pendant light here, a table leg there — exuding a certain cocky, outsider glamour. In recent years, it's started to make silver tones look, all too accurately, commonplace. And now, no metal is shining more compellingly: Brass is conclusively back.
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How to Attract New Clients and Keep Existing Ones
Missing my Sunshine blog
In the design world, your relationship with clients is one of the easiest ways you could find to market yourself. No cost, no special effort — it's all about just making sure you treat the people who pay for your services like they're your most valuable clients.
Confessions of a Miser: 6 Tips to a Strong Budget
By Bob Fortune
Budgetary decisions often times require courage because difficult financial choices affect everyone within an organization. Belt tightening, cutbacks and general business decisions are a necessary and healthy part of the business cycle, and few people cheer when a tricky budget cut or choice is made. The following are six cornerstone budgetary philosophies that have helped our organization bear fruit through the ups and downs of many business cycles.
Register early for IDS National Conference to win 1 of 3 — $100 AmEx gift cards! The first two cards will be given out by random drawing of the first 199 registrations received. The 200th registrant will receive the third card.
Register today for the IDS National Conference, "The Power of #INNOVATION: Igniting the Path to Success", Jan. 23 – 25 in Las Vegas. Leslie Carothers, founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, will be the keynote speaker. Visit the IDS Conferences page for more information and to register. Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2014 and #INNOVATION.
Jan Cregier, IDS National Board Secretary/Treasurer, IDS Associate of Bartlett, Ill., was interviewed for a Good Housekeeping article on "12 Ways to Winter-Proof Your Home." Click here to read the article.
Monique Duarte, IDS Affiliate, head decorator and principal of Duarte Interior Decorating in Plainsboro, N.J., has been named "Woman of the Year" for 2013, an award presented to her by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) in the category of interior design for the state of New Jersey. For more information, click here.
Getting Organized Magazine has reached out to IDS looking for submissions of organized room/areas (kitchens, bathrooms, entry-ways, etc) especially those with unique ideas or concepts. They feature organizational ideas for any room in the home and are always looking for fabulous examples of what can be done with the right touch. To submit your photos/spaces email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the magazine and view a free issue visit: http://www.gettingorganizedmagazine.com/the-magazine/.
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Register today for the IDS National Conference, "The Power of #INNOVATION: Igniting the Path to Success", Jan. 23 – 25 in Las Vegas. Leslie Carothers, founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, will be the keynote speaker.
Sponsored by International Design Guild, celebrity designer Mark Brunetz will kick off IDS National Conference as the opening speaker. In addition, he will be the guest of honor at an exclusive VIP Reception and emcee at the Awards Dinner.
Click here for more information on National Conference speakers.
Click here to for more information on 2014 National Conference and registration.
Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2014 and #INNOVATION
The deadline to enter the 2013 IDS Chapter Awards is Nov. 15. Visit the IDS website to download an application!
Educational Course: IDS - *CEU .01
*The Power of Color and Light working together
Color and Light — If you can’t see the colors at night, that you took hours to select and sell, you have not finished the job! Margi Kyle, The Designing Dr., will teach you the color language of 25 colors and how to narrow down the selection of colors in your client's home & how to properly illuminate their space. How to select the correct bulbs, and temperature of the light bulb. How to create ambience through using the four different levels of light in a space, matching the bulb to the activity, color and feeling of the room.
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Join us to learn how to overcome those obstacles and discover how you to grow your design business and increase profits using 3D design. Cofounders of ViewIT Technologies, Donna & Ross Barlett, will discuss how to remove the fear and anxiety, instill confidence, excite your clients with use-of-space possibilities and paint a clear picture of your vision with 3-D visuals.
Light breakfast and refreshments will be provided.
Attendees receive a Gift Certificate for three months of 3Dream Pro* (value $120)
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Click here for more information on the Charlotte event.
Click here for more information on the Atlanta event.
Click here for more information on the Hilton Head, Charleston & Savannah event.
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.
Tobi Fairley Adds Five Events to Her 2013 Line-Up: Amazing intensive programs and one-day classes on tap
Renowned interior designer and business consultant Tobi Fairley has added five incredible interior designer events to close out the second half of 2013. The events range from 3-day intensive programs to one-day classes. The fall/winter line-up includes:
Designer MBA, Nov. 12-14 – One of the most popular programs in Tobi Fairley’s schedule, this is a business education for design professionals. From what to charge and how, to working with clients, to successful marketing, Tobi will give you business strategies to help you streamline your processes and sell your services.
Getting Published, Dec. 3-4 – This incredible event sold out in days when it was announced in May, so Tobi Fairley is offering it again. Sign up to hear from top editors in print and online media, as well as book publishers, as they give you the tricks and tips you need to get published now.
Social Media Strategy, Dec. 5 – Add this event on to Getting Published, or attend just this one-day event. Either way, you’ll learn from social media experts how to use the best social media platforms to market yourself to clients, how to gain more followers, and how to get attention from the press.
To learn more about any of these programs, or to register, email email@example.com.
Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website through the LMS link!
There are several available webinars by Tobi Fairley, each are worth 0.1 CEU. A new Tobi Fairley webinar was just posted, "How to Determine Your Staffing Needs." This session addresses designers who may be confused about when and how to hire people to handle a portion of the work for their design firm. If you need to know how best to keep your operation "lean and mean" yet still highly productive, this webinar will provide you with helpful information. Join Tobi Fairley for this training on determining your staffing needs and then taking action to get the job done!
Visit the IDS website to learn more!
Thank you to those of you who attended our seminars and stopped by our office in High Point! We look forward to seeing you at our National Conference in January. Click here for more information on Conference.
If you previously submitted your entry and payment forms, your completed Designer of the Year project entry is due at the IDS National Office before Nov. 15. Visit the DotY page on the IDS website for more details.
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The IDS Buyers Guide is live! To find preferred IDS vendors, look for the IDS logo in their listing. Click here to view the IDS Buyers Guide.
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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Right at Home: Decor With Built-in Tech
The Associated Press via ABC News
It's one thing to have a beautiful, comfy bed. But what if it also included a TV screen, game console and dimmable, color-changing lights? Or say you've got just enough room in your apartment for a credenza or speakers, but not both. How about one piece that includes both — and a whole media system?
Ralph Lauren Rustic Lodge Inspired Table and Dining Room Decor
The Decorating Diva is a luxury home design magazine and lifestyle journal dedicated to the concept of living a stylish and comfortably elegant life at home – joyfully surrounded by the beautiful things you love.
The Pattern Principle: For Centuries, Basic Geometry Shapes
Look of Home Décor
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Circles, triangles and squares. One of the first things we learn as children are basic geometric shapes. And they stay with us throughout our lives. Maybe it's that sense of familiarity that makes geometrics such a popular pattern in home décor.
7 Modern Homes in Texas
Despite its "everything's bigger" credo, Texas is a hotbed for reasonably sized — small even — buildings. To follow, seven homes that show the Lone Star state’s modern side.
High Performance: NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson's New York Apartment
For a NASCAR champion and his wife, designer Shawn Henderson brings sophistication and softness to an apartment in a downtown Manhattan, N.Y., tower
Charming Roof Garden On A Triplex In New York
Located in New York, specifically in the West Village, this building comprises an impressive triplex with a 40 foot atrium and a stunning roof garden. The garden features mature trees, beautiful plants and flowers and it creates a very calm, relaxing and almost magical atmosphere.
Lee Stanton's English-Inspired Laguna Beach, Calif., Home
"Welcome to Arcade at Secret Cove" reads a small bronze plaque at the entrance gate of Lee Stanton's home. To the right of the sign, an alleée of fruit trees frames a statue of Mercury on a stone plinth; to the left, a steep drive descends through stands of pine and arbutus to a seemingly timeworn house with leaded windows, a pitched roof, and a turret. Inside that tower, a winding stone staircase leads from the front door to an antiques - filled drawing room whose landscape paintings, lovely as they are, can hardly compete with the enchanting scenery outside — waves breaking on the sandy shore below, gulls playing tag in the fog.
Latest Autumn/Winter 2013 Trends in Interior Design Colors
Among the autumn stalwarts (think orange and earth tones), interior design's color palette in 2013 hints at shades of purple and blue, presented in context with the season.
New Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey: Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better
When it comes to kitchens, bigger isn't necessarily better — at least according to the first-ever Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey, which polled nearly 8,000 consumers about their kitchen remodeling plans and progress. Results of the just-released survey showed that, while bigger kitchens may not be trending, the open kitchen concept remains strong.
Slideshow: 7 Carefully Curated Interiors
Aesthetically pleasing and fruitful, these interiors have been thoughtfully pieced to perfection.
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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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