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10 Ways to Make a Design Statement in 2013
House Beautiful    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
High-gloss walls, a unique art piece, a funky pattern, and more bold home decorating ideas to make a big impact in 2013. More

Want to Get Paid What You are Worth?
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For many years designers have relied on product mark-ups to be compensated fairly for their creative abilities and organizational services. While the old model of product mark-up has been profitable for many of us through the past years, the unintended consequence is the client mistakenly believes the "wow" of interior design is just access to products. More

Design Trend: Monograms
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Everyone, these days, is a brand. If you blog, tweet, Instagram, friend, and/or pin, you can show the world who you are, what you like and what you stand for. One thing that brands love more than anything is a logo. This might explain why monogramming is having its moment. Just like Gucci with its G's, Chanel with its C's, and Louis Vuitton with its LVs, each of us can have our initials embroidered, etched, silkscreened or printed on just about anything from yoga mats to rolling pins. Yes, what used to be thought of as elitist — think silver cups and linen handkerchiefs — is no longer. Monogramming has gone mainstream. More

Fairmont Designs: Furnishing Imagination

Come see Fairmont Designs' Simple Choices at the Las Vegas Market, January 28 to February 1st, and see how SIMPLE it is to create your dream room! We take the guesswork out of creating your room. Learn more at

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day
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Becoming and staying productive isn't about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It's about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started. More

Published — IDS Member — Barbara Gilbert, IDS Associate
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IDS Associate Member, Barbara Gilbert, was recently featured in HGTV Remodels online publication. Barbara had two kitchen remodels showcased!

Click here to view the "Cook's Dream Kitchen" remodel

Click here to view the "Open, Transitional Kitchen" remodel

Congratulations Barbara!

Tip of the Week:
Don't forget to register for the IDS National Conference - April 24 - April 25.

Early Bird Registration Rates (Only valid through March 1):
IDS Member Early Bird Registration is $390.
Non-Member Early Bird Registration is $450.

Join design industry experts, Tobi Fairley, Joni Vanderslice, MIchelle Lamb, Debbie Green, and Leah Guttersen to learn the most up-to-date trends, technologies, marketing strategies, and sales techniques. Earn .7 CEUS!

Click here to download a brochure.

 Shop IDS Partners in Design

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Design Biz Blueprint - PID Platinum - Tucson, Ariz.
Bowron Sheepskins - PID Sterling - La Mirada, Calif.
StevenGKarp.Com - AP - Huntington, N.Y.
Showcase Kitchens - AP - Manhasset, N.Y.
L. Anthony Sparaco Glass & Design Corp. - AP - Freeport, N.Y.
Legacy Billiards Gallery - AP - Collierville, Tenn.
Ferguson Enterprises - AP - Knoxville, Tenn.
Michelle Chiang - AP - Canoga Park, Calif.
Amphora Gardens - AP - Santa Rosa, Calif.
Braden's Lifestyles - Home Furnishings Retail Store - Knoxville, Tenn.

Save the Date for the 2013 IDS National Conference!

Downtown Greensboro Marriott - Greensboro, N.C.

In conjunction with the High Point Market, April 20 - April 25

Join us to earn up to .7 CEUs and enjoy seminars featuring:

Tobi Fairley
Joni Vanderslice
Debbie Green
Michelle Lamb
Leah Gutterson

Visit to download a brochure and register Early bird pricing is available

Rooms are available at $189/night for a single or double room. To reserve your room in the IDS National Conference room block, please call the Greensboro Marriott Downtown Reservations Department at 800-228-9290. You must identify yourself as part of the IDS Conference to reserve a room in the room block.


The 2012 Chapter Awards Application is now available!

Enjoy the prestige, bragging rights and recognition that your chapter deserves and also be part of an exciting evening as the Chapter Awards are presented at the Annual Designer of the Year Awards!

The Chapter Awards are designed to reward Chapters who have shown exceptional work in specific areas each year. At the annual Designer of the Year Awards Dinner, the winning chapter in each category will be presented with an award and the highest praise for a job well done. This is an opportunity for your chapter to shine and for IDS to recognize its chapters for outstanding achievement in one or more of the award categories.

Click here to download your copy of the awards application.

 Upcoming Markets
MAISON&OBJET – Jan. 18-22 — Paris Villepinte, France

The leading international home fashion event. One event, comprising several trade shows: MAISON&OBJET, scènes d' intérieur, now! design à vivre, MAISON&OBJET éditeurs, MAISON&OBJET|projets|, MAISON&OBJET OUTDOOR_INDOOR, craft, l'espace métiers d'art et MEUBLE PARIS. Twice a year, nine halls (1.5 million sqft of stands), 3,250 brands: A cross-disciplinary take on all the home-fashion sectors, with four specialist areas: luxury, design, interior design and accessories, presenting the latest news in furniture, interior design, arts and crafts, home accessories, fashion accessories, table arts, household textiles, upholstery fabrics/wall paper/wall coverings, architectural solutions, gifts, fragrances, etc.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR IDS MEMBERS: Request your free badge now and save 60 Euros! Email

Online On-Demand Webinars are Here!!

IDS is proud to announce the availability of pre-recorded webinars at your convenience through our new online learning management system (LMS). We currently have seven CEU certified webinars available through our homepage ( link labeled 'LMS'. There are instructions on how to start the webinar, obtain handouts and take a quiz to show completion once you click on this link. We will have non-CEU certified webinars available after the first of the year. As live webinars are conducted through IDS, they will become available through the LMS if individuals are unable to join the live session. We also hope to premier our conference speakers through this venue in order for participants to gain wider exposure to the speaker's expertise. IDS will automatically update your CEU record when you participate in the online webinars through our LMS thus there is no need for additional CEU filing.

 Industry News

Hamptons Classic — A Long Island, NY, Home by Robert Stilin
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Some years ago, a billionaire quietly bought a large parcel of land in Sagaponack, New York, and erected a $200 million, 29-bedroom Italianate compound surrounded by formal gardens. So it's easy to understand why residents of the tiny hamlet, which lies smack in the middle of the Hamptons, were wary when the CEO of a major lifestyle brand and his photographer wife bought one of the last intact farmhouses there. Many in town worried that the couple — whose primary home is a sprawling Westchester County estate — would tear down the farmhouse and put up a monstrosity. More

Architectural Digest: 2013 Ones to Watch
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Architectural Digest has a long history of spotlighting gifted architects, interior designers, and artisans at all stages of their careers. As a complement to the magazine's biennial AD100 — which celebrates industry leaders at the height of their powers — we are launching Ones to Watch, a portfolio of talents on the rise. Some are relatively new to the scene. Others are more experienced but only recently ventured out on their own. Either way, they've caught our attention — and we can't wait to see what they do next. More

13 Ways to Be Happier in Your Home This Year
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Make 2013 the year you increase your happiness at home with resolutions that will get you motivated to finish lagging projects, learn new skills and add more pizzazz to your space. Sure, you can resolve to clear clutter (see number four below for a fresh way to do that), but that's not the only way to make a fresh start around the house this year. More

Pale Antiques Are In, Inspired By Swedish Gustavian Furniture
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Light and airy. Open and bright. Those are words we see constantly in decorating magazines and hear on those "House Hunters" shows on cable TV. The idea of blowing fresh air through traditional rooms has appeal for many, and in the past few decades, it has given rise to a succession of looks, most of them dialing back the color in our living rooms: tan sisal carpeting, faded tea-stained floral linen, the grayish Belgian beiges of Restoration Hardware's new look, maybe shabby-chic or cottage-style off-white slipcovers. Antiques? Sure. Mahogany or golden oak? Not so much. More

5 Steps to Powerful Images in Social Marketing
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Facebook reports that photo albums posted to its site produce 180 percent more engagement than other types of posts and uploads, and HubSpot has noted that the brain reads images 60,000 times faster than it reads words. Such statistics are a clear indication that marketers should use images in their social strategies—but they have to do it carefully, Mike Gingerich writes. "The challenge lies in maximizing the reach and engagement of each image, to make those images work efficiently and effectively across multiple social platforms," he explains. More

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Brentano Unveils 2013 Color Forecast
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Derived from a year's worth of observation and analysis, Brentano's 2013 color forecast pinpoints six colors that will shape interior design in the coming year. More than any other factor, color — and these colors specifically — will guide the Brentano Design Studio and the collections they develop for 2013 and beyond. More

The Science of Creativity in 2013: Looking Back to Look Forward
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In 1950, psychologist Joy P. Guilford delivered a lecture to the American Psychological Association calling for a scientific focus on creativity. Decades later, we are witnessing a renaissance in creativity in both the lab and the pages of popular books and magazines. More

Green Design Predictions for 2013
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2012 was a momentous year and we saw many significant changes, of both triumphs and failures. But as we embark upon this brand new year, we do so with optimism and hope that 2013 wil give rise to a better, more sustainable future. So now that the toasts have been made and Auld Lang Syne has come to a stop, we're turning to some of the world's leading environmental experts and design luminaries to offer us their predictions for 2013. Touching upon everything from climate change to technology to automotive, design and more, read on for what our ten pundits envision for the coming year. More

Westport, Conn., Interior Designer's Lampshades Business Thrives
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When she finally came up with a plan to meet the market's needs, a light literally went on for this interior designer. "I could never find lampshades," said Cynthia Beebe, of Westport,Conn., who decided to start a business aimed at providing professional designers with the options for original quality lampshades needed to fulfill their creative missions. Twenty-two years later, BB Custom Lampshades is a specialty house that creates custom lampshades for the best designers throughout the country. More

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