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Designers Say: More Chintz, Less 'Cool'
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You've made a resolution for 2013 to get back to the gym, but Nick Olsen, a New York interior designer, has resolved to use more purple and yellow. "I'm gravitating toward them specifically," he said. "They feel more fresh, and cheerful." Olsen also sees more peach-colored mirror in his future. With a bright new year ahead, decorators and designers make their resolutions, like the rest of us. More

Fairmont Designs: Simple Choices

Creating the perfect room shouldn't be difficult. All it takes is a few Simple Choices. Fairmont Designs takes the guess work out of choosing the look and style of your large furniture pieces. These pieces are made in our US upholstery plants, and offer a variety of fabrics. Visit to learn more.

3-D Printed Furniture Arrives    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After predicting its advent, the team at heralds the arrival of 3-D printed office furniture. Design software continues to evolve, honing the ability to customize aesthetics while preserving product design features such as strength and durability. More

Entering a Gross Margin Instead of a Mark-up Percentage
Interior Design Pro    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Is there a difference? Yes! Mark-up and gross margin are not the same! I would recommend you discussing what method is most advantageous for your firm with your accountant, writes Julia Molloy of the Molloy Management Group, a provider of business tools and systems to interior designers nationwide. I am seeing many interior design firms preferring to enter a gross margin percentage into the mark-up fields in Studio Designer or Studio Webware. More

Decorative Mirrors
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A decorative mirror can give any room that extra something to brighten and open it up. Whether it is the main piece of decor on the walls, or just a slight accent, this piece can do wonders for a boring room. A mirror is a great way to bring extra light into a dark room, or accent the natural light you already have! We love these rooms featured in Lonny Mag. More

Tip of the Week:

Attention IDS Chapters:

Don't forget to submit your application for the upcoming Chapter Awards!

The Chapter Awards are designed to reward Chapters who have shown exceptional work in specific areas for the 2012 term. The awards will be a highlight of the conference and will be given out during the semi-formal awards dinner. The winning chapter will be in the spotlight at both the IDS Leadership Conference in Greensboro, N.C., in April 2013 and Portfolio.

Deadline to enter is Jan. 31.

Click here to download your application

Published — IDS Member — Linda Wojciechowski, IDS Student Member
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IDS Student Member, Linda Wojciechowski, was recently awarded Best in Show in the 2012 ASID-Maryland Student Design Competition for a room that she and four other students designed at the 2012 Baltimore Symphony Decorator’s Show House. The Show House was open during the spring and the award was made in September.

Here are some pictures of the award winning design:

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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.
ProDesign Solutions - AP - Tigard, Ore.
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
Greenhouse Fabrics

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

6 Ways to Enhance Your Credibility
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your success in business is directly proportional to how quickly (and how well) you can establish credibility with your customers, investors, and colleagues. Randall Murphy, president of the professional development firm Acclivus, offers the following ideas. More

Readers' Choice: The 10 Most Popular Bathrooms of 2012
Houzz    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Each of 2012's favorite bathrooms offers something different to Houzzers. Some inspire organizational ideas, others present creative tiling techniques, while still others make use of color and natural light. Were you one of the Houzz readers who saved these bathrooms to an ideabook this year? Take a look — one of these stunning spaces might inspire you. More

Kelly Wearstler Designs a Bold Bel Air Home
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To hire Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler is to buy into her singularly bedazzling, high-chroma style. It's an identity that extends across her interiors, furnishing collections, lines of apparel and accessories, books, and television appearances — for which she always dresses to impress. "What we’re really creating," she asserts, clad in a Carven silk blouse and a mineral-washed skirt from her eponymous clothing label, "is the world of … " The world, that is, of Kelly Wearstler. More

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Wall Art Gone Wild
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This wallpaper doesn't belong in Grandma's bathroom. Looking beyond the limits of picture frames, contemporary artists are going after the whole wall, attacking it with paint, video and their own wallpaper. The floor-to-ceiling works — prevalent at recent international art fairs — convey images ranging from the unsettling (floating eyeballs, writhing snakes, dead flies) to the whimsical (Andy Warhol in drag). More

New Kids in the Block
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are renovations so ambitious and flawless you can almost see the contractors leaving the property carrying buckets of money. So it is with the home built by Anthony Goicolea in Williamsburg, a Brooklyn, N.Y. neighborhood, on a street in the throes of gentrification. It's striking, if conspicuous, standing a story higher than the row houses it used to be a part of, a dazzling white block with many windows, the architectural equivalent of the cousin who made good and returns to visit his working-class relations. More

Return to Form: A Modern Paris Apartment
ELLE Decor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Danish designer revives a forgotten Paris gem of the 19th century, using his modernist magic to create a fresh vision of urban glamor. More

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