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Click here to read a New Year's message from the IDS National President Bruce Knott.
Time is running out to purchase entries for the IDS Designer of the Year competition! This year, winners will have the opportunity to be published in Home Fashion Forecast (the selection process will be based solely upon the editorial team's discretion - the IDS National staff will not have any involvement in said process). The last day to purchase DotY entries from the IDS store is Jan. 30. Click here to learn more about the competition and how you can enter.
If you have not yet paid your IDS National dues, please do so before Jan. 31. All dues payments received after that date will be charged a $35 reinstatement fee. You have the option to conveniently pay your membership dues online by logging in to your member portal on the IDS website and selecting "My Invoices" from the menu on the left side. After Jan. 31, you will no longer be able to login to your account, as it will be suspended due to lapse in membership.
IDS has joined nearly 20 associations and industry groups as Supporting Organizations for Design & Construction Week, joining forces for the second annual gathering of the largest-ever residential construction exposition in the nation. Supporting Organization members will enjoy discounted registration for the event. Click here to learn more. Click here to register.
IDS Associate, Owner and Principal Designer of Olamar Interiors, Paola McDonald's beach inspired condo make-over in Sterling, Virginia, was featured in the spring 2015 issue of Make it Over Magazine. Her fireplace design for the same project won a 2014 Spark Modern Fires Site Specific 6 merit award. Her winning photo will be featured as part of Spark Modern Fires advertisement to be included in Luxe Interiors, Interiors Magazine, New York Spaces and Gray Magazine in February. Click here to view this award-winning design. Click here to view a preview of the article.
IDS Associates, Barbara Gilbert and Traci Connell were recognized on a prestigious list of 5 Dallas Interior Designers to Watch in 2015. Click here to read more.
IDS Associate, Wendy Lepkoff of Wendy Interiors Inc. is the Official Winner of the Best of Long Island 2015 ‘Best Interior Decorator’. Wendy and her team thank you for your votes and support! Click here to read more.
IDS Partner in Design – Sterling, Elite/Express won the following NARI Gold awards
- Gold Award for Extension over $250,000
- Gold Award for Whole House Renovation over $1 million
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SHOP IDS PARTNERS IN DESIGN
|New Partners in Design
|Classic Rug Collection, Inc. - PID Sterling, - New York, N.Y.
|Architectural Bling Inc. - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
|Coastal Cabinet Works - PID Sterling - Plainview, N.Y.
|Desert Business Interiors - PID Sterling - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
|Omnia Leather - PID Sterling - Las Vegas, Nev.
|Beverly's Tropical Glass Design - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
|Hessler Floor Covering - PID Sterling - Ft. Myers, Fla.
|Art Uptown Gallery, Inc. - PID Sterling - Sarasota, Fla.
|DFB Sales Inc. - PID Sterling - Long Island City, N.Y.
|Eastway Paint and Decorating - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
|Floform Countertops - PID Sterling - Beaverton, Ore.
|Wolfgang Interiors and Gifts - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.
|Metropolitan Window Fashions - PID Sterling - New York, N.Y.
|Naples Plumbing Studio - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
|Larry's Design Center - PID Sterling - Garden City Park, N.Y.
|Lefroy Brooks - PID Sterling - New York, N.Y.
|Metropolitan Home Hardware & Bath LLC - PID Sterling - Brooklyn, N.Y.
|The Final Touch - PID Sterling - Deer Park, N.Y.
Save-the-Date: the next IDS National Conference will take place May 19 - 20, 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida. More details will be released soon!
Join the IDS New York City Chapter for a design networking event at Lefroy Brooks’ Chelsea Showroom on Feb. 3 from 6:45 – 8:45 pm.
The IDS Chapter Awards application is available. Submissions must be received by the IDS National office by Feb. 27. Click here to download the application.
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.
The Interior Design Society has joined The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), effective Jan. 1. Click here to learn 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.
IDS has joined nearly twenty associations and industry groups as Supporting Organizations for Design & Construction Week, joining forces for the second annual gathering of the largest-ever residential construction exposition in the nation. Supporting Organization members will enjoy discounted registration for the event. Click here to learn more. Click here to register.
Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website through the LMS link!
Visit the IDS website to learn more!
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.
Time is running out to purchase entries for the IDS Designer of the Year competition! This year, winners will have the opportunity to be published in Home Fashion Forecast (the selection process will be based solely upon the editorial team’s discretion - the IDS National staff will not have any involvement in said process). The last day to purchase DotY entries from the IDS store is Jan. 30. Click here to learn more about the competition and how you can enter.
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Congratulations to all of our 2013 Designer of the Year Award Winners! Visit the IDS National blog to view photographs of the DotY Award Winners' designs by clicking here.
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.
If you have not yet paid your IDS National dues, please do so before Jan. 31. All dues payments received after that date will be charged a $35 reinstatement fee. You have the option to conveniently pay your membership dues online by logging in to your member portal on the IDS website (www.interiordesignsociety.org) and selecting "My Invoices" from the menu on the left side. After Jan. 31, you will no longer be able to login to your account, as it 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 in 3 -4 weeks. We thank you in advance for your patience!
If you are interested in obtaining a membership certificate or replacement membership card, please contact IDS Benefits Coordinator, Della Swider at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-884-4437 ext. 223 (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.
How the Cloud is Reshaping Small Business Productivity
Small Business Trends
Hello Small Business, my how you’ve grown. Look at you, optimizing opportunities in cloud computing and capitalizing on your own big data to make more strategic decisions. Today, businesses of all sizes are realizing the benefits of cloud technology and how it improves the efficiency, productivity and functionality of business operations.
Build Your Design Business With A Powerful Houzz Profile
By Fred Berns
If Houzz.com is going to work for you, you need to put some work into it. That's one of the takeaways from a new report issued by representatives of this social media platform that connects homeowners with design and building professionals. The report — "Reputation Management: A Guidebook" — emphasizes the importance of presenting a extensive profile that "builds your credibility" and "helps prospective clients understand how you differ from your competitors." So what goes into an "extensive profile"?
Right at Home: Décor Made Of Bicycle Parts
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
Bikes have become part of hipster culture. Bicycle-themed dining, drinking and shopping establishments have opened from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York, and dozens of bike-friendly burgs in between.
A Cozy Sitting Room, the Way the Danish Do It
The Wall Street Journal
Unless you have a flat-screen television or a gaming console, a sitting room can look oddly formal, conjuring the stiff, repression-inducing parlors of the Victorian era. The cure, according to British designer Ilse Crawford, can be found in the Danish concept of "hygge." The word, coined in the late 18th century and pronounced "hoo-guh," is most often translated as "cozy," but can refer to just about anything that creates a relaxed, contented atmosphere: a warm bowl of oatmeal on a subzero day, a lively cafe in the dreary winter months or a gathering of tease-able friends around a hearth.
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How a Boring High-Rise Apartment Got a Mod, Hip Makeover
New York decorator Richard Keith Langham transforms a humdrum high-rise apartment in Miami into a gleaming, airy retreat with a focus on its endless ocean views.
Color Collage: Surface Trend
Blocks of sheer color are arranged across furniture and fabrics to create marvelous multi-hued collages.
Resilient Materials, Integrated Sensors, and Foldable Designs Come to 3-D Printing
The design community is embracing additive manufacturing for tasks such as prototyping and even fabricating products. But as designers seek to do more with the technology, its current limits are becoming apparent. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, a selection of hardware and software developers showed how they're upgrading their products to meet the needs of non-industrial-scale designers and fabricators using 3-D printing technology.
3 Boundaries for the New Year
Design Biz Blueprint
When does helping someone turn into over-delivering and finding that your clients don't appreciate all that you are giving? Do you then start feeling secretly resentful but don't know how to get out of the situation you've created? Setting boundaries doesn't make you a bad person … it makes you a better designer.
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