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Transform Rejection into Success: 5 Steps
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The fear of rejection is the bane of success. If you're afraid that people (customers, employees, coworkers, colleagues, etc.) will reject you, you'll avoid making difficult calls and your fear will make you less effective. Conquering that fear is only the start, though. If you really want to be successful, you must learn how to turn rejection into a vehicle that drives you more quickly towards your ultimate goals. More

Fairmont Designs: 3 Plus 3 Program

Creating the perfect room shouldn't be difficult. 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.

Published — IDS Member — Marcella Davis-Burks, IDS Professional Fellow
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IDS Professional Fellow, Marcella Davis-Burks, was interviewed for an article in the January 2013 issue of Today's Charlotte Woman. You can see Marcella's color advice and 3D renderings under the "Color My World" heading on page 30. Her comments are part of a larger article beginning on page 26, "NEW YEAR, NEW HOME - Lighten & Brighten For 2013".

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Shocking Statistic Revealed In The 2013 Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey eBook Just Published by Design Success University
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Design Success University's 2013 Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey reveals a shocking statistic: 23.2 percent of all interior designers left the industry between May 2008 and May 2011 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The free eBook is available for immediate download.

IDS Associate Member, Barbara Gilbert had this to say:

I just finished reading the 2013 Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey Book and want to tell you that I think it's an amazing book that I think every designer should read. I am the President of the Interior Design Society, DFW Chapter, and I am going to send a link to all of the designers and vendors on our list. I made a lot of changes to my business in 2012 and knew I needed some coaching, but was unclear on what type of coaching I needed. While reading your book I had several ah ha moments that prompted me to make a list of things that I need help with and that was before I was halfway through it! Great job and thank you for such valuable information.

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Tip of the Week:

Having trouble logging in to the IDS website? Need to know how to find yourself in the "Designer Search"? Have questions on how to file your CEUs? If so, IDS has the answers for you!

Visit our new blog at: to view tutorials on how to make using the IDS website easier for you! The videos are also available on the IDS website at:

A Spirited Game of Musical Rooms
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Asanyone who has ever been disappointed by the New York housing market knows, the experience can be something like a bad date: Drawn in by the promise of a handsome exterior, you make your way hopefully down a featureless corridor and persevere up a sagging stair, only to find a "duplex" of spaces that are sloppily renovated, bizarrely configured and so small as to be almost uninhabitable. More

Mining Pinterest for Color Preferences, Room by Room
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A fascinating project scours Pinterest boards to find the most commonly pinned colors for kitchens, bedrooms and more. Colour and Space is a project by designers Mie Frey Damgaard and Peter Ørntoft for decorative paint brand Jotun. The pair have analyzed two fairly basic but powerful categories: color and location. The results are placed into simple pie charts, showing preferred colors in places around the home. More

 Shop IDS Partners in Design

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Design Biz Blueprint - PID Platinum - Tucson, Ariz.
StevenGKarp.Com - AP - Huntington, N.Y.
Showcase Kitchens - AP - Manhasset, N.Y.
L. Anthony Sparaco Glass & Design Corp. - AP - Freeport, N.Y.
Manhattan Shade & Glass Co., Affiliate Partner - AP - Hauppauge, N.C.
Imex Stone Unlimited LLC, Affiliate Partner - AP - Fort Myers, Fla.
Protect Painters of Central Austin, Affiliate Partner - AP - Austin, Texas
Gradek Contracting and Design, Affiliate Partner - AP - Austin, Texas

 Upcoming Conferences
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.

 Chapter News
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
"Welcome to Las Vegas!" Light Reception & Seminar with HGTV's Monica Pedersen Tuesday, Jan. 29, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Building B, World Forum Room All Professional Design
Organizations are invited to attend this Free Event

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 Upcoming Webinars
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.

 Employment Opportunity
Interior Designer Position Available - Village Design Group, Inc. is looking for an interior designer to join our design team in the Pinehurst Resort area of North Carolina. Facilities include a 12,000-square-foot interior design center and showroom with hundreds of resources including flooring, fabric, wall-covering, furniture, lighting, cabinetry, tile and more. Position is commissioned sales and includes office space, telephone, computer, work table, conference room, licensed subcontractors, warehouse, delivery, and support staff. Applicants must have an interior design degree and at least 5 years work experience in both residential and commercial interior design. Also seeking "Work from Home" designers living in North or South Carolina. For an application or appointment, please contact Vicki Stone at 910-692-1000 or email: Village Design Group has provided interior design services for east coast clients for over 30 years. See our website for more information.
 Industry News

How Does the World of Fashion Influence The World of Interiors?
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ccording to Gretchen Aubuchon, editor in chief of Fashion + Decor, who recently spoke with industry leaders in both the fashion and the home design fields about this very topic, feels that "the worlds of fashion and decor are colliding." She explains where there was once a five to six year lag from the runway to furniture showrooms, "then a couple of years ago we were seeing just a two year or two season lag, and now both worlds are engaging as the creative minds are joining together with the social media forces." More

Concrete Poetry: Ricardo Bofill Architecture
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In the early 1970s, an abandoned cement factory on the western fringe of Barcelona stood as a crumbling relic of Spain's industrial past. Where some people would have been daunted or deterred by the vast and derelict site, the architect Ricardo Bofill was inspired. He envisioned it as the dramatic setting for his home and offices. The living area of Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill's home on the outskirts of Barcelona. The sofa was designed by his firm, Taller de Arquitectura, and the lounge chairs are by Charles and Ray Eames. More

Nurture Your Most Profitable Customers
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Profitable growth is more achievable if you focus on identifying your most valuable customers — and keeping them happy. A customer profitability analysis can help you recognize the customers you can't afford to lose. More

Seeking a Cool Look? Go Hide
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For the late decorating hero Albert Hadley, polished electric-blue hides on balloon-back dining room chairs made a traditional room feel less staid. Miles Redd, this generation's Hadley, said, "I couldn't possibly decorate without a little, or even a lot of, leather." More

How to Create a Modern Bath in a Vintage Style
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Shapely cast-iron claw-foot tubs, hexagonal floor tiles, and chrome cross-handle faucets are the go-tos for crafting modern bathrooms with timeless appeal. In wide rotation since the late 1800s and early 1900s, when the Victorian, Craftsman, and Art Deco styles reigned in succession, these fixtures and finishes look so good and function so well that they've left little room for improvement, even after all these years. More

Are you ready to make a commitment to your professionalism?

The CQRID Exam is the only accredited exam offered exclusively for Residential Interior Designers.

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Asianspiration: 9 Elegant Interiors Inspired by the Far East
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For those of us living in the West, Asian-inspired furnishings are an exotic, sophisticated departure from the home objects we see and live with every day. French company La Maison & Co's Indonesian and Chinese collections give rooms an exotic Asian feel no matter where in the world they happen to be. More

Allover and Anywhere by Sina Pearson Textiles
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Manhattan-based design and manufacturing studio Sina Pearson Textiles have introduced a sustainable, high-performance indoor outdoor fabric line. As the names suggest, Allover and Anywhere can be used indoors and outside and are intended for both contract and residential use. Allover and Anywhere are sustainably woven in the United States with Sunbrella® Contract yarns, offering enhanced durability, bleach cleanability and stain-resistance More

Katherine LaNasa adds a taste of New Orleans to tiny Venice bungalow
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Katherine LaNasa plays a deliciously hard-edged, evil wife in the new TV series "Deception," but at home in her Venice bungalow, she showcases a soft side influenced by her native New Orleans. "Being from New Orleans completely dominates my sense of style," said the actress, who's also starring in "Jayne Mansfield's Car," the forthcoming film directed by Billy Bob Thornton. "There is a drama and a funk to New Orleans. It's the last place people play it safe. They celebrate the vibrancy of life." More

New FREE Report: 13 Interior Design Success Strategies for 2013    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thirteen could be – and should be –should be your lucky number in 2013. And it will be if you download the new free report entitled: "13 for '13: Thirteen Super Success Strategies for Interior Design Professionals." More

Houzz Tour: Feng Shui Lightens a Brooklyn, NY, Loft
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Tired of her dark, closed-in apartment, a New York mom wanted a new look to give her and her twin toddler daughters a fresh start. Once a Brooklyn warehouse, this space had beautiful brick walls and beamed ceilings that had been covered up by Sheetrock. Interior designer Reiko Gomez stripped the space down to make it feel like a loft again and implemented feng shui principles to give both the client and her home a new life. More

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