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4 Tips For Hiring Long-Term Talent On A Very Tight Budget
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Growing your team is probably the trickiest challenge for the bootstrapped businesses. It's one of those chicken-and-egg paradoxes: you need a larger team to grow your revenue, but you can't increase your revenue until you grow your team. Bootstrappers, early-stage founders and solo entrepreneurs have to get creative to hire a team within their cash flow. 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.

The Beauty of Bacteria
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As we become more environmentally concerned, it seems we're more ready than ever to welcome green into our homes, in all its forms. A growing movement called bio design focuses on integrating organic processes in the creation of buildings and household objects so that resources are conserved and waste is limited. More

Economic Clouds Seen Lifting for 2013
Kitchen & Bath Design News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After struggling through some of the worst economic years on record, things are finally looking up. The business forecast for the upcoming year shows encouraging signs of growth and optimism, according to kitchen and bath dealers, designers and manufacturers. More

Tip of the Week:

The Interior Design Society is about interior design and YOU! In an effort to connect you with the information you want, we have launched our new blog! We will be using our blog to post articles you would normally find in Portfolio – information on design trends, technology, IDS Chapters, markets and conferences, IDS Partners in Design and National Sponsors, and so much more! Click here to connect today!

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.

Click here for more information

 Shop IDS Partners in Design

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Design Biz Blueprint - PID Platinum - Tucson, Ariz.
Denise McGaha Interiors - PID Platinum - Dallas, Texas
Habitat For Humanity International - PID Platinum - Atlanta, Ga.
Pay Anywhere - PID Platinum - Troy, Mich.
StevenGKarp.Com - AP - Huntington, N.Y.
Stone Solutions, Inc. - AP - Austin, Texas
Zicana - AP - Westbury, N.Y.
ProSource Wholesale Flooring - AP - Tigard, Ore.
Pro Design Solutions - AP - Bartlett, Tenn.
Contents For The Home LLC - AP - Plainview, N.Y.
New York Design Link - AP - Bayshore, 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.Y.
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 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.

 Industry News

With 3-D Printers, Solid Objects May Be Several Clicks Away
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With a 3-D printer such as Solidoodle, you can design a small solid object and, with the proper software and hardware, make it in plastic. But my dreams of successful cottage-industry manufacturing led to a series of technical problems before arriving at a finished product. More

Not All Whites Are Vanilla
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
White seems like it should be so easy. White is white, right? No, not in the decorating world. Ask any designer and he or she will give you a different white recommendation, but all will tell you that picking the right white is largely dependent on your decorating scheme and the natural light your room gets. White is as complex as any color in the spectrum. That being said, there are a few tried-and-true whites. More

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Webmaster
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Webmasters for small businesses often do it all, from designing the website to search engine optimization (SEO) to daily maintenance. So, you need an adept, creative multitasker whom you can trust with the keys to your website — the online gateway to your brand. How can you find someone who's up to that tall task? More

Unconventional Wisdom: Axel Vervoordt on the Perfect Mix
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From his fabled castle on the outskirts of Antwerp, Belgium, the antiques dealer and interior designer Axel Vervoordt reigns as one of the world's most influential tastemakers. His clients, who range from royalty to rock stars, are drawn to the Belgian antiquaire's cerebral good taste. An early proponent of mixing antiques with contemporary art, Vervoordt creates refined interiors — linen-covered furniture, an earthy palette, Old Masters mixed with archeological artifacts — that reach for the sublime. It's more, he says, than just aesthetics. More

A Soaring, Sun-Drenched Home in Tennesee
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shortly before embarking on a top-to-bottom renovation of their house in the Forest Hills area of Nashville, Tenn., Jennifer and Billy Frist — junior members of one of the state's best-known families — hosted a dinner party. Held in the building's 77-foot-long central corridor, the festivities had nothing to do with the philanthropic couple's involvement in the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Nashville Zoo, or the Frist Foundation, which supports local charities. Instead the investor and his wife brought together their architecture and interior design teams, plus their contractors — all of them joined by spouses or companions. More

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Gray Palette Offers Variety in Home Decor
Tulsa World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When interior designer Jennifer McMahon decided to paint her office a dark charcoal gray, everyone thought she was crazy, she said with a touch of laughter. But she brought in white furniture — the awful, brown metal desk would not work — and with the help of her interior design students at Tulsa Community College, she added accents rich in color. The result: McMahon's office is fun and energetic, and "everything looks so much brighter." More

20 Power Packed Tips to Create an Inspiring Workspace
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Surroundings can have a big impact on your mood, emotions, and productivity. When your office space feels dead and lifeless, you're employees and customers, not to mention yourself, may also feel dead and lifeless while you’re there. Create an environment where people enjoy working by following these power packed tips to develop an inspiring workspace. More

Slanted and Enchanted
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Taking inspiration from barns, warehouses, Case Study Houses, and Japanese residential architecture, architect Marcus Lee and his wife, Rachel Hart — an architectural model maker — created a unique timber-framed home in Hackney, London. The three-story house packs within its double-height ceiling five bedrooms, a study, a music room, and a mezzanine gallery while still leaving enough space for an open-plan ground floor and garden. Lee tells us how he created such a hardworking, flexible, and desirable family home. More

Home Decor Can Either Ruin Or Save Your Marriage, Apparently
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We've seen home decor do a lot of things for people. It can relax you, make you happy and even have an effect on your self-image. But can it save your marriage? According to Lauren Machling of the Wall Street Journal, perhaps it can. More

On the Periphery
Metropolis    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a designer, do you often find yourself in a scenario like this? After walking through a space, the client describes the architectural elements and tells you what's important to see, as well as how the space will be used. What the client overlooks — but designers can't — is how the space is supposed to feel via the use of lighting. More

Behr Unveils 2013 Color Trends Forecast
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BehrPro, the professional products and services division of Behr Process Corp., has introduced its 2013 color trends forecast. The company's color experts have pinpointed blue as the leading color family in 2013, featuring a diverse range of options that translate seamlessly to residential and commercial projects. More

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