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John Legend, Adam Levine, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and More Famous Musicians At Home
Architectural Digest
These 16 talented performers are as creative at home as they are onstage. Tour the impressive pads behind the legends, culled from Architectural Digest's archives. Lionel Richie, for instance, enlisted architect Robert Attree and designers Peter Schifando and J. Jonathan Joseph to renovate his Italian Renaissance Revival home in Beverly Hills, which had been designed for Carrie Guggenheim in 1929 by architects Harry Koerner and William J. Gage. The singer-songwriter used his extensive travels as inspiration for the decor of the house, which he sees as a respite from his chaotic schedule.
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Filing Small Biz Taxes Early? 5 Things to Know via FOX Small Business
Filing season is officially upon us. Yes, April 15 is still months away, but the IRS has begun accepting 2013's returns, and millions of Americans are getting ready to file their taxes. However, tax law can still be extremely complicated, especially for small business owners.
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Interior Design Men Can Get Behind
The Wall Street Journal
Straight men have a terrible reputation when it comes to décor. It's assumed that they're either indifferent — living amid cruel amounts of chintz in a "whatever you want, honey" way — or energetically tasteless, as evidenced by their infamous man caves. In the 2012 Man Cave of the Year, chosen by, a suit of armor coexists with plastic toy cars, British pub paraphernalia and a red fire hydrant. It appears to have been decorated by someone who may not be the sharpest Swiss Army knife in the drawer.
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The Interior Design Society’s focus in 2014 will be building community and relationships. Learn why IDS is where you belong by clicking here.

Interested in participating in Design for a Difference? Visit and like their Facebook fan page for more updates and information on how to enter! Design for a Difference entry dates are Feb. 1-June 1. Enter at! Learn more about Design for a Difference by clicking here.

2014 membership cards are currently being processed in the order that renewals were received, beginning with those who renewed as early as August 2013. If you have not already received your 2014 membership card, you can expect to receive it in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience!

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IDS National Sponsor, HomeStory had locations in Kentucky and Austin receive the Best Of Houzz 2014 Award. Click here to read more.

Did you miss our National Conference in Las Vegas? Fret no more, you can view coverage of the conference in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The article titled "Life is better by design" can be viewed by clicking here.

Jason Clifton of Bauer Clifton Interiors was featured in the Juneau Empire for winning three Designer of the Year Awards! Click here to read more.

Two of our very own IDS designers, Jason Clifton of Bauer Clifton Interiors in Juneau, Alaska, and Donna Hoffman of Interiors by Donna Hoffman in Philadelphia, were featured in an article providing tips to warm up your home. Click here to read more!

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New Partners in Design
Abbey Carpet + Floor - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
The Print Shop - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
Bay Cabinetry & Design Studio - PID Sterling - Traverse City, Mich.
RCS Wood Crafters, LLC - PID Sterling - Hialeah, Fla.
Icings, LLC - PID Sterling - Portland, Ore.
Elite Innovations - PID Sterling - Plano, Texas
Flooring Innovations - PID Sterling - La Quinta, Calif.
Kufri Life Fabrics - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Cabinets of the Desert - PID Sterling - Palm Desert, Calif.
Calico - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Hudson's Furniture - PID Sterling - Sarasota, Fla.
Inside Plants, Inc. - PID Sterling - Palm Springs, Calf.
Knoxville Wholesale Furniture - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.
Long Island Photo Gallery - PID Sterling - Islip, N.Y.
Selective Sculptures Kitchen & Bath Design Center - PID Sterling - Coram, N.Y.
The Ulster Linen Company - PID Sterling - Islip, N.Y.
Wendistry - PID Sterling - Frisco, Texas

The IDS National staff would like to extend a BIG thank you to all of our speakers and to all of you who attended our National Conference. We enjoyed meeting everyone! We would especially like to thank our conference sponsors: Wayfair, LLC.,, International Design Guild and International Market Centers. Be on the lookout for details on our next conference!

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Chapter Award Winners!

  • Chapter of the Year: IDS Long Island
  • Outstanding Charity Event: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth and IDS Fort Myers
  • Outstanding Networking Event: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Excellence in Membership Marketing Communications: IDS Naples
  • Excellence in Programs and Educational Activities: IDS Naples
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.

10 Round Soaking Tubs for 2
The ultimate bathing luxury? A free-standing, round bathtub built for two. Here are 10 in serenely romantic settings.

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Stories Boards Tell — And How To Untell Them
By Michael J. Berens
Keeping board members on track is never easy, but what do you do when your board falls prey to misinformation — in particular, misinformation of their own making?

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Record a Video to Market Your Business — A Video Tutorial to Getting Started
Video marketing expert Denise O'Berry joins Sarah Santacroce for a fun and informative tutorial on getting started with video to build your brand and grow your small business.

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Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website through the LMS link!

There are several available webinars by Tobi Fairley, each are worth 0.1 CEU. A new Tobi Fairley webinar was just posted, "How to Determine Your Staffing Needs." This session addresses designers who may be confused about when and how to hire people to handle a portion of the work for their design firm. If you need to know how best to keep your operation "lean and mean" yet still highly productive, this webinar will provide you with helpful information. Join Tobi Fairley for this training on determining your staffing needs and then taking action to get the job done!

Visit the IDS website to learn more!

Visit the IDS National blog to view photographs of the DotY Award Winners' designs by clicking here.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Designer of the Year Award Winners!

Click here for a complete list of winners.

In 2014, IDS will be issuing new membership cards. Similar to a credit card, these cards are much more durable. You can expect to receive your 2014 membership card in January. Due to the change in how our membership cards will be made, there will be a $10 replacement fee (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.

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Eco-Friendly Choices in Window Coverings

This one-hour webinar gives an overview of important health and environmental issues related to home furnishings, including problems with indoor air quality, climate change, toxic waste, and water conservation. Learn what problems we in home furnishings can most readily impact, especially in our choices in window coverings. SFC member and window covering expert, Bernadette Upton of EcoDecor discusses in-depth eco-friendly choices in window coverings, including products that dramatically increase the energy-efficiency and "breathability" of the home.

Bernadette is a LEED AP, an ASID Fellow, a founding member of ASID's Sustainable Design Council, and a Founder of Sustainable Furnishings Council.

Content also includes info about getting the most out of SFC membership and a of synopsis of GREENleaders, the industry first certified sustainability training course. This webinar is intended to give participants useful information you can begin using in your business immediately.



14 Fashion Designers' Dining Rooms
ELLE Decor
See how top tastemakers entertain in style with our roundup of today's chicest dining rooms, such as fashion designer Cynthia Rowley's floral oasis.
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The Weekly Habit That Will Push You to Peak Performance
Most of us have the desire to be high-performing. The alternative is boredom and less personal pride. Entrepreneurs especially, with their names on the sign, aim high. In 15 minutes a week, you can get closer to your optimal work life.
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Kitchen, Bath Design Trends Take a Minimalist, Hassle-Free Turn
Los Angeles Times
Tuscan, provincial and country-rustic looks are fading in popularity in kitchens and baths, and contemporary designs with clean lines, minimal ornamentation and easy maintenance are rapidly taking their place, according to a style report released by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
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Outlook Improving for Interior Designers and Contractors
By Michael J. Berens
Early projections for building and remodeling activity suggest business should improve for interior designers and contractors across all industry sectors in 2014. Although extreme wintry weather in many parts of the United States and a slackening in the global economy could lower initial expectations, indicators are strong for a continued and improved recovery. Residential activity will lead the recovery, with both new home construction and remodeling spending expected to increase this year.
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The 21 Coolest Things To Do With A Kitchen
The Huffington Post
Kitchens are often seen as an "investment" in one's house. If you're looking to sell, a relatively neutral (granite counters, stainless steel, etc.) kitchen will often make your property more attractive to potential buyers. But safe can be a little boring, don't you think? Check out these 21 kitchens that took a risk.
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The Pitfalls of Personal Branding
One of the key tenets of personal branding is to build an identity that stands out and gets noticed. At least, that's the theory. The problem is that the pursuit of attention can be a slippery slope that ends with your virtual persona doing serious damage to your real reputation.
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Ecletic in New Orleans
Design Sponge
This New Orleans home comes to us from Logan Killen Interiors, a New Orleans design firm founded in 2012 by Katie Logan and Jensen Killen. In addition to working on residential and small commercial projects, Katie also owns See Scout Sleep, a line of pet products made in Louisiana. This home belongs to Amber and Jacob Donnes, a couple who purchased the home just one year ago, but needed some help in transforming the house filled with furniture from college into a relaxed and happy home.
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Enough with the Motivational Home Decor
Are the cushions telling you something? Is the wall hanging reminding you to breathe? Did your coffee cup just advise you to stay calm? You don't need a collection of the latest interior design magazines to tell you that the wordy home decor trend is in full swing.
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5 Essential Steps to Success in Social Media Marketing
Business 2 Community
Social media accounts for 27 percent of all time spent online and has become a popular way for customers to discover and research brands, and for marketers to reach out to potential customers. 93 percent of marketers currently say they use social media for business, and in 2013 there was a surge in popularity of new networks like Pinterest, Vine, and Instagram.
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