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Tour the Sets of 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Gravity, The Great Gatsby, and Her
Architectural Digest
A futuristic, technology-driven Los Angeles. The unforgiving world of astronauts and spacecraft. The antebellum South. Glamorous 1970s Manhattan. Long Island's Gold Coast during the Jazz Age. Moviegoers were treated to a wealth of cinematic eye candy this past year. The talented production designers and set decorators who created the celluloid worlds of the films Her, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, and The Great Gatsby are vying for the Oscar for best production design on Sunday, March 2. And if you’re into Oscar handicapping, here's a tip — all of the films but The Great Gatsby are nominated for Best Picture.
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The 3 Musts for an Effective Landing Page
Small Business Trends
A landing page is a single webpage where you want potential customers to land in order to capture leads for sales. There are many different features you can include on a landing page. You likely want to include enough information to capture interest and drive sales, but not enough to distract them from your main point.
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A Colorful French Home with a Child-like Spirit
Design Sponge
Lisa Sanchis is a French graphic designer who mostly works in the realm of publishing. She creates books for children (fabric books in particular) and is also the author of sewing books. As a soon-to-be mom, her latest book is about creating things from fabric to decorate children’s rooms.
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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.

Casual Living is currently surveying designers about contract/hospitality design for an upcoming feature. Click here if you are interested in participating.

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.

A major cable network is searching for the next stars of a brand new competition show from the Producers of Chopped and Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off! Casting is currently underway nationwide.

The network is seeking teams of two – couples, family members, best friends, etc. – who have the PASSION and SKILLS for flipping, renovating, and designing houses. Teams should have a strong eye for design as well as the hands-on renovation skills it takes to transform a property from drab to fab. For more information or to apply for casting, click 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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Designer of the Year Award winner Wendy Lepkoff (owner of Wendy Interiors) won 3rd place in the Kitchens $50,000 & Under category. She put together a wonderful marketing video about the awards ceremony. Click here to view it now.

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!

Hunter Douglas   Sherwin-Williams   Surya   Dream Draper   Ferguson Enterprises   Greenhouse Fabrics   HomeStory   Karndean Designflooring   Luxe Home LLC   PPG Industries   Pratt and Lambert Paints   Sun Delivery  


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
Restoration Oak, Inc. - PID Sterling - Glen Cove, N.Y.

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.



Edgar Allan Poe, Interior Design Critic
Smithsonian Magazine
In Edgar Allan Poe's short story "Landor's Cottage," the author paints an idealized picture of his own New York Cottage. He describes the building in painstaking — some might even say excruciating — detail, but Poe also devotes a short paragraph to cottage's furnishings. "On the floor was an ingrain carpet, of excellent texture - a white ground, spotted with small circular green figures. At the windows were curtains of snowy white jaconet muslin: they were tolerably full, and hung decisively, perhaps rather formally, in sharp, parallel plaits to the floor - just to the floor. … "
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Dipped in Chocolate: Monochromatic Rooms
Smooth and dreamy, chocolate brown works just like a stark black in the world of interior design, but it's much softer and more versatile in the realm of style genres. From the bedroom to the living room, you can use a creamy, chocolatey shade to create a dark and dramatic look that still has a touchable essence. Take a look at some of the stylish, monochromatic rooms we found dipped in chocolate!
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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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Luxury Living Makes Its Return — With a Twist
By Michael J. Berens
Inconspicuous consumption dominated affluent consumers' buying habits during the recent recession. McMansions, flashy cars and lavish vacation homes were out. Luxury buyers contented themselves with more modest purchases. As the economic recovery has taken hold, however, wealthy consumers have expressed their confidence by returning to big-ticket spending. Sales of large and expensive homes have increased markedly throughout the country in recent months, driven by greater economic stability, attractive pricing and plentiful inventories.
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You're Winning Customers But Are You Following Up?
Experts have long said that it's less expensive to win new customers back than to try to win over new ones. Existing customers already know about your company, so there's no need to shell out money on advertising and marketing to tell them about you.
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Colors to Incorporate Into Your Home
The Washington Post
No color is off limits for a brave decorator. Over the years, The Washington Post has asked designers for advice on how to use a whole rainbow of hues in the home.
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A White Bathroom Done Right
The Wall Street Journal
As long as there has been indoor plumbing, there have been white bathrooms, perhaps because the color most associated with cleanliness also makes a small room feel less cramped. Interior designer Jennifer Eisenstadt stuck to the traditional, hygienic hue when she renovated a no-frills space in her 1844 Brooklyn Heights brownstone, but gave it a patterned spin.
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6 Easy Ways to Help Your Crappy Memory
When lost car keys, missed appointments, and forgotten passwords are every day occurrences, it gets frustrating. If your memory isn't as good as it used to be, as good as you'd like it to be, here are some of my favorite easy ways to compensate for a "less than perfect" memory.
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7 Hyper-Inspiring Designer Bookshelves
ELLE Decor
Wishing your bookshelves looked a little more … polished? These seven, by interior designers across the country, provide the perfect inspiration.
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How to Work Closely with Interior Designers
CE Pro
One of the direct benefits of being involved in the lighting and shade control business is the interaction with interior designers. Much like architects, builders, electricians, general contractors and real estate professionals, designers are a coveted trade for integrators to establish relationships with. According to the 2013 CE Pro Readership Study, integrators say that 6.5 percent of the time an interior designer has the final say on product selection.
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