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Five great reasons to register for the VIP Market Experience today
Punch your ticket, pack your bags, and get ready to join Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel, Soft Design Lab Market experts, for a fabulous week of gorgeous showrooms, innovative ideas, and inspiring individuals, April 13-18, 2018.
Deb and Jackie will take care of all the planning and logistics, and then guide you through the world's largest home furnishings event. All you have to do is enjoy the stunning new products, make great new connections, fuel your creativity – and have fun!
Set aside April 13-18 for this fabulous six day/five night event. We're sure you'll agree with past attendees who tell us this is by far the best way to experience High Point Market.
Five great reasons to register for the VIP Market Experience:
Get More Details and Register HERE.
- High Point Market - This is the most exciting home furnishings event on the continent! We'll show you the ins-and-outs, and give you VIP access to exclusive destinations where most first-time attendees simply can't get in.
- Design Inspiration - What can we say, for one week in April, High Point Market is the center of the design universe – and you can be at the center of it all.
- VIP Access - It's one thing to walk through all the amazing showrooms. It's another to meet the people behind the brands, get the backstory, understand the vision, and gain the knowledge and skills to sell and design interiors – and that's what Deb and Jackie deliver.
- We're your Personal Concierge - Soft Design Lab takes care of all of the planning. You just concentrate on enjoying the show and having a great time. Plus, your total cost will be less than you would spend on your own!
- It's tax deductible! - Not only that, but as an IDS member we have a special offer for you! VIP High Point Market Experience Tour Package (Value $1765) - Special IDS Offer $1599.00
Offer ends 2/25/2018
Italian artistry and design meets operatic performance - first time at High Point Market!
ConArte America is thrilled to announce its collaboration with designer and tenor David Santiago of Strictly Santi to create their newest collection: Bel Canto, launching this fall. Come celebrate ConArte's union of luxurious, solid wood Italian furniture with David and social media goddess, soprano Stacy Dove, for an evening of Italian culture, music, and celebration. Eat, drink, and enjoy a serenade of operatic highlights. 7pm - 9pm, April 14; ConArte America Showroom: 827 W Green Dr, High Point. Free parking.
Registration is now open for our annual conference. The conference is April 30 - May 2 in beautiful Savannah, Ga. Register early, last year our room block sold out! Click here for the conference website.
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Barbara Roth featured in Kitchen & Bath Business
Designer Barbara Roth is a sucker for renovating an old Victorian house, so it was lucky that a couple in Beacon, N.Y. - the wife a dear friend of hers - owned such a home and were in need of a new kitchen. The results can been seen in this article, from the January 2018 edition of Kitchen & Bath Business.
IDS Associate Beth Krupa designs innovative Imagine Lab
The Imagine Lab is a unique facility in Stamford, Connecticut that combines elite real estate training with state-of-the-art technology and client-based hospitality education. Designed by Beth Krupa, a three-time nationally awarded interior designer, the Lab is crafted with dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection. It's more than just the best place to work; it is a movement towards humanizing work. Designed with a real estate office of the future in mind, the space looks to empower agents to better connect to their clients by showcasing home design concepts with education. See more about the Imagine Lab here.
Molloy Student, Alum cash in at Swatched2017
On Oct. 10, IDS Long Island held its 2nd annual Swatched2017 event at the beautiful Zicana stone showroom in Westbury, New York. This was a fun filled evening where professional and student interior designers competed before a panel of celebrity judges to create a design board in just one hour.
Nichole Garofalo from the Design Program at Molloy College was chosen as the student winner. This was the second consecutive year that a student from the IDS Molloy Student Chapter won in this category. A former member of the chapter, Ellen Miller, took the first prize in the designer category.
"This was an exciting evening, not only because of the winners, but because their was such a good turnout of present and former Molloy students who competed,” said Marie Byrne, Faculty Adviser, IDS Molloy Student Chapter.
Penhaglion designs, manufactures and presents some of the most creative cast iron bathtub ‘works of art’ in the World. Our attention to detail is unmatched in the industry. Each Penhaglion bathtub offers a lifetime of enjoyment and is the epitome of charm and outstanding beauty.
Barbara Gilbert Interiors earns 2018 Top Choice award in Dallas
Hundreds of talented interior designers in DFW make the region one of the top design markets in the country, so it’s a particular honor that Barbara Gilbert Interiors won the prestigious Top Choice Award for 2018 as a favorite DFW interior design company. Top Choice Awards conducts an annual survey across North America asking consumers to vote for their top choice for their city in a variety of categories.
New York Chapter President Julie Schuster joins House Tipster
At the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando, House Tipster had the unique opportunity to talk at length with five of the nation’s most renowned, well-revered and knowledgeable interior designers. IDS New York Chapter President Julie Schuster joined the conversation to discuss kitchen and bath trends for 2018. You can read the article here, or watch the video feature here.
Long Island Chapter member Wendy Interiors Inc. featured in LI Home
Long Island Chapter member Wendy Interiors Inc. was recently featured in a writeup in Newsday's LI Home section, including the cover photo. The article discusses the current trend of wild, mixed patterns for spring 2018. "It's fun to create bold, unexpected moments," Wendy Lepkoff said in the article, which can be seen here.
Learn how you can make an IMPACT in your community through our new charitable design initiative #idsIMPACT. We are pleased to have Make-A-Wish and Dwell with Dignity as collaborating organizations of this program. Click here to see IDS members who are already making an IMPACT!
Molloy Students Overhaul Chairs for 'Chairity'
Students from the IDS Molloy Student Chapter have volunteered their services
in the design of the dining room at the Edna Moran Family Shelter at the INN.
The Mary Brennan INN of Long Island is a non-profit organization that provides
food, shelter and long-term housing as well as support services to people who
seek help and has a dedicated staff and volunteers.
In order to raise money, the students had a "Chairity" fundraiser May 10. They took discarded chairs, re-purposed them and auctioned them off at the event. There were 20 chairs, and there were also baskets donated for the raffle. It was a very successful event, raising $6800.
All IDS members receive a complementary subscription to Window Fashion Vision. Click here to subscribe.
The Interior Design Society has joined The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), effective Jan. 1. Click here to learn more.
Information on CEU change for IDS Associate members
As of January 1, 2017, IDS Associate members must earn a minimum of 0.4 (4 hours) approved continuing education units (CEU) each year. Please make note of the following helpful information regarding CEUs and CEU filing to maintain your Associatel level membership in IDS.
IDS bylaws and policies require Professional and Associate members to meet the continuing education requirement. The IDS continuing education requirement is separate from any mandated continuing education requirement in your local jurisdiction. Check with your state regulatory board for requirements.
IDS members must utilize the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) registry to file CEUs. Each IDS member must create a free account through IDCEC. Once you have created your IDCEC account, you will receive a unique IDCEC number to login into the IDCEC website (your IDCEC number is different than your IDS member number). The IDCEC user registry allows you to upload and track your continuing education activity as well as store a record for you under your account. Check your IDCEC account regularly to ensure your records are up-to-date. At the end of each CEU cycle, you will be required to submit your IDCEC report to the IDS National office to verify that you have fulfilled your CEU requirement.
IDS may grant an adjustment to the requirement for individuals experiencing poor health, certified by a physician; a specific physical or mental disability, certified by an appropriate health care professional; extended duty with the armed forces; or for extreme hardship, which, in the board’s judgment, makes it impossible for the member to comply. Requests for an adjustment to the continuing education requirement must be made at least two months (by October 30) prior to the end of the current reporting period.
At the end of a reporting period, members who have failed to meet the CEU requirements will be subject to a non-compliance fee ($10 per CEU). Any member who fails to comply with the continuing education requirement, including payment of the noncompliance fee, may be subject to devaluation of Professional membership.
Tobi U offers Tobi Fairley’s signature foundational courses on the business of design in an online format! They include the best of Tobi’s tools and techniques that have transformed design businesses across the country and you can now earn up to 0.8 CEUs.
Tobi U courses are set up in 2 bundles:
The content for each module includes videos, webinars, podcasts, and downloadable PDFs. Click here to get started today!
- Semester One – The Essentials
Created for designers at any experience level, these 8 modules focus on the essentials for your business, including branding, niche strategy, financials, time management, selling your services, and marketing.
- Semester Two – The Solutions
Building on Semester 1's courses, the 8 modules in this semester offer next-step solutions for finding your ideal client, charging what you’re worth, building processes and systems, perfecting presentations, and getting published.
The Interior Design Society has announced that the exclusive IDS Buyers’ Guide
— the premier resource of relevant products and services for interior design professionals — is now
available at the IDS website at www.interiordesignsociety.org .
If your company or business has not yet taken advantage of this exceptional opportunity to highlight
your products and services in the Guide, it is not too late! To learn more about advertising your products
or services in this exclusive Guide, please email email@example.com or click here.
Please call IDS Membership Manager, Della Swider at 336-884-4437 ext. 223 for information. If you are an active member of IDS National, join our closed Facebook group to connect with members across the country! Click here to join the group.
Concrete Decor magazine, the concrete industry's premier magazine for all things decorative concrete is offering IDS members the chance to subscribe free to their magazine. Click here to read their current issue that features an article about how decorative concrete is carving its way into the design community.
If you are interested in obtaining a membership certificate or replacement membership card, please email 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.
Cinder blocks are everywhere. You see them on the exteriors of homes and commercial buildings, as barriers for landscapes, even on the side of the freeway as a security wall. But arguably the best member of the cinder block family is the breeze block, more commonly known in the U.S. as the screen block.
The New York Times
For all their outdated associations (rising gas prices during the Carter administration helped to doom them as weekend retreats), A-frames can, in fact, be made strikingly modern. Like Mr. Potato Head, a basic form allows for add-ons: floor-to-ceiling windows, second-story decks, solar panels, cozy front porches. They are also economical, environmentally low-impact and cute like tiny houses. But today’s design cognoscenti may like the modest dwellings for the simple reason an earlier generation did. As Mr. Randl put it, “A-frames are distinctive looking.”
In the 1950s, nuclear families represented 43 percent of American households. Now, they account for 20 percent. And while lifestyles and statistics have evolved over the years, the country’s housing supply, for the most part, has not. “People now live with roommates, they live with adult family members, they have their mother move in with them, their adult children stay at home — you really see a big range of people sharing their homes of all incomes and ages,” said Sarah Watson, deputy director of Citizens Housing & Planning.
Tom Dixon has been at the forefront of furniture and interior design for the past three decades. The famously self-taught designer led the creative team at British furniture retailer Habitat before creating his eponymous brand in 2002, which is now featured in showrooms from Reykjavik to Tehran.
Interiors + Sources
Design has the power to change lives and transform the shape of the world. That is not hyperbole or an exaggeration of design’s abilities. The Environmental Protection Agency stated as of July 28, 2017, Americans spend 93 percent of their time indoors and in cars. Except for the instances in which one may take a vacation into nature, the other 7 percent of people’s lives spent out of doors means that the built environment still surrounds them: urban design, signage, architecture, etc.
Terrazzo is back and better than ever, says Pinterest (and zero janitors). But with any great revival comes a solid reinvention: Enter Marmoreal, an engineered marble that’s slowly coming to a countertop near you.
Interior trends may fly under the radar, while architectural trends have a lasting impact in the built environment. Even new visitors and residents will notice that Southwest Florida was swept by an architectural trend in Mediterranean design, not once, but twice: during a brief spurt in the 1920s and a long ride that began in the late 1990s. Interior trends may fly under the radar, while architectural trends have a lasting impact in the built environment. Even new visitors and residents will notice that Southwest Florida was swept by an architectural trend in Mediterranean design, not once, but twice: during a brief spurt in the 1920s and a long ride that began in the late 1990s.
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