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How to Make Pinterest the Star of Your Social-Media Efforts
No time or resources to create or enhance your presence on Pinterest? Here are a few stats that might just change your mind. According to Sprout Insights, Pinterest's share of social-media referrals soared from .68 percent to a whopping 26 percent in just one year, generating more than 400 percent more revenue per click than Twitter and 27 percent more than Facebook.
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5 Game-Changing Design Innovations
Interiors & Sources
If there's one immutable rule of the digital age, it's that innovation never stops. Five recent breakthroughs promise to change everything from how we design buildings to how we power them.
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Are You a Rule Breaker?
Small Business Trends
There is no shortage of award programs honoring entrepreneurs, but most measure revenue or growth. While this is not a bad thing, entrepreneurs deserve to be recognized for other contributions. They should be celebrated for things they don't do.
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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.

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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Cheryl Lee Smith, Designer of the Year Award winner, was featured in the March issue of At Home Tennessee& Mid South Magazine 2014 (see page 50). Click here to read the article.

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.

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
Cosentino - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
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.
Barnes Piano, LLC - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Benjamin Moore - PID Sterling - Mesquite, 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.

11 Ways to Cultivate and Maintain Important Contacts through Email
Under 30 CEO
Did you know that roughly 91 percent of people log onto their email accounts on a daily basis? This significant figure explains why email marketing ranks so high (3rd place) when it comes to the best way to generate leads for marketers. They're responsible for approximately 13 percent of leads generated.

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11 Fresh Bedroom Trends in 2014 You Must See
The bedroom; one of the most sacred rooms of the house and one of the rooms where we spend the most time (even if it's to merely sleep). It can also be one of the few room where you can design and decorate it to meet your particular tastes, and not have to worry what Tom, Dick and Harry thinks, as they'll never see it.

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Actors' Living Rooms
Architectural Digest
See where stars of stage and screen kick back at home.

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London Calling!

Join us on a five night stay in the heart of London, England, Sept. 19-24, to experience one of the top interior design shows in the world - Decorex 2014! You'll also have the opportunity to experience 100% Design, the largest professional trade design show in the U.K. Held at Earls Court, you'll see the latest in today's design world.

The tour will be led by Deb Barrett, Speaker, Trend Strategist, Consultant and Coach, Window Fashion Expert/Design Entrepreneur - owner of Window Dressings, Inc., Design Blogger at Design Confidential. Deb will take you to Decorex as a group where you will have the opportunity to explore the sights and sounds this show has to offer!

Please click here for more information.

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!

Join Cosentino for an event in the D.C. area on March 13:
Get ready for a fun learning experience! Meet the experts for a hands on learning program.
Click here for more information and to RSVP

Join Terri Taylor for her Presentation "Designing for Dollars 3.0 LIVE!
" at the Sheraton Four Seasons, Greensboro, N.C., April 3 and 4, (High Point market starts on April 5). Additionally … Sacred Money Archetypes VIP Day, April 2. Click here for more information and to register.

WCAA Chicagoland Chapter Hosts Jody Seivert, Renowned Professional Business Coach
Join WCAA for an outstanding educational CEU-accredited seminar with Jody Seivert: Probing and Prioritizing, Pricing and Profitability. You will learn how to best qualify prospects, develop a fool-proof questionnaire, and decipher mark ups/mark downs to increase your bottom line.
When: Friday April 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT
Where: Holiday Inn, 1000 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Click here more information and to register.

Attend NeoCon (in Chicago. June 9 -11), North America's largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with nearly 100 CEU-accredited seminars, association forums and top-notch keynote speakers. Discover thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate, hospitality, health care, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors. Click here for more information and to register.

Get ready for High Point Furniture Market April 5 – April 10! Click here for more information and to register.

Educational Opportunities at High Point Market
Attend the following IDS sponsored events at High Point Market:

Sherwin-Williams will present "Seeing Red", a 1 Credit Hour CEU, at Surya Showroom, Tuesday April 8.

Designers in search of CEU credit should take note of "Understanding Your Value as a Designer: Bigger Fees and Better Clients" with Terri Taylor, ASID, IDS on Sunday morning, April 6, at 9:30 a.m. Attendees will earn one CEU credit. A light breakfast will be served. The presentation will be given in The Antique & Design Center at Market Square.

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.

The IDS Buyers Guide is live! To find preferred IDS vendors, look for the IDS logo in their listing. Click here to view the IDS Buyers Guide.

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.

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    11 Fresh Bedroom Trends in 2014 You Must See (freshome)
Actors' Living Rooms (Architectural Digest)
11 Ways to Cultivate and Maintain Important Contacts through Email (Under 30 CEO)

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6 Tips for Wooing Customers With an Enchanting Business Blog
Let's admit it. Blogging can be difficult. And we all wonder sometimes whether it’s worth all the effort. Can you really create a business blog that generates an endless stream of leads and customers? Can you write a business blog so good that readers desperately want to work with you and buy from you?
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Kids' Room Renovation
A baby's arrival is cause for celebration—and for many, it's also a time to confront limited living space. For one Parisian couple, living in a cramped but loved apartment in the 10th arrondissement with a 4-year-old, a new baby on the way, and one tiny bedroom to work with, a space-saving solution was needed badly.
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The Best Ways to Hide Radiators
The Wall Street Journal
Be they hydronic (hot water), steam or electric, these heaters are rarely pretty. Some interior designers, like Manhattanite Alexa Hampton, enlist custom paneling to hide conventional wall radiators.
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Wallpapers Worth Sticking With
The Washington Post
These days wallpaper is on a roll (pun intended). Retailers such as CB2, West Elm, Ballard Designs, and Anthropologie, as well as a myriad of online sources — not to mention the classic trade-only sources — sell wall coverings that range in design from the dynamic to the demure, from the natural to the photo-realistic. In part, this craze can be chalked up to fashion; prints are hot.
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Philanthropist Edgar Bronfman's Penthouse Lists for $65 Million
Three months after the death of the mega-rich Edgar Bronfman, the children of the Canadian-born businessman/philanthropist have listed his longtime Central Park-adjacent penthouse for $65 million.
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15 Hottest Fresh Bathroom Trends in 2014
When we truly give time to thinking about how to solve painful problems, we envision sound and sometimes creative solutions which will solve problems. Let's admit it, with the noise and mental stimuli which our minds are addicted to (i.e. cellphones), it's difficult to enter into a place of deep thinking and meditation. People are now realizing the need to find an escape, away from technology, a place to relax, think, recharge and claim authority over a run away, cloudy neurosis.
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Dissatisfaction With Remodelers Creates Opportunity for Designers
By Michael J. Berens    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Home remodeling and improvement services have a bad reputation with consumers. According to a recent survey, home remodeling and improvement services ranked only slightly above government services for meeting customers' expectations. That's bad news for remodelers, but it could be good news for designers. Clearly the home remodeling and improvement industry has some work to do to earn consumers' respect and trust. That provides an opportunity for designers, who do have the knowledge, experience and project management skills to meet and exceed consumers' expectations. More

Domino's Spring Issue is Here and It's All About Color!
So Haute
The new, Spring issue of Domino is here! … Nick Olsen is such a whiz when it comes to using color and in this Upper East Side project he worked with a neutral backdrop and utilized textiles to bring the space alive with color.
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