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'Illuminating the Future' of Lighting Design
Recently, Metropolis and Humanscale gathered a room full of designers and industry players to discuss one of the most important issues facing interior office and residential design: how to efficiently use light. A panel of experts offered insight and lively discussion about emerging lighting technologies.
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Getting Fickle Consumers to Buy Into Your Brand
While big corporations are struggling to retain customers, startups are seizing the opportunity to steal loyal consumers. Here is how they are doing it.
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Don't forget to sign-up for the Education Tour to London, Sept. 19-24. Click here for more information and to register!

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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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
FCA Design Center - PID Sterling - Naperville, Ill.
Light Source Lighting - PID Sterling - Plainfield, Ill.
Rudloff Custom Builders Inc. - PID Sterling - West Chester, Pa.
Elite Relocation Group - PID Sterling - Indio, Calif.

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.

'Illuminating the Future' of Lighting Design
Recently, Metropolis and Humanscale gathered a room full of designers and industry players to discuss one of the most important issues facing interior office and residential design: how to efficiently use light. A panel of experts offered insight and lively discussion about emerging lighting technologies.

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How to Have a Eureka Moment
Harvard Business Review
Long walks or hot showers may be where we think out best ideas come from, but those are hardly available options in the middle of a crowded workday. Luckily, research has given us some insight into how eureka moments happen — and how to make them happen more often.

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The 12 Best Apps for Remodelers
Expand your smartphone or tablet's job description with apps that turn it into a tool kit, remodeling guide, and all-around design assistant. Here are a dozen apps Remodelista finds extremely useful.

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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 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.

American Leather and Ultrasuede will Co-host an Accredited Designer Event That will focus on color research at April High Point Market

Interior designers will earn credit for participating in a High Point Market event co-sponsored by American Leather and Ultrasuede(R). The V.I.P. designer reception and educational presentation on Mon., April 7, begins at 5:45 p.m. in the upholstery manufacturer’s showroom, located on the 5th floor of the Showplace building.

The hour-long presentation, entitled "Boost Your Color I.Q.: Design Intelligence for Client Projects," begins promptly at 6:30 p.m., featuring Sally Augustin, Ph.D., principal, Design With Science. Accreditation for the presentation awarded by the IDCEC equates to .1 CEU credit for participants. Reservations are required for the limited seating event:

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.

    The 12 Best Apps for Remodelers (Remodelista)
How to Have a Eureka Moment (Harvard Business Review)
10 Tips to Give Your Business a Shot in the Arm — NOW! (AllBusiness)
Master the 'Mental Game' of Interior Design (
Wallpapers Worth Sticking With (The Washington Post)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Five Must-Have Spaces for Your Office
When it comes to great office design, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. The best work spaces have a variety of areas suited to different needs.
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Designing for Collaborative Consumers
By Michael J. Berens
If you're young and mobile — and likely strapped for cash — you don't want to be bogged down by a lot of stuff. In today's sharing economy just about anything can be rented, borrowed or bartered at a fraction of the cost to buy or the price charged by a commercial service. This collaborative consumption poses some interesting challenges for designers, not the least of which is: Is it a viable business model? Traditionally, designers are hired to perform custom work. They are masters of consumption; they know which products are the best and how to get them. But designers also are experienced collaborators.
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Sectional Sofas: Legos You Can Sit On
The New York Times
Unlike ordinary sofas, sectionals have a special ability. "They make a space within a space, always," Adam Rolston said. "They're the most architectural of interior furnishings." Rolston, 51, runs an architecture and design firm called Incorporated with Drew Stuart and Gabriel Benroth, and the three often use sectionals as a way of creating a smaller seating area within a larger space.
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Pantone's 2014 Spring Color Palette
Six Different Ways
Pantone's spring 2014 color palette not only applies to trends in fashion but also in interior design. This year, designers take a contemporary twist on traditional spring colors by pairing vivid and bright colors with soft and delicate pastels. The colors are designed to revive, refresh and defy conventional wisdom pulling inspiration from blooming flowers, travels abroad and confident women.
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How to Tame Your Workers' Wandering Eye
The job market is finally looking brighter: Recruiters are circling, pay is climbing and companies are scrambling to keep their best employees from leaving.
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