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6 Ways to Get Noticed
Effective self-promotion lies somewhere between being a wallflower and a flaming narcissist. Find the sweet spot with these tips.
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Six Different Ways
This week is both Passover and Holy Week – important holidays for many religions. Being that it is almost Easter and spring is here, this time of year always makes one think of pastel colors. … especially with home decor.
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Making People Feel Good About Doing Business With You
Business 2 Community
Customer service is what defines any business. It is a unique quality that varies from business to business, ultimately determining what it is that makes them special to the customer. Thus, it is indisputable that any brand or organization must take their ongoing relationship with the customer seriously.
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Congratulations to the newest CQRID Certified Designer!
Passing the CQRID Exam is a designation of achievement, professionalism, and dedication.
We applaud your hard work, perseverance and obvious dedication to professionalism.

Maida Korte
Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Tip of the Week:

Our room block is full; however, we still have plenty of space at the National Conference. Don't forget to reserve your seat today! Register on or before Monday, April 1 in order to avoid a late fee.

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Enter the Crate&Barrel Designer Custom Challenge

Now through April 15, we’re inviting the professional design community to create a limited collection of custom upholstery. Our favorite three original designs may be featured exclusively in our Crate and Barrel catalog, stores and website and you will receive your designed piece free.

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Hot, cold, and filtered water

ROHL's new Integrated Faucet Filtration Solution represents a major paradigm shift in the way designers and consumers think about filtered water. This innovative system eliminates a separate filter faucet, has a clean installation, and includes an optional sidespray--providing beauty and functionality in one space-saving design. Filtered water saves you money and protects the environment.

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James DeBois at 469-420-2618.

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Interior Designer Position Available. Village Design Group, Inc. is looking for an interior designer to join our design team in the Pinehurst Resort area of North Carolina. Facilities include a 12,000 square-foot interior design center and showroom with hundreds of resources including flooring, fabric, wallcovering, furniture, lighting, cabinetry, tile and more. Position is commissioned sales and includes office space, telephone, computer, work table, conference room, licensed subcontractors, warehouse, delivery and support staff. Applicants must have an interior design degree and at least five years work experience in both residential and commercial interior design. Also seeking "Work from Home" designers living in North or South Carolina. For an application or appointment, please contact Vicki Stone at 910-692-1000 or email: Village Design Group has provided interior design services for east coast clients for over 30 years. See our website for more information.


New Partners & Affiliate Partners
PPG Industries Inc., - PID Platinum - Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sub-Zero Group East LLC - PID Titanium - Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
American Lighting - AP - Knoxville, Tenn.
Azar Fine Rugs Gallery - AP - Estero, Fla.
Capital Enterprises - AP - Memphis, Tenn.
Closet Factory - AP - Portland, Ore.
Fixture - AP - Chicago, Ill.
Global Design Dealers, Inc. - AP - Danville, Calf.
Tide-mark Press - AP - Windsor, Conn.
The Creative Edge, Inc. - AP - Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
The Drapery Company - AP - Lutz, Fla.
Blind and Shutter Gallery, Inc. - AP - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Fancy Fixtures, Inc. - AP - Jericho, N.Y.
Safavieh Home Furnishing - AP - Glen Cove, N.Y.
The Firehouse Casual Living Store - AP - Charlotte, N.C.
Bradshaw Frame & Gallery Inc. - AP - Portland, Ore.
Beautiful House USA - AP - Pineville, N.C.
Pacific Shore Stones - AP - Memphis, Tenn.
Hall Street Designer Showroom - AP - Tigard, Ore.
Jeannot Fine Furniture - AP - Van Nuys, Calif.
Durango Trading Company, Inc. - HFRS - Dallas, Texas

Save the Date for the 2013 IDS National Conference!

Downtown Greensboro Marriott - Greensboro, N.C.

In conjunction with the High Point Market, April 20 - April 25

Join us to earn up to .7 CEUs and enjoy seminars featuring:

Tobi Fairley
Joni Vanderslice
Debbie Green
Michelle Lamb
Greenhouse Fabrics

Early bird pricing has ended. Don't forget to reserve your seat on or before April 1 to avoid a late registration fee.

Did you miss the Chapter Leadership 101 Training webinar? Don't worry — you can view it online!
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Online On-Demand Webinars are Here!!

IDS is proud to announce the availability of pre-recorded webinars at your convenience through our new online learning management system (LMS). We currently have seven CEU certified webinars available through our homepage ( link labeled 'LMS'. There are instructions on how to start the webinar, obtain handouts and take a quiz to show completion once you click on this link. We will have non-CEU certified webinars available after the first of the year. As live webinars are conducted through IDS, they will become available through the LMS if individuals are unable to join the live session. We also hope to premier our conference speakers through this venue in order for participants to gain wider exposure to the speaker's expertise. IDS will automatically update your CEU record when you participate in the online webinars through our LMS thus there is no need for additional CEU filing.

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

    5 Fantastic Apps for Interior Designers (DesignBuild Source)
Clients Don't Pay? What to Do About It (Inc.)
Entrance Exams: Entryways That Stand Out (ELLE Decor)
Apps to Run an Entire Business From Your Smartphone (Upstart Business Journal)
The Art Of Saying 'No' (Forbes)

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Next Generation of Style: When Design is the Family Business
ELLE Decor
Young designers are devoting themselves to carrying on their families' established brands, creating artisanal and luxurious home furnishing.

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The Versatility of Cork
For many years, cork was associated with bottle stops and worthy but dull flooring. Not anymore. Now it's the design-friendly, eco-friendly material of the moment, and it's banishing any unpleasant memories of yesteryear.

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Eliminate 1 Big Time Waste
Design Biz Blueprint
Setting boundaries with your clients around your available time is one of the most important changes you can make in your business.

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A Craving for Casual Dining Spaces
Chicago Tribune
Spurred on by practicality and an increasing recognition of more relaxed entertaining standards, dining areas are getting dressed down. Goodbye claw-foot tables and fussy buffets. Hello oversized, distressed tables that can comfortably feed a crowd.
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Forget Self-Help Books: Find a Source of True Inspiration
An inspiring story or experience has the power to change your life or reinforce the path you're already on. It really does. But different things inspire different people. Take business or self-help books, for example. They must work for somebody. Just not for everybody.
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Sailor's Delight: A Dream Home Off The Coast of Santorini
ELLE Decor
Costis Psychas was diving off the coast of Therassia, an islet in Greece's Aegean Sea, when he first spotted his future dream home. Nestled in a cove at the base of a ruddy cliff, the building had been abandoned for decades and was not much more than a pile of rubble. "I almost didn't see it at first because it was built of red volcanic stones collected from the mountain, so it blends into its environment," he says. What's more, much of the structure was under water. "Which," says this passionate sailor, "is what makes it so special."
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How to Stand Out On Social Media
The Internet's a competitive place, but you can stand out on social media with a few simple steps. Start with a name or URL that includes the search terms you want people to use to find you, advises Tamara Weintraub of online marketing firm ReachLocal.
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Cooking With Color: When to Use White in the Kitchen
Jennifer Ott, Houzz contributor and designer, discusses how to create a warm kitchen with white colors. "You can't just specify white for all the materials, fixtures and finishes and call it a day. Similar to a slim-fitting white dress or a pair of white skinny jeans, white is not the most forgiving color — when something is white, we tend to notice small details about it, like the quality of the material or texture. This is because white reflects light — unlike darker hues, which tend to absorb light. So while I might use bold, bright color to distract the eye from lower-quality or less-interesting materials."
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100 Big Ideas
Interior Design
Making the extraordinary from the ordinary by sculpting in paper, innovating in a decaying paint factory, exploring your inner child while defying gravity. These are mere morsels of the delicious — and staggeringly creative — feast Interior Design serves up in its Big Ideas issue.
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Are you ready to make a commitment to your professionalism?

The CQRID Exam is the only accredited exam offered exclusively for Residential Interior Designers.

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Designer David Jimenez's Top 5 Cocktail Party Tips
Architectural Digest
David Jimenez can throw a party. As vice president of visual merchandising and store design for Hallmark Cards, you might think he'd be spent at the end of the day, zapped of energy and creative juice. Not so.
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How to Host a Successful Reddit AMA
What was once a fascinating yet relatively obscure subsection on a fledgling social news site is now one of the most coveted interview spots in our media world. Properly done, the Reddit AMA (short for "Ask Me Anything") can generate hundreds of thousands of impressions and drive fans into a frenzy. It can reinvigorate an established persona or hoist a completely obscure or unusual person into the Internet spotlight.
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Jewelry Designer Amanda Keidan: A House That Sparkles
Los Angeles Times
As a designer of custom jewelry, Amanda Keidan sometimes takes delicate vintage pieces and reworks them into intricately sculptured, modern collections. The same could be said for her sunny, art-filled Venice home, where gold accents blend with sparkling glass, and vintage barrel chairs share the living room floor with new Ikea ottomans and a cool lamp bought off the flash sales site Gilt.
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