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Outdoor living space becoming popular
among homeowners

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Outdoor-living-space designers say homeowners are installing everything from fire pits to outdoor kitchens to designer pools. Some homeowners spend as much as $250,000 on elaborate outdoor kitchens with multiple cooking and seating areas and outdoor appliances such as refrigerators and icemakers. But smaller-scale projects, such as adding a patio, bench and fire pit, are most popular among homeowner. More

Houzz 2012 'Best of Remodeling' Award Winner

Congratulations to IDS Member, Jeanette Forney Van Wicklen, who was voted as a winner of a Houzz 2012 "Best of Remodeling" Award by the Houzz Community!

View Jeanette Van Wicklen's Award Winning Photos

 2011 IDS DotY Spotlight

2011 IDS DotY Spotlight:

Congratulations to
Denise Piaschyk,
Winner of the Category, Kitchens $50,000 and Under



Authentic Kitchen & Bathroom Surfaces
Cosentino Spring 11 Series features the addition of three new choices to its extensive collection of quartz countertop materials. Design inspired, the latest offerings include Rosso Monza, a vibrant red; White Platinum, a stark hue with flecks of silver, and Cemento, a tarmac gray. The quartz countertops are naturally non-porous and scratch, stain and heat –resistant.

 Shop IDS Partners in Design

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Home Decorators Collection-Platinum Caesarstone-Sterling
Collins Brothers-Sterling A Smooth Move Moving & Storage-Sterling
Sans Souci Sisters-Sterling Shoreline Reflections/Custom Shower Doors-AP- Smithtown, N.Y.
Faux Finishes-AP - Cave Creek, Ariz. Lighting Gallery, Inc.-AP- Huntington Station, N.Y.
Classic Restaurant Supply, LLC-AP - Hartford, Conn. House + Earth-AP - Austin, Texas
David's Abbey Carpet & Floors-AP - Knoxville, Tenn. Good Guys Contracting Corp.-AP - Deer Park, N.Y.
The Carpet Cleaning Guy-AP - Massapequa, N.Y. Energy Control Consultants, Inc.-AP - Powell, Tenn.
Robb & Stucky International-HFRS - Fort Myers, Fla.

Tip of the Week:

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dare to dream in color
Add a splash of color, create some drama, dare to step out from the norm. Access Lighting presents-Lacey; Laser cut metal pendants, sconces and flush mounts that you can custom color. Lacey - so you too can dream in color! more

 IDS Education

Upcoming IDS Webinars
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
12 - 1:30pm EST

Confident Consultations, Personalized Concepts
Presented by JoAnne Lenart-Weary
.1 CEU

No matter what your specialty, it begins with the consultation. It helps you connect, establish credibility, gather information, start the sales process and implement relationship marketing. JoAnne Lenart-Weary will share her tried and true proprietary system in this interactive presentation to help understand your clients desires, even when they don't think they know what they want. Use the process to quickly select fabrics, design concepts, and most of all, increase profits. Learn how to eliminate 75 percent of colors in 90 seconds, get an accurate budget, and how five little words can impact the process. See it in action with Olioboard.

IDS Members - $29
Non Members - $39

Register Online

Thursday, April 12, 2012
12 - 1:30pm EST

Take It Outdoors!
Presented by Anita Boetsma
.1 CEU

The outdoor arena has become an incredible opportunity for the design professional. Today's wonderful and durable fabrics have created unlimited potential for the knowledgeable designer. This class covers a range of topics on outdoor products. Fabric and hardware options will be covered as well as style and design ideas. Learn what to specify and where to get it. Make this area a specialty in your business!

IDS Members - $29
Non Members - $39

Register Online

IDS High Point Market Seminars
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Seminar Spotlight:

Sunday, April 22, 2012
2 – 3 pm

Let's Get it Together…Making the New Technology Work For You
Speaker: Greg Wyers, LHI Design
Location: Interior Design Society, IDS Seminar Room, Radio Building, 8th Floor, 164 S Main St, High Point

Individually, designers don't do a ton of business…COLLECTIVELY, designers are bigger than the biggest furniture retailer. It's time we pooled our talents, our purchasing, our strengths to our benefit. Make the new technology work for you instead of the other way around. Knowing what you should be doing with your website and social media is one thing, having the time and ability to do it is something else. Learn the best way to address the challenges and reap the rewards of the technology age.

Click here for a complete list of IDS Seminars at High Point Market

Visit IDS at the Suites at Market Square during High Point Market! IDS will be on the 1st Floor, Booth # 1-413.

IWCE Vision 12 Conference
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One Badge, Two Shows!
Vision12 will be Held in conjunction with KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath's largest industry Event!

Collaborate with others. Learn from one another. Be inspired. Walk away with innovative BIG IDEAS that will transform your business, your product, yourself!

Vision 12 Website

*IDS Members receive a free one-year subscription to WF-Visions Magazine. Click here to claim your free subscription.

 Industry News

Best dressed
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The most sensational closets and dressing rooms are as stylish and versatile as the wardrobes they contain. Check out the slideshow images Elle Decor compiled. More

Paint choices: A color story told with bravado
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It was Annie Oakley and Gen. George Custer who finally helped nail the right paint color choices for Michael and Margie Golden's Alexandria home. The American icons are subjects of two Andy Warhol screen prints in the Goldens' home. Oakley's and Custer's vivid reds, yellows and bluish greens inspired the Goldens and their color consultant, Jean Molesworth Kee, to go bold for the walls. More

Don't let expenses snowball
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Expenses snowball. One expense begets another. The true cost of one object is often far greater than the initial price tag would lead you to believe. This is an important thing to understand before a founder opens up his or her checkbook to buy something for the company. More

6 exciting new takes on boring old floral
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In honor of spring, "Interiors & Sources" gathered a few examples of how some manufacturers are shaking up the traditional floral pattern and making it into something fitting for the 21st century. More

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