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4 Social Media Practices that Boost Results
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Here's the reality and the truth … social media is NOT a fad. It has done nothing but grow in use and popularity since its inception. And now, in 2012, people are going beyond blogging and beyond simply posting photos and videos and are embracing new devices and experiences in the social media world. Everything from the cloud and niche social sites to social TV and social shopping are the new frontiers. More

Houzz 2012 'Best of Remodeling' Award Winner

Congratulations to IDS Member, Olga Adler, who was voted as a winner of a Houzz 2012 'Best of Remodeling' Award by the Houzz Community!

View Olga Adler's Award Winning Photos

 2011 IDS DotY Spotlight

2011 IDS DotY Spotlight:

Congratulations to
Nicole Yee,
Winner of the Category, Kitchens $50,000 and Above



Have You Been Published or Won a Design Award?
Attention Active IDS Members: Have you been published? Have you won a design award? If so, please let the IDS National Office know via email, and we will put you in an issue of Hot Topics! Please send the following information in your email: Name of Publication or Design Award; your name; a brief description of an article, design, or award; and a link to the published work. Please send all information to Abbie Emms at

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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.

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To earn a free IDS Membership in 2013, all you need to do is recruit three new members! Recruit more than three new members and be entered into a special bonus drawing.

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 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.
Kem Tex For The Future-AP - Dallas, Texas Shades of the Future, Inc.-AP - Beaverton, Ore.
Robb & Stucky International-HFRS - Fort Myers, Fla. South Unlimited-HFRS - Chapel Hill, N.C.

Tip of the Week:

Visit a market, exhibition, show, or fair in the United States or around the world to see the latest trends in design, make new contacts in the industry, find new resources, and for inspiration!

Click here for a list of upcoming shows from World Furniture Online

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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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
(all IDS seminars are free)

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Seminar Spotlight:

Monday, April 23, 2012
10 am - 11:30 am

Branded! Make a Name for Yourself and Increase Your Business
Speakers: Tobi Fairley, Tobi Fairley Designs; Lisa Ferguson, Decor Mentor; Debbie Green, Minutes Matter
Location: High Point Theater, 220 East Commerce Ave, High Point, N.C. (next to IHFC and the Transportation Terminal)

Co-sponsored by the High Point Market Authority

In this economy, the strongest brands win. You need to make a name for yourself and these design industry experts can tell you how as they examine branding from all sides:
  • Tobi Fairley, Tobi Fairley Designs — Extending Your Brand
  • Lisa Ferguson, Decor Mentor — Branding Yourself Through Social Media
  • Debbie Green, Minutes Matter — Branding Yourself Through Design Technology
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

Library Interior Design Speaks of Serenity
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The key ingredient in all library interior design is serenity. Creating an area that is conducive to studying and reading should be the first and foremost consideration in library interior design. More

Graphic Contents
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"I'm hopelessly opinionated," says the designer Harriet Anstruther as she walks through the rooms of the mid-19th-century house in London that she shares with her husband, the photographer Henry Bourne, and her teenage daughter from a previous marriage. Indeed, this is not the home of someone who's wishy-washy on design and decorating. Anstruther — who has designed everything from scarves (two of which are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum) to hotel rooms, and who consults for fashion and lifestyle companies, and for British institutions like the Design Museum — restored the elegant late-Georgian architecture of the house (which had been divided into three apartments) while making sure that the rooms weren’t slaves to it. Wherever you look, traditional is engaged in conversation with modern, old furniture and art with new, and bold colors with white walls. More

Marcia Weber - Gardens to Love
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Designing and maintaining landscapes that use form, mass, color and light in fresh and exciting ways. Bringing classic design to contemporary and traditional landscapes in Atlanta and beyond. Working with clients to create fresh, sophisticated gardens. That's what Marcia Weber Gardens to Love is all about. Recognized for building relationships and creating landscapes that stand the test of time, Marcia Weber Gardens to Love is an award-winning design firm that brings renowned design talent and international savoir-faire to every project. More

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Easter Centerpieces
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Not only is it already April, but it's almost Easter, too! If you celebrate Easter, have you put up your decorations and gotten ready for the holiday? Here are some fun and festive Easter centerpieces, most of them made with candy that you want to hide from yourself. Or the kids if you have them! More

The Comeback Curtain
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Curtains just got some va-va-va-voom. Some interior designers are looking for inspiration to women's fashion — specifically to the wispy, sheer blouses and pullovers more women are layering over camisoles and tank tops. The result is a layered, see — through window treatment, whether sheer curtains over half-opened shades, or textured curtains over sheer shades. The window look? "Sexy," says New York-based interior designer Mindy Miles Greenberg. More

The Top 10 Chinoiserie Pieces
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Interior designers Katie Ridder and Thomas Jayne applaud a style that has been adding charm and exotic flair to homes for centuries. Inspired by travelers' sketchbooks and imported porcelain and lacquerware, designers layered their furniture, interiors, and ceramics with fantastical Chinese imagery, resulting in the perennially popular style called chinoiserie. More

The Homes of 'Smash': Interiors that Steal the Show
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Production designer Cabot McMullen and set decorator Andrew Baseman recently talked about the look of the homes on the the NBC show, "Smash," which McMullen said the production had made a big commitment to make as realistic as possible. "The criteria from [executive producer] Steven Spielberg was to make it real," he said. "We were asked to demonstrate the lifestyle of Broadway people that was honest and true." McMullen credits Baseman for choosing furnishings that tell a story. "You can do more color and push the envelope with theater people," said Baseman, an interior designer who has clients in the theater world. More

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