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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.

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, 2014-June 1, 2014. Enter at! Learn more about Design for a Difference by clicking here.

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New Partners in Design
Cosentino - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Icings, LLC - PID Sterling - Portland, Ore.
Bailey Floors Co. - PID Sterling - Fort Myers, Fla.
Archangel Gallery - PID Sterling - Palm Springs, Calif.
Fabric Quilters & Window Fashions - PID Sterling - Westbury, N.Y.
ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings - PID Sterling - Dallas, 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.
Fashion Glass & Mirror - PID Sterling - Dallas, 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.

Increase Your Facebook Reach Without Paying for Advertising
By Mayur Kisani
It is getting harder and harder for businesses on Facebook to reach their audiences. According to Facebook, it is due to the increase in the amount of content, the increasing number of businesses building a presence on the site and an effort to crack down on spam.

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How to Survive in a Competitive World
You would not believe how many "sure things" and "done deals" I've had fall apart at the last minute. I've been passed over for jobs and promotions I should have gotten so many times it isn't funny. And the way people keep dangling carrots in front of my eyes, you’d think I was a hungry rabbit.

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3 Emotions at the Root of Success
A study soon to be published in the journal Psychological Science proves that people who are grateful are willing to wait longer for a financial reward. In other words, gratitude creates patience.

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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 the IDS Chicago Chapter on April 21 to meet celebrity designer Mark Brunetz and learn how to Clear the Clutter and Design For A Difference! This event is sponsored by IDG and Carlson's Floors, 728 W. State Street, Geneva, IL.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Registration, appetizers, refreshments
5:30 - 6:30 Mark's Presentation
6:30 - 7:00 Book Signing

Please RSVP:
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Bellacor is sponsoring a free 0.2 CEU Webinar
Crystal Fundamentals CC-101843-1006
April 24 at 7 p.m. Central
Click here to register or call 1-877-688-7039
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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.

Thank you to everyone who attended IDS sponsored seminars and stopped by the IDS National Office during High Point Furniture Market. We enjoyed meeting all of you!

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. 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.

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11 Daring Interior-Design Moves
The Wall Street Journal
Decorators have rich inner lives. They're forever entertaining fantasies about rooms they worship and yearn to recreate, materials they dream of using and techniques they ache to try. Sometimes these ideas tack a little wide of convention, but inspired thinking usually does. We polled pros on the riskiest, and most rewarding, moves they've made on the job — plus a few they haven't taken yet but absolutely would for the right client who's willing to take a chance. (Maybe that's you?) Here's a sampling.
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How to Curb the Stress Factor at Your Startup
If you're a business manager or executive, you've probably thought about how stress manifests itself at your workplace and hurts your business: absenteeism, tension at the conference table and poor morale. This is especially the case if your company is a startup. But there are other, more subtle ways that stress can sabotage your team’s performance.
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The 10 Things You Must Have In Your Home By Age 30
ELLE Decor
"Art stays with you for a lifetime, and each piece marks a place and a memory," says Todd Nickey of Nickey Kehoe. "Start collecting when you're young — it doesn't have to cost a fortune, it just has to speak to you."
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Prepping your design conversation
By Michael J. Berens
Clients today are more demanding than ever. They think they have all the answers because they have done some searching on the Internet and watched a bit of design TV. They comparison shop right before your eyes, using their tablets and smartphones. They want to nickel and dime every product and service. They don't value your design experience or expertise. Some designers dread calling on new clients because they feel they are walking into an ambush. No one should have to work that way. And you don't have to.
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Discover What Your Clients Really Want
Design Management Company
Happy clients bring more business. A happy client is one who feels his or her needs and wishes have been met. But we all know that often what people say makes them happy is not really what makes them happy, or as happy as they thought they would be. To ensure your own business success, it’s your job to know what it is your clients really want.
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Trend Alert: 10 Jagged Edges
The ultimate Wabi Sabi statement? Lately we're noticing imperfect edges, blurred boundaries, tiles that don't quite line up. Here are 10 examples.
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The Wise & Houzz
Pro Remodeler
Three years ago, David Roberts, president of Roberts Design Build, had a client ask him to look at an Ideabook on The client wanted to share pictures of a kitchen cabinet style she wanted Roberts to use for a design-build project. This was the first time Roberts had been asked to view a client's Ideabook, a concept radically different from how design ideas were previously exchanged between the remodeler and the client. "In decades past, our clients would buy magazines and tear out photos they liked to show me," Roberts says.
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Lovingly Resurrecting a Historic Queen Anne
Interior designer Carl Mattison and his husband and business partner Rob Smith have lived in the historic downtown Atlanta neighborhood of Grant Park for about 13 years. It's walking distance to the famed Atlanta Zoo, the city's oldest park and more than a dozen restaurants. They love the area and its charming early-1900s bungalows so much they’ve made it their personal mission to rehabilitate some of the old homes, one at a time, whenever they can, and find homeowners who will take care of them.
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5 Ways To Hack Your Weekly Schedule To Get More Done
Fast Company
If your to-do list never seems to get done and you feel behind by Monday afternoon, it's probably time revamp your weekly schedule. Here's a weekly check-in plan that actually works.
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5 Uncommon Ways to Win a Customer's Heart
Your customers are the lifeblood of your business. So whether you own an ecommerce business or a brick-and-mortar store, letting your customers know how much you value them is important. And once you start thinking about your business in terms of relationships rather than transactions, you’ll find that customer retention comes naturally.
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Roll Out the Snow Carpet
The New York Times
"This is where we want to be" was the first thought that Clay Heighten and his wife, Debra Caudy, had when they stepped off the plane at the Jackson Hole Airport eight years ago. As Heighten said, "Those mountains really make an impact." Heighten, 57, a physician-turned-entrepreneur, and Dr. Caudy, 56, an oncologist, live in Dallas with the youngest of their four children (the other three are grown), and were in town visiting a business associate of Heighten's who had built a house with an enviable view of the mountains.
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Top 5 Kitchen Trends of 2014
CBS MoneyWatch
Move over robot vacuums and single-cup coffee makers, vintage cookware and gadgets controlled by a smart phone are poised to be the next big trends in kitchens. This year, home chefs can expect to see a lot of products on the shelves that allow them to cook healthier and fresher, often without slaving over a hot stove.
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