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Pool Converted Into a Rain-Storing, Water-Wise Tropical Garden
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Dina and Irl Cramer were looking at the little-used pool behind their Manhattan Beach house when they realized: "It would be really nice to have a garden," Dina said. But rather than simply jackhammer out the pool or bulldoze it full of dirt, the Cramers turned the pit into a case study for how Southern Californians can capture winter rains for use watering the garden. The edges of the pool were ground down, and the rest of the concrete form was retrofitted with a rainwater-storage system. Now, in place of a concrete basin filled with chlorinated water, the Cramers have a stream, a small waterfall and about 100 lush plants — all fed with rain harvested from the roof and stored in recycled-plastic tanks underground. More

Published — IDS Member, Starr Miller
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Congratulations to IDS Member, Starr Miller, who has an article on her DotY award winning project in the March 2012 issue of Lake Norman Magazine, a Regional Lifestyle Magazine, and an article on her business in Lake Norman Woman Magazine, a Regional Woman's Magazine.

Lake Norman Magazine Article
Lake Norman Woman Magazine

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

Earn a Free IDS Membership ... It's as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!
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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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.

 2011 IDS DotY Spotlight

2011 IDS DotY Spotlight:

Congratulations to
Starr Miller,
Winner of the Category, Specialty Areas, Unlimited



Have You Been Published or Won a Design Award?
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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

 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.
Glenda Gies Designs-Sterling

 IDS Education

Upcoming IDS Webinars
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Thursday, April 26, 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
9 am - 10 am

Jump Into 2012 with Bright, Bold, & Beautiful - The Latest Fabric Trends and Color Palettes
Speaker: Leah Guttersen, Director of Product, Greenhouse Fabrics
Location: Interior Design Society, IDS Seminar Room, Radio Building, 8th Floor, 164 S Main St, High Point
With a new year comes new trends and color ways. Leah Guttersen, Director of Product at Greenhouse Fabrics, will discuss the latest fabric trends that we will see showcased this year ranging from bright and bold prints, to chunky woven's and tribal influences. The color palettes for 2012 are bright and simply stunning. Designers in 2012 will be inspired by diverse influences, free and playful pattern and color, and a touch of contemporary classics. From traveling, looking at mills and in depth analysis, Leah has found the designs and styles we will see throughout the year. Come be inspired to see what is in store for your latest designs and color ways.

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.

Visit IDS National Sponsor, Surya, at High Point Market in their showroom – Showplace 4100.

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.

Visit the IDS Booth at the Vision 12 Conference — Booth number 355.

 Industry News

How Do We Love Marble?
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Cool, elegant, timeless and infinitely shapeable — this is why we love marble. But how much do we actually know about it? This article explores this most sophisticated stone. Consider this: All marble was once at the bottom of the ocean! Marble is a metamorphic rock, formed from prehistoric fossilized tropical reefs. The reefs calcified under the earth's surface to form limestone — when limestone is compressed, marble is created. More

Access Lighting

LEDORB brings spectacular contemporary outdoor lighting to the forefront by incorporating cutting edge LED technology. LEDORB is the epitome of 21st century lighting, with its low profile, super white LED light output and low energy consumption. If state-of-the-art is what you seek, look no further than LEDORB.

Sol LeWitt Meets Bay Ridge
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the working- and middle-class neighborhood of Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, N.Y., an eclectic mix of car dealerships, Greek restaurants and pizza parlors, stands a unassuming brownstone containing a modern-art collection likely worth far more than the home that holds it. A wall-size grid of etchings by Sol LeWitt, the conceptual artist whose works are in the permanent collections of the Tate Modern and the Guggenheim, is in the basement. An abstract piece made from candy-scented bubble gum by Dan Colen, whose work has been shown at the Whitney Museum and Gagosian Gallery, hangs in the living room. More

Style Guide: Kids' Rooms and Nurseries
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Your children are full of fun and imagination, and their bedrooms should be too. Check out these fun kid-friendly spaces for inspiration. More

Stylish Storage Spaces Evolve in Modern Houses
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The rise of foodie culture and more people trying to make better use of their space both explain why so many homeowners have embraced the benefits of a well-planned pantry. Says interior designer Jo Rabaut of Rabaut Design Associates, "I think pantries are definitely trending now. The people we design for now want one somehow, some way." More

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Our Favorite Flooring Options
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Think beyond basic hardwoods and give your floors personality. A few decorative touches will add some serious interest underfoot. More

For Northern Virginia Couple, Airy, Renovated Home Is Its Own Work of Art
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Far from being homebodies, Michael Cotter and Lara Eisenberg regularly enjoy the thrill of jumping into the wild blue yonder. The two met 15 years ago while skydiving and remain dedicated to that extreme sport. For these two adventurers, living close to nature was paramount when it came to buying their first home. The couple sought a secluded retreat where they could unwind after long hours at their jobs but still be within manageable commutes to work. More

30 Incredible Examples of Contemporary Interior Design
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The interior of your house says a lot about you. Besides it being clean or messy, the design of the interior should reflect your personality and style. It's important that it be a comfortable environment for you personally, as it's often where you spend most of your time ... This content demonstrates 30 incredible examples of contemporary interior design. More

Hide Sports Gear in Your Decor
The Associated Press via The Battlecreek Enquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It starts with a lacrosse stick and cleats by the front door. Then comes the batting helmet and glove on the bedroom floor, and the baseball hat on the kitchen table. Karate uniforms pile up in the laundry room next to team jerseys, and errant tennis balls roll down the hall. Interior designer Betsy Burnham, founder of Burnham Design in Los Angeles, says nearly every home remodeling project she works on these days includes a mudroom with one priority: storing and organizing sports equipment. More

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