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Sign up for the IDS Education Tour to London by April 30 to secure your space! The tour will take place Sept. 19-24. Click here for more information and to register!

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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
Fabric Quilters & Window Fashions - PID Sterling - Westbury, N.Y.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

    Prepping your design conversation (By Michael J. Berens)
5 Uncommon Ways to Win a Customer's Heart (Entrepreneur)
The 10 Things You Must Have In Your Home By Age 30 (ELLE Decor)

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Why Faux Flowers Are Really Chic
The Wall Street Journal
The thought of artificial flowers can conjure up some pretty gloomy images. Dusty, sun-bleached silk arrangements forgotten on windowsills. Unloved institutional decorations. Well-meaning gifts from relatives who just don't get it. But while we were busy shopping for fresh (if fleeting) peonies at the farmers' market, the seemingly uncool craft of simulating nature's blossoms has stealthily become chic. Brilliant faux blooms that defy preconceptions and last forever — the handiwork of artists and inspired floral stylists — have begun popping up everywhere from Kate Spade stores to high-end weddings.
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Heartbleeding Out: Internet Security Bug Even Worse Than First Believed
The Heartbleed Internet security bug is shaping up to be worse than researchers first realized, possibly compromising routers and other networking infrastructure for a variety of companies. Cisco, one of the world's top networking equipment manufacturers, confirmed that it's investigating dozens of its routers and video teleconferencing devices and software for the Heartbleed vulnerability.
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How Much Does Your Webpage Speed Affect Its Google Ranking?
Business 2 Community
You go onto a site and its taking ages to load; what would your reaction be? If you are sure that is the site that you are looking for, you will wait till it uploads; but if you are the impatient type you will obviously go on to some other site. It is a known fact that page speed does affect the ranking of the website. But not many delve into why this is so. Here we make an attempt to get behind why the speed of the site is so important for your website to enjoy a good ranking on the search engine result page.
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5 Top Reasons Why Homeowners Renovate
By Christina Mogk
If you're going to live in a space, why would you not want to love where you live? Make it your own. That could translate into a large-scale renovation project. But it could also be as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint and hanging some artwork or photos. If you want to upgrade or redesign your home, according to Houzz, odds are high that your renovation desire stems from one of the five root causes.
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Excellent Tips for Spring Inspired Bedrooms
Spring is a great time to refurbish your home. It brings with it lovely color schemes that range from tranquil shades to lively hues. While most people spruce up their living rooms in spring, they forget about the bedrooms. If you are decorating this year, don't make the same mistake. Use vivid patterns, energetic motifs, and bursts of color to create the perfect spring bedroom.
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Neybers — A New Way to Play with Interior Design
Design You Trust
Neybers is a mix between a game and a community, where anyone can decorate rooms with photos of real life products. Users can play with over thousands of products from more than 500 fantastic interior design brands, stores and designers from all around the world.
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Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles
Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe built a multilevel house for his family back in 1967, and the results still resonate today.
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Will Future Apartments Really Nix Bathrooms and Kitchens?
Big news, people: According to German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, all those micro homes out there without bathrooms or kitchens actually have the right idea — as these unnecessary luxuries are soon to be nixed from the average apartment floor plan.
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6 Ways to Deal With Frustrating People
One of the biggest challenges in business is having to work with lots of people who don't always see things the same way or share motivations. Diversity of opinion can be very helpful, but so often these people will intentionally or unintentionally slow you down or block your way. Regardless of their intent, one way or another you still have to resolve their concerns to move forward.
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