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Justin Timberlake to Design and Curate Home Line
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For years, Justin Timberlake has moved seamlessly between the movie, music and fashion industries. But the announcement of HomeMint — a collection of home goods and art designed and curated by Timberlake and his longtime interior designer — Estee Stanley, brings him into the design world as well. More

Published — IDS Partner in Design, Jay and Mark Helser
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Helser Brothers founders, Jay and Mark Helser, got started in the drapery hardware business 15 years ago. Read their story and see pieces from the Helser Brothers Artigiani & Compositions Collections.

Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine

10 Things Small Businesses Should Know About Using Twitter
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In late February, Twitter began recruiting small businesses for a new advertising service by offering credits of up to $100 for those who signed up to help it beta-test its ideas. The service was supposed to go into testing during March (the recruitment site is still live if you want to participate), and the social networking technology company hopes to sign up people for real starting in late 2012. More

Tip of the Week:

Visit Ed Mattingly's Sherwin Corner blog for the latest on decorative painting techniques.

Click here to visit Ed's Sherwin Corner

Ed Mattingly will be presenting his seminar "Faux Demystified for Interior Designers" at the High Point Market on April 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the IDS Seminar Room – Radio Building, 164 S. Main St, 8th Floor, High Point.

Click here for a description of Ed's seminar and all IDS HP Market Seminars

Have you written a current article on business or interior design? Are you an expert on business or interior design and would like to write an article? IDS is looking for article submissions for the next issue of Portfolio! If you are interested, please submit an article (no longer than one page) with any accompanying photos to Abbie Emms at You will need to include your name, company name, Web address, and a one-two sentence bio with your article. The deadline for the next issue of Portfolio is Friday, June 1.

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.

Click here for complete details

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
Susy McBride,
Honorable Mention in the Category, Specialty Areas, Unlimited



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

 Shop IDS Partners in Design

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
A & B Furniture, North American - PID Platinum
Tentina Window Fashions, Inc. - PID Sterling
Lighting Gallery, Inc, - Sterling
Caesarstone - Sterling
A Smooth Move Moving & Storage - Sterling
Sans Souci Sisters - Sterling
Glenda Gies Designs - Sterling
Shoreline Reflections/Custom Shower Doors - AP - Smithtown, N.Y.
Faux Finishes - AP - Cave Creek, Ariz.
Classic Restaurant Supply, LLC. - AP - Hartford, Conn.
Kem Tex for the Home AP - Dallas, Texas
Shades of the Future, Inc. -AP - Beaverton, Ore.
Diana's Blinds & Design, Inc. -AP - Fort Mill, S.C.
Tomalak Tile & Stone, Inc. - AP- Palm Desert, Calif.
South Unlimited - HFRS - Chapel Hill, N.C.

Access Lighting

Vapor, so named for its “out of thin air” three dimensional appearance, is created by the diagonal cut of the glass. Equipped with a floating canopy, you have the flexibility to position the three, four or five light series as desired, regardless of the location of your j-box. The low profile of this series ensures ADA compliance, and the halogen light source provides more than adequate light for a bathroom setting.

 IDS Education

Upcoming IDS Webinars
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Thursday, April 26
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 and all seminars are worth .1 CEU)

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Seminar Spotlight:

Sunday, April 22
10:30 - 11:30am

Faux Demystified for Interior Designers
Speaker: Ed Mattingly, Director of Training & Product Development, Sherwin-Williams
Location: Interior Design Society, IDS Seminar Room, Radio Building, 8th Floor, 164 S. Main St., High Point, N.C.
.1 CEU

This presentation will give you the understanding of how to effectively specify and utilize the newest technologies in professional decorative coatings related to Metallic's and Metallic Plasters.
Click here for full description.

Sunday, April 22
2 – 3pm

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, N.C.
.1 CEU

Learn the best way to address the challenges and reap the rewards of the technology age.
Click here for full description.

Monday, April 23 (DATE CHANGE!)
9 – 9:50am

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, N.C.
.1 CEU

With a new year comes new trends and color ways. 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 full description.

Monday, April 23
10 – 11:30am

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)
.1 CEU

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.
Click here for full description.

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

61 Breezy Porches and Patios
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Patios and porches are an integral part of Southern culture. These classics are inviting and inspiring. More

Living Together, With One Condition: His and Hers Houses
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Until about a year ago, Laura Ann Jacobs lived contentedly alone in a small San Francisco studio. Now she is cohabiting, sort of, for the first time since college. Her roommate, Robert Pardo, a kindly, thrice-married art dealer, wooed her with an offer she couldn't resist: her own bungalow, right behind his. Theirs is a new twist on a newish trend, particularly among boomer-age couples, known as living apart together, or L.A.T. for short, an acronym that describes those who commit to each other, but not to having the same address. More

Washington, DC, neighborhood home transformed into showcase
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A seven-bedroom, seven-bath Spring Valley home, which has belonged to the same family since 1956, soon will open as the fifth annual DC Design House. Twenty-three designers transformed the Northwest Washington, D.C., property, which will be open for four weeks as a fundraiser for Children's National Medical Center. The designers had about five weeks to redo the exterior and interior, including an outdated kitchen that was treated to a $250,000 makeover. More

Are you ready to make a commitment to your professionalism?

The CQRID Exam is the only accredited exam offered exclusively for Residential Interior Designers.

For more information visit

Hey, Bud, This Vase Is for You
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are a multitude of vases from which to choose. It is ideal to have a selection of vessels in various shapes and heights to accommodate different arrangements. Apart from traditional vases, a number of ordinary objects of everyday use can be pressed into service as flower vases. More

In Silicon Valley, Designers Emerge As Rock Stars
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Five years ago, Justin Edmund arrived at Carnegie Mellon University, a floppy-haired freshman, with artistic talent and dreams of joining a venerable design firm like IDEO or Frog. But during his sophomore year, a recruiting pitch from a Facebook employee turned his head, and prompted a detour of his ambitions. So, in 2010, Edmund interned on Facebook's burgeoning design team, and, after graduation, landed a job at Pinterest. There, at just 21, he has played a central role in building the virtual scrap-booking site into one of the hottest startups on the Internet. More

Creative Cardboard Furniture for Light and Eco-Friendly Interiors
Freshome    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Admit it: you find the idea of having cardboard furniture a bit out there. To be honest, so did Freshome, before seeing these incredible interiors with cardboard furniture found on Karton. More

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Phone: 888-884-4469

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Director of Education

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