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Don't forget to sign up for the IDS Educational 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!

Discover how you can sign-up your ideal clients and make more money in 2014 with Terri Taylor from Design Biz Blueprint. Terri is excited to introduce the all-new, Audio Home Study version of Designing for Dollars 3.0, where she will take you step-by-step through her proven process to sign up clients and show you how to develop a budget on the fly, calculate your fee, make your design offer at three levels, write a good Letter of Agreement, and learn exactly what to say so you can sign up clients quickly and easily.

Terri's program will teach you the most personal and effective way to connect with your clients, talk about money and know exactly what to say, so you get paid what you’re worth.
Click here to learn more and sign up!

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
Accent Prone - PID Sterling - Kernersville, N.C.
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
Accetra Arts Ltd. - PID Sterling - Dix Hills, 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.
Bolt Textiles - PID Sterling - San Mateo, Calif.
Closet Factory - PID Sterling - Ft. Myers, Fla.
Focus Sales - PID Sterling - East Meadow, N.Y.
Home & Design - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
Office Worx - PID Sterling - Hauppage, 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.

5 Top Reasons Why Homeowners Renovate
By Christina Mogk
The classic white kitchen by The Hammer & Nail, shown above, has been added to more than 239,000 ideabooks on Houzz, making it one of the most popular ever. Whether in the kitchen or elsewhere in the home, functional spaces that keep life organized are highly desired — and highly valued.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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
Click here for more details

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)
11 Daring Interior-Design Moves (The Wall Street Journal)
Why Faux Flowers Are Really Chic (The Wall Street Journal)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Instagram Improves 'Explore' Tab: What It Means for You
Instagram will still show content that is trending in the Instagram community (i.e. selfies, tweens, cats), but will now show a "variety of photos and videos that people you follow have liked," according to an Instagram spokesperson. For entrepreneurs and business owners, the new tab means being able to connect with other similar brands and people you may otherwise not have been introduced to.
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Dealing with Demanding and Unrealistic Clients
If you are a small-business owner, chances are you have dealt with clients who want instant results. After repeated experiences that didn't turn out as well as they could have, one firm developed these specific principles and steps to healthy and realistic client relationships.
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Jennifer Aniston At Home
Architectural Digest
Jennifer Aniston collaborated with designer Stephen Shadley to transform a 1970 residence by Harold W. Levitt in Beverly Hills into an inviting retreat where she hosts frequent gatherings. "The making of the house was as significant to me as the living in it," says the former Friends star.
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Interior Designers Making Employment Gains
By Michael J. Berens
After declining slightly in 2012, interior design employment is once again on the rise. According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of employed interior designers nationwide increased by 7.3 percent between May 2012 and May 2013, from 40,750 to 43,710. This represents the largest jump in interior design employment since the start of the design boom in 2005, when more than 3,000 designers were added to the employment rolls — although the total number is still well below the 2008 peak of 53,290.
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10 Things Every Woman Needs At Home
ELLE Decor
The new, designer-approved, essentials for single women. Florals and ice cream not included (those are up to you).
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How Does the Heartbleed Bug Affect Your Business?
By Ross Lancaster
If you've followed the tech world in the last two weeks, chances are that you've heard of the Heartbleed bug. According to various sources since it was confirmed April 7, the bug is a massive threat that puts nearly every piece of personal information on the Web at risk for theft, an overblown hazard and something that will "slow the Internet to a crawl." But what exactly is Heartbleed, how serious is the risk, and how will it affect your business?
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How Much Is Too Much to Share on Social Media?
WSI Designer Marketplace
Before you pin, tweet, post, blog or Instagram anything, take 30 seconds to answer one question: Will it damage my brand if I don't share this?
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A Childhood Home Transformed
Chris and Amber Earl have only lived in their home for two years, but Chris’ history with the house goes back all the way to his childhood. In the 1940s Chris' grandparents built this North Hollywood tract home and he spent many a summer playing in the back yard. Now he shares it with his wife Amber, a fashion rep, and together they've found a way to transform the space into their own- including a hidden speakeasy that once served as his grandmother's art studio!
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30 Modern Bathroom Design Ideas for a Private Heaven
From bright and cheery to sophisticated and imposing, modern bathrooms have long gone beyond the limit of space. Creative solutions for small bathrooms have completely changed the way we look at spaces, while the endless design possibilities for spa-like environments have surpassed our wildest dreams. In between, details transform dull bathrooms into fantastic relaxation and refreshing spaces.
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