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Are you wondering how to use Pinterest for your business? Check out the 26 tips from — an A-Z Guide for creating a business presence on Pinterest.

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Lenny Kravitz Adds Interior Designer to His Creative Credentials
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Lenny Kravitz has taken a childhood compunction to decorate his bedroom and turned it into another creative endeavor. To rocker, songwriter and actor, add designer. Kravitz created a series of chairs for Kartell based on Philippe Starck's iconic "Mademoiselle" armchair, clad, like at times the rocker himself, in python, leather or fur. And he designed black and white tiles inspired by water drops and waves for Lea Ceramiche. More

Published — IDS Affiliate Partner, Park Place Interiors
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Kathleen Newhouse and her Park Place Interiors in Geneva, Ill., is featured in the March/April issue of West Suburban Living Magazine. You can see her work for a client in the complete article starting on page 77.

West Suburban Living Magazine

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.

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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
Donna Dufresne,
Honorable Mention in the Category, Bathrooms, $15,000 & Above



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

Sail away… Applications abound with the LED sail Collection from Access Lighting. Efficiency and visual Impact pair up in this impactful wall light equipped with 14 watts of pure LED light. Turn on sail, and turn ordinary into extraordinary as the light is dramatically splayed above, below and through the center of the fixture.

 IDS Education

Upcoming IDS Webinars
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Thursday, May 24
12 - 11:30 p.m. EST

How To Be Profitable in Any Economy
Presented by Vicki Suiter
.1 CEU

In these tough economic times, many designers are wondering how they can serve their clients, stay competitive in pricing, AND still make a profit! Find out what REALLY drives profits and learn how to take control of it. Identify the critical areas in your business you need to focus on in order to create the biggest positive impact on profits. Discover how to boost sales to meet revenue targets. Learn the essential planning steps for making a consistent profit. Get clear on what actions to take to create a bottom line that meets your goals.

Vicki Suiter of Suiter Financial Systems has been helping designers increase profits and cash flow for more than two decades. A dynamic speaker with a straightforward style, Vicki is able to take a complex situation, crystallize the problem/ solution, communicate it in an understandable way and recommend the simple steps that can make a big difference.

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Non Members - $39

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Upcoming Regional Events
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Tuesday, May 8 (4-6 p.m.)
WC Carpenter Floor Covering
5890 Thurston Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
See the latest flooring design and get to speak with vendor representatives about their products in a mini-trade show environment at the W. C. Carpenter Open House on Tuesday, May 8 from 4-6 p.m. The event will feature the latest designer-focused flooring from Masland/Fabric, Bentley Prince Street, Armstrong and more including the latest cork and bamboo styles.

After the open house, a CEU titled, "The Living Colors of Linoleum" will be presented by Armstrong Commercial. This course reviews the history of linoleum, its characteristics, market information, manufacturing processes, installation and maintenance issues, as well as its impact with LEED and CA 1350.

Both events are free to the design community. Food and drink will be served throughout the evening. All attendees will have the chance to win a door prize of an iPad2 and Kindle Touch!

RSVP by May 4 to

For more information on the event or about WC Carpenter, visit or to RSVP call Lisa at (757) 460-1101.

Thursday, May 10 (4-6 p.m.)
Carpet Designs
121 Tenth Street South
Naples, FL 34102

Limited seating available, please RSVP to:

The Carpet Designs showroom in Naples will host Color Marketing Group President, Mark Woodman's presentation of "World Colors" on Thursday, May 10 at 4-6 p.m. Woodman is an international color expert and prominent speaker at programs such as, Heimtex Frankfurt, Surfaces, NeoCon, and Decorex London and will provide a preview of the upcoming color trends and how they are created. The presentation is free for qualified design professionals, a Q & A session will follow and light refreshments and wine will be offered throughout the event.

For more information on the event or about Carpet Designs, visit www.carpetdesigns.comor call 239.643.5020.

Friday, May 11 (9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
Designed for Success 2012 Spring Conference
Miromar Design Center
10800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Designed for Success 2012 Spring Conference promises to be an exciting event featuring CEUs and networking opportunities. Especially for you:

Showroom-hosted Welcome Breakfast
Earn .4 CEUs
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Post
Showroom-hosted Lunch and Desserts
Prize Drawings Featuring Showroom Accessories
Book-signing Wine Reception for Jennifer Post's new book

Click here for the full schedule of events and contact information.

 Industry News

Ralph Lauren's New Home-Furnishings Line
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While developing ideas for new home-furnishings designs, Ralph Lauren found his biggest inspiration in something that was, in fact, quite small: a simple bowl made of hand-hewn teak. "Sometimes it takes just one thing to excite a whole new sensibility," Lauren says of the vessel's tropical hardwood. "I thought right then that we should create a line around this incredible natural resource." The result is Desert Modern, Ralph Lauren Home's latest collection of furniture and accessories, most featuring teak harvested from sustainable plantations in Indonesia. More

Trend Alert: Birds
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Just in time for spring, birds are alighting on home furnishings and fabrics alike. More

Seeing the Writing on the Wall
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For graphic designer Carrol Caldwell, the idea for her company started with her teetering on a ladder in 1998. A lover of typography, Caldwell was trying to paint a Yeats quote on her bathroom wall. It dawned on her that there must be an easier way. Thus she created Wall Words, the first company to sell vinyl wall lettering. Flash forward to 2012, and Caldwell's business is still going strong. She employs six people and did $550,000 in revenue last year. Her quotes and wall art are found throughout thousands of residences and businesses, including the Pentagon's commissary. More

Small Business Advice: Ensure Energy Efficiency
in Your Social Media Efforts

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To understand the problem that small business owners face with their use of social media, consider how many sites exist, what they each promise, and how many of them ask for the same information. Already strapped for time, entrepreneurs and business owners are asked to establish profiles, explain their value proposition, and post graphics and contact information – all in the name of increasing sales and enhancing brand visibility. More

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The Kingston Natural Driftwood Glass Cocktail Table — Bringing Nature in Your Home
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Going natural or eco-friendly is the thing nowadays and bringing the natural into your home brings with it a certain kind of allure. The Kingston natural driftwood table with a glass top really gets into the natural swing of things. Perfect for your coastal design ideas. More

6 Designs for a Backyard Office
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Small prefab structures are near-instant backyard work spaces, a corner office that feels separate from home but still provides a commute measured in steps instead of miles. We put together a photo gallery detailing six options, including the KitHaus modernist mini-manse, the Verana assemble-it-yourself studio from Summerwood and British OfficePod trying to make its way to a garden near you. More

Thomas Britt's Decorating Tips
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After more than 40 years in the decorating world, Thomas Britt has picked up a few tips in good design. Here, he shares some of his secrets. More

Scale Living Collection by Vorwerk Carpet
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The collection includes three shapes – CUT, BLOOM, and MESH_S. Besides coming in these clever shapes, they also come in leather and a brushed stainless steel finish, as well as a multitude of colors. So not only do you get to choose the shape, material, and color, you also get to choose a pattern and how you want to arrange them. Needless to say, the options are endless. More

What Is a Design Expert?
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Design is now increasingly being recognized as a competitive advantage, however few outside the creative community actually know what design can provide besides the beautification of objects. To take full advantage of what design offers, businesses needs to know what design is and what to expect from designers. More

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