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Overcome the Complexity Within You
Harvard Business Review
Although it doesn't show up explicitly in any personality test, some people seem to be more prone to creating complexity than others. Instead of narrowing down projects, they allow the scope to keep expanding, and instead of making decisions, they defer until there is more data and better analysis. If this kind of pattern seems all too familiar, here are four questions that can help simplify things.
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A Venice Remodel and Addition Rooted in a Beloved Tree
Los Angeles Times
Some homeowners might consider a 20-foot Ficus nitida rooted in the middle of a 5,400-square-foot lot to be a liability, especially when planning a major remodel. But architect Carlos Zubieta isn't one of those people. The two-story glass addition that he completed with his wife, Tatiana Barhar, also a designer, practically embraces the towering tree, transforming a 650-square-foot Venice cottage into a fresh, contemporary family residence centered on the ficus they spent years nursing to health.
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Don't be Boring on Your Company 'About Us' Page
Most of us have websites for our business, but it's interesting to notice how often the all-important "About Us" page is overlooked and seems to be more of an afterthought than the attention-getting, customer-seeking powerhouse it should be.
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Tip of the Week:

The 2013 IDS Educational Tour will take place in Chicago. Space is very limited, so don't miss out on this great opportunity to expand your design horizons. Register today!

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New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Safe-T-Shade/ Fashion Wand - PID Platinum - Burlington, N.C.
PPG Industries Inc., - PID Platinum - Pittsburgh, Pa.
Baird's Drapery Services - PID Sterling - Homer Glen, Ill.
Duralee Fabrics - PID Sterling - Syosset, N.Y.
Branden Lukes Artful Walls, LLC - AP - Sarasota, Fla.
California Closets New England - AP - West Hartford, Conn.
American Grill & Hearth - AP - Sarasota, Fla.
Trapani Art & Frame - AP - Manhasset, N.Y.
Ventus Design - AP - Honolulu, Hawaii
MLT Designs - AP - Palm Springs, Calf.
Concept Floors / Kitchen / Bath Design Center - AP - Van Nuys, Calif.
Exact Tiling, Inc. - AP - Knoxville, Tenn.
Island Handyman LLC - AP - East Meadow, N.Y.
Sardis Interiors, Inc. - AP - Charlotte, N.C.
American Lighting - AP - Knoxville, Tenn.
Beautiful House USA - AP - Pineville, N.C.
Pacific Shore Stones - AP - Memphis, Tenn.
Hall Street Designer Showroom - AP - Tigard, Ore.
Jeannot Fine Furniture - AP - Van Nuys, Calif.
Brandon Wann Company, LLC - AP - Memphis, Tenn.
Shady Lady Window Treatments - AP - Naples, Fla.
Main Street Nursery - AP - Huntington, N.Y.
Durango Trading Company, Inc. - HFRS - Dallas, Texas

Mark your calendar for the next National Conference, January 2014 - Las Vegas here we come! More information will be posted as plans are finalized. Click here to view our conference page on the IDS website.

High Point Market will take place Oct. 19 – 24. IDS will host seminars in High Point, N.C., in conjunction with October 2013 Furniture Market. Speakers will be announced as soon as we have confirmation.

Congratulations to the 2012 Chapter Award Winners!

Outstanding Membership and Growth – Long Island Chapter
Outstanding Use of Social Media – Long Island Chapter
Outstanding Website – Las Vegas Chapter
Excellent Networking – Palm Springs Chapter
Outstanding Charity Event – Tie Between Wine Country Chapter and Long Island Chapter
Outstanding Public Relations – Las Vegas Chapter
Best Idea – Palm Spring Chapter
Chapter of the Year – Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter

Have you checked out the new Chapter Resources page on the IDS website? You can find all of the Chapter Documents and Quarterly forms here!

Online On-Demand Webinars are Here!!

This year, the Interior Design Society is thrilled to announce its collaboration with interior design guru, Tobi Fairley. In addition to being the keynote speaker at the IDS National Conference in Greensboro, N.C., Tobi will supplement her partnership with IDS by joining us for three more webinars which will be recorded and released following summer 2013. View Tobi's first webinar, "How to Develop Your 'Whole' Portfolio" located in our Learning Management System (LMS). This CEU webinar is available to both IDS members and non-members. We hope you enjoy and be on the lookout for more from Tobi in the coming months!

In Business With Your Spouse? Here's How Your Taxes Work
If you started a small business with your spouse, the federal tax implications of your decision aren't as simple as you may think. Here's what you need to know to report your incomes correctly to the IRS next year.

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3 Tips to Maximize Customer Value with 1:1 Routing
With increased pressure on cost control, it is essential for businesses to utilize their resources in the most optimal way and drive better business outcomes. To help accomplish this, businesses must understand customer value and opportunity value when evaluating the handling of an interaction.

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The Danger of Positive Thinking
Positive thinking is a wonderful thing, but it can get you into deep trouble. If you're not careful, positive thinking can turn into "magical thinking" where your desire to win overwhelms your ability to perceive what's actually going on.

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City of Chicago Guided Tour
Architecture River Cruise
The Art Institute of Chicago
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Tour
Macy's State Street
Oak Park
Dinner Cruise

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Congratulations to the 2012 Designer of the Year Award Winners!

The Interior Design Society has selected PayAnywhere as a preferred mobile payment solution for its members. Start accepting credit card payments on your smartphone or tablet at the low rate of 2.69 percent with no setup or monthly fees, no minimum requirements, and live customer support. Get paid anytime, anywhere with PayAnywhere and bring speed and convenience to your residential interior design business. IDS members can sign up and receive a free credit card reader by visiting the IDS website.

This new feature, provided by PayAnywhere, is exclusively available to IDS members. Members must log in on the IDS website in order to take advantage of this offer.

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

    6 Ways to Get Noticed (Inc.)
Making People Feel Good About Doing Business With You (Business 2 Community)
Pastels (Six Different Ways)
100 Big Ideas (Interior Design)
How to Stand Out On Social Media (TIME)

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Laundry Room Organizing
The Washington Post
How is it that one of the most-used rooms in many homes is also one of the most neglected? This spring-cleaning season, take some time out to set up your laundry room so that washing and drying aren't such a chore. Paint, decorate and organize, and it will become a room you’ll want to spend some time in. (And if you have a laundry room, you will spend time there: The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans wash 400 loads of laundry a year.) And while you're at it, reeducate yourself on stain-fighting and garment-cleaning essentials to make your work as enjoyable as your space.
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What Squirrels Can Teach You About Networking
You folks know that fable about the squirrel and the grasshopper, right? The one where the squirrel works his tail off all summer while the grasshopper parties like there's no tomorrow — only to find himself in dire straits when winter strikes? Career networking, it turns out, is a lot like this story.
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The Rise of the Small House
For decades, new home sizes have been trending upward. But a changing economic climate and increasing concern for the environment have launched a new trend: the small house movement. Here, infographics illustrate the data behind the trend.
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Wallcovering tips and techniques
By Michelle Garner
With wallpaper and wallcoverings making a comeback, it helps to be informed about some of the different types and how they are installed. Everyone is well acquainted with regular wallpaper, whether it is prepasted or needs to be prepared. Not everyone is familiar with the different types of wallcoverings and how to properly install them. Fabrics, grasscloth, polyolefin, paintables, anaglypta and handscreen wallcoverings are some examples.
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Industry Pulse: Have you seen an increase in demand for wallcoverings?

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Network Your Way to a More Profitable Business
By Sydni Craig-Hart
Networking. Love it or not, when done correctly, it's one of the easiest and fastest ways to attract ideal customers and increase your revenue. Entrepreneurs who don't enjoy networking often feel that way because they have convinced themselves they aren't good at it. Being effective at networking is certainly an acquirable skill. So how does one go about using networking opportunities to create opportunities and attract ideal clients?
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Bespoke Chandeliers Inspired by Bees
The New York Times
Guerlain, the French perfume company, recently opened a boutique and learning center in La Cour des Senteurs on the Rue de la Chancellerie in Versailles, a hundred yards from the main entrance of the royal chateau. Suspended from the shop's 22-foot-high arched entrance is a frothy chandelier by Marie Christophe, a sculptor in Toulouse. Christophe said the light was inspired by the chandeliers of the palace and by the gilded bees on vintage Guerlain bottles.
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Arbiter of Style: Cynthia Frank's Southampton Home
Elle Decor
When Cynthia Frank convinced her husband to buy a seven-bedroom house a block from the ocean in Southampton, N.Y., their children braced for the onslaught of 18th-century French furniture. "They refer to me as 'the mother who buys chairs that no one wants to sit in,'" Frank says. "A lot of our homes have been very formal — very behind the silk rope."
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How to Cut Through the Clutter and Make the Best Decisions
Q: How can you cut through brain clutter to make the best decisions for your business?
A: Now there's a question that has bedeviled pretty much every entrepreneur who ever dared to dream.

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