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Bring the Garden Inside With a Trellis Room
The Wall Street Journal
Treillage, or latticework, was invented in the 12th century by French farmers as a way to support heavy vines. Its popularity in Europe grew as clever architects and designers reimagined it as an interior folly — a device to bring a sense of the garden inside. Those early executions were wildly lavish, complete with lattice columns, rosettes and vanishing-point-perspective ceilings.
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How to Be Confident, Even When You're Not
Everyone has insecurities when doing something new. Here are three ways to build strength and be self-confident.
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House of Your (Vivid) Dreams
The New York Times
Desire is a reliably unreliable guide to happiness, as Alain de Botton notes in "The Architecture of Happiness," the fifth or sixth book from the prolific professional intellectual who has tackled everything from status anxiety to sex. In it, the author observes that bad buildings are like bad relationships, "an example expressed through materials of the same tendency which in other domains will lead us to marry the wrong people, choose inappropriate jobs and book unsuccessful holidays: the tendency not to understand who we are and what will satisfy us."
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Surprise Is Still the Most Powerful Marketing Tool
Harvard Business Review
Life has never been more predictable. Yelp provides an early-warning system for dining out, by helping us avoid bad restaurants and alerting us to must-try items at good ones. Facebook lets us investigate a potential romantic interest before the first date. Turn-by-turn instructions from Google Maps prevent us from ever getting lost. The same thing is happening in marketing organizations. "Big Data" is the latest buzzword in our industry.
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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.
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.
Impact Organizing LLC - AP - Sarasota, Fla.
Beautiful House USA - AP - Pineville, N.C.
Designer Marble & Granite, Inc. - AP - Sarasota, Fla.
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!

Design Biz Blueprint is seeking an Interior Design Sales Associate

The ideal candidate is a designer or industry salesperson who has worked at least five years. You must understand the day-to-day challenges that designers face, and be able to communicate and discuss their challenges on a very personal level. In this position you will be selling business coaching programs to interior designers. Leads and appointments are booked for you, and all sales activities take place by telephone.

The position requires 15-20 hours per week along with a high level of professionalism and customer relationship management. You must be highly organized, computer literate and an exceptional communicator with good follow-up skills.

Click here to learn more about this position and how to apply.

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 which took place last month 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!

Wallcovering Tips and Techniques
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.

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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.

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Nail Your Company About Us Page: 5 Tips
Most of us have websites for our business but what I find interesting is how often the all-important About Us page is overlooked and seems to be more of an afterthought than an attention getting, customer seeking powerhouse that it should be.

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Tour Highlights:

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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Trip Price: $1,320
Deposit Due for Reservation: $700 (due on June 28; remaining balance due by Aug. 2)

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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.)
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Pastels (Six Different Ways)
100 Big Ideas (Interior Design)
How to Stand Out On Social Media (TIME)

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Interior Designer Knows Stars' Homes Inside Out
Los Angeles Times
Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard is in demand among Hollywood celebrities: Christina Aguilera, Kid Rock and Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are among his clients. His inviting and eclectic interiors have graced the pages of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor and House Beautiful. His product lines include fabrics, wallpapers and furniture. He's invaded living rooms nationwide on shows such as "Million Dollar Decorator," "The Talk" and "The Young and the Restless."
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Mompreneurs Share the Secret to Building a Business While Raising a Family
The Washington Post
It's hard to imagine anything more challenging than running a business or raising a family — except, perhaps, doing both at the same time. That's the reality for thousands of mothers across the country who double as entrepreneurs, somehow building successful companies while simultaneously raising their children. It's an unprecedented balancing act, for sure, but according to many "mompreneurs," the rewards can be fairly unprecedented, too.
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Tables Inspired by African Stools
The New York Times
Though they've been in business for five years, the product designers behind Grain, a firm based on Bainbridge Island off the Seattle coast, have only just gotten around to doing furniture. Before this, the team — Chelsea Green, 32, and James Minola, 30 — designed what they call "personal accessories," like a recyclable shower curtain and a hand mirror.
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Kitchen Confidential: 9 Spaces for Casual Dining
ELLE Decor
What's more fun than eating in the kitchen? These inviting spaces for casual family meals bring as much style as convenience to the table.
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The Houses of 'Gatsby': Q&A With Production Designer Catherine Martin
Los Angeles Times
The 21st century soundtrack to Baz Luhrman's splashy remake of "The Great Gatsby" may be a head-scratcher, but design fans can't quibble with the period sets created by production designer Catherine Martin. "The phone has been ringing off the hook," said Frank Pollaro, a custom furniture maker renowned for reproductions of Jazz Age designs. "People are falling in love with Art Deco again."
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3 Ways to Perform SEO on a Shoestring Budget
Small Business Trends
As the SEO landscape continues to change in 2013, many tactics that had previously been low cost, easy to implement and effective are becoming less and less effective. For this reason, a lot of small businesses are struggling to choose the right areas of focus to get quality results from SEO on a limited budget. The truth is that things like comprehensive content marketing plans can be very expensive to execute, and for many small businesses a hefty monthly retainer to "do SEO right" might not be a legitimate possibility.
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Top 10 Pet Furniture
Are you in the market for more extravagant pet furniture? Who isn’t? If you're one of the many pet lovers that believe their pet is special and only the best will do, then check out our top 10 favorite pet furniture pieces.
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8 Homes With Exterior Paint Colors Done Right
There is nothing scarier for some people than choosing paint colors for the exterior of their house. What goes together? What colors work with the style of the home? What will the neighbors think?
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