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IDS is Moving!
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IDS is moving to a new office location on June 1! We are relocating our offices to the 4th floor of the historic Radio Building in High Point (4 floors below our current location). The IDS offices will be closed May 28 – June 1 for the move. We will be unable to respond to emails and phone calls during this time. Please be patient, we will respond as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding.

IDS's new address:

Interior Design Society
164 S. Main Street, Ste 404
High Point, N.C. 27260

When contacting IDS's new office, please use the phone number: 336-884-4437. Effective June 1, the IDS 888 number will no longer be in service. All extensions will remain the same: Abbie x224, Bonnie x225, and Snoa x222. Please update your phones and other information with IDS's number: 336-884-4437.

Tip of the Week:

Eurocucina 2012 Recap – The hottest European kitchen trends from Snaidero-USA.

Hottest European Kitchen Trends

Published — IDS Member, Iris Houlihan
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Congratulations to IDS Member, Iris Houlihan on her Houzz Best of Remodeling win! Iris's powder room was the winner of the Design Award in Greater New York. The online platform's members, both homeowners and professionals, were enchanted by Iris Houlihan's remodeled powder room. The space, which snagged a win in the "Design" category, features dramatic damask wallpaper in bronze. The two-toned pattern with a hint of shimmer, adds texture and depth to the small space. The porcelain tiled floor, in a complementary hue, plays off the shades of bronze. The powder room is complete with a gorgeous cream pedestal sink with matching toilet and a sleek, functional mirror framed in dark wood tones. The clean white trim looks crisp and refreshing against the bold walls. Simple, yet striking, the design is flawless down to the wooden tray housing powder room essentials. To have a look at the 2012 "Design" winners, visit

Iris Houlihan's Award Winning Powder Room

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.

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

Call for Articles
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 1-2 sentence bio with your article. The deadline for the next issue of Portfolio is Friday, June 1.

 Shop IDS Partners in Design

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
A & B Furniture, North American - PID Platinum
Tentina Window Fashions, Inc. - PID Sterling
Linda Calvert Jacobson - PID Sterling
Qualex, Inc. - PID Sterling
Robert Allen - PID Sterling
Jara & Weidner Design Studio - PID Sterling
Lighting Gallery, Inc, - PID Sterling
Shoreline Reflections/Custom Shower Doors - AP - Smithtown, N.Y.
Fast Frame & The Westlake Gallery - AP - Austin, 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.
Infinity Floors, Inc. - AP - Islandia, N.Y.
Lighting First - AP - Fort Myers, Fla.
4 Step Designs - AP - Naples , Fla.
Norwood Furniture - HFRS - Gilbert, Ariz.
South Unlimited - HFRS - Chapel Hill, N.C.
Dianes Art Gift & Home - HFRS - Memphis, Tenn.

Access Lighting

Onyx explores the incredible fusion of contemporary chrome with traditional crystal. The combination is an eye catching collection that meets avant-garde design trends. Opal glass, and bright halogen light further enhance this simply sensational ensemble of lights.
Visit our website to see the entire family at:

 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.

IDS Members - $29
Non Members - $39

Register Online

Upcoming Regional Events
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Thursday, May 17 (6-9 p.m.)
Discover Your Sales Mojo
Presented by Amy Meinecke

WCAA High Point Chapter Meeting
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Old Salem
924 S. Main Street
Winston Salem, N.C. 27101

Event Details

Sunday, July 15 (9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
8th Annual Designer's Summer Luncheon – How to Beat Your Competition
AmericasMart – Atlanta during the upcoming Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

Please RSVP to:

Contact: Tamesha Walker
404-220-2098 or
Don't forget to ask about buyer incentives such as 1 complimentary hotel night to those 100 miles or more outside of Atlanta!

Click here for the full calendar of events

Are you ready to make a commitment to your professionalism?

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

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 Industry News

Outdoor Spaces Becoming Hot Destinations for Homeowners
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For many homebuyers, the quest for the perfect outdoor space is becoming every bit as important as finding the right interior space. Chalk it up to the increasing popularity of "staycations" in a struggling economy. While a pricey vacation may be out of the question, spending time close to home is one of life's simpler pleasures. Outdoor living areas are viewed as the perfect environment for entertaining, enjoying family time or unwinding at the end of the day. More

The Root of the Matter
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Like many urban couples, Eric and Holly Montgomery fantasized about leaving Los Angeles's hard-charging life behind for the serenity and space of the country. Holly Montgomery, an artist and former fashion stylist, imagined a studio where she could paint full time. Her husband, Eric Montgomery, a biochemist who cofounded the OPI nail polish brand, envisioned a large home office and laboratory where he could work on his inventions. They would have lots of dogs, take hikes in the woods, and ride horses, as Holly had when growing up in England. "We were too tired to go to any more Oscar parties," she says. "We wanted some peace and quiet." Determined to make the dream a reality, they spent a year driving up and down the East Coast. More

Impressive Restoration of a 19th Century Corner Building
in Ghent, Belgium

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Graux & Baeyens architecten designed Project House GS, an impressive 19th century corner building, located right on the beach and overlooking the port city of Ghent, Belgium. The architects restored the initial structure and also gave it a contemporary appearance. According to the developers, "the project started by stripping the dilapidated house of all excess. ... The interiors of the residence showcase a visually appealing contrast between old and new. More

World Interiors Day: Finding the NEW in the OLD
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World Interiors Day, held during the last weekend in May, is an annual worldwide event initiated by International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers to bring interior architecture/design to the attention of the public, to enhance knowledge and understanding about the profession and to encourage cooperation between professionals with a focus on interior designers' range of work and their contributions to society. More

The Sheer Appeal of Unlined Curtains
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It's not unusual to spy long sheer curtains that are unembellished and mostly intended to disappear. Like a shy but welcome dinner guest, they play a subdued role on the sidelines, diffusing both sunlight and the views of prying eyes. But lately frothier, more animated styles of unlined curtains seem to be turning up in a growing number of interiors. More

Separating Wheat from Chaff
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Finding a truly sustainable product can be a confusing endeavor. Manufacturers' claims about sustainable properties abound, and it can be easy to get hoodwinked along the way. But with a little legwork and some new tools, you can take sustainability into your own hands. More

Decorative Boxes
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To say that David Scott is box-obsessed might be an understatement. Scott, an interior designer whose first book, "Outside the Box," was just published by Pointed Leaf Press, owns more than 100 boxes. More

6 Most-Viewed Home Photo Galleries of 2012
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Modern apartments and a rammed-earth house. A manse in California's Santa Monica and a sliver of a home in Echo Park. Shoestring budgets and high-priced dreams. It's always interesting to see which of the Los Angeles Times home profiles click with readers, and with the following list we present to you the most-viewed home photo galleries from January through April. More

IDS National Staff:

IDS National Headquarters
164 S. Main St, 8th Floor
High Point, N.C. 27260

Phone: 888-884-4469

IDS Staff:

Anna Mavrakis
IDS National Board President

Snoa Garrigan, x 222
Office Manager

Abbie Emms, x 224
Director of Education

Bonnie Hair, x 225
Member Sales Representative

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