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Designer Joe Nahem Radically Reimagines Traditional Interiors as a Setting for Bold Contemporary Art
Architectural Digest
As newlyweds in the late 1990s, Allison and Warren Kanders cultivated a buttoned-down aesthetic, and they hired acclaimed designer Mica Ertegun to decorate their sprawling Colonial Revival house in Greenwich, Connecticut, in a traditional vein. Inspired by the home's stately proportions, Ertegun fashioned patrician interiors with an assortment of Empire, Georgian, Regency, and Louis XVI antiques and select Art Deco pieces. "When we began with Mica, we didn't collect art and we didn't have children," Allison Kanders says. "As you evolve, your tastes evolve, and you become more sure of what you like." The couple discovered that what they like — indeed, love — is bold, provocative contemporary art.
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How Stiletto Networks Are Blazing The Business World
For many of us, the word "networking" conjures images of people milling around a conference hall wearing a name tag, making small talk and exchanging business cards. But a new kind of networking is on the rise — and female executives are at the helm. They're known as "stiletto networks," and the women behind them have been known to ink multimillion-dollar business deals.
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Color Trends 2013: Seeing Red
Living Impressive
Energy, passion, growth and fertility. No other color evokes so many emotions as red. Many people avoid red altogether when it comes to home décor; however red is represented culturally as a color of happiness and good luck. There are many shades of red from faded rose to deep burgundy, combining it other colors such as blues and greens will neutralize and add a sense of warmth to the room.
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15 One-of-a-Kind Bedrooms
ELLE Decor
From a remote-control pull-out bed to custom-made double bunks, these 15 dramatic bedrooms are true showstoppers.
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Tip of the Week:

Are you interested in learning more about the 2013 IDS Educational Tour? The tour will take place in Chicago this fall and 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.
Designer Marble & Granite, Inc. - AP - Sarasota, Fla.
Brandon Wann Company, LLC - AP - Memphis, Tenn.
Shady Lady Window Treatments - AP - Naples, Fla.
Main Street Nursery - AP - Huntington, N.Y.

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.

Belfort Furniture is seeking a Full-Time Sales Design Consultant
Job Title: Sales Design Consultant

Belfort Furniture is seeking a highly motivated and outgoing Sales Design Consultant to provide excellent customer service with an upbeat and positive attitude. As a Sales Design Consultant with Belfort Furniture, you are the face of our business and your performance has a huge impact on overall company performance and customer perceptions. You will develop and foster long-term and trusting relationships with our customers as you help them assess their home furnishing needs.

Location: Dulles, Va.
Schedule: Full-Time; weekends required
Industry: Furniture Retail
Job Type: Sales, Retail, Design
Experience: At least 2 year(s)

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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!

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. A pair of benches purchased from the estate of Bill Blass, for instance, provides communal seating in the kitchen of a Southampton, New York, house decorated by Steven Gambrel.

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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.

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Educational tours in interior design and architecture are critical as experiencing a space within its walls and seeing a structure firsthand are learning experiences that cannot be replicated. Join us as we embark on a unique and exciting learning excursion and earn valuable CEUs along the way!

2013 Educational Tour

Space is limited, be sure to reserve early!

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

For a day-to-day itinerary of Chicago and a list of sites we will visit please click on the link below.

Detailed Itinerary

Tour Pricing

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

For more information on tour pricing, please visit the Pricing and Registration page.

Click here to download a brochure and registration form.

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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Studio City Traditional Gets Some Hollywood Glamour
Los Angeles Times
Interior designer Kishani Perera designed this Studio City home to reflect the owner's London roots with vintage furnishings and statement colors. "We used a black and white backdrop throughout the house, to keep things feeling light, airy and clean," Perera said. "We added interest with rich textures and amazing, unique lighting."
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What is Gangnam Style? And What Does it Mean for Business?
Small Business Trends
"Gangnam Style" is a song and music video by South Korean musician Psy. The phrase has become a metaphor for having a unique and authentic style. The video was first released in July 2012 and soon went viral on YouTube. … The video's success is an example of the power of social media in viral marketing.
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Best of Jewel Tones
Design Sponge
Taste in decor is so subjective. White vs color, minimalism vs opulence, glamorous vs rustic, the list goes on. You may lean toward one particular style or mix a few together — either way, everyone is sure to have their own unique interpretation. One of the easiest ways to make a statement no matter what your style is to incorporate a pop of jewel toned color.
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Lay Out Your Living Room: Floor Plan Ideas for Rooms Small to Large
One of the first things I do when I see a room for the first time is study the options for furniture arrangement, said Charmean Neithart, a Houzz contributor. Sometimes there can be more than one great option. Occasionally, things like windows, a fireplace or doorways can limit options and stump the homeowner on how to place furniture. Living rooms are one of my favorite rooms to decorate.
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Twitter Suspension? First Step: Don't Panic
Small Business Trends
Since last week, lots of legitimate business accounts have been suspended and then unsuspended on Twitter. Here's more on what’s been happening and what to do if you find yourself in the same situation.
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Baby Boomers Influence Home Construction, Design Trends
Woodworking Network
Today's 77 million baby boomers make up 45 percent of the national workforce and hold the largest amount of discretionary income in history. For these reasons, homebuilders, designers and residential architects are continuously modifying their floor plans and home designs to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of a generation that is not yet ready to head to the retirement home.
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HeyWire Debuts Landline Texting For Businesses
What if there was a way to send and receive text messages via your business landline? Would you use it? A Cambridge, Mass., company is betting you and millions of others will. The service is called HeyWire, a four year old free texting app already boasting 3 million monthly users and one billion page views. The app enables SMS and texts to be sent and received by landline phone numbers, no the phones themselves. Now the company is expanding its service from individuals to the business sector, an underserved market that HeyWire's CEO Meredith Flynn-Ripley calls antiquated.
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Mobile Wallets: A Primer for Retailers
The Wall Street Journal
Mobile wallets can make things a lot simpler for shoppers. But they can leave retailers confused. The idea: Shoppers download software to their mobile gadget that links the device to a credit or debit card. Then, when they get to the checkout line in a store, they can use their phone to complete the sale, often by tapping it against a scanner.
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Start By Being a Leader of One
The topic of leadership can get pompous pretty quickly as names like Steve Jobs to Abraham Lincoln are bandied about. But if you're just starting out, this sort of inspiration can seem more than a little out of reach. You're just a young person with business dreams, after all. Plus, leadership gurus have a tendency to speak in riddles — "plans mean nothing, but planning is everything" — or platitudes — "life is a marathon, not a sprint"--which may very well be true, but can seem less than actionable to a budding business person. Isn't there more practical advice for entrepreneurs just starting out?
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