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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.

4 Smart Ways to Be More Creative
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For some entrepreneurs, a great "aha" moment is the spark that leads to the formation of their company. But just one "aha" isn’t going to do it. Once you're up and running, you may need new products, a better way to deal with your hotheaded marketing chief, or a knotty production issue you can't seem to solve. So how do you get more everyday creativity into your company – and enhance the odds that when you need a breakthrough, you’ll get one? More

Published — IDS Member, Starr Miller
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Congratulations to IDS Member, Starr Miller who was featured in Lake Norman CURRENTS regional magazine, April 2012, page 46-51.

This article is about a client project that stretched the farmhouse to include a huge sunroom and wrap-around porch. Project is full of floral fabrics and fabulous views to Koi Ponds and terraces.

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Tip of the Week:

Find out what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has to say about the occupation of Interior Design in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Information includes median pay and the job outlook through 2020.

Click to see the Occupational Outlook Handbook for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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

Introducing the Silestone® Stonium Series

Cosentino introduces the Stonium Series, a new line of six earthy hues inspired by the distinctive coloring of organic minerals and the movement of natural stone. Launched in April 2012, the new series gives architects, designers and homeowners even more choices in color, depth and pattern for kitchen and bath surfaces.

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.
The John Khalil Collection - AP - Huntington, N.Y.
Deco Window Fashions - AP - Syracuse, N.Y.
Taglio+Company - AP - San Francisco, Calif.
Norwood Furniture - HFRS - Gilbert, Ariz.
South Unlimited - HFRS - Chapel Hill, N.C.
Dianes Art Gift & Home - HFRS - Memphis, Tenn.

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 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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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

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 Industry News

Americans Choosing Style Over Profit
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Even as new and existing home sales and prices climb, homeowners are prioritizing aesthetics before profit, according to a recent Houzz & Home Survey conducted among users of the Houzz app and website. Among homeowners planning to build, remodel or decorate in the next two years, 86 percent cited "improving the look and feel of the space" as an important driver for remodeling projects, while only 47 percent cited "increasing home value." More

The End-Table Game
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End tables — How tall? Must they match? Decorator Alexa Hampton puts an end to the confusion. More

A Study In How To Design For Families By Garrison Hullinger
Interior Design

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Portland Interior Designer Garrison Hullinger's recent redecoration of a 1920s Foursquare home demonstrates the value of versatility in designing interiors for families. The Oregon home's new interior spaces are designed to respond and evolve as the family's kids grow and the household's needs change. This focus on flexibility is central to the interior designer's approach to creating home environments for growing families. More

12 Amazing Reuses for Quirky Vintage Items
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Is it time for a fresh round of inspiration? Consider some of these unique vintage items that are enjoying a second career around the house. Even if you don't find these exact items, hopefully they will open your mind to new ways to use some of that old stuff you find the next time you clean out the attic. More

ClBusiness Pinterest Starter Guide
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Now hailing 11.7 million unique visitors a month, Pinterest has become the fastest standalone site to pass the 10 million visitor mark since, well, ever. But even more impressive than that are what those 11.7 million visitors are doing once they land on Pinterest — they're staying and they're engaging. Reports say that the average Pinterest user spends 89 minutes interacting, sharing, and posting on the site. And that could be your content they're interacting with, but only if you’re taking the steps to leverage Pinterest. More

'Bookshelf' By Alex Johnson Holds Volumes of Fun Design
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Stacked cinder blocks and boards work just as well as most, but they're nowhere near as fun — or as optimistic in this e-book world — as the swirling, angled, wacky shelves in Alex Johnson’s new book. "Bookshelf" has more than 300 color photos of minimalist, ladder-shaped shelves, jumbled boxes, swirling towers and the occasional farm animal. One disorienting design built into a staircase holds 2,000 books, but many others were created without much apparent thought to storing more than a few volumes. More

Going Dutch
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Daniel Beauchemin and Marc de Laat have lived the golden life. As an interior designer with the celebrated Jamie Drake, Beauchemin helped decorate the apartment of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg; later, as the owner of Chelsea Frames in Manhattan, he worked with such legendary tastemakers as Tom Ford and Annie Leibovitz. De Laat, a boyishly handsome Dutchman, had such a lucrative real-estate career in the Netherlands that by his early forties he was able to sell his business and focus on his passion for photography and graphic design. More

Florida Interior Designer, Pepe Calderin
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No matter what your circumstances, no matter what your lifestyle, finding the "beauty in every day" is what Florida Interior Designer, Pepe Calderin will help you achieve with his award winning style of Interior Design. Founded in the midst of a recession, Miami based Pepe Calderin Design, successfully tackles the challenge of bringing every day life to a new level of happiness, joy, form and function — by helping you to envision the "beauty" that your surroundings could offer. More

Design Inspiration
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Are designers still inspired in their work? "Metropolis" explores this challenge by gathering insight from different sectors of the profession and designers with multiple levels of experience. Whether it's from their surroundings, their peers or the virtual world, inspiration lives. More

Slideshow: White Bedrooms Done Right
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Since summer calls for light and airy spaces, we've rounded up a selection of dreamy bedrooms to show that you don't always need splashy colors to beat the heat with flair. 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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