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Join IDS as we launch the NYC Chapter! Interior Designers & Industry Vendors Invited.

Date: Thursday, May 29
Time: 3 p.m.

Hosted by:
Christopher Guy
200 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1601
New York, N.Y. 10016

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The Interior Design Society's focus in 2014 will be building community and relationships. Learn why IDS is where you belong by clicking here.

Interested in participating in Design for a Difference? Visit and like their Facebook fan page for more updates and information on how to enter! Design for a Difference entry dates are Feb. 1-June 1.  Enter at! Learn more about Design for a Difference by clicking here.

IDS Associate, Susy McBride, was quoted in the USA Today Spring 2014 National Magazine. Click here to view page 1 of the article. Click here to view page 2 of the article.

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New Partners in Design
JOYCE - PID Platinum - Palm Springs, Calif.
Oriana's Design Finder - PID Platinum - Manhasset, N.Y.
Accent Prone - PID Sterling - Kernersville, N.C.
Bailey Floors Co. - PID Sterling - Fort Myers, Fla.
Archangel Gallery - PID Sterling - Palm Springs, Calif.
Fabric Quilters & Window Fashions - PID Sterling - Westbury, N.Y.
ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Accetra Arts Ltd. - PID Sterling - Dix Hills, N.Y.
Floor Decor & Design - PID Sterling - Syosset, N.Y.
Brendan Bass Showroom - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Hayman and Summers - PID Sterling - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Marlin Art - PID Sterling - Deer Park, N.Y.
Burns and Parks Painting - PID Sterling - Plano, Texas
Fashion Glass & Mirror - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Fabric Quilters & Window Fashions - PID Sterling - Westbury, N.Y.
Bolt Textiles - PID Sterling - San Mateo, Calif.
Closet Factory - PID Sterling - Ft. Myers, Fla.
Focus Sales - PID Sterling - East Meadow, N.Y.
Home & Design - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
Office Worx - PID Sterling - Hauppage, N.Y.
Green Art Plumbing Supply - PID Sterling - Freeport, N.Y.
Lancaster & Associates - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Roze - PID Sterling - Lawrenceville, N.J.
Summer Classics Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
CMI Interiors Inc. - PID Sterling - Springfield, N.J.
Elite Kitchen and Bath - PID Sterling - Manhasset, N.Y.
Fiber-Seal Systems - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Frank & Camille's - PID Sterling - Melville, N.Y.
Al Sahara Oriental Rugs - PID Sterling - Chicago, Ill.

The IDS National staff would like to extend a BIG thank you to all of our speakers and to all of you who attended our National Conference. We enjoyed meeting everyone! We would especially like to thank our conference sponsors: Wayfair, LLC.,, International Design Guild and International Market Centers. Be on the lookout for details on our next conference!

Join IDS as we launch the NYC Chapter on Thursday, May 29. Click here for more information and to register.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Chapter Award Winners!

  • Chapter of the Year: IDS Long Island
  • Outstanding Charity Event: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth and IDS Fort Myers
  • Outstanding Networking Event: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Excellence in Membership Marketing Communications: IDS Naples
  • Excellence in Programs and Educational Activities: IDS Naples
Would you like to get involved with an IDS Chapter? Visit our "Locate Your IDS Chapter" page on the IDS website to find out if there is a chapter in your area.

To join a local IDS Chapter, you must first join IDS National. Click here to learn more about IDS membership.

Michael S. Smith Brings Art Deco Flair to a Waterfront Home
Architectural Digest
Built in the 1920s, the structure entrusted to Smith resembles one of the old steamers run aground, with Art Moderne curves and a chimney reminiscent of a smokestack. (The boat slips were sealed up by a previous owner, who transformed the area into living space.) Locals know the edifice by its nickname, the No-Go, a ship that refuses to budge.

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Design Inspiration from Painter Frida Kahlo's Home
The Wall Street Journal
Often immobilized, she ensured that her field of vision always included things she wanted to look at. The white walls are a natural canvas for beloved artworks and artifacts. Playing the straight man to a cheerful mortuary of giant papier-mâché skeletons is a collection of traditional furniture — dark, polished wood beds dressed in creamy hand-crocheted covers; indigenous wicker-and-leather Equipal chairs.

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Why Your Rug Might Be The Most Important Design Decision You Make
ELLE Decor
A rug can set the tone, color scheme and comfort factor of your living space. See how these 10 rooms are transformed.

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Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website through the LMS link!

There are several available webinars by Tobi Fairley, each are worth 0.1 CEU. A new Tobi Fairley webinar was just posted, "How to Determine Your Staffing Needs." This session addresses designers who may be confused about when and how to hire people to handle a portion of the work for their design firm. If you need to know how best to keep your operation "lean and mean" yet still highly productive, this webinar will provide you with helpful information. Join Tobi Fairley for this training on determining your staffing needs and then taking action to get the job done!

Visit the IDS website to learn more!

Attend NeoCon (in Chicago. June 9 -11), North America's largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, providing over 40,000 architecture and design professionals with nearly 100 CEU-accredited seminars, association forums and top-notch keynote speakers. Discover thousands of innovative products and resources for corporate, hospitality, health care, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors. Click here for more information and to register.

Find out how to use sustainability to differentiate your business, attract more customers and grow your bottom line. The Interior Designer Society is pleased to partner with the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) to invite you to join hundreds of thought leaders and innovators for a unique two-day learning and networking experience, SFC NEXT. SFC NEXT will take place in Washington, D.C. June 13-14, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Click here for more details.

Visit the IDS National blog to view photographs of the DotY Award Winners' designs by clicking here.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Designer of the Year Award Winners!

Click here for a complete list of winners.

The IDS Buyers Guide is live! To find preferred IDS vendors, look for the IDS logo in their listing. Click here to view the IDS Buyers Guide.

In 2014, IDS will be issuing new membership cards. Similar to a credit card, these cards are much more durable. Due to the change in how our membership cards will be made, there will be a $10 replacement fee (in advance) for each replacement card ordered.

To view benefits exclusively available to IDS members, visit the Member Benefits page on the IDS National website. Members must log in on the IDS website in order to take advantage of available discounts.

America's Window Covering Buying Network is looking for a National Sales Manager in the Chicagoland area to utilize their knowledge of the "Window Covering" industry and work in a sales driven/goal orientated environment. A strong sales background is required to recruit new members, and build long lasting relationships with current members to upgrade their purchases throughout the year. This role is critical to the organization because they are the point of communication and negotiations with the suppliers and members.

The perfect candidate that joins the team and strives for excellence each day, will receive the benefits of flexible work hours, overseeing the Regional Account Reps, an assistant to help with daily tasks and communication, traveling for trade shows, a sophisticated CRM database to help manage customer accounts, and commission bonus potential.

Click here for additional details.


Should an Interior Designer Charge for a 1st Appointment?
The Interior Design Advocate
To start, interior designers are similar to other knowledge workers, like accountants, lawyers, psychologists, certain consultants and, to some extent doctors. These professions deal in the sale of knowledge or intellectual property ("IP"). When dealing with these professionals, you expect to pay for their knowledge or guidance in what is called "services."
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You'll Never Guess What Dolly Parton's House Has In The Bedroom
ELLE Decor
Whether or not you're a country music fan, you still very well may be a fan of Dolly Parton, the genre's first lady of all things over-the-top. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that her newly-listed home, a mini-compound in Los Angeles, has more than its fair share of pizazz. To start, the guest suite bedroom has a refrigerator in it.
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Interior Design Marketing: Small is Smart
Little stuff counts. Little stuff is asking about Phase II of the project, before you've started Phase I. It's writing a Facebook post about your new client. It's linking your email signature to your bio. It's stopping by that charity fundraiser.
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Sales Secrets for Interior Designers
Put as crassly as possible, it is not all about us. Sure, we are professionals with great portfolios and a cache of ideas that should make any client marvel. But often the potential customers who walk through our door cares little about that. They want someone who will — also somewhat crassly put — shut up and listen.
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Wallpaper: 18 Alternatives to Plain White Walls
Los Angeles Times
Ultra-white walls are fine in museums, but at home, many people prefer color, pattern and texture. Here, we offer some ideas about how to enliven a space using wallpaper.
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Reasons That Bamboo is Making a Come Up in Home Decor
Charlotte Observer
When it comes to home design products that are sustainable, affordable and handsome, it's hard to beat bamboo. The fast-growing perennial grass is an abundant natural resource that is popular for design that is done with sensitivity to the environment.
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Supernatural Ceramics
The Wall Street Journal
A "cabinet of curiosities" approach to decorating with organic oddities has become a common way to showcase your uncommon taste. No wonder: When almost everything around you is mass-produced and artificial, an intricate branch of coral, an elk's sinuous antlers or even a crustacean's alien shell can hold a powerful allure. But now that these scientific specimens are crowding trendy flea markets and surfacing in catalogs adapted as lamp fixtures or mounted on bookends, their chic mystique has begun to wear thin.
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5 Unique Pinterest for Small Business Ideas
Business 2 Community
At this point, everyone knows the Pinterest basics.You want to do something different, something to set yourself apart from the competition. It's time to get unique. Following are 5 Pinterest tips that you might not have heard before. Every organization is different, of course, so the actual application of these tips is going to be different for everyone. Take our tips, put a personal spin on 'em, and do something truly Pinterrific.
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