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Bentley Launches a Home Decor Collection
The Malaysian Insider
Luxury carmaker Bentley enters the world of home decoration and design with the new Bentley Home collection, designed in collaboration with Luxury Living Group. "For more than 90 years Bentley has produced the world's finest hand-crafted car interiors — now we are making our approach to luxury available to people's homes and offices," explains Bentley Motors director of Product and Marketing Stefan Buescher, in the brand's statement. Bentley will "combine the traditional elan of the British driver's spirit with a new modern English twist." This "haute couture home collection" includes furniture and homeware.
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10 Favorite Tumbler Decorating Blogs
Inside Avenue Blog
We love looking at home décor pictures. We never reads the text though, do you? This is why we like Tumblr. It's a social blog network where you can follow certain blogs — which will instantly update their posts in your dashboard daily. So basically it will fill out your dashboard with beautiful images that other people have curated. It's something we do with our coffee in the morning, when we are not awake enough to work yet. Or the mid afternoon, when we just need a break.
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The Secret To Customer Loyalty Building
Business 2 Community
Customer loyalty building means providing a truly valuable product or service. Never let your customers forget you. Don’t cut contact after the sale – the transaction has only begun! There’s really no reason not to remain in contact with the customer until they die to keep them coming back to you.
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Tip of the Week:

The Interior Design Society will host its 2013 Membership Drive beginning on June 3

Win free admission to the 2014 IDS National Conference in Las Vegas! All you need to do is recruit 3 NEW members to be eligible to win. Additionally, new members, joining between June 3 – Aug. 9, will be entered to win one of two prizes:
  1. A FREE year of dues in 2014
  2. Half-priced dues in 2014
Start recruiting new members today to earn your free trip to the 2014 IDS National Conference in Las Vegas.

Click here for guidelines and more information on the 2013 Membership Drive.

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We are pleased to offer interior decorators, designers and architects an exclusive discount on all store and online merchandise at Crate and Barrel, CB2 and The Land of Nod. For more information and to complete an application, please visit
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New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Baird's Drapery Services - PID Sterling - Homer Glen, Ill.
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.
Bassett Home Furnishings - AP - Farmingdale, N.Y.
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!

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)

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

Free CEU Webinar for IDS Members: Thursday, June 6
(3 p.m. PDT, 4 p.m. MST, 5 p.m. CDT, 6 p.m. EDT)

"How To Price Yourself, Profit From Interior Design Jobs and Get Paid What You are Worth in Today's Market" live with Terri Taylor, IDS, ASID, President & Creative Director of Design Biz Blueprint

.1 CEU for IDS Members

Click here for more information

Click here to sign up to participate in this webinar

6 Unique Ways to Be Successful and Happy
Here's the thing. Never before have there been so many people spending so much time searching for the secrets to a successful career and a happy life. Which is really a shame because they're not going to find either, at least not that way. There are lots of reasons why that is, but the most glaringly obvious one is that nobody ever got anywhere by doing what everyone else is doing.

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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.

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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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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!

Be sure to take a look at the IDS National blog for before and after photos of our Designer of the Year Award winners in each category! Click here to view photos on the IDS National Blog.

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A Soaring Shelter Island Beach House
Architectural Digest
Andrew Cogan got his first look at how houses are built at around age ten, when his family made expeditions to East Hampton, New York, to follow the construction of their modernist retreat. Conceived by the legendary architect Charles Gwathmey, it set a high bar for the young Cogan’s design standards. He loved that house — all the more so after he discovered an unintended benefit of its interior ramps: They were perfect for roller-skating. Cogan's passion for design only deepened, and today he is the CEO of Knoll, the storied modern-furnishings company.
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How to Give (and Receive) Positive Criticism
There is nothing pleasant about criticism. Even the best intentioned critique still stings. People like to be right, correct, and accomplished, and when they're not, it hurts to hear the truth, no matter how nice your critic tries to be. Still, those who strive to improve, value direct feedback no matter how painful. And as long as the critic is not being malicious, he or she can actually build a higher level of trust by providing constructive criticism carefully and empathetically.
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Trend Alert: Oversized Lighting
2Modern Blog
Technology notwithstanding, the truth is that we’ve been seeing a trend towards larger and larger, ever more theatrical suspension lighting for some time now, a noticeable exaggeration in scale which keeps presenting us with startling Pop Art-like interior vignettes. What it means in the long run is unclear, but for now, far from playing a supporting role to sofas and tables, lighting is being given an increasingly outsized role on the home decor stage — and, more than occasionally, the star-making lead.
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Twist Up a Room's Look With Tie-Dye
Just so we're clear, the hippies did not invent tie-dye. Yes, they may have perfected the psychedelic variety and forever linked the technique to the Summer of Love, but tie-dyeing is actually an ancient method used all over the world. Japanese shibori has been around since the eighth century. Tie-dyeing is also found in Peru, India, Africa and Indonesia. Tie-dying can produce subtle rippling patterns. It's the perfect wabi-sabi art, because it can never be controlled 100 percent. Every piece of tie-dye is unique.
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3 Ways to Spot a Liar
It would be nice if every job candidate, negotiating partner, and potential supplier told the truth. But here in the real world, being in business means separating spin from reality. Police shows and folk wisdom offer suggestions, but these commonly held "tells" aren't useful for spotting deception. For starters, liars aren't always so fidgety. But just because Hollywood gets it wrong doesn't mean that you should.
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The Importance of Building An Emergency Fund For Your Business
Under 30 CEO
you more than likely have an emergency fund for your household, but do you have one for your small business? While you may have more business assets than personal assets, very little of those assets are liquid. Having a liquid emergency fund to rely on when catastrophic event occurs that you could have never predicted is imperative if you want to survive through the aftermath. Emergencies happen and even after an emergency happens, the bills must be paid.
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The Green Room
Ciao Interiors
Green is a calming color, perfect for any room in the home. It is the color of health, renewal, and rebirth. Depending on the hue, you can set it against white, black, or brown and have a crisp, contrasting look. Whether you choose a moss green or a bright spring green, green is a healing color that will leave you peacefully invigorated and refreshed.
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Kitchen Confidential: 9 Spaces for Casual Dining
ELLE Decor
A pair of benches purchased from the estate of Bill Blass provides communal seating in the kitchen of a Southampton, New York, house decorated by Steven Gambrel. The 19th-century oak table is Belgian, and the pendant lights are from John Derian Co.; French concrete floor tiles add a graphic punch.
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Change The World And Get to Bed By 10
Harvard Business Review
Let's say you believed deeply in the importance of sleep health, and you wanted to start a movement to change people's attitudes and behavior. Maybe, like Arianna Huffington, it's a personal crisis that convinces you. Or maybe it's a key piece of research or two that opens your eyes, as it were, to the dangers of too little sleep.
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Think National, Design Local
Interiors & Sources
Twenty-four hours. Six designers. One big idea. That, in a nutshell, is what Design Local is all about. It's also about finding inspiration in your own backyard. And, of course, it's about creating beautiful carpet.
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