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Learn how you can make an IMPACT in your community through our new charitable design initiative #idsIMPACT. We are pleased to have Make-A-Wish and Dwell with Dignity as collaborating organizations of this program. Click here to see IDS members who are already making an IMPACT!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Designer of the Year Awards! Click here to view a complete list of award recipients.

Calling all Designers:

Casual Living needs your help to identify the trends in designing for outdoor spaces. The results will be published in the August issue. Your answers will be anonymous and confidential. Responses will be combined with others in the industry to provide a composite view.

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At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter your name for a chance to win one of three $100 Visa gift cards. Good luck!

IWCE 2016 Call for Presentations
Your experience and perspective can help shape the window fashions industry as we move into the next phase of influence and growth. Share your insights at the IWCE (International Window Coverings Expo), Jan. 19-21. Please submit presentation ideas for consideration by June 12. Conference speakers have the opportunity to reach thousands of industry insiders at this important annual event. Your ideas can make a difference.

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Read the following press coverage of the 2014 IDS Designer of the Year awards:

K+BB (Kitchen & Bath Business)

California Home + Design

Home Accents Today

Furniture World

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New Partners in Design
Architectural Systems - PID Sterling - New York, N.Y.
Aria Stone Gallery - PID Sterling - Dallas, TX
Heatherwood Studios - PID Sterling - Manorville, N.Y.
Fine's Gallery LLC - PID Sterling - Bonita Springs, Fla.
Lefroy Brooks - PID Sterling - New York, N.Y.
Metropolitan Home Hardware & Bath LLC - PID Sterling - Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Final Touch - PID Sterling - Deer Park, N.Y.
Alltimate Services Group - PID Sterling - Cape Coral, Fla.
Colbert Custom Framing & Art Printing - PID Sterling - Naperville, Ill.
Rug Renovating - PID Sterling - East Orange, N.J.
Lindsey Blinds ETC - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
The Wood Floor Gallery - PID Sterling - Fort Myers, Fla.
DeVance AV Design - PID Sterling - Carrollton, Texas
Quarry Kitchen & Bath - PID Sterling - New York, N.Y.
Bottega Stone - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Floor Coverings International - PID Sterling - Indian Trail, N.C.
JB Woodwork - PID Sterling - Dallas, TX
Hansen Steam Way - PID Sterling - Seiverville, Tenn.
Semihandmade - PID Sterling - Palm Springs, Calif.
Sergenian's Floor Coverings - PID Sterling - Madison, Wis.
Arteriors - PID Sterling - Carrollton, Texas
Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes - PID Sterling - Carol Stream, Ill.
Creative Habitats - PID Sterling - Fanwood, N.J.
Nabers Interiors - PID Sterling - Memphis, Tenn.
New York Shower Door - PID Sterling - Freeport, N.Y.
Flooring & Carpet Warehouse - PID Sterling - Coram, N.Y.
Ceramic Matrix - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
The Other Side of Art - PID Sterling - Coram, N.Y.
Broadway Carpets Inc. - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.
Copper Creek Construction - PID Sterling - Las Vegas, Nev.
PBS Contractors - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.

We had a wonderful time at 2015 IDS National Conference! Thank you to all attendees for joining us. We hope you learned a lot! Visit the IDS National Facebook page to view photograph highlights of the awards dinner concluding IDS National Conference.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Designer of the Year Awards! Click here to view a complete list of award recipients.

Thank you to our generous Red Carpet Conference Sponsor, Sherwin-Williams!

Join Interior Design Society, New York City Chapter on June 3 for a CEU presentation at Lefroy Brooks, "Feng Shui & Interior Design." Click here for more information.

Congratulations to the 2014 IDS Chapter Award Winners:

  • Chapter of the Year (Large): IDS Long Island
  • Chapter of the Year (Small): IDS Las Vegas
  • Outstanding Charity Event: IDS Sarasota & IDS Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Outstanding Networking Event: IDS Fort Myers
  • Excellence in Membership Marketing Communications: IDS Naples
  • Excellence in Programs and Educational Activities: IDS Chicago & Suburban

If you are an active member of IDS National, join our closed Facebook group to connect with members across the country! Click here to join the group.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, Designerlebrity creator, Barbara Viteri will interview DIY's Million Dollar Contractor, Stephen Fanuka "Contractor to the Stars" for this year's Interior Design Society Long Island Chapter Design Show. Click here to learn more.

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.

The Interior Design Society has joined The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), effective Jan. 1. Click here to learn more.

Effective Jan. 1, IDS Professional members must earn a minimum of 0.4 (4 hours) approved continuing education units (CEU) each year. The current reporting period is from Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2015. Click here to read more about the updated CEU Filing Policy.

Join the Sustainable Furnishings Council for GREENleaders Certified Sustainability Training ONLINE. This is the most comprehensive training program available in green home furnishings, providing manufacturers, reps, retailers and designers with the knowledge and credentials to become experts in sustainability (Approved by GBCI for 6 CE hours and registered with IDCEC for .6 W CEUs). Click here for more information and to register.

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

Stay abreast on markets across the country by visiting the IDS Event Calendar. Click here to view it now!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Designer of the Year Awards! Click here to view a complete list of award recipients.

We are pleased to announce the distinguished judging panel for the 5th annual IDS Designer of the Year competition. Click here to learn more.

Visit the IDS website to view the IDS Buyers' Guide! To find preferred IDS vendors, look for the IDS logo in their listing. If you are interested in obtaining a new listing or updating an existing listing, please contact Dan Sylvester at 212-920-3918. Click here to view the IDS Buyers' Guide.

If you are an active member of IDS National, join our closed Facebook group to connect with members across the country! Click here to join the group.

Get your .DESIGN domain today from Interior.Design IDS members will receive 50 percent off their first year with code IDS50 or click the following link:

Orion Ornamental Iron is proud to announce the launch of its newest line, Design Art, which features gorgeous drapery hardware designs in wood and crystal. The collection was developed with input from designers, and has everything you need for complete drapery hardware sets to meet all your decorating needs. Click here to learn more.

Concrete Decor magazine, the concrete industry's premier magazine for all things decorative concrete is offering IDS members the chance to subscribe free to their magazine. Click here to read their current issue that features an article about how decorative concrete is carving its way into the design community.

If you have not yet paid your 2015 IDS National dues, please contact the IDS National office at 336-884-4437 ext. 223 or 224 to remit a payment. As of Jan. 31, you will no longer be able to login to the IDS website to pay your dues since your account will be suspended due to lapse in membership.

If you are interested in obtaining a membership certificate or replacement membership card, please contact IDS Executive Assistant, Kelly McCallum at or call 336-884-4437 ext. 224 (please note for all replacement membership cards, there will be a $10 fee payable 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.

Interior Designer

The Millennia Companies is an industry leader and a successful property management and development company that currently spans over ten states. We are looking for an Interior Designer to work at out of our corporate office located in Valley View (Cleveland). As part of the Millennia Companies’ family, we offer an attractive total compensation plan including salary, benefits, PTO, a paid annual community service day, education reimbursement and more! Please click here to learn more.


Marvelous Movie Kitchens
Design Concepts/Interiors, LLC
Who doesn’t love a fabulous kitchen? We cannot turn off our design sense when doing anything, even watching a movie. Movie set designs send us swooning and we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite movie kitchens with you.
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Which Is The Best Social Media Site For Your Business?
By Emma Fitzpatrick
New social media sites pop up constantly. Whenever a new form of social emerges, of course you check it out. After all, you — and your business — should always be on the forefront of trends. Plus you want to know, "Is this a good fit for my business?" But, after browsing all the social media sites out there, which ones should you really stick with? To get the biggest ROI on your social marketing, you need to be honing in on the platforms that move the needle for you.
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Decorating With Amped-Up Floral Patterns
The Wall Street Journal
When designers Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, creators of the Madcap Cottage décor brand, decided to refresh their 1840s upstate New York home, they made an unconventionally conventional choice: a turbocharged take on traditional florals. They covered walls in an extroverted peony-print wallpaper, upholstered furniture in fabric crowded with gregarious geraniums and hung drapes whose "stripes" were formed by a regiment of roses. This bouquet of florals all came from Laura Ashley, the British fabric and wallpaper firm that dominated American decorating during the heyday of "Little House on the Prairie" and Ralph Lauren denim skirts.
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8 Of A Kind: The Most Fabulous Interior Decorating Books To Inspire Your Lifestyle
Design & Trend
Call us old fashioned but we still enjoy purchasing books and experiencing pages of inspirational text and imagery within the palms of our hands. We love it even more when we have the time to enjoy books that revolve around style and design.
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Window Coverings and Your Health
Paints, floor coverings, and other items have been changing over the years in direct response to consumer demands for low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) products and carbon friendly alternatives. The window covering industry is no exception, and great advancements in technology in recent times have elicited some wonderfully inventive products that meet these demands head on.
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6 Ways to Retain Your Top Talent
When it comes to employee retention, many owners assume money will keep staff from leaving. But there is more to it than simply increasing salaries. Even well-paid people cut and run from employers when they're not happy. So, how do you make them happy? Here are six tips to help you retain talented team members.
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