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Thank you to Christopher Guy and everyone who attended the NYC Chapter Launch Party last week! Stay tuned for details on the next meeting.

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

IDS Associate, Wendy Lepkoff was featured in House Magazine. Click here to read the article.

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.
ProSource of Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C,

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!

Thank you to Christopher Guy and everyone who attended the NYC Chapter Launch Party last week! Stay tuned for details on the next meeting.

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.

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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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. Have a wallpapered room you'd like to share?

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Supernatural Ceramics
The Wall Street Journal
At times, the results can border on the grotesque, not unlike nature itself. The ceramic vessels of Nikolai and Simon Haas, 29-year-old twin brothers from L.A., seem simultaneously human, fungal and oceanic; it wouldn't be surprising if they started gurgling. (To gather inspiration, the Haases use underwater cameras to film anemones and other sea creatures.) But that bizarre quality is fueling demand.

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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!

Join WithIt members from throughout the home and furnishings industries for the 2014 Professional Conference Aug. 11-13 in Atlanta! The two-day program at the Marriott Buckhead offers industry professionals at all stages of their careers the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, develop leadership skills and connect with industry peers. Titled "The Art and Science of Leadership," the 2014 event presents accomplished leaders from a variety of industries to inspire and educate attendees. The program will help attendees identify, value and cultivate leadership attributes that are an art – like building rapport, influencing others and learning to "listen to your gut" – as well as those leadership attributes that are more of a science –like learning effective techniques for networking, managing time and priorities, and negotiating effectively. Click here for more information.

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.


Matthew Perry Lists Oceanside Malibu Home
ELLE Decor
Actor Matthew Perry's modern Malibu home, known as 'Pier House', is on the market and listed for $12.5 million. The Los Angeles Times reports that the home overlooks the California coast and Malibu Pier from its 2.5-acre hillside location, and that Perry purchased the home in 2005. The contemporary home built in 1981 is spacious and private. Large glass windows face the ocean for no shortage of incredible views.
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20 Pinterest Plugins For Your WordPress Site
Small Business Trends
The amount of people using Pinterest continues to grow. And if you've been maintaining your Pinboards, you'll want to share your work with readers on your company's website. Luckily, there are quite a few plugins that allow you to share your Pinterest work on your WordPress site.
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The Many Facets of Faceted Design
The Wall Street Journal
Simple forms like spheres weren't entirely absent during New York Design Week — the annual cluster of exhibitions for which furniture, lighting and product designers converge in a proselytizing fever. But the occasional orb lamp was easily outnumbered by more complex exercises in geometry. Designers from around the world debuted chairs, shelving, vases and even clothes hooks built out of gemlike facets. Other pieces that weren't physically faceted were ornamented with polyhedron motifs. It all raises the question: Why are so many designers championing the chiseled?
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20 Modern Bedroom Designs
Home Designing
We all love to relax in our bedrooms at the end of the day, but some of us are in more of a hurry to turn out the lights than others, due to the unimaginative or just plain depressing décor schemes we find ourselves putting up with year after year – it's just a place to sleep, right? Wrong!
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

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Why Your Rug Might Be The Most Important Design Decision You Make (6) (ELLE Decor)
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5 Unique Pinterest for Small Business Ideas (Business 2 Community)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Affluent Focusing on Quality of Life
By Michael J. Berens
Extravagance and unabashed indulgence in luxury have long been regarded as the fruits of great wealth. For many of today's rich, that no longer holds true. Although spending on luxury products has rebounded, consumer behavior among the affluent is changing. They are less interested in flaunting their wealth and more concerned about enhancing quality of life for themselves and their loved ones. How affluent consumers think about quality-of-life issues varies depending on their level of age, gender and life stage.
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170-Year-Old House Becomes Home to a Young Family
Design Sponge
Six years ago when Jill and Aaron Baker decided they were ready to invest in a home, they hunted all over Brooklyn. They were actually in the inspection stage of purchasing a Brooklyn co-op when they stumbled upon this 1840s home within the Palisades Historic District in Rockland County, Nw York.
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A Luxe Palladian-style Home For 2 Art Connoisseurs
Architectural Digest
When Becky Mayer made plans to construct a seasonal home in Jupiter, Florida, one of her top priorities was to have abundant space for the paintings, photographs, and sculptures that the London-based arts patron and her husband, an investor, have assembled over the years. "But we also wanted a place that felt comfortable for our children and grandchildren," she says. Though the couple have an eye for important works from the 1960s to the present — mostly by Europeans, with a few Americans in the mix — they didn't want to feel like they were inhabiting a museum, even if the objects on display might suggest otherwise.
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5 Keys to Proper Credit Card Management
Business 2 Community
Would you be surprised to learn that the annual household credit card debt nationwide is a little more than $15,000? If your answer was no, would you have expected that figure to be lower or higher? Either way, that amount should be reason for concern, especially for individuals and families that have limited financial means.
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