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IDS Has a New Location!
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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 and the new mailing address.

'Techorating' Trend Harmoniously Marries Technology
and Interior design

ARA via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some interior design trends are hard to understand. That jagged piece of cement that is supposedly a chair or headache-inducing paint color may look great in the glossy pages of a design magazine, but would average people really want it in their own living room? Fortunately, there is a growing trend in interior design that is easy to understand, relatable and applicable in almost every home — this trend is called "techorating." More

Fitness Furniture: A Couch Made For Crunches (And Chilling Out)
Fast Company's Co.Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The home exercise industry is built on indulging people's laziest instincts — get a six-pack in just 2 seconds a day and never leave home — which is why it's pretty shocking that the Bowflex and Nordic Track makers of the world didn't think of Panorama first: It's a living room set that doubles as fitness gear. More

Tip of the Week:
Interior Design: Is there an app for that? From gives a brief overview of apps available for interior designers. Many are free and some have a small cost. See the app listings by clicking here.

Published — IDS Member, Tanna Barnecut
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Congratulations to IDS member, Tanna Barnecut, who was featured in SNOHOMISH County Shop.Dine.Live for a recent "man-cave" makeover. Tanna also wrote an article on the design trends of 2012 for the magazine.

View the "man-cave" project
View the design trends article

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.

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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
Robert Allen - PID Sterling
Jara & Weidner Design Studio - PID Sterling
Fast Frame & The Westlake Gallery - AP - Austin, Texas
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.

Members enjoy personal assistance

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 IDS Education

Upcoming Regional Events
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Tuesday, June 26 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
Soft Windows Fashion Seminar – Portland, Ore.

Join the IDS Portland Chapter for a special day of learning presented by IDS, Lafayette Interior Fashions and The Network.

Grow Your business with Draperies & Top Treatments
* Identifying and Understanding Fabrics
* Elements - Roman Shades Program
* New Essentials - Soft Fashions Made Easy
* Interior Masterpieces Style Guide
* Planning, Pricing and Ordering Custom Soft Fashions and Hardware
* 2012 Fabric Line Showing

Exclusive Presentation by The Network
* You will learn how to add profit to your bottom line
* Getting the most out of your sample budget
* Capture hard window treatment sales with your soft sales
* How to obtain exclusive Product Promotions
* Be part of a Lead Generating Website
* Plus, receive a Free Website Landing page
* And much, much more!

Only $30 per person - includes lunch. Seating is limited, preregistration is recommended. Plus receive a $30 savings certificate towards future Soft Fashions Purchase.

Please RSVP to:

Contact: Judi Jones
President, Interior Design Society Portland

Click here to view the invitation

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!

Deadline for complimentary hotel room is June 8.

Click here for the full calendar of events

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 Industry News

Home Office Makeover in An Attic
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A family in D.C. wants to get rid of all their furniture leftover from college and create a grown up home office in their attic. This article discusses both the challenge and solution. More

3 Ways to Supercharge Fan Engagement on Facebook
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For most business owners, their biggest Facebook challenge is keeping fans consistently engaged. Whether you have 135 or 13,500 likes, the only way to really profit from a business page is to motivate fans to click, share and, eventually, act by buying a product or signing up for an event. Unfortunately, persistently low engagement is a catch-22. More

The Lush Life: Larry Laslo's Palm Beach, Fla., Bungalow
Elle Decor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A little over a year ago, interior designer Larry Laslo decamped from a triplex on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York to a charming cottage in Palm Beach, Fla. His new home, he quips, is "like living in Tahiti, with a Chanel shop six blocks away." After all, where else can you nip into town for enough Swarovski crystals to bejewel 200 tulle gift bags, fill them with painted eggs, and then hide them beneath a tangle of 100-foot banyan trees and 80-foot palms? More

Schoolyard Trailers Turned Into Modular Homes
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to energy efficiency, most homeowners focus on heating, cooling and lighting. But it may take as long as 15 years for a home's energy usage to match the amount of energy embedded in a home's construction. This was the concept that a West Hills architecture firm embraced with research+upcycle, a modular home company that intends to reuse classroom trailers, transforming them into low-cost but high-style living space. More

Have a Little Fun in the Laundry
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Think of the laundry as a place to decorate more boldly than you might elsewhere in the house. Wallpaper would certainly liven up the washing. Don't be afraid to be a little whimsical. More

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Spacious Modern Living Trends
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In an ideal world, we’d all love to have a huge airy living area in which to stretch out at the end of the working day, or while away a lazy weekend, and this collection of contemporary living spaces tick all the boxes. More

'Atomic Ranch Midcentury Interiors': Modern Living with 'Mad' Looks
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Retaining classic ranch-house elements, while adapting to modern living, is precisely what Michelle Gringeri-Brown, editor of the quarterly Atomic Ranch magazine, tries to encourage through her new book, "Atomic Ranch Midcentury Interiors." Gringeri-Brown credits the popularity of AMC's award-winning series "Mad Men" for fueling appreciation of ranch houses. "We try to point out the charm of original features," said Gringeri-Brown. More

A Clean Sweep
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The interior decorator revived her family's beloved country house by improving its energy efficiency, calming its colors, and editing her enviable collection of American folk art. More

Living Light
Home & Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The big fieldstone house occupied a quiet Arlington, Va., side street, a stalwart reminder of a time when men went to work in suits and wives awaited their return holding cocktails. Designer Frank Babb Randolph met the current homeowners at a party and came over to survey their house after they suggested it might be a true test of his talent. The house needed Randolph's reductive touch — a penchant for simplifying spaces that he honed years ago under his mentor, the great New York designer Billy Baldwin. More

IDS National Staff:

IDS National Headquarters
164 S. Main St, Ste 404
High Point, N.C. 27260

Phone: 336-884-4437

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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