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We have recently made some very exciting updates to the IDS membership program effective immediately to streamline the membership application process. We invite you to learn more about these updates to see what steps you should take to get the most out of your membership. Click here to learn about these membership changes.

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!

Calling all U.S. Architects & Interior Designers: Show the innovative and inspiring ways that you have incorporated Hansgrohe and/or Axor products in your recent work.

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

CASTING CALL: Are you an interior decorator with a breadth of experience renovating, designing and constructing spaces for clients? Does your portfolio boast a unique flavor and je ne sais quoi that is missing from the television landscape? Have you always dreamed of entertaining and educating audiences about the art of interior design? A team of veteran producers (15+ years in the docu-television industry) wants to talk to you!

If you are a seasoned interior designer with a fun & engaging on-screen presence and you are interested in being cast as recurring talent for this series, please contact Casting is open to independents, couples, siblings, business partners, etc.

It's time for the 2nd Annual HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Awards! This year, the awards are open to all design professionals & design duos. The open submission period ends on July 15. Now's your time to shine.

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.

Complete the form by going to

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.

Click here to learn more
Click here to download the application

IDS Associate, Barbara Gilbert was featured in The Dallas Morning News for her imaginative use of tile. Click here to read the full story.

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
Fiber Seal of Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Fine's Gallery LLC - PID Sterling - Bonita Springs, Fla.
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.

Please take a moment to complete a brief 5-question survey to assist us with future conference planning. Click here to begin the survey.

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!

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
Click here for more information on the 2014 Chapter Awards winners

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!

If you’re attending NeoCon, be sure to visit IDS National Executive Director, Snoa Garrigan at our booth located on the 7th floor in space #4012.

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.


You Can Now Hire Your Own Virtual Interior Designer
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If you've always dreamed of a glamorous home makeover experience but haven't had the interior designer budget to go along with it, then you're in luck. Meet Havenly, an online interior design service that matches you up with a designer who will decorate and shop a room for a flat-fee of $185 (yes, really).
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Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu Home: Interior Designer Gives the Details
Although we've seen clips of Caitlyn Jenner's Malbu home on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, we've never been given a proper tour — and that's a shame, because the house sounds amazing! Fortunately, there are new details straight from the home's interior decorator, and they're making us cross our fingers that we get to see more of it on her docuseries next month!
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Hot Tips to Brand Your Business
Interior Design Community
Branding expert Sarah Walker offers "10 Steps to Creating a Compelling Brand Story." By "brand story," she refers to what makes the best content, brand strategy, and compelling marketing strategy for a designer.
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The Co-Op: A New Model for Remodeling and Design Firms?
By Michael J. Berens
Business is booming in the remodeling industry. Profits, not so much. Looking ahead to better days, consumers are undertaking long-delayed home improvements. But their wallets are stuck in the recession. This makes it tough for smaller firms to increase their fees and eke out a bit more profit.
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5 New Home Trends for 2015
The future of home design is looking more and more efficient, compact and customized. While we aren’t quite ready to 3D-print dinner, innovation and invention are at the forefront of building industry trends. Here’s what’s happening on the front lines of home design today based on a tour of the season’s trade shows—and what it means for the house of tomorrow.
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Homeowners Get Ready to 'Age in Place'
The Wall Street Journal
Call it a baby-boom building boom. Hoping to remain in their homes and communities as they age — but recognizing that living spaces can become unsafe and difficult to navigate — people in their 50s and beyond are retrofitting houses, building additions or constructing new digs with age-friendly features.
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The Fascinating Science Of Aesthetics
Fast Company Design
Research has shown that many people share certain aesthetic preferences, such as landscape paintings and the color blue. Human biology may help explain why.
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8 Of A Kind: The Most Fabulous Interior Decorating Books To Inspire Your Lifestyle (Design & Trend)

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