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Fake It Until You Make It: How to Believe in Yourself When You Don't Feel Worthy
Do you ever feel like you don't quite deserve your success or aren't fully qualified to do what you do? That common feeling is what psychologists call the "impostor syndrome," a phenomenon where successful people feel like frauds waiting for someone to realize that they're unfit for their leadership roles. "Millions of people, from entrepreneurs to celebrities, have a hard time internalizing their accomplishments," says Valerie Young, an expert on impostor syndrome and, author of "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women".
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5 Negotiation Tips From Steve Jobs
A series of emails about e-book prices between Apple and HarperCollins, including ones written by Steve Jobs, were recently released as part of the Department of Justice price-fixing suit against Apple and a number of major publishers. As the site Quartz pointed out, these offer some great insight into how Jobs negotiated. However, Zachary Seward at Quartz called it an example of "hard-nosed" negotiation at which Jobs excelled.
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4 Big Interiors Trends For Fall/Winter 2013
Sallie Davies from Global Color Research provides a sneak peak into an upcoming trend book published by Mix Publications about color and pattern trends for Fall/Winter 2013-14. The major trends that are influencing the color and pattern landscape for the upcoming season Fall/Winter 2013/14 are: FLINT, STORM, CLUSH and ALPINE.
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Are You the Next Designer of the Year?
The 2013 Designer of the Year Application Packet is now available.
Click here for more details!

The Interior Design Society's 2013 Membership Drive has officially started and will run through Aug. 9!

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.

There is NEW, reduced pricing available for the Educational Tour to Chicago.
Visit the IDS website to learn more!

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New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Tropica Designs, LLC - PID Sterling - Acres, Fla.
American Grill & Hearth - AP - Sarasota, Fla.
Trapani Art & Frame - AP - Manhasset, N.Y.
Ventus Design - AP - Honolulu, Hawaii
Concept Floors / Kitchen / Bath Design Center - AP - Van Nuys, Calif.
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.

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.

Yankee Class
ELLE Decor
For most city dwellers, having a weekend house traditionally meant getting away from it all—perhaps to a place near the water, or somewhere nestled in the piney woods. But then came the overdevelopment of many formerly bucolic enclaves, and its ugly twin: the unbearable drudgery of weekend traffic.

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5 Reasons Professionals Are Switching From SEO to Content Marketing
When you’re looking to acquire search engine traffic and get valuable links back to your site, responding by beefing up SEO might feel like the right first step. But marketing professionals might disagree.

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Textiles, Reborn: Green Trend
The use of recycled and recyclable textiles in the design industry is a trend that's great for the environment, but the increasing availability of these materials is also providing designers a way to experiment with new textures and tactile qualities. In rugs, upholstery, and even lighting, green fabrics are inspiring new collections that are both sustainable and stylish.

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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!

We have recently recorded three new webinars that are available on the IDS website!
  1. FREE webinar provided by Amy Johson titled "New Design Elements in Soft Window Fashions". Learn how to use decorative medallions in custom treatments.
  2. Webinar by Tobi Fairley, "Developing Your 'Whole' Portfolio". This session will expand an attendee's definition of what should be included in a portfolio of professional work. (0.1 CEU)
  3. Brand new webinar by Tobi Fairley just recorded last week, "Having the Confidence to Charge What You’re Worth". This training module offers concrete steps for designers to take toward charging what they are worth and doing so with confidence and with the result of a more elevated brand and design outcome. (0.1 CEU)
Visit the IDS website to learn more!

Sept. 9 – 12
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

Be sure to visit the IDS website to see the new, reduced tour pricing.

The room block has been restructured and space is now even more limited. Reserve your spot on the tour today!

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

Pricing for the Educational Tour has been reduced!

IDS Member Price (with hotel): $900
IDS Member Price (without hotel): $700 *
Non-Member Price (with hotel): $1,100
Non-Member Price (without hotel): $900 *
*Tour participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation to and from tour pick-up location
Deposit Due for Reservation: $700
Deposit is Non-refundable

Reservations must be made by June 28; remaining balance is due by Aug. 2

Click here for more information on tour pricing.

Click here to download a tour registration form.

The 2013 Designer of the Year Application packet is now available!
Visit the IDS website for more information on how you can enter.

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.


Trend Report: Patchwork Home Decor, 4 Inspiring Ways
The Nest
Patchwork patterns are in Anthropologie's DNA — and now they're everywhere, from fashion to home decor. Check out these fun ways to incorporate this bohemian, romantic style.
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Can I Deduct That? Your Tax Deduction Checklist
Tax deductions and credits are crucial to your company's bottom line. But with the federal tax code now stretching to more than 73,000 pages, figuring out what you can and can't claim can be challenging. These tips can help you minimize your tax bill without agitating the Internal Revenue Service.
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NeoCon 2013: Look Book
Interior Design
What will you see at NeoCon 2013? From accessories to wallcoverings, Interior Design offers a preview of the offerings to be found at the upcoming event.
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Brilliant Ways to Decorate Your Wall with Collage Photo Frames
Who doesn't love to cherish golden and olden memories we had with our family and friends. And the best way to do so is to collage photo frames on the walls of your bedroom, living room or near the staircase. This article demonstrates ways of designing walls with all those cute and funny moments you had spent with your family on the "wall of fame".
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9 Tips to Maximize YouTube's Marketing Potential
Most social media strategies involve routine updates on Facebook and Twitter — and if they're particularly ambitious, Instagram and Pinterest. Even if they do create video content, few marketing teams have discovered how to access the full viral potential of YouTube. But a great video, optimized for sharing, can catapult you into trendiness.
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5 Ranch Homes With Modern-Day Appeal
In the early '70s, before my family moved to Los Angeles from Northern California, we lived in a 1960s ranch-style house. Our house was in a huge tract with other homes of this style, with dramatic low and horizontal rooflines with gable and hip profiles. The layouts were either L shaped or U shaped, and rambled on with main living spaces on one side and bedrooms on the other. The main living spaces were open, with oversize windows that gave an outdoors-in feeling. I remember meals on TV trays (walnut veneer, of course) in front of the big stone fireplace in the family room, which was adjacent to the kitchen.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    10 Favorite Tumbler Decorating Blogs (Inside Avenue Blog)
Bentley Launches a Home Decor Collection (The Malaysian Insider)
3 Ways to Spot a Liar (Inc.)
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Trend Alert: Oversized Lighting (2Modern Blog)

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7 Stylish, Summery Bedrooms
ELLE Decor
In the master bedroom of the Santa Monica Canyon home of designers Jeffrey Alan Marks and Ross Cassidy, a vintage rowboat hangs upside down from the ceiling. Walls are upholstered in a Les Indiennes cotton, and a bench designed by Marks is covered in a printed linen from Christopher Farr.
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Eclectic Studio Apartment
For her prewar Gramercy Park studio apartment in New York City, designer Elizabeth Bauer started the project like any other – with fabric and wallpaper. She defined the living room with a Designers Guild velvet fabric on the sofa and the bedroom with blue and white Zebrine wallpaper. Bauer cleverly used a room divider with clear panels to reinforce the separation without blocking natural light.
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Building a Better Pinterest Through Data
Big Data" is as much a terrifying term as it is a ubiquitous part of daily life. It wasn't always so, however. Until we developed and learned how to use technology that could process and finesse massive amounts of data, we lived in the dark. And once we could gather that data, we needed more and more people to interpret it.
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