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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.

Your Story is Your Marketing Strategy
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Companies are always trying to create the perfect marketing tools — tools that will make brand history, generate buzz for products and earn those products an unshakeable spot in customer's lives. Large companies have the luxury of throwing thousands of advertising dollars into marketing budgets, but small companies rarely can. The most powerful marketing device a small company can develop is its story. More

A Mod, Mod World
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When Robert Couturier began designing the interior of an apartment in a midtown Manhattan, N.Y., skyscraper, his client expressed one primary desire. "She wanted something ultracontemporary, because she had done everything else," Couturier says. The Polish businessman's wife had previously overseen the design of a number of the family's other homes in Europe. "They have incredibly beautiful houses," says Couturier. "They have one in Warsaw, another by a lake in the Polish countryside, a place in Geneva, a place in Sardinia, and a boat. Each reflects a different side of her personality." 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, Brenda Smith
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Congratulations to IDS member, Brenda Smith, who was featured in Harbor Style Magazine's Home and Garden Issue.

Click here to read the 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.

Click here for complete details

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

Wednesday, Sept. 19 (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
The 2012 Trade Expo & CEU Event – Charlotte, N.C.

The IDS Charlotte Chapter would like to invite you to participate in
The 2012 TRADE EXPO and CEU Event
Presented by IDS Charlotte
on Wednesday, Sept. 19

Registration Deadline June 30

Click here for more information

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 Industry News

Big Homes Are Back in Business
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KB Home says the average square footage of houses currently under contract is 2,079, an increase of 13 percent from last year. And more KB buyers are picking models that exceed 3,500 square feet. That is a change from the past few years, when builders were downsizing houses to accommodate an era of frugality and austerity. As the economy slowly improves and some consumers' anxieties ease, buyers are upsizing again — though there is far less demand than before for huge houses loaded with upgrades. More

Stylish Outdoor Spaces
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To celebrate the arrival of summer, Architectural Digest present a portfolio of chic pool decks and terraces from its archive. More

Customer Service Tricks for Small Business
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Great customer service isn't just about money — but dedicated staff and extra resources certainly help. So when it comes to customer service, small companies can have a hard time keeping up with deeper-pocketed retail giants. More

Slideshow: The Talk of Mumbai
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The wife of India's richest man, Nita Ambani has set herself apart as a passionate philanthropist, leading the development of a model township, an elite school, and a Premier League cricket team. Still, Mumbai can't stop talking about the 27-story, 570-foot-tall, 400,000-square-foot mansion that her family moved into two months ago. More

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Easy Ways to Add Flash Without Wasting Cash
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"How can we get the most bang for our buck in design?" This question never gets old, nor will it. Winning a project proposal means being able to deliver more for less — ever more for less and less. Finding solutions to add impact without ballooning the budget requires designers to be willing to rethink materiality and, sometimes, to take a few liberties with reality. More

Saying 'Meh' to Media Rooms
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As recently as 15 years ago, consumers were showing off then-new big-screen televisions in then-new media rooms that cost thousands — or even hundreds of thousands — to equip. But now, media rooms elicit a big "meh," according to a survey by Better Homes and Gardens. More

Fitness Furniture: A Couch Made For Crunches (And Chilling Out)
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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

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

Education Coordinator, x 224

Bonnie Hair, x 225
Member Sales Representative

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