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IDS Has A New Location!
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: Bonnie x225, and Snoa x222. Please update your phones and other information with IDS's number: 336-884-4437 and the new mailing address.

Tools for Designers: Olioboard
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Designers are utilizing technology more and more in their day-to-day business, from CAD to Sketch-up to Pinterest. Another site that has designers buzzing is Olioboard, a digital idea board that leads users to creating a finished room visualizer, with real products and purchase opportunities. Similar to Pinterest, the interface is easy enough for non-designers to use, but even commercial projects can benefit from mapping on Olioboard.
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Founder Collective-Backed Project Decor is Like Pinterest for Home Design (GigaOM)

The 7 Pillars of Connecting With Absolutely Anyone
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
I don't care what your goals, industry or interests are, there’s no getting around it: Personal relationships run the world, says Scott Dinsmore is the founder of Live Your Legend, a coaching and digital product company helping people build a career around work they love. But why is it that some people seem to build instant rapport with most anyone they come across, while others are left with a network of one? More

To-Die-For Designer Closets
House Beautiful    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Five chic dressing areas, from a romantic closet with a pink chandelier to an oversize space complete with tub. More

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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 Snoa Garrigan 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
de courcy and company - PID Platinum - College Park, Ga.
Otter Creek Collections - PID Sterling - Sterling, Va.
Avanti Furniture Corp. - PID Sterling - Farmville, N.Y.
Read Design Assoc. Designing Windows - AP- Plano, Texas
Country Carpets & Rug - AP- Syosset, N.Y.
elle daniel, inc. - AP - Sarasota, Fla.
Impact Design Resources -AP - Charlotte, N.C.
PYW Interiors - AP- Mt.Sinai, N.Y.
The John Khalil Collection - AP - Huntington, N.Y.
Deco Window Fashions - AP - Syracuse, N.Y.
Taglio+Company - AP - San Francisco, Calif.

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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

 Industry News

Homeowners Go Big on Glass Walls
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Forget about a room with a view. Today, homeowners want views from every room. As large expanses of glass have become architecturally acceptable for modern and traditional homes, new technology is making living in a fishbowl more practical — albeit sometimes challenging. Homeowners' desire for more open floor plans with combined kitchen and living-room spaces has paved the way structurally for bigger spreads of glass. More

Designer's Touch: 10 First-Class Foyers
Houzz    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The foyer sets the tone for every home. No matter how large or small, this welcoming space is the first part of your house that you and guests see, so help it make a statement with these designer tips. More

How to Bring Innovative Ideas to Life
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Think back to the last time you came up with a really great idea. If you are like many of us, I'm willing to bet that you were in a relaxed setting and told a friend or coworker about it and then moved on. It wasn't until months later when the idea sprang into your head again that you realized you hadn't done anything about it. This scenario is all too common, especially in the life of a time-strapped entrepreneur. More

For the Formerly Homeless, Homey Touches
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anyone who lives in Detroit knows how much the city's homeless population has been suffering, particularly in the last few years. And those lucky enough to get into transitional housing after leaving the overpopulated shelters are starting from scratch — a situation that inspired Treger Strasberg and Ana Smith to start a nonprofit firm called Humble Design. More

Family Photo Etiquette
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The home has long been a place in which to display images of the self. Whether it is a pedigreed oil painting of the family (in the best of cases, a Sargent) or a plucky image of oneself (perhaps a Warhol, but probably not a Freud), people love to keep representations of their relatives near at hand. More

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Concrete: An Old Textile Offers a New Look for Living Space
San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Concrete turns out to be much more versatile than we might have given it credit for in the past. Quickly gaining popularity as a counter-top, wall, and flooring option, concrete is popping up (or rather, pouring over) today's home design industry. Concrete offers homeowners, basically, a canvas. You can stain, paint, color or personalize it as you wish. More

Wallpaper Has a Whole New Look, Adds Choices for Homeowners
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Earlier this spring, Becky Ralich was mopping the floor in her kitchen and noticed the wallpaper was coming loose along the baseboard. "I just started pulling, and it came off in sheets," she says. "Before I knew it, I was almost done. And now I'm looking forward to putting up more. Ralich, like so many people who had their fill of wallpaper in the 1980s and 1990s, thought she would never use wallpaper in her home again. As director of color marketing and design services for Sherwin-Williams, however, Ralich is aware that wallpaper has come a long way. "These days it can provide a fresh new look for your home," she says. More

Tapping Into Hidden Space: Renovations That Bypass Expansion
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When it comes to renovation projects, contractors say homeowners often don't (pardon the pun) think outside the box. Want a closet? You can steal some space from a neighboring room. Want a room? You can repurpose that little-used closet into something more practical. More

Once the Bain of Decorators, Ranch Homes Make Comeback
Winston-Salem Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ranch homes, once the bane of decorators, have become the style darlings of many residential-design circles. An ideal choice for buyers looking for main-level living, ranch homes often are and in well-established neighborhoods. In "Atomic Ranch: Midcentury Interiors," Michelle Gringeri-Brown introduces readers to eight distinctive ranch homes that showcase the architectural style's flexibility. Through the use of midcentury furnishings and vibrant color palettes, homeowners have created stunning interiors that also are practical and family-friendly. 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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