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Save-the-Date: the next IDS National Conference will take place in May 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida.  More details will be released soon!

The 2014 IDS Designer of the Year entry packet will be released in the coming weeks. Those of you who are planning to enter, be on the lookout!

We are excited to announce that The Design Network has joined IDS as a Diamond level sponsor!

Please note that the IDS National Office will be closed on July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

Attention Designers:

Casual Living magazine needs your help to identify the trends in outdoor spaces. The results will be published in the August 2014 issue. Questions about the survey may be directed to Research Analyst Stephanie Nickell, 336-605-1096 or

At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter your name for a chance to win one mini iPad, worth $299.

Click here to complete the survey.

The Interior Design Society's focus in 2014 will be building community and relationships. Learn why IDS is where you belong by clicking here.

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New Partners in Design
ProSource of Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Carlson's Flooring - PID Sterling - Geneva, Ill.
Pirch, Inc. - PID Sterling - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Art Dimensions Inc. - PID Sterling - Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams - PID Sterling - Manhasset, N.Y.
Packard Cabinetry - PID Sterling - Sea Cliff, N.Y.
Carolina Shutter & Blinds of Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Knoxville Noland Co. - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.

Save-the-Date: the next IDS National Conference will take place in May 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida. More details will be released soon!

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Chapter Award Winners!

  • Chapter of the Year: IDS Long Island
  • Outstanding Charity Event: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth and IDS Fort Myers
  • Outstanding Networking Event: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Excellence in Membership Marketing Communications: IDS Naples
  • Excellence in Programs and Educational Activities: IDS Naples
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.

Why You Should Never Cross Your Arms Again
Body language is older and more innate for us as humans than even language or facial expressions. That's why people born blind can perform the same body language expressions as people who can see. They come pre-programmed with our brains.

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Millions of Millionaires: Who Are They?
By Michael J. Berens
While middle-class families have seen their incomes stagnate, the rich have been getting richer. Both the well-off and the wealthy have experienced substantial increases in assets over the past several years. For interior designers looking to market their services to these wealthy clients, some recent reports offer valuable insights.

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How Social Media Can Reinvent Your Staid, Old Sales Tactics
More than a century ago, the founder of Wanamaker's department store uttered those words (or so the legend goes). A pioneer of merchandising and sales, John Wanamaker knew advertising helped drive purchases, but the why and how remained a mystery.

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Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website through the LMS link!

There are several available webinars by Tobi Fairley, each are worth 0.1 CEU. A new Tobi Fairley webinar was just posted, "How to Determine Your Staffing Needs." This session addresses designers who may be confused about when and how to hire people to handle a portion of the work for their design firm. If you need to know how best to keep your operation "lean and mean" yet still highly productive, this webinar will provide you with helpful information. Join Tobi Fairley for this training on determining your staffing needs and then taking action to get the job done!

Visit the IDS website to learn more!

Join WithIt members from throughout the home and furnishings industries for the 2014 Professional Conference Aug. 11-13 in Atlanta! The two-day program at the Marriott Buckhead offers industry professionals at all stages of their careers the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, develop leadership skills and connect with industry peers. Titled "The Art and Science of Leadership," the 2014 event presents accomplished leaders from a variety of industries to inspire and educate attendees. The program will help attendees identify, value and cultivate leadership attributes that are an art – like building rapport, influencing others and learning to "listen to your gut" – as well as those leadership attributes that are more of a science –like learning effective techniques for networking, managing time and priorities, and negotiating effectively. Click here for more information.

The 2014 IDS Designer of the Year entry packet will be released in the coming weeks. Those of you who are planning to enter, be on the lookout!

Visit the IDS National blog to view photographs of the DotY Award Winners' designs by clicking here.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Designer of the Year Award Winners!

Click here for a complete list of winners.

The IDS Buyers Guide is live! To find preferred IDS vendors, look for the IDS logo in their listing. Click here to view the IDS Buyers Guide.

In 2014, IDS will be issuing new membership cards. Similar to a credit card, these cards are much more durable. Due to the change in how our membership cards will be made, there will be a $10 replacement fee (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.

You are invited to nominate any home accents manufacturer, retailer, sales rep, product designer or interior designer that you feel does an excellent job in their category for the 26th ARTS Awards. Self-nominations are not allowed – this is a peer nomination program. ARTS Awards is produced by ART, the home accents association and the Dallas Market Center. You do not have to be a member of ART or an exhibitor or buyer at the Dallas Market Center to participate.


Family-Style Decorating
The Wall Street Journal
Although the name suggests unity, family rooms often become the territory of one member of a domestic tribe: the ESPN-addicted dad, say, or the toy-flinging toddler. To help counteract that tendency, "they really should hold a collection of things that appeal to every point of view," said Elizabeth Dow, an East Hampton, New York-based artist and interior designer. That was her goal in creating this tranquil sitting area, which contains something for all ages and pursuits.
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Interior Design Innovation To Meet Tighter Budgets
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Homeowners are still cautious about overspending on their homes, especially for interior design. But that does not mean there is less demand for nicer interiors, be it for a new home or for a renovation project. The phrase "interior design" no longer conjures up images of major dollar signs that usually made it the domain of the well-to-do. There have been many changes in the industry over the last decade, and the concept of professional design is coveted by many.
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10 Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life
Keep your car keys on your night table. If like millions of Americans, your key-fob contains a panic alert button, and your car is in range of your bedroom, pressing the panic button will cause the horn to blast and the headlights to flash — potentially saving lives during a home invasion by scaring criminals away, alerting neighbors to the fact that an emergency situation is unfolding, and helping police to more quickly find your home.
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Rustic, Raw and Thoroughly Modern
The New York Times
"Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape," by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani (Metropolis Books, $33), reveals one of the East Coast's best-kept architectural secrets: an enclave of disarmingly unpretentious houses, many inspired by chicken coops and oyster houses. Often made with scavenged wood mixed with raw lumber straight from the yard, the buildings were designed by Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, Serge Chermayeff, Maurice Smith and serious amateurs.
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3-D Printing: New Innovations in Interior Design
If you've been keeping up with the latest news about 3-D printing, you might have heard it's been having a boom where construction is concerned. To name a few instances there's that Chinese company that has made 10 houses in a day by prefabricating its parts, then there's that Dutch company that has publicly started printing the modules of a one-story canal house, and there's also that man in Minnesota who has started 3-D printing his own house.
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Do you give into peer pressure? Take this test to find out.
Our desire to fit in with the group is so strong that it can make us change our behaviors. Even when we know that the group is wrong.
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Decorating Lessons From a Lavish Paris Hotel
Paris is a designer's dream. Inspiration oozes from every pore, and beauty lurks around every corner. The Belle Époque is alive and well in the City of Light, and if you care about history, architecture, art and one of the pinnacles of human achievement in creativity, Paris is your place.
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Release Your Inner Genius With These 5 Tips
Fast Company
"A writer writes with his genius; an artist paints with hers; everyone who creates operates from this sacramental center," he writes. "It is our soul's seat, the vessel that holds our being-in-potential, our star's beacon and Polaris." Isn't this concept of genius beautiful? It's a kind of creative soul. So how do we cultivate our inner genius?
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