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Are you the next IDS Designer of the Year?

The 2012 Designer of the Year application is now available! Click here for more information and to download your application!

Email Tips To Help Close A Deal
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When it comes to converting a warm lead to a done deal, email is a crucial tool. While there are plenty of technology tools for salespeople to use – mobile apps, Twitter, LinkedIn and so on — email remains the most effective way to maintain and build a personal dialog with prospects. More

From the Runways to Your Home: Interior Design Takes Cues From the World of Fashion
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Whether you're longing for a freshly decked-out interior or simply seeking some additional items to spruce up your space, get ready for the runway to roll into your home as the weather warms up. Patterns, prints and colors which have made a splash on the catwalk are leaving a stylish imprint on home accessories and furniture this summer, as the worlds of fashion and décor become evermore entwined. More

Outdoor Beds: Dream Designs for an Afternoon Nap
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
First we had the outdoor living and dining rooms. Then came the outdoor kitchen. Was the outdoor bedroom inevitable? Los Angeles Times' L.A. at Home started to report on cabanarama — how the shaded huts so popular at hotel pools were moving full force to the home — when it became clear that so much of the furniture for these backyard retreats were essentially outdoor beds. More

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

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New Partners & Affiliate Partners
de courcy and company - PID Platinum - College Park, Ga.
The Pull Out Shelf Company - PID Platinum - Tucson, Ariz.
Otter Creek Collections - PID Sterling - Sterling, Va.
Avanti Furniture Corp. - AP- 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.
AVT - AP - Roamon, Calif.


As you are aware, you are now required to maintain .8 CEU's every two years. The deadline of Dec. 31 is fast approaching! This is a friendly reminder to submit your credits to the IDS/CQRID office to maintain your professional status.

The purpose of requiring CEU's is two-fold:

  1. CQRID is in the process of applying for full accreditation of the CQRID exam so that our professionals in states that have passed legislation may also be recognized for their professional efforts through CQRID and
  2. As required by all professional certification exams, it is required by our certifying body, (CCE), that professionals must stay abreast of current trends and changes in the industry in order to maintain their professional certification.
The following instructions clearly outline the process and requirements for filing your CEU credits through CQRID:
  • After each CEU approved program, you will receive a certificate signed and dated by the course instructor.
  • Send a copy of the certificate with a CEU Filing Form for each CEU, and a CEU payment form along with a $10.00 filing fee per CEU submitted to: CQRID, 164 S. Main Street, 4th Floor, High Point, NC 27260. Be sure to keep the original of that certificate for your files. Links for both documents are provided below for your convenience.
  • If you registered for a CEU approved program offered directly through IDS (market seminars offered by IDS, regional IDS conferences, national IDS conferences, or on-line CEU programs registered through IDS), it is not necessary to submit those credits; they are automatically recorded for you and do not require the $10.00 filing fee.
  • All other CEU approved programs must be turned in with the CEU Filing Form and the filing fee in order to receive credit.
  • You cannot receive double credits for participating in the same program more than one time.
  • CQRID honors all CEU approved credits. Therefore, those who are required to maintain certification through other organizations and/or state requirements can get credit in both arenas for each CEU approved course attended.
Your CQRID certification is important! You have successfully achieved the highest goal of professionalism in residential interior design by passing the CQRID exam; therefore it is of utmost importance that you maintain your professional status by maintaining the required number of CEU credits. We will forward another reminder prior to the end of the year. Please direct all questions and inquiries to the IDS office at 336-884-4437, ext. 222.

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Upcoming Regional Events
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July 14, (4 p.m.)
Surya Rugs Cocktail Party

Atlanta Showroom – AmericasMart – 6-A-7

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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

Designed For Living: A Roundabout Makes Attractive 1st Impression    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Challenge: The homeowner wanted an upholstered piece of furniture that would bridge a very long family room and lend itself to conversation from all sides of the space. Since this piece would also be a focal point upon entering the room, it also needed to make an attractive first impression. The Solution: The first step in resolving this dilemma was to either find or design a piece of furniture that offered the flexibility required for conversation. More

Bold, Graphic & Versatile: The Greek Key is Appearing Everywhere
Florida Times-Union    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It sounds too good to be true: A design element that works in traditional and modern, casual and formal styles. But, that's exactly what the Greek key motif does. "It's a very classic symbol that represents unity by displ"ying an eternal band that doesn't end," said Laura Casey, an interior designer based in Charlotte, N.C. "It displays order, structure, proportion and symmetry — all of which are classic principles of design, which is why it works with so many different looks." More

10 Ways for Small Businesses to Use Quora
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Quora is one of the latest social networking sites catching the attention of small-business marketers. The company, founded in June 2009, is tight-lipped about its user statistics. However, KISSmetrics estimates that in January 2011, there were more than 547,000 registered users, showing an increase of 37,000 percent over January 2010. More

Home Sales Reach 2-Year High as US Rates Fall
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Demand for new U.S. homes rose more than forecast in May as mortgage rates dropped, bolstering the residential real-estate market while other parts of the world's largest economy cool. Purchases climbed to a 369,000 annual rate, the most since April 2010 and up 7.6 percent from the prior month, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington. More

Are you ready to make a commitment to your professionalism?

The CQRID Exam is the only accredited exam offered exclusively for Residential Interior Designers.

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Muralist Anne Harris creates lush interiors inside NYC homes
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anne Harris loves to paint. So much so she surrounds herself with it. The upper East Side-based artist has been painting the inside of people's homes for more than 30 years. But not in the way you think. Harris doesn't paint things that go in frames. She paints things that engulf people, transport them and move around them like surround sound or an IMAX movie. Read more: More

The 7 Deadly Sins of Decorating
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anyone who spends time dropping in on open houses in their neighborhood knows that many homes, with their puffy balloon shades and sloppy slipcovered sofas, are stuck in another decade. So remember that the orange, gourd-shaped lamp you think is so chic may have no takers on Craigslist in 2020. In the spirit of fun, a few experts have come up with a list of the seven deadly sins of dated decorating and how to fix them. More

As If From Nowhere: Bookcase Conceals 2 Tables, 4 Chairs
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As If From Nowhere: Bookcase Conceals two tables, four chairs spare table and chairs can always come in handy, and theoretically should not have to take up much space — but short of cheap folding varieties, there are few solid-structure alternatives for such situations. More

Luxury Doghouses and the Dogs That Couldn't Care Less
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many of them have carpeting, heating and air-conditioning, indoor and outdoor lighting, elaborate music and entertainment systems. Some are even eco-friendly, with solar panels or planted green roofs. In fact, the only superfluous accessory in the modern doghouse may be the dog. More

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