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4 Body Language Cues You Need to Know When Networking
Body language can be extremely powerful when it comes to networking and building relationships with others. Within the first seven seconds of meeting you, people check you out visually. Could you be unknowingly undermining your networking efforts through your body language? If you are meeting with new prospects or planning to host an event, you'd better make sure you are not discouraging people from approaching you with your body language.
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A Silver-Plated Table or a Roomful of Polished Pieces?
The Wall Street Journal
A limited-edition Christofle pedestal table can be yours for $32,000 — unless you'd rather pick up a whole array of metallic furniture and accessories for the same price.
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8 Ways to Break Out of a Creative Rut
Most designers hit a creative roadblock at some point or another. Yes, we're paid to be creative, but we're also human. We have fun designing, but doing so over and over without being repetitive has its challenges. Like many others, we juggle busy family lives with a hectic work schedule — many of us are also small-business owners, which comes with added responsibilities. Sometimes the stress doesn't leave much room for creative brainstorming.
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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.

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.

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"Why a small Snohomish design firm thrives" - read about 2012 Designer of the Year Award Winner, Tanna Barnecut (Tanna By Design) in the The Herald Business Journal. Click here to read the article.

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New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Environment - PID Platinum - Los Angeles, Calif.
Village Design Group - PID Sterling - Southern Pines, N.C.
Wovenware - PID Sterling - Portland, Ore.
Tropica Designs, LLC - PID Sterling - Acres, Fla.
A&A Granite and Limestone - PID Sterling - Sunnyvale, Texas
D Magazine Partners - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Hadinger Flooring - PID Sterling - Fort Myers, Fla.
Microseal of Connecticut / Ziegler Preservation Cleaning - PID Sterling - Danbury, Conn.
Natalie's Ncredible Interiors, Inc. - PID Sterling - Lilburn, Ga.
DesignSourceCT, LLC - PID Sterling - Hartford,Conn.
Tufenkian Artisan Carpets - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
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.

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.

Inside a Royal Nursery: What William and Kate's Special Baby Room is Likely to Look Like
Hello Magazine
With the Duchess of Cambridge's July due date fast approaching and the parents-to-be putting the finishing touches on their new arrival's nursery, award-winning architectural interior designers Oliver Burns have put together adorable sketches of how the special room for William and Kate's newborn royal baby may look.

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5 Questions That Will Close the Sale (Without Pressuring Customers)
Good salespeople know that asking questions is the most effective way to learn about the needs of your customers. But you’ve got to ask the right questions. Otherwise, you risk scaring prospective customers out the door — or simply annoying them so much that they decide to buy elsewhere.

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Weaving a Spell: Rattan and Wicker
ELLE Decor
Designer Kerry Joyce added an elegant sensibility to the veranda of an Irish Georgian–style mansion in Beverly Hills with a façade of stacked hand-cut stone, stately columns, and custom-made wicker furniture; English oak trees and boxwood help maintain a sense of privacy without sacrificing views of Los Angeles.

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Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website through the LMS link!
  1. If you missed the live webinar Outdoor Living by Lamps Plus, it is now available online. Check out how outdoor living has become an essential element of today's home.
  2. Webinars by Tobi Fairley, each are worth 0.1 CEU. A new Tobi Fairley webinar was just posted, "Real Tactics for Reaching Your Ideal Client". This session will give you key strategies for establishing your expertise and credibility, selling yourself with confidence, and maintaining profitable relationships with your Ideal Client.
  3. FREE webinar provided by Amy Johnson titled "New Design Elements in Soft Window Fashions". Learn how to use decorative medallions in custom treatments.
Visit the IDS website to learn more!

IDS members can take advantage of discounts on carpets/area rugs from Tufenkian Artisan Carpets.

Qualified designers can register with Environment Furniture as part of their Trade Program which allows a 15 to 20 percent discount depending on purchase amount.

Microseal of Connecticut / Ziegler Preservation Cleaning now offers members of IDS an exclusive 20 percent discount on any MicroSeal Permanent Fade and Stain Protection/Cleaning product.

These discounts are exclusively available to IDS members. Members must log in on the IDS website in order to take advantage of this discount.

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.

The IDS Educational Tour to Chicago has been canceled. Unfortunately, the minimum number of registrants was not met by the June 28th deadline to go forward with the tour. Please be on the lookout for upcoming details about future IDS Educational Tours.

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.

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    How Your Pinterest Descriptions Can Attract Customers (Entrepreneur)
7 Ways to Make the Rest of 2013 Amazing (Inc.)
March Into Year-Round Chic with 15 Twists on Red, White and Blue (Houzz)
Game For Anything (ELLE Decor)
Do Designers Who Specialize Fare Better? (By Michael J. Berens)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Exotic Woods for High-End Homes
The Wall Street Journal
With rich hues and elaborate grain patterns, exotic woods are growing in home décor. Many rare woods come from tropical climates, where trees can produce more-durable wood products, manufacturers say. Tropical trees also grow taller, with few branches, so the wood has fewer knots and other defects.
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10 Ways to Transform a Blank Wall
ELLE Decor
Don't be intimidated — a big, windowless wall can be the perfect canvas for creative ideas. In an apartment designed by Nate Berkus, Martinique wallpaper (an iconic pattern from the Beverly Hills Hotel) sheaths this dining area.
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From Subject Line To Signature: How To Do Work E-Mail Right
Our inboxes at work are flooded with poorly written, unprofessional, ineffective emails — and as much as we detest them, most of us are guilty of sending just as many flawed messages as we receive.
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Why Pricing Should Be Your First Focus, Not Your Last Read
Young Entrepreneur via Entrepreneur
Startups often treat pricing as an afterthought. So eager they are to launch, that they wait to broach the question of price until right before their product hits the market. While this isn't uncommon, it's poor thinking from a strategic perspective.
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Bright Colors Transform a Tropical Beach House
Architectural Digest
s the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home, a decorator with a passionate following, and the author of the lavish coffee-table tome The Big Book of Chic, Miles Redd clearly knows a thing or two about style. But even those familiar with his oeuvre will be startled by the outré glamor of Pineapple Hill, the showstopping Bahamas beach home he outfitted for an adventurous Houston couple with two young daughters. The residence, in the exclusive Lyford Cay club, is an object lesson in how to marshal color and pattern to ecstatic, beguiling effect.
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Get Your Budget Ready for the Upturn
Harvard Business Review
Most budgets for 2013 were made in 2012, when the prevailing economic outlook was grim. But here it is midyear and the signals are decidedly more positive. Don't let yesterday's mindset prevent you from seeing what is about to unfold. Those who fail to recognize that the economy is improving are likely to play defense for too long, leaving opportunities for top-line organic growth on the table.
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How To: Stripe Your Living Spaces
They aren't just for adding some patriotic flare this Fourth of July. Stripes are both playful and classic and — with the right accessories — can up a room's elegance or provide a casual feel year-round. Take for example, stripes painted across the walls of a converted garage space by Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. Swathes of beige in a darker and lighter tone are neutral without being too formal for the neon accessories throughout the room.
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15 Relaxed Rooms for Summer Living
House Beautiful
From a sunny yellow dining room to an outdoor kitchen, get ideas for easy, inviting decorating.
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