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Easy Way to Give Your Website a Makeover
Need images for your company website or blog — but can't afford (or don't want to afford) to pay for them? Chelsea Blacker, head of Client Delivery at digital marketing agency BlueGlass U.K., put together the following list of websites that provide free images for commercial business use (which means an image falls within Creative Commons or is royalty free. For more on what those terms mean, check out the bottom of this post.)
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Save-the-Date for IDS National Conference which will take place Jan. 24 – 26, 2014 in Las Vegas. More information will be released as details are confirmed!

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!

Don't forget about the Interior Design Society's 2013 Membership Drive which will run through Aug. 9! 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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IDS Encourages You to Donate Reusable Home Furnishings to the Habitat for Humanity ReStores
If you attended the IDS 2013 National Conference this year in Greensboro, N.C, you received information about Habitat for Habitat for Humanity International in your conference gift bag. IDS highly encourages our members to become involved with Habitat for Humanity because Habitat's vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live closely aligns with IDS's philanthropic initiatives.

IDS's mission is to strengthen and grow our organization by providing our members with valuable education, resources, programs, and services. By introducing you to Habitat for Humanity and the ReStores, we are highlighting our belief in the importance of aesthetically pleasing design in service to the world's population. Our complementary missions make IDS's support for Habitat for Humanity a natural fit.

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3 Popular Elements of Outdoor Living Spaces
Green Industry Pros
Planning to spend even more time at home, many consumers are looking to invest in more expansive outdoor living spaces. Here's how you can tap into this market with minimal outlay. According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, more and more consumers are looking to create expanded outdoor living rooms for entertaining and simple family gatherings. By helping homeowners create their ideal outdoor environment, landscape contractors can upsell current customers and attract new ones.
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7 Easy Ways to Increase Your Income with Past Clients
By Sydni Craig-Hart
Studies consistently show that clients who have purchased from you once are likely to do so again if they are given the opportunity to do so. In fact, INC magazine says that "Acquiring new customers is expensive (five to 10 times the cost of retaining an existing one), and the average spend of a repeat customer is a whopping 67 percent more than a new one."
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Kitchen Remodeling on the Front Burner
Chicago Tribune
When we last checked in with Consumer Reports to see which things matter to the magazine's practical-minded readers, we learned that their kitchen remodeling decisions tended to boil down to two words: resale value.
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New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Environment - PID Platinum - Los Angeles, Calif.
Village Design Group - PID Sterling - Southern Pines, N.C.
AJW & Co. Inc. - PID Sterling - Thousand Palms, Calf.
Anderson Lumber Co., Inc. - PID Sterling - Alcoa, Tenn.
Front Door Fabrics LLC - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
The Shade Store - PID Sterling - Estero, Fla.
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 which will take place Jan. 24 – 26 in Las Vegas! A vendor showcase will also take place. More information will be posted as plans are finalized. Click here to view our conference page on the IDS website

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!

There are several available 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. Visit the IDS website to learn more!

Front Door Fabrics in Charlotte, N.C., now offers product discounts to IDS members. Visit the IDS website for more information on how to take advantage of this offer!

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.

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.

    4 Body Language Cues You Need to Know When Networking (Entrepreneur)
8 Ways to Break Out of a Creative Rut (Houzz)
Exotic Woods for High-End Homes (The Wall Street Journal)
A Silver-Plated Table or a Roomful of Polished Pieces? (The Wall Street Journal)
10 Ways to Transform a Blank Wall (ELLE Decor)

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Jet-Setting Style Lands Smoothly in Portland, Ore.
Zoe Krislock's furniture pieces have an international pedigree. A vice president at Nike, Krislock has lived in Shanghai, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Southern California, Boston, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., and the pieces she has picked up along the way make a big impact in her home. "That, to me, really gives style to a home," says Krislock, who now lives in Portland, Ore.
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20 Odd Questions With Design Guru Ambra Medda
The Wall Street Journal
Though only 32, Ambra Medda is already a veteran go-between for the worlds of art and commerce. With Design Miami/, the international design forum she founded in 2005 and ran for five years, she brought influential curators, collectors and gallery owners together under one tent—quite literally. But for her latest project, Medda is going virtual.
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Prescription for Procrastination
By Ronald E. Jones
Everyone has parts of their job they don’t like, and it’s only human nature that we tend to put off those tasks that annoy or bore us. One of the principles of good time management is to modulate your work schedule so that you parcel out the tasks you don’t like into tolerable chunks rather than let them pile up throughout your work day or week. The idea is to suck it up and do the things you don’t like as quickly as possible and then move on to something more challenging, engaging or, dare I say, fun. Most disciplined workers respond well to this approach, but what do you do with the employee who consistently neglects part of their duties?
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Designer Paula Smail: Artful Living in 600 Square Feet
Los Angles Times
Walk inside Paula Smail's 600-square-foot apartment in Burbank and you'll be greeted by bold color and texture that strangely doesn't overwhelm. The textile designer has lived in New York, Paris, London and Johannesburg, and here, it shows. The one-bedroom apartment is decorated with South African curios, aboriginal art from Australia, Balinese sculpture and mementos from France, all combining to give the small space a modern vibe.
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Bling Makes the Bath
Bathrooms are becoming jeweled treasures. For some, the wow factor is a room-sized shower; for others it's a zebra-skin tub, a pearl-studded porcelain sink, a crystal faucet or even a diamond-encrusted john.
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Urban Oases
ELLE Decor
No matter how small, no matter how simple, a garden or terrace is the ultimate city luxury. For the New York City townhouse of fashion designer Nanette Lepore and her family, Jonathan Adler designed a patio table custom made by Unicorn Art Studio and set with Bisazza tiles. The garden was landscaped by Blue Angel Garden Design and is hung with birdhouses by Adler.
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Gardening with Window Views in Mind: 4 Tips From a Design Pro
Los Angeles Times
A tuft of poppies growing underneath a streetlight in the Hollywood Hills blasts unexpected color along the sidewalk, but the real surprise rests behind the tall ficus hedge, inside Judy Horton's 1925 cottage.
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A Warm and Modern New York City Apartment
Architectural Digest
Ask Drew Katz to describe his New York City apartment and he reels off a crisp, confident line: "Midcentury modern with a touch of George Nakashima and Paul Evans." But Katz is the first to admit that before he commissioned this luminous aerie above the commercial hubbub of SoHo, he couldn't distinguish Nakashima from Noguchi. "I didn't know anything," says Katz, who heads the company Interstate Outdoor Advertising (billboards, bus shelters) as well as the Drew A. Katz Foundation, which supports a broad range of charities. "Now I find myself talking about grillage."
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