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Pinterest Marketing: Pinning With a Purpose
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In her book Pinfluence: The Complete Guide to Marketing Your Business with Pinterest, author Beth Hayden gives step-by-step advice on using Pinterest to engage and connect with current and potential customers. In this edited excerpt, Hayden explains how to create a Pinterest marketing strategy. More

Great Attic Rooms
Elle Decor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It doesn't have to be dusty storage. Why not transform the attic into the most stylish room in the house? Rustic wood beams, for instance, can provide the framework for built-in shelving in the attic bedroom of a 16th-century house in France’s Loire Valley. A collection of wicker baskets is displayed alongside other flea-market finds. More

The Anatomy of a Successful Small Business Owner
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There's a lot of scientific research out there that examines the traits that many successful CEOs have in common. Most are tall, for example, and people with wider faces tend to rise to the top faster than those with narrower mugs, apparently. The best CEOs are humble and while they also have to have a measure of charisma. More

Tip of the Week:

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!

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.

Published — IDS Member, Nicole Yee
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Congratulations to IDS Member, Nicole Yee who was featured in the current issue of Design New England Magazine.

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.
Crate & Barrel - PID Platinum - Northbrook, Ill.
Sunset Glass Tinting - PID Sterling - Stafford, Texas
Bassett Furniture Industries - PID Sterling - Concord, N.C.
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 - San Ramon, Calif.
Rees Home Interiors - AP - Colleyville, Texas
Jon E Baker - AP - Bonita Springs, Fla.
Art Resource Management - AP - Naples, Fla.


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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 IDS Education

Upcoming Regional Events
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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

22 Divine Draperies That Indulge and Delight
Houzz    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you crave truly beautiful draperies, get some ideas from these eye-popping, luxurious examples fit for palaces and design icons like Coco Chanel. Oh, yes, these are all custom draperies — nary a tab-top panel from a big-box store in sight. More

A Place to Potter Around
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Whether a kitted-out pavilion or a nook off the kitchen, a potting room is a gardener's haven. More

Eternal Flame
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The moment it's lit, a fireplace becomes the glowing centerpiece of any room. Architectural Digest's collection of stylish hearths offers inspiration for warming up your own home this winter. More

36 Blank Wall Solutions
Better Homes and Gardens    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sick of staring at a cold, stark, empty wall? Infuse it with warmth and style by adding creative art. 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.

For more information visit

Smart strategy for letting your customers do the talking
Business 2 Community    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Businesses can talk about their great service or incredible products all day, but self-promotion can't come close to instilling the kind of credibility and authority that comes from customer testimonials and customer stories. More

Must Haves for the Micro-Pad
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
So you've finally made it to the Big City, and all you can afford is a mini-apartment. Such is the situation outlined by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg when he announced a competition to design a building of so-called "micro-units," no bigger than 300 square feet, presumably tailor-made for single adults, childless couples or really, really good friends. Building such a micro-pad is only half the battle, of course. After the paint dries, you still have to furnish it. But despair not. More

What's Hot in Backsplash Options
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Consider it a place for you and your client to strut their stuff or play it cool. Backsplashes are one way to infuse a kitchen or bath with personality, and the means and materials for doing so are many. More

The Top 10 Lucite Pieces
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Of the many passing fancies exhibited at the 1939 World's Fair, one has proven its staying power: the acrylic resin known by the trade names Lucite and Plexiglas. Crystal clear, easily shaped, and strong, the material has inspired countless designers, from Gilbert Rohde, whose Plexiglas-and-tubular-steel chair debuted at the fair, to Karl Springer and Charles Hollis Jones in the 1960s and '70s. More

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