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IDS Executive Director, Snoa Garrigan was interviewed for a piece in the July 2015 issue of Residential Lighting Magazine. Click here and visit p. 22 to read the article.

We have recently made some very exciting updates to the IDS membership program effective immediately to streamline the membership application process. We invite you to learn more about these updates to see what steps you should take to get the most out of your membership. Click here to learn about these membership changes.

Learn how you can make an IMPACT in your community through our new charitable design initiative #idsIMPACT. We are pleased to have Make-A-Wish and Dwell with Dignity as collaborating organizations of this program. Click here to see IDS members who are already making an IMPACT!

Calling all U.S. Architects & Interior Designers: Show the innovative and inspiring ways that you have incorporated Hansgrohe and/or Axor products in your recent work.

IDS Associate, Barbara Gilbert was featured in The Dallas Morning News for her imaginative use of tile. Click here to read the full story.

IDS Associates, Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton of Bauer Clifton Interiors were featured in the Juneau Empire for taking home several Designer of the Year awards at this year's awards ceremony. Read the full article by clicking here.

IDS Associate, Tanna Edler of Tanna By Design was featured in The Herald Business Journal for her first place Designer of the Year award-winning bedroom. Click here to read the full article.

IDS is proud to share that Julie Schuster, president of Interior Design Society, New York City Chapter was featured in The Editor at Large. Read the full article where Julie shares basics of feng shui, how designers can implement the practice, and where they can go to learn more:

Read the following press coverage of the 2014 IDS Designer of the Year awards:

Home Fashion Forecast

K+BB (Kitchen & Bath Business)

California Home + Design

Home Accents Today

Furniture World

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New Partners in Design
Full Color, Inc - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Grace Howl Art Gallery - PID Sterling - Sarasota, Fla.
Naples Kitchen & Bath - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
Snapdragon Stage and Design, LLC - PID Sterling - Bradentin, Fla.
Annamarie Amore Interiors, LLC - PID Sterling - Orange, Conn.
Celedore Fine Wallpapers - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Hidell Fine Decorative Hardware & Plumbing - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Fiber Seal of Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Fine's Gallery LLC - PID Sterling - Bonita Springs, Fla.
Creative Habitats - PID Sterling - Fanwood, N.J.
Nabers Interiors - PID Sterling - Memphis, Tenn.
New York Shower Door - PID Sterling - Freeport, N.Y.
Flooring & Carpet Warehouse - PID Sterling - Coram, N.Y.
Ceramic Matrix - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
The Other Side of Art - PID Sterling - Coram, N.Y.
Broadway Carpets Inc. - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.
Copper Creek Construction - PID Sterling - Las Vegas, Nev.
PBS Contractors - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.

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We had a wonderful time at 2015 IDS National Conference! Thank you to all attendees for joining us. We hope you learned a lot! Visit the IDS National Facebook page to view photograph highlights of the awards dinner concluding IDS National Conference.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Designer of the Year Awards! Click here to view a complete list of award recipients.

Thank you to our generous Red Carpet Conference Sponsor, Sherwin-Williams!

Congratulations to the 2014 IDS Chapter Award Winners:

  • Chapter of the Year (Large): IDS Long Island
  • Chapter of the Year (Small): IDS Las Vegas
  • Outstanding Charity Event: IDS Sarasota & IDS Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Outstanding Networking Event: IDS Fort Myers
  • Excellence in Membership Marketing Communications: IDS Naples
  • Excellence in Programs and Educational Activities: IDS Chicago & Suburban
Click here for more information on the 2014 Chapter Awards winners

If you are an active member of IDS National, join our closed Facebook group to connect with members across the country! Click here to join the group.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, Designerlebrity creator, Barbara Viteri will interview DIY's Million Dollar Contractor, Stephen Fanuka "Contractor to the Stars" for this year's Interior Design Society Long Island Chapter Design Show. Click here to learn more.

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.

The Interior Design Society has joined The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), effective Jan. 1. Click here to learn more.

Effective Jan. 1, IDS Professional members must earn a minimum of 0.4 (4 hours) approved continuing education units (CEU) each year. The current reporting period is from Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2015. Click here to read more about the updated CEU Filing Policy.

Join the Sustainable Furnishings Council for GREENleaders Certified Sustainability Training ONLINE. This is the most comprehensive training program available in green home furnishings, providing manufacturers, reps, retailers and designers with the knowledge and credentials to become experts in sustainability (Approved by GBCI for 6 CE hours and registered with IDCEC for .6 W CEUs). Click here for more information and to register.

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

Want to grow your Interior Design Business? Join Design Campus Live and International Market Centers for a FREE Two–Day Design Summit during the Las Vegas Summer Market. Click here to register.

Don't Underestimate the Value of Being There

Join Soft Design Lab‘s Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel for their VIP #HPMKT Experience to High Point Fall Market* in cooperation with High Point Market Authority. If you have never been to High Point Market or have not attended the last four markets, you are qualified to join our exclusive Buyers VIP Tour. We are excited to share an extraordinary week of events with you which will include:
  • A pre-market, informational webinar to get you ready to go
  • Accommodations at Sheraton Four Seasons Greensboro, N.C.; double-occupancy
  • Private welcome dinner and trend presentation at the exclusive, members only, String and Splinter Club courtesy of the High Point Visitors Authority
  • VIP market survival kit
  • Exclusive design destinations and insider access to showrooms and ateliers across High Point
  • Daily educational event schedule
  • Private Farewell Dinner at Green Valley Grill
  • Countless social and networking opportunities, VIP party invitations, concerts and much more!
This is the only way to visit the most exciting home furnishings trade show in North America. We will take care of all of the planning, so you can concentrate on the show, buying and having a great time! Visit Soft Design Lab for more information. Register by July 31 to take advantage of our early bird special.

Got questions? Email Deb at

* High Point Spring Market Dates: Saturday, Oct. 17 -- Thursday, Oct. 22

Stay abreast on markets across the country by visiting the IDS Event Calendar. Click here to view it now!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Designer of the Year Awards! Click here to view a complete list of award recipients.

Click here to learn more about the distinguished judging panel for the 5th annual IDS Designer of the Year competition.

Visit the IDS website to view the IDS Buyers' Guide! To find preferred IDS vendors, look for the IDS logo in their listing. If you are interested in obtaining a new listing or updating an existing listing, please contact Dan Sylvester at 212-920-3918. Click here to view the IDS Buyers' Guide.

If you are an active member of IDS National, join our closed Facebook group to connect with members across the country! Click here to join the group.

Get your .DESIGN domain today from Interior.Design IDS members will receive 50 percent off their first year with code IDS50 or click the following link:

Concrete Decor magazine, the concrete industry's premier magazine for all things decorative concrete is offering IDS members the chance to subscribe free to their magazine. Click here to read their current issue that features an article about how decorative concrete is carving its way into the design community.

If you have not yet paid your 2015 IDS National dues, please contact the IDS National office at 336-884-4437 ext. 223 or 224 to remit a payment. As of Jan. 31, you will no longer be able to login to the IDS website to pay your dues since your account will be suspended due to lapse in membership.

If you are interested in obtaining a membership certificate or replacement membership card, please contact IDS Executive Assistant, Kelly McCallum at or call 336-884-4437 ext. 224 (please note for all replacement membership cards, there will be a $10 fee payable 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.

Positions Available at Lowe’s Immediately Across the U.S.
In-Home Sales Professionals
Specializing in Kitchen and Bath Design

The Project Specialist Interiors (PSI) is a salary plus commission sales and design position that executes the Lowe's interior selling model.

Preferred Qualifications
-2 years of in-home, residential commission-based sales experience
-2 years experience in a design job requiring kitchen and/or bath design
-2 years working in a team collaboration setting

**Competitive Base Salary and Commission**
Plus Bonus Potential


Follow these directions to apply:

Click on Apply Now Link,

Select State and City
Type PSI in Keyword Search

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If you have any questions, please contact Harrison George at 312-915-5215


8 Ways Colored Floors Can Boost Your Design
Walls and trim are most often finished and maintained using paint, so they are the place where homeowners first see potential for personalizing their house with a new palette. But people often overlook their floors, the color of which can greatly influence your decor scheme. If you're looking for a seismic shift in your interior design, or are just looking for smart ways to add height or create energy or calm, try one of these grounding color concepts.
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Nintendo 64s and Vintage PlayStations as Home Décor
The New York times
In Noah Baumbach's recent movie, "While We're Young," Josh and Cornelia, aging Generation X Brooklynites (played by Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) who are desperately trying to reclaim their youth, are struck by what passes for home décor in the Bushwick loft of their new, painfully on-trend young friends Jamie and Darby (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried).
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The 5 Rules Of Shopping For Vintage Furniture
ELLE Decor
Secondhand furniture has finally lost the stigma they had in less-enlightened times. Experts agree: Vintage pieces often higher quality, made with better materials and often more attention to detail than mass-produced modern pieces. "You're already making a smart choice by looking at a vintage piece; it will be unique and give you more value for your money," says Emily Everhart, the chief curator for luxury furniture consignment site Viyet. She has a job many of us dream about, assessing vintage and designer pieces from private owners. Here's what she says to always do before you hit the flea market.
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Tips for Making a Lasting Impression on Your Clients
K+BB Collective
How do you leave a lasting impression on your clients? Do you follow up after a project to see how things are going?
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Bright Ideas for Decorating a Swinging Outdoor Deck
The Wall Street Journal
A secluded deck attached to a post-and-beam house in Frederick, Maryland, looks like a study in easy living — upholstered lounge furniture, a hanging bench attached with rope and tart yellow stools and planters arranged within the airy frame of a pergola. But there was nothing effortless about the way it was put together.
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5 Design Attributes Guaranteed to Wow Gen Y
Gen Y consumers are looking for — and expect — good design. They’ve grown up surrounded by good design in their phones, headphones, bicycles, computers, cars, music videos, cooking utensils, and now they expect it in their homes. Here are five design attributes that are meaningful to Gen Y. It makes sense to include these in all of your projects that cater to this group of smart, savvy young people.
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