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The IDS National Office will be issuing 2015 membership invoices in the coming weeks. Please note that you have until Dec. 31, 2014 to remit a payment for your dues in order to avoid a lapse in membership. You have the option to conveniently pay your membership dues online. Login to your member portal on the IDS website and select "My Invoices" from the menu on the left side.

Are you the next IDS Designer of the Year? The 2014 application is now available! Click here to learn more about the competition and how you can enter.

Save-the-Date: the next IDS National Conference will take place in May 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida.  More details will be released soon!

Create your personal platform for sharing videos, pictures and projects with The Design Network (TDN) community! Whether you’re a home enthusiast or design professional, TDN knows you've got great things to share. What better place to do it than your own TDN Channel? Simply sign up to create your profile and then click "Create a Channel." Here, you'll upload your photo, add links to your social media, website or blog (it's all about sharing!) and top it off with a unique tag line that says something special about you or your design philosophy. Click here to learn more and to create your channel.

The Interior Design Society's focus in 2014 will be building community and relationships. Learn why IDS is where you belong by clicking here.

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New Partners in Design
Laurel & Wolf - PID Platinum - Hollywood, Calif.
BTX Intelligent Fashion - PID Titanium - Dallas, Texas
Cosmos Granite & Marble - PID Titanium - Charlotte, N.C.
SK & Associates - PID Sterling - Canton, Mass
Long Island Picture Frame & Art Gallery - PID Sterling - Massapequa Park, N.Y.
Art Dimensions Inc. - PID Sterling - Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams - PID Sterling - Manhasset, N.Y.
Packard Cabinetry - PID Sterling - Sea Cliff, N.Y.
Carolina Shutter & Blinds of Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Hampton Major Appliances and Televisions - PID Sterling - Garden City, N.Y.
Knoxville Noland Co. - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.
Notting Hill Decorative Hardware - PID Sterling - Lake Geneva, Wis.
Turn Key Construction - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
LeRan - PID Sterling - Grapevine, Texas
Woodstock Architectural Products - PID Sterling - Las Vegas,Nev.

Save-the-Date: the next IDS National Conference will take place in May 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida. More details will be released soon!

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Chapter Award Winners!

  • Chapter of the Year: IDS Long Island
  • Outstanding Charity Event: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth and IDS Fort Myers
  • Outstanding Networking Event: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Excellence in Membership Marketing Communications: IDS Naples
  • Excellence in Programs and Educational Activities: IDS Naples
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.

A Sophisticated Row House in the US Capital
This 19th-century row house was in what a real estate professional would call "move-in condition" when Samantha Friedman's client bought it. But, as we all know, serviceable doesn't equal soulful. The homeowner hired Friedman, principal at Samantha Friedman Interior Designs, to make the home to his taste.

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Tricks to Creating a High-Quality Video With Your iPhone
Lighting sets the mood. Lighting can be one of the more difficult elements to get right when shooting high-quality video. When we shot the iPhone video, we decided to use natural light to give our video a natural ambience.

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7 Surprising Ways Procrastination Can Boost Productivity
Let's face it, if you have one week to complete a three-hour task, you're not going to do it within the first three hours of the week. You'll probably cut it pretty close to the last three hours of the week, in fact. Stop beating yourself up over it.

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Don't forget that 0.8 CEUs must be completed by Dec. 31, 2014. If you have any education-related questions, please contact Melanie Hylton at

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, "How to Determine Your Staffing Needs." This session addresses designers who may be confused about when and how to hire people to handle a portion of the work for their design firm. If you need to know how best to keep your operation "lean and mean" yet still highly productive, this webinar will provide you with helpful information. Join Tobi Fairley for this training on determining your staffing needs and then taking action to get the job done!

Visit the IDS website to learn more!

Join WithIt members from throughout the home and furnishings industries for the 2014 Professional Conference Aug. 11-13 in Atlanta! The two-day program at the Marriott Buckhead offers industry professionals at all stages of their careers the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, develop leadership skills and connect with industry peers. Titled "The Art and Science of Leadership," the 2014 event presents accomplished leaders from a variety of industries to inspire and educate attendees. The program will help attendees identify, value and cultivate leadership attributes that are an art – like building rapport, influencing others and learning to "listen to your gut" – as well as those leadership attributes that are more of a science –like learning effective techniques for networking, managing time and priorities, and negotiating effectively. Click here for more information.

Are you the next IDS Designer of the Year? The 2014 application is now available! Click here to learn more about the competition and how you can enter.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Designer of the Year Award Winners! Visit the IDS National blog to view photographs of the DotY Award Winners' designs by clicking here.

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.

If you are interested in obtaining a membership certificate or replacement membership card, please contact IDS Benefits Coordinator, Della Swider at or call 336-884-4437 ext. 223 (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.


Helping Clients Identify Their Style
K+BB Collective
Many homeowners' busy lives prevent them from being style-conscious, causing them to use the wrong terminology when referring to their personal taste or claim they are not particular. How can a designer best help these homeowners who may never have given a thought to what they ideally would want in their homes? Here are some tips from some experts.
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So You Want a Job In Interior Design?
WSI Designer Marketplace
Job hunting — we've all been there; sent our resumes and cover letters out into the world and hoped for the best. I started my working career in the pre-Internet age of hand-typed resumes and cover letters responding to job ads in the newspaper, says Linda Merrill, award-winning residential interior decorator based in Massachusetts. Times have changed, delivery systems have changed, but there are some basic principles and etiquette that all job seekers should abide by.
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Decorating Fabrics Inspired by Matisse
The Wall Street Journal
Fabrics were woven into Henri Matisse's life from start to finish. Growing up as a weaver's grandson in industrial northeastern France, the boy who would become one of the 20th century's greatest painters was exposed to brilliantly colored silks long before he saw much fine art. Little else about the region inspired him.
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The Backyard Trends You're Missing Out On This Summer
ELLE Decor
During the summer your most coveted space is outdoors. Here, we round up the most popular trends on Instagram to help you make the most of it.
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Get to Know Louis-Style Chairs
Louis-style chairs originated during the reigns of French kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, and they have remained design classics ever since. You've surely spotted these gorgeous chairs all over Houzz and in your favorite design mags — but how do you tell them apart? Get ready to find out! We are going to start with the Louis XVI–style chair and work our way backward in time.
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Are We On the Cusp of a Visual Renaissance?
By Michael J. Berens
Is a picture worth a thousand tweets? Twitter, which rose to fame by mass-distributing text messages of no more than 140 characters, recently redesigned its interface to make it easier to share images and video with followers. Hardly earth-shattering news for interior designers, but it may be a harbinger of a larger trend: the ascendancy of visual culture.
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Design Community Votes on Top 100 Twitter Influencers
Editor at Large
Last month, Decorex International began a hunt for the top 100 interior design influencers on Twitter by asking members of the design community to nominate their favorite and most inspiring Twitter users. The campaign drew more than 2,500 tweets from the global interior design community, reaching more than 2,000,000 interior design professionals and enthusiasts including top interior designers, bloggers, journalists, designers, stylists and leading magazines.
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7 Prefabs Across California
Inspired by the modern homes built by developer Joseph Eichler in the 1950s and 1960s, the C6 home by LivingHomes offers potential homeowners a competitively-priced modern home built according to LEED Platinum standards.
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