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10 Cool Kids' Room Ideas
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From a playful nursery to a lively teenager's room, these bedrooms are creative, cheerful, and definitely distinctive. These 10 room ideals include everything from Sophisticated Girly to A Room to Grow. More

Don't Overlook the Obvious When It Comes to Business Trends
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How is the U.S. economy doing right now? Most of you will likely response with a frustrated shrug of the shoulders. As a small-business owner, most try to keep on top of the latest data and statistics coming out of Washington, trade groups and the media. But for the past few years, we seem to have been stuck in a vicious circle — a month of promising economic news followed by a month of bad news. And with this being an election year, it's not likely to get any better. So what can a small-business owner do? More

Library-Music Room
Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In this library-music room designed by David Bettencourt Goularte, cherrywood shelving and oak flooring make way to a Steinway & Sons piano. More

IDS Portfolio July-September 2012 Now Available!
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Thank you for reading the latest edition of the IDS Portfolio!

You can search inside the publication for words; figures and full sentences; print and zoom; download the publication in PDF format; send to a friend; and much more.

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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, Susy McBride
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Congratulations to IDS Member, Susy McBride! Her award winning nursery is featured on the On To Baby website.

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

 Shop IDS Partners in Design

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.
Pineville Rug Gallery - AP - Pineville, N.C.
Elizabeth Cole, LLC - AP - Houston, Texas


Congratulations to the newest CQRID Certified Designers!

Melanie Crabtree
Mooresville, N.C.

Kathleen Hynoski
Charlotte, N.C.

Bobbi Cox
Charlotte, N.C.

Nadia Bartlett
Charlotte, N.C.

The 2012 Chapter Awards Application Is Now Available!

Enjoy the prestige, bragging rights and recognition that your chapter deserves and also be part of an exciting evening as the Chapter Awards are presented at the Annual Designer of the Year Awards!

The Chapter Awards are designed to reward Chapters who have shown exceptional work in specific areas each year. At the annual Designer of the Year Awards Dinner, the winning chapter in each category will be presented with an award and the highest praise for a job well done. This is an opportunity for your chapter to shine and for IDS to recognize its chapters for outstanding achievement in one or more of the award categories.

Click here to download your copy of the awards application.

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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

Click here for more information

 Industry News

How to Improve Your Small Business' Email Marketing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All the attention social media gets in the marketing world might be convincing you that email is dead. Far from it. Email marketing volume hit record-setting levels during June 2012, and total email volume growth for this year is expected to surpass that of 2011, according to a study by email marketing company Responsys Inc. reported by BtoB Online. More

A Penthouse Fit For a King
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When Tom Perkins was starting his career as a machinist at Hewlett-Packard, he was invited by his girlfriend to her parents' luxurious penthouse, with a "staggering" 360-degree view of San Francisco. After an uncomfortable dinner, the mother informed Perkins that he wasn't good enough for her daughter and that they could no longer date. When Tom Perkins was starting his career as a machinist at Hewlett-Packard, he was invited by his girlfriend to her parents' luxurious penthouse, with a "staggering" 360-degree view of San Francisco. After an uncomfortable dinner, the mother informed Perkins that he wasn't good enough for her daughter and that they could no longer date. More

'Design Star' Winner Danielle Colding Talks New Show, Getting Quirky
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HGTV "Design Star" competitor Danielle Colding didn't waste any time after winning the competition series. She already has a new show in the works and spoke to HitFix about her time on the show, why African-Americans are underrepresented in design television and what her toughest challenge was. More

Home Inspiration: Bedroom
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The Los Angeles Times put together a slide show of more than 100 California homes. Check out some of these beautifully decorated homes. More

6 Simple Tricks to Avoid Late Paying Customers    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When small businesses have delinquent accounts, it puts a major halt in their cash flow. If cash is king, what are these businesses supposed to do when they’ve lost control of the money that should be coming in? No business should be put in a position where they cannot effectively manage their cash flow. Small businesses need to put an end to late paying customers, regaining control over their cash and their financial well-being. Start preventing delinquent accounts today by following these 6 simple tricks that will make sure you get paid. More

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Going Big, Going Home
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After nearly eight years of renting a tiny apartment in the center of Asolo, in northern Italy, Guido Chiavelli and his wife, Sabrina, were ready to find a house outside of town and start a family. "Our dream was to go back to the countryside where we both grew up," says Chiavelli, who runs his family's clothing company, Il Gufo. "We want our children to experience close contact with nature. If you live in an urban area, you have a different kind of childhood." More

What the Pros Know: Laundry
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A chore no more: The new laundry rooms are high-functioning spaces with touches of style. More

Home Improvement Spending Forecast to Boom
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A pickup in home sales, low financing costs and improved consumer confidence is expected to push annual growth in spending on remodeling projects into the double digits by early 2013, according to a quarterly report from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. The report states that most markets nationwide have stabilized to the point that homeowners, whose home improvement spending is already on the upswing, will continue to feel comfortable investing in their properties. More

Design Your Own Wall Graphic with New Blik Tool
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You don't have to be a graphic designer to create your own wall decals at home using a new online tool from the Los Angeles company Blik and the Toronto studio Bruce Mau Design. "Our company was founded on the concept of DIY," Blik co-founder Scott Flora said. "The Blik and BMD tool is more than just do-it-yourself; it's design-it-yourself. This is the first time we've allowed users to design a shape, choose a color and create a graphic by themselves." More

The Founding of Decorator Tag Sale
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Interior designer Sandra Oster recalls the day in late 2008 when she came up with the idea to create Decorator Tag Sale. Luxury businesses such as interior design felt the blow of the economic crash severely that year, as people began cutting all but necessary expenses. Brainstorming in her home office in Greenwich, Conn., it occurred to Oster that luxury was out and economical was in. It was then Oster knew she had to rethink her business model — and Decorator Tag Sale began taking shape. More

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