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Ralph Lauren's Chic Homes and Office
Architectural Digest
He may helm one of the best-known and most successful luxury brands on the planet, but Ralph Lauren designs for himself. Always has. It's what got him started in the late 1960s, when he couldn’t find the wider neckties he wanted to wear. No one was making them, so he did. Ties and shirts eventually led to seasonal head-to-toe collections, outfitting both men and women for everything from a formal evening out in the city to a yachting excursion off the New England coast to a weekend on a Western ranch. "When I started out, people would see things I was wearing and say, 'Can you make that for me?'" Lauren recalls. "I guess that was when I knew I had something different."
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Aug. 9 is the last day to participate in the IDS 2013 Membership Drive. There's still time to earn free admission to National Conference in Las Vegas, and free or half-priced dues in 2014!

Click here for guidelines and more information on the 2013 Membership Drive.

The High Point Design Center presents Designer Appreciation Day which will take place Sept.11 in High Point, N.C.Click here for more details and to register to attend.

Join us for IDS National Conference, "The Power of Innovation: Igniting the Path to Success", Jan. 24 – 26, 2014 in Las Vegas. More information will be released as details are confirmed!

Are you the next Designer of the Year? The 2013 Designer of the Year Application Packet is now available. Click here for more details!

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Industry Outlook: What's Ahead for Interior Designers for the Second Half of 2013?
By Michael J. Berens
Heading into 2013, it appeared that the interior design industry was turning a corner. Now, at mid-year, it looks like — once again — recovery is slip-sliding away. Although the final verdict is still out on business performance for the second quarter of 2013, recent indicators suggest even the hoped-for modest recovery may elude the industry as year-end projections in a number of sectors are being scaled back. Industry sources foresee reduced activity in both residential and commercial projects during the second half of 2013.
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Credit Card Fraud Alert: 3 Ways to Protect Your Business
American Express' OPEN Forum
Credit card fraud is an ever-growing problem for small-business owners. Take these steps now to protect your business before it's too late.
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5 Body Language Poses That Can Sabotage Success
American Express' OPEN Forum
As a licensed private investigator, Efrat Cohen is well aware of the power of the non-spoken word. The owner of Global Intelligence Consultants pays close attention to actions and the messages they send, so she was surprised to find her own nonverbal communication gave an unintended message. After meeting with a communications coach, Cohen found that her habit of shallow breathing and waving her hands around made a negative impression.
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New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Environment - PID Platinum - Los Angeles, Calif.
Bernadette Schaeffler Collection LLC - PID Titanium - Dallas, Texas
Village Design Group - PID Sterling - Southern Pines, N.C.
Ferguson Enterprises - PID Sterling - Sarasota, Fla.
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.
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

Join us for IDS National Conference, The Power of Innovation: Igniting the Path to Success, Jan. 24 – 26 in Las Vegas. More information will be released as details are confirmed!

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.

The new and improved 2013 IDS Chapter Awards application is now available. Download your application today!

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.

My Houzz: An Artistic Life Fills a 150-Year-Old Home
Patricia Gelman's 150-year-old beachside home is equal parts living space, studio, classroom and community gallery. The Paris-born artist uses her spacious rental to refinish and showcase flea market pieces from around the world, teach her gold- and silver-leaf techniques, and host biannual exhibits featuring other local artists.

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4 Powerful LinkedIn Tips To Generate Sales
Small Business Trends
Many people think of LinkedIn as just another social networking tool that lets them connect with people who share their career interests. Those in the know, however, can take advantage of powerful LinkedIn tips to generate sales.

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Celebrity Pools
Architectural Digest
A new photo gallery celebrating one of Hollywood, Calif.'s, most inevitable couplings — swimming pools and movie stars.

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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, "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!

High Point Design Center will host Designer Appreciation Day on Sept. 11. For more information on this event, and for registration details, click here.

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.

The following presentations are confirmed:
1. Colormix 2014
Drawing influences from fashion, science, nature, pop culture and global traditions, Sherwin-Williams introduces Colormix 2014, which captures colors that inspire creativity and design in today's world. The four-palette collection provides design professionals with a guide to help them define the moods they want to create and select colors for projects. (0.1 CEU credit)
Speaker: Carolyn Noble
Building: Showplace
Location: Surya Rugs Showroom – 4100
Date: Oct. 22
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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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.

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.

Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Trend Alert: Indigo (ELLE Decor)
My Houzz: An Artistic Life Fills a 150-Year-Old Home (Houzz)
Sustainable Flooring: It's Paper (Portland Tribune)

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Design Bloggers: Where They Work
In the September 2013 issue of Dwell, the editors profile 18 of their favorite design bloggers, sharing their latest discoveries and inspirations. Here, Dwell takes a peek at their creative work spaces from around the world, from a coffee shop in Cologne to a desk by the beach in Cape Town.
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Design Gone Digital With New Mobile Apps
The Washington Post
There is always "an app for that." If you are in the process of revamping or remodeling a room in your home, there are lots of mobile resources to help you pick a paint color, a couch or a designer. We've rounded up some of the top-rated design apps for mobile phones or tablets.
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Welcome to Summer Camp
The New York Times
George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg's beach house has a cantilevered construction, complicated sliding-glass doors made in Germany and a clever push-button dumbwaiter, but the element that best captures its spirit are the playful wood lockers. Lined in a row opposite a wall of bunk beds in a small downstairs room, the lockers suggest a summer camp for design-minded adults and practically scream "houseguests welcome."
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Aiming High
More than two decades have passed since the U.S. Congress signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Yet while we do have nominally accessible hotel rooms and sidewalk curbs with wheelchair cuts, the ADA has generated far more compliance than it has design. Luckily, a new generation of designers is taking on an ambitious set of pressing social challenges.
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Irish Heritage: Inside the Russborough House
ELLE Decor
Since the mid-18th century, Russborough House has seen gentility and debauchery, neglect and glittering gatherings. Through it all, this grand country estate has stood as a testament to the glories of Ireland.
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What Successful People Do During Lunch
Fast Company
Do you take your lunch break at your desk, staring blankly at your computer? You're doing it wrong. Here are productivity-powering, energy-boosting tips for getting the most out of the midday meal.
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In Hollywood, Calif., a 1919 Bungalow is Updated For a Modern Family
Los Angeles Times
When Sonny Ward renovated a 1919 bungalow in Hollywood recently, the architect was determined to give the traditional home a modern feel while keeping the exterior consistent with the historic neighborhood. The dilemma: The home's floor plan was composed of a series of small, dark rooms, laid out in a way that left the homeowner feeling confined.
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New Company Matches Homeowners with Interior Designers
Homepolish became a runaway success in its first year of business in New York City. Now the business, which hooks up consumers with affordable interior design services, is looking to glam up the nation's Capitol.
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