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Designer Appreciation Day 2012
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You are invited to Designer Appreciation Day on Sept. 12 at the High Point Design Center! Click here for more information.

Airy, Sleek — And Really Loud
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The modern home: spacious, open, airy, gleaming—and noisy. Trendy open floor plans where rooms aren't separated by walls mean voices carry. Hard surfaces like granite countertops, ceramic tile and hardwood floors can also amplify sound. Modern mechanical systems—powerful range hoods over big gourmet stoves, for instance—can be deafening. Meanwhile, the old standbys for dampening noise in a room, like wall-to-wall carpeting and thick drapes, can feel dated. More

How to Stop Procrastinating at Work
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It happens to the best of us. You get an assignment you're not thrilled about, or have an ongoing task that is less than exciting. And so the task slips then slides all the way to the bottom of your to-do list. The following article discusses how to stay productive in the face of procrastination when all you really want to do is browse Facebook. More

Work Spaces for Children
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This time of year, children often begin to despair over the end of summer and the looming school year. For many parents, mid-August signals the start of school supply shopping season and perhaps a time to rethink their child's work space. More

Tip of the Week:

Casual Living is interested in the role designers are playing in the outdoor market. We need your help to identify the trends in outdoor spaces.

Complete the form by clicking here.

At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter your name for a chance to have one of your outdoor design projects featured in an upcoming issue of Casual Living! Good luck!

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.

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
Crate & Barrel - PID Platinum - Northbrook, Ill.
Sunset Glass Tinting - PID Sterling - Stafford, Texas
de courcy and company - PID Sterling - College Park, Ga.
Bassett Furniture Industries - PID Sterling - Concord, N.C.
Art Works - AP - Cape Coral, Fla.
Rees Home Interiors - AP - Colleyville, Texas
Austin Art Connections - AP - Austin, 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
B & B Custom Cabinetry - AP - Ft. Myers, Fla.

 Employment Opportunity

Bassett Job Opening
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Bassett is recruiting for an immediate opening at their Concord, N.C., retail location. For more information click here.

The IDS Charlotte, N.C., chapter presents Little Smiles, a children's charity event at the Myers Park Country Club on Friday, Oct. 12. Enjoy a luncheon with HGTV's Monica Pedersen, the author of "Make it Beautiful". For more information, please visit the IDS Charlotte Chapter website.

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

Decorating A Sunken Living Room
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A couple seek help with their sunken living room, which is a major stumbling block for party guests. 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.

Shadow Play
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Lara and Jeff Sanderson did not want to hire a decorator. Yes, the 11,000-square-foot house they'd recently bought on Mercer Island, Washington, was in dire need of total revamping. But their meetings with interior designers left the couple feeling underwhelmed. What they wanted was an artist. So they turned to Kelly Wearstler. To the casual observer, Wearstler might appear to inhabit the white-hot center of the decorating universe — she has been hailed as the heiress apparent to Hollywood's grand Regency style, and is a virtuoso of its glitz and glamour. In reality, she's a free spirit who didn't get where she is in her career by playing it safe. More

Colorful Ambition In A Tiny Space
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Schwentker and Harvey Watts, principals in Schwentker Watts Design, bought the property in 1992. For $150,000, they got a 440-square-foot pitched-roof building and a 286-square-foot 1950s addition. As part of the bargain, they inherited the neighborhood legend that their home was built by United Artists and was once occupied by Gloria Swanson. It was all very charming, but the couple hated the green shag carpeting, fake wood paneling and pink plastic bathroom tiles so much that they tore everything out. More

Breaking the Gender Bias in Interior Design
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Interior design has a long history of gender stereotyping, with misconceptions lingering that the industry is a feminine sector. Men working in the interior design sector should be judged on their abilities and their abilities alone, without their gender or professional style creating limitations. More

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Beautiful Neutral Bedrooms
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Who says a neutral palette has to stop at beige? These soft and soothing hues make any bedroom look timeless and sophisticated. And with a color scheme so versatile, it's easy to pair fabrics and furniture. Whether a bedroom is modern or classic, lofty or compact, these palettes can transform it into a space of serenity. More

Tracing The Deep Roots Of Design
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People are drawn to images that merge with our hardwired preference for fractal-like forms — forms that are similar at various scales, like acacia trees. What this means for architecture and interior design is that understanding and embracing this genetic disposition can lead to environments where people feel good and are able to relax, concentrate and enjoy life. More

Color In The Environment: More Than Just Decoration
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Color is an integral element of our world, not just in the natural environment but also in the man-made architectural environment. Psychological influence, communication, information and effects on the psyche are aspects of our perceptual judgment processes. Hence, the goals of color design in an architectural space are not relegated to decoration alone. More

Science For Designers: Complex Adaptive Systems
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Today the world of design is in a position to benefit enormously from advances in sciences, mathematics and, particularly, geometry — though probably not in a way many designers expect. More

1 E-commerce Tool Makes Doing Business Internationally Easier
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Last year, New York City-based Gilt Groupe wanted to expand internationally. But the online luxury retailer faced all the headaches that come from trying to move product overseas: currency conversions; language barriers; obscure and seemingly random taxes, duties and postal regulations. In addition to straightforward e-commerce, Gilt hoped to offer its famous "flash sales" — brief special offers at a particular time of day, on a country-by-country basis, adjusted for different time zones and hemispheres. More

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