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The first round of 2016 membership invoices has been mailed. Please note that your current membership is valid through Dec. 31. We highly encourage you to pay your dues online by visiting and logging into the member portal. Once you are logged in, you can pay your dues by clicking the "My Invoices" tab. Click here if you have any questions regarding the recent membership updates.

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.

An award-winning production company is looking for passionate DIYers in home design and renovation. We’re seeking vibrant families, duos or teams who have a talent for transformation. Whether your team renovates entire houses or individual pieces of furniture, we want people who work with affordable budgets. We are especially interested in featuring talent who works in places with unique quirks and characteristics. We want people who earn their living using their creativity to makeover their surroundings and/or community.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website at If you have any questions or require further information, please email us at

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.

IDS Associate Elizabeth Scruggs of Superior Construction and Design in Lebanon, TN was recognized for being named Best Decorator/Organizer for 2015 - for the second year in a row! Click here to read the full article.

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

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.
Automated Window Coverings of the Carolinas - PID Sterling - Waxhaw, N.C.
HG Stones - PID Sterling - New York, N.Y.
Siena Marble & Tile - PID Sterling - Huntington Station, N.Y.

Please take a moment to complete a brief 5-question survey to assist us with future conference planning. Click here to begin the survey.

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!

IDS Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter will host an event on Thursday, Aug. 20 with Feeding Children Everywhere to benefit local Dallas ISD school children. Click here to learn more.

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.

ART Education Series:
Wednesday, Aug. 19 - 2 p.m. - EDT - Live Webinar - How To Use Hashtags (Properly). This is session 3 presented by Christi Tasker in the ART Education Series. For an overview of the session, to go this link: Registration is required for sign in credentials.

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

Wednesday, Aug. 26 - Dine and Design – Atlanta, Americas Mart – CEU Course, Lunch and Showroom Tours. 1 hour credit – The History & Evolution of Lighting – presented by AmericasMart, Accessories Resource Team and Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta. Click here to register.

High Point Market Events:

IDS will host Terri Taylor during High Point Market for a CEU presentation
Sunday, Oct. 18
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Get a Budget – Get a Client (0.1 CEU)
Suites at Market Square Seminar Room (SAMS 1-1014)

How to Get a Potential Client to Agree to Their Budget and Hire You in 15 Minutes or Less

Learn how to get clients to honestly tell you what they are willing to pay for their project even when they say "I don't know." Understand the steps to becoming a "pricing expert" so you know that the job will impress potential clients with your pricing knowledge. Give your client a valuable gift on the first appointment that is NOT FREE DESIGN. Find out how to qualify potential clients immediately so you know if you are designing with Pottery Barn to Holly Hunt. Learn how to ask questions that get "yes" answers from clients. Understand how to call out an appropriate design fee for any job. Learn about offers at three levels, how much service to give for how much money.

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 Fall Market Dates: Saturday, Oct. 17 -- Thursday, Oct. 22

IDS will host Carolyn Noble of Sherwin-Williams during High Point Market for a CEU presentation
Tuesday, Oct. 20
4 – 6 p.m.
Suites at Market Square Seminar Room (SAMS 1-1014)
Color Mix 2016 (.1 CEU)

This course will take the participant on a visual journey with stimulating imagery, factual statistics and perceptive research that supports the 2016 forecast for color and design trends. This course explores the drivers influencing future color and design trends that include global, technological, historic, psychological and economic factors with specific information on four dominant color stories for Pura Vida, Más Amor Por Favor, Noveau Narrative and Trajectory. Wine and cheese will be served.

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

Be on the lookout for the 2015 Designer of the Year competition application!

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

Apply now

Please Spread the Word!

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


12 Refreshing and Modern Blue Dining Room Design Ideas
Most often, homeowners tend to avoid the blue color due to the misconception that this color reflects dark and melancholic ambiance. However, that is obviously a misconception since blue is a perfect color for creating an upbeat dining room with refreshing, cool and charming ambiance. Navy blue, turquoise, teal or pastel, all the shades of blue can help you to create a bold and modern dining room with refreshing and charming ambiance.
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How Much Does the Average Designer Make?
Interior Design
Firms on Interior Design magazine's list of "Rising Giants" have experienced the largest hiring increase since the Great Recession. More than 2,800 designers are currently employed, as opposed to 2,400 a couple of years ago. Even better, firms anticipate expanding to 3,200.
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'YOU-SPs' and Lead Stories Distinguish Designers
By Fred Berns
Do the people you need to know … know you? Do they know all that you do? All that you can do? When they need the kind of interior design services and products that you sell, do they absolutely, automatically contact you? If not, that means that they don’t "get" what you have. And if they don't get that, you don't get their business.
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The Search for the Ideal Shelves
The Wall Street Journal
"Something there is that doesn't love a wall," once wrote the poet Robert Frost — but I was looking for something that does. Namely, a modular, wall-mounted shelving system in aluminum to fill the 10-by-10-foot space in the living room of the new apartment. Here was the place where we would finally address our teetering stack of plastic milk crates stuffed with all the books we'd been hauling around for years. They deserved a proper display, their spines upright and facing out.
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8 Twists on the Guest Room-Office Combo
Unless you host overnight guests frequently — and have space to spare — it's smart to make a guest room do double (or even triple) duty. Here are eight examples of guest quarters that pack in space-saving features with style.
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5 Ways to Make Your Smart Home Still Look Stylish
ELLE Decor
As smart home technology is becoming more and more integrated into our everyday lives, one challenge persists — how to keep it stylish and cohesive with the rest of our interior decor. Behold, five ways to have the smartest home on the block, without sacrificing an ounce of style.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    9 Things Only Design-Loving Parents Understand (ELLE Decor)
The 14 Best Contemporary Beach Houses (Dezeen via Custon Home)
As Job Market Heats Up, Versatile Designers Are In Demand (By Lloyd Princeton)

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