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How to Use Your Fear of Failure to Fuel Your Success
Under 30 CEO
Freedom … independence … money … and fame. Reasons why you've always dreamed about becoming a successful entrepreneur, right? Then why do you feel like this dream is just a distant island over the horizon, which doesn't get any closer, no matter how hard you're struggling against the mighty waves of the ocean?
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We would like to welcome Melanie Hylton, Education Coordinator, to the IDS National Staff. For all Education-related inquiries, Melanie can be reached at or by phone (336) 884-4437 ext. 224.

Congratulations to our 2013 Membership Drive Winners:
  • Patricia Lockwood, IDS Associate, La Quinta, Calif., will receive free admission to 2014 IDS National Conference
  • Wovenware, Partner in Design – Sterling, Portland, Ore., will receive free 2014 Membership Dues
  • Jason Baird, IDS Affiliate, Tipp City, Ohio, will receive half-priced 2014 Membership Dues
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. 23 – 25, 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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Interior Designer Nate Berkus Sells Off New York City Duplex for $5 Million
Curbed National
Designer Nate Berkus has sold his New York City "dream home," just nine months after it featured in a full spread in Architectural Digest. Alexander Gilkes, a co-founder of the online art bazaar Paddle8, paid $4.95 million for the Greenwich Village duplex, which is set inside a pair of combined townhouses, in an off-market deal.
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Effect of 2013 Social Media Trends on Your Business
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social Media Examiner reported in its 2013 Social Media Marketing Report that a whopping 97 percent of marketers now integrate social media into their plans. But, according to the report, only 1 in 4 were able to measure the return on investment. Staying on top of the latest social media trends allows you to connect with your customers on a personal, emotional level. Plus, it shows your audience that your brand is forward-thinking. Here are five topical changes in social media that will affect your business this year.
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8 Tips for Planning a Backyard From Scratch
As with any interior space, a beautiful backyard is all about those personal touches. Unlike with living rooms, however — where furniture swaps and family accessories make a big impact — turning a blank concrete slab into a distinctive outdoor retreat takes more than just an updated patio set; it requires a few unique design elements and a whole lot of creativity.
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Greenhouse Fabrics   Surya   Luxe Home LLC   Sherwin-Williams   Hunter Douglas


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.
O'Guin Decorative Arts - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
Walker Zanger - PID Sterling - Estero, Fla.
CW Designs LLC - PID Sterling - Fort Myers, Fla.
Glass Recycled Surfaces - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Good's Home Furnishings - PID Sterling - Pineville, 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.
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. 23 – 25, 2014 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 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.

Best Interior Design Blogs
Granite Transformations
If you're looking to redesign your home or give it a major make-over, chances are you'll start by looking for inspiration on the web before taking out your wallet. Luckily, these days there are some wonderful design-related websites where you can read about the latest trends and find the inspiration for your dream kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.

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Fall Decor Forecast: Eclectic, with Personality
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
The era of specific decor trends is on the wane. Rooms full of traditional or modern furniture have been replaced by a more eclectic sensibility, interior decorators and designers agree. Mid-century sofas on a Swedish-country, flat-weave rug. Vintage lighting and a concrete coffee table. An antique Indian sari coverlet on a sleek, lacquered bed frame.

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Crisp Geometrics That Will Shape Home-Décor Choices
The Associated Press via The Seattle Times
Quadrilaterals, cubes, polyhedrons — sound like 10th-grade math class? Perhaps, but they're also examples of one of this year's biggest trends in home décor. Crisp, contemporary and pleasing to the eye, geometrics work well for tables, lighting, accessories and soft furnishings.

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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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Twice a year (in January and September), MAISON&OBJET Paris boasts over 3,000 creative companies, exhibiting on a net space of over 1.3 million square feet. Textiles, lLighting, Interior Decoration concepts, Furniture, Tableware, Children's accessories, Giftware, Home accessories, Luxury Brands – all find a home at MAISON&OBJET. Some 85,000 visitors from all over the world endorse the uniqueness of our show. (And on March 10-13, 2014, we will launch MAISON&OBJET ASIA in Singapore!)

MAISON&OBJET Paris and IDS have a special relationship that entitles all IDS members to receive a free entrance badge. This is a savings of 65 Euros per badge! Just call 212-564-0404 or email to request a badge. The upcoming show is from Sept. 6-10 at Paris Nord Villepinte.

Click here for more information.

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.

    Crisp Geometrics That Will Shape Home-Décor Choices (The Associated Press via The Seattle Times)
Designing Bedrooms: Variations on a Theme (The Wall Street Journal)
Use Instagram to Grow Your Business (Intuit)
A Successful Website: 8 Ways to Get Visitors to Stick Around (By Andrea Fischetti)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


She Used Her Gut Instincts
The New York Times
It took another $400,000 and thousands of hours of labor to make it habitable. That included rebuilding it from the studs out, with new wiring, plumbing, roofing and plaster, and installing historically accurate windows and millwork. Beams were added to shore up the structure, and the brick exterior was repointed. The swimming pool was filled in, and an old caved-in Chevy was hauled out of the side yard.
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Best of Black
Design Sponge
When it comes to homes, black is not one of the most popular color choices, but at the same time it doesn't come out as harsh as one may think. This round-up shows the way that basic black can in fact add a sense of sophistication.
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The Passive House: Sealed for Freshness
The New York Times
When you visit Sloan and Jennifer Ritchie's new passive house in the Madison Park neighborhood in Seattle, it takes a while to notice all the things you're not hearing. Look out the living room windows and you can see a gardener wielding one of those ear-piercing leaf blowers in the yard, but you would never know it inside.
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A Sneak Peek at Ikea's Coveted Stockholm Collection
Metro Canada
Every three years mass market furnishings retailer, Ikea, introduces a much anticipated upscale collection of furnishing and home accessories. This year, the coveted Stockholm Collection is introduced in limited quantities to the 325 stores in 40 countries around the world, bringing high-design at still very affordable prices.
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Open Invitation: Bobby Flay's Hamptons Dream House
ELLE Decor
When actress Stephanie March met celebrity chef and Food Network star Bobby Flay more than 10 years ago, he was routinely spending weekends at his house in Southampton on Long Island. "There was an enormous white leather sofa in the living room and four flat-screen TVs," recalls the Texas-born actress, who grew up in a gracious home memorable for its butler's pantry, cedar-lined closets, and a living room appointed for leisurely visiting. "His place smelled like golf," she says.
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6 Tiny Business Tweaks That Pay Off Big
American Express OPEN Forum
Chris Guillebeau, author of "The $100 Startup", writes: Sometimes it really is the little things that make a big difference. These six tweaks can help grow your business exponentially with little effort.
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20 Odd Questions With Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler
The Wall Street Journal
She may be known for a delicately dusky color palette that evokes Monet's water lilies or for her well-documented predilection for gilt furniture. But Atlanta-based interior designer Suzanne Kasler — whose second book, "Suzanne Kasler: Timeless Style", comes out Oct. 8 — is concerned with much more than surface. Her preferred approach to designing a house starts well before the blueprints are drafted.
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Build a Career Worth Having
Harvard Business Review
We live in a time of chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace. Gallup's 2013 State of the American Workplace study found that as many as 70 percent of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs — 18 percent to such an extent that they are actively undermining their coworkers. How can we explain this? Better yet, how can we change it?
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Loving Lavender: A Nostalgic Color Gets Hip
Benjamin Moore
Lavender is getting a new rap. This progeny of regal purple has long been associated with sweet little girl's rooms and overly perfumed little old lady's homes (and hankies). And for a time in the 1980s, it was the choice pick for prettying powder rooms and Prince's "Purple Rain" wardrobe. Well, as they say, that was then because now the light color purple — together with its color compadres lilac, mauve, light iris, and pale plum — have been showing up in some of the most chic interiors around.
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8 Ways to Style a Summer Fireplace
There's hardly ever an occasion to light a fireplace during the summer months, but that's no reason to ignore this focal point of your living room. Instead of dreaming about a crackling fire, make the most of your fireplace in this current season with these tips.
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