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Meet the IDS National Office Staff!
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Do you ever wonder who's on the other end of that phone call or email? Here's your chance to learn a little more about the National Office staff and to put a face with a name! Click here to find out more about Bonnie, Jessica, Snoa and Valerie. More

Be An 'Inner Winner'    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What's on your mind? Tell me what you're pondering, and I'll tell you if you're profiting. Your focus says a lot about your financials. Think about big payoffs, and you'll get them. Think instead about big problems, and you'll get them. More

The Allure of Uplights
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In case you haven't noticed, there's been a revival of all things 1970s lately — lighting by Venini, photography by Willy Rizzo, furniture by Pierre Cardin and Guy de Rougemont. Fashion has been dipping into the disco era for quite some time, and last year Sirius XM launched Studio 54 Radio, a 24/7 extravaganza channeling the throbbing beat that defined that hedonistic decade. Even Dallas, the seminal late-70s drama, has been reincarnated for a new generation. Still, there are limits to this period craze. More

Floral Fabric: Nothing Chintzy About It
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Editors always have their eyes peeled for a gestating trend. Nipping at the heels of the industrial-steam-punk look is a cheeky dose of upscale 1980s flounce. Call it Minimal Opulence. Think decorator-y details like couture curtains or fringed sofas grabbing attention in otherwise spare interiors. At the movement's core lies the romantic re-awakening of a sleeping giant: chintz. More

Tip of the Week:

2013 Interior Design Society Membership Renewal Information: The invoices for your 2013 Interior Design Society membership dues have been mailed. To avoid a lapse in your membership, please make a payment on or before December 31, 2012. Future payment reminders will be sent via email. To update your email address, please contact Jessica Fondario at: Thank you for your membership! We look forward to serving you in 2013!

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.
Wager Carpet Co. - AP - Santa Rosa, Calif.
Villa Terrazza Patio & Home - AP - Sonoma, Calif.

 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.

 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

A Mod, Mod World
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When Robert Couturier began designing the interior of an apartment in a midtown Manhattan, N.Y., skyscraper, his client expressed one primary desire. "She wanted something ultra-contemporary, because she had done everything else," Couturier says. The Polish businessman's wife had previously overseen the design of a number of the family's other homes in Europe. "They have incredibly beautiful houses," says Couturier. "They have one in Warsaw, another by a lake in the Polish countryside, a place in Geneva, a place in Sardinia, and a boat. Each reflects a different side of her personality." More

Go Wild When Decorating for Kids
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Kids are often enthralled with the wild kingdom, so it's fun to do their rooms with animal-themed decor. And you can think beyond the standard, kitty-cat wall border or dino bedding; some of today's designs have a sophistication that will please style-minded parents, too. So to quote Maurice Sendak, "Let the wild rumpus begin!" More

Don't Overlook the Boomers
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In the next five years, baby boomers are set to control 70 percent of the disposable income in the U.S. What's more, they stand to inherit $15 trillion in the next 20 years. As they age out of the work force, 67 percent of Boomers plan to spend more time on their hobbies and interests, moving from a life dedicated to making money to one that is directed to spending money. This lifestyle requires two simple ingredients: money to spend and the time to spend it. 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.

9 Decorating Solutions for the Whole Family
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There are many subjects of conversation in this world that can pit husband against wife or family member against family member; politics, education, child-rearing, finances, the in-laws – and whether or not the Living Room wall should be done in a gorgeous damask wallpaper, or painted completely white in order to show off a Civil War sword collection. More

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The Cherished Remainders of a Luxe Life
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In her heyday as the bejeweled empress of New York philanthropy, Brooke Astor entertained presidents, first ladies and a potpourri of pooh-bahs and literati at her elegant 14-room duplex on Park Avenue. And when she died on Aug. 13, 2007, at Holly Hill, her estate in Westchester County, N.Y., at 105, she left behind two households’ worth of cherished possessions, including Qing dynasty lacquer furniture, a jade-and-diamond Cartier clock and dozens of 19th-century dog portraits. More

Joss & Main Launches Celeb-Curated Home Decor Sales
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Bridget Moynahan, Orlando Bloom, Zoe Saldana, Courteney Cox, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are all lending their names — and personal style — to the flash-sale site Joss & Main, which has asked the celebs to curate collections of home decor. More

Collective Effort
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For a world-traveling Tommy Hilfiger executive, a house in New Jersey provides a relaxing escape from the stresses of city life – and a surprisingly sophisticated setting for his global treasures. More

Americans' Favorite Colors for Spaces
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"House Beautiful" polled Americans to learn more about their favorite colors for spaces. The data gathered are useful to designers if used with discretion even though saturation and brightness were not addressed in the survey. Participants were asked about their favorite color in general and then about favorite room colors. More

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