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Trend Watch: Rustic Utilitarian
Blame it on the last decade's rocky economy or the waste-not-want-not mentality of the environmentalist movement, but we've witnessed a surge in people's desire for pared-down, beautiful designs that are unfussy and functional. These "rustic utilitarian" interiors feature items handpicked with longevity in mind — both in terms of construction and style.
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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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Sarah Jessica Parker's Style Inspires Drool-Worthy Home Decor
The Huffington Post
Sarah Jessica Parker has been a style icon since we first caught a glimpse of her dancing in "Footloose" and "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." She's since been the cause of intense jealousy with her closet of shoes, dazzling dresses and drool-worthy jewelry in "Sex and the City."
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5 Ways to Manage Your Time More Effectively
By Karen Childress
We've all heard — and probably tried — the many time management tips that have been around for years. These all make sense and can save a few minutes here and there. No doubt, those minutes add up. But if you're busy to the point that you routinely wish for 30-hour days, then you need ways to save more than minutes. Here are five ideas that may sound concurrently radical and old-fashioned, but if you're serious about taking control of your time, give them some serious consideration.
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Serendipity and Tradition Meet in Wallpaper Design
The New York Times
Alpha Workshops trains New Yorkers with HIV for jobs in artistic fields. A new wallpaper design, called Astral, shows just how spontaneous Alpha's students can be. Artisans at the workshop fold 15-foot-long sheets of paper, then unfold them, spread them out, and apply paint with a sponge. The paint is caught in the peaks and valleys, and no two sheets are exactly alike.
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Surya   Luxe Home LLC   Sherwin-Williams   Hunter Douglas


New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Decadent Avenue Fine Furnishings - PID Platinum - Memphis, Tenn.
Environment - PID Platinum - Los Angeles, Calif.
Bernadette Schaeffler Collection LLC - PID Titanium - Dallas, Texas
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.
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.

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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Effect of 2013 Social Media Trends on Your Business
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Lately, our office has been abuzz with social media trends. Facebook fatigue and the release of Instagram video are drastically changing the landscape of social media. Staying on top of the latest social media trends allows you to connect with your customers on a personal, emotional level.

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

Tobi Fairley Adds Five Events to Her 2013 Line-Up: Amazing intensive programs and one-day classes on tap.

Renowned interior designer and business consultant Tobi Fairley has added five incredible interior designer events to close out the second half of 2013. The events range from three (3)-day intensive programs to one-day classes.

Click here for the fall/winter line-up.

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 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.

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.

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    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)

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Decadent Avenue (Memphis, Tenn.) is in search of an Interior Design Sales Consultant that will be a self-motivated entrepreneur who has an eye for color, design and home furnishings, as well as the ability to sell design and build rapport with clients to keep them coming back. The designs include space planning, fabric coordination, product selection and overall project design. Successful execution is evidenced by developing individualized designs and achieving sales goals.

  • Demonstrated ability to practice residential interior design including the ability to design and create projects using technical and creative skills in color and space planning.
  • Entrepreneurial attitude and approach with demonstrated strong design and furniture sales experience, customer service, communication and organizational skills.
  • (4) year Interior Design degree is a plus.
Please email resumes to


How to Create a LinkedIn Company Page That Drives Sales
Small Business Trends
There’s no better time to create or update your LinkedIn company page. With the July 31 launch of LinkedIn company page analytics, and new company page functionality launched in late 2012, you now have better tools.
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8 Clever and Creative Ways With Small Bathrooms
If you have a small bathroom off a hallway or a tiny half bath tucked under the stairs, don't be intimidated by the size — embrace it! Take the emphasis off the square footage and place it on your materials, color or layout to transform your space from ordinary to extraordinary. Using paint, tile, wallpaper and built-ins creatively can help turn your little bathroom into a jewel box.
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The Business Value of Curiosity
Being successful at business requires many things: courage, creativity, people skills, and so forth. However, there is one character trait whose importance is sometimes neglected: curiosity. Curiosity is like one a Swiss Army Knife with all the attachments. It gets the job done in nearly every situation and is easy to access once you've got it in your tool kit.
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Color Orientations 2014: The Way In
Pantone View
Pantone is offering a glimpse of what could be the latest trend: A gold and copper light opens the door to new perspectives, where optimism, clarity and consciousness suggest an easier future. Yellows continue to tempt with their energetic nature.
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The Crucial Body Part All Great Leaders Must Enhance
Fast Company
Nope, we're not talking about your heart. Listen up: There are three ways to better use that most important collection of cartilage — the ear. Considering how critical listening is for our work and life, and how easily distracted we are from doing it well, the following are three ways to become a better listener.
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What Inspires You? Reading Tips from 17 Designers
Designers & Books
Invited designers (including architects, fashion designers, graphic designers, interior designers, landscape architects, product designers, urban designers, and other design professionals) have chosen books that inspire them and that have shaped their worldview or their ideas about design.
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Still Kooky After All These Years
The New York Times
Merrill Rose took one look at the wildly eccentric apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York's Greenwich Village, with its fanciful yacht-like features and campy, round loft bedroom, and knew it was all wrong for her. There was far too much lacquer and Art Deco for her traditional Southern taste. And yet she tingled at the thought of waking up every day in such a whimsically conjured space.
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Art Buying Secrets from Top Interior Designers
Fine Art Tips
Interior designers are at the forefront of the hottest design trends and can keep you on the cutting edge of what is happening. Where do they look for new art and artists for their projects?
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Modern Marquetry: Ornament Reborn
The Wall Street Journal
Off all the artistic techniques used by designers and cabinetmakers over the centuries, marquetry would seem the least likely to enjoy a 21st-century resurgence. It takes forever. It's prohibitively expensive. And it can have a fussy, overwrought look that can easily clog up a modern, clean-lined aesthetic. Still, over the past decade, an increasing number of designers and artists have found ways to make marquetry look fresh, relevant and fully covetable.
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