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7 Credit-Card Blunders That Could Hurt Any
Small Business

Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Making it as a small-business owner is tough. The oft-repeated survival statistics: Only about a third of startups survive to celebrate their 10th anniversary, according to U.S. Census Bureau and Labor Department data, and only a quarter last until their 15th. There are many ways to increase your company's survival odds, but one of the easiest is to control your use of credit-card debt. Too often, entrepreneurs don't make the best use of their accounts and end up hurting their businesses. Here are seven of the most common credit-card slip-ups to avoid. More

Published — IDS Affiliate Member Lisbeth Cort
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IDS Affiliate Member, Lisbeth Cort was featured on page 10 in the Fall 2012 Home & Garden magazine that was featured in the Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record.

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Marketing for Interior Designers
Design Quarterly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In these slower times, it is not enough to base new business solely on referrals. Marketing is key to the consistent generation of business a successful design firm needs. When designers get busy, marketing tends to get put on the backburner for more immediate tasks. However, marketing should take high priority or you may find yourself running out of work. This is in fact, one of the biggest mistakes design firms make; only marketing when they are slow. If you track your time accurately, you will find that your business cycles respond to your activity cycles. If you're marketing now, it may take months to see the results. More

Historic Evermay Mansion in Georgetown, becomes a $22 million guesthouse
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Canadian concert pianist Ryo Yanagitani's taxi entered through Evermay's imposing iron gates, passed by the three-bedroom gatehouse and drove around the graceful circular driveway. He finally arrived in the granite cobblestone courtyard, built around a gently bubbling black marble fluted fountain. Though he had Googled "Evermay mansion" before coming, Yanagitani was stunned when he beheld the commanding 211-year-old brick Georgetown manor. "Words fail to describe how I felt when I pulled up to the house in the cab," Yanagitani says. "It just blew my mind." More

Introducing JSG Oceana "Fawn" Coloration

JSG Oceana introduces Fawn Coloration, the color choice for granite and marble countertops, to their expanding line of “Hard Roc” glass bathroom & kitchen sinks, and glass tile. “Hard Roc” glass is scratch, stain, and thermal shock resistant. Sinks are IAPMO approved.

Tip of the Week:
IDS Market Seminar Schedule

Join Us:

Oct. 14, Anita Boetsma 9-10:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., Market Square Historical Section. 2nd Floor. Showroom 272

Oct. 15, Debbie Green 9-10:30 a.m., Market Square Historical Section. 2nd Floor. Showroom 272

Oct. 15, Joni Vanderslice 3-4:30 p.m., High Point Theatre

Don't forget to enter the IDS Designer of the Year Competition!
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The deadline to reserve your entry is Oct. 31!

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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

Are you the next IDS Designer of the Year?

The 2012 Designer of the Year application is now available!

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Save the Date for the 2013 IDS National Conference!
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April 23 - April 25, 2013

Downtown Greensboro Marriott - Greensboro, N.C.

In conjunction with the High Point Market, April 20 - April 25, 2013

Rooms are available at $189/night for a single or double room. To reserve your room in the IDS National Conference room block, please call the Greensboro Marriott Downtown Reservations Department at 800-228-9290. You must identify yourself as part of the IDS Conference to reserve a room in the room block.

Stay tuned!! More information to come …

 Shop IDS Partners in Design

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Vedere LLC - PID Platinum - New York, N.Y.
Dallas Rugs - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Unitique LLC - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
Architectural Tile & Stone - AP - Austin, Texas
Fresh Coat Painting - AP - Park, Texas
Liora Manne Home - AP - Charlotte, N.C.
Gene Hasiak Installations - AP - Chicago, Ill.
B & B Custom Cabinetry - AP - Ft. Myers, Fla.
Wager Carpet Co. - AP - Santa Rosa, Calif.
D & S Fabricators - AP - Palm Desert, Calif.
Villa Terrazza Patio & Home - AP - Sonoma, Calif.
Praetzel’s Fine Furniture - Home Furnishings Retail Store - Sonoma,Petaluma, Calif.

The Interior Design Society Wine Country Chapter presents the Sonoma Designer Showcase 2012 on Nov. 30–Dec. 9 - six (6) days only, Friday through Sunday from 10:30 am until 4:30 pm. Click here for more information.
 Upcoming Markets
High Point Furniture Market
Oct. 13-18
High Point, N.C.

IDS High Point Market Seminars:
High Point Furniture Market Oct. 13 - 18
Preveiw 2013 National Workshop Speakers … Earn FREE CEUs …
Join Us:
Oct. 14, Anita Boetsma 9-10:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m.,
Market Square Historical Section. 2nd Floor. Showroom 272
Oct.15, Debbie Green 9-10:30 a.m.,
Market Square Historical Section. 2nd Floor. Showroom 272
Oct. 15, Joni Vanderslice 3-4:30 p.m., High Point Theatre

Visit the Interior Design Society Booth
Suites at Market Square — Booth # 1-413

 Industry News

Fashion Editor Nina Garcia at Home in Manhattan, NY
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Nina Garcia has had to do quite a bit more than click her vertiginous Tom Ford heels to make herself feel at home. For years she was too busy juggling the roles of mother, fashion director of Marie Claire, and judge on the popular reality show "Project Runway," now airing its tenth season, to focus on creating a stellar personal haven. But with help from the right designer, it finally came together. More

4 Time-Saving Tumblr Tips
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most small businesses know the benefits that come with having a blog. Today what they're looking for is the easiest option that won't require too much time and effort. The millions of users on Tumblr make the platform pretty appealing for small business. It's also user-friendly and straightforward when it comes to navigating. But you have a business to run, so you don't have time to hang out on Tumblr all day. Luckily, there are plenty of time-saving tips that will make it seem like you're Tumbling 24/7. More

Vintage Variety: Frank Muytjens of J. Crew at Home
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After making the two-and-a-half-hour drive north from Manhattan, N.Y., visitors to Frank Muytjens's weekend house in Hillsdale, New York, are often surprised at just how unplugged his rural getaway is. "Friends always panic when they find out I have no high-speed Internet connection and barely any cell phone service," says Muytjens, the head of men’s design at J. Crew. "But I like the idea of it." More

7 Ways To Stimulate Your Capacity For Creativity
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Human beings are constantly observing the environment in order to make mental predictions for what will happen next, given the context of their observations. I’ve already written about how important context is when it comes to customer relationships. The deeper the context of a relationship — that is, the more detailed or informative your previous interactions with a customer have been — the more loyal that customer is likely to be in the future, because (among other things) the customer just doesn't want to have to re-teach one of your competitors what they've already spent time and effort teaching you. More

Woman-Owned Small Business Program a Work in Progress
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The Small Business Administration has formalized a program that allows contracting officers to set aside procurements for woman-owned small businesses, but the move to award more contracts is likely to be slow. The SBA implemented the program in April 2011, designating set-asides for procurements in industries in which woman-owned small businesses are significantly underrepresented. There is a wide range of sectors, but the big-spending IT and professional services industries aren't included. More

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A Modern Mash-up: A His-and-Hers House With Color, Cheer and Charm
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When interior decorator Jackie Terrell decided to move in with her boyfriend, Lawrence Turman, the couple had the equivalent of a few shipping containers' worth of beloved possessions. The design challenge: finding creative ways to edit, repurpose and blend the communal bounty into a unified home. More

Bright Colors Glow Again in Home Accents
The Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shades that slap you silly are making a comeback. They fled from the 1980s to the spring runways of designers such as Nanette Lepore and Cynthia Rowley. Now, neon colors are coming to living rooms. Today's neons aren't timid. Thanks to technology, colors are brighter, bolder and more intense than before, says Leatrice Eiseman, director of the Pantone Color Institute. More

Sweater Chic Warms Up Fall Interiors
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Knits have escaped the drawer and are making themselves comfy all around the home, on pillows, throws, poufs and more. More

Little Known Brand Monitoring Search Tricks
Small Business Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Long gone are the days when "Googling" yourself was enough to monitor your online reputation. Things have gotten more complex: there are much more Internet-savvy customers who blog and tweet about your business. Being in the right place at the right time to talk to your customers is the key to the successful social media marketing strategy. More

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