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Create. Furnish. Live. From the 19 to the 25 of January 2015, once again, the driving forces of the Furniture industry will come to Cologne, Germany. Partnering with the show this year will be LivingKitchen - Cook. Enjoy. Live. These two industries will present together on the banks of the Rhein, their latest ideas and innovations to the modern Global Market.

For this premier furnishing show, imm cologne, featuring LivingKitchen, will present the trends that will be shaping and inspiring the furniture, interior design, and kitchen industries for the future and will provide you with all you need to sustain and grown your business in the coming year. Click here to learn more.

The IDS National Board is accepting nominations for the position of National Director. Several positions will be open as some current Directors rotate off the board. If you are interested in serving please fill out an application for board service and return it to IDS Executive Director, Snoa Garrigan at by Nov. 14. New Directors will be voted on at the December Board Meeting and newly elected Directors will start their service on Jan. 1. We invite you to join the Board and serve your organization. Click here for Board Service Application.

The Interior Design Society's annual membership drive is taking place Oct. 1 – Dec. 12. Click here to learn how you can earn free conference admission to 2015 IDS National Conference in Fort Myers, Florida, a free year of membership or half-priced 2015 dues!

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Sneak Peek & Cocktails at High Point! Join Oriana’s Design Finder, Selamat, Restyle Source & Barbara Cosgrove Lamps at Selamat Showroom – IHFC IH#004 - Friday, October 17th, 5pm

Visit to start your free month today! Sign up with coupon code IDS20 to receive your monthly 20% discount.


Author, speaker, educator and interior designer, Mitzi Beach, who has her Masters in Interior Design and is NCIDQ and CAPS certified, is America's No. 1 Expert in the housing and interior design issues facing the USA's 80 million boomers. She has developed a 4 hour HSW IDS, IDCEC and NKBA approved CEU course called #BoomerSmarts: Designing and Selling to America's Richest Demographic. This event will take place on Monday, Oct. 20 from 2 - 6 p.m. The cost is $250 for the 4 hour CEU. Click here to learn more and to register.

Name: Leslie Carothers – "Innovations in Interior Design + Architecture"
Date: Saturday, Oct. 18
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Market Square - Antique & Design Center Lecture Room - Historic Market Square Mezzanine

Presented by Leslie Carothers, CEO and founder, The Kaleidoscope Partnership. Buildings that heal themselves, expanding small home experiments, new design tools beyond augmented reality … come and learn via video clips, what innovations in architecture + interior design are coming down the pike in the next 5 years, and what they might mean for your manufacturing, retailing and/or interior design business! Leslie Carothers is the CEO and founder of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, branding consultancy and social media agency for the furniture and interior design industry. Social media clients have included Cargill's BiOH Polyols division, the Meredith Corporation, publishers of Better Homes and Garden magazine, Traditional Home magazine and many others, The Curtain Exchange, Olioboard, The New Traditionalists, Hadley Court, New Canaan Kitchen Design, owned by Kitchen Design Network co-founder, Rebecca Reynolds, Susan Serra, The Design Network, Mitzi Beach and many others. Sponsored by The Kaleidoscope Partnership A light breakfast will be served.

IDS will be sponsoring the following free educational events during High Point Market:

Name: Lloyd Princeton – "Deciding What You Are Worth and Charging It"
Date: Sunday, Oct. 19
Time: 4 – 5 p.m.
Location: Burton James and Fremarc Designs, 310 N. Hamilton St. Suite S101

While design professionals know how to design, they do not always understand what or how to charge for their services. Add into this the issues of dealing with long-term clients versus new prospects, and the situation is perfect to lose money. From the time of first contact with a prospect through the final closing of a deal, designers will learn how to determine the best way to charge for their creativity and incorporate it into a solid letter of agreement, with confidence! This event is worth 0.1 CEUs through CQRID and is limited to 50 attendees. Reserve your spot today by sending your RSVP to

Name: Terri Taylor — "How to Price and Profit From Interior Design Jobs in Today's Market"
Date: Monday, Oct. 20
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Location: 220 Elm — Leif Petersen, Inc., Showroom 328

Terri Taylor will explain the concepts and strategies to help designers develop a business where income flows freely, and business systems and marketing support solid business practices and creative expression. This event is sponsored by IDS and is worth 0.1 CEUs through CQRID and IDCEC.

Name: "Color and Paint in Environments for the Aging" with Lauryn Preller of Benjamin Moore
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 21
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Antique and Design Center — Lecture Room

This presentation will provide an overview of the changes in color perception among the elderly as a result of aging or disease, with discussions of appropriate color use and application. This event is sponsored by IDS and is worth 0.1 CEUs through CQRID and IDCEC.

IDS Associate, Wendy Lepkoff, was a special guest on Live It Up talk show. Click here to see a sneak peek!

IDS Associate, Susan Ginesi, was featured in Window Fashion VISION magazine. Click here to read the full article.

IDS Affiliate, Mary Meyer, was featured in Long Island Pulse. Click here to read the article.

IDS Associate, Tanna Edler, was recently featured in Bellingham Alive. Check out her project by clicking here.

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New Partners in Design
The Finial Company / Paris Texas Hardware - PID Platinum - Dallas, Texas
Workroom Creations - PID Platinum, - Port Washington, N.Y.
Kravet Inc. - PID Sterling - Bethpage, N.Y.
KSA Bahareque - PID Sterling - Coconut Grove, Fla.
Leather Gallery and Bedding Center - PID Sterling - Sarasota, Fla.
Metro Blinds, Draperies and Shutters - PID Sterling - Fort Myers, Fla.
OMG Shower Doors - PID Sterling - Copiague, N.Y.
Samuel and Sons - PID Sterling - New York, N.Y.
LeRan - PID Sterling - Grapevine, Texas
Woodstock Architectural Products - PID Sterling - Las Vegas,Nev.
Benjamin Rugs and Furniture - PID Sterling - Farmingdale, N.Y.
Francesco Molon - PID Sterling - Estero, Fla.
Grout Line Solutions NY - PID Sterling - Farmingdale, N.Y.
Ventura Builders Inc. - PID Sterling - Thousand Oaks, Calif.
LaMantia Gallery - PID Sterling - Northport, N.Y.
ArtyZen Studios - PID Sterling - Dix Hills, N.Y.
Fiorano Tile Showrooms - PID Sterling - Manhasset, N.Y.
Landscape East & West - PID Sterling - Clackamas, Ore.
The Audio Video Boutique - PID Sterling - Las Vegas, Nev.

Save-the-Date: the next IDS National Conference will take place in May 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida. More details will be released soon!

The IDS Chapter Awards application will be released in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for its release!

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.

A Stylish And Masculine Studio Apartment In NYC
ELLE Decor
When Robert Rowe first laid eyes on the unrenovated studio in a prewar building in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, an inspiration hit him like a brick from its facade: Mildred Pierce.

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7 Tips for Driving Social Engagement
Business 2 Community
Consider the type of content people share on social media—pictures of their family and friends, memorable experiences, videos that make them laugh, causes that appeal to them…what do all of these things have in common?

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How to Right a Wrong
Design Management Company
If something does go awry during a project or client visit, correct the problem before it gets out of hand. The sooner, the better.

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Congratulations to the NEWEST CQRID Certified Designer!
Passing the CQRID Exam is a designation of achievement, professionalism and dedication. We applaud your hard work, perseverance and remarkable commitment to professionalism.
Nancie Wood
Raleigh, N.C.

Don't forget that 0.8 CEUs must be completed by Dec. 31. If you have any education-related questions, please contact the Education Department at

Click here to view Benjamin Moore's Upcoming Events Calendar for Architects & Designers

IDS has joined nearly twenty associations and industry groups as Supporting Organizations for Design & Construction Week, joining forces for the second annual gathering of the largest-ever residential construction exposition in the nation. Supporting Organization members will enjoy discounted registration for the event. Click here to learn more. Click here to register.

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!

Registration is now open for High Point Fall Market, Oct. 18 – 23. Sign up for your passes today!

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

Are you the next IDS Designer of the Year? The 2014 application is now available. This year, the application and submission process are in digital format for the first time ever. Click here to learn more about the competition and how you can enter.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Designer of the Year Award Winners! Visit the IDS National blog to view photographs of the DotY Award Winners' designs by clicking here.

The 2014 IDS Buyers' Guide is live. 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.

The IDS National Office is currently in the process of issuing 2015 membership invoices. Please note that you have until Dec. 31 to remit a payment for your dues in order to avoid a lapse in membership. You have the option to conveniently pay your membership dues online. Login to your member portal on the IDS website ( and select "My Invoices" from the menu on the left side.

If you are interested in obtaining a membership certificate or replacement membership card, please contact IDS Benefits Coordinator, Della Swider at or call 336-884-4437 ext. 223 (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.


My 30-Minute, $0 Nate Berkus Living Room Makeover
ELLE Decor
There are some situations in life where the only answer is yes. Alice Waters asks if you'd like her to cook something up for dinner? Diane Von Furstenberg wants to know if you'd like a custom wrap dress? Beyoncé asks you anything? Nate Berkus, staring at your living room, asks if he can rearrange it? Yes, yes, yes, and oh my goodness, yes.
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Dwell Magazine's Amanda Dameron at Home
The New York Times
Amanda Dameron could easily be a design snob, but her approach to decorating is as practical as it is discerning. Although she's the editor in chief of Dwell, the 14-year-old shelter magazine whose tagline is "At Home in the Modern World," she does not live surrounded with furniture and accessories found only in the Museum of Modern Art's architecture and design collection or the Design Within Reach catalog.
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The Cat in the Hat Inspires a Nursery Color Palette
"It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how." So says The Cat in the Hat. A piece of Dr. Seuss' artwork his grandmother gave to baby Pierce and his parents inspired a color palette of navy and gray and a sense of fun. The new room has a large rug for learning to crawl and climb, stylish shelves that can keep lots of fun toys and books corralled in one place, a kiddie piano, a ride-on car and a cozy spot for cuddles and bedtime stories. Don't let the fun fool you; safety was top priority for interior designer Cory Connor, whose clients were first-time parents.
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Hacking a big danger for small businesses
The Associated Press via USA Today
It's not just big businesses like JPMorgan Chase, Target and Home Depot that get hacked. Small companies suffer from intrusions into their computer systems, too. The costs associated with computer and website attacks can run well into the thousands and even millions of dollars for a small company.
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Is Designing for Friends Causing Trouble for You?
Design Biz Blueprint
Many designers begin their careers by helping friends design their homes or offices for free. Sometimes, though, designers are working for a group of their friends who have come to expect a lifetime of free design service. This amounts to running a "design charity" instead of a business. Thankfully this isn't a difficult problem to solve.
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Small House is a Great House for Interior Designer's Family
The Seattle Times
Michelle Burgess believes that if you look and if you listen, a house will tell you what to do. This is the story of what the interior designer/artist did to hers.
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What Is the Owner's Role in the Interior Design Process?
Design Intelligence
Whether developing a new office building or simply redoing a current one, a proper interior design process is crucial to the success of the project. Owners have a vision of what they want, their design partners have their own ideas, and owners need to make sure everyone's on the same page. How do they do that? Design Intelligence offers a step-by-step guide for commercial office owners.
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We Can't Get Enough Of: Farmhouse Style
Rustic furniture and farmhouse style are having a real moment right now. From homes and clothing stores covered in salvaged wood siding to restaurants and coffee shops using reclaimed barn beams for their furniture, everyone seems to love that simple, worn-in aesthetic. But no matter how prevalent the look is, we never tire of it when it's done well.
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