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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!

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.

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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

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IDS Associate, Mary Cockrill, wrote an article that was published in the SF Gate titled, "How to Match Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops." Click here to read the full article.

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 May 19 - 20, 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida. More details will be released soon!

Join the IDS NYC Metro Chapter on Oct. 22 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Metropolitan Home Hardware & Bath (20 Jay Street #M16, Brooklyn, N.Y. 10201). This meeting will feature special guests Arlene Angard, Malene B, and Deborah Martin.

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.

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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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.

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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?

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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! Visit the IDS website to learn more!

If you are attending Fall High Point Market, tweet @IDSNational your location and the IDS National staff would love to stop by and meet you!

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.


70 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest
Business 2 Community
Pinterest is still a relatively new kid on the block, but there has been a lot of buzz around the fact that it is one of the fastest growing social media platforms ever. It also generates far more revenue for the businesses that use it than Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.
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Look Inside Kim and Kanye's New $20 Million Dream Home
E! News via NBC's TODAY
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have finally found a place to call home. E! News has exclusively learned that the couple just opened escrow on a stunning $20 million mansion located in the same neighborhood as Kris Jenner's family home.
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7 Paths to Peak Profits for Interior Designers
By Fred Berns
Interior design professionals can boost their bottom line and have a fantastic finish to 2014 if they follow seven simple strategies.
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What Clients Don't Know Can Hurt You
Design Management Company
Today's consumers are saturated with do-it-yourself messages. They have only to turn on the TV, pick up a magazine or troll the Internet to "learn how the pros do it" and discover the latest design trends and products. As the saying goes, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. There is such an apparent wealth of information about designing one’s home, that you can't blame consumers for believing they can produce professional results with little investment of time and money.
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10 Ways to Snug Up Your Bedroom
What's better on a crisp fall weekend morning than grabbing a cup of hot coffee and something to read and returning to a cozy bed? Make your bedroom the snuggest place around by layering rugs, blankets, twinkling lights, plump cushions and piles of books. You'll probably have to get up eventually, but until then, here are 10 ideas to make your room perfect for snuggling in.
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5 Tips For an Eco-Friendly Home From Trudy Dujardin
TheWashington Post
Trudy Dujardin is an interior designer and adjunct professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut, as well as the author of the new book "Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior." During a recent Home Front chat, Dujardin offered her top five suggestions to create an eco-friendly home.
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Home Design in the Age of Transformers
By Michael J. Berens
In homes large or small, homeowners are looking to do more with the space they have. That's the message coming out of the latest round of industry news on home building trends. Whether to maximize available space, get rid of clutter or increase functionality, today's consumers want their homes to be easily adaptable and multifunctional. Builders and designers are responding with ingenious solutions, creating spaces that shift and morph — like Transformers.
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My Favorite Bookkeeping Tips!
Design Biz Blueprint
In order to have a good relationship with money, you must first pay attention to it! Tracking your money with a good bookkeeping system is a proven way to attend to your money and grow your business.
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