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Thank you to all to everyone that stopped by our booth at High Point Market to say "Hello" and thank you to everyone attended our seminars! We look forward to seeing you all again in April 2013 for the IDS National Conference!

US Interior Designs Urged to Go Beyond
Simple Aesthetics

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Over the past 20 years, the interior design sector has seen a dramatic transformation. Gone are the days of the flowery "decorator" title that has traditionally downplayed the efforts of interior designers, with a modern industry embracing the important role these industry professionals play in creating better, more liveable spaces. The loss of "decorator" title is symbolic of a shift in attitude across the design sector, with interior designers now focusing more on the psychological effects of design rather than focusing solely on the aesthetic. While the two are often connected, the true value the design sector offers is its power to influence the response of those entering a space. More

10 Creative Illusions Interior Decorators Use In Small Spaces
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Small spaces can be a challenge to decorate. The wrong color can feel claustrophobic, too much furniture can feel chaotic, and the wrong patterns just feel too busy. Professional interior decorators are master illusionists when it comes to meeting these challenges. Using ten of their favorite tricks, you, too, can make a small space look larger than it is. More

Tour a 47-Story Tower with Interiors by Lenny Kravitz
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Last December, a condo in Miami's Paramount Bay made for a stunning backdrop for ELLE DECOR's Miami showhouse. Now, with Lenny Kravitz the subject of Shortlist, we're revisiting the tower, this time looking at the common areas created by Kravitz and his eponymous design firm. "My vision for Paramount Bay is one that integrates the natural beauty and energy of Miami into a look that is as functional as it is inspirational," he says. Click through our slideshow to see how he does just that, through bold wallpapers, dazzling chandeliers and luscious materials. More

Be Prepared For The Unexpected
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Taking "what if" precautions may not seem urgent or even necessary if you're an entrepreneur just starting out. But it can be wise to set aside some funds and plan ahead in other ways in case a calamity strikes. Just one tragic event could set a new venture back several months or even destroy it for good. Roughly 25 percent of small businesses fail to reopen after a major disaster, according to the Institute for Business & Home Safety. 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:
The Interior Design Society is pleased to announce the 2013 National Conference!
April 23 - 25, 2013
Greensboro Downtown Marriott, Greensboro, N.C.
Join us to earn up to .7 CEUs and enjoy seminars featuring:

Tobi Fairley
Joni Vanderslice
Debbie Green
Michelle Lamb
Leah Gutterson

Visit to download a brochure and register
Early bird pricing is available

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

Click here for more information and to download your application

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

We welcome all inquiries

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Tuesday, Oct. 30 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., EST

5 Simple and Proven Marketing Strategies to Double Your Interior Design Business in Less Than a Year
Presented by: Vita Vygovska



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 …

 Upcoming Regional Events

You are invited to attend an Industry Appreciation Cocktail Party on Monday, Dec. 10 at the Miromar Design Center in Estero, Fla. Light Dinner Bites, Cocktails, Live Entertainment, Awards, and Door Prizes! Click here for more information

 Shop IDS Partners in Design

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Unitique LLC - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
High Falls Merchantile - AP - High Falls, N.Y.
The Blind and Shutter Pros - AP - Charlotte, N.C.
Sights-N-Sounds - AP - Seaford, N.Y.
Art 2D Gallery/Studio - AP - Naples, Fla.
DeSanctis Development - AP - Fort Myers, Fla.
Flooring America of Oregon - AP - Oregon City, Ore.
Now Marketing Service - AP - Elmhurst, Ill.
Fresh Coat Painting - AP - Park, Texas
D & S Fabricators - AP - Palm Desert, Calif.
Praetzel’s Fine Furniture - Home Furnishings Retail Store - Sonoma,Petaluma, Calif.
Wells Home Furnishing - Home Furnishings Retail Store - Charleston, W.V.
Signature Furniture - Home Furnishings Retail Store - Lexington, Ky.


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.

 Industry News

11 Tips for Battling Creative Blocks
Fast Company's Co.Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's one of the most dreaded moments in the life of a creative person: The muse packs her bags, walks out the door and doesn't leave word as to when she'll come back. In this article, top creative minds offer their suggestions for sparking inspiration, ranging from checking into a fancy hotel to just checking out. More

Undebatable Glamour
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No one does bold color and lustrous surfaces like interior designer Miles Redd. Tour some of his interiors for lessons in luxe. More

Thoughtfully Designed, Hardworking Mudrooms Make Life Easier and More Organized
Minneapolis Star Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The once-lowly mudroom has earned a place among the big three of remodeling projects. A space to ease the transition from outside to inside, to organize boots, mittens and scarves, and to keep grunge at bay is the most requested home improvement, after kitchens and bathrooms, say Twin Cities designers and contractors. "Our clients tell us they love their home and neighborhood but they can't stand the mess of coats and backpacks and want help," said Ron Sonnek of Sicora Home Design in St. Louis Park. More

A Houston Home Gets an Ultra-Refined Makeover
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Throwing lavish parties used to be the raison d'être of Houston interior designer J. Randall Powers. Cocktails for 175 of his nearest and dearest were common, while Christmastime meant fêtes for dozens more. Eventually, however, the madding crowd began to pall. So did the coolly elegant house — decorated with stainless-steel mantels, Cy Twombly drawings, and Han-dynasty jars on Lucite plinths—that he and investor William L. Caudell had occupied for a few years. More

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The CQRID Exam is the only accredited exam offered exclusively for Residential Interior Designers.

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8 Signs You've Found Your Life's Work
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wondering if the job you have now is "the one" — or just another stop on the way to something more fulfilling? Check out this list to know whether it's time to settle in or keep moving. More

Jewelry Designer Amanda Keidan: A House That Sparkles
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a designer of custom jewelry, Amanda Keidan sometimes takes delicate vintage pieces and reworks them into intricately sculptured, modern collections. The same could be said for her sunny, art-filled Venice home, where gold accents blend with sparkling glass, and vintage barrel chairs share the living room floor with new Ikea ottomans and a cool lamp bought off the flash sales site Gilt. More

Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment
Architectural Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the arc of an architecture or interior design student's education, she may encounter the image of Abbé Laugier's "primitive hut" a dozen times. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but if you've ever sat in a darkened lecture hall and wondered, "Is that all there is?" then Shashi Caan's "Rethinking Design Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment" is for you. Caan is the former chair of interior design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York and a founder and principal of the architecture, interiors, and design practice The Collective. More

10 Most Popular Eco-Friendly Flooring Solutions
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There was a time when the term "eco-friendly" evoked images of bland, boring and blah materials. But as more and more designers seek out eco-friendly materials for their environmentally savvy clients, manufacturers have stepped up and given the design world many beautiful options. More

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