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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

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

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.

How To: Create an Eclectic Dining Nook (From an Art Industry Insider)
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As the cofounder of The Tappan Collective, a site that connects up-and-coming artists with aspiring collectors, curating effortlessly cool environments is something that comes naturally to Chelsea Neman. Still, she tends to follow a foolproof formula when decorating her own space, and she applied this philosophy when designing her dining space. "I love mixing old and new while trying to stay clean and minimal. I think the combination of the two elements helps to personalize a space," says Neman. More

5 Social-Media Commandments for Better Brand Tweeting
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It doesn't matter if you're a political leader, an entrepreneur or a corporate CEO. Regardless of title or industry, your message matters. All leaders must communicate the right message at all times. From the start, corporate America’s efforts to embrace social media have led to some embarrassing moments. Even one of the nation’s most popular nonprofit charitable organizations feel victim to a maddening mistake by an apparently intoxicated social media maven. More

What The Pros Know: Fitness Rooms
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From weight training to yoga, here's expert advice on how to sweat in style. 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:
Online On-Demand Webinars are Here!!

IDS is proud to announce the availability of pre-recorded webinars at your convenience through our new online learning management system (LMS). We currently have seven CEU certified webinars available through our homepage ( link labeled 'LMS'. There are instructions on how to start the webinar, obtain handouts and take a quiz to show completion once you click on this link. We will have non-CEU certified webinars available after the first of the year. As live webinars are conducted through IDS, they will become available through the LMS if individuals are unable to join the live session. We also hope to premier our conference speakers through this venue in order for participants to gain wider exposure to the speaker's expertise. IDS will automatically update your CEU record when you participate in the online webinars through our LMS thus there is no need for additional CEU filing.

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

We are a full-service fine art consulting company and here you will find art in many styles from a wide array of artists, information about our company, and completed client installations.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 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


Due to recent storm activity we are postponing the "5 Simple and Proven Marketing Strategies to Double Your Interior Design Business in Less Than a Year" webinar. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you are unavailable for the rescheduled webinar date, the recorded presentation will be made available to you within 24 hours through an email attachment. In order for you to receive CEU credit, you must complete and return the quiz that will also be emailed to you. Thank you in advance for your understanding of these unfortunate circumstances. In the meantime, we do have on-demand webinars now available for purchase as well from the 'LMS' link on our homepage (

 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.
Glidden Professional - AP - San Antonio, Texas
RML Custom Home Creations LLC - AP - Charlotte, N.C.
Valley Lighting & Home Decor - AP - Ansonia, Conn.
Andrew Martin - AP - Houston, Texas
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

10 Unexpected Ways to Style a Gorgeous Fall Mantel
Houzz    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Decorating seasonally doesn't have to mean turning your living room into a pumpkin patch every fall (unless you it want to). The trick is to reference the mood of the season but with a fresh spin — warm up your walls with the vintage feel of Instagram photos, make a meaningful display using your grandmother's dishes or set up a cozy fireside bar. Styling your mantel is one of the easiest ways to keep your home feeling fresh and current through each season, even if the rest of the room stays the same. Here's the full scoop on how to achieve 10 refreshingly different looks. More

Nathan Turner: An 'American Style' That's Fresh, Fun and Unfussy
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Do-it-yourself decorators, meet your new guru. Nathan Turner may have appeared on Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators," but the Los Angeles antiques dealer and interior designer is anything but a drama queen. His laid-back, unruffled approach — one that embraces flea markets and craft shops — translates well in his debut as an author in "Nathan Turner's American Style: Classic Design & Effortless Entertaining." More

Take Advantage of Pinterest's 'Buying Intent'
Small Business Trend    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new social site research found that while Facebook may come with the larger user base, Pinterest offers something even more valuable to marketers – users looking to buy. For small business owners, that's the kind of social media finding we want to hear. More

Scarlet Fever
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Add warmth and cheer to your home with a touch of bold color. Find inspiration in 18 ravishingly red rooms from the pages of Architectural Digest. More

Skyla Freeman: Living Well in 425 Square Feet
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Skyla Freeman left her West Wing job at the Bush White House on Jan. 20, 2009, part of a wave of Washingtonians who retool every four or eight years when administrations change. "What can I do now?" Freeman remembers thinking. "I was ready to try something nonpolitical." A few days later, Freeman launched her home decorating blog, Sanity Fair, shifting attention from politics to paint, pillows and Palm Beach style. And, eventually, chronicling her adventures decorating her first solo apartment: a petite Capitol Hill studio done in grass green and white. More

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At Home With Transitional Style
Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you asked most people what kind of style their home is decorated in, you'd most likely hear "transitional." That's because transitional style lends itself to interpretation. Most homeowners have a home that's acquired, meaning that they've added to their decor with time, and as their budget allowed. But that's not really the best definition of transitional — one of America's favorite styles today. More

The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gil Schafer is a New York architect who specializes in historical renovations and "new houses that look like old houses," he said. He is also a self-described "hardware nut" who invests a lot of time trying to find just the right hardware to complete each project. But for him, there is one piece that stands out among all the hinges, pulls, latches and locks: the doorknob. More

Rookwood Red, Sash Green: Painting and Restoring Houses as an Art Form
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Rookwood Red. Sash Green. Bordeaux. A blue that is not azure, not sky — but something mixed specially by Vedder hands. Take a look today while you drive around, wherever you live, at the not-lost art of housepainting. Yes — the way it's practiced by Vedder Restoration Painting in Riverside and Corona and Redlands, where 28 colors might be applied to a Victorian house after hours of planning and swatches. More

Interior Design Prospects: You Can Reach 'em When You Teach 'em    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
So, you know you're stuff. When it comes to floor plans or fabrics or custom cabinets, you can talk for hours. You're an expert. Great! But not enough of the right people – your key prospects – know of you, or your expertise. Not so great. More

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