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The IDS Chapter Awards application is now available. Submissions must be received by the IDS National office by Feb. 27, 2015. Click here to download the 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!

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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IDS Associate, Wendy Lepkoff of Wendy Interiors has been nominated for the Best of LI 2015. Please show your support by casting a vote for her! Click here to vote. Please note that you can vote as many times as you like, once daily now through Dec. 31.

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.

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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.
Architectural Bling Inc. - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Coastal Cabinet Works - PID Sterling - Plainview, N.Y.
Desert Business Interiors - PID Sterling - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
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.
ArtyZen Studios - PID Sterling - Dix Hills, N.Y.
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!

The IDS Chapter Awards application is now available. Submissions must be received by the IDS National office by Feb. 27, 2015. Click here to download the application.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Act Now and Save BIG on a Promotional Bio. Fred Berns will create a customized and compelling bio for you for $497 – a 66 percent saving off the regular price of $1,500 – if you're one of the first nine individuals to register. Berns creates bios and other promotional copy for design professionals nationwide. Click here to learn more and to take advantage of this offer!

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.


'Gotham's' Wayne Manor is a Study in Grand English Style
Los Angeles Times
With its moody lighting, burnished wood paneled walls and cache of somber antiques, it’s hardly the kind of room where a young boy would spend most of his time. However, there's nothing ordinary about the space or the boy: it's the Wayne Manor study and the lad is Bruce Wayne, the traumatized orphan who will metamorphose into Batman in a few decades.
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How Are Customers Finding You?
Professional Remodeler
"I found you online" is too vague of an answer to understand how to distribute marketing resources for your business. Knowing exactly how people find and come into contact with your company will help you allocate your marketing resources appropriately.
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Nate Berkus Transforms A 90-Square-Foot Nursery
ELLE Decor
"A nursery is the place to live out a little bit of fantasy," says Nate Berkus, who has graciously come to decorate my baby's room — which at less than 100 square feet is hardly fantasy-sized. And yet, with his expert eye, a soothing (and cleverly-chosen) palette, and smart furniture choices, he’s turned our wholly unremarkable guest room into a calm, chic, and beloved nursery. See how he did it — and take advantage of his tips for bringing whimsy and utility to every room in the house.
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Is Your Website Updated for 2015?
Interior Desig+n Community
Is your website updated as well as the designs you are producing for your clients? Lots can change. In the past few months, alterations have been made with Google Search. How are clients finding you? When they do, is your site making them more interested in hiring you or less?
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    The Broke Girl's Guide to Cozy Decor (POPSUGAR)
What Are You Selling, Design or Discounts? (Design Management Company)
Black is the New White in Designer Kitchens (The Washington Post)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

5 Tools For Developing Your Business Network
Developing your business network is essential in growing your company. However, 21st Century technology has changed the way we all network. Instead of cold calling or sending out unsolicited email, we're seeking out connections on social media and referrals to help build our networks – and ultimately business. In other words, networking is more than just throwing your name out there like in days past; it’s about creating meaningful relationships in your industry and proving that you’re a trusted resource.
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New Directions Emerging in Multigenerational Housing
By Michael J. Berens
Extended life span, increased immigration, a weak economy and a tight housing market have contributed to a resurgence in multigenerational households. For some time now, builders and remodelers have helped families accommodate these changes. They have done so by constructing extensions and "granny flats" or converting basements, attics, garages and great rooms into living areas for aging parents or "boomerang" young adult children.
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6 Things To Do When Starting a Business with Your Sibling
The Huffington Post
Having a sibling is one of the best things in life. You have a built-in best friend and someone who often understands you better than you understand yourself. However, maintaining a consistently great relationship with a sibling isn't always easy. There's the occasional bickering, irritation when someone borrows something without asking, and annoyance about things you won't remember the next day. Now imagine going into business with your sister or brother. Starting a business with a sibling presents its own different set of challenges.
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Renovating a Home in a Flood Zone Without Drowning in Debt
The New York Times
The back half of the ground floor of Jaime Roark and Ben Krone's rebuilt Red Hook house is a clear glass garage door. On a recent Indian summer morning, it was wide open, and the light poured onto the concrete floor. (The couple's kitten, Gustav, nearly hysterical with the freedoms this afforded her, kept leaping out and into a neighbor's yard.) Looking up, you could see the flood vents that underlined the door's acrylic panels.
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