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The Interior Design Society National office will be closed November 22-23 in observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The National office will have limited office hours Dec. 24 – Jan. 1.

Houzzers' Tablescapes Capture the Thanksgiving Spirit
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We feel blessed with abundance sharing all these wonderful, creative Thanksgiving table decorations by Houzz users. So, we put out the call, and Houzzers answered, sharing their Thanksgiving tablescape traditions and twists. Here's a smattering of what these clever table setters are up to. More

Is Instagram On The Web Worth It For Your Business?
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Popular photo-sharing app Instagram is becoming more business friendly. In addition to its iOS and Android app, the San Francisco-based image editing and sharing service has added an online tool called Instagram Profiles on the Web. It allows users to display and share photos on mobile phones as well as traditional Web pages. These new pages mean Instagram content can now be available to any Web user — not just those who have the Instagram mobile app or to Facebook subscribers. For business owners, a branded Instagram page online can be a quick, easy way to visually showcase products and more.

Designer Michael S. Smith Elevates Mountain Decor At A Tailored Retreat
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Can a mountain house be too mountainy? Michael S. Smith believes so. The Los Angeles–based interior designer has an aversion to a certain look endemic to contemporary log cabins in the American West. "So many places are decked out with red plaids and antler chandeliers," Smith laments. "It's like walking into a Christmas sweater." More

Protect Against Theft From RFID Readers
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Millions of credit cards have been issued with embedded RFID chips. This technology emits a radio signal with the credit card's basic information. It allows customers to pay at the point of sale (POS) by simply tapping their card against a reader instead of having to swipe and go through the typical payment process. Thieves have figured out that they can use cheap scanners to read the radio signals emitted by these RFID chips and basically steal credit card data from anyone in close proximity without the card holder even knowing. 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.

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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.

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Each year, Design Success University conducts a survey of interior design professionals, to gather the most comprehensive, up-to-date information about how much people are earning. It's called the Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey – and you're invited to take it! As an extra incentive, DSU offers a $100 Amazon gift card to one participant per week!

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The results of the survey eBook will be published in early January, and as a participant, you'll receive a complimentary copy (it's valued at $179). Each year, DSU includes new, effective strategies for growing your passion-filled business – based on what's working now for interior design professionals just like you.

Obviously, your participation helps DSU obtain the most accurate results – and you could also win one of those $100 gift cards.

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And, if you'd like a taste of what the survey is all about, click here to get the 2011 survey results eBook, absolutely free:

 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
Bowron Sheepskins - PID Sterling - La Mirada, Calif.
Michelle Chiang - AP - Canoga Park, Calif.
Amphora Gardens - AP - Santa Rosa, Calif.
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.
Signature Furniture - Home Furnishings Retail Store - Lexington, Ky.
Willis Furniture - Home Furnishings Retail Store - Virginia Beach, Va.
Braden's Lifestyles - Home Furnishings Retail Store - Knoxville, Tenn.


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

Decor-taining For The Holidays
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The countdown has begun: Only a precious few days remain before the holiday entertaining season begins. For some of you, the impending deadline means sprucing up your neglected dining room, scrambling to find enough seating and silverware, sculpting your centerpiece and, of course, planning your menu. Well, don’t panic. The only thing more fun than decorating and entertaining is the intersection of the two — what you could call decor-taining. More

The Engagement Secret Of Great Leaders
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Leadership and storytelling go hand-in-hand. In fact, leaders who lack the ability to leverage the power and influence of storytelling are missing the very essence of what accounts for compelling leadership to begin with — the story. If you've ever been captivated by a skilled orator whose articulation and eloquence have influenced your thinking, you understand the power of the art of story. 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 this month’s 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. More

'Million Dollar Decorators' Shop Kmart, Marshalls
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Kathryn Ireland is known for her California casual approach to classic French and English country house decor, and fans of "Million Dollar Decorators" find her excitable demeanor and eccentric proclamations endearing. Strolling the aisles at Marshalls, Ireland suggests looking at whatever catches your eye, even if it turns out to be hideous. "I always say you've got to have some bad taste in house," she says. "I am serious. Because if everything is perfect, the thing that is not takes on its own life. You might buy something on a trip or get something from your grandmother that is not good taste and you should flaunt it." More

The Pay-as-You-Go Remodel
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sometimes not having enough money to renovate right away can be a blessing in disguise. At least that’s how Nina Johnson-Milewski, an art dealer and the owner of Gallery Diet, and her husband, Dan Milewski, an artist who owns a cafe and wine bar, have come to regard it. More

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Why a Local Economy's Strength Is Critical to Small-Business Success
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Even if fiscal cliff fears play out and the national economy cools down, strong local economies may provide an extra layer of insulation for many small businesses. A new Bank of America survey published today underscores just how important the local community is to small businesses. The Bank of America Fall 2012 Strong Local Economies May Shield Small Businesses From Possible National Downturn shows that the majority of small business's customers come from the community in which their business is based. More

3 Best Ways To Say No
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Sometimes it feels like there's just way too much to do and too little time. You may believe that, but it's not necessarily true. Perhaps you're just spreading yourself too thin, and that can change. There are many helpful productivity and time-management tips, but some believe the most powerful one is the art of saying no. More

'This Old House' Names 100 Best Products of 2012
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This Old House has named "The TOH Top 100," a list of the 100 best new home products of the year. The editors searched for the most unique, helpful and coolest home products in seven categories: Kitchen, Bath, Tools, Building Products, Outdoor Living, Home Tech and Finishing Touches. More

The Loft That Mediabistro Built
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In 2007, when Laurel Touby, the freelance writers' saloniste, sold her online media company, Mediabistro, for $23 million, she banked a little more than half that amount and looked forward, she said at the time, to having a new car with a driver, a new apartment and a whole new life. Two out of three of those things, she quickly learned, are what a payday like hers buys you in Manhattan, N.Y. More

5 Things Your Website Should Do
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Your website is the face of your business on the Web. It's what greets your customers when they decide to check you out or get more information. It conveys your message, shows them what you're about, and is often their first point of contact with your brand. So are you using your site effectively? Or are you giving off a tone and impression you may not even be aware of? More

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