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6 Ways to Get Customers to Say Yes
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are six ways to influence a customer to buy without explicitly selling to them, according to Dr. Robert B. Cialdini, author of the bestseller Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. More

11 Nursery Must-Haves for Britain's Royal Baby
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Clarence House, the London home of Prince William and Catherine, the duchess of Cambridge, has confirmed that the royal couple are expecting a baby. Here are a few tried and tested essentials that all moms and dads — blue bloods and commoners alike — would do well to have in the nursery. More

A New Trend: Gym Interior Design That Saves Money
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Interior Designer Cuoco Black, a former faculty member of the New York School of Interior Design has argued that designers must have a paradigm shift if they wish to honestly embrace the needs of the client over the need to facilitate their personal creative agenda. After all, the client has endorsed the designer by agreeing to retain them…the designer should reciprocate this trust by employing design measures which illustrate their commitment to the fiduciary needs of the owner. More

IDS Announces New Executive Director
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On Oct. 15, 2012, the National Board of Directors of the Interior Design Society (IDS) voted unanimously to offer the position of Executive Director of IDS to Snoa Garrigan, formerly the Office Manager of IDS. Garrigan has filled the roles of both Executive Director and Office Manager since the resignation of the previous Executive Director, Pamela White, in January 2012.

Garrigan lives in Greensboro, N.C., with her husband Joe, and their two children, Luke and Naomi.

With offices in High Point, N.C., the Interior Design Society, a non-profit organization, founded in 1973, aims to strengthen and grow the Interior Design industry by providing its members with valuable education, resources, programs, and services to aid them in their path to professionalism in residential interior design.

You can reach Snoa at or 336-884-4437 ext. 222.

Celebrating 28 Years

As the company marked its 28th anniversary in 2012, Fairmont Designs has grown into a multi-national enterprise, producing and distributing a wide range of residential, bath and contract furnishings known for style, quality and value. The company’s business model has always been to “build a global brand on our own, innovate products and service customers worldwide.”
Visit us online at

Tip of the Week:
Attention all CQRID Certified Designers: Don’t forget to file your .8 CEUs with the CQRID Office on or before December 31, 2012. To view how many CEUs you currently have on file, login on the IDS website. In your member portal area select "My Certifications" from the menu on the left. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Daniel, Education Coordinator/CQIRD, at or 336-884-4437 ext. 224.

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

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.


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.

 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.
Legacy Billiards Gallery - AP - Collierville, Tenn.
Ferguson Enterprises - AP - Knoxville, Tenn.
Michelle Chiang - AP - Canoga Park, Calif.
Amphora Gardens - AP - Santa Rosa, Calif.
Braden's Lifestyles - Home Furnishings Retail Store - Knoxville, Tenn.

 Industry News

Interior Color Set to Reflect a Tech-Savvy Nation
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The incorporation of color in interior design affects more than just aesthetics. Sico, Dulux and Benjamin Moore have unveiled what they expect to be next year's hot color palettes. All three authorities predict color schemes, influenced by today's technology-heavy habits, that counteract the day-to-day grind and aim to uplift our moods despite increasingly hectic lifestyles. More

Chef's Whites
Architectural Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Classic ivory color schemes are always in style, especially when it comes to kitchens. Find inspiration for your renovation with our gallery of 22 white kitchens from the pages of Architectural Digest. More

Residential Designer is a 'Vibrant Expressionista' in Silver Spring, Md.
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Fallon N. Loving draws from more than a decades experience in artistic creativity within the arts as well as customer service in fashioning residential designs for her clients. University in Washington D.C. before becoming founder and principal designer of Nollaf Interiors, which is based in Silver Spring, Md., in 2008. Her vision is to produce original designs with creativity and innovation in mind. More

The Most Important Garden Designer You've Never Heard Of
The Wall Street Journal Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the past 25 years, he has created hundreds of acres of enchanting gardens for dozens of clients in 10 countries, but his public profile is next to zero: no Google trove of press mentions; no Wikipedia entry; no Twitter trail; no Facebook friends. This 54-year-old American garden designer is a legend in the making—often compared to the late, great British landscapist Russell Page — but you won't hear that from him. Unlike most high-end architects, decorators and garden designers, Cox would rather be shipwrecked than become a household name. More

Home and Abroad: John Robshaw's New York City Home
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The textiles designer John Robshaw has a knack for finding unique and affordable spaces in which to live and work. In the mid-1990s, fresh out of art school, he set up his painting studio in the squash court of an abandoned Wall Street men’s club. He then moved to Bangkok, where he rented a traditional Thai wood house. By 2001, he was back in Manhattan, residing in an East Village tenement walk-up, and designing hand-block-printed Indian bedding out of a 1920s office building in Chelsea. More

Affordable Ways to Make Your Employees Feel Appreciated
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Fifty-five percent of American workers say they would ditch their jobs for a company that clearly recognizes employees for their efforts. Is your company at risk? Here are five simple, low-cost ways to show employee appreciation. More

Entrepreneurship in Design
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What can designers learn from successful entrepreneurs? What can entrepreneurs learn from successful designers? How does design spark creativity at Google? These are all key questions, especially given today's challenging economic conditions, and the answers provide promising opportunities for a brighter future. More

Are you ready to make a commitment to your professionalism?

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

For more information visit

Bright Colors Meet Classic Interior Design
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This house demonstrates the power of bright, fresh citrus colors. While many people think of these sorts of colors as belonging firmly to the realm of contemporary decor, this project shows that they can work even in preppy, traditional interiors. Pale walls, very similar to Lemon Sorbet, provide a cheerful backdrop for the crisp white of the sofa and other furnishings. The wall color helps ground the lime chairs, helping them fit harmoniously into the space despite their bold color. More

2012 Readers' Choice Awards: Best Products
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After a tight election, the votes have been tallied — and Interiors & Sources has unveiled the winners of its fourth annual Readers' Choice Awards naming the most popular products of 2012. More

Home, Squeezed Home: Living in a 200-Square-Foot Space
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Step into an alleyway in the Northeast Washington, D.C., neighborhood known as Stronghold, and you will see a vegetable patch, a campfire, a view of the Capitol and a cluster of what neighbors call "those tiny people, building their tiny houses." The people aren't really tiny, but their homes are — 150 to 200 square feet of living space, some with gabled roofs, others with bright cedar walls, compact bathrooms and cozy sleeping lofts that add up to living spaces that are smaller than the walk-in closets in a suburban McMansion. More

More Than Meets the Eye
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What makes a piece of design a good gift? In a word, soul. But what is it, exactly, that gives an object soul? Here, designers share their thoughts on household goods that evoke fleeting moments, fragile materials and old memories. More

A Piece of Shangri La
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The American tobacco heiress Doris Duke was many things: philanthropist, horticulturalist, seductress, surfer, collector and world traveler. She was also a woman of many houses (eight, to be exact), the most famous of which are Rough Point, her family seat in Newport, R.I., and Shangri La, an exotic Islamic-style palace in Hawaii. While Duke was known for the grand rooms she used for entertaining, the private areas are where her daring style shines brightest. Her bedrooms and dressing rooms were decorated with nobody's taste in mind but her own, and created simply to please herself. More

All Set for the Holidays
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Assembling a harmonious mix of nonmatching serving dishes is just as hard as it looks. So we did the legwork for you. Try, for instance, contrasting a densely patterned platter, like this one from L'Objet pour Fortuny, with a simpler one, such as Italian designer Paola Navone's cobalt-trimmed piece for Reichenbach. Add a couple of golden bowls and you have a look that's a bit English, a little Oriental and very urbane. More

IDS National Staff:

IDS National Headquarters
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High Point, N.C. 27260

Phone: 336-884-4437

IDS Staff:

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IDS National Board President

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Executive Director

Valerie Daniel, x 224
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