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Pantone Color of the Year for 2013: Emerald
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pantone's color of the year for 2013 is Emerald. Just how influential will that choice turn out to be? Hard to say. Color forecasters, manufacturers and store buyers do put some stock in the selection, if anything because the announcement has become something of a marketing juggernaut unto itself. More

Could Teaming With Other Small Businesses Be Key to Success?
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a tough economy, growing your business doesn't have to involve costly new hires or expensive acquisitions. Instead, teaming up with another small business might be your best solution. Successful teaming relationships can help you gain experience, offer a more comprehensive service or take on bigger contracts. More

Fur Your Consideration
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It’s been getting chilly lately, so it’s time to think about adding some soft and cozy touches to your home to warm things up a bit! Furs, wool, suede, mohair, and cowhides (real and/or faux) are a great way to create an inviting, comfortable and luxurious atmosphere. Small additions can make a big impact and earthy natural tones can blend with just about any decor. Turn up the thermostat, throw some logs on the fire, or snuggle up with your special someone and enjoy the cold days ahead! 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.

Fairmont Designs: Going the Extra Mile

The story of Fairmont Designs and George Tsai, Chaiman, reflects the spirit of always striving to go the extra mile. Once the leader in casegoods, today the company has grown to include the expert designing of upholstery.

Tip of the Week:
The IDS National Office will be closed Dec. 24 – Jan. 1. All payments received during that time will be applied to your 2013 renewal dues without a lapse in membership. If you wish to make payment by phone, please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned when we are back in the office. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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.
Showcase Kitchens - AP - Manhasset, N.Y.
L. Anthony Sparaco Glass & Design Corp. - AP - Freeport, N.Y.
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

The Eye-Popping Interior Designs Of Rafael de Cárdenas
Fast Company's Co.Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rafael de Cárdenas followed a rather roundabout path to professional success. After studying painting and fashion design at RISD, he decided to further his creative education by pursuing an architecture degree at Columbia, and later UCLA. "To be honest, I didn't think I'd be an architect in the future," he tells Co.Design. "I thought I'd somehow come back to fashion." More

Living Rooms With Skylights
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The architects of the homes below know the power of the skylight in harnessing the sun and flooding a space with dazzling natural light. Strategically placed, these stunning architectural elements bring the beauty of the outdoors inside while providing natural light throughout the home. More

Farrow & Ball paper runner: Set the table, then wrap a gift
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Farrow & Ball, the high-end British paint and wallpaper company, has a different way of adding glamour to your holiday house: a new, limited edition paper table runner. Forget about ironing last year's cloth runner. Farrow & Ball's paper simply unrolls on your table. The colors — grays called Plummet and Calluna, plus festive silver — are elegant complements to silver or gold table settings. And when you're done with dinner, perhaps you can use the paper to wrap gifts? More

Why Your Social Media Success Depends on Email Marketing
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There's a hierarchy in the world of building a total online presence for your business, and mastering things like Facebook and Pinterest fall below getting your content strategy, SEO and email marketing machine oiled and ready for prime time. Without the proper foundation to build on, your social media efforts will drain your focus and time with little opportunity for return. More

All the Pretty Houses
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Architect/designer Daniel Romualdez has become one of the premier style-makers of our time. Nowhere is his impeccable taste — and his mastery of eclectic styles — more on display than in his own four homes. 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

Pioneering the 'Granny Pod'
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viola Baez wouldn't budge. Her daughter's family had just invested about $125,000 in a new kind of home for her, a high-tech cottage that might revolutionize the way Americans care for their aging relatives. But Baez wouldn't even step inside. She told her family she would rather continue living in the family’s dining room than move into the shed-size dwelling that had been lowered by crane into the back yard of their Fairfax County home. More

Martyn Lawrence Bullard's Hollywood Home
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Known for dramatic interiors that meld Hollywood glamor and ethnic exotica, Martyn Lawrence Bullard doesn't just design for A-listers—Cher, Elton John, and Jimmy Choo's Tamara Mellon, to name-drop a few—he also lives like a star. For eight years, the droll Londoner, seen on Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, has made his home in a 2,800-square-foot 1922 Mediterranean villa in Whitley Heights, one of Los Angeles's first celebrity enclaves. Previous tenants have included silent-film icons Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson. More

3 Fantastic Color Inspiration Sites
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Color can be one of the most challenging things about interior design, mainly because there are so many ways to add color to a space. Here are a handful of good websites that have an innovative approach to assisting with color selection. More

Eclectic Country House in Connecticut
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A traditional 1750 center-chimney colonial house in Connecticut was gutted and painstakingly reconstructed to give a fitting background and room to expand for the owners exuberant collections of vintage guitars, Staffordshire dogs, pre-war train sets. The rural setting complete with rippling river, stone walls, sugar maples and flower gardens evokes thoughts of England. More

IDS National Staff:

IDS National Headquarters
164 S. Main St, Ste 404
High Point, N.C. 27260

Phone: 336-884-4437

IDS Staff:

Anna Mavrakis
IDS National Board President

Snoa Garrigan, x 222
Executive Director

Valerie Daniel, x 224
Education Coordinator

Bonnie Hair, x 225
Member Sales Representative

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