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Happy Holidays!
The Interior Design Society National Staff wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for your membership and we look forward to serving you in 2013! As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide our readers of IDS Hot Topics, a look at the Top 10 interior design articles from 2012. Our regular publication will resume on Wednesday Jan. 2.

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day
Fast Company Aug. 22, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How much does the first hour of every day matter? As it turns out, a lot. It can be the hour you see everything clearly, get one real thing done, and focus on the human side of work rather than your task list. More

Getting Color and Light Right
ELLE Decor Feb. 1, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pairing the right paint color and lighting can have magical results. But finding that perfect combination can be tricky. To help understand the relationship, we spoke with four experts; Donald Kaufman, color consultant and founder of Donald Kaufman Color; Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute; Eve Ashcraft, color consultant and founder of Eve Ashcraft Studio; and Carl Minchew, director of product development at Benjamin Moore. More

Oxblood, Red For The Rest Of Us
The Washington Post Oct. 10, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When legendary Vogue fashion editor Diana Vreeland had her living room decorated in 1955, she told designer Billy Baldwin that she wanted it to look like "a garden in hell." Vreeland, who died in 1989 and is the subject of a new documentary, "The Eye Has to Travel," was infatuated with the color red in all its intensities and hues. She believed that tiring of it would be like tiring of someone you love. The room, which was drenched in red, from the pillow cases to the picture frames, was almost as famous as she was. But we can’t all be Diana Vreelands. In fact, many people find too much red to be severe and overwhelming. Perhaps that's why this season, the color on everyone's minds is darker, and a bit muted. It's red's buttoned-up cousin, oxblood. More

The Psychology Behind Interior Design
DesignBuild Source Feb. 15, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The interior design sector has faced a hard challenge in proving its importance in this often tough industry. The terms interior designer and interior architect are only recent labels for those who lead this field, with these industry members traditionally, and oftentimes much to their disdain, labeled as decorators. More

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!

Pinterest Marketing: Pinning With a Purpose
Entrepreneur July 10, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In her book Pinfluence: The Complete Guide to Marketing Your Business with Pinterest, author Beth Hayden gives step-by-step advice on using Pinterest to engage and connect with current and potential customers. In this edited excerpt, Hayden explains how to create a Pinterest marketing strategy. More

Nate Berkus Renovates His Manhattan, NY, Duplex
Architectural Digest Oct. 10, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Quick changes are second nature to interior decorator Nate Berkus. As the longtime home-makeover maven on The Oprah Winfrey Show and later host of his own television program, he has mastered the art of creating elegant, welcoming rooms in seemingly no time at all. (Just consider, as evidence of his abilities, the uproarious audience applause, tears of joy, and effusive Winfrey whoops that greeted his projects upon their unveiling.) In the case of his Manhattan, N.Y., duplex, the designer — true to form — executed one of his hallmark speedy transformations, with chic results that are a thoughtful reflection of his past. More

Fairmont Designs: Simple Choices

Creating the perfect room shouldn't be difficult. All it takes is a few Simple Choices. Fairmont Designs takes the guess work out of choosing the look and style of your large furniture pieces. These pieces are made in our US upholstery plants, and offer a variety of fabrics. Visit to learn more.

5 Hot Design Trends in New Homes
Styled, Staged & Sold April 9, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Creativity and cost-savings are the main themes driving new-home design trends today, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Here are some of the latest new-home design trends as reported in April. More

Pantone View Home + Interiors 2013 Trend Forecast
Dexigner March 12, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pantone has released the Pantone View Home + Interiors 2013 Trend Forecast, a guide containing the nine most directional color palettes for home furnishings and interior design in 2013. More

3 Ways To A Beautiful Guest Bedroom
Bright Bazaar (blog) Jan. 4, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the first three ways of 2012 I thought I'd pull together some ideas for guest bedrooms, the Bright Bazaar blogger wrote in January. Perhaps you had guests to stay over the holidays and realized the spare room wasn’t quite up to scratch. Or maybe you're looking for a project to work on during the weekends. Either way, here are three different ideas for adding interesting features to a guest bedroom. First up we see how a twin bedroom doesn't have to feel childlike; the use of smouldering grey hues, vintage lighting and luxe textiles creates an inviting and adult scheme. More

Your Story Is Your Marketing Strategy
Inc. May 25, 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Companies are always trying to create the perfect marketing tools — tools that will make brand history, generate buzz for products, and earn those products an unshakeable spot in customer's lives. Large companies have the luxury of throwing thousands of advertising dollars into marketing budgets, but small companies rarely can. More

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.


The 2012 Chapter Awards Application is Now Available!
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Enjoy the prestige, bragging rights and recognition that your chapter deserves and also be part of an exciting evening as the Chapter Awards are presented at the Annual Designer of the Year Awards!

The Chapter Awards are designed to reward Chapters who have shown exceptional work in specific areas each year. At the annual Designer of the Year Awards Dinner, the winning chapter in each category will be presented with an award and the highest praise for a job well done. This is an opportunity for your chapter to shine and for IDS to recognize its chapters for outstanding achievement in one or more of the award categories.

Click here to download your copy of the awards application.

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