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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 2014! 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 2013. Our regular publication will resume on Wednesday Jan. 8.

5 Questions That Will Close the Sale (Without Pressuring Customers)
Inc.
From June 26: Good salespeople know that asking questions is the most effective way to learn about the needs of your customers. But you’ve got to ask the right questions. Otherwise, you risk scaring prospective customers out the door — or simply annoying them so much that they decide to buy elsewhere.
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2 Sentences That Engage Customers
Inc.
From June 5: You're excited about your company, right? You're proud of your products, right? Therefore, your best strategy, when talking to a customer, is to tell the story of your company and its products with excitement and enthusiasm, right? … Wrong.
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IDS NEWS SPOTLIGHT
The IDS National Staff would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

The IDS National Office will be closed Monday, Dec. 23 – Wednesday, Jan. 1. Please note that all dues payments received during this time will be processed after Jan. 1 WITHOUT PENALTY. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Early Bird pricing for IDS National Conference has ended, but registration is still open.

Register today for the IDS National Conference, "The Power of #INNOVATION: Igniting the Path to Success", Jan. 23 – 25 in Las Vegas. Leslie Carothers, Founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, will be the keynote speaker. Visit the IDS Conferences page for more information and to register. Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2014 and #INNOVATION.

IDS Executive Director, Snoa Garrigan interviewed Leslie Carothers of the The Kaleidoscope Partnership at High Point Market on what to expect from her keynote seminar at our upcoming national conference. Click here to watch the interview.

Thank you to our Premier Celebration Sponsor, Wayfair, LLC.

For those of you who are currently listed in the IDS Buyers Guide, we would love to hear your success stories. Please email your stories to info@interiordesignsociety.org by Dec. 20.


HAVE YOU BEEN PUBLISHED or WON A DESIGN AWARD?
Monique Duarte is "Woman of the Year!"

Monique has been honored with the National Association of Professional Women's (NAPW) coveted Woman of the Year award for 2013, presented to her in the category of interior design for the state of New Jersey.

NAPW is a nationwide exclusive network of like-minded professional women who interact, exchange ideas, educate and empower one another.

Only 2 percent of NAPW's membership achieves a "Woman of the Year" designation in any given year. With the award, Monique will enjoy a variety of NAPW perks, including an expanded profile within the association's online membership directory and unlimited access to seminars, certification programs and other educational programming.

Cindy Centineo, IDS Associate in Salisbury, Md., was named Interior Designer of the Year with Coastal Style Magazine.
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NATIONAL SPONSORS
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New Partners in Design
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USA Decor Art - PID Platinum - Melbourne, Fla.
Peykar Rugs and Carpet - PID Sterling - Westbury, N.Y.
Boyles Furniture - PID Sterling - Mocksville, N.C.
Bay Cabinetry & Design Studio - PID Sterling - Traverse City, Mich.
RCS Wood Crafters, LLC - PID Sterling - Hialeah, Fla.
Design Resource Building - PID Sterling - Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
Better Built Inc. - PID Sterling - Palm Springs, Calif.
City Mattress - PID Sterling - Bonita Springs, Fla.
Paulk & Co. - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES
Early Bird pricing for IDS National Conference has ended, but registration is still open.

Register today for the IDS National Conference, "The Power of #INNOVATION: Igniting the Path to Success", Jan. 23 – 25 in Las Vegas. Leslie Carothers, Founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, will be the keynote speaker. Visit the IDS Conferences page for more information and to register. Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2014 and #INNOVATION.

Sponsored by the IDG Designer Program, celebrity designer, Mark Brunetz will kick off the conference as the opening speaker. In addition, he will be the guest of honor at an exclusive VIP Reception and emcee at the Awards Dinner. Click here for more information on National Conference speakers.

Click here to for more information on 2014 National Conference and registration. Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2014 and #INNOVATION

Thank you to our Premier Celebration Sponsor, Wayfair, LLC


CHAPTER NEWS
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.

Thank you for submitting your Chapter Award entries. All winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at IDS National Conference in Las Vegas. Click here for more information.



FEATURED ARTICLE
TRENDING ARTICLE
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A House Rooted in Nature
The Wall Street Journal
To open the house to the outdoors, lead architect Brendan Coburn and project architect Joseph Smith of Brooklyn N.Y.,-based CWB Architects created a 400-square-foot sun room with a soaring butterfly roofline.

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How to Know When You've Met the One — Co-Founder, That Is
Entrepreneur
Starting a company with a friend or colleague can oftentimes be more intimate than marriage. You both will surely eat, sleep and breath your work — especially while your company is in its infancy — and you and your co-founder will be together almost 24/7.

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Reading Nooks: 12 Ways to Create a Reprieve in a Hectic Home
Los Angeles Times
Whether you're hosting family or staying with friends, a reading nook can provide a great escape during the hectic holiday season. Here, we offer a roundup of some designs, cozy places to curl up with a good book — or nothing at all.

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UPCOMING WEBINARS
Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website through the LMS link!

There are several available webinars by Tobi Fairley, each are worth 0.1 CEU. A new Tobi Fairley webinar was just posted, "How to Determine Your Staffing Needs." This session addresses designers who may be confused about when and how to hire people to handle a portion of the work for their design firm. If you need to know how best to keep your operation "lean and mean" yet still highly productive, this webinar will provide you with helpful information. Join Tobi Fairley for this training on determining your staffing needs and then taking action to get the job done!

Visit the IDS website to learn more!


UPCOMING MARKETS
Thank you to those of you who attended our seminars and stopped by our office in High Point! We look forward to seeing you at our National Conference in January. Click here for more information on Conference.

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Thank you for submitting your Designer of the Year entries. We look forward to an exciting competition this year. All winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at IDS National Conference in Las Vegas. Click here for more information.

IDS BUYERS' GUIDE
For those of you who are currently listed in the IDS Buyers Guide, we would love to hear your success stories. Please email your stories to info@interiordesignsociety.org by Dec. 20.

The IDS Buyers Guide is live! To find preferred IDS vendors, look for the IDS logo in their listing. Click here to view the IDS Buyers Guide.


MEMBER BENEFITS
In 2014, IDS will be issuing new membership cards. Similar to a credit card, these cards are much more durable. You can expect to receive your 2014 membership card in January. Due to the change in how our membership cards will be made, there will be a $10 replacement fee (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.


TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    10 Selling Sins That Will Sink Your Design Business (InterioDesignBusiness.net)
Contemporary Approach to Kitchen Design: The Live-In Kitchen (Freshome)
6 Celebrity-Approved Ideas for Designing With Neutrals (ELLE Decor)

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


INDUSTRY NEWS


5 iOS Apps To Help You Become An Interior Design Master
MakeUseOf
From Aug. 26: Is there anything an iPhone or iPad cannot help you with? If there is, I have yet to find it. Turns out, you can even use the magical devices to help make your home a more beautiful and comfortable place. Planning an interior design project is hard, and that is why there are people who do it for a full-time job. However, we can't all afford to hire a professional, and that's where some awesome iPhone apps can come in and save the day.
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10 Free Apps That Will Change How You Decorate
House Beautiful
From Feb. 6: Whether you're planning, measuring, renovating or redecorating, we've rounded up the best, free home makeover tools for your phone.
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5 Passé Home Trends Make a Major Comeback
Yahoo Finance
From July 19: Avocado-colored appliances and shag carpet were probably a few home trends you happily filed under the label “done.” And they may be. But plenty of looks once considered passé are making a huge comeback in homes. They’re features buyers covet and sellers are incorporating in their properties. And New York Modern Spaces luxury realtor Bari Lynn, who also has an extensive background in interior design, walks us through her top five in the accompanying video.
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10 Ways You Should Never Describe Yourself
Inc.
From Nov. 6: When other people use these words to describe your talents, it's OK. When you do it, you just sound like a pompous jerk.
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Color Trends 2013: Seeing Red
Living Impressive
From May 11: Energy, passion, growth and fertility, no other color evokes so many emotions as RED. Many people avoid red altogether when it comes to home decor; however red is represented culturally as a color of happiness and good luck. There are many shades of red from faded rose to deep burgundy, combining it other colors such as blues and greens will neutralize and add a sense of warmth to the room.
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Want to Get Paid What You Are Worth?
Design Biz Blueprint
From Jan. 2: For many years Designers have relied on product mark-ups to be compensated fairly for our creative abilities and organizational services. It is no wonder; we love beautiful furniture, gorgeous fabrics and drop dead gorgeous lighting. We get excited and love talking to our clients about it!
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6 Business Mistakes You Should Never Make Twice
Forbes
From Feb. 15: Failure. It's a word no marketer, business owner, entrepreneur wants to hear, but it can be a valuable lesson. Earlier this year, I wrote about the one mistake retail brands make when it comes to Twitter: not engaging with customers on a regular basis. That's one big failure.
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Why You Should Hangout With Your Rivals
Under 30 CEO
From March 16: How many of your competitors do you also consider friends? That probably seems like a very strange question. Why would you be friends with people who are actively trying to take money out of your pocket with their own products or services? The idea just seems counter-intuitive.
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IDS National Staff:

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

Phone: 336-884-4437
Email: info@interiordesignsociety.org

IDS Staff:

Anna Mavrakis
IDS National Board President
tnldesign@aol.com

Snoa Garrigan x 222
Executive Director
shuffman@interiordesignsociety.org

Melanie Hylton x224
Education Coordinator

mhylton@interiordesignsociety.org

Lauren Branson x 225
Membership Coordinator

lbranson@interiordesignsociety.org

Della Swider x 223
Benefits Coordinator
dswider@interiordesignsociety.org


 

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