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11 Ways to Refill Your Creative Well
Houzz
When you work in a creative field, your livelihood depends on your ability to constantly come up with fresh ideas. So what do you do when you are feeling creatively stuck in a rut, drained or just uninspired? From taking a creative field trip to knowing when to stop tinkering, here are 11 concrete tips to fill your creative well — and keep it filled.
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You Can Now Put Animated GIFs on Pinterest
Small Business Trends
Pinterest announced it will start letting users post animated GIFs to the site. The animated, looping GIF can actually be used to help better illustrate a point, capture a moment, or to make a simple how-to image. Some might even help add a little levity to your branding by informally showing your personal side or interests.
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Great Gifts for Clients When You Finish a Design Project
WSI Designer Marketplace
Although as interior designers we're hired for our fine taste, our business expense accounts aren't always on the same level as those of our clients. Don't let that deter you from expressing your gratitude to a client and wrapping up with a thoughtful gift.
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IDS NEWS SPOTLIGHT
The IDS National staff would like to extend a BIG thank you to all of our speakers and to all of you who attended our National Conference. We enjoyed meeting everyone! We would especially like to thank our conference sponsors: Wayfair, LLC.,, International Design Guild and International Market Centers.

2014 membership cards are currently being processed in the order that renewals were received, beginning with those who renewed as early as August 2013. If you have not already received your 2014 membership card, you can expect to receive it in four-five weeks. Thank you for your patience!


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UPCOMING CONFERENCES
The IDS National staff would like to extend a BIG thank you to all of our speakers and to all of you who attended our National Conference. We enjoyed meeting everyone! We would especially like to thank our conference sponsors: Wayfair, LLC.,, International Design Guild and International Market Centers.

CHAPTER NEWS
Congratulations to all of our 2013 Chapter Award Winners!

  • Chapter of the Year: IDS Long Island
  • Outstanding Charity Event: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth and IDS Fort Myers
  • Outstanding Networking Event: IDS Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Excellence in Membership Marketing Communications: IDS Naples
  • Excellence in Programs and Educational Activities: IDS Naples
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.


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This Crazy App Turns A Magazine Into An Interior Design Tool
Fast Company's Co.Design
A few months ago, Ikea released an unbelievable app. When you placed the company's catalog anywhere in your home, it could appear as one of a few different pieces of furniture on your iPad screen. In a long line of borderline useless augmented reality apps, this simple experience felt like magic.

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5 Simple Ways Women Entrepreneurs Can Grow Their Business
FOX Small Business
When everything is going especially well for a business, it’s easy for women entrepreneurs to go with the flow and ride out the wave of current success — sticking to a daily routine of meetings, travel for conferences, and a to-do list that never seems to end.

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Writing A Killer Blog Post That Wins You Customers
Business 2 Community
You've all seen it done. Sometimes you catch the notification of a new blog post in your Facebook feed or Twitter stream, and you just have to check it out. It's magnetic. There's something that draws you to it, and then as you read through, you realize that the author hit a home run.

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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
Don't miss the excitement of IWCE 2014 when, for the first time ever, IWCE will co-locate with the NAHB International Builders’ Show and KBIS. This new mega event, called Design & Construction Week, will be one of the world's largest gatherings! One badge will give you access to three shows! Click here for more information and to register.

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Congratulations to all of our 2013 Designer of the Year Award Winners!

Click here for a complete list of winners.


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.

    This Crazy App Turns A Magazine Into An Interior Design Tool (Co.Design)
Creating a Lifetime of Customer Love (By Emma Fitzpatrick)
What colors your 2014? (By Christina Mogk)

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


INDUSTRY NEWS


Natural Shades of Sea, Sand and Stone: Contemporary Home in Monaco
freshome
NG Studio completed the design and development of a highly modern home in Monaco. The entire interior demonstrates the idea of ​​relaxing in a space where everything is subordinated to the natural shades of the sea, sand and stone.
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Kitchen Remodels Remain Hot in the New Year
Statesman Journal
The new year is here, and everyone is excited about which trends are up and coming for this year. Kitchens still remain the most popular room to remodel. Here are some trends in the kitchen remodelling industry.
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9 Steps to More Concise Business Writing
By Joe Latta
In today's world of ultratasking and information overload, being concise is more important than ever. Whether reading a short email or 500-page business proposal, your audience typically doesn't have the time or desire to search for information.
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A Classicist at Rest
The New York Times
How does a classical architect decorate at home? Modern all the way. Allan Greenberg is known for his classical architecture, but the apartment he shares with his wife, Judith Seligson, reflects his preference for a pared-down space filled with light and art. Check out this slideshow.
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'123456' Replaces 'Password' on Annual 'Worst Passwords' List
Small Business Trends
The number combination"123456" replaces the only slightly more obvious "Password" at the top of the "Worst Passwords" list compiled annually by password security company SplashData. The list of 25 is compiled from millions of stolen passwords posted online during the previous year.
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A Historic Hudson Valley Home
Architectural Digest
Make no mistake: Architect Jim Joseph knows how to live with the past. For years the New Yorker — whose firm, Hottenroth + Joseph Architects, is known for sensitive updates to historic residences as well as for supremely comfortable modern spaces — spent weekends at a well-preserved mid-1700s Dutch stone house in the Catskills. "The floorboards had never been sanded, and original delft tiles were around every fireplace," he recalls admiringly. "But it was like living in a museum."
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Neutral Bedrooms
Atticmag
Anyone can identify an interior as "neutral" but fine it down and things can get a little well, murky. Does neutral mean all white — the absence of color? Is it gray, beige, taupe with various mix-ins of white and cream? What about the validity of lavender, which was declared a neutral a few years ago. And how dark can you go before moving out of neutral territory in a room?
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12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast
Inc.
If it has to happen, then it has to happen first, writes Laura Vanderkam, time management expert and author of "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast." Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively embrace this philosophy. They must set aside their first hours of the day to invest in their top-priority activities before other people's priorities come rushing in.
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Zen Mastery: A Serene Home in Sweden
ELLE Decor
This Secluded spot on a farm in southern Sweden was once occupied by an old mill. For the homeowner, Johan Dieden, it was the ideal setting to construct a small house to accommodate visiting friends and family. He commissioned the Scandinavian architects Gert and Karin Wingårdh to create an uncomplicated space, using natural materials, that would bring the outdoors in.
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Filling An Unused Space
The Washington Post
THE CHALLENGE: After removing the wall between their kitchen and living space, Bethesda residents Kevin Giesecke and Janna Hayes need help outfitting the open floor plan in their mid-century home. Giesecke and Hayes want a contemporary feel that is more warm and cozy than sleek, with earthy tones and pieces that can hold up to three active children.
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