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Trade Affiliations and Why They Matter
By Julie Schuster, President — Interior Design Society, New York City chapter
What do you do when the going gets tough? Where do you find strength, creativity and stamina when you feel like you’re running on empty? As an interior designer working in New York City, I’ve been thinking a lot about my answers to these questions of late, and I keep coming back to the groups I belong to – the colleagues and friends that have emerged from them, and the amazing work I see from the companies I do business with. No one gets involved in creative endeavors like interior design because it’s the “easiest path to make a living.” We do it out of love. Out of passion. Because we want to share our gifts by creating beauty in our living spaces and enriching the lives of our clients.
Business by Accident or by Design?
Some designers love goal setting and thrive on reaching lofty standards. They bask in the glow of their creative and financial accomplishments.
While other designers have great difficulty and hold many fears around making a commitment to their business and personal success.
They want to make an impact, they want to share their creativity with the world, but they struggle with the fear of failure.
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Congratulations to our Barbara Gilbert from Dallas on her 2017 Houzz awards.
We are pleased to announce a member of IDS Long Island Chapter, Wendy Interiors has been named one of the 20 Best Interior Designers in NYC.
Designer and New York Chapter President, Julie Schuster, keeps active in the design community. One of her functions is serving as Brand Ambassador for Robern Bath Cabinets and Vanities. Her recent contributions were featured in the company's new "Vanity Tops" brochure, released for KBIS 2017 in Orlando, Florida.
Olamar Interiors is the grand-prize winner from the Sustainable Furnishings Interiors Design Contest
On Oct. 21, SFC celebrated 10 years of serving the furnishings community.
The organization's second decade started in the same space where it all began in the fall of 2006. The celebratory review, MC'ed by Libby Langdon, included exciting announcements, stirring speeches, and a great party on the top floor of the Union Square Building.
Sean Sullivan of Hearst Design Group announced the winners of #GetYourGreenOn Design Competition:
- Paola McDonald, Olamar Interiors — 2016 Grand Prize Winner
- Dann Foley, Dann, Inc. — 2016 Category Winner: Outdoor Spaces, $30,001 & above
- Robin Wilson, Robin Wilson Home — 2016 Category Winner, Shared Spaces, $30,000 & below; Rachel Winokur, Rachel Winokur Interiors - 2016 category finalist
- Sheree Vincent, Fusion Designed — 2016 Category Winner, Shared Spaces, $30,001 & above; Dann Foley, Dann, Inc.-2016 category finalist
Nicole Arnold Interiors Honored by American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Texas at Annual 2016 Legacy of Design Awards
Nicole Arnold Interiors garnered two awards in the residential category: Bathroom (under $30,000), 2nd Place, and Bathroom ($30,000-$50,000), 2nd Place.
This has been a stellar year to-date for Nicole Arnold Interiors. In addition to the ASID Texas Legacy awards, the firm received the 2016 ASID, Dallas Design Community’s “Design Ovation” project award. Arnold also garnered leadership and project awards from The Interior Design Society (IDS) and was selected as one of the top 20 best interior designers by Freshome, a noted online magazine that focuses on interior design and architecture. Most recently, the firm placed 2nd in the 2016 Addison Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Interior Designer.
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Country Floors Announces 2nd Annual Tile Design Challenge!
New York Chapter President, Julie Schuster, will be a part of this year's adjudication panel for the Country Floors Kitchen & Bath Tile Design Challenge, to be held on April 27, 2017 in New York. Country Floors will be making a donation to Housing Works NYC on behalf of the Challenge at the awards ceremony. Enter today!
Learn how you can make an IMPACT in your community through our new charitable design initiative #idsIMPACT. We are pleased to have Make-A-Wish and Dwell with Dignity as collaborating organizations of this program. Click here to see IDS members who are already making an IMPACT!
Molloy student wins 'Swatched 2016'
Front: Marie Byrne; 1st Row: Nicole Garofalo, Michell Synnott, Irina Nikolaenko, Pat Barry, Mary Weidenhoft, Donna Stalworth, Ellen Miller, and Kristen DePiero; 2nd Row: Lorretta Zontini, and Jill Edwards
Ten students from the IDS Molloy Student Chapter were involved in a design completion/game along with interior design professionals in an event hosted by IDS Long Island on Oct. 6 called "Swatched 2016." This wonderful event featured celebrity judges, a fundraiser for charities and was covered by the media.
Participants were given four materials and were asked to put together a design board in one hour. Students from the Student Chapter prepared for the contest by getting together on their own during the summer to hold practices. After the practice sessions, pictures of the boards were sent to Marie Byrne, Chapter Faculty Advisor, for an anonymous critique. They were very enthusiastic throughout the entire experience. As it turned out, one of students from the IDS Molloy Student Chapter, Jill Edwards was the winner in the student category.
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Congratulations to Paola McDonald!
SFC's #GetYourGreenOn Interior Design Competition
Building C, Surya Seminar Room C174
Hosted by Sustainable Furnishings Council and IMC
SFC's #GetYourGreenOn interior design competition got off to a grand start in 2016 as the organization celebrated its TENth Anniversary. Winners Robin Wilson, Dann Foley, Paola McDonald, Sheree Vincent and Rachel Winokur join SFC DESIGNINGreen Leader Angelo Surmelis for a discussion of the choices they made in executing their winning designs. The panel discussion will also serve as the launch of the 2017 competition — come for the 2016 winners' inspiration and to be early getting involved in the 2017 competition!
Product Innovation Challenge from the Plumbing Place
In celebration of our 30th anniversary, The Plumbing Place, Sarasota's finest decorative plumbing and hardware showroom is hosting the 2016 Product Innovation Challenge. The Plumbing Place is well known for featuring the most cutting-edge kitchen and bath products available. It is in this spirit of innovation that applicants are invited to submit entries in any one of five categories. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. An additional grand prize will be awarded to the overall winner whose submission will also be considered for development by one of our select manufacturers.
Conceptual Products will be judged for innovation, creativity, aesthetic appeal, functionality, practical usefulness and uniqueness. Have you ever said to yourself — "Wow, wouldn't it be great if a faucet did this, or looked like this?" Or how about a piece of furniture that had a feature that nobody has thought of? Now is your chance to share your invention for little effort and no cost. It's like "Shark Tank" meets HGTV.
Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman
Lexington Home Brands
Lumens Light + Living
The Shade Store
Cosentino North America
Objects Art and More
Stemper & Associates
The Kaleidoscope Partnership
United Supply Company
Rugs that Fit
ELK Group International
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|New Industry Partners
|Joybird Furniture — Platinum — Commerce
|Miller Paint Company — Titanium — Portland|
|M / R Design Lab — Sterling — Las Vegas
|John Neitzel Photography — Sterling — NYC|
|Designers Wholesale Workroom, Inc. — Sterling — Naples
|Andrew Roby General Contractor — Sterling — Charlotte|
|Kuzu Rug — Sterling — Palm Desert
|Style Design Showroom — Sterling — Palm Desert|
|Tree & Floral Design Inc. — Sterling — Portland
|Finic — Sterling — Portland|
|Audio Den — Sterling — Lake Grove
|Beyond Windows — Sterling — East Northport|
|Design Services Sarasota — Sterling — Sarasota
|Ridgefield Supply Company — Sterling — Ridgefield|
|Cambria — Sterling — Bethpage
|The Purple Door — Sterling — Tega|
|Fiber- Seal Desert Inland Empire — Sterling — Palm Springs
|Cella Design — Sterling — Knoxville|
|International Carpet Showcase — Sterling — Jericho
|Authur Barry Designs — Sterling — Portland|
|Creative Portraits by Sharon — Sterling — Sarasota
|Sorelle Gallery Fine Art — Sterling — New Canaan|
|Tile America — Sterling — New Haven
The Interior Design Society has joined The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), effective Jan. 1. Click here to learn more.
Information on CEU change for IDS Associate members
As of January 1, 2017, IDS Associate members must earn a minimum of 0.4 (4 hours) approved continuing education units (CEU) each year. Please make note of the following helpful information regarding CEUs and CEU filing to maintain your Associatel level membership in IDS.
IDS bylaws and policies require Professional and Associate members to meet the continuing education requirement. The IDS continuing education requirement is separate from any mandated continuing education requirement in your local jurisdiction. Check with your state regulatory board for requirements.
IDS members must utilize the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) registry to file CEUs. Each IDS member must create a free account through IDCEC. Once you have created your IDCEC account, you will receive a unique IDCEC number to login into the IDCEC website (your IDCEC number is different than your IDS member number). The IDCEC user registry allows you to upload and track your continuing education activity as well as store a record for you under your account. Check your IDCEC account regularly to ensure your records are up-to-date. At the end of each CEU cycle, you will be required to submit your IDCEC report to the IDS National office to verify that you have fulfilled your CEU requirement.
IDS may grant an adjustment to the requirement for individuals experiencing poor health, certified by a physician; a specific physical or mental disability, certified by an appropriate health care professional; extended duty with the armed forces; or for extreme hardship, which, in the board’s judgment, makes it impossible for the member to comply. Requests for an adjustment to the continuing education requirement must be made at least two months (by October 30) prior to the end of the current reporting period.
At the end of a reporting period, members who have failed to meet the CEU requirements will be subject to a non-compliance fee ($10 per CEU). Any member who fails to comply with the continuing education requirement, including payment of the noncompliance fee, may be subject to devaluation of Professional membership.
Tobi U offers Tobi Fairley’s signature foundational courses on the business of design in an online format! They include the best of Tobi’s tools and techniques that have transformed design businesses across the country and you can now earn up to 0.8 CEUs.
Tobi U courses are set up in 2 bundles:
The content for each module includes videos, webinars, podcasts, and downloadable PDFs. Click here to get started today!
- Semester One – The Essentials
Created for designers at any experience level, these 8 modules focus on the essentials for your business, including branding, niche strategy, financials, time management, selling your services, and marketing.
- Semester Two – The Solutions
Building on Semester 1's courses, the 8 modules in this semester offer next-step solutions for finding your ideal client, charging what you’re worth, building processes and systems, perfecting presentations, and getting published.
Visit the IDS website to view the IDS Buyers' Guide! To find preferred IDS vendors, look for the IDS logo in their listing. If you are interested in obtaining a new listing or updating an existing listing, please contact Dan Sylvester at 212-920-3918. Click here to view the IDS Buyers' Guide.
If you have not yet paid your 2016 membership dues, you will no longer be able to login to pay them online. Please call IDS Membership Manager, Della Swider at 336-884-4437 ext. 223 to reinstate your membership for 2016.
If you are an active member of IDS National, join our closed Facebook group to connect with members across the country! Click here to join the group.
Concrete Decor magazine, the concrete industry's premier magazine for all things decorative concrete is offering IDS members the chance to subscribe free to their magazine. Click here to read their current issue that features an article about how decorative concrete is carving its way into the design community.
If you are interested in obtaining a membership certificate or replacement membership card, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-884-4437 ext. 223 (please note for all replacement membership cards, there will be a $10 fee payable 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.
When it’s time to breathe some fresh air into your home, a few well-chosen accents in an unexpected mix of colors can revolutionize a space. And we’ve done all the work for you, gathering some of our favorite high-impact pieces into stylishly offbeat colors combinations. Which color pairing makes you smile the most?
In attempt to explore closely the develop in carpet and flooring trends for 2018 their designs and colors aims, the variety of hand-made carpets, machine-made carpets and rugs, textile floor coverings, laminate flooring and in this article we will lead you to the word of Domotex exhibition in Hanover, Germany. The opening statement of designer Alfredo Häberli summons it up nicely.
We all love an elevated gilded effect here and a rustic wood touch there — but too much of the old can easily make a room feel dated. Enter interior designers Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson, the stylish duo behind design firm Drake/Anderson, who bring their own unique take on curation, elegance and livability to their spaces. Together, the two forces are known for taking on a fearless approach to interiors with bright colors and layered textures, all juxtaposed with pieces from historic periods that add an element of surprise and magic.
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 www.cqrid.org.
Dinner party guests eat first with their eyes. Whether your taste is modern, traditional or somewhere in between, you'll find design inspiration in this roundup of chic dining rooms perfect for hosting a great soiree.
Designers share their secrets for setting a romantic mood in the bedroom.
Happy Valentine's Day from the Interior Design team! Celebrate with a few festive spaces from our archive.
Faye Toogood is holding her breath. Somewhere in the Czech Republic, her short and squat Roly‑Poly chair is being cast in solid glass. “It’s a real gamble,” she says of the curing process, which takes five months. “None of us knows whether it will survive when they remove the mold.” The precarious piece is just one of 23 that make up Toogood’s new furnishings series, Assemblage 5: Earth, Moon, and Water, which will make its debut at Manhattan’s Friedman Benda gallery in late February. Perhaps it’s fitting then that the fate of the show’s pièce de résistance be left in the hands of shape-shifting elements.
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