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11 Fresh Bedroom Trends in 2014 You Must See
The bedroom; one of the most sacred rooms of the house and one of the rooms where we spend the most time (even if it's to merely sleep). It can also be one of the few room where you can design and decorate it to meet your particular tastes, and not have to worry what Tom, Dick and Harry thinks, as they'll never see it. For couples, there needs to be a balance, a juggling act, sacrificing personal extremes and coming to an agreement on a design that works for both.
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Actors' Living Rooms
Architectural Digest
See where stars of stage and screen kick back at home.
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11 Ways to Cultivate and Maintain Important Contacts through Email
Under 30 CEO
Did you know that roughly 91 percent of people log onto their email accounts on a daily basis? This significant figure explains why email marketing ranks so high (3rd place) when it comes to the best way to generate leads for marketers. They're responsible for approximately 13 percent of leads generated.
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The Interior Design Society’s focus in 2014 will be building community and relationships. Learn why IDS is where you belong by clicking here.

Casual Living is currently surveying designers about contract/hospitality design for an upcoming feature. Click here if you are interested in participating.

Interested in participating in Design for a Difference? Visit and like their Facebook fan page for more updates and information on how to enter! Design for a Difference entry dates are Feb. 1-June 1. Enter at! Learn more about Design for a Difference by clicking here.

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 the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience!

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Cheryl Lee Smith, Designer of the Year Award winner, was featured in the March issue of At Home Tennessee& Mid South Magazine 2014 (see page 50). Click here to read the article.

Designer of the Year Award winner Wendy Lepkoff (owner of Wendy Interiors) won 3rd place in the Kitchens $50,000 & Under category. She put together a wonderful marketing video about the awards ceremony. Click here to view it now.

IDS National Sponsor, HomeStory had locations in Kentucky and Austin receive the Best Of Houzz 2014 Award. Click here to read more.

Did you miss our National Conference in Las Vegas? Fret no more, you can view coverage of the conference in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The article titled "Life is better by design" can be viewed by clicking here.

Hunter Douglas   Sherwin-Williams   Surya   Dream Draper   Ferguson Enterprises   Greenhouse Fabrics   HomeStory   Karndean Designflooring   Luxe Home LLC   PPG Industries   Pratt and Lambert Paints   Sun Delivery  


New Partners in Design
Cosentino - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Abbey Carpet + Floor - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
The Print Shop - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
Bay Cabinetry & Design Studio - PID Sterling - Traverse City, Mich.
RCS Wood Crafters, LLC - PID Sterling - Hialeah, Fla.
Icings, LLC - PID Sterling - Portland, Ore.
Elite Innovations - PID Sterling - Plano, Texas
Flooring Innovations - PID Sterling - La Quinta, Calif.
Kufri Life Fabrics - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Cabinets of the Desert - PID Sterling - Palm Desert, Calif.
Calico - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Hudson's Furniture - PID Sterling - Sarasota, Fla.
Inside Plants, Inc. - PID Sterling - Palm Springs, Calf.
Knoxville Wholesale Furniture - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.
Long Island Photo Gallery - PID Sterling - Islip, N.Y.
Selective Sculptures Kitchen & Bath Design Center - PID Sterling - Coram, N.Y.
The Ulster Linen Company - PID Sterling - Islip, N.Y.
Wendistry - PID Sterling - Frisco, Texas
Restoration Oak, Inc. - PID Sterling - Glen Cove, N.Y.

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. Be on the lookout for details on our next conference!

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.

10 Round Soaking Tubs for 2
The ultimate bathing luxury? A free-standing, round bathtub built for two. Here are 10 in serenely romantic settings.

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Stories Boards Tell — And How To Untell Them
By Michael J. Berens
Keeping board members on track is never easy, but what do you do when your board falls prey to misinformation — in particular, misinformation of their own making?

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Record a Video to Market Your Business — A Video Tutorial to Getting Started
Video marketing expert Denise O'Berry joins Sarah Santacroce for a fun and informative tutorial on getting started with video to build your brand and grow your small business.

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London Calling!

Join us on a five night stay in the heart of London, England, Sept. 19-24, to experience one of the top interior design shows in the world - Decorex 2014! You'll also have the opportunity to experience 100% Design, the largest professional trade design show in the U.K. Held at Earls Court, you'll see the latest in today's design world.

The tour will be led by Deb Barrett, Speaker, Trend Strategist, Consultant and Coach, Window Fashion Expert/Design Entrepreneur - owner of Window Dressings, Inc., Design Blogger at Design Confidential. Deb will take you to Decorex as a group where you will have the opportunity to explore the sights and sounds this show has to offer!

Please click here for more information.

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!

Join Cosentino for an event in the D.C. area on March 13:
Get ready for a fun learning experience! Meet the experts for a hands on learning program.
Click here for more information and to RSVP

Get ready for High Point Furniture Market April 5 – April 10! Click here for more information and to register.

Visit the IDS National blog to view photographs of the DotY Award Winners' designs by clicking here.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Designer of the Year Award Winners!

Click here for a complete list of winners.

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.

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.

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Eco-Friendly Choices in Window Coverings

This one-hour webinar gives an overview of important health and environmental issues related to home furnishings, including problems with indoor air quality, climate change, toxic waste, and water conservation. Learn what problems we in home furnishings can most readily impact, especially in our choices in window coverings. SFC member and window covering expert, Bernadette Upton of EcoDecor discusses in-depth eco-friendly choices in window coverings, including products that dramatically increase the energy-efficiency and "breathability" of the home.

Bernadette is a LEED AP, an ASID Fellow, a founding member of ASID's Sustainable Design Council, and a Founder of Sustainable Furnishings Council.

Content also includes info about getting the most out of SFC membership and a of synopsis of GREENleaders, the industry first certified sustainability training course. This webinar is intended to give participants useful information you can begin using in your business immediately.



Why 'The Red Room' Is Red: How White House Rooms Were Named for Colors
Design & Trend
The White House is one of the most famous homes in the world for a number of reasons — including the rooms with designated colors. In a home like that, it might seem like a single color for a room was a rudimentary design choice, but that's far from the case. A great deal of planning, creativity and history have influenced the design of the White House from its beginning through today.
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Luxury Living Makes Its Return — with a Twist
By Michael J. Berens
Inconspicuous consumption dominated affluent consumers' buying habits during the recent recession. McMansions, flashy cars and lavish vacation homes were out. Luxury buyers contented themselves with more modest purchases. As the economic recovery has taken hold, however, wealthy consumers have expressed their confidence by returning to big-ticket spending. Sales of large and expensive homes have increased markedly throughout the country in recent months, driven by greater economic stability, attractive pricing and plentiful inventories.
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The 4 Mantras of Successful Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs who make it beyond their first few "lean and mean" years learn to let the rewards of freedom trump the anxiety of "what if I fail?" They acquire a devotion to the rhythm of riding their vision, unshackled from the slavery of following a conventional schedule.
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How to Set Up Your Dream Home Bar With Kelly Wearstler
ELLE Decor
While many hostesses spend their party prep time making sure every seating area is just so, the best cocktail party chatter happens right at the bar — especially when it's stylish and comfortable. We turned to designer Kelly Wearstler, known for her exuberant and glamorous style, to show us how to set up a home bar that guests will flock to. "It should look festive and appetizing," she says.
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Inside the Homes and Workspaces of 8 Great Architects
It's a cliche that architects have messy workspaces. "From chaos comes creation," so the phrase goes. But an upcoming exhibition at this year's Salone del Mobile intends to dispel the myth. Where Architects Live will present glimpses into the personal spaces of eight significant architects.
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13 Ideas for a Creative, Colorful Bedroom
For those who have trouble sleeping, restful colors and a serene, streamlined space may be the way to go — but if sleep isn’t an issue for you, why not try something bolder? Spending time lounging in bed could be so much more fun in a fresh, colorful space that matches your personality. Check out our 13 colorful (raspberry grass cloth), creative (a secret nook) and personal (commissioned art) ways to spice up your bedroom.
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Making a First Impression With Words
By Molly Hamilton
How do you interact with your customers, prospects and partners? Chances are, you are sending emails and letters, or posting to a blog or website. Perhaps you maintain a LinkedIn profile or corporate Facebook page. Each one of these platforms provides a way to interact with your professional network, so it's critical that your materials are both well written and effective. Such correspondence is often the first — and perhaps only — impression you will make with prospective clients. To ensure they reflect well on you and your business, the following tips provide an important checklist before hitting "send" or pressing "publish."
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6 Tips for Sprucing up a Staircase
Interior Design Style
One of the most trafficked parts of any multi-storied house is the staircase. It is where feet walk up and down, where laundry, toys, and loose items end up when we are too lazy to make the trek up the stairs. But because a staircase sees so much traffic, it becomes a much bigger part of your house than you might think. Thus, it is important to keep it looking attractive and new (as much as possible) so that it doesn’t bring down the look of the entire house.
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Turn Stress Into Your Best Ally
Fast Company
Stress has been linked to illnesses including cardiovascular disease and even cancer. While stress has been made into public health enemy number one, Dr. Michael Gervais, high-performance psychologist for the Seattle Seahawks, says stress can be beneficial when channelled in positive ways. While stress can work to the advantage of high-performance athletes, it can also do wonders us regular people.
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