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5 Fantastic Apps for Interior Designers
DesignBuild Source
nterior designers are taking their business into the virtual world as innovative apps offer them new ways to do business. There is a plethora of outstanding mobile apps for smartphones and tablets, and these five provide particular benefits for interior designer.
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Entrance Exams: Entryways That Stand Out
ELLE Decor
First impressions count. So the best entry halls make a strong statement and set the style for what's to come. At a seaside home in Malibu, Calif., Vicente Wolf decorated the foyer in soothing neutrals and devised a rope handrail for the staircase. A French industrial table holds a collection of Indian marble bottles.
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Clients Don't Pay? What to Do About It
Every business has customers who can't or won't pay. So what should you do if you find that clients or customers regularly pay late — or that some don't pay at all?
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  Introducing JSG Oceana "Fawn" Coloration

JSG Oceana introduces Fawn Coloration, the color choice for granite and marble countertops, to their expanding line of “Hard Roc” glass bathroom & kitchen sinks, and glass tile. “Hard Roc” glass is scratch, stain, and thermal shock resistant. Sinks are IAPMO approved.

Congratulations to the newest CQRID Certified Designers!
Passing the CQRID Exam is a designation of achievement, professionalism, and dedication.
We applaud your hard work, perseverance and obvious dedication to professionalism.

Rachael Williams
Wake Forest, N.C.

Vara Bell
Raleigh, N.C.

Meredith Martin
Raleigh, N.C.

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Coming to the IDS National Conference? Don’t forget to register for High Point Market also! Click here to register today so you can spend less time waiting in line to get your pass and more time shopping!

If it's your first time visiting the High Point Furniture Market, click here to visit the High Point Market Authority's "First Time to Market" page to learn valuable information for first time visitors.

Interior Designer Position Available. Village Design Group, Inc. is looking for an interior designer to join our design team in the Pinehurst Resort area of North Carolina. Facilities include a 12,000 square-foot interior design center and showroom with hundreds of resources including flooring, fabric, wallcovering, furniture, lighting, cabinetry, tile and more. Position is commissioned sales and includes office space, telephone, computer, work table, conference room, licensed subcontractors, warehouse, delivery and support staff. Applicants must have an interior design degree and at least five years work experience in both residential and commercial interior design. Also seeking "Work from Home" designers living in North or South Carolina. For an application or appointment, please contact Vicki Stone at 910-692-1000 or email: Village Design Group has provided interior design services for east coast clients for over 30 years. See our website for more information.

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Enter the Crate&Barrel Designer Custom Challenge

Now through April 15, we’re inviting the professional design community to create a limited collection of custom upholstery. Our favorite three original designs may be featured exclusively in our Crate and Barrel catalog, stores and website and you will receive your designed piece free.

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Hot, cold, and filtered water

ROHL's new Integrated Faucet Filtration Solution represents a major paradigm shift in the way designers and consumers think about filtered water. This innovative system eliminates a separate filter faucet, has a clean installation, and includes an optional sidespray--providing beauty and functionality in one space-saving design. Filtered water saves you money and protects the environment.

To find out how to feature your company in IDS Hot Topics and other advertising opportunities, contact
James DeBois at 469-420-2618.

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New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Habitat For Humanity International - PID Platinum - Atlanta, Ga.
Pay Anywhere - PID Platinum - Troy, Mich.
Sub-Zero Group East LLC - PID Titanium - Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
American Lighting - AP - Knoxville, Tenn.
Azar Fine Rugs Gallery - AP - Estero, Fla.
Capital Enterprises - AP - Memphis, Tenn.
Closet Factory - AP - Portland, Ore.
Fixture - AP - Chicago, Ill.
Global Design Dealers, Inc. - AP - Danville, Calf.
Tide-mark Press - AP - Windsor, Conn.
The Creative Edge, Inc. - AP - Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
Pro Design Solutions - AP - Tigard, Ore.
The Drapery Company - AP - Lutz, Fla.
Blind and Shutter Gallery, Inc. - AP - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Fancy Fixtures, Inc. - AP - Jericho, N.Y.
Safavieh Home Furnishing - AP - Glen Cove, N.Y.
The Firehouse Casual Living Store - AP - Charlotte, N.C.
Bradshaw Frame & Gallery Inc. - AP - Portland, Ore.

Save the Date for the 2013 IDS National Conference!

Downtown Greensboro Marriott - Greensboro, N.C.

In conjunction with the High Point Market, April 20 - April 25

Join us to earn up to .7 CEUs and enjoy seminars featuring:

Tobi Fairley
Joni Vanderslice
Debbie Green
Michelle Lamb
Greenhouse Fabrics

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.

Did you miss the Chapter Leadership 101 Training webinar? Don't worry — you can view it online!
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Online On-Demand Webinars are Here!!

IDS is proud to announce the availability of pre-recorded webinars at your convenience through our new online learning management system (LMS). We currently have seven CEU certified webinars available through our homepage ( link labeled 'LMS'. There are instructions on how to start the webinar, obtain handouts and take a quiz to show completion once you click on this link. We will have non-CEU certified webinars available after the first of the year. As live webinars are conducted through IDS, they will become available through the LMS if individuals are unable to join the live session. We also hope to premier our conference speakers through this venue in order for participants to gain wider exposure to the speaker's expertise. IDS will automatically update your CEU record when you participate in the online webinars through our LMS thus there is no need for additional CEU filing.

Next Generation of Style: When Design is the Family Business
ELLE Decor
Young designers are devoting themselves to carrying on their families' established brands, creating artisanal and luxurious home furnishing.

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The Versatility of Cork
For many years, cork was associated with bottle stops and worthy but dull flooring. Not anymore. Now it's the design-friendly, eco-friendly material of the moment, and it's banishing any unpleasant memories of yesteryear.

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Eliminate 1 Big Time Waste
Design Biz Blueprint
Setting boundaries with your clients around your available time is one of the most important changes you can make in your business.

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Apps to Run an Entire Business From Your Smartphone
Upstart Business Journal
A third of American small business owners use smartphone apps to manage their business, according to this infographic by customer service company While "best apps" lists are constantly being updated, this one lays out the basics of what every business owner should be looking for in a business management app.
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Inspiring Decorating Books From Decades Past
Architectural Digest
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my participation in a panel discussion, at the New York School of Interior Design, on whether Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman's 1897 book, "The Decoration of Houses", remains relevant, says Mitchell Owens, special projects editor at Architectural Digest. That blog post got me thinking: What other long-ago design guides are well worth reading?
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Interior Design Trends Focus on Lightweight, Detailed and Bright Furniture Pieces
Digital Journal
Although many may believe that furniture has followed the same basic formula throughout history, furniture design leader INFURN has proven that interior design is subject to a lot of bold changes in 2013. Here, INFURN comments on the trends that are causing the most excitement in the industry.
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Want To Be Published?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of IDS Hot Topics, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of IDS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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The Art Of Saying 'No'
Research from the University of California in San Francisco shows that the more difficulty you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression (three things that hinder your emotional intelligence). Saying no is indeed a major challenge for most people. Anyone who suffers from the stress that comes from over commitment can get help themselves by following these simple strategies for saying no.
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The CQRID Exam is the only accredited exam offered exclusively for Residential Interior Designers.

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8 Frame and Bedding Matchups for a Beautifully Made Bed
A modern-leaning platform bed typically doesn't have a box spring. Bunkie boards can go under the mattress to add a little height if needed. A minimalist combination of frame and bedding is a favor because it's all styled to showcase the beautiful headboard. Whenever you have a great design detail on your headboard, consider dressing down the bedding.
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How To Choose The Right Furniture For Your Bathrooms
Interior Design Pro
Want to add bathroom furniture into your bathroom? It's better to know how to choose the best and right furniture. As you know, you can find wide variety of design bathroom furniture from Tesco. Thereby, you can get what you need but you should have an idea about your need first. You can ascertain this need by considering four simple things.
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10 Smart Ways to Grow Your Email List
American Express OPEN Forum
Quick question: Is the No. 1 marketing tool to grow your small business: a) Facebook, b) Google+, or c) Email? If you guessed email, you're correct. While social media platforms like Facebook and Google+ continue to be the focal point for many marketers, email is still the best method when it comes to growing your small business. In fact, when a group of small-business owners were recently asked which marketing activities they find most effective, 83 percent had email marketing at the top of their lists.
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How to Convert Your Talks into Transactions
Most designers know that speaking engagements are a great way for interior design professionals to do million-dollar marketing on a shoestring budget. But some engagements result in numerous appointments booked while others don't. What makes the difference? Following a format that virtually guarantees that design professionals will attract appointments every time they speak.
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When it is Time to Fire a Customer
The Entrepreneurial Mind
When the opportunity to land the first big customer comes along, the entrepreneur sees the chance to finally get more predictability and stability in cash flow. Again, even if this customer does not exactly fit what the entrepreneur is trying to do with the business, landing a big account will help reduce the entrepreneur’s worries about the future of the business and help him or her sleep a little better at night. A result, entrepreneurs can amass quite a hodgepodge of customers with a wide variety of needs and expectations.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    7 Habits of Great Small Business Owners (Forbes)
Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! (New York Interior Design Blog)
Inside Highclere Castle, Real-Life Muse for 'Downton Abbey' (Forbes)
11 Ways to Increase Repeats and Referrals (Professional Remodeler)
A River Runs Through … the Home (The Wall Street Journal)

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