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Have You Answered the 'Am I Good Enough Yet' Question?
Design Biz Blueprint
If you completed a job and couldn't find anything you would do better next time, you must be blind. It is the nature of a good designer to always be looking for ways to improve; it is the mark of a professional. But, despite this truth, do you find yourself still believing you are "just not good enough yet"?
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Interior Designers vs. Interior Decorators
DesignBuild Source
When renovating or designing a new home, owners often seek the expertise of an interior designer or interior decorator, yet the line between the two is somewhat blurred. The two professions have several similarities as well as differences and the roles they undertake may differ from one country to another.
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The Grinders Vs. The Dreamers. Who Wins?
Fast Company's Co.Design
To be great at your job, you have to embrace the grind. But the very word implies pulverizing something into nothing, as if with every type of your keyboard, your fingers flake away until work has consumed your wrists, elbows, shoulders, and chest. Sorry! Don't think about that visual!
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The Best Apps for Interior Designers
ELLE Decor
The best apps carry the same traits as well-designed interiors: beauty, function, and inspiration. And with the right combination of apps, your iPad becomes one of the most versatile tools at your disposal. We asked seven interior designers - and one editor - to share the apps they can't live without.
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SHOP IDS PARTNERS IN DESIGN

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
PPG Industries Inc., - PID Platinum - Pittsburgh, Pa.
Safe-T-Shade / Fashion Wand - PID Platinum - Burlington, N.C.
Sub-Zero Group East LLC - PID Titanium - Roslyn Heights, N.Y.
Baird's Drapery Services - PID Sterling - Homer Glen, Ill.
Duralee Fabrics - PID Sterling - Syosset, N.Y.
Branden Lukes Artful Walls, LLC - AP - Sarasota, Fla.
California Closets New England - AP - West Hartford, Conn.
MLT Designs - AP - Palm Springs, Calf.
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.
The Drapery Company - AP - Lutz, Fla.
The Firehouse Casual Living Store - AP - Charlotte, N.C.
Bradshaw Frame & Gallery Inc. - AP - Portland, Ore.
Beautiful House USA - AP - Pineville, N.C.
Pacific Shore Stones - AP - Memphis, Tenn.
Hall Street Designer Showroom - AP - Tigard, Ore.
Jeannot Fine Furniture - AP - Van Nuys, Calif.
Brandon Wann Company, LLC - AP - Memphis, Tenn.
Shady Lady Window Treatments - AP - Naples, Fla.
Main Street Nursery - AP - Huntington, N.Y.
Durango Trading Company, Inc. - HFRS - Dallas, Texas



UPCOMING CONFERENCES
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

Don't forget to reserve your seat today! After April 1, all registrations will include a $25 late fee.


CHAPTER NEWS
Have you checked out the new Chapter Resources page on the IDS website? You can find all of the Chapter Documents and Quarterly forms here!

UPCOMING WEBINARS
This year, the Interior Design Society is thrilled to announce its collaboration with interior design guru, Tobi Fairley. In addition to being the keynote speaker at the IDS National Conference in Greensboro, N.C., Tobi will supplement her partnership with IDS by joining us for three more webinars which will be recorded and released following summer 2013. View Tobi's first webinar, "How to Develop Your 'Whole' Portfolio" located in our Learning Management System (LMS). This CEU webinar is available to both IDS members and non-members. We hope you enjoy and be on the lookout for more from Tobi in the coming months!



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How Mobile Marketing Can Help Your Business
TIME
You may have seen the statistics – one study claims that more than 80 percent of small businesses that invest in mobile marketing see increased business as a result – but how can you go about capturing some of those gains yourself?

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Looking to Boutique Hotels for Home-Decor Inspiration
Minneapolis Star Tribune
We’re all about a funky hotel or two, but some of the coziest spots are those with shabby-chic decor — just homey enough to be comforting, while still packing in a lot of style. Shabby-chic hotel design is a study in the art of textural contrasts: vintage leather, velvet furniture, deliberately faded rugs, woods and rich prints all add to the look.

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The Billionaire Whisperer: Meet The Interior Designer Who's Bewitching The A-List
Forbes
Interior designer Joan Behnke's work adorns the homes of some of the planet's wealthiest people. Her clients pay for six-figure furniture by haute designer Herve Van der Straeten, weathered antiques pulled from the rickety tables of the Paris Flea Market, rare strains of Carrara marble selected along the steep edges of a Tuscan stone quarry, black lacquered chairs created by artisans in a remote fishing village in Myanmar.

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IDS MEMBER BENEFIT
The Interior Design Society has selected PayAnywhere as a preferred mobile payment solution for its members. Start accepting credit card payments on your smartphone or tablet at the low rate of 2.69 percent with no setup or monthly fees, no minimum requirements, and live customer support. Get paid anytime, anywhere with PayAnywhere and bring speed and convenience to your residential interior design business. IDS members can sign up and receive a free credit card reader by visiting the IDS website.

This new feature, provided by PayAnywhere, is exclusively available to IDS members. Members must log in on the IDS website in order to take advantage of this offer.


DESIGN TOUR
Join Deb Barrett for a French Adventure

-A Week and a Day-
Sept. 26- Oct. 5, 2013


During the eight (8) days, you will experience the best of both worlds. The tour starts with a long weekend in Paris followed by five days in the Loire Valley. Here's a sneak peek at what you'll see and do if you join this tour! The fabulous trip includes:

Three days in Paris at a four-star hotel on the Left Bank — the famous weekend flea markets, gourmet food shopping, delicious restaurants and, of course, your own personal must-see and do when in Paris.

Five days in the Loire Valley near LeMans at the fabulous Le Grand Luce, a luxury private chateau with pool. From the base at the chateau (subject of a Rizzoli book coming 2013), you'll visit French artisans, see the fabulous gardens and castles, wander the markets, shop the brocantes, cook with an expert chef and relax and soak up the French countryside and so much more!

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INDUSTRY NEWS


Color Me Bad: Exuberant Interior Design
New York Observer
The Hurley family's apartment on East 88th Street does not look like a hotel room. "If your house looks like a hotel, is it really your home? Is it really a piece of you?" asks interior designer Micky Hurley, pondering the recent trend of luxe but impersonal beige homes. Having arrived in New York from the glossy pages of what seems like every Chilean design and society magazine in existence, the Hurleys (Micky and Malu) have brought with them something that's been missing in New York interiors for a while–joie de vivre.
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10 Small Business Tax Deductions You Shouldn't Ignore
Small Business Trends
Tax season is here, and it's time to rifle through your business expense records and make the most of any legitimate small business tax deductions you can claim to lower your overall taxable income. Unfortunately, many taxpayers who qualify for a variety of deductions — most notably the home office deduction — aren't claiming them.
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Concrete Ideas for Patios and Decks
Houzz
Like functional sculptures, many stylish indoor and outdoor products are produced from a fiber cement material that renders the designs lightweight, easily transportable and perfect for urban dwellers. Concrete is a natural material that has long been a favorite among architects and designers for its durability, as well as its expansive breadth of colors and textured finishes that provide a wide spectrum of design possibilities.
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Go Supernatural
The Wall Street Journal
Decorative elements that cycle into vogue periodically tend to have rather strong personalities. Think of chinoiserie furnishings or David Hicks — inspired op-art patterns. Grasscloth wallpaper — which crested in popularity in the midcentury-modern era, the crunchy-glam 1970s and again in the eco-minded early aughts — is no such creature. Woven from any number of grasses, the classic choice has a sedate presence and an understated texture that imbues a space with warmth and gravitas.
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Are you ready to make a commitment to your professionalism?

The CQRID Exam is the only accredited exam offered exclusively for Residential Interior Designers.

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Los Angeles Designer James Magni Turns a Page in Modernism Books
Los Angeles Times
Designers once had to land an HGTV television gig to emerge beyond the world of coffee-table books and shelter magazines. James Magni, however, may have created another channel for getting his design message to the masses: video. Like many other designers, Magni has come out recently with a book — a monograph, as some like to say — called "Magni Modernism".
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7 Effective Ways to Engage on Twitter
American Express OPEN Forum
A haphazard social media strategy will be disadvantageous for your business’s credibility with your customers. Knowing and practicing the best approaches to tweeting and hashtagging in the social-sphere can benefit your business greatly. So before you start tweeting, study up on the best ways for you to converse with your customers, interact with your audience and gain clout on the Twitter platform.
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Every Design Team Needs Balance
ForResidentialPros.com
Today's remodeling clients share a diverse preference for style, so a design team must possess the ability to match any style at any time. Having a balanced design team is key to your ability to meet the needs of this market.
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Ideas for Smashing Splashes and Counter Designs
Kitchen & Bath Design News
With the emerging interest in sleek, simple contemporary kitchens, as well as more tailored traditional ones, successful designers realize they need to seek new ways to differentiate their proposed solutions from less sophisticated, price-sensitive competitors.
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Sustainable Expectations: An Interior Perspective
DesignBuild Source
Australians typically spend upwards of 90 percent of their time indoors and the interior design industry is seeing the market committed to creating sustainable indoor environments expanding rapidly. Expectations have grown when it comes to designs that ensure the built environment and its interiors promote human health and well-being, and products are being sourced that support renewable energy, green lighting and efficient water solutions.
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Majority of US Homeowners Believe Now is a Good Time to Renovate
Building Online
Significantly more U.S. homeowners are moving forward with renovation projects compared to this time last year, according to the second annual Houzz & Home survey that garnered more than 100,000 responses. Together with the most recent Commerce Department report, the results of this study point to a strengthening economy, housing and renovation market.
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Don't Multitask: Your Brain Will Thank You
Inc.
The ability to juggle work is a standard job requirement. Researchers have another name for this supposedly desirable skill, however: chronic multitasking. If this sounds more like an affliction than a resumé booster, that's because research has shown again and again that the human mind isn't meant to multitask.
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How to Deal with a Toxic Client
Harvard Business Review
When you're dealing with a difficult client, in any industry, what is the best way to deal with such clients to prevent them from abusing you — and to prevent you from taking that frustration out on someone else?
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