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March Into Year-Round Chic with 15 Twists on Red, White and Blue
Houzz
When I think of red, white and blue, I usually think of good old-fashioned Fourth of July decorations and kids' rooms — bright white, fire engine red and navy blue, writes design blogger Becky Harris. Those are great classics, but tweaking the hues and using them in careful doses can result in very chic red, white and blue rooms for all year. Taking whites a little creamy or tan, reds to terra-cotta and oxblood, and blues to turquoise or teal is a great way to elevate this classic combo to high design. Here are 15 ways to take this classic color combo chic.
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How Your Pinterest Descriptions Can Attract Customers
Entrepreneur
One surefire way to optimize your pins for search and attract more traffic is by giving each one a spot-on description that includes your relevant keywords. There is a 500-character limit for descriptions, so be deliberate in what you write — and follow these guidelines for making your descriptions count.
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7 Ways to Make the Rest of 2013 Amazing
Inc.
The year is halfway done. Are you on track to meet your year end goals? Here are some ways to make sure you blow through the finish line by Dec. 31.
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Game For Anything
ELLE Decor
When Jeffrey Bilhuber was given the task of updating a Queen Anne manse in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., he faced more than one challenge. The first was the fact that the house had been in the client's family for three generations — she summered there as a child, and when she married, it had been a wedding gift from her mother. "We needed to bring the house forward without turning our backs on a history that had provided so much pleasure," Bilhuber says. "You have to acknowledge the contributions, but you have an obligation to set yourself free from your childhood and make your own story."
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IDS NEWS SPOTLIGHT


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.

Are you the next Designer of the Year? The 2013 Designer of the Year Application Packet is now available. Click here for more details!

The Interior Design Society's 2013 Membership Drive has officially started and will run through Aug. 9!

Win free admission to the 2014 IDS National Conference in Las Vegas! All you need to do is recruit 3 NEW members to be eligible to win. Additionally, new members joining between June 3 – Aug. 9 will be entered to win one of two prizes:
  1. A FREE year of dues in 2014
  2. Half-priced dues in 2014
Start recruiting new members today to earn your free trip to the 2014 IDS National Conference in Las Vegas.

Click here for guidelines and more information on the 2013 Membership Drive.

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PUBLISHED IDS MEMBER
"Why a small Snohomish design firm thrives" - read about 2012 Designer of the Year Award Winner, Tanna Barnecut (Tanna By Design) in the The Herald Business Journal. Click here to read the article.

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SHOP IDS PARTNERS IN DESIGN

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Environment - PID Platinum - Los Angeles, Calif.
Village Design Group - PID Sterling - Southern Pines, N.C.
Wovenware - PID Sterling - Portland, Ore.
Tropica Designs, LLC - PID Sterling - Acres, Fla.
A&A Granite and Limestone - PID Sterling - Sunnyvale, Texas
D Magazine Partners - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Hadinger Flooring - PID Sterling - Fort Myers, Fla.
Microseal of Connecticut / Ziegler Preservation Cleaning - PID Sterling - Danbury, Conn.
Natalie's Ncredible Interiors, Inc. - PID Sterling - Lilburn, Ga.
Impact Organizing LLC - AP - Sarasota, Fla.
Designer Marble & Granite, Inc. - AP - Sarasota, Fla.
Bassett Home Furnishings - AP - Farmingdale, N.Y.
Shady Lady Window Treatments - AP - Naples, Fla.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES
Mark your calendar for the next National Conference, January 2014 - Las Vegas here we come! More information will be posted as plans are finalized.

CHAPTER NEWS
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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Inside a Royal Nursery: What William and Kate's Special Baby Room is Likely to Look Like
Hello Magazine
With the Duchess of Cambridge's July due date fast approaching and the parents-to-be putting the finishing touches on their new arrival's nursery, award-winning architectural interior designers Oliver Burns have put together adorable sketches of how the special room for William and Kate's newborn royal baby may look.

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5 Questions That Will Close the Sale (Without Pressuring Customers)
Inc.
Good salespeople know that asking questions is the most effective way to learn about the needs of your customers. But you’ve got to ask the right questions. Otherwise, you risk scaring prospective customers out the door — or simply annoying them so much that they decide to buy elsewhere.

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Weaving a Spell: Rattan and Wicker
ELLE Decor
Designer Kerry Joyce added an elegant sensibility to the veranda of an Irish Georgian–style mansion in Beverly Hills with a façade of stacked hand-cut stone, stately columns, and custom-made wicker furniture; English oak trees and boxwood help maintain a sense of privacy without sacrificing views of Los Angeles.

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UPCOMING WEBINARS
Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website!
  1. FREE webinar provided by Amy Johnson titled "New Design Elements in Soft Window Fashions". Learn how to use decorative medallions in custom treatments.
  2. Webinar by Tobi Fairley, "Developing Your 'Whole' Portfolio". This session will expand an attendee's definition of what should be included in a portfolio of professional work. (0.1 CEU)
  3. Brand new webinar by Tobi Fairley just recorded last week, "Having the Confidence to Charge What You're Worth". This training module offers concrete steps for designers to take toward charging what they are worth and doing so with confidence and with the result of a more elevated brand and design outcome. (0.1 CEU)
Visit the IDS website to learn more!


IDS MEMBER BENEFITS
Qualified designers can register with Environment Furniture as part of their Trade Program which allows a 15 to 20 percent discount depending on purchase amount.

Microseal of Connecticut / Ziegler Preservation Cleaning now offers members of IDS an exclusive 20 percent discount on any MicroSeal Permanent Fade and Stain Protection/Cleaning product.

These discounts are exclusively available to IDS members. Members must log in on the IDS website in order to take advantage of this discount.


UPCOMING MARKETS
High Point Market will take place Oct. 19 – 24. IDS will host seminars in High Point, N.C., in conjunction with October 2013 Furniture Market. Speakers will be announced as soon as we have confirmation.

EDUCATION TOUR
The IDS Educational Tour to Chicago has been canceled. Unfortunately, the minimum number of registrants was not met by the June 28th deadline to go forward with the tour. Please be on the lookout for upcoming details about future IDS Educational Tours.

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The 2013 Designer of the Year Application packet is now available!
Visit the IDS website for more information on how you can enter.


Congratulations to the 2012 Designer of the Year Award Winners!

Be sure to take a look at the IDS National blog for before and after photos of our Designer of the Year Award winners in each category! Click here to view photos on the IDS National Blog.


TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    5 Questions That Will Close the Sale (Without Pressuring Customers) (Inc.)
Inside a Royal Nursery: What William and Kate's Special Baby Room is Likely to Look Like (Hello Magazine)
Easy Ways to Keep Visitors on Your Website Longer (Entrepreneur)
Home Layout and Use of Interior and Exterior Space Focus of AIA Survey (ForResidentialPros.com)
5 Tips to Wake Up Faster and More Happily (Houzz)
Designers Are Reissuing Iconic Furniture Pieces to Suit Modern Tastes (The Wall Street Journal)
Older Home Restoration Treasures (By Michelle Garner)

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


INDUSTRY NEWS


The Power of Mornings: Why Successful Entrepreneurs Get up Early
Young Entrepreneur
When running a business, it may seem like there are never enough hours in the day. Tapping into the power of mornings, a time of day when there are less demands, might be the key to increasing your productivity.
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Downsizing, Gone Big
The New York Times
Daniel Harris and his wife, Gaynor, were looking for a home in London with something extra. They sought it in St. John's Wood. They hunted for it in Hampstead. Budget was not an impediment, since Harris, 53, was chief executive of his family's consumer electronics business. Still, no house they saw delivered the goods. "Most places lacked sufficient personality," he said recently, by telephone from London. "They were nice, but they didn't have the indescribable wow factor that made you say, 'I want to live there.' "
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Do Designers Who Specialize Fare Better?
By Michael J. Berens
Now that the housing and commercial markets appear to be rebounding, designers will once again need to grapple with one of the perennial choices facing not only interior designers but professional services of all stripes. To specialize or not to specialize, that is the question. From a sheer volume standpoint, the odds would seem to favor the generalist approach. Why limit oneself to serving just one type of client when there is potential to serve many others? But in practice, do generalists actually do better than specialists — that is to say, do they attract more business and earn higher profits?
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Best Travel Apps For Small Business
Greenville News
For most small businesses, travel is an essential part of their success. But business travel can be a hassle, especially for those in small business who rarely get pampered road-warrior upgrades. But you've got an important travel tool right there in your pocket or purse: Your smartphone. Here are some tried-and-true recommendations of the best small business travel apps to load on it.
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Neutral Dining Room Can Be Dressed for Holidays
The Record
The Challenge: My clients love to entertain, frequently with formal, sit-down dinners. Their dining room's original décor utilized the green and raspberry tones prevalent in the adjoining rooms. While they still wanted their redesigned dining room to blend with the rest of the downstairs, they also wanted to be able to "dress it up" for a variety of occasions.
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Do You Know Your Home's Architectural Style?
The Washington Post
Victorian or Colonial revival? Modern or contemporary? Even if you’re just curious, knowing the style of a home can be helpful for buying, selling, remodeling or decorating. Here's a look at 10 different home styles, including pictures.
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8 Vanity Flair Fashions for a Chic Bathroom
Fox News
A bathroom vanity, whether in a powder room or master bathroom, provides a unique opportunity to show a little personality. If I were to equate a vanity to a fashion element, it would definitely be the shoe. Like a shoe, a vanity serves a basic purpose at the same time as it makes a statement.
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Twigitecture: Building Human Nests
The New York Times
Woven from eucalyptus branches, it bloomed high on the side of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Coast Highway, a great whorl of sticks atop four gnarly pillars. The north wind hissed through the gaps in the branches and the fog settled on my face and sleeping bag, but I could see the stars through the nest's oculus entry and hear the elephant seals miles below honking and braying in a lullaby like no other, writes Penelope Green, a New York Times reporter.
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