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IDS NEWS SPOTLIGHT
Are you the next IDS Designer of the Year? The 2014 application is now available! Click here to learn more about the competition and how you can enter.

Save-the-Date: the next IDS National Conference will take place in May 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida.  More details will be released soon!

The Interior Design Society's focus in 2014 will be building community and relationships. Learn why IDS is where you belong by clicking here.


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ProSource of Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Carlson's Flooring - PID Sterling - Geneva, Ill.
Pirch, Inc. - PID Sterling - Rancho Mirage, Calif.
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Packard Cabinetry - PID Sterling - Sea Cliff, N.Y.
Carolina Shutter & Blinds of Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Knoxville Noland Co. - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES
Save-the-Date: the next IDS National Conference will take place in May 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida. More details will be released soon!

CHAPTER NEWS
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.


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Millions of Millionaires: Who Are They?
By Michael J. Berens
While middle-class families have seen their incomes stagnate, the rich have been getting richer. Both the well-off and the wealthy have experienced substantial increases in assets over the past several years. For interior designers looking to market their services to these wealthy clients, some recent reports offer valuable insights.

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How Social Media Can Reinvent Your Staid, Old Sales Tactics
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CQRID NEWS
Don't forget that 0.8 CEUs must be completed by Dec. 31. If you have any education-related questions, please contact Melanie Hylton at mhylton@interiordesignsociety.org.

UPCOMING WEBINARS
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!


UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS
Join WithIt members from throughout the home and furnishings industries for the 2014 Professional Conference Aug. 11-13 in Atlanta! The two-day program at the Marriott Buckhead offers industry professionals at all stages of their careers the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, develop leadership skills and connect with industry peers. Titled "The Art and Science of Leadership," the 2014 event presents accomplished leaders from a variety of industries to inspire and educate attendees. The program will help attendees identify, value and cultivate leadership attributes that are an art – like building rapport, influencing others and learning to "listen to your gut" – as well as those leadership attributes that are more of a science –like learning effective techniques for networking, managing time and priorities, and negotiating effectively. Click here for more information.

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Are you the next IDS Designer of the Year? The 2014 application is now available! Click here to learn more about the competition and how you can enter.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 Designer of the Year Award Winners! Visit the IDS National blog to view photographs of the DotY Award Winners' designs by clicking here.


IDS BUYERS' GUIDE
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.

MEMBER BENEFITS
In 2014, IDS will be issuing new membership cards. Similar to a credit card, these cards are much more durable. 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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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. The editors at Elle Decor asked seven interior designers — and one editor — to share the apps they can't live without.
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Top Designers on How to Create the Perfect Color Scheme
Architectural Digest
Color has the ability to instantly transform the entire personality of a room. It's the reason designers spend so much time flipping through paint wheels and swatch books. Pinpointing the perfect hue and finding the right combination can be tricky, but when you nail the ideal palette, the results are guaranteed to be dazzling.
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Modern Meets Mountain in North Carolina
Houzz
When this family of five flees their full-time home during steamy Florida summers, they are ready for some relaxed mountain time. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, their vacation home is all about gathering time for a family that includes three teenagers. Interior designer Pam McKay created spaces for entertaining and kicking back, using materials and preserving views that connect the interiors to the spectacular surroundings.
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8 Ways to Build a More Welcoming Homepage
Entrepreneur
It's apt that we refer to the main page of a website as home, because that word evokes warmth and belonging. That's exactly the mindset to get into when you create content for your company's homepage — the first thing that appears when your domain name is typed into a Web-enabled device. That page is a metaphorical threshold to your business. Just like at home, you want visitors to feel welcomed as soon as they step in, to feel comfortable and understand that you're happy to see them.
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Affluent Are Browsing Online, But Are They Buying?
By Michael J. Berens
Smartphones and tablets have transformed the ways consumers are shopping. Nearly any information consumers want to know about a product they can find online, along with scores of user reviews and recommendations for competing products. With the swipe of a bar code scanner app, they can compare prices at various retailers around town and online.
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Nostalgic for Lava Lamps? An Illustrated History of Interior Design
Fast Company's Co.Design
Designers over at Harvey Water Softeners have created an illustrated guide to the evolution of interior design, covering everything from lava lamps in the '60s to the Memphis Group's bold geometric shapes in the '80s to the Ikea flatpack takeover of the aughts.
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