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We have recently made some very exciting updates to the IDS membership program effective immediately to streamline the membership application process. We invite you to learn more about these updates to see what steps you should take to get the most out of your membership. Click here to learn about these membership changes.

Learn how you can make an IMPACT in your community through our new charitable design initiative #idsIMPACT. We are pleased to have Make-A-Wish and Dwell with Dignity as collaborating organizations of this program. Click here to see IDS members who are already making an IMPACT!

Calling all U.S. Architects & Interior Designers: Show the innovative and inspiring ways that you have incorporated Hansgrohe and/or Axor products in your recent work.

It's time for the 2nd Annual HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Awards! This year, the awards are open to all design professionals & design duos. The open submission period ends on July 15. Now's your time to shine.

Calling all Designers:
Casual Living needs your help to identify the trends in designing for outdoor spaces. The results will be published in the August issue. Your answers will be anonymous and confidential. Responses will be combined with others in the industry to provide a composite view.

Complete the form by going to

At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter your name for a chance to win one of three $100 Visa gift cards. Good luck!

IDS Associate, Barbara Gilbert was featured in The Dallas Morning News for her imaginative use of tile. Click here to read the full story.

IDS Associates, Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton of Bauer Clifton Interiors were featured in the Juneau Empire for taking home several Designer of the Year awards at this year's awards ceremony. Read the full article by clicking here.

IDS Associate, Tanna Edler of Tanna By Design was featured in The Herald Business Journal for her first place Designer of the Year award-winning bedroom. Click here to read the full article.

IDS is proud to share that Julie Schuster, president of Interior Design Society, New York City Chapter was featured in The Editor at Large. Read the full article where Julie shares basics of feng shui, how designers can implement the practice, and where they can go to learn more:

Read the following press coverage of the 2014 IDS Designer of the Year awards:

Home Fashion Forecast

K+BB (Kitchen & Bath Business)

California Home + Design

Home Accents Today

Furniture World

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New Partners in Design
Grace Howl Art Gallery - PID Sterling - Sarasota, Fla.
Annamarie Amore Interiors, LLC - PID Sterling - Orange, Conn.
Celedore Fine Wallpapers - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Hidell Fine Decorative Hardware & Plumbing - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
Fiber Seal of Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Fine's Gallery LLC - PID Sterling - Bonita Springs, Fla.
Creative Habitats - PID Sterling - Fanwood, N.J.
Nabers Interiors - PID Sterling - Memphis, Tenn.
New York Shower Door - PID Sterling - Freeport, N.Y.
Flooring & Carpet Warehouse - PID Sterling - Coram, N.Y.
Ceramic Matrix - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.
The Other Side of Art - PID Sterling - Coram, N.Y.
Broadway Carpets Inc. - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.
Copper Creek Construction - PID Sterling - Las Vegas, Nev.
PBS Contractors - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.

Please take a moment to complete a brief 5-question survey to assist us with future conference planning. Click here to begin the survey.

We had a wonderful time at 2015 IDS National Conference! Thank you to all attendees for joining us. We hope you learned a lot! Visit the IDS National Facebook page to view photograph highlights of the awards dinner concluding IDS National Conference.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Designer of the Year Awards! Click here to view a complete list of award recipients.

Thank you to our generous Red Carpet Conference Sponsor, Sherwin-Williams!

Congratulations to the 2014 IDS Chapter Award Winners:

  • Chapter of the Year (Large): IDS Long Island
  • Chapter of the Year (Small): IDS Las Vegas
  • Outstanding Charity Event: IDS Sarasota & IDS Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Outstanding Networking Event: IDS Fort Myers
  • Excellence in Membership Marketing Communications: IDS Naples
  • Excellence in Programs and Educational Activities: IDS Chicago & Suburban
Click here for more information on the 2014 Chapter Awards winners

If you are an active member of IDS National, join our closed Facebook group to connect with members across the country! Click here to join the group.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, Designerlebrity creator, Barbara Viteri will interview DIY's Million Dollar Contractor, Stephen Fanuka "Contractor to the Stars" for this year's Interior Design Society Long Island Chapter Design Show. Click here to learn more.

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.

The Interior Design Society has joined The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), effective Jan. 1. Click here to learn more.

Effective Jan. 1, IDS Professional members must earn a minimum of 0.4 (4 hours) approved continuing education units (CEU) each year. The current reporting period is from Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2015. Click here to read more about the updated CEU Filing Policy.

Join the Sustainable Furnishings Council for GREENleaders Certified Sustainability Training ONLINE. This is the most comprehensive training program available in green home furnishings, providing manufacturers, reps, retailers and designers with the knowledge and credentials to become experts in sustainability (Approved by GBCI for 6 CE hours and registered with IDCEC for .6 W CEUs). Click here for more information and to register.

Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website through the LMS link! Visit the IDS website to learn more!

Want to grow your Interior Design Business? Join Design Campus Live and International Market Centers for a FREE Two–Day Design Summit during the Las Vegas Summer Market. Click here to register.

Stay abreast on markets across the country by visiting the IDS Event Calendar. Click here to view it now!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Designer of the Year Awards! Click here to view a complete list of award recipients.

Click here to learn more about the distinguished judging panel for the 5th annual IDS Designer of the Year competition.

Visit the IDS website to view the IDS Buyers' Guide! To find preferred IDS vendors, look for the IDS logo in their listing. If you are interested in obtaining a new listing or updating an existing listing, please contact Dan Sylvester at 212-920-3918. Click here to view the IDS Buyers' Guide.

If you are an active member of IDS National, join our closed Facebook group to connect with members across the country! Click here to join the group.

Get your .DESIGN domain today from Interior.Design IDS members will receive 50 percent off their first year with code IDS50 or click the following link:

Concrete Decor magazine, the concrete industry's premier magazine for all things decorative concrete is offering IDS members the chance to subscribe free to their magazine. Click here to read their current issue that features an article about how decorative concrete is carving its way into the design community.

If you have not yet paid your 2015 IDS National dues, please contact the IDS National office at 336-884-4437 ext. 223 or 224 to remit a payment. As of Jan. 31, you will no longer be able to login to the IDS website to pay your dues since your account will be suspended due to lapse in membership.

If you are interested in obtaining a membership certificate or replacement membership card, please contact IDS Executive Assistant, Kelly McCallum at or call 336-884-4437 ext. 224 (please note for all replacement membership cards, there will be a $10 fee payable 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.


Living in a Barn, Without the Hay
The New York Times
In 2011, when Lori Bruno and her husband, Leonard, moved out of their modern glass-and-concrete house in Philadelphia after the last of their four children left home, and began living full time on their 45-acre farm in Nockamixon, Pennsylvania, they found themselves in exactly that situation. Lori Bruno, a 53-year-old interior designer, grew up in an old carriage house in Philadelphia, and she and her sisters used to play in the basement that once served as the building’s stables, so it wasn’t all that strange that she felt more at home in the 1810 barn where the couple kept their five horses than she did in their cramped farmhouse.
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15 Outdoor Shower Designs for Refreshment During the Summer
Little Piece Of Me blog
There are many advantages that you have as a home owner, but the ability to customize the home and garden by your own taste is certainly one of the best advantages. Right thing for hot days: a shower in the backyard! To cool and refresh when it’s necessary. In this article we have selected several outdoor shower designs, see, be inspired and enjoy in the summer.
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The Psychology of Interior Design (And How to Make the Most Money From It)
The Huffington Post
It's a known fact that buyers are attracted to pretty, de-cluttered homes when searching for their newest piece of real estate. Lesser known is what truly attracts a buyer, psychologically speaking. There are two feelings that happen when you walk through a potential home: right and wrong. When preparing a home for sale, there are some things you should focus on when it comes to its design.
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5 Photo Safaris For Shutterbugs Across the US
By Dave G. Houser
Much like apple pie and ice cream, traveling and photography just seem to go together. Most of us wouldn't dream of going on vacation without our cameras. For the millions of Americans who pursue a serious interest in photography, vacations offer a prime opportunity to exercise their creative urge and to improve shooting skills. If the prospect of joining a safari interests you, here's a roundup of offerings from some of the nation's top photo safari operators.
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Walls May Hold the Secret to a Cozy Space
The Washington Post
Upholstering walls can create warmth. Kings and queens of Europe dating to the 14th century hung fabric — tapestries to be exact — not only for decorative display, but also to insulate their drafty castle rooms during the cold months, and to absorb sound. With some planning, you can achieve the same warming effect.
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Seal the Deal! How to Close More Sales More Often
Why is it that so many interior design professionals crash and burn when it comes to closing a sale? The "close" may be the most important step in the sales process, but it's also the most intimidating one for designers, architects, and kitchen and bath professionals.
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6 Steps to Creating a Modern Space that Enhances Your Mood
We’re exposed to so many stressful situations on a day-to-day basis, from rush hour traffic to conflict at the office. Your home should be an oasis from the chaos of the outside world. Take the following steps to create an inspiring, modern space that helps you unwind, fuels your creativity, and promotes general wellbeing.
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