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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!

Create your personal platform for sharing videos, pictures and projects with The Design Network (TDN) community! Whether you’re a home enthusiast or design professional, TDN knows you've got great things to share. What better place to do it than your own TDN Channel? Simply sign up to create your profile and then click "Create a Channel." Here, you'll upload your photo, add links to your social media, website or blog (it's all about sharing!) and top it off with a unique tag line that says something special about you or your design philosophy. Click here to learn more and to create your channel.

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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BTX Intelligent Fashion - PID Titanium - Dallas, Texas
Cosmos Granite & Marble - PID Titanium - Charlotte, N.C.
SK & Associates - PID Sterling - Canton, Mass
Long Island Picture Frame & Art Gallery - PID Sterling - Massapequa Park, N.Y.
Art Dimensions Inc. - PID Sterling - Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams - PID Sterling - Manhasset, N.Y.
Packard Cabinetry - PID Sterling - Sea Cliff, N.Y.
Carolina Shutter & Blinds of Charlotte - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Hampton Major Appliances and Televisions - PID Sterling - Garden City, N.Y.
Knoxville Noland Co. - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.
Notting Hill Decorative Hardware - PID Sterling - Lake Geneva, Wis.
Turn Key Construction - PID Sterling - Naples, Fla.

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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4 Ways to Make Sure Your Email List Doesn't End Up Dead
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Automated emails can help your business save time, but that doesn't mean you need to abuse them. There is nothing more dangerous than automated-email-marketing software in the hands of an overly aggressive company. It should be used to help build your list, not deplete it.

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Your Summertime Retreat Could Be A Lot Closer Than You Think
By Brie Ragland
Backyard oasis. These two words instantly take your mind to relaxation and beauty in the comfort of your own home — well, technically it would be outside your home, but you get the gist. These days, more people are deciding to spend their saved-up vacation money and time in an outdoor living and/or entertainment space in their own backyard.

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Laura and George W. Bush's Serene Texas Retreat
Architectural Digest
At their magnificent 1,600-acre Crawford retreat, once known as the Western White House, Laura and George W. Bush live the green life in a house that is tailored for easygoing indoor-outdoor enjoyment.

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CQRID NEWS
Don't forget that 0.8 CEUs must be completed by Dec. 31, 2014. 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.


INDUSTRY NEWS


30 Modern Living Room Design Ideas to Upgrade Your Quality of Lifestyle
freshome
Your living room is where the social part of the home life takes place, a space designed to be used as you decide: entertaining, spending time with family, skateboarding, watching TV, or waiting for Santa Claus while enjoying the jolly fireplace entertaining system. The following examples will help you create your own version of the ultimate living room. Just add … you.
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Tricks to Creating a High-Quality Video With Your iPhone
Entrepreneur
Lighting sets the mood. Lighting can be one of the more difficult elements to get right when shooting high-quality video. When we shot the iPhone video, we decided to use natural light to give our video a natural ambience.
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A Sophisticated Row House in the US Capital
Houzz
This 19th-century row house was in what a real estate professional would call "move-in condition" when Samantha Friedman's client bought it. But, as we all know, serviceable doesn’t equal soulful. The homeowner hired Friedman, principal at Samantha Friedman Interior Designs, to make the home to his taste. The client loved the architectural style of the new home but was less enthusiastic about the traditional wallpapers, gilded chandeliers and black marble bathrooms. "It was all very heavy," says Friedman.
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3 Ways to Raise the Local Profile of Your Design Business
WSI Designer Marketplace
As a business owner, you face the very challenging task of not only delivering a unique service, but also making sure there is public awareness of your brand. By creating your own "buzz," you have the power to transform your brand's profile from relative unknown to household name. Here are three ways to tap into that potential.
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7 Surprising Ways Procrastination Can Boost Productivity
Inc.
Let's face it, if you have one week to complete a three-hour task, you're not going to do it within the first three hours of the week. You'll probably cut it pretty close to the last three hours of the week, in fact. Stop beating yourself up over it.
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Is This The Chicest Home In Nashville?
ELLE Decor
It was meant to be a casual tour of real estate, an almost routine exercise, and another component of the conversation Keith and Jon Meacham had been having for the better part of 10 years: What if we left Manhattan? What if the kids could grow up in an actual house? What if we decided on Nashville?
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3 Tips to Overcome Homeowner Fear in the Sales Process
By Timothy Clark
Every homeowner has a need or a want that only qualified contractors and designers can fulfill. They need a roof repaired or they want to update their master bath. When they finally "pull the trigger" and invite a home improvement company to their kitchen table, your sales rep faces an uphill battle. Today, nearly every homeowner is afraid of you. Even before your rep makes a sales pitch, homeowners prepare themselves for the sticker shock. How do you overcome this fear?
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Paint Colors With a Polished Look
The Washington Post
Consumers typically try three to five paint colors before deciding on their final selection, according to Erika Woelfel, Behr's director of color marketing. Of course, many try even more. Perhaps everyone should accept the fact that painting a room is sort of like becoming an artist. Painting is a process, whether you are agonizing over the color selection or actually brushing the paint on the walls.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Laura and George W. Bush's Serene Texas Retreat (Architectural Digest)
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