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6 Unique Ways to Boost Web Traffic Without Marketing
Small Business Trends
Building a website is one thing, but getting website traffic and converting it into money is another. Steady growth should be your constant business objective. Have you planned a strategy to boost Web traffic without the use of marketing?
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9 A-List Designer Dining Rooms
ELLE Decor
See how nine designers at the top of their game bring style and ingenuity to the dining room.
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10 Ways You Should Never Describe Yourself
Inc.
When other people use these words to describe your talents, it's OK. When you do it, you just sound like a pompous jerk
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IDS NEWS SPOTLIGHT
The **BRAND NEW** IDS Delaware Valley Chapter will be having its launch party on Nov. 14, from 6 -8 p.m. in the Bassett Furniture showroom located at 5515 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE. Bassett will provide a walking tour of their showroom along with a presentation by IDS National Executive Director, Snoa Garrigan, on the benefits of becoming a member and trade partner in your national and local IDS Chapter Please RSVP by Nov. 7 to Idsdevalley@gmail.com if you would like attend.

IDS & THE CENTRAL NJ CHAPTER INVITE YOU TO GET INSPIRED AND CONNECT!
Please Join Us At the IDS Central NJ Chapter Launch Event

Be the first to connect with the new central NJ IDS chapter. Experience powerful networking with others in the interior design industry. Learn how to build your business and accelerate your career. Learn the latest interior design trends and more &hellip:
* Light refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Kindly RSVP: idscentralnj@gmail.com. Click here for more information.

If you previously submitted your entry and payment forms, your completed Designer of the Year project entry is due at the IDS National Office before Nov. 15. Visit the DotY page on the IDS website for more details.

Register early for IDS National Conference to win 1 of 3 — $100 AmEx gift cards! The first two cards will be given out by random drawing of the first 199 registrations received. The 200th registrant will receive the third card.

Register today for the IDS National Conference,
"The Power of #INNOVATION: Igniting the Path to Success", Jan. 23 – 25 in Las Vegas. Leslie Carothers, founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, will be the keynote speaker. Visit the IDS Conferences page for more information and to register. Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2014 and #INNOVATION.


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NATIONAL SPONSORS
Luxe Home LLC   Hunter Douglas   Sherwin-Williams   Surya   Dream Draper   Greenhouse Fabrics   HomeStory   PPG Industries  

SHOP IDS PARTNERS IN DESIGN

New Partners & Affiliate Partners
Natuzzigroup - Natuzzi Americas - PID Platinum - High Point, N.C.
Harkey Tile & Stone - PID Sterling - Charlotte, N.C.
Elite Shutters & Blinds - PID Sterling - Columbus, N.C.
Karndean Designflooring - PID Sterling - Export, Penn.
Jo London LLC - PID Sterling - Carefree, Ariz.
Capel Rugs - PID Sterling - Dallas, Texas
C & E Furniture - PID Sterling - Fenwick Island, Del.
Window and Home Decor, LLC - PID Sterling - Katy, Texas
Better Built Inc. - PID Sterling - Palm Springs, Calif.
City Mattress - PID Sterling - Bonita Springs, Fla.
Paulk & Co. - PID Sterling - Knoxville, Tenn.

UPCOMING CONFERENCES
Don't forget to register early for IDS National Conference to win one of three — $100 AmEx gift cards! The first two cards will be given out by random drawing of the first 199 registrations received. The 200th registrant will receive the third card.

Register today for the IDS National Conference, "The Power of #INNOVATION: Igniting the Path to Success", Jan. 23 – 25 in Las Vegas. Leslie Carothers, founder and CEO of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, will be the keynote speaker.

Sponsored by International Design Guild, celebrity designer Mark Brunetz will kick off IDS National Conference as the opening speaker. In addition, he will be the guest of honor at an exclusive VIP Reception and emcee at the Awards Dinner.

Click here for more information on National Conference speakers.

Click here to for more information on 2014 National Conference and registration.

Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2014 and #INNOVATION


CHAPTER NEWS
The **BRAND NEW** IDS Delaware Valley Chapter will be having its launch party on Nov. 14 from 6 -8 pm in the Bassett Furniture showroom located at 5515 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Del. Bassett will provide a walking tour of their showroom along with a presentation by IDS National Executive Director, Snoa Garrigan, on the benefits of becoming a member and trade partner in your national and local IDS Chapter Please RSVP by Nov. 7 to if you would like attend.

IDS & THE CENTRAL NJ CHAPTER INVITE YOU TO GET INSPIRED AND CONNECT!
Please Join Us At the IDS Central NJ Chapter Launch Event

Be the first to connect with the new central NJ IDS chapter. Experience powerful networking with others in the interior design industry. Learn how to build your business & accelerate your career. Learn the latest interior design trends and more …
* Light refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Kindly RSVP: idscentralnj@gmail.com. Click here for more information.

Don't forget that the deadline to enter the 2013 IDS Chapter Awards is Nov. 15.
Visit the IDS website to download an application!

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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An Old Oregon Library Starts a New Chapter
Houzz
This 1915 Craftsman cottage in Sellwood, Oregon, has a storied history: It originally served as a library. When the branch moved to larger digs, the building was used as a community center and a church, but then it sat empty for several years before a couple of New York voiceover artists saw past its dilapidated state and fell in love with it.

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Blogging for Interior Designers
Doodle Home
Whether it's a picture gallery displaying your latest project or an article on the best uses of color in kitchens, a blog gives interior designers an easy platform to market their business digitally.

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How to Avoid Copycats in Interior Design
Missing my Sunshine
Copying or imitation is the sincerest form of flattery — or so the saying goes. Copycats are par for the course when you're successful in creative business. It's an increasing problem as business has gone online. Here are some of tips to deal with this problem.

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UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS
Tobi Fairley Adds Five Events to Her 2013 Line-Up: Amazing intensive programs and one-day classes on tap

Renowned interior designer and business consultant Tobi Fairley has added five incredible interior designer events to close out the second half of 2013. The events range from 3-day intensive programs to one-day classes. The fall/winter line-up includes:

Designer MBA, Nov. 12-14 – One of the most popular programs in Tobi Fairley’s schedule, this is a business education for design professionals. From what to charge and how, to working with clients, to successful marketing, Tobi will give you business strategies to help you streamline your processes and sell your services.

Getting Published, Dec. 3-4 – This incredible event sold out in days when it was announced in May, so Tobi Fairley is offering it again. Sign up to hear from top editors in print and online media, as well as book publishers, as they give you the tricks and tips you need to get published now.

Social Media Strategy
, Dec. 5 – Add this event on to Getting Published, or attend just this one-day event. Either way, you’ll learn from social media experts how to use the best social media platforms to market yourself to clients, how to gain more followers, and how to get attention from the press.

To learn more about any of these programs, or to register, email info@tobifairley.com.


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 MARKETS
Thank you to those of you who attended our seminars and stopped by our office in High Point! We look forward to seeing you at our National Conference in January. Click here for more information on Conference.

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
If you previously submitted your entry and payment forms, your completed Designer of the Year project entry is due at the IDS National Office before Nov. 15. Visit the DotY page on the IDS website for more details.

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
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.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Interior Designer Position Available.
Village Design Group, Inc. is looking for an interior designer to join our design team in the Pinehurst Resort area of North Carolina. Facilities include a 12,000 sf interior design center and showroom with hundreds of resources including flooring, fabric, wall covering, furniture, lighting, cabinetry, tile and more. Position is commissioned sales and includes office space, telephone, computer, work table, conference room, licensed subcontractors, warehouse, delivery and support staff. Applicants must have an interior design degree and at least 5 years work experience in both residential and commercial interior design. Also seeking "Work from Home" designers living in North or South Carolina. For an application or appointment, please contact Vicki Stone at 910-692-1000 or email: vstone@villagedesigngroup.com. Village Design Group has provided interior design services for east coast clients for over 30 years. See our website for more information.


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It All Comes Back To Happy Customers
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Even though the subject of customer satisfaction has been touched many times, there's never enough to be said as most of the businesses keep doing the same mistakes all over again. And they wonder why their company or business is lacking profits. Pleeease!
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Set in Stone: Fall Trend Brings Minerals Indoors
The Associated Press via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Along with grainy woods, metallics and other textural elements, rock and mineral-themed decor is part of a fall trend toward nature and natural elements.
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Pinterest Introduces Related Pins
Mashable
Pinterest is adding a new recommendations feature called Related Pins to users' feeds. The social sharing site will start rolling out recommendations soon, and they'll only be visible on a few pins in a user's feed. How will this work? If you like creatively decorated cupcakes, you might be into suggestions about how to decorate your dinner table when entertaining guests — so Pinterest will find and suggest great tablescapes for you to pin.
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What Not to Do When Taking Clients Out to Lunch
Entrepreneur via Reuters
It may be somewhat of a lost art, but a business lunch is one of the best ways to connect with your clients and earn more business. Just don't let your flawless business plan be overshadowed by your dining faux pas.
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A Childhood Home, and Poet' Muse
The New York Times
Julie Carlson's childhood home, a modest but elegant, mid-19th century white clapboard near the main street of Wellfleet, Mass. — also known as the "seacoast of Bohemia," as Mary McCarthy slyly described the town — has been evoked so many times in the poems of so many late-20th-century poets it deserves its own anthology. Patricia Goedicke imagined its "white curtains like loaves of bread."
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No Tone Unturned
Remodeling
Designers and their clients shopping for just the right paint color will see calm surroundings and global influences reflected in many brands' latest color palettes. Here are three common threads you'll see in 2014.
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Designing for Pleasure: Savor Your Natural Surroundings
Houzz
A house that doesn't celebrate, or at least acknowledge, its site doesn't do all that it can to brighten the lives of the people who live there. Homes that capitalize on the challenges and opportunities dished out by their locales give us a psychological boost. They make us feel comfortable, safe and in control. They have a relationship with the world outside the front door.
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8 Tips For Delivering Difficult Employee Feedback
By Liz Murphy
Being in a leadership position can be rewarding, but it does require a lot of time and dedication to your people. In fact, one of the biggest responsibilities of a leader is identifying and correcting performance issues. Because an employee's performance can be a sensitive matter, here are eight tips to help you deliver difficult feedback in a way that produces positive results.
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Finishing Touch: Art in the Modern Home
dwell
You've got all the practical furniture you need and even a few statement pieces for added interest (see some of our picks here, here, and here) but now it's time for the finishing touch of any great interior design — the art. This article takes a look at eight fabulous modern homes complete with high design and perfectly placed works of art as the cherry on top.
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10 Ways to Make a Design Show Work for Your Business
WSI Designer Marketplace
Being selected to decorate a show house space affords a designer with the exciting opportunity to be the client for a change. During the proposal stage, it may feel as if anything is possible! However, just like when closing the deal with paying clients, there are often budgets, deadlines and construction challenges that will influence the end result.
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The CQRID Exam is the only accredited exam offered exclusively for Residential Interior Designers.

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IDS National Board President
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