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Nov. 7, 2012

Online On-Demand Webinars are Here!!
IDS is proud to announce the availability of pre-recorded webinars at your convenience through our new online learning management system (LMS). We currently have seven CEU certified webinars available through our homepage ( link labeled 'LMS'. There are instructions on how to start the webinar, obtain handouts and take a quiz to show completion once you click on this link. We will have non-CEU certified webinars available after the first of the year. As live webinars are conducted through IDS, they will become available through the LMS if individuals are unable to join the live session. We also hope to premier our conference speakers through this venue in order for participants to gain wider exposure to the speaker's expertise. IDS will automatically update your CEU record when you participate in the online webinars through our LMS thus there is no need for additional CEU filing. More

A Designer's Laid-Back Style
The Wall Street Journal
The interior designer and entertaining expert Nathan Turner believes in designing and entertaining "with low effort and high style." Such is the ethos he imparts in his new book, "Nathan Turner's American Style: Classic Design and Effortless Entertaining." Turner, who is based in Los Angeles and has a store in West Hollywood, will be in New York Monday for a book party thrown in his honor at the apartment of the lifestyle guru Carolyne Roehm. More

Tips For Small Businesses Post Hurricane Sandy
Small Business Trends
Hurricane Sandy left an estimated 8 million households and small businesses without power and caused what is likely to be billions of dollars' worth of damage. If your small business has been impacted by hurricane Sandy, there are steps that you can take to quickly get up and running again. More

Bedrooms with Canopy Beds
ELLE Decor
Dreaming of a sumptuous bedroom? Find inspiration in these 10 rooms starring glamorous canopy beds. More

Save the Date for the 2013 IDS National Conference!

April 23 - April 25, 2013

Downtown Greensboro Marriott - Greensboro, N.C.

In conjunction with the High Point Market, April 20 - April 25, 2013

Join us to earn up to .7 CEUs and enjoy seminars featuring:

Tobi Fairley
Joni Vanderslice
Debbie Green
Michelle Lamb
Leah Gutterson

Visit to download a brochure and register

Early bird pricing is available

Rooms are available at $189/night for a single or double room. To reserve your room in the IDS National Conference room block, please call the Greensboro Marriott Downtown Reservations Department at 800-228-9290. You must identify yourself as part of the IDS Conference to reserve a room in the room block. More

Built-Ins That Make Entertaining Easier
This Old House Magazine
The holidays are upon us. For help getting party-ready, we've assembled a portfolio of bars and servers that pack style and utility into the typical untapped spaces in a home.More

Interior Design Students Learn from Natural Disaster Design
InteriorDesign Source
With a series of devastating natural disasters occurring from all stretches of the globe, natural disaster awareness has become a global focal point, and many in the built sector have been tasked with changing the way they design and develop. Interior design students from Baylor University have been asked to create a 400-square-foot disaster relief dwelling for the "Social Design Summit: Designing for Disaster Relief Housing."More

Anthony P. Browne, Interior Designer to the Stars, Dies at 70
The Washington Post
Anthony P. Browne, a onetime rock-and-roll manager turned interior designer whose star clientele included media magnate Oprah Winfrey, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Washington socialites Pamela Harriman and Evangeline Bruce, died Oct. 13 at the Capital Caring hospice in the District. He was 70. He had a tumor near the optic nerve, said a friend, David Helfrich. More

Bedroom as Battleground
The New York Times
ristyna Kreuger took a deep breath, girding herself to enter her 14-year-old son Brandon’s bedroom. Then she gingerly stepped in and described the spectacle. "Every drawer is open," Krueger said, speaking on the phone from her home in Lake Ozark, Mo. "His desk, the night stand, his computer desk, his dresser. You cannot walk without stepping on clothes, cords for charging things, cologne and body-spray bottles. He does paintball. That stuff is all over." She sidestepped his workout equipment but nearly tripped over a bowl of crushed potato chips that had been obscured by a sports award plaque. More

8 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business From Home
Launching a business from home can provide tremendous flexibility and the kind of work-life balance that we all crave. But the reality is that home businesses bring their own set of challenges, says Caroline Daniels, lecturer for entrepreneurship and technology at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. For example, "doing your business on your own from home can get stale. It's hard to keep feeding the imagination all on your own."More

Well Grounded
Architectural Digest
Despite the compelling artwork and inviting furnishings that pepper Ben Soleimani’s airy Los Angeles home, visitors might be forgiven for staring down at their feet. After all, Soleimani is the scion of a Persian family that has been dealing in carpets for four generations. In fact, his father founded Mansour in London in 1980, selling palace-worthy weaves that have earned the company a Royal Warrant, making it an official purveyor to the British Royal Family. It’s not an overstatement to say that Soleimani has access to some of the best rugs on the planet. More

At USC's Phi Sigma Kappa, New Design Makes Frat More Fraternal
Los Angeles Times
When architect Ana Henton first toured what had been the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity house on University of Southern California's Greek Row last spring, she wasn't prepared for the end-of-semester squalor she saw. Leased to another fraternity, the house was in an extreme state of disrepair. "There were bongs and beer bottles everywhere, graffiti from other frat houses defacing their walls, mattresses in the courtyard, and a stripper pole in the main meeting room," said Henton, principal at Mass Architecture and Design in Los Angeles, who even found party detritus hidden inside the walls. More

10 Bedside Pendant Lighting Ideas
Design Like
There’s no bedroom remodelling project which doesn’t include at least one or two light fixtures. Besides the functional role as a source light they have, light fixtures are highly appreciated nowadays by their aesthetic role they play in defining a room’s style. In fact, there’s very little chance to impress with any type of lamp or chandelier design as long as they fail to combine functionality with an original design idea. These days we find an enormous variaty of shapes, styles, designs, color and brightness regarding light fixtures, which allows us to complete the desired look of our bedroom. More

Say Ni Hao to Chinois
The Wall Street Journal
Chinoiserie is again in vogue. Avian prints and pagoda-shaped accents are everywhere, from Ralph Lauren Home's fall collection to the over-the-top ornamentation featured in decorator Ann Getty's new book, "Interior Style." What makes today's chinoiserie feel especially fresh is the degree of luxe: Materials are rich, prints are intricate, carved-wood details are exquisitely refined, colors and textures are bold. Think gold and crimson, nubby silk and high-touch velvet. More

Checking in with Thomas Pheasant
The Washington Post
Interior designer Thomas Pheasant spends a lot of time visiting clients from Singapore to San Francisco, and he has an apartment in Paris. But Pheasant, a fourth-generation Washingtonian, also has a lot going on right here. Last month, Pheasant, 57, introduced his latest furniture collection (75 pieces) at the Baker store, just a block from his Georgetown office. He’s working on houses in Kalorama, McLean and St. Michaels. And he recently began a long-term project to refresh the rooms at Blair House, the president's guest house. More