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Five great reasons to register for the VIP Market Experience today
Punch your ticket, pack your bags, and get ready to join Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel, Soft Design Lab Market experts, for a fabulous week of gorgeous showrooms, innovative ideas, and inspiring individuals, April 13-18, 2018.
Deb and Jackie will take care of all the planning and logistics, and then guide you through the world's largest home furnishings event. All you have to do is enjoy the stunning new products, make great new connections, fuel your creativity – and have fun!
Set aside April 13-18 for this fabulous six day/five night event. We're sure you'll agree with past attendees who tell us this is by far the best way to experience High Point Market.
Five great reasons to register for the VIP Market Experience:
Get More Details and Register HERE.
- High Point Market - This is the most exciting home furnishings event on the continent! We'll show you the ins-and-outs, and give you VIP access to exclusive destinations where most first-time attendees simply can't get in.
- Design Inspiration - What can we say, for one week in April, High Point Market is the center of the design universe – and you can be at the center of it all.
- VIP Access - It's one thing to walk through all the amazing showrooms. It's another to meet the people behind the brands, get the backstory, understand the vision, and gain the knowledge and skills to sell and design interiors – and that's what Deb and Jackie deliver.
- We're your Personal Concierge - Soft Design Lab takes care of all of the planning. You just concentrate on enjoying the show and having a great time. Plus, your total cost will be less than you would spend on your own!
- It's tax deductible! - Not only that, but as an IDS member we have a special offer for you! VIP High Point Market Experience Tour Package (Value $1765) - Special IDS Offer $1599.00
Offer ends 2/25/2018
Italian artistry and design meets operatic performance - first time at High Point Market!
ConArte America is thrilled to announce its collaboration with designer and tenor David Santiago of Strictly Santi to create their newest collection: Bel Canto, launching this fall. Come celebrate ConArte's union of luxurious, solid wood Italian furniture with David and social media goddess, soprano Stacy Dove, for an evening of Italian culture, music, and celebration. Eat, drink, and enjoy a serenade of operatic highlights. 7pm - 9pm, April 14; ConArte America Showroom: 827 W Green Dr, High Point. Free parking.
Registration is now open for our annual conference. The conference is April 30 - May 2 in beautiful Savannah, Ga. Register early, last year our room block sold out! Click here for the conference website.
At The Tub Studio, we try to think outside the box when it comes to the presentation of our high quality, thick acrylic transitional and vintage bathtubs. We only offer tub packages that are stimulating, innovative and beautiful. From gilding to specialized finishing, we think we have what you need.
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Julie Schuster featured in Culture Trip
New York designer Julie Schuster was recently featured in an article on Culture Trip entitled, "The One Change to Make in Your Home for the Biggest Impact," in which she offers insight and tips on decluttering.
Barbara Roth featured in Kitchen & Bath Business
Designer Barbara Roth is a sucker for renovating an old Victorian house, so it was lucky that a couple in Beacon, N.Y. - the wife a dear friend of hers - owned such a home and were in need of a new kitchen. The results can been seen in this article, from the January 2018 edition of Kitchen & Bath Business.
IDS Associate Beth Krupa designs innovative Imagine Lab
The Imagine Lab is a unique facility in Stamford, Connecticut that combines elite real estate training with state-of-the-art technology and client-based hospitality education. Designed by Beth Krupa, a three-time nationally awarded interior designer, the Lab is crafted with dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection. It's more than just the best place to work; it is a movement towards humanizing work. Designed with a real estate office of the future in mind, the space looks to empower agents to better connect to their clients by showcasing home design concepts with education. See more about the Imagine Lab here.
Molloy Student, Alum cash in at Swatched2017
On Oct. 10, IDS Long Island held its 2nd annual Swatched2017 event at the beautiful Zicana stone showroom in Westbury, New York. This was a fun filled evening where professional and student interior designers competed before a panel of celebrity judges to create a design board in just one hour.
Nichole Garofalo from the Design Program at Molloy College was chosen as the student winner. This was the second consecutive year that a student from the IDS Molloy Student Chapter won in this category. A former member of the chapter, Ellen Miller, took the first prize in the designer category.
"This was an exciting evening, not only because of the winners, but because their was such a good turnout of present and former Molloy students who competed,” said Marie Byrne, Faculty Adviser, IDS Molloy Student Chapter.
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!
Molloy Students go pro bono for Interfaith Nutrition Network
The IDS Molloy Student Chapter recently completed the dining room at a homeless shelter for The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network). Each family shares one room, making the common areas important. The dining room was dark, dreary and not user friendly.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, the team was informed that “everyone, including the staff, love how the space has turned out and that it now feels more like a home.” The team hopes that the functional, happy, clean and light atmosphere will brighten their days and help give hope for the future. It was truly a labor of love.
All IDS members receive a complementary subscription to Window Fashion Vision. Click here to subscribe.
Flame Retardants in Home Furnishings: What They Are, How They Got There
Tuesday, May 22, 11:30 am - 1:15 pm at Curate Showroom, Carrollton, TX
A compelling look at how and why flame retardant chemicals found their way into home furnishings products. Learn from Barry Cik, a forensic toxicologist and founder of Naturepedic Mattress why it matters, what current regulations dictate, and what your choices are for sustaining a healthy future with your furnishings choices.
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The Interior Design Society has joined The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), effective Jan. 1. Click here to learn more.
Information on CEU change for IDS Associate members
As of January 1, 2017, IDS Associate members must earn a minimum of 0.4 (4 hours) approved continuing education units (CEU) each year. Please make note of the following helpful information regarding CEUs and CEU filing to maintain your Associatel level membership in IDS.
IDS bylaws and policies require Professional and Associate members to meet the continuing education requirement. The IDS continuing education requirement is separate from any mandated continuing education requirement in your local jurisdiction. Check with your state regulatory board for requirements.
IDS members must utilize the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) registry to file CEUs. Each IDS member must create a free account through IDCEC. Once you have created your IDCEC account, you will receive a unique IDCEC number to login into the IDCEC website (your IDCEC number is different than your IDS member number). The IDCEC user registry allows you to upload and track your continuing education activity as well as store a record for you under your account. Check your IDCEC account regularly to ensure your records are up-to-date. At the end of each CEU cycle, you will be required to submit your IDCEC report to the IDS National office to verify that you have fulfilled your CEU requirement.
IDS may grant an adjustment to the requirement for individuals experiencing poor health, certified by a physician; a specific physical or mental disability, certified by an appropriate health care professional; extended duty with the armed forces; or for extreme hardship, which, in the board’s judgment, makes it impossible for the member to comply. Requests for an adjustment to the continuing education requirement must be made at least two months (by October 30) prior to the end of the current reporting period.
At the end of a reporting period, members who have failed to meet the CEU requirements will be subject to a non-compliance fee ($10 per CEU). Any member who fails to comply with the continuing education requirement, including payment of the noncompliance fee, may be subject to devaluation of Professional membership.
Tobi U offers Tobi Fairley’s signature foundational courses on the business of design in an online format! They include the best of Tobi’s tools and techniques that have transformed design businesses across the country and you can now earn up to 0.8 CEUs.
Tobi U courses are set up in 2 bundles:
The content for each module includes videos, webinars, podcasts, and downloadable PDFs. Click here to get started today!
- Semester One – The Essentials
Created for designers at any experience level, these 8 modules focus on the essentials for your business, including branding, niche strategy, financials, time management, selling your services, and marketing.
- Semester Two – The Solutions
Building on Semester 1's courses, the 8 modules in this semester offer next-step solutions for finding your ideal client, charging what you’re worth, building processes and systems, perfecting presentations, and getting published.
The Interior Design Society has announced that the exclusive IDS Buyers’ Guide
— the premier resource of relevant products and services for interior design professionals — is now
available at the IDS website at www.interiordesignsociety.org .
If your company or business has not yet taken advantage of this exceptional opportunity to highlight
your products and services in the Guide, it is not too late! To learn more about advertising your products
or services in this exclusive Guide, please email email@example.com or click here.
Please call IDS Membership Manager, Della Swider at 336-884-4437 ext. 223 for information. 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.
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 are interested in obtaining a membership certificate or replacement membership card, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-884-4437 ext. 223 (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.
Editor At Large
Frustrations with the Houzz platform existed long before the IvyMark acquisition last month, but seem to have escalated ever since. On March 1, a group of designers introduced a petition outlining a list of demands of the platform, revolving around what they allege is inappropriate use of designers’ images.
The Associated Press via The Columbus Dispatch
Kitchens tend to be designed as star players on the residential stage. Their role is often aspirational — a pro chef’s lair, for example, or the country kitchen from that Italian movie you loved. But there’s a different story being played out by some kitchen designers today: kitchens that merge seamlessly into the rest of the main living space.
The Washington Post
There’s something about Scandinavian interior design that sings in small spaces. The style’s signature clean lines, soft colors, functional furnishings and simple silhouettes can inject warmth and light into a cramped living area and create the illusion of additional square footage.
The Wall Street Journal
The SoCal mix of opulence and ease in the legendary Sunnylands estate encouraged visiting world leaders to kick back. Designer Richard Mishaan shows how to create your own swanky space for high-level entertaining.
First-time home buyers have had plenty of time—years, in fact—to agonize over and favorite hundreds of thousands of images of their dream homes across Instagram, Pinterest and, even before that, Tumblr. But perhaps that’s too much time. “Consumers are exposed to so many images of interiors daily that they get sick of styles faster,” notes interior designer Roxy Sowlaty.
By Michael J. Berens
Retail design today is all about creating great and unique experiences for consumers. But with so many stores, including major retail chains, employing similar tactics and strategies to lure customers, how do you make your design stand out? One approach is to incorporate layers of sensory stimuli that result in a more emotionally complex and satisfying environment for shoppers. Thus, the store or boutique becomes a go-to destination.
Interiors + Sources
Humans have senses to use in the natural world where we encounter hundreds of things we need to touch, see, hear, taste, and smell every day. We evolved to trust the things around us through these responses to our brain. It gives us comfort to understand our environment in this way.
The Architect's Newspaper
With 800 million active users and 95 million photos and videos shared each day, Instagram is affecting our visual perception like no other platform. Users distribute literally millions of photos, spreading trends, popularizing places, and ultimately, influencing built and designed environments.
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