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Don't forget to register for for 2015 IDS National Conference, #INNOVATION 2.0: The Evolution of Branding, May 19 – 20 in Fort Myers, Florida. This year's conference will be centered on the evolution of branding and innovation in design. Attendees will earn 0.4 CEUs through IDCEC. If you are an IDS Professional member, this will fulfill your annual CEU requirement for 2015. Visit the Conference page on the IDS National website for more information and to register (please note that IDCEC CEUs are currently pending). Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2015, #INNOVATION and #IDSnatl.
Click here to learn more about IDS Vendor Showcase that will be held in conjunction with the opening reception (May 18) at IDS National Conference. Please note that limited booth space remains.
Click here to learn more about exclusive IDS National Conference sponsorship opportunities.
We are pleased to announce the distinguished judging panel for the 5th annual IDS Designer of the Year competition. Click here to learn more.
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Don't forget to register for 2015 IDS National Conference, #INNOVATION 2.0: The Evolution of Branding, May 19 – 20 in Fort Myers, Fla. This year's conference will be centered on the evolution of branding and innovation in design. Attendees will earn 0.4 CEUs through IDCEC. If you are an IDS Professional member, this will fulfill your annual CEU requirement for 2015. Visit the Conference page on the IDS National website for more information and to register (please note that IDCEC CEUs are currently pending). Be a part of the social media conversation: #IDSconf2015, #INNOVATION and #IDSnatl.
Thank you to our generous Red Carpet Conference Sponsor, Sherwin-Williams!
Click here to learn more about the IDS Vendor Showcase that will be held in conjunction with the opening reception at IDS National Conference.
Click here to learn more about IDS National Conference sponsorship opportunities
Thank you to those of who you submitted entries in the 2014 Chapter Awards. We will be announcing the winners on May 20 at the Awards Dinner concluding IDS National Conference. We hope to see you there!
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.
Attend IDS National Conference May 19 – 20 in Fort Myers, Fla. to earn 0.4 CEUs through IDCEC. This will fulfill the annual CEU requirement for 2015 for IDS Professional members. Visit the Conference page on the IDS National website for more information and to register.
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.
Michele Williams, owner of Scarlet Thread Consulting will host an upcoming class on "Pricing Without Emotion." This class is for workrooms, designers, decorators, and any other creatives (photographers, ceramics, upholstery, etc.) and will take place in Richmond, Virginia, April 27-28. For more information email Michele@ScarletThreadConsulting.com or click here.
All-Star Roster of Design Professionals and Business Strategists Lead May 2015 Interior Design Summit, created by Design Success University's Gail Doby and Erin Weir. Click here to read more.
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.
Take Ten webinars, with Jackie Von Tobel and Deb Barrett, are live webinars held bimonthly. Take Ten is designed for busy professionals wanting to focus on the profitable soft furnishings niche. Each Take Ten features a narrowly focused topic, so you can get your inspiration and information in bite size pieces in just 10 minutes. Twice a month our community gets a live webcast and twice a month they get an e-book takeaway packed with tips and tricks.
Take Ten Webinars
Take Ten: First Look at High Point Spring Market
Fri, May 1, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
Jackie and Deb give you the first look at new soft products, collections and services launched at High Point Market. Plus, they might even throw in a couple of surprises from our SDL Buyers Tour.
Don't forget to view the available webinars on the IDS website through the LMS link!
Visit the IDS website to learn more!
IDS and Surya will co-host Sherwin-Williams Colormix™ 2015 – Optimistic Odyssey at April Market. This event will take place on Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 – 11:00 am in the Surya Showroom (Showplace 4100).
Take a visual journey and gain inspiration for your design projects as Carolyn Noble of Sherwin-Williams presents stimulating imagery, factual statistics and perceptive research supporting the 2015 forecast for color and design trends. Explore the drivers influencing future trends, including global, technological, historic, psychological and economic factors with specific information on this year's four dominant color stories. (0.1 CEU credit)
Join Accessories Resource Team (ART) and IDS at High Point Market on Saturday, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. - C-229 in the Fine Art Lamps Showroom. Allison Paladino Interior Design & Collections will make an appearance for the launch of her new lighting collection.
The Interior Design Society is co-hosting an educational seminar with with Lloyd Princeton at the Burton James and Fremarc Designs Showroom. Details are included below:
Speaker: Lloyd Princeton
Seminar: Building a Brand: 411 on Marketing
It's not always easy to differentiate one design business from another, unless
steps are taken for active marketing. Another problem lies with the belief that
getting published will make a career. Marketing is comprised of many elements
including Public Relations, Direct Marketing, and the Internet. Rather than wait
for referrals, designers will learn how to create new business!
Date: Monday, April 20
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (lunch to follow)
Where: Burton James and Fremarc Designs - 310 N. Hamilton St., Suite S101
Sustainable Furnishings Council is hosting the following events at High Point Spring Market:
SFC "Sustainable Style" Progressive Breakfast Tour at HPMKT (FREE Admission) on Mon., April 20, 8:30am – 12:00 pm. Click here for more information
Sustainable Furnishings Council will offer live classes for GREENleader Certified Sustainability Training (6 CE Hours) at High Point Market on Earth Day (April 22). Early Bird Registration of 50 percent off ends Feb 27. Click here to learn more. This training will also be offered at the New York Design Center on June 11. Click here to learn more.
Thinking about going to High Point but don't know where to start? Join Soft Design Lab's Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel in their inaugural VIP Buyer's Tour to High Point Spring Market* in cooperation with High Point Market Authority. If you have never been to High Point Market or have not attended in the past five years, you are qualified to join our exclusive Buyers VIP Tour. We are excited to share an extraordinary week of events with you which will include:
This is the only way to visit the most exciting home furnishings trade show in North America. We will take care of all of the planning, so you can concentrate on the show, buying and having a great time! Visit Soft Design Lab for more information. Register by Feb. 15 to take advantage of our early bird special.
- A pre-market, informational webinar to get you ready to go
- Accommodations at Sheraton Four Seasons Greensboro, NC; double-occupancy
- Daily Breakfast at the hotel
- Private welcome dinner and trend presentation at the exclusive, members only, String and Splinter Club courtesy of the High Point Visitors Authority
- VIP welcome package and market survival kit
- Design destinations and insider access to showrooms and ateliers across High Point
- Daily educational event schedule
- Countless social and networking opportunities, VIP party invitations, concerts and more
- Farewell Dinner at Print Works
Got questions? Email Deb at email@example.com
* High Point Spring Market Dates: Saturday, April 18- Thursday, April 23
Sustainable Furnishings Council will offer live classes for GREENleader Certified Sustainability Training at High Point Market on Earth Day (April 22). Click here to learn more. This training will also be offered at the New York Design Center on June 11. Click here to learn more.
Stay abreast on markets across the country by visiting the IDS Event Calendar. Click here to view it now.
We are pleased to announce the distinguished judging panel for the 5th annual IDS Designer of the Year competition. Click here to learn more.
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Thank you to those of who you submitted entries in the 2014 Designer of the Year Competition. We will be announcing the winners on May 20 at the Awards Dinner concluding IDS National Conference. We hope to see you there!
Click here to view a list of 2013 IDS Designer of the Year Award Winners and projects.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Take An Inside Look At The Mega Mansion From 'Empire'
This year's neo-Dynasty breakout hit Empire is anchored in its big personalities (to say the least). Hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon's business might have had small and shady beginnings, but when we meet the Empire Entertainment family, they're larger than life. So, of course, the show needed an equally major set to match. Empire found the Lyons' on-screen home in a castle-like 20,000-square-foot mansion in Barrington, Illinois. It was on the market about a year ago, and was just re-listed for $13 million, so the listing photos offer an inside look at one of TV's most buzzy sets.
3 Solutions for Dealing with Angry Customers
Many homeowners will head to the Web when they feel the need to unleash their rants against your business, mostly because they feel there's no other way to have their voice heard. That's why it's a good idea to proactively reach out to customers to collect their feedback on a regular basis. This gives you the ability to better plan your response, and ultimately improve the quality of your dealings with angry customers.
Create, Don't Imitate: The Making of an Original
The issue of plagiarism has been in the news often lately, most notably within the music industry, and there are many "blurred lines" when it comes to referencing or paying homage versus copying or knocking something off. When is it OK for designers to reference another's work, and when might it verge into the territory of knocking it off?
The Best Stools for Small Spaces
The Washington Post
Decorating a small apartment is usually more about function than fun. Reading and breakfast nooks are an occasional luxury. But a dining room? Dream on. Before you resign yourself to eating on the couch, though, consider the kitchen counter. Not only is it your best bet at a makeshift dining area without having to squeeze in a table, but it’s a social magnet: Even in homes with formal dining rooms, the counter is the hub of activity.
15 Genius Solutions for the Awkward Space Above Kitchen Cabinets
If you've got a gap between your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling, you've likely spent time cursing your architect. But some good news: There are some stylish ways to tackle this forgotten spot.
His & Hers: Designing for a Post-Gender Society
We are living in a time of gender revolution. Traditional masculine and feminine roles are being challenged through advances in science and technology, and by cultural shifts stemming from the evolution of sexual politics and media depictions of gender. Identity is no longer clearly defined as female or male, but by increasingly visible manifestations of sexuality or lack thereof. Designers, who should focus a critical eye on society's issues, need to work within this discourse to help promote acceptance and change.
Lifestyle Changes Propel Remodeling Activity
By Michael J. Berens
Remodeling and renovation activity continues to lead the residential building sector, as the market for new home construction struggles to gain momentum. Some of this activity can be attributed to homeowners making needed repairs and upgrades to increase the value of their home for resale.
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