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Sep. 5, 2012

How 4 Small Businesses Are Winning on Pinterest
It's been a few months since photo-sharing site Pinterest was all the rage in social media circles. Pinterest grew from seven million unique visitors in December 2011, to a high of almost 20 million in April, according to web traffic analysis service While growth has leveled off, use has remained consistent. Pinterest is starting to deliver significant results for some small businesses — even ones that aren't necessarily visually stimulating. Sure, posting pictures that people re-pin, comment on or "like" may seem innocuous. But when you realize the source of the pin remains as a hyperlink on the photo itself, the possibility of driving people to your website becomes apparent.More

How to Create the Ultimate Game Room
Fox News
An evening full of games is not meant just for the kids. With pool, pingpong, darts and more, there are plenty of activities to keep all ages entertained. You may think your home has run out of space for such an area, but it's possible your basement is an untapped resource. Whether it's already furnished or waiting to be redone, you can certainly rework it into a great game room with a little know-how. More

Interior Design Sales Soar for Those Who 'Close'
Interior design professionals sometimes have to open a lot of doors to close a few sales. Maria Bayer, a colleague of mine the authentic sales coach at Design Success University, brings clarity to closing. More

Modern Bachelor Pad Inspiring a Comfortable Lifestyle
This medium-sized Taipei apartment located on the 6th floor of a 15 story-high building was transformed from a four bedroom apartment into a modern bachelor pad. By removing two brick walls separating the kitchen, living space and office, designer Dillon Chen of D|C Interior Design opened up the space creating a brighter and more spacious floor plan for Pad 63, as it came to be known.More

Upcoming Regional Events

Wednesday, Sept. 19 (9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
The 2012 Trade Expo & CEU Event – Charlotte, N.C.

The IDS Charlotte Chapter would like to invite you to participate in
The 2012 TRADE EXPO and CEU Event
Presented by IDS Charlotte
on Wednesday, Sept. 19

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Creating a Dining Room With Wow Factor
The Wall Street Journal
Architect and international restaurant designer Cass Calder Smith offers advice on how to set up a residential dining room that has dramatic flair. A tip: Include one eye-catching element.More

The Hang of It
Elle Decor
For a home in Southampton, N. Y., designer Steven Gambrel transformed a hallway into a gallery, with a display of disparate black-and-white family photographs unified by red frames. The custom framing is by Chelsea Frames in Manhattan, and the picture lights are by Alexa Hampton for Visual Comfort & Co. More

Designer Appreciation Day 2012
You are invited to Designer Appreciation Day on Sept. 12 at the High Point Design Center! Click here for more information.More

Master Class
Architectural Digest
Albert Hadley, éminence grise of American interior design, has trained some of the country's top tastemakers. So it was only natural that when two major events converged on his calendar last fall — his retirement after more than 50 years in business and his honorary chairmanship of the "Rooms With a View" showhouse in Southport, Conn. — a dozen acolytes would rush to pay their aesthetic respects. More

Bringing the Ocean With Her
The New York Times
When Marie DiManno got married in 1973, her new husband, Jerry DiManno, told her, "You have to love the beach." Fortunately she did. Because for the next three decades, Marie DiManno, who is now the director of the shop at the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan, N.Y., and Jerry DiManno, a lawyer, lived in a house in Breezy Point, on the western end of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, just 30 feet from the ocean. More

Collective Effort
Elle Decor
Although Trent Wisehart works in the New York fashion industry — he supervises store design and visual merchandising for Tommy Hilfiger — the idea of living in the big city has never appealed to him. "I'm originally from the Midwest," says the Ohio native. "I could never deal with not having a yard or lots of room." When he decided to invest in a house, Wisehart looked at a number of towns west of Newark, N.J. But he was most attracted to South Orange, a community with a profusion of parks and green spaces and a "hipper, more diverse" crowd, he says. "It has older homes, big lots, and much more privacy." It's also only a half-hour train ride from New York City.More

Designer Liz Levin on Troubleshooting Elementary and Tween Decor
The Washington Post
When Bethesda, Md., designer Liz Levin had her first daughter, Julia, now 4, she fell into what she calls "design panic." Levin added: "Suddenly, all I saw were sharp corners, toxic finishes and poor investments. Safety became number one, and figuring out how to best spend money on my growing kid became number two."More

Lori Graham, Owner of Showroom 1412, Breaks With Traditional DC Design
The Washington Post
Bold designer Lori Graham, owner of the newly opened Showroom 1412, speaks heresy in tradition-bound Washington: Everything does not have to match.More

Alphabet Decor Spells High Style for Rooms
School is officially in session! My 6-year-old has started first grade, and since then, we've gone from summer calm to classroom crunch in a hurry, interior design journalist Lisa Frederick writes. I'm already battling piles of paper — spelling tests, math homework, art projects and so on. In honor of the new school year, let's celebrate that most basic building block of academics: the alphabet.More