December 2019 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Light up the sleigh this holiday season and take the time to look up. Look up are two words when combined together have many meanings. 

When referring to interior design, designers remind clients to look up. We are acknowledging that the ceiling is a design space known as the “fifth wall”. Giving it more consideration than painting it white can really make a difference to our homes. Whether you choose to wallpaper, add some glamour or interest to a neutral space or create a focal point. 

Lighting is another reason we look up. A lighting fixture can be jewelry to the eye, a work of art or a focal point to enjoy. 

I look up to all the members of IDS Charlotte; an amazing group of dedicated people who have come together for a common goal; serving the best interests of the organization. It’s been an exciting year. In May, we were awarded the IDS National Excellence in Membership Growth and Engagement award. In September we reached the 100 member milestone for the first time in the history of IDSCLT. Last month, we elected the 2020 executive board. In addition, for the last couple of years we’ve been connecting and collaborating on the unique and unprecedented 2020 Showhouse Event. 

Most importantly, I use the words look up to denote optimism, being positive, and encourage, not criticize. Embrace all that is good. When you need to reignite the fire in your soul, look up to the power of the sky. It represents all that is possible. 

In the spirit of this holiday season, I wish you health, happiness and may all your dreams come true. 

Give back this holiday season...make someone happy. 

Respectfully Yours, Audrey Clawson Charlotte Chapter President IDS Professional 

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama

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The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishing Show

Tuesday, January 14 - Tuesday, January 21, 2020     9am – 6pm

The Premier Gift, Décor and Lifestyle Market. Source from more than 8,000 brands across all product categories including seasonal, tabletop, housewares, gourmet, juvenile, fashion accessories and more.

The Experience. Join Market’s community of influencers, retail experts, store owners, designers, media and manufacturers for an array of educational seminars, demos, industry networking events, tastemaker parties and more.

The Convenience. Shop with ease using Atlanta Market’s digital tools to navigate curated product collections across our three interconnected buildings.

Who should attend? Everyone in the gift, décor and lifestyle industries. Includes buyers from small, medium and large retailers, designers, event planners, buying groups, bloggers, and media. Open to the trade only.

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The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2020 Registration Now Open 

The Largest North American Design & Construction Show Takes Place 

Jan. 21-23, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

The KBIS 2020 show floor encompasses three halls featuring more than 600 exhibitors, including core industry legacy brands like GE Appliances, Kohler and Cosentino, plus more than 70 new exhibitors. The show is also attracting boutique specialty brands from around the world. More than 25 global brands from Germany, Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Spain and the UK will be present, showcasing unique and unusual products not typically found at the event. Many will be found near the KBIS Edit area of the show floor. 

“We continue to increase our international brand presence for KBIS 2020 and are pacing ahead with more new exhibitors signing on daily,” said Amy Hornby, KBIS show director, Emerald Expositions. “Brands are innovating again, and an onslaught of new products and robust show programming are driving the growth of the show.” 

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December 2019 Christmas Party

December 10, 2019
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Queen City Audio Video and Appliance
2430 Queen City Dr
Charlotte, NC 28208

IDS Members only please.

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Trade Members


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