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April 2011  
IFDA Washington Chapter Newsletter
In This Issue
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Home & Design's Luxury Expo
Spotlight on Lisa Tureson
Joe Ruggiero to Receive Trailblazer Award
From the President
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Welcome to Our April Newsletter!
This month we have lots of exciting news to share as several events approach, including a visit to Hillwood Estate next week. Read on to learn more about other IFDA happenings this April and May, and check out the work of our very own Lisa Tureson, an American painter, who is showcased in our spotlight series.  

Calendar of Events For May 2011:   

May promises to be a busy month for Washington IFDA members and their guests. Here's what Laura Fox, VP of Programs, has lined up for us. Please note reservations deadlines - they're a must for planning purposes.  

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Hillwood Estate Tour May 5th, 10:30

May 5th - Hillwood Estate Tour, 10:30am: This event was rescheduled for May. We thought the gardens would be even more beautiful by this time of year. If you'd like to attend this event, please send a check for $15 (make it out to IFDA) per person to Laura Fox, 3304 M Street, NW Washington, DC, 20007 by April 29th. We will be pre-purchasing tickets for the event.

Hillwood Museum:

4155 Linnean Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20008


10:30am: We will tour through the gardens, which should be gorgeous at this time of the year.  

11:30am: Our group will tour through the mansion.

12:30pm: For those who would like to stay, we will eat lunch in the Hillwood Café.


Call Laura Fox with questions, 202.333.8111. We will meet at 10:15; start through the gardens at 10:30am, Tour the house at 11:30am. We will be doing lunch in the Café following the tour for those who want to stay.

Hillwood Mansion

May 10th Mosaic Tile Tour, 6-8pm:

Come see the latest trends and technology in tile! Mosaic Tile Company's recently remodeled Design Center in Fairfax will be hosting an Open House event May 10th, from 6-8pm.

Meet the Design Consultants and Sales Representatives available to assist you and your clients with all your ceramic tile and stone needs. Refreshments will be provided.


Mosaic Tile:
8400 Hilltop Road
Fairfax, VA 22031

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 5th to Laura Fox, or by phone, 202.333.8111  


mosaic tile 

This Just In: Don't Miss Home & Design's Luxury Expo, May 7-8th 

Home & Design's Luxury Expo will be held May 7-8th from 10-5pm at the Sheraton Premiere in Tysons Corner, VA.  


home and design expoPlanning a home design project? Or just looking for design and improvement ideas? If you answered yes, attending the Luxury Expo is a cost effective commitment-free way to build the blueprint for your next project.

Meet interior designers, builders, architects, landscape designers, window and floor experts, and home goods vendors at the HOME & DESIGN Luxury Expo. Click here for the exhibitor list.

Here's a sneak peek at what we've got in store for this year's show...   

  • Celebrity Appearance: Jane Lockhart of HGTV's Colour Confidential will be appearing both days showcasing her amazing before and after makeovers as seen on her highly regarded HGTV show. 
  • Designer Sample Sale: Benefitting Children's National Medical Center, the sample sale will feature furniture and home accessory pieces discounted for quick sale and contribution to a good cause. Come Peruse these unique one-of-a-kind items from designer's private stashes!  
  • TICKETS: Click here to purchase discounted tickets!  

In the Spotlight: Lisa Tureson, Artist

Lisa Tureson


Lisa Tureson is an American painter and artist whose talent graces numerous corporate and private collections.


Through an art career spanning more than two decades, she has become one of the most respected and admired members of The District's art and design community. For over a decade, she has worked exclusively on private commissions, providing fine and decorative art primarily to the Interior Design community and private clients.

Her work has been featured in the Washington Design Center, and in more than a dozen Show Houses for the National Symphony Orchestra. She has earned several awards from the American Society of Interior Designers for contributions to the Society, and has been a guest speaker twice at the Corcoran College of Art & Design.  


Additionally, Liza's work has been voted "Designer's Top Choice" of Decorative and Fine Art Studios twice by the Design community, and she has appeared on two episodes of HGTV.

Jennas Wave

"Jenna's Wave" by Lisa Tureson.

Lisa's work is typified by the integration of traditional methods with contemporary materials, style and innovation. "My work is driven by an aesthetic response to place, and a technical response to the process of painting. It is both analytical and atmospheric", she says.  


As such her paintings, which have been published in numerous local and national art and design magazines, show a body of work that is unusually varied.

IFDA Announces Joe Ruggiero as the Winner of the 2011 Trailblazer Award  

King of Prussia, PA - March 23, 2011 - The International Furnishings and Design Association's Board of Directors and Awards Committee are pleased to announce Joe Ruggiero as the recipient of the 2011 Trailblazer Award.  


Mr. Ruggiero, a renowned home furnishings product designer, television host, product spokesperson and magazine editor-in-chief will receive the 2011 Trailblazer Award at the Symposium Awards Dinner on Saturday, September 17, 2011. The Awards Dinner will be held in conjunction with the 2011 Symposium scheduled for September 15-17, 2011 at the Hotel Sofitel in Philadelphia, PA. 

Joe Ruggiero


IFDA presents the prestigious Trailblazer Award annually to a person who has been responsible for an innovation that meaningfully alters the way some aspect of the furnishings and design industry functions or is perceived.  


The Association defines a Trailblazer as creative and innovative, an influence on a national/international scale, a recognized leader in the furnishings and design profession and a contributor to the industry at large. "Mr. Ruggiero's distinguished career as a designer, television host, product spokesperson and magazine editor-in-chief epitomizes the definition of a Trailblazer" said IFDA President Janet Stevenson.  


The presentation of the 2011 Trailblazer Award to Mr. Ruggiero by President Janet Stevenson will be followed by Mr. Ruggiero's address to the Symposium Awards Dinner attendees. The Awards Dinner will provide attendees the opportunity to celebrate Mr. Ruggiero's contributions to the furnishings and design industry.   


IFDA is a non-profit trade association comprised of members who represent all aspects of the furnishings and design industry. The Association has 16 chapters including a chapter in Japan. IFDA is the driving force, through its programs and services, in enhancing the professionalism and stature of the furnishings and design industry worldwide.

For more information on IFDA's 2011 Symposium, please contact IFDA headquarters at 150 S. Warner Rd., Suite 156, King of Prussia, PA 19406; phone: 610-535-6422; fax: 610-535-6423; Website:  

From the President - Jackie Passaro

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It's hard to believe that we are already through the first quarter of the year and have had so many wonderful events to date. Even if you have yet to make it to one there are still plenty from which to choose. Feel free to reach out to me (email) or our VP of Programs, Laura Fox ( with any event ideas. This association only thrives from participation, so make it a goal to attend at least one event per quarter. To add to the fun, bring a friend!

DC Design house group

On April 20, members of our chapter toured the 2011 DC Design House to benefit Children's National Medical Center, where they saw the amazing talents of the 18 designers involved in this year's fund raiser - including our own Denise Willard and Lauren Liess.

Respectfully Submitted,  

Jackie Passaro
Washington Chapter President  

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