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May 2011  
IFDA Washington Chapter Newsletter
In This Issue
Hillwood Tour a Success!
Happy Hour
Welcome New Members
Resources 2011
From the President
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Welcome to Our May Newsletter!
This next month we have an upcoming Happy Hour in Cady's Alley June 16th, and other exciting news and information about what's happening in the IFDA Washington Chapter. In the President's message, Jackie Passaro gives tips about how to stay involved with IFDA to make your membership worthwhile!  

Hillwood Mansion Tour a Success!     

If we'd been able to order the 'perfect day' for our tour of Hillwood Mansion and Gardens on May 5th, we could not have done a better job. It was glorious! The gardens were in full bloom making the outdoors tour every bit as beautiful and interesting as the indoor tour of the room-by-room collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Highlights from the collections of this noted Washingtonian include Russian Icons, Faberge Eggs, English China - and jewelry.

Hillwood group

  Pictured Back row L to R: Jeanne Blackburn, Lisa Passaro Schneider (guest), John Petro, Julia Hatmaker. Front Row L to R: Alitia Cross, Jackie Passaro, Laura Fox, Julianne Yurek, Susan Shapiro

Members who attended the event all offered our thanks to Laura Fox of JANUS et Cie for planning the event.


A Note From Laura: Thank you to those who were able attend the most recent events, The Hillwood Tour, and the Mosaic Tile Event. Both events had a great turnout and were very informative. If you weren't able to make it to those events, sorry we missed you! But stay tuned, because we have many more fun events planned for this year.

Laura Fox, Vice President, Programs


Save the Date Happy Hour!  

happy hourDon't miss Happy Hour Delight in Cady's Alley, June 16th, from 3pm- 6pm. We've scheduled a tour of shops at Cady's Alley in Georgetown, that will end with Happy Hour in the JANUS et Cie Showroom. Come and see all that Cady's Alley has to offer, while supporting IFDA's Educational Scholarship Fund. More details to come in an E-vite soon!

Hope to see you there! 

Welcome New IFDA Members 

We are happy to announce six new members to the Washington DC Chapter of IFDA. Each brings a unique set of talents and resources to the group, so be sure to extend a warm welcome to them at the next meeting.

  • Evelyn Avery of Avery Fine Art.
  • Karen Acosta is owner of K. Baker Designs, LLC - specializing in window treatments. She is a student at Montgomery College.
  • Katy Dunn is a Design Assistant with Lynn Madyson Designs and a student at Montgomery College.
  • Kathy Hill is owner and Interior Designer of K Hill Designs working in residential and commercial interiors.
  • DuVal Reynolds is a Representative at California Closets and he is owner of DuVal Designs.
  • Christine Vincent is a student. 

Save the Date For Resources 2011 

IFDA's Annual Resources Event is October 4th, 2011! 


Please join us from 12pm - 4pm at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, VA for our annual industry networking event and take advantage of this opportunity to meet with 50+ of Washington's top vendors and distinguished design professionals.


Designers, get inspiration, find new resources, and meet with the Designer Portfolio Review Panel to get feedback on your work.


Vendors, get exposure, showcase your work and network with design professionals in the area. Complimentary lunch and beverages are offered from 12pm - 2pm. Registration details to follow.  

From the President - Jackie Passaro

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We are all aware of the social interchange and networking opportunities that membership in IFDA offers through events and seminars on local, regional, and national levels. But there's much more to it than that. Take a minute to check the website. You'll probably be surprised to know that there are more benefits to your membership than you thought. And don't be shy about mentioning some of these 'perks' to prospective members when you're talking with them about joining IFDA.

How to get the most out of your IFDA Membership: 
  1. Attend Chapter events (listed in monthly newsletter and electronic invites)
  2. Host an event (contact VP of Programs, Laura Fox at (
  3. Volunteer to serve on a committee (contacts listed on Washington Chapter page,   

Other Membership Perks:

(See details at

  • Health, life, disability, long-term care and business insurance policies offered through Association Health Programs.
  • Discounts on GEICO auto, homeowner, condo and other insurance policies.
  • A 10% discount on all flower and gift orders purchased through FTD, the Floral Experts TM.
  • Discounts on car rental services through the Hertz Membership Program.  
  • Discounts on in-store and online purchases at Office Depot

Or contact:


International Furnishings & Design Association

World Headquarters

150 S. Warner Road, Suite 156

King of Prussia, PA 19406

Phone: 610-535-6422

Fax: 610-535-6423



Respectfully Submitted,  

Jackie Passaro, President 

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