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Please note that ASID   
members have until March 31st   
to report their continuing   
education units.   

February 2014   


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President's Note : : 

2014 promises to be anything but dull.  The frigid weather has not kept north-country designers under the covers!  In January, Rochester ASID designers designed and manned a booth at the Rochester Spring Home Show.  A full crowd listened to Kay Sargent, of Teknion, speak to a full crowd at r.o.i. Office Interiors in Albany.  Cynthia Leibrock gave a talk on "Universal Design for Health and Longevity" at the SU Design Warehouse.  These are just a few of the things that have been going on in Upstate/NY and Canada East - and this is just the beginning of the year.  There's more to come....


High on my list of upcoming events is REDISCOVER:  ASID Network 2014 - it's coming up fast -March 27-28th to be exact.  We took some time to rethink our Network event and we've come up with a winner at the MOST in downtown Syracuse's Armory Square. There will be a Trade Show and Open Museum, a USGBC CEU, and other ceu presentations, student activities and a RE.STYLE Competition -- Here's a chance to be creative by reusing typically discarded objects! Check out our event site:


Want to keep abreast of what is going on so you don't miss out?  Keep an eye out for our monthly newsletters, our mid-month announcements, and check out

The Chapter Voice blog: , then Like us on Facebook:  ASID Upstate New York/Canada East, and use your smartphone to Log onto instagram and search "ASIDUNYCE".  There are lots of ways to find us.  Then share your projects and see what other ASID members are doing.


One last thing:  In case you hadn't heard, ASID members now have until March 31st to report their continuing education units. 

2014 Election Results : : 


Congratulations to our elected leadership and thank you to all who voted in the election process.

Anne Adesso, Past Chapter President, reports elections are now complete and the results have been tabulated.  

Congratulations to our elected leadership and thank you to all who voted in the election process.  The results shown below will also appear on our chapter website.

Terms starting October 1, 2014

                    President-elect:    Michael Moore

                    Director-at-Large: David Thomas (second term)

                    Communications:  Janice Medina


Continuing Board Members

                     President:  Corinn Soro

                     Financial Director:  Jill Sarkis

                     Professional Development: Mary Sue Schwarz

                     Membership: Lauren Zacher (second term)


Given the chapter geography there are various opportunities to become more involved with fellow designers and the chapter beyond being on the Board. Please contact Cathy Emilian for opportunities in your area.



Thank you to all members who took the opportunity to give back to the ASID New York Upstate/Canada East chapter at the ACS Rochester Spring Home Show recently.We had the opportunity to meet National presenter: Ahmed Hassan of HGTV Yard Crashers and Blog Cabin and talk to him after his presentations. Naomi and Dan Harel and Dani Polidor had a chance to speak about our design passions to the public and both presentations were well received with many great questions after wards. 

                                                      Dani Polidor, ASID of Suite Artistry


The recent American Consumer Shows "Home Show" in Rochester N.Y. was a great opportunity for the ASID NY/UCE Chapter to educate the home consumer about the benefits of working with a professional interior designer. We explained how we work, how we charge and what we can do to help the homeowner achieve their interior design goals. We began many of the discussions with the question: "Have you ever worked with an interior designer"? As you can image we got a variety of interesting answers!

Dani Polidor, ASID of Suite Artistry gave a presentation about Aging in Place and Naomi Harel, ASID and Dan Harel of INVISION DESIGN PARTNERS, LLC gave a talk about Professional tips for Successful Home Interiors you can Apply.


The booth ("a home office") was a wonderful collaborative effort put together by several Rochester Professional ASID members including Naomi Harel and Dani Polidor. Creative Commercial Designs, Sedgwick Business Interiors and Messners Carpets graciously loaned the furniture, accessories and rug. Also helping in the booth were: Kathleen Burbank, Mary Golden, ASID, Cathy Emilian, ASID, Mary Sue Schwartz, ASID and Janet Bowman, Assoc. ASID. Additional thanks go out to Alan Alaimo of Trowel Art for transportation and schlepping of furniture!


It was a successful endeavor and one that should be repeated whenever the opportunity presents itself. 
 Naomi Harel, ASID of Invision Design Partners, LLC
Dani Polidor, Ahmad Hassan, Naomi Harel, Janet Bowman, Kathleen Burbank

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March 11th Session at Albany Best Tile.  
For info contact Christine Wadlington

March 12th Session at Buffalo Best Tile.  
For info contact  Mark Malatin


Interior Designers for Legislation in New York (IDLNY)
is hard at work on behalf of interior designers in New York State.
ASID NYU/CE is a supporter of IDLNY and our members are encouraged to support the organization in any way possible. Some upcoming dates you may want to be aware of: 

Monday, April 7th
NY11+ Opening Ceremony and Reception
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Legislative Office Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany

Thursday, April 10th
Designers on the Block 2: A Night of Auction and Fun
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: The Mohawk Group, 71 West 23rd Street, 18th Floor, New York

Wednesday, April 23rd
NY11+ Opening Ceremony and Reception
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Grohe America Showroom, 160 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor, New York

Designers on the Block 2 is the second annual fundraiser for IDLNY. NY11+ was founded in 1997 and hosts an annual show of work by students in Interior Design programs throughout the state.
We hope you will be able to take part in one of these events. Check out and for more information. 


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