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Letter From Our President
News and Reminders
2014-2015 Board Members
Upcoming Events
News from our Members
News from our Students
News from our Industry Partners
Welcome to our New Members
NCIDQ Information, CEU Requirements and Registration
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MAY 2014
Left to right, front to back: PC Schnell, Amy Eisenberg, Barbara Schmidt, Sara Hopkins, Sandra Long of Laura's Draperies, Lynn Garelick, Diane Hayden of AKDO, Peggy and John Kebabian of Kebabian's and Tom Long of Laura's Draperies
Sara Hopkins, Allied ASID

For anyone that attended last evening's CTC&G's Innovation in Design Awards, we can all agree that a good time was had by all. Our ASID table was comprised of Industry Partners and Members from ASID, a perfect mix of design colleagues that make being a part of this organization so exciting and rewarding. John Edelman received the prestigious Innovator Award, and the winners were recognized in their various categories for their exemplary work, all so well-deserved. Thanks to CTC&G for hosting this lively annual event.


In Feb., I attended the president's conference in DC with all the president's from our 48 chapters. We were given the opportunity to discuss ideas for the future growth and direction of ASID, that will place us on the forefront of our professional world.  It is clear from this experience that we are an organization poised for great changes, a point reiterated by our own CEO, Randy Fiser, at the Student Career Night at the Univ. of Bridgeport. And thank you to John Kandalaft for hosting another successful student event.


We can't thank Hansgrohe enough for their continued support of our chapter. Once again, they hosted a day-long event in the city, holding a CEU on 'Design for All', followed by a day of exploration in the meatpacking district, and finishing with a delightful dinner at the Old Homestead before returning home by bus, each of us with a Hansgrohe Raindance Handshower as a take-away. How generous is that?


Keep checking the calendar for our up-and-coming CEU events. Dorothy Robertshaw has been putting together some great programs that continue to help us fulfill our CEU requirements. Just a reminder, beginning in Jan. through Dec. of 2015, we are now required to attend 10 hours of CEU's.


I wish you all a glorious summer. See you in Sept., on the 16th, at our Annual Meeting at Ambler Farm in Wilton. I look forward to seeing you all there.


Thank you to our Sponsors



On a frigid, blustery evening on February 27, ASID CT held the annual Student Career Night at Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at University of Bridgeport.  There was great participation in the event by interior design students from the University of Bridgeport and the University of New Haven.  The Gallery location synergy was exciting as the rooms were filled with people passionate about design.


The evening heated up as students seized the opportunity to have their portfolio reviewed by professional interior designers on a one to one basis. This level of objective critique is beneficial to the students as they are soon to be embarking on their employment searches and are the Design Professionals of the future.

Design Professionals that so generously donated their time to critique portfolios this year were:


George Dumitru Architect, Studio Dimitru

Connie Cooper, Designer, Connie Cooper Designs

Diana Jonason, Designer C2 Limited

Susan Pickney, Designer Tai Soo Kim Partners

Ed Bottomley, Designer, Cama Inc.

Roz Cama, Designer, Cama Inc.

Jonathan Wagner, Architect, Wagner Architects

Terry Scarbourough Designer, Deane

Alex Lanuk, Designer, ATL Environments


A trade show during the evening was also held for the students by Industry related vendors. Students received exposure to a wide range of Industry Products. Representatives were eager to educate the students on their products, trends, and their applications.  Thank you to Knoll Textiles, Benjamin Moore Paint, Alix Unlimited Rugs, Akdo, Teknion, Wilsonart and Porcelanosa for their support of this portion of the event.


The evening guest speaker was ASID National Executive Vice President and CEO Randy Fiser.  Randy's leadership, energy and optimism about the "impact" designers have in creating the world we live in sent a meaningful message to both student designers and industry professionals alike. Randy shared important insight with the students on the value of joining ASID as emerging professionals. ASID inspires and enriches members by promoting the value of interior design through the building of business relationships, education and knowledge sharing.  


Please click here to see all the photos from the evening.


Thank you to Connecticut Cottages & Gardens for their photos. Photographer Chris Rivera

Wakefield To the Trade Only Market Day/May 1, 2014


Wakefield Design Center in Stamford opened their doors to a full day of inspirational and informational programming to benefit the CT design community earlier this month.


Beacon Hill Design Director Alexis Audette shared the design process the company explores as it creates a new fabric design. The design team is influenced by antique and unique textiles that their research department has collected from around the world. Color and imagery is reproduced in a modern day interpretation in their fabric lines on many of their fine silks.  The vibrant saturated colors of the silk fabrics that Alexis brought along for all to experience were a delight to the senses as we all were waiting for spring to arrive.


 Textile Designer Lori Weitzner presented an inspirational program that showed her influences in nature, art and the environment and how they translate to her signature fabrics, wall coverings, and the passementerie designs she has created for Samuel and Son.


Interior Designers Thomas O'Brien and Thom Filicia both spoke about their Interior Design Journey's and inspirations, and have each published a new book. Thomas O'Brien's book is titled, Aero beginning to now, and Thom Filicia's is titled American Beauty Renovating and Decorating A Beloved Retreat.


Houzz, Pinterest, Blogs was an informative program presented by a panel including Kerri Rosentahal, Tiffany Eastman, and Jennifer Mehditash and was moderated by Stacey Kunsted, editor, stylist, designer.


ASID Chapter Members were on hand to offer a membership outreach to designers and potential industry partners attending the event.  Our Chapter's strength is in it's membership. The CT ASID Chapter always welcomes new members designers and Industry Partners. 


Barbara Schmidt, Allied ASID
Beacon Hill

Connecticut Cottages and Gardens held it's 8th annual Innovation In Design Awards at the Greenwich Country Club May 20th. This prestigious design competition recognizes exceptional architecture, landscape, bath design, kitchen design, interior design, builder recognition and innovation product innovation. John Edelman,CEO of Design Within Reach was honored with the 2014 Innovator Award. ASID CT designer and industry partners attended this celebrated event. 


Phoenix Audio Video and Houzz Event

Phoenix AudioVideo held a 'sunset seminar' on May 6th with two speakers for the evening. Michael Stein, from Houzz, guided the audience in the optimum use of their website and the importance of social media today. He demonstrated the technology tools available to design professionals to create an online presence and effectively interface with clients in today's online world. Check out Houzz if you aren't familiar with them. The CEU program for the evening was on "Sound Isolation in a Specialty Room", presented by Bob Decundo. The audience learned about controlling sound in various spaces, the methods that can be used and the positive experience that can be achieved by implementing measures in the planning process. We were treated to a viewing of snippets of 'Gravity' and 'Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World', an amazing experience showcasing the quality you can attain in a well-designed room. For anyone interested in learning more about this topic, Phoenix has a team of professionals able to help you design your perfect space and answer any of your questions. They are located at 72 Chambers St. in Fairfield.



2014 ASID CT Board Voting
Congratulations to our board members for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.
President-Elect - Craig J. Smith, ASID
Membership Director - Kristine Kunkel, Allied ASID
At Large Director - Amy Simon, Industry Partner Rep. for Amy Simon Fine Art
Student Representative to the Board - Samantha Jones, Student ASID
Thank you for your commitment to our Chapter.

ASID CT Annual Meeting - Save the Date

Tuesday, September 6 at Ambler Farm, Wilton
ASID CT Holiday Party - Save the Date

Thursday, December 4
ASID Go Pro - Save the Date

Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27.



Karen Davis ASID

Davis Raines Design


I have been working as an interior designer for over 22 years now. I feel fortunate to have my own company, which has served as a platform for my creativity the past 13 years. I continue to enjoy working with clients on various projects, currently concentrated in the CT and NY area.


Growing up on the west coast, I pursued my further education at USC and continued on to graduate from the Architecture & Interior design program at UCLA. I had my first tastes of professional experience working for a residential design firm and an international hotel design group. After moving East I continued to explore the field of interior design working with a hospitality group in NY.


In the early stages of my career the types of projects I became a part of varied greatly, ranging from high end homes in Los Angeles to luxury hotel apartments and spas in the Philippines. The diverse nature of my professional background has aided in the establishment of my own business, as I continue to take on both large and small-scale projects.

I enjoy designing projects that are reflective of my clients' unique setting, personal collections and lifestyle.


I recently completed a new space for a ob/gyn medical office in Manhattan, as well as a lake front Adirondack-inspired home in Kent, CT. The latter of which will be featured in the winter issue of New England Home magazine. My current on-going projects include a Manhattan duplex and the updating/renovation of a few private CT homes.


Although I find all of my work to be engaging, I am especially excited about a project that will be published in Architectural Digest this Fall. I collaborated with a Parisian design firm working to relocate an international family to Connecticut.


When I am not working, I choose to spend my time amongst family and friends.  I also enjoy being a hobbyist bee keeper.




Samantha Jones, Student ASID

Student Representative to the Board 2014-2015


University of New Haven


I am currently a junior at the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. My major is Interior Design with a specification in Pre-Architecture and a minor in Photography. I am originally from New England, my hometown is Amherst, NH. I came to New Haven with a love for interior design  and the hopes of developing skills for a great career. Design is not my only passion however, I love athletics and relaxing with my family. Growing up I spent a lot of time in Maine learning to sail and renovating a house with my family.The time spent renovating with my family started my love for interiors. There is so much freedom and excitement with creating a space that affects the mood of people. I'm really looking forward to a great year with ASID and hope to connect with all the other students trying to find their way into a fantastic career. 




Kebabian's Oriental Rugs
America's Oldest Oriental Rug Importer & Dealer.

Established in 1882 by John C. Kebabian downtown New Haven in order to finance his education at Yale.


Mihran H. Kebabian succeeded him by 1920 and ran the business until after WWII at which point John P. Kebabian took over. The current owner, John P. Kebabian, Jr., took ownership in 1992 and anticipates being succeeded by the 5th generation represented by son Josh and, possibly, daughters Ellen & Phoebe. John's wife Peggy Kebabian helps with many aspects of the business, especially in marketing and sales. His sister Marcy does all of the Oriental rug restoration. The company currently employs between 5 and 6 staff members in their historic downtown New Haven showroom.


Kebabian's imports only the best quality hand-knotted and hand-woven Oriental rugs, carpets and flat weaves (specifically, Kilims & Soumakhs). They also have a fantastic selection of antique and semi-antique Orientals.


Known more for traditional Orientals, their tasteful selection of modern and contemporary rugs/carpets is expanding. They specialize in all natural rugs (i.e., those with handspun vegetally dyed wool,silk). They provide complete service on their premises (washing, repairing) for all pieces they've sold.


Kebabian's is the 2014 Corporate Heritage Award Winner given by the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. This is a recognition given to those businesses in greater New Haven that have demonstrated leadership for 100 years or more. It is a GREAT honor!


Kebabian's is a proud Industry Partner member of ASID CT.



Welcome to our New Members


Industry Partner Members 


JeffSargentHansgrohe, Inc.
LaurenEvansExquisite Surfaces
NickGeragiKalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet
ColleenMontaganoKohler Co.


Professionals and Students


Franchesca CreveCoeur
Anne Carr                         Anne Carr Design
Julia Frossell                   Tweak Interiors
Karen Rankine                 Kie Design LLC.
Kristyn Andrade   






Introducing New Benefit for Active Certificate Holders


Member Cards Now Offered Via Web

To support the ASID platform issue of sustainability, ASID will no longer print and mail membership cards for allied or professional members. Members can log in to ASID.org and print a membership card 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at their convenience. This process has been successful with our student and Industry Partner members, for which it has been in effect for more than three years.

To print a card, members must log in to ASID.org and select "Go to My ASID." Once in the My ASID section, they should then select "Print Your ASID Membership card."



To All of Our Connecticut Members,  


By now you should be aware of the requirement to complete 10 educational credits per year in the future to maintain your ASID membership.


To clarify these requirements, please keep the following in mind:

  1. Not every CEU is created equal.
  2. Only IDCEC approved seminars and CIDA-accredited Continuing Education classes are accepted.
  3. You must register your classes on the IDCEC website for credit.

If you need further explanation of requirements, please click here for details. To register your credits with IDCEC, visit the IDCEC website and follow the instructions on this page.



IDCEC Numbers Now Available on the IDCEC Website

ASID members requiring CEUs may now find their IDCEC number on the IDCEC website. This number is required to sign into IDCEC and access transcripts, retrieve certificates of completion, warehouse CEUs, register CEUs and more. Your IDCEC number is also required when attending CEU eligible events. And don't forget, 2013 is a CEU deadline year - ASID members requiring CEUs must have 0.6 CEUs by March 31, 2014.




Please Contact Us 

The ASID CT newsletter is interested in sharing the thoughts of our Interior Designers, Industry Partners and Students. We would like to hear your views on design and business issues, and about jobs you are working on. Please contact us if you would like us to include something about you in our next newsletter.

Please check our website regularly for news, upcoming events and important information