April 2016



Allied, Associate and Student Members
Jill Jackson-Jenkins, ASID
Anne-Laure Kohler
Allied ASID
Martha Hagen Black
Allied ASID
Giovanni Uribe
Allied ASID

Industry Partners
William Cushman      
Michael Chaney
Lovesac Furniture

How to Upgrade your Designer Portfolio


Go to the Log In tab at then select your chapter and log in by entering your
Firstname.Lastname.membership number (enter exactly as shown, using capital letters and periods)
then use your ASID member number again as your password.


Once you have logged in you will see your member preview and a place to upgrade your portfolio. Also when you are logged in you can edit your profile and add photos.


If you have any problems or don't know your member number please email

Building The ASID Brand

Sometimes it's who you know. Sometimes it's what you know. Throughout the fall, ASID members, staff, and the National Board have been traveling the globe building the Society's network at home and abroad, and engaging in conversations with international experts on issues that affect the entire interior design industry. ASID National Chair Sandy Gordon shares her insights on how the Society's enhanced presence at global tradeshows, events, and conferences is elevating the ASID brand. 

ASID Academy: Featured Course

Setting Your Intentions is the first course in the four-part Business Strategy Solutions series designed to teach interior designers the skills and best practices needed to develop more successful businesses. Take this course to earn CEUs and develop your business strategy plan for 2016.

Get to Know All the ASID Advantage Programs
Trade Pricing
Design professionals specified over $68.5 billion dollars over the last year,* so having access to wholesale pricing and exclusive products can be a huge advantage to your business. This is one of the top selling points that drive consumers to work with design professionals and the hundreds of ASID Industry Partner members that are eager to partner with you. Dedicated sponsor emails will keep you informed about the discounts ASID members receive with select manufactures. Keep checking our growing list of trade discounts here.
ASID Job Bank
Looking for your next job or new talent to help build your team? ASID has one of the most respected job banks in the industry and has connected people to jobs all over the country. It's important to know where to look when you are ready to talk interior design jobs! ASID members receive a discount on job placement ads.
Magazine Subscriptions
In addition to your complimentary subscription to ASID ICON, you also have exclusive access to some of the leading publications within our industry!
Participating publications include ContractMetropolis, Interior Design, and Luxe.
If you would like to learn more about industry partner membership and how it can leverage your company, click here.
Thank you to Laura Bordeaux, ASID who has agreed to chair the Legislative Affairs committee. She has CCID experience and is a past ASID CT President.  We look forward to working with her.
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors

Thank you to our Bronze sponsors

Thank you to our Media sponsors

ASID Voices Its Stance on HB 2
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is dismayed with the North Carolina legislature and governor's recent actions to enact discriminatory legislation (HB 2) that overturns protections for LGBT people and sanctions discrimination across the state. As an organization that represents nearly 26,000 interior design professionals, manufacturers, and industry representatives, ASID believes that laws such as HB 2 are unacceptable and counterproductive for business and the profession at large. ASID invites interior designers to join their voices with others from across the country. Learn more online or text "One Voice' to 52886 for more information.

Design Resources for Homelessness
More than 500,000 Americans are homeless during any given night of the year, but designers now have the knowledge and tools to make a difference. Design Resources for Homelessness, funded by the ASID Foundation's Irene Winifred Eno Grant and launching this summer, is a curated collection of research-backed information for interior designers, architects, and homelessness advocacy organizations. Case studies and information reports provide programming guidance, while searchable databases can help locate similar facilities for site visits. Great Ideas describe small, cost-efficient features designers can include that make a difference to people in crisis. Donate or get involved in this important nonprofit initiative

Event Sponsorship Opportunities at ASID CT

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Lisa Davenport Designs

Lisa Davenport Allied ASID, principal and designer of Connecticut based design firm Lisa Davenport Designs, has expanded her interior and exterior design talents to the Southwest Florida area.
Since Lisa Davenport Designs was founded in 2012, Lisa's talents have not been limited to Connecticut.  She has taken her firm all over the east coast, including Boston, Watch Hill and multiple Florida locations.
This expansion is a perfect fit for Lisa Davenport Designs.  "I established this firm with the belief that design should be a fun, painless, and enjoyable experience.  Part of that experience has been sharing my small town life with clients. Essentially, my own little 'Mayberry.'  So, when I considered expanding into the Bonita Springs/Naples area, and found that the Bonita Springs tagline is 'Small town charm, big bright future...' I knew it was meant to be." said Lisa Davenport.
On March 7th Lisa Davenport Designs welcomed Trish DiMungo to the team as a Project Manager for the Bonita Springs Division. Trish will be heading up operations in Southwest Florida, assisting current clients and welcoming new clients into the Lisa Davenport Design experience. Trish comes to the firm with extensive management and client relations experience, specifically in the interior design field.  This, paired with her high energy and enthusiasm, makes her a lovely addition to Lisa's team.

This expansion will be officially announced on March 31st through various social media venues. There will also be a unique announcement package to Lisa Davenport Design clientele and vendors, just another Lisa Davenport Designs experience.
About Lisa Davenport Designs:
Lisa Davenport Designs is an interior design studio headquartered in Connecticut, specializing in interior design services, bespoke furniture design and general contracting for transformative personal spaces. We offer full residential design services including custom renovations, design and implementation as well as new construction assistance and consultation. With 20+ years of experience in the design field, our team has developed a process that design an enjoyable, seamless, and most of all, personal experience.
Happy Spring!

Spring is a time of rebirth, new beginnings and growth.  My mission as President of ASID CT is for our profession, our chapter and you as members to continue to grow and thrive well into the future. To that point we at ASID CT has put together an amazing Best Practices Event planned for April 27th that is sure to change your design practice, enhance your business and improve your quality of life as a designer.  Talk about setting your path for a new beginning!
The event will be held at Stark's beautiful new showroom in Stamford and feature guest speakers Marc Molinsky of Designer Advantage and John Perten, Esq. of the law firm Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA.  Marc Molinsky will layout the simple yet critical keys to running a successful and profitable design practice while John Perten will be breaking down the essentials of crafting stronger client agreements as part of our featured Legal Issues CEU 1.0 IDCEC Session.  This is the one event that you cannot miss.  From a personal perspective, my firm's practice and my day-to-day quality of life as a designer and business owner has improved exponentially thanks to the expert guidance of these two professionals" Please join me for this AMAZING ASID CT Event! - Free for Members.
Chapter Update
At our Annual meeting in September, I stated that ASID CT's goal during my term was to engage YOU, whatever your career stage or practice focus.   As in the past, we lost a few members this year, however I am very pleased to report that we have had 49 new Professional, Allied, Associate and Student members along with 9 new Industry Partners who have signed up since September.   Our chapter revenues are up 40% along with the perceived relevance and value of membership, as is the perception and relevance of ASID CT within our design community.
Industry Update
According to the Interior design 2015/2016 Outlook and State of the Industry report by ASID National, the health of the interior design industry is strong.  In fact, several indicators suggest that interior design has fully recovered from the recession, with the total number of employed interior designers (60,824), the total number of design firms (13,527), total sales ($8.6 billion), and the dollar value of products specified ($68.5 billion) now approaching or above pre-recession levels. Billings and inquiries are up too, with positive expectations into next year.
Our Profession
The interior design profession is not only growing but it is evolving!  The big picture trends that effect all of us; Health & Well-being, Technology, Urbanization, Globalization, Sustainability and Resiliency are all interwoven into the projects we are designing. Sustainability and holistic design have been identified as the most transformative while designing for healthy behavior and the internet are the two fastest moving trends.

Giving Back
I am pleased to announce that ASID CT has raised and donated $2,000.00 to HER HAVEN.  HER HAVEN is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that was founded on the belief that comfort and beauty do make a difference in all of our lives.
With your support and participation we will continue to grow our chapter and our profession!  As the old saying goes:
 "A rising tide lifts all boats".
With admiration and tremendous respect,
Craig J. Smith, RID, ASID, NCIDQ
President ASID CT

Thank you to those who voted for our 2016/2017 ASID CT Board of Directors.

Congratulations to our new officers beginning October 1, 2016:

President - Hollie Sutherland, ASID
President-Elect - Jody Myers-Fierz, ASID, LEED AP
Membership Director - Leo Robitaille, Industry Partner Rep. for Carlisle Wide Plank Floors (he is presently interim Membership Director) (two year term)
At Large Director - Hilary Carlin, Industry Partner Rep. for Dbar Inc. (two year term)
Nominating Committee
Chair - Amy B. Eisenberg, Allied ASID, Past President
Rachel Belden, ASID
Sara Hopkins, Allied ASID
Ellen Dunn, ASID
Barbara Schmidt, Allied ASID

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ASID CT Design Expo and Student Career Launch 2016

On Wednesday, February 7 at the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at the University Bridgeport ASID CT hosted their annual Student Career Launch and Design Expo.  It was a very well attended evening for our students to meet the designers, have their portfolios reviewed, apply for internships and listen to our speaker DJ Johnson, Director of Chapter Development Programs at ASID.  It was also an opportunity for our Industry Partners and Designers to listen to our keynote speaker, Phyllis Harbinger, ASID of DCI Design Studio.  

A very big thank you to our sponsors, Farrow & Ball, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors and CT Cottages and Gardens.  Also a thank you to our Industry Partners for supporting our evening - Daltile, County TV, Stark Carpet, Artistic Endeavors, Kebabian Rugs, Legrand, County TV, Franklin Wood, Paramount Stone and Walker and Willis.

To see more photos click HERE

Alix G. Perrachon of Alix Unlimited

Alix G. Perrachon discovered her passion for handmade decorative carpets while living in Turkey in 1978-80. She is a writer, speaker, and consultant in the rug industry to the interior design trade and private buyers. She has worked at HALI-The Oriental Rug Journal of Oriental Carpets & Textiles and The Oriental Rug Magazine, later renamed AREA Magazine. Her articles on oriental and decorative weavings and antiques have also appeared in House & Garden, Art & Auction, Antique Collector, Art & Antiques, and The New York Times among other publications. 

Alix is the author of The Decorative Carpet-Fine Handmade Rugs in Contemporary Interiors published by The Monacelli Press/ Random House in the Fall of 2010. This 256-page page book with over 200 color illustrations is the first and only to treat the decorating aspect of handmade rugs. Featuring the work of 32 celebrity designers-including Penny Drue Baird, Clodagh, Jamie Drake, David Easton, Bunnie Williams,  Vicente Wolf, and ASID CT long-standing member Robin McGarry (whose image was selected as the book cover by Random House)--it addresses the needs of today's buyer. Alix has been speaking on her book and the importance of handmade rugs in interior design at the High Point and Atlanta markets, the D& D building in New York, design centers in Boston, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, MN and Naples, FL, and at decorative rug retailers' galleries in other locations such as Dallas, TX, and Hartford, CT.
Alix has lectured and organized educational programs at numerous venues, including the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the New York School of Interior Design, ASID,  the Association Angoumoisine des Amis des Arts in France and with the Connecticut, New Jersey,  Los Angeles, and Dallas chapters of the ASID.  She served as one of the five international judges at the prestigious Carpet Design Awards (CDA) competition in January 2012 and 2013 in Hanover, Germany, the world's leading floor coverings and handmade rug market. She is an Industry Partner with the New York and Connecticut Chapters of the ASID and has been a speaker and active participant in numerous events including ASID CT's "Design Matters Forum" (May 2015) featuring Clodagh as the VIP speaker.
In January 2016, Alix became CEU-certified to teach "The Decorative Carpet in Interior Design--The Key to a Successful Design Strategy." Through her illustrated presentation of interiors crafted by today's top interior designers, all featured in her book The Decorative Carpet, she divulges their specific tried-and-true tips while weaving in her approach gleaned from her many years consulting with the design trade. The presentation focuses on decorating with a wide spectrum of handmade rugs (e.g., oriental, transitional, and contemporary) in interiors ranging from traditional to avant-garde and addresses issues including handmade rugs' increasing relevance in sustainable interiors. "Most designers know how important a handmade decorative rug is to an interior and how its placement is essential to the harmony and flow of a room. However, many are overwhelmed and intimidated because of the many types, styles, and price points available," she says. The ASID course is designed to dispel myths and confusion on decorating with handmade rugs.
Selected by the New York Times Design Series, Alix moderated the Architectural Digest Design Show seminar featuring three interior designers and  entitled "The Perfect Rug: What You Need to Know to Select the Rug of Your Dreams" on March 18, 2016 which drew an enthusiastic crowd of 200 attendees. "It just shows that there is a great thirst for solid information on handmade rugs out there!" says Alix. 

Farrow & Ball Returns to MoMA
British craftsmen in paint and paper, Farrow & Ball is painting the backdrop to the hotly anticipated Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty at MoMA until July 24th.  MoMA's curatorial team chose muted greys, and blacks from the Farrow & Ball collection to complement this exhibition of acclaimed works by distinguished Parisian artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917).
Farrow & Ball Colour Consultants worked closely with MoMA to create a scheme that would really complement the paintings, drawings and sketches on display; while also working with the existing architecture, symmetry and asymmetry of the galleries, so that the artworks could really be the focus.  Together they chose rich grey Mole's Breath, sublimely dark Off-Black and new colour Worsted as a quiet backdrop to this dynamic exhibition.
Farrow & Ball works closely with museums and art institutions, both large and small, around the world.  Marketing Director, Josephine Rance said "We are thrilled to continue our relationship with The Museum of Modern Art, and collaborate on such an extraordinary exhibition this year."
"At Farrow & Ball, many of our colours and wallpaper patterns are inspired by the past - from historical homes to archival fabrics and important works of art. Supporting the world's leading museums is intrinsic to our ethos not only because our signature depth of colour provides a remarkable backdrop for fine art, but also because we are dedicated to preserving the beauty of the past."
Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty is open now.  Find out more at and  


ASID held the LAUNCH Student Summit in Savannah, GA this past February, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design. Sold out at 250, ASID students from all over mingled and networked for a weekend of leadership, collaboration, and professional development. Inspiration was blooming as professionals from groundbreaking companies such as Gensler, Studio O+A, and AvroKO discussed hot topics in a variety of breakout sessions. It was an event like no other, and is already being planned for 2017 so stay tuned for more information as we inch closer!


It's Not a Small World...
It's an Interconnected One
The challenges facing the design industry affect us all, whether we work locally, nationally, or internationally. ASID participates in global conversations with organizations such as the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers because we are all connected. From Los Angeles to Tokyo, the design community is concerned about the same issues, which include: sustainability, social welfare, economic viability, resiliency, and health and wellness.
We learn a great deal from these global conversations. They expand our perspectives on issues, broaden our pool of knowledge with cutting-edge research, and provide a benchmark from which we can gauge our economic, social, and business successes and failures. Are we, as designers, ahead on these issues, or is there more we can be doing?
Learn more on how ASID continues to lead conversations both in the U.S. and abroad in theMarch edition of Chair's Message (click below to watch the video).

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