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A Quarterly Publication of the Alabama Chapter of The American Society of Interior Designers


On the cover: Award winning design by Alice Cutright, ASID Mobile, AL 2014 Design Excellence Awards

DEPARTMENTS President’s Message ................................................... 4 Board of Directors ....................................................... 6 New Members ............................................................ 9 President-Elect’s Message ........................................ 10 Professional Development Director’s Message ........ 10 Membership Director’s Message .............................. 10 Calendar of Events .................................................... 22


ASID Alabama Celebration .......................................... 5 Chapter Leadership Conference 2015......................... 8 ASID Alabama Mini-CLC ............................................ 11 Must Read Blogs ....................................................... 12 ASID Academy ........................................................... 16 ASID + Houzz ............................................................. 16 ASID on YouTube ....................................................... 16 2015 ASID Alabama State Conference ...................... 18 ASID ALABAMA │ Summer 2015 │ PAGE 3

Hello ASID Alabama members!




an you believe summer is over and it is time for the State Conference? It has been a busy few months for the ASID Alabama chapter. We held our inaugural Annual Meeting in April in Huntsville, and it was a huge success! We had a great time at the opening reception on Thursday evening, and then hearing Charlotte Moss speak at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Our own member Ann Marie Jackson gave a great presentation on the business of design on Friday at the Embassy Suites, and then we held a productive meeting with the board and the members present. The location and date for next year’s Annual Meeting is to be determined, but be on the lookout for all of the details and please make plans to attend! This summer we have held various CEUs across the state and a NCIDQ prep course in Huntsville. We are planning more Google Sketchup classes for the North Design Community, and we have a few 40th Anniversary celebrations scheduled for the fall. The board and our amazing volunteers plan all of these events for you, the member, so we truly hope you are enjoying them. We are gearing up for the State Conference in just a few weeks, and I am so excited to see everyone there. Perry Umphrey has planned another fantastic event, Mary Rooney has set up so many interesting and new CEUs, and the rest of our board members have worked, and will be working, tirelessly on all of the details. Bryant Williams has helped us find new ASID merchandise items that we will have for sale on Friday, and we are all collecting unique items for the Silent Auction. This will be my last message as your President, and I cannot say thank you enough for enlisting me to represent our chapter this past year. I will say more about my fellow board members at the State Conference, but I will say now that I could not have done anything without their help. My main goal as president was to enrich the value of your membership, and I hope I made you proud. I could not be more confident in the abilities of Jillian Marks, and I am so looking forward to seeing her soar as your next President. See you on September 11 in SoHo!


Stacey Summerville, Allied ASID President, Board of Directors ASID Alabama

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ORBIX HOT GLASS Since 2002, Orbix Hot Glass has distinguished itself by its refined handmade glassware and its connections with those who appreciate clean designs, dependable service, and excellent quality in a small studio and gallery business.

THE CELEBRATION When: Saturday, October 10th, 2015 All day event; come and go as you please Where: Orbix Hot Glass 3869 County Road 275 Fort Payne, AL Create you own glass blown ornament, tours and demonstrations Celebrate ASID'S 40th Anniversary with friends and family... open to public. Attire is casual, and everyone is encouraged to wear their ASID t-shirts.

For owners Cal and Christy Breed, Orbix emerged as an idea in the late 1990’s, though it bore no name. For many years leading up to this point, Cal studied at schools around the country, gleaning as much knowledge and technique from some of the best in the world. Deciding where to plant a glass studio was not a difficult decision; Alabama was home, with all its charm and subtle graces. Today, Orbix resides on 26 acres bordering Little River Canyon National Preserve Evidence of this landscape whispers through the Orbix collection, as it always remains a backdrop of the studio. From one perspective, Orbix is about our personal paths along the way and its intersection with many others on their personal orbits. From another perspective its about the process of blowing glass and its constant requirement to never stop turning – always pushing forward. Those two things give meaning to Orbix and reflect two of our greatest passions – people and glass.

A very special

Summer 2015

Thank You to Our Chapter Sponsors.


ASID HEADQUARTERS 308 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington, DC 20002-6006 202.546.3480 202.546-3240 Toll Free: 800.610.ASID (2743) WWW.ASID.ORG

NEWSLETTER STAFF Lila Pryor-Frank, Allied ASID Bryant G. Williams The ALDesign newsletter is published quarterly for the ASID Alabama Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Editorial content and the ALDesign newsletter are controlled and owned by the Alabama Chapter of ASID. Reproduction of this publication in whole, in part, in any form is strictly prohibited without the written permission of the Alabama Chapter of ASID.

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Board of

DIRECTORS President Stacey Summerville Allied ASID Inline Lighting President-Elect Jillian Marks ASID Matheny Goldmon Financial Beverly Kissinger Allied ASID University of Alabama

Professional Development Mary Rooney ASID Mary Rooney Interior Dimensions

Communications Lila Pryor Frank Allied ASID Lila Pryor Frank Interiors Membership Janie Nabors ASID USACE Student Representative April Barnes Student ASID Auburn University At-Large Rob Zuelch IP Representative ASID Sub-Zero/Wolf

Boston Mass CLC


ach year, the American Society of Interior Designers holds its Chapter Leadership Conference to inspire and train incoming volunteers. This year, over 300 chapter leaders met in Boston, Massachusetts along with content leaders and the Society’s national board and staff. With 46 out of 48 ASID chapters represented, this year’s CLC was one of the most well-attended in our 40-year history. See article on next page.



w e N Members

Sharon Murphree-Demos, ASID, F a i r h o p e , Stephanie Sickler, Educator Partner ASID, Tu s c a l o o s a , Charles Ford, Educator Partner ASID , B i r m i n g h a m , Shannon Smith, ASID, H u n t s v i l l e ,


Students Regan Elliott, A u b u r n U n i v e r s i t y Lauren Thomas, A u b u r n U n i v e r s i t y Kayla Burnett, U n i v e r s i t y o f A l a b a m a Angela Finley, V i r g i n i a C o l l e g e Tameca Ivy, V i r g i n i a C o l l e g e LaKeisha Pruitt, V i r g i n i a C o l l e g e Bernetta Wilson, V i r g i n i a C o l l e g e

Industry Partners Tiffany Beasley, M o n t g o m e r y A n t i q u e s & I n t e r i o r s ASID ALABAMA │ Summer 2015 │ PAGE 9

Chapter Leadership Conference Boston

The Alabama chapter currently sends the incoming President, President Elect, and Student Representative to the Board, which included myself (Huntsville), Mary Rooney (Birmingham), and Alex Moses (University of Alabama), respectively. I wish all of our members could experience the training, networking, and idea generation that occurs at CLC. It is a dynamic atmosphere in which you are most definitely reminded why you belong to a professional organization, but not just any professional organization – the American Society of Interior Designers. One of the main points I took away from CLC is that our unified goal as an organization and profession should be to advance and promote the impact of design – on people, places, and nature – design that goes beyond beautiful spaces to truly transform lives. On opening night, we heard from a keynote speaker and attended a reception hosted by the New England chapter at the Boston Tea Party Museum. Friday and Saturday, we experienced talks on leadership types, fiduciary responsibility, parliamentary procedure, and ASID by-laws to name a few topics. We broke into smaller groups with chapters similar to ours to discuss triumphs and struggles and brainstorm improvements. ASID Alabama’s Administrator, Bryant Williams, was recognized in the legislative session for his work compiling the state’s legislative history, and the entire Alabama chapter was recognized for steadily leading the chapter CEU race! The conference concluded with a toast to ASID’s 40th anniversary, the State of the Society address, and a little bit of sightseeing before preparing for the awards gala Saturday evening. There were 450 attendees, a record number, at the ASID Celebration Awards Gala held at the Boston Museum of Fine Art Saturday evening. The setting was magnificent, the food was delicious, and the program was engaging. We were present for the announcement of the Designer of Distinction Award, the Student Design Award, as well as the recognition of this year’s ASID Fellows. My CLC experience is best summed up with a quote from ASID National Chair, Stephanie Clemons, “I couldn’t be more proud to call myself an ASID

member. CLC and Celebration served as powerful reminders to me that our profession is alive with integrity and meaning, that we shape profound connections and memories in our interiors, and that we are the ONE voice for our profession.”


Jillian Marks, ASID President-Elect, ASID Alabama

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Flower Hill Farm


he ASID Alabama board of directors holds its own Chapter Leadership Conference every summer (ACLC). All current and incoming directors are encouraged to attend to analyze and approve the strategic plan and budget for the next fiscal year. Event and board meeting schedules are determined along with essential committees. This is the ideal time for incoming board members to meet and learn from their predecessors. This year's mini-CLC convened at Flower Hill Farm, the childhood home of Communications Director, Lila Pryor Frank. The home, which appeared in the September-October 2014 issue of Birmingham Home and Garden magazine, provided a peaceful backdrop for the intensive meeting, and participants enjoyed tours of the 1858 antebellum home after the meeting adjourned.

Check out some of the awesome blogs our members are recommending!!

Must Reads

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Celebrating our 40th A

s we look forward to the fall, ASID has some exciting events that we know you will enjoy. September 10-12 is our annual state conference. Held in Birmingham at Rosewood Hall, the conference offers a diverse schedule of interesting courses that will help you fulfill your membership or state registration requirements. We also have fun events planned where you can network with others in the design field, and enjoy friendships along the way. Plan to come to the Conference Kick-Off cocktail party on Thursday, September 10 and stay at ALOFT Hotel, just a walking distance away. If you come early, you can take in some amazing shopping in downtown Homewood, just a block from the hotel. Friday lunch offers good food and special presentations on green design, while the Awards Banquet will rock with its bohemian theme. Saturday's offerings include more CEU's or a seminar on PhotoShop. As you know, The American Society of Interior Designers, is celebrating our 40th anniversary. With this in mind, we have great events scattered throughout the state that welcome both the design community and the general public. On Saturday, October 10 from 10:00-4:00, Cal and Christy Breed of Orbix Glass in Fort Payne will host an event for ASID Alabama that includes tours, demonstrations, and even creating our own glass blown ornaments. Come and bring a friend or a client and get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Also in October, Christin Terrell, an oriental rug expert from King's House Orientals in Birmingham will talk about the history, fabrication, and characteristics of these treasured staples of home decor. She will present this lecture at her shop during Design Week Birmingham. Additionally, she will travel to present this lecture in Montgomery and in Mobile. Look for announcements of these lunchtime presentations in the near future. We hope that by bringing presentations that are interesting to both the design community and the public, we can increase the knowledge of our profession and offer an interesting event for both you and your clients. What an exciting way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our great organization! These are just a few of the offerings we have planned for the upcoming year. We hope that you join us and encourage others to do so, as well. We are a vibrant community, and want everyone to benefit from what ASID has to offer. See you soon!


Mary Rooney, ASID, RID Professional Development Director ASID ALABAMA │ Summer 2015 │ PAGE 15

ASID Academy is the Society’s new online resource for professional development. ASID Academy premieres July 2015 as the comprehensive resource for continuing education and CEU credit fulfillment. Members and design professionals can take advantage of the curated, peer-reviewed course catalog with content focusing on four key themes that cross-cut all practice areas of interior design: Impact of Design, Leadership Development, Practice of Design and Business of Design. Available online at any time, ASID Academy offers easily-accessible CEU courses to support the new December 31, 2015 CEU requirement. Courses, papers, and videos provide interior designers with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and advance in their careers. ASID considers professional development an essential component of professional practice, and a vital tool in providing valuable resources to members at all professional levels. Learn more about ASID Academy and online learning opportunities at

ASID and Houzz have partnered to increase public awareness on the impact and value of design through the Impact of Design Showcase, a platform for interior designers to showcase what they believe the next 40 years of design will look like and how it will impact the human experience. All entrants will receive exposure to 35+ million people in the Houzz community, and showcase winners will be awarded $1500 in photography services, a one year ASID membership (if eligible), a free copy of the Evidence-Based Design for Residential Environments publication, and one free ticket to a 2016 ASID National event of their choice (up to $195 value). Learn more and enter today! The showcase will end at 12 p.m. PST on October 30, 2015.

Watch and Share: ASID on YouTube Take some time this week to check out the new and improved ASID YouTube page.

We’ve got an updated design and a series of original videos featuring:  newly-elected Fellows  Student Design Competition winner  National Award winners  new ASID Academy You’ll also find the Impact of Design video, which debuted at the Chapter Leadership Conference and is a must see for the entire interior design community.

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ASID Academy


want to start be saying my membership with in ASID has been the most valuable thing to me throughout my career. My membership has helped me grow in knowledge and be better a business person. ASID has provided many designers and myself leadership training, research information and now CEU’s. I can say I am excited about ASID academy (Yes, I am a nerd). ASID academy is providing leadership, Practice of design, Impact of design and Business of design CEU’s. They are very affordable to our membership and very well priced against other CEU sources. There are a couple of free CEU’s on the ASID bylaws and Policies, or Introduction to Health + Wellness Protocols. Try it out and see how you like the program; the CEU’s look to range in price from $15.00 to 29.99.


Janie Nabors, ASID, RID Membership Director

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201 A S I D Alabama A n n u al Awards Banquet

BoHo @ SoHo A Bohemian Affair

Friday September 11th 5:30 - 9:00 PM Come dressed in your best bohemian attire.

Calendar September2015 11 State Conference; 11th & 12th. Birmingham, AL 22 ADAC: Color Consultant Certification Course Atlanta, GA 24 ADAC: Interior Perspectives: A Look at Contract & Hospitality Products with Rita Carson Guest Atlanta, GA 28 Discover ADAC Week Atlanta, GA 30 DEADLINE: Registration renewal AL Board for Registered Interior Designers

OCTOBER2015 3 MEETING: ASID Board of Directors, Birmingham, AL 6 CEU: “Light Layering”, Birmingham, AL 10 CELEBRATION: “40th Anniversary”, Orbix Hot Glass, Fort Payne, AL 16 MEETING: AL Board for Registered Interior Designers, Birmingham, AL 20 CEU: “Luxury in the Kitchen & Bath”, Huntsville, AL

NOVEMBER2015 3 CEU: “Luxury in the Kitchen & Bath”, Birmingham, AL 6 EDUCATION: Introduction to SketchUp Huntsville, AL

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