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President’s Message “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as your 2017-2018 ASID-IL Chapter President. I joined ASID thirteen years ago, and during that time I saw few members who looked like me. I am proud to be a part of an organization that recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion. ASID is growing by leaps and bounds, to remain relevant today and long into the future. As your Chapter President, my plan is to remain focused on the ASID National’s 2017-2020 5 Strategic Pillars: 1. Design Impacts Life 2. Living the Brand 3. Communication 4. Diversity and Inclusion 5. Alternate Revenue Streams The importance of the Strategic Pillars cannot be overemphasized, as they are an established collective vision for the future of ASID. I am excited to kick off this new year with an energetic start, and with a distinctive Board of Directors. We will implement the 5 pillars in everything we do throughout the year. For those of you who are new to the Chapter - Welcome! My challenge to each of you is to take the initiative, to grow personally and professionally by getting involved. I ask that you volunteer, join a peer group, become a committee member, take CEU sessions, and attend our events. I am looking forward to meeting, greeting and working alongside each of you in the days, weeks, and months to come. I encourage you to provide feedback and connect with me anytime at Together we will continue to grow, and to make ASID-IL Chapter the BEST! I look forward to an AMAZING year. See you around! Cynthia C. Smith, Allied ASID ASID Illinois Chapter President 2017-2018

ASID Illinois Board 2017-2018 President Cynthia Smith, Allied ASID President-Elect John P. Cialone, ASID Director of Communications Sarah Guzek, Allied ASID Director of Membership Susan Sissman, Allied ASID Director of Finance Ken Walker, Industry Partner of ASID Director of Professional Development Meahgan Wallace, Allied ASID Director At Large Ann Marie Del Monico, Allied ASID Past President Jase Frederick, ASID Student Representatives to the Board Aija Rozentals, Student ASID ASID Illinois Chapter Administrator Janel Hyland

ASID Illinois Chapter Office 1647 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, Illinois 60654 312=467=5080

ASID Illinois Peer Groups Peer Groups offer networking and educational opportunities in Chicago, the suburbs, and throughout Illinois. To participate in a Peer Group in your area, please contact the leader to be added to the email list. All Peer Group events are posted on the ASID IL Calendar of Events. Days and times listed here are subject to change. Committee Chair Linda Navara, Allied ASID


Northwest Suburbs/2nd or 4th Wednesday of the Month/Lunch Linda Navara, Allied ASID 847-577-2567 Western Suburbs/3rd Thurs of the Month/AM Dena Kareotes Arendt, Allied ASID 630.347.3620 Karin Hanke, Allied ASID 630-913-1049 Far West Suburbs/4th Wednesday of the Month/PM Jean Charlton, Allied ASID 630-464-4525 Christine Courtin, Allied Member ASID 630-430-1211 City of Chicago/3rd Wednesday of the Month/Lunch John Scott, ASID 708-309-1991 South Suburbs and Indiana/Meeting Tauji VanPelt, Allied ASID Industry Partner Group Chair Sonia Dumont, Industry Partner ASID sonia@ajstoneworks.com7


312-651-6080 773-251-1581

Chicago Peer Group Peer Group Leader John Scott, ASID Past President 2014-2015

West Peer Group Peer Group Leader Dena Kareotes Arendt Allied ASID

NW/North Shore Peer Group Peer Group Chair Peer Group Leader Linda Navara, Allied ASID

Upcoming Calendar Holiday Party December 4, 2017 Armazem Showroom Chicago, IL ROHL CEU December 7, 2018 4:30-5:30 pm Merchandise Mart RSVP Here Far West Peer Group December 13,2017 The White Chocolate Grill Naperville, IL ASID Illinois Board Election 2019-2020 Slate Released Voting Opens January 15, 2018 ASID Illinois Office Closed Holiday break December 25 -January 2, 2018 CEU Activating the New Illinois Law to your benefit February 1, 5:30-8 pm Room & Board RSVP

Designer Charrette February 15, 2018 The Merchandise Mart Spring Speed Networking Spring 2018 Detals coming soon Design Excellence Awards Call for Entries Opens April 9, 2018 View 2016 & 2017 Winners Here Hotel Hop May 2018 Details coming soon NeoCon June 11-13, 2018 The Merchandise Mart ASID Illinois NeoCon Luncheon June 11, 2018 The Merchandise Mart Details coming soon Annual Meeting August 2, 2018 Chicago, IL Details coming soon

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Lien Rights CEU

The current reporting period ends December 31, 2017 IDCEC Approved Education ASID automatically accepts continuing education approved by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).

State Regulatory Board Approved Courses ASID automatically accepts continuing education approved by State Regulatory Boards. Refer to courses offered by your local jurisdiction for more information. Note: Continuing education requirements for State Regulatory Boards vary. Check with your jurisdiction for requirements. Your ASID chapter may also be a resource for local options and requirements. Courses Approved by Industry Relevant Organizations ASID automatically accepts continuing education approved by the following industry relevant organizations: American Institute of Architects (AIA) Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) International Facility Management Association (IFMA) National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Higher Education Courses ASID accepts courses in interior design taken at college or university programs accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). ASID will approve .1 CEU (1 hour) per credit hour earned (not the actual hours you spend in class).

The coursework cannot be taken for college credit toward a degree program. Courses by other providers Completed programs offered by other providers must be submitted to ASID for review prior to receiving credit. Once a program has been taken, complete the ASID Self-Reporting Submission Form and submit payment of $25 USD via email to or mail to ASID headquarters. You will be notified of course approval or disapproval within approximately 20 business days of receipt. Approval is based on information received and reviewed and is valid toward your ASID education membership requirement. All such decisions are final. Reporting Process Instructions HERE Refer to the following steps to report continuing education coursework. For more information, please email or call 202-675-2341.

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You’d Be Perfect! Volunteering for ASID Illinois helps grow your social and professional networks, and there’s something ASID needs that we know you’d be perfect for. Here’s a partial list of committees that need your talent and expertise: Celebration of Design CEUs and Programs Designer Charrette Emerging Professionals Task Force Government Affairs Industry Partners Membership NCIDQ Promotion and Prep Networking Outreach Social Media, Marketing, and Publications Student Advisory Task Force To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Chapter Administrator, Janel Hyland, at or (312) 467-5080.

John Cialone, ASID National Medalist ASID held its 2017 National Awards Program in San Diego where they recognized a new class of Fellows and other award winners. We were thrilled to have long-time Illinois Chapter member, John Cialone, recognized as an ASID Medalist.

John Cialone, ASID

The ASID Medalist Award is granted by the Society to members who have demonstrated outstanding service to ASID, and who have provided significant contributions to the interior design profession.

John Cialone is the Vice President and Design Director at the multidisciplinary design firm, Tom Stringer Design Partners based in Chicago. His oversight includes the daily management of the design team and client interaction for projects across the country. John is a long-time member of ASID and has served on the ASID National Student Council, ASID National Board, numerous Chapter Committees and is active in other industry groups including Leaders of Design Council. John is also involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the Art Institute, Ft Lauderdale. We congratulate John for this honor and thank him for his ongoing commitment to ASID.

Interested in Volunteering with ASID Illinois? Learn how to qualify for the ASID Fellow and Medalist Awards Email for more information.

The Recognition You Deserve ASID National Honors recognize outstanding service and contributions made to ASID locally. Highly engaged individuals, chapters, and industry partners are nominated by their peers. This allows ASID chapters to recognize members who have made a real impact on the Chapter, their local communities, and ASID as a whole. Nomination Submissions Begin: February 7, 2018 All Submissions Due: April 11, 2018 Recipients will be honored at The Leadership Experience in Washington, D.C., July 19 – 21, 2018. Award Categories Chapter Community Service Award DETAILS

Industry Partner Merit Award DETAILS

Educator Medalist Award DETAILS

Lifetime Award DETAILS

Honorary Medalist Award DETAILS

Medalist Award DETAILS

Are You Fellow Material? Fellowship is an honor given to ASID professional members who have made notable and outstanding contributions to the profession through their work and their commitment to ASID and the industry. Honorary Fellowship is earned by professionals who, while not interior designers, have made notable and outstanding contributions to the profession, and have demonstrated commitment to ASID and support of the interior design industry. Click HERE for criteria and details. Nomination Submissions Begin: December 13, 2017 All Submissions Due: February 14, 2018 Fellow and Honorary Fellow recipients will be recognized at Celebration, July 21, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Industry Partners AllStar Renovations,Inc Gina Gillette

Pier 1 Imports Courtney Allen

Brizo and Delta Chicago Matt Nguyen

Poggenpohl Jeff Roberts

BSH Home Appliances Mandy Bauer

PPG Paints Robin Bartelman

Cubicle Concepts ,LLC. Amy Oziemblo

Rowe Furniture Allison Weber

Designer Doorware Joseph Di Benedetto Exquisite Surfaces Jesse Walker Florida Tiles Laura Franco Idlewood Electric Supply , Inc. Barbara Lansing Koelnmesse,Inc. Leslie Fleck Lacava Patrick Weidl Mahogany Builders Nancy Henry Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Jenny Brown Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Cassandra Ryan OW Lee Carlos Ibanez

Samsung Electronics America Jason Hughes Samsung Electronics America Dan McCafferty Sherwin-Williams Janet Miller Signature Kitchen Suite Will Wicklander Studio 41 Ryan Morris True Residential Chelsea McLaran Twyla Inc. Clarissa Bailey Wendover Art Group Mark Kink Wilsonart LLC Romana Pejic

Wilsonart LLC Sena Wilks

Professional, Allied, Associate, and Student Sherry Bleem, Allied ASID Camryn Burgess, Student ASID Michael Byun, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP Caitlyn Cathcart, Student ASID Katie Scarlett Conidi, Student ASID Vanessa Ann Cornell, Student ASID Kelly Coyle, ASID Fallon Marie Currie, Allied ASID Andrea Mae Dail, Student ASID Laura Dawson-Salmon, Allied ASID Kevan A Degryse, Student ASID Desiree Denoyer, Associate ASID John Eilts, Student ASID Amanda Faber, Allied ASID Amanda Fiscus, Student ASID Rachel Gailloreto, Student ASID Erica L. Garcia, ASID Stephanie Garcia, Student ASID Rebecca Gardner, Allied ASID Stephanie Geurkink, Allied ASID Denisa J. Gilligan, Student ASID Dana L. Glover, ASID Katy Hardison, Allied ASID Karen Hipskind, Allied ASID Amy Holtfrerich, Student ASID Katelyn Jilek, Student ASID Kimberly M. Johnson, Allied ASID

Kimberly M. Johnson, Allied ASID Annette Johnston, Allied ASID Steve J. Kadlec, ASID Faith Nichole King, Student ASID Willa Kollmann, Student ASID Pedro A. Lima, ASID Brianne Little, Allied ASID Cristin Lombardo, Allied ASID Brittany Luthy, Student ASID Jennifer Manns, ASID, NCIDQ Taylor Martin, Student ASID Carolyn Martino, Student ASID Elaine Mccurdy, Associate ASID Carol E. Novak, Allied ASID Claren Pappo, Educator Partner ASID Timothy Pawelski, Student ASID Sara Polacek, Associate ASID Elise Marie Ratcliff, Student ASID Bridget Katherine Schmitt, ASID Stephanie Slaughter, Allied ASID Yuwan Sun, Associate ASID Alexandra Ventura, Student ASID Megan Greer Westra, Student ASID Grace K Whittington, Student ASID Gwen Williams, Allied ASID Robin Williamson, Associate ASID

Why ASID? Membership in ASID, the design industry’s only association representing all sectors of design offers more than professional credibility. It connects you to a network of peers, thought leaders, and luminaries. Engage in educational and leadership opportunities spanning every design specialty and career stage. Grow in your career and understand the latest innovations in the industry. ASID membership offers the support you need to reach your full potential as a designer. Value ASID advances the profession and communicates the impact of interior design to enhance the human experience. Benefits ASID prepares its members to continually excel in a dynamic and evolving profession competing in a global marketplace. Find My Category An ASID interior designer is trained to enhance quality of life, wherever you live, work, play, or heal. Find the membership category that best fits your qualifications.

Resources Access countless member benefits that will help you grow as a professional. Apply Any individual or business of good professional and business reputation who is otherwise qualified under the Policies, and who agrees to comply with all obligations imposed upon Society Members by the Bylaws and Code of Ethics may be admitted to membership in one of the Society’s membership categories. Find the category that best describes you and join the ASID community today!

Congratulations to our 2017 Design Excellence Awards Winners

ASID Illinois 2017 Chapter Awards Designer of Distinction Spes Mekus, ASID, LEED AP

Rising Star

Bridget Schmitt, Allied ASID

People’s Choice Award Sarah Schwuchow, Allied ASID, Design Associate Mitchell Channon, ASID, Principal

Mitchell Channon Design

The owners of this new, urban condo share a passion for travel, inspiring a design that tells the tale of an ideal day. Stunning mash-ups crescendo in the Great Room. Stylized lighting and striking art complete the rhythm of a day that moves from serenity to adventure and back.

Industry Partner Award New Product Innovation in Furnishings, Fixtures, Appliances, Technology, Surfaces, Lighting

Ken Walker, Industry Partner of ASID, Jase Frederick, ASID, Suzann Nordstrom

Artisan Electronics Group

In a true collaborative effort, the vision for this electronics and home theater showroom became reality. Designers reworked the long narrow showroom into a wellproportioned space, and tech team brought up the volume with state of the art electronics and optics. Colors, materials, and furnishings were chosen to create an intimate home theater feel, including a rooftop deck complete with outdoor TV.

Furnishings Frank Ponterio, ASID

Frank Ponterio Interior Design

With strong tailored lines, sophisticated curves, and an unexpected design element – an integral armrest for enhanced comfort without added bulk – this inviting sofa is a true modern classic.

Lighting Robin Thomas, Allied ASID

Robin Thomas Design, LLC

Simple geometric shapes and delicate lines create a subtle sculptural composition - while the natural sheen and elegant texture of the horsehair shade creates another artistic expression that brings a soft illumination. Fabrication by artisans in Florence Italy.

Student Award Project completed as part of Interior Design Curriculum

Harrington College of Design

Aisha Coats, Student ASID

Design Haus is a retail workspace and entertainment experiential concept for the interior design community. It is inspired by the design and arts movement of the Bauhaus. Design Haus will help improve the lives and well-being of its users by providing inspiration and education about interior design while facilitating professional and social interaction.

Contract Project Under 3,000 SF Nada Andric , ASID of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and Alex Krikhaar of Vinci-Hamp Architects

A new venue serves as a new intimate and flexible meeting room and bar space for Chicago’s arts community. Designed to transition seamlessly from day to night, this private venue features a carefully crafted palette of materials and furnishings work in concert to create an interplay between light and dark.

Contract Project 3,000-10,000 SF Bernard Berry ASID, Sherry Drain


This magnificent office is home to a research and strategy firm that utilizes applied social and behavioral sciences to solve complex business challenges . The new workplace communicates the firm’s mission to unlock the non-conscious needs and desires of customers, providing insight-driven strategic direction for brand development, innovation, customer experience and behavior design.

Contract Project Over 10,000 SF First Place Kay Wulf; Arnold Levin,Jen Vogel; Brian Bilski ; Deborah Nemeth; Jamison Caldwell; Katy Boat


This client seized the unique opportunity to reimagine its space by evaluating the way teams worked, identifying aspirational goals, and adopting a change management strategy that would ensure success for all parties. A post-occupancy survey showed that almost 90% of respondents believe the new office reflects their typical collaboration methodology; 83% feel inspired and more engaged in the new workspace; 80% feel valued by the organization because of the new workspace (up from 21% in the previous space).

Contract Project Over 10,000 SF Honorable Mention Lauren Rottet, Richard Riveire, Harout Dedeyan, Charles Lee, Laurence Cartledge, Gabriel Huerta

Rottet Studio

The design echoes shapes and forms found in Chicago’s rich art, architecture and landscape. The feature rug in the reception area is a visual metaphor for the city’s river that runs through downtown, and its ripples radiate from the inner core outwards toward the view which captures Chicago’s amazing skyline.

Contract Project, Small Firm First Place Cynthia Gessele, Allied ASID

Enhance Design

Reuse, Recycle, and Reduce was a major influence in the planning to enhance newly leased corporate office facilities housing executives, staff, engineering, IT, and human resources. Using high end refurbished office furniture allowed delivery on time and under budget, and released additional funds to create art work for the new conference room, wall paper accent walls, and furnish a reception lobby meeting area among other aesthetic improvements.

Contract Project, Small Firm Honorable Mention Claudia Martin, ASID

Studio M Interiors, LLC

A design committee and designer who together envisioned a space that was flexible, fresh, and inviting brought this community room to life. A great space plan and thoughtful use of architectural finishes, fixtures and furnishings allowed that vision to become a reality for these residents.

Education Walt Eckenhoff, FAIA, ACHA, Matt Wylie, AIA, LEED AP, Jackie Wilcox, AIA, LEED AP, IIDA, Jacob Wahler, AIA, Victoria Johnson

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects

This non-profit organization’s new facility helps teens realize their potential. The building was transformed from an insurance headquarters into a four-story setting that encourages collaboration. Garage doors connect performance, art and tech studios to a central flex space, allowing educators to open the doors and create a free-flowing learning environment.

Hospitality Tom Stringer, Allied ASID, John Cialone, ASID

Tom Stringer Design Partners

The design goal was to reimagine an iconic fine dining restaurant, enhancing the culinary experience for guests and increasing functionality for the chef and staff. By combining historic architectural references with contemporary interior furnishings, the space encourages guests to embrace new and innovative dining experiences and spoke to the continuing evolution of the world-renowned chef’s cuisine and appetite for change.

Retail Aimee Nemeckay, Allied ASID, Terri Crittenden

Fredman Design Group

Designers took this 8000 sq. ft. space and transformed it into an inviting space offering cooking classes and retail shopping. The combination of materials and careful attention to employee and client experience, makes for a retail space that is brimming with warmth, passion and creativity.

Residential Project Under 3,000 SF Emily Mackie, ASID, Inspired Interiors Team

Inspired Interiors

In interior design, there is no scientific formula because designing a home is not so linear. Yet for the gut renovation of this client’s home the formula for good design is all that mattered. The approach taken to this 80s era two level penthouse in River North was a unanimous success.

Residential Project Over 3,000 SF Michael Abrams ASID & Paulina Cervantes

Michael Abrams Interiors

The clients wished to relocate their family from a busy city to a small town. With the designer’s help they were able to achieve their dream of building and personalizing their forever home. Here they can set roots and raise their family in an environment in which they will thrive for many years.

Residential Project, Small Firm Michelle Glennon, ASID

Michelle Glennon Interior Design, Inc.

This new construction residence began with a family focus, boasting an expansive kitchen that truly acts as the heart of the home. Every detail was considered to ease the chaos life can bring with small children and an active social lifestyle, providing a space of both durability and elegance.

Kitchen Design Katie Wozniak, Allied ASID

Katherine Elizabeth Designs

In referencing the era the clients loved as newlyweds, the designers created a kitchen (in fact an entire home) with a wonderful mid-century flair‌but with modern conveniences. They incorporated decades of collectables, blended in comfort, and put together an innovative overall plan that really showcases this unique style home.

Kitchen Design, Small Firm First Place Patricia Abbatemarco, ASID

PSA Interiors, Ltd.

The path to a successful outcome lay in a careful assessment of the client’s kitchen activities and current kitchen inventory, assigning “zones” to the activities, and designing custom cabinetry to house their specific items. A classic look informs all and a circular motif unifies in glass, wood, and metals while other elements provide sparkle, sheen and surprise.

Kitchen Design, Small Firm Honorable Mention Pipa Bradbury-Ginschel, ASID

Pipa Bradbury Design

The original kitchen & family room space was dark and cluttered with nonfunctional storage. The client wanted a European style kitchen while embracing the urban Chicago location-they wanted hidden appliances & cabinetry that would blend into the family room.

Kitchen Design, Small Firm Third Place Christine Julian, Allied ASID

Julian Kitchen Design, Inc.

This had been a large, inefficient kitchen. Walls were added, rather than taken away. An unappealing and frustrating space is now beautiful, soothing, functional and accommodating - a pleasure to be in, having a positive impact on the daily lives of the entire family.

Bath Design, Small Firm First Place Pipa Bradbury-Ginschel, ASID

Pipa Bradbury Design

The client wanted a new master bath that didn’t feel like just another bathroom, but a room with beautiful cabinetry & fixtures. They wanted to maximize the space, have easily accessible storage , a spa style shower and ample direct & indirect lighting. The original 1890s claw foot tub was maintained helping to blend the clean modern style with the style of the 1890s-urban city family brownstone.

Bath Design, Small Firm Honorable Mention Yamini Hingorani, ASID

Yamini Designs, LLC

This serene master bath was designed for a client who wanted carve a retreat of her own from an outdated and non-functioning space. Inspired by a leaf-patterned tile motif, the new bath evokes a fresh oasis that is functional, easy to maintain, and provides a feeling of well-being and rejuvenation.

Bath Design, Small Firm Third Place Susan Brunstrum, Associate ASID, Jennifer Cioni Tarello, Lauren Benditzky

Sweet Peas Design, Inc.

A remarkable client asked the designers to update her first solo home - including a gut-rehab of the master bath – in a classic, feminine style that is all her own. Many elements were custom-sized and positioned for her petite frame in order to make her life easier, safer and more comfortable.

Universal Design Letty Allen, Allied ASID Mature Transitions by Design

The goal of Universal Design is to improve the comfort and usefulness of homes without making them medical. The emphasis is on features which accommodate people of all ages and abilities, and we are evolving towards universally useable and marketable housing that prioritizes the human experience. The intent of this renovation was to incorporate function and visual appeal to improve the client’s lifestyle and create a beautiful environment.

Outdoor Space Emily Mackie, ASID, Inspired Interiors Team

Inspired Interiors

Though it came with its fair share of challenges, designing this rooftop terrace was a real treat. The rooftop has it all – greenery designed by one of Chicago’s finest gardeners, comfortable and safely-secured furniture, and a gorgeous view of the city… plus the client is beyond happy – what more could you want?

Singular Space Linc Thelen, Associate ASID

Linc Thelen Design

This church conversion into a single-family home has soaring 25’ high ceilings in the great room. The designer was able to redefine its space into individual rooms while still maintaining the open floor plan and making the design look effortless and cohesive.

Showcase Space Donna Mondi, ASID, Ashlyn Braun, Alex Dabrowski, Sara Hampton

Donna Mondi Interior Design

This Coach House Guest Room has an alter ego with a sexy lounge vibe where guests can do more than just sleep. Charcoal walls envelope the space beautifully while custom plaster millwork adds drama and dimension to every curve and angle. The mid-century inspired daybed throws in a twist with shimmery black leather and iron brackets that allow it to “float� in the space.

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