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NJ Inspire

STUDENT NEWS ASID New Jersey Magazine

Issue Number 39 Volume II • 2015

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NJ Inspire

Table of

ASID New Jersey Magazine


Issue Number 39 Volume II • 2015

ON THE COVER: Cover-Interior Designer: Kingsley Belcher Knauss, ASID Project: 2014 Design Excellence Gold Award Winner Residential-Several Spaces-Less than 3000 square feet Photographer Peter Rymwid Architectural Photography

IP Resources Benjamin Moore & Company Elkay Manufacturing Company Fiber-Seal Systems Global Views Gracious Home Hansgrohe, Inc. Hardware Designs, Inc.

Hunter Douglas, Inc. Kohler Kitchen & Bath Americas Major Mills, Inc. Masters Interiors, LLC Mediterranean Tile & Marble Schwartz Design Showroom Stark Carpet Corporation Sub-Zero Wolf East, LLC



P.O. Box 323 Midland Park, NJ. 07432 T: 732-787-5981 F: 201-689-1359

Chapter Elections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6


ASID Foundation: Chapter Challenge; Statement on Resiliency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

608 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington DC 20002-6006 Tel: 202-546-3480 Fax: 202-546-3240 Toll free: 800-610-ASID (2743) •

ASID Job Target: Connecting Professionals and Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10



Editor Susan Barbieri, ASID

ASID CEU Chapter Race Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

President's Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Editor’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Event Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ASID NJ Committee Chairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7


SPOTLIGHT ON MEMBERS Welcome New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Public Relations Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Spotlight: Silver Sponsor - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14


Habitat Bergen 5K Race to Build . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Isabelle Lanini • 732-787-5981

Committee Reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


Trade Show Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Anne Marie Soto • 201-692-8087

Spotlight: Bronze Sponsors - ASIdeas Design Forum & Expo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20



Vol III - 2015 • August 10, 2015 Vol IV - 2015 • November 10, 2015

An Excerpt on "RESILIENCY" paraphrased from National . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

STUDENT NEWS Career Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Real World Design Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 At the Trade Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26



Advertising Sales Duff Tussing • 972-747-7866 Ext: 311

A&R Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Hunter Douglas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Bograds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Larry Gerber, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

California Closets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams . . . . . . . . 28

CMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

New Jersey Decorating Exchange . . . . . 6

Design NJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Peter Rymwid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Digital Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Sam Shamouilian Rugs Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Elle Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Schwartz Design Showroom . . . . . . . . . 11

Exceptional Flooring Concepts . . . . . . .17

Tepp Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

NJ Inspire magazine is published quarterly for the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers by DSA Publishing & Design, Inc. Editorial content and NJ Inspire magazine are controlled and owned by the NJ Chapter of ASID. Reproduction of this publication in whole, in part, in any form is strictly prohibited without the written permission of the ASID NJ Chapter.




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President’s Message

ASID NEW JERSEY CHAPTER P.O. Box 323 Midland Park, N.J. 07432

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014-2015 President Michael M. Mariotti, ASID (212) 753-2220 President-elect Jana Manning, ASID (732) 299-7010 Financial Director Sheree Goodman, Allied ASID (201) 848-5061 Communications Director Tracey Taylor, Allied ASID (551) 206-8139 Professional Development Director Anna Maria Mannarino, Allied ASID (732) 741-1444 Membership Director Virginia Zonfrilli, Allied ASID (973) 674-7400 At-Large Board Member Brooke Morales, Allied ASID (908) 754-0933

Where will you be on July 18th? I hope you will consider joining me in Boston at Celebration, an event that is part of ASID’s annual Chapter Leadership Conference (CLC). We are celebrating our 40th anniversary, “40 Years, One Voice.” The beautiful venue is at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which is one of the largest art museums in the world. Come see art, enjoy drinks and appetizers during the opening red carpet reception. After the reception we move into the museum's main courtyard for an elegant dinner and awards show. Our dedicated, hard working peers, including those who have been elected to the College of Fellows (FASID), will be recognized during the evening’s event. Being named a Fellow is the Society’s highest honor. It is bestowed on professional members who have made notable and outstanding contributions to the profession not only through their work but also through their demonstrated commitment to ASID and to the interior design industry. Less than 1 percent of the ASID membership have the honor of using the FASID appellation. In addition to the Celebration gala, you will also have the opportunity to attend The State of the Society address, which takes place on Saturday, July 18th from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston. This is an excellent place to learn firsthand what is coming out of National and get the chance to voice an opinion. Without sounding like a broken record I really want to encourage our members to attend these wonderful events. It is a short drive and will really re-energize you about your membership again. I promise! As chapter president, I have had discussions with many of you about the value of your membership. To be honest about it, before I began to volunteer for the chapter, I rarely went to our own chapter’s website, let alone visited the website of our national organization. But I’ve now discovered that there are many membership benefits to be found on the national website. Visit, click on the Education tab, click on Online Learning, and then click on Business Strategy Courses. From these courses, you will learn about setting your intentions, attracting clients, managing clients and managing your practice. Who will benefit from this series? Designers who need a refresher or guidance for their team, designers who want to respond to rapid changes in the marketplace, designers who want to take their success to the next level, and also the designer who is starting a new business. There are many benefits to taking this course series. You will fulfill half your 2015 CEU requirements and complete an actionable business plan. You will be able to take them at a pace that works for you, concentrating on the parts of the series that best fit your needs.

Student Representative Kathleen Ward, Student ASID (732) 682-4265

Other benefits of our membership include "The ASID Advantage." As part of a vast network of resources that ASID provides to its members, the Society offers exclusive discounts on products and services. On the ASID website, you'll find contract forms, trade pricing information and discounts for products and services to support your business. ASID also offers custom insurance programs exclusively for Society members.

Advisor/Past President Donna Domenicali, Allied ASID (732) 263-1300

Take advantage of some these great offerings; these “hidden” benefits greatly increase the value of your membership. And thank you to each and every one of you for your very valuable membership. It has made my term as your president an ongoing honor!

Michael Mariotti, ASID, CID President, ASID NJ Chapter 2014-2015

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Chapter Elections Congratulations to the new members of the 2015-2016 ASID NJ Board:

President-elect (one-year term): Anna Maria Mannarino, Allied ASID

Communications Director (two-year term): Denise Jones, ASID

Financial Director (two-year term): Baki Ildiz, IP Rep for The Creative Touch, Inc.

Professional Development Director (two-year term): Sheree Goodman, Allied ASID

Student Rep to the Board: Ashley Lacen, Student ASID, Berkeley College

Thank you for voting!

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Editor’s Note


ASIdeas, held this past April in Secaucus, was a huge success and a lot of fun to attend!

The morning kicked off with an inspiring CEU presentation by Susan

Committee Chairs 2014-2015 Chapter Awards

Mary Sferra, ASID

Community Service

Adrienne Gallman, IP Rep,

Szenasy: “Ethical Design: What Does It Look Like?” which focused on the state of our profession and the need for continued education on the

Short Hills Marble & Tile

environmental issues we face globally, along with an understanding of the impact that our choices can make on both people and the planet.

A luncheon followed, along with a second CEU presented by Michaela

Continuing Education

Taryn de los Reyes, Allied ASID

Council of Presidents

Donna Domenicali, Allied ASID

Design Excellence Awards

Sandy Cabelis, Allied ASID

Emerging Professionals

Diane Goté, FASID


Brooke Morales, Allied ASID

IP Steering

Rebecca Smith, IP Rep,

O’Connor-Abrams, “The New Face Of Affluence,” discussing how to succeed with the next generation of clientele in our field of design.

At the same time, our vendors displayed an incredible selection of information and materials including textiles, lighting, carpets, plumbing fixtures, draperies, shades, hand-made goods, marble and granite, metalwork and much, much more! It was a wonderful day of


learning and new experiences.

Keith Drucks, IP Rep, Wolf-Gordon Leadership Development

Judy Fosshage, FASID


Nancy L. Mikulich, Associate ASID

Membership Development

to be announced


Susan Barbieri, ASID


Donna Domenicali, Allied ASID


Judy Fosshage, FASID


to be announced

Strategic Planning

Jana Manning, ASID

Susan Barbieri, ASID


Calendar July 18

ASID Celebration Awards Gala, Boston

Student Affairs

Jill Shobe, Allied ASID


The "SURE House" tour in Hoboken, NJ


to be announced

Trade Show

Jana Manning, ASID Kelley DeBetta, IP Rep, Geberit

August 5


to be announced

Workplan & Budget

Jana Manning, ASID

ASID NJ Board of Directors Meeting




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ASID Foundation: Chapter Challenge; Statement on Resiliency By Tracey Taylor, Allied ASID

On Your Mark‌Get Set‌Go!...With the 2015 Chapter Challenge:

ASID Foundation challenges our 48 chapters to meet an assigned fundraising goal with the aim of raising $100,000 to support the programs and projects the Foundation sponsors, including:

The 1% program:

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As a partner of The 1% program, ASID and its Foundation encourage its members to make pro bono service an integral part of their practice. The 1% program is here to help you do that and more. The 1% and the American Society of Interior Designers and its Foundation salute the Society's members on staff at design firms who contribute over $9M in services annually to the most vulnerable communities through The 1% program.

The Transform Grant: Believing that interior design improves the human condition, the ASID Foundation supports research and education that articulates and expands a baseline

Draw wing upon the work of the National Research Council, we define resilience as the ability to prepare and plan ffo or, absorb, recover from,, and more successfully adapt to adverse events. As the leaders of this industry, we are committed to significantly improving the resilience of our QDWLRQ¡V EXLOGLQJV LQIUDVWUXFWXUH SXEOLF VSDFHV DQG FRPPXQLWLHV e research materials, design techniques, construction procedures, and other methods to improve the standard of practice. e educate our profession through continuous learning. Through coordinated and continuous learning, design, construction and operations professionals can provide their practices and utilize the latest systems and materials to create clients with proven best pract more resilient communities. e advocate at all levels of government for effective land use policies, modern building FRGHV DQG VPDU WHU LQYHVWPHQW LQ WKH FRQVWUXFWLRQ DQG PDLQWHQDQFH RI RXU QDWLRQ¡V buildings and infrastructure. e respond alongside professional emergency managers when disasters do occur. Industry exper ts routinely work in par tnership with government officials to sur vey damage, coordinate recovery effor ts, and help communities rebuild better and stronger than before. e plan for the ffuuture, proactively envisioning and pursuing a more sustainable built environment.

of knowledge about how interior design impacts behavior. The Foundation achieves its objective by awarding grants for the collection, expansion, and dissemination of an interior design evidence-based body of knowledge and by awarding scholarships that recognize prospective and current contributions to the interior design profession.

The Foundation Scholarships and Awards Program: • Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award: Recognizes an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student’s interior design research or thesis project. $5,000

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The promotion of resilience will improve the economic competitiveness of the United States. Disasters are expensive to respond to, but much of the destruction can be prevented with cost-effective mitigation ffeeatures and advanced planning. Our practices must continue to change, and we commit ourselves to the creation of new practices in order to break the cycle of destruction and rebuilding. Together, our organizations are committed to build a more resilient ent ffuuture.

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• Joel Polsky Prize: Recognizes outstanding academic contributions to the discipline of interior design through literature or visual communication. $5,000 • Irene Winifred Eno Grant: Provides financial assistance for the creation of an educational program(s) or an interior design research project dedicated to health, safety and welfare. $5,000 • Legacy Scholarship for Undergraduates: Open to all students in their junior or senior year of undergraduate study enrolled in at least a threeyear program of interior design. The award will be given to a creatively


outstanding student as demonstrated through their portfolio. $4,000 • Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students: Open to students who are enrolled in or have applied for admission to a graduate-level interior design program at a degree-granting institution. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic/creative accomplishment. $4,000 • David Barrett Memorial Scholarship: Given biennially by the ASID Foundation to recognize an outstanding undergraduate or graduate students’ work which demonstrates a continuing interest and ability in utilizing classical designs and traditional materials, inclusive of furniture and fabrics. $12,000

The Leadership Academy: The leadership training and development opportunities provided by ASID to its volunteer leaders have long been cited by recipients as a major catalyst for both professional and personal growth. Now, through the generous support of the ASID Foundation, the ASID leadership “DNA” has been mapped and made available to all ASID members through the new ASID Leadership Academy. The old myth about individuals being “born leaders”






has been repeatedly disproved; everyone has the ability to increase their leadership skills.

To learn more about these programs and others supported by the ASID Foundation, visit

The Design Center of Denville Hours: Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm Thurs 10am - 8pm Sat 10am - 5pm

Each chapter can make a significant contribution to reaching this landmark goal by organizing a chapter fundraising event, or by encouraging others to make a contribution.

Visit our website

Your ASID NJ Chapter is working toward creating a fun and challenging event to help meet our Chapter goal!

Stay tuned for the details by reading the monthly Chapter Highlights emailed to all members at the beginning of each month!!

Owners: Allyson & Adrienne Rich

26 Broadway, Denville, NJ 07834

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ASID Job Target: Connecting Professionals and Students By Tracey Taylor, Allied ASID Congratulations GRADUATES! Are you looking for a job? Did you know that ASID NJ Professionals (Designers AND Industry Partners) post the best jobs on JobTarget? “A new opportunity or top-notch employee is just a click away.” The ASID Job Bank is the first place interior designers turn to find their next professional opportunity, and the only place potential employers need to search for dynamic new talent. Browse the Job Bank by position or location to connect with a national database of exciting career opportunities and unparalleled talent. New opportunities are posted regularly and are instantly distributed through multiple media channels to the Society’s 24,000+ members. Visit and click on JobTarget at the bottom of the page: • Search for and quickly apply to great, relevant interior design jobs • Set up Job Alerts so you are immediately notified any time a job is posted that matches your skills or interest • Create an anonymous job seeker profile or upload an anonymous résumé so employers can find you • Access job searching tools and tips • Job seeking is always FREE! “There are few search engines devoted solely to positions in interior design, so I find myself utilizing the ASID Job Bank as a quick and focused tool to see what positions are available in the field. The ASID Job Bank has given me a leg up in the competitive New York market because I know that employers who post on the site value my ASID appellation.” - Amanda Jesse, Allied ASID







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Designers AND Industry Partners!! Are you looking to hire? Did you know that the best and brightest students have just graduated, are looking to work with you, and ASID NJ offers the best-priced, targeted, regional talent pool of interior design graduates and professionals? Visit and click on JobTarget at the bottom of the page: Set up your account information, and begin posting your position(s).It’s that easy! • Place your job in front of our highly qualified members • Search our résumé database of qualified candidates • Manage jobs and applicant activity right on our site • Limit applicants only to those who are qualified • Fill your jobs more quickly with great talent

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Welcome New Members New Designers

New Industry Partners

Coralee Mary Beaulieu, ASID Milfi Camarena, Allied ASID Laurence Carr, Allied ASID Karin Eckerson, Associate ASID Kyong Hwan Lee, Allied ASID Stephen Leventis, ASID Taryn Mumolie, Allied ASID Judi Schwarz, Associate ASID Lynne Vreeland, ASID


New Student Members Julianne Kelly Bachmann, Student ASID Colleen Barry, Student ASID Carley Benesh, Student ASID M Virginia Brennan, Student ASID Edmila Albuquerque Campanha, Student ASID Timothy Capalbo, Student ASID Jason Castro, Student ASID Jamie Roberts Caulfield, Student ASID Jesse Cermak, Student ASID Cassandra Charles, Student ASID Janine Colicchio, Student ASID Doreen Cook, Student ASID Abigail Cuevas, Student ASID Patricia DeFalco, Student ASID Lauren Digenova, Student ASID Rachel Dolan, Student ASID Nicole Egan, Student ASID Debra Florance, Student ASID Chukwuemeka Amah Korieocha, Student ASID Hannah Lang, Student ASID Nicole Levine, Student ASID Rachel Lodi, Student ASID Sarah Mahoney, Student ASID Christina Maruzza, Student ASID Claire Mendez, Student ASID Sarah Messineo, Student ASID Patricia Miller, Student ASID Saray Orozco, Student ASID Stephanie Paralta, Student ASID Linh Phan, Student ASID Lida Rosa, Student ASID Emma Jean Rosenwinkel, Student ASID Laura Rottino, Student ASID Malory Brooke Shaath, Student ASID Aly St Pierre, Student ASID Alexandra Struble, Student ASID Ruth Wehrman, Student ASID Farren Wheatley, Student ASID Madeline Winer, Student ASID Carly Wolff, Student ASID Maria Zahova, Student ASID

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Public Relations Report By Anne Marie Soto, ASID NJ Public Relations/Marketing Consultant

NEW JERSEY MONTHLY May'15 issue: "Smart Homes; Smarter Products" (pp. 61-64)-Suzan Lucas Santiago, ASID; Kingsley Belcher Knauss, ASID; Suzan Globus, FASID; Wendy Cruz-Gonzalez, ASID; Jennifer Pacca-Zdankowski, Allied ASID; Virginia Zonfrilli, Allied ASID; Diane Picyk, ASID; Anthony Albert Passanante, Allied ASID; Diane Durocher, ASID; Tracey Stephens, Allied ASID


The following publications recently highlighted ASID

April 2: “A Colorful Bathroom for a Five-Year-Old”-Amanda Arditti, ASID

NJ interior designers. This list, updated regularly,

March 5: “From Great Room to Club Room”-Mark Polo, Allied ASID; “A

appears in the In the Press section under the Media tab

Basement Playroom Lets Kids Be Kids”-Vanessa Deleon, Allied ASID

on our chapter’s website ( If available, a live link is included for each placement. I also post


many of them on our public Facebook page (www.face-

DIY Network: Amish RENOgades - "A Bathroom Oasis by the Big Apple" - To do this, we monitor the major New Jersey

Anne Linn Fischman, Allied ASID

publications, including those listed here. If you have been featured in other publications, submit your information by email to


Be sure to include the name and date of the publication, the name of the

“Dialogues on Design” is the new name of ASID NJ’s blog. It covers both the residential and the commercial design field. It can be accessed through’s home page. The public can also subscribe to our blog as an RSS feed so that new entries automatically land in their email inbox. In addition, a notice goes up on our public Facebook page every time a new blog entry is posted.

article, and the appropriate page numbers. In addition, if you have been interviewed on the radio or on a Webcast, appeared on a TV program, or been published in a book, please let me know about that, too. Many of these placements came as a result of our chapter’s PR Alerts, which are emailed to professional, allied and associate members.

MAGAZINES ASPIRE Spring’15 issue: “Interior Designers as Their Own Clients” (pp.24-27)Kara Bossert, Allied ASID; Margaret Maltese-Miller, Allied ASID; Mark Polo, Allied ASID; Marilee Schempp, ASID; Sharon L. Sherman, ASID; Vatche Simonian, AIA, Allied ASID

Thank you to the following designers for our two most recent entries: “The Power of the Adverb in Design” by Mark Polo, Allied ASID and “A Decorative Lighting Update” by Wendy Cruz-Gonzalez, ASID. Our goal is to post one new blog per week but we can’t do this without participation from our designer members. If you would like to contribute, please contact me at for details. Writing help is provided!!

BERGEN HEALTH & LIFE April'15 issue: "Stage Right" (p.68)-Sandra Levin, Allied ASID

DESIGN NJ June/July '15 issue: "What's a Certified Interior Designer?" (pp.52-55)Michael Mariotti, ASID; "Keeping in Character" (pp.100-110)-Jennifer Vreeland McDermott, Allied ASID; "Bright & Beautiful" (pp.112-114)-Laurie Burke Boice, ASID April/May '15 issue: "Neutral Territory" (pp.48-55)-Jennifer Pacca, ASID; "The Spice of Life" (pp.56-68)-Ginny Zonfrilli, Allied ASID; "A Shore Home for Sharing" (pp.70-78)-Ria Gulian, ASID; "The Good Life" (pp.8089)-Diane Boyer, ASID; "A Fresh Face" (pp.90-95)-Sheila Rich, Allied ASID

201 THE BEST OF BERGEN May '15 issue: "Saddle River Serenity” (pp.82-87)-Suzanne Curtis, ASID

201 HOME May ’15 issue: “The Elements of Style” (p.15) Sharon Sherman, ASID; “Where Trendy Meets Traditional (p.58)-Diane Durocher, ASID, (p.62)Mark Polo, Allied ASID, (p.63)-Philip La Bossiere, Allied ASID, (p.66)Michael Mariotti, ASID, (p.74)-Sharon Sherman, ASID, (p.75)-Mary Sferra, ASID, (p.76)-Anna Maria Mannarino, Allied ASID

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The Gold Award winners in our chapter’s biennial Design Excellence Competition serve on New Jersey Monthly’s Design Advisory Council. In February, these talented designers met for lunch at Jockey Hollow in Morristown with NJM to discuss current trends and issues in interior designer. It all culminated in a great article in the May issue of New Jersey Monthly. Photo credit: Joe Polillio Photography

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ASID CEU Chapter Race Challenge By Tracey Taylor, Allied ASID YOU make a difference - Professional, Allied, Associate and Educator members. National has challenged chapters to encourage their membership to become as CEU compliant as possible between March 1st and October 31st, by giving back to the chapters. Have you met your CEU requirements (ten hours over two years or 1.0 credits, ending 12/31/2015)? Need CEUs? Have an IDCEC-approved CEU you'd like to present to the membership? Your chapter is being challenged to get as many members as possible CEU “compliant.” If we (the ASID NJ Chapter) get nearly 85% of our members compliant, WE WIN $1000! If we get the highest percentage of members compliant (out of all 48 chapters), WE WIN $1500! Sweet deal for doing what we already need to do! Go team JERSEY (currently ranked at #14 with 12% compliant)! Reminder: DESIGNERS - your Industry Partners host CEUs at their locations to help you meet your CEU requirements. Please support your IPs, and yourself, by attending these events when you can. INDUSTRY PARTNERS - you and your jobbers have knowledge and expertise! Share it in an IDCEC-approved CEU. Don't know how, or need space to host? Contact our Chapter Administrator (732-787-5981 or for directions and/or guidance. A reprint of the information from ASID National is listed below:

• The first week of every month a report will be sent to the chapter administrators** outlining the current rank of all chapters.**If a chapter does not have an admin, a secondary contact will need to be identified (President, other chapter board member, etc.) • A chapter is not required to plan or host a CEU event for the purpose of the Race; they are asked to help inform members about the CEU requirements and ways to meet those requirements. This monthly report will help track each chapter’s success towards full compliance and the chapter with the highest percentage at the end of the Race will win! The chapter who is in the lead will be announced the first week of November, 2015. The race does not go until the end of the two-year reporting period (ending on December 31, 2015) out of respect for the upcoming holiday season. Any CEU credits earned after October 31 will still be counted towards personal requirements, but not towards the Race. Reporting • Official cumulative data will be retrieved from the IDCEC database on or around the first of each month by ASID staff. ASID members can access their personal record at any time by logging into and checking their transcript for the most accurate credit count. • Data will reflect CEUs taken from 1/1/2014 – the previous month, all data is cumulative for the reporting period. • The report will include two tabs: an overall ranking of chapters and a complete list of the members within the chapter who have taken CEU credits. • In order for a member to count towards their chapter’s percentage, they need to have already completed the 1.0 CEU credits (10 hours). If only a portion of the 1.0 CEUs are completed, this will not count towards the chapter race.

How the Chapter Race Works Time Period: March 1, 2015- October 31, 2015 Goals: To provide an exciting way to get chapters involved with the ASID mandated CEU requirements for the current reporting period. All eligible designer members will contribute towards their chapter’s total through a race to have the highest percentage of members in compliance. Rules of Engagement: • Each eligible practitioner member is required to take 1.0 CEU credits (10 hours) for the reporting period of 1/1/2014 – 12/31/2015. Members not in compliance of this requirement are subject to auditing and potential termination of membership as stated in the ASID bylaws.* • *Member CEU requirement is stated in the ASID bylaws under A: Society Membership, Article V: Membership Classifications, Section 5 – Termination of Membership: 3. Failure to Comply with CEU requirements • Chapter leaders are advocates for this and promote the value of continuing education for all interior designers. It is our responsibility to be informed on current issues, trends and codes which effect the practice of design. • This competition is to reward the chapter who actively promotes this message to their members through regular communication and CEUapproved events.

The formula which is used will: • Pull the monthly ASID Membership Report and calculate the eligible members for each chapter (this is subject to change each month). • Sort the list of eligible members who have taken 1.0 CEUs (10 hours) or more. • Divide this amount from the total eligible number to get a percentage of completion for the chapter (out of 100%). • The percentage will increase each month as more members reach their full compliance. Who Is Eligible: • All 48 ASID Professional Chapters • Practitioner Members (Professional, Allied, Associate, Educator) who joined ASID before May 31, 2014. *Members who joined after this date have prorated CEU requirements and do not need the full 1.0/10 hours. Prize: The chapter who gets their eligible membership closest to 100% compliance will win $1000! If the percentage of the chapter’s compliance is over 85% and they are in first place among all chapters, then they will be eligible to win $1500. The competition ends on November 1, 2015. Notice of the winning chapter will be given prior to November 30, 2015. The $1000 or $1500 prize money must be used towards hosting a CEU- approved chapter event. This money can be used towards any event logistics (speaker/ rental fees, marketing, food/beverage costs, etc.)




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Silver Sponsor - Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery Stunning kitchens. Spa-like baths. Beautiful lighting. Party-perfect patios. When your customers re-imagine their home, their entire life gets a redesign. Creating a space designed around the way they live – a space that perfectly fits their lifestyle – is possible and Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and Karl’s Appliance can help make that dream a reality. Be Inspired Step into a Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and you’ll immediately be inspired by what you see – beautifully displayed lighting, and bath and kitchen products from today’s top brands. But their state-of-the-art showrooms take the experience even further and allow you to touch and feel the products in a welcoming, hands-on environment. From exquisitely designed bathroom displays with functional showerheads to full kitchens with working appliances, you can explore a variety of design styles ranging from classical elegance to bold contemporary. Largest Selection of Products Ferguson’s wide range of products lets you make multiple selections at a single showroom, which streamlines budgeting and makes the building process more efficient. Not only do they offer traditional plumbing products, but they also offer lighting. Many showrooms have a dedicated lighting specialist on staff that can assist you with customized lighting plans, product selection and budgeting. As well, Karl’s Appliance offers high-quality appliances from cooktops and ranges to refrigerators and outdoor grills. Personalized Service Ask designers what brings them back time and again and they'll say it's the people. Ferguson’s and Karl’s product experts have years of industry experience and are extremely knowledgeable about design trends, product selection and the building and remodeling process. Whether you’re renovating an outdated bathroom or designing your dream kitchen, they take

time to listen to your ideas and work one-on-one with you to bring your vision to life. Dependable Delivery After your product selections are made, it’s important to ensure that the right product is delivered during the right stage of the building or remodeling process. Ferguson’s local inventory combined with their strategicallyplaced distribution centers stock thousands of products by major manufacturers. This means that inventory is always available. If it’s not instock, their buying power and vendor relationships mean they can still get the product quickly. Shop Online Ferguson’s one-on-one consultation process is ideal for most projects, especially new construction and major remodels. However, if you would like to browse their products online, features plumbing, lighting and appliances organized by category and brand. You can also shop by style – traditional, transitional or modern. Ferguson’s and Karl’s passion for customer service is easy to see after just one visit to your local showroom. Walk-ins are welcome; however, their product experts take pride in personalized service, so appointments are highly recommended. For more information, visit ASID NJ Chapter has two Silver sponsors- Geberit (profiled in the last issue of NJ Inspire) and Ferguson. Silver sponsors benefit from year-long perks, as well as those specific to the ASIdeas event. For additional information about sponsorships available to Industry Partners, visit the home page of and click on the Interested in Becoming a Sponsor? link.

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Habitat Bergen 5K Race to Build On April 11, our chapter sponsored and participated in the Habitat Bergen 5K Race to Build. It was our first year collaborating with them and it was a great success. We were not only able to support Habitat by helping them raise money, but we were also able to use this as an opportunity to raise public awareness of the ASID brand. With an ASID NJ table at the event, we spoke to many participants about the benefits of working with a professional designer and we got some follow-up coverage via social media. Each year we build upon the last year, making the each new collaboration better than the last one.

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Committee Reports Marketing Spruce It Up By Hope Sferra, Allied ASID, CID, Director, Spruce It Up Program Our annual Spruce It Up program will run this fall from October 1-31. For the second year, we have decided to partner with NJ Habitat for Humanity. Advertising and promotion will take place through both organizations and the public will have the opportunity to contact us at the Chapter office to set up an appointment for a consultation with one our chapter’s participating designers. The fee for a one-hour consultation is $150 and a two-hour consultation is $300. The check is written by the homeowner to the Habitat affiliate of their choice (there are 25 in the state). The designer collects the check AT THE TIME OF THE CONSULTATION, (there is NEVER any billing). The designer mails the check to Hope Sferra, the director of the program. We need YOUR help. The program cannot be a success without the volunteer efforts of ASID NJ designers. In a very short time, you will be contacted via a public relations email and the President's Message and you will be asked to sign up. In the meantime, if you would like to contact the Director of the Spruce It Up Program early and be added to the list of participating designers, you are encouraged to do so. Simply email Hope Sferra at and provide the following: Your name Your address Your work telephone no. Your cell telephone no. Counties you are willing to drive to. The number of consultations you are willing to complete Please note: This most is most definitely a public awareness program. It is an opportunity for our organization to highlight the professionalism that our highly educated, experienced, and credentialed members "bring to the table." It is not a project creator. Many homeowners are intrigued and curious about the process of utilizing an interior designer and willing to give it a go for such a good cause, but the Spruce It Up program does not guarantee actual work. In some instances it has translated into projects, but our marketing committee wants to be clear that the incentive must be to help your chapter shine. If you have any questions, or wish to sign up, please email:

Community Service by Brooke Morales, Allied ASID Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 who have been diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Of the hundreds of wishes that Make-A-Wish New Jersey grants each year, about a dozen children request a room makeover. Their dream room could be a bedroom in which the child spends an inordinate amount of time due to illness that

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STUDENT NEWS keeps him or her home from school, or a den or playroom that they want as a fun place uniquely their own. In late April, we sent out a call to our members to fill two more immediate requests. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of designers willing to help! We are in the process of filling these requests and look forward to making more wishes come true. Our involvement with Make-A-Wish New Jersey has been a wonderful success! In the previous issue of NJ Inspire, we profiled three Make-A-Wish projects that happened thanks to the efforts of Pat Valentine Ziv, ASID, Heather McManus, Associate ASID and Iris Houlihan, Student ASID. Our fourth successful Make-A-Wish makeover by ASID designer Cozette Brown, Allied ASID gives beautiful new bedroom and art space for a child’s Cape Cod 2nd floor bedroom. Together with her family and other MAW volunteers, Cozette was able to redesign Natalie’s awkwardly shaped room into a blue oasis inspired by her own caterpillar photo canvas for her to paint and draw with her friends and within quick reach of some snacks in her new mini fridge. MAW volunteers assisted in painting the new blue room and Cozette was able to surprise Natalie with all new furniture thanks to Mike Kaplan of Palisade Furniture in Englewood. Cozette’s contractor Jerry Koenig even got involved and provided new closet doors, assisted with carpentry and finishing off the closets. “The experience was terrific and truly an honor and privilege for me; combining my passion for design with a love for helping others,” says Cozette. If you are interested in donating your time to assist in a child’s makeover wish, please contact us at

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Trade Show Report By Jana Manning, ASID, Trade Show Chair

so much of ASID's power and creative talent in one place. My predecessors had it right when they started this tradition!

It was a great year to be at ASIdeas. This year's trade show attracted approximately 300 designer and student attendees. They all came to see what's new from familiar favorites and to open doors to new ideas and resources that will bring their creative visions to life . . . . . . and ASIdeas exhibitors did not disappoint! Expanded Product and Services Mix From trusted multi-national resources to local artisans, the exhibitor floor was an exciting and bustling mix of opportunities. Whether you want to select it, customize it, or design it from scratch, there was someone there to help. A Beloved Tradition Returns What an awesome scene it was at our keynote luncheon with 500 in attendance--members plus guest designers and vendors. It was inspiring to see

Internationally-Recognized Design Thought Leaders Our speakers were excited to reach this powerful audience. Susan Szenasy highlighted the immense power we have to impact the world around us, and Michela O'Connor-Abrams (who is business-savvy personified!) presented facts and guidance for increasing our business potential with the future design-consumer. New Visions and Energy Give a Glimpse of Great Things to Come How could you miss the impact of our next gen of pros on this event!? From the giant graffiti banner to the student booths and Mondrianinspired dry erase "Wink Walls," our student members exhibited their creative talent and collaboration skills. Thanks to all who made this event a success!

Trade Show Chair Jana Manning, ASID; Keynote Speaker Michela O'Connor Abrams, Dwell Media

Ribbon Cutting-Co-chair Kelley DeBetta, IP Rep, Geberit; Chapter President Michael Mariotti, ASID; Chair Jana Manning, ASID

CEU-Ethical Design with Susan Szenasy, Metropolis magazine

ASIdeas Banner created by Brookdale students Conor Daly and Laura Bufaino

Chapter Silver Sponsor-Geberit

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Bronze Sponsor – ASIdeas Design Forum & Expo Design NJ


Design NJ magazine is celebrating its 15-year anniversary. While technology and printing methods have changed, one thing has not: its mission to provide the New Jersey design community with a publication that is fashion-forward, style-conscious and trendsavvy. With gorgeous professional photography and well-researched, accurate and informative articles, Design NJ presents the best design projects in the state. Design NJ is proud to support ASID NJ thorough a variety of initiatives.

Call For Entries: Hansgrohe + Axor Das Competition Celebrating Design Excellence In Projects Featuring Hansgrohe & Axor Products

Get added to our VIP database. By joining this VIP database, you will get timely updates regarding opportunities for publication, special subscription offers and first release of editorial calendars. Please e-mail Designer Liaison Barbara Venezia ( to be added to our database of local interior designers.

The competition celebrates these qualities in various contexts through real-world projects. U.S. architects and interior designers are invited to enter recent projects that thoughtfully incorporate Hansgrohe or Axor products to create innovative or inspiring environments, from hotel and restaurant bathrooms to private kitchens.

Get listed in our Annual Directory. In addition to publishing six bimonthly issues, Design NJ also publishes an Annual Directory which is widely used by thousands of affluent New Jersey consumers. The directory includes hundreds of companies and product categories plus an Interior Designer section that is cross-referenced by firm name and designer name. For listing information you can also reach out to Barbara at

According to Hansgrohe USA President Erik Christensen, “We believe that good design deserves to be celebrated. Das Design was developed to recognize our valued industry partners and the ways in which their work sets the standards for the kitchen and the bath. Last year’s competition was a great success with outstanding participation from designers and architects from all across the country. We were particularly impressed with the caliber of projects and the wide range of products specified. We’re looking to build on this momentum and make 2015 another exceptional year.”

Subscribe to Design NJ at our special professional rate. Design NJ offers ASID members a special professional subscription rate of $10 for six issues plus the Annual Directory. Contact designer liaison Barbara Venezia at 800-969-7176 ext 264 or

Hansgrohe USA is proud to announce its nationwide call for entries for the second annual Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition. The Hansgrohe and Axor brands are world renowned for their excellence in design, sustainability, performance and installation. With over 100 years of experience in the kitchen and bath industry, Hansgrohe has unbeatable expertise and respect for innovation.

The competition is open to projects that were built in the U.S. within the past three years (between January 1, 2012 and August 14, 2015). There are three categories of entry: Residential, Hospitality, and Commercial. Entry is free and can be done completely online at Entrants will be required to include brief descriptions about their project, including their selection and integration of Hansgrohe or Axor products, and include at least three images of their project.

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A jury of leading A&D industry professionals, including architects, designers, leading media, and representatives from Hansgrohe USA, will select the winners. The first place winner in each category will receive a $2,000 certificate for Axor or Hansgrohe products and a round trip to New York City—to attend an awards ceremony and VIP event. This includes ground transportation to and from a NYC area airport, a two-night hotel accommodation, and a special dinner. The first place winners and three honorable mentions in each category will be awarded a plaque recognizing their achievements.

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Entry deadline: Friday, August 14, 2015. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in New York in October 2015, and the winning entries will be featured in the online competition gallery and on Hansgrohe USA’s social media channels. More details, competition, rules, and entry form can be found at the Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition website,

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An Excerpt on "RESILIENCY" paraphrased from National: by Tracey Taylor, Allied ASID, IP

The competition demonstrated that a high performance, energy-efficient suite can also be aesthetically pleasing and enhance guest experience.

We start with *DEFINITIONS* like "Sustainability". Green design is design that goes beyond being just efficient, attractive, on time and on budget.It is a design that cares about how such goals are achieved, and about its’ effect on people and on the environment. An environmentally responsible professional makes a commitment to constantly try to find ways to diminish design's impact on the world around us. It is also a smart way of doing business. Sustainable design is the fastest growing segment of our industry.

The winning design came from the team of destination design firm WATG and IDEO, a design and innovation consulting company. It was built as a model guest room to be presented as an educational display for the design industry, hotel owners, and corporate travel executives. The Sustainable Suite was unveiled at the HDExpo in Las Vegas, NV in May 2010. Visit for links on the concepts and features, and future Competition guidelines.

For more about ASID's adoption of sustainable design as aplatform issue of the Society, please visit:

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The complete Interior Design and Global Impact Series white papers researched and written by industry thought leaders in sustainable design was created especially to address topics of sustainability as it relates to the interior design profession.

Next, we offer a *COMPETITION* to attract the best and brightest: ASID, in conjunction with USGBC and NEWH, co-sponsored the Sustainable Suite design competition to help drive sustainable design practices in the hospitality industry.

Lastly, when you feel informed and confident, join the *ONGOING DISCUSSION* by logging into Where do YOU fit in? What part of resilient design will you or do you actively engage in?

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Career Day On Saturday, March 7, approximately 60 students attended our chapter’s annual Career Day, which was held at Kean University. In addition to a large contingent from Kean, we had students from Brookdale College, NJIT, Berkeley College, and County College of Morris, plus a student from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and from Design Ecademy UK. Keynote speaker D. Luke Iorio, president and CEO of IPEC and a professional career coach, shared tips and advice on following the right career path. After lunch, students had the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions on a variety of career-building topics. The day also included the chance to tour Kean's Green Lane Building and an abundance of networking opportunities.

Career Day Committee: Jill Shobe, Allied ASID; Ginny Zonfrilli, Allied ASID; Kathleen Ward, Student ASID

Thanks goes to: Our roundtable presenters – Wendy Cruz-Gonzalez, ASID; Jana Manning, ASID; Michael Mariotti, ASID; Anthony Albert Passanante, Allied ASID; Suzan Lucas Santiago, ASID; Judi Schwarz, Associate ASID; Anne Marie Soto, Marketing & Public Relations Consultant; Tracey Taylor, Allied ASID; Beth Insabella Walsh, ASID; Marlene Wangenheim, Allied ASID; Pat Valentine Ziv, ASID; and Virginia Zonfrilli, Allied ASID. Our host – Kean University and especially Professor Linda O’Shea, ASID Our IP sponsors - Atlas Marble & Granite, Benjamin Moore, GOI, NJDX, Sherwin-Williams and Wolf-Gordon Our Career Day Committee - Jill Shobe, Allied ASID; Ginny Zonfrilli, Allied ASID; Kathleen Ward, Student ASID

Keynote speaker Luke Iorio

Chapter President Michael Mariotti, ASID; Keynote speaker Luke Iorio, President & CEO, IPEC

Ginny Zonfrilli, Allied ASID; Prof. Linda O'Shea, ASID, Keane Univ.; Chapter President Michael Mariotti, ASID; Jana Manning, ASID

Roundtable discussion

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Real World Design Week Real World Design Week is a national mentoring program that offers interior design students unparalleled hands-on and online learning experiences. This rewarding program has created lasting relationships, connecting students with professionals making a difference in the design industry. ASID members (designers and IPs) participate by offering to mentor a student for a day. Interior design students connect with professionals and tour their offices, listen in on client meetings and develop a better understanding of what the industry looks like on a daily basis.

Habitat for Humanity 5K Race to Build of which ASID was a sponsor. All of these wonderful experiences have led me to apply for the position of ASID NJ Student Representative to the Board where I hope to further my participation with ASID and grow within the design industry. I am truly thankful for ASID, RWDW, and Michael Mariotti for presenting me with these life changing opportunities. I would highly recommend all students to make time for any mentoring opportunity as nothing beats real world experience and creating lifelong connections.

From Shirley Bennett, Student ASID, Design Ecademy: As a new student member of ASID, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in 2014 Real World Design Week. I found each of my mentors to be especially supportive and eager to share knowlFrom Ashley Lacen, Student ASID, Berkeley College: edge, insight, and career advice with me. Ashley Lacen with Michael Mariotti, ASID in ASID's Real World Design Week was a highly First, I immersed myself in the grand showroom of Michael’s breakfast room at the Designer rewarding experience which has enabled me to a true American craftsman, Thomas Moser. This Show House of New Jersey become more active within the organization and designer and crafter of fine wood furniture and community. Living in upstate New York, attending the cabinetry builds heirloom pieces to last a lifetime. Seeing New York School of Interior Design, and working full the beauty of the products and learning what distintime for Artistic Tile in Secaucus at the time of my particguishes this line was truly a delight and unique education. ipation in RWDW, it was very difficult for me to commit an entire day to attend one of these great mentoring Next, my new friends at Kravet opened their showroom events. I remember checking the ASID RWDW site and their minds to me in the Philadelphia Design Center. everyday and being disappointed at seeing all the Jill Martin has a true appreciation for the ASID relationwonderful opportunities I was letting pass by. On the very ship and a very talented staff. My eyes were opened wide last day of registration I logged on once more and stumwith the vast array of color, texture, size, and workmanbled upon a listing for Michael Mariotti Interior Design in ship of wallcoverings, upholstery frames and fabrics, Shirley Bennett ( far right) at the Haworth, N.J. Since I was attending school in NYC at the floorcoverings, and accessories. The sample room hums Philadelphia Design Center time I wasn't considering New Jersey as an option but with a steady stream of requests to be filled, designers are after browsing through Michael's website and seeing that at the worktables with clients to consult on their projects, his availability to mentor was open, I registered and awaited the call to and staff is ready to assist with every inquiry. Seeing first-hand what makes schedule a day to meet. With similarly busy schedules, we agreed to meet a Kravet stand out was truly an invaluable experience. week later, after the official RWDW took place. I didn't know what to expect from the experience, but that day turned out to be a wonderful Our very own Tracey Taylor of NJ Decorating Exchange took me under her learning experience as I met Michael's friendly staff, was brought along to wing one afternoon in the NJDX, introducing me to the experts there in a client meeting to discuss initial design plans, and even to a second project floorcovering, upholstery, and product sourcing. A tour of the expansive where the installation phase was in process, before running off to see the sample room, introduction to the Hunter Douglass resource center and a beautiful Designer Show House of New Jersey and Michael's Breakfast career-focused Q and A with Tracey filled my day. Room installation. On the installation site of the second project, I aided in unloading merchandise into the appropriate rooms and witnessed With limited time and resources, having already hosted a mentee in her Michael's interaction with the electricians to ensure each light fixture was design center, Jana Manning went out of her way to allow me some time properly placed and installed. Then I helped to install a fixture in one of with her after the actual RWDW calendar. A day in the life of a designer— I the bedrooms and later interacted with the client who expressed concerns observed how Jana and her team manage a list of projects, from selecting as to whether the fixture was correct for the space. It was great to hear fabrics and tile to resourcing a lighting design. Getting this first-hand view later on that once installation was complete, the client loved the result. of what it takes to successfully deliver projects on time and on budget, consistently, is helping me to shape the way I will conduct my own project Today, I am a student at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ and work moving forward. currently work with Michael on a freelance basis. Being the current President of ASID NJ, Michael has also introduced me to many ASID This great opportunity which ASID offers to students is simply an members and has encouraged me to become more involved. I have since outstanding program, which I encourage all students to take advantage of. attended the ASID NJ Career Day at Kean University, been a student Thank you, ASID! volunteer for the ASIdeas Design Forum & Expo and participated in the

Although RWDW 2015 won’t take place until November, we thought we’d pique your interest so that when the call comes out for participants, you’ll be first in line!

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At the Trade Show From the ASIdeas graffiti banner that greeted us as we arrived at the Meadowlands Exposition Center to the Wink Wall and message boards that enhanced our “red carpet” photos, student contributions were an integral part of the day. Thank you to all our wonderful student members who stepped forward to help add fun and excitement to this year’s trade show! Special thanks goes to those who served on the trade show committee: Nada Alzoubi, Katy ArrendondoAngeles, Shirley Bennett, Laura Bufaino, Conor Daly, Tess Henry, Kat Minor, Kathleen Walsh and Kathleen Ward.

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: NJIT student Stephanie Paralta was the winner of a Kohler Moxie shower head donated by Blackman.

“Rockin’ the Rebate” Recruitment Program Congratulations Berkeley College (Jason Lee) and Kean University (Linda O’ Shea) for meeting their “Rockin the Rebate” program for Spring 2015! ASID congratulates student chapters at the both these institutions, which have successfully recruited twenty or more student members since March 1, 2013! ASID will provide these chapters with a $5 rebate for every new member or returning member. Here is the link to the current Rock the Rebate information: The school’s Chapter Coordinator can request their rebate online with ASID National at the link above.

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