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NEW ENGLAND Quarter 2 | 2016





Super Chic

IFDA International Platinum Sponsors




LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear IFDA Colleagues, With the arrival of spring in New England, IFDA New England welcomes our second annual Take A Seat series of events, for 2016! What is IFDA Take A Seat? We have invited the New England design community to Take A Seat at the fourth international design exhibition which features up-cycled chairs creatively redesigned by area professionals such as architects, builders, craftsmen, and designers of the furnishings and design industry. Students have been invited, too. Take A Seat was created by the New York and Japan IFDA chapters, and now, in its fourth year, New England is participating for the second year, along with a number of the other IFDA chapters. On May 3rd, at Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams’ showroom in Natick, we kick off our Take A Seat programs! With our donations of upcycled chairs complete as of April 29th, the chairs will be displayed throughout our area from May 3rd through June 1st. On May 10th, Woodmeister is hosting the first of the traveling exhibits at the Boston Design Center, followed by receptions at The Symphony of Light in Dedham, and at Design Group 47 in Peabody. We culminate the series at our festive gala to celebrate and auction off the chairs to benefit the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, on the evening of June 1st, at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. We encourage our members and the public to join us at all of these events! Connect with creativity and philanthropy in our New England design community! To attend the events, and/or be a sponsor of this program, at any one of the events, please go to our New England Take A Seat 2016 web-site: http://takeaseat.ifdane.com Best,

Karen Dzendolet







Annual International Event

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Design ExhibitionS

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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 625 Worcester Street Natick, MA

Boston Design Center One Design Center Place Boston, MA

The Symphony of Light 55 McNeil Way Dedham, MA

Design Group 47 47 Newbury Street Peabody, MA

06/01/16 deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum 51 Sandy Pond Road Lincoln, MA 01773



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Board of Directors

TABLE OF CONTENTS Upcoming Events ................................................ 6

New Members ..................................................... 9

President Karen Dzendolet Treasurer Gary Rousseau Recording Secretary Laurie Gorelick Industry Liaison Robert Grossman

Same Footprint, Brand New Baths ..................... 10

VP of Membership Robert Henry

IFDA’s Response to HB2 ...................................... 13

VP of Programming Jennifer Driscoll

Looks Deceptive: Consider Faux ....................... 14

VP of Hospitality Dianne Ramponi

A Designer’s Perspective on Co-Ops ................ 17

VP of Communications Christopher Saad

Super Chic Storage Solutions ............................. 20

VP of Sponsorship John Trifone

Keeping Historic Charm in an Updated Kitchen 24

VP of New Member Programs Vivian Robins

In Review ............................................................. 30

Noteworthy .......................................................... 36

VP of Education Gloria Robertson VP of Community Service Jacqueline Becker VP of Awards Arnold H. Lagueux

Get Involved! ...................................................... 38

Cover: Kitchen by Meyer & Meyer; Photography by Shelly Harrison

VP of Membership Retention Deb Matook VP of Future Directions Dawn Carroll 5

May 3 - 24, 2016


Area residents and the design community are invited to a series of opening receptions for TAKE A SEAT’s Traveling Exhibit. These events are free to attend. ............................................. May 3, 2016 | 5:30 - 8:30 pm Champagne Kick-off Opening Reception Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams 425 Worcester Rd, Natick, MA ............................................. May 10, 2016 | 5:30 - 8:30 pm Boston Opening Reception Boston Design Center One Design Center Pl, Boston, MA ............................................. May 17, 2016 | 5:30 - 8:30 pm South Shore Opening Reception The Symphony of Light 55 McNeil Way, Dedham, MA ............................................. May 24, 2016 | 5:30 - 8:30 pm North Shore Opening Reception Design Group 47 47 Newbury St, Peabody, MA


June 1, 2016 | 6:30 - 9:30 pm TM


The fourth international design exhibition which features up-cycled chairs creatively redesigned by local architects, builders, craftsmen, and designers. This gala promises to be a spectacular evening of celebration, charitable giving, and design. Proceeds will benefit the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development. DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA .............................................

Annual Sponsors International Platinum

New England Platinum

New England Gold

July, 2016 | Date & Time TBA

New England Silver


Join IFDA-NE for a pre-party dinner next to Fenway Park, two hours before the big game. Network with fellow members or if you are new to the group, take the opportunity to learn more about the benefits that an IFDA-NE membership has to offer.

New England Bronze

Dinner will be followed by a group outing to the ballpark to see the Sox play catch and throw strikes. Dinner location and game date to be announced in an eblast. Stay tuned!

............................................. If you would like to attend this event, please email Rob Henry. 7


2016 IFDA-NE

New Members PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS: Kathi Abacherli | Republic Supply Company Susan Barba | SBID Studio Dawn Carroll | Cumar Marble & Granite Laurie Heffernon | Done in a Day Decorating Amanda Lane | Refined Hudson & Design Loft Jennifer Lozada | Fresh Start Interiors Deborah Matook | New England Architectural Finishing Jonathan Moss | Installations Plus, Inc. Jeff Schwartz | J. Schwartz Design Dave Shore | Audio Art





Photos by Corey Fitzgerald and Karen Dzendolet



...Brand New Baths “Bringing the outside in” is not an unusual design objective in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Recently, this was the goal for IFDA-NE President Karen Dzendolet of KDZ Designs when updating two baths in a home which abuts conservation land. The clients

didn’t want to change the footprint of any of the rooms; the scale was just fine in their home. They wanted new finishes, fixtures and cabinetry to create a clean and updated look that would coordinate well with the style of the rest of their home, its furnishings, and with their secluded surroundings. The large upstairs bath had a typical bathtub/shower combination. The location of the vanity and toilet weren’t changed, but the bathtub/ shower became an open shower with an angled wall. Karen worked with Nancy Schwartz, a local


architectural designer, on determining the size of the new shower. The clients also wanted a window added in the shower, and no glass surround. The porcelain tile has a slatelike appearance, and has a nature-inspired color range including gray, green, blue and brown. The vanity coordinates with the blue tones in the tile, and the small tiles run from the vanity all the way through the shower along the walls above the larger tiles. Karen also collaborated with fellow IFDA-NE board member Bob Grossman at Wolfers Lighting in Waltham Before to choose decorative light fixtures for both bathrooms; Hubbardton Forge “Dune� sconces flank the beveled mirror above the vanity upstairs. The downstairs bath, similarly, kept its footprint, but has a new tiled shower with glass door instead of the shower stall with a wall. A new vanity instead of a smaller pedestal sink also gives a greater presence. Photography: Corey Fitzgerald

RESOURCES: Ryan-Regan Ladd, contractor, tiler-installer, painter and finish carpenter; Scott Anderson, Kitchen Design Manager, Cowls Building Supply: Katya Savenkova, Degrees of Comfort (plumbing fixtures); and Arrow Tile. Adapted from a blog post on kdzdesigns.com 11


While Networking Looking for a way to share your passion for design while collaborating with colleagues and making a difference in the lives of WIHED housing residents?






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STATEMENT FROM IFDA IN RESPONSE TO NORTH CAROLINA’S PASSING OF BILL HB2 For nearly 60 years, the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) has maintained its position as the only all-inclusive professional association whose members provide services and products to the vast furnishings and design industry. The organization’s core values promote mutual respect, education, community service, open sharing, industry partnerships, and ethical practices. With the recent North Carolina legislature’s passing of the bill HB2, IFDA reasserts its long standing policy: IFDA does not discriminate, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. In fact, as an organization that prides itself on inclusion, IFDA embraces all its members and industry partners and believes that the diversity in the furnishing and design industry is one of its greatest assets. “We encourage all members of the industry to stand together in unity for the promotion of equality and diversity,” stated Diane Nicolson, FIFDA, president of IFDA. “We are stronger together than when divided, let us unite people from all ends of the industry and celebrate each other’s uniqueness.” Thus, as a leader in the furnishings and design industry, IFDA will not only continue to promote the diversity of its membership and that of the greater international design and furnishings communities, but also reflect that support in its programming, membership outreach, and all other activities.




Looks can be Deceptive


When local builders Charlie Allen Restoration needed to repair damaged wallpaper for their Cambridge client, they contacted IFDA-NE member, Marilyn MacLeod, to see if faux would be the right solution. The homeowners had no left over rolls of the wallpaper. While more wallpaper could be purchased (if it were available), the wallpaper would still require removal and installation, and most likely the dye lot would not match the original. Even small projects can be important, and often something that seems simple can take a fair amount of skill to get done properly. In this case, decades of color matching, faux painting, material knowledge and graphic design

came into play. Two colors were translated from paper to paint, a custom stencil was cut to replicate the decorative patterns. The result was a beautifully restored wallpaper pattern, unknown to the naked eye that it was ever damaged at all. Another instance of faux camouflage involved recreating an existing faux rock climbing wall surface. The side of the rock wall did not have the same faux rock surface because it was created on site and consisted of wood and sheetrock. The finished product is a deceiving stone-textured look. 15

A DESIGNER’S PERSPECTIVE ON CO-OPS Michele Zajkowski is an accomplished Interior Designer practicing in Portland, Maine and the greater New England area. A Residential Interiors graduate of Boston Architectural College, she decided to go to design school after remodeling two older homes (c. 1912, and c. 1930) in the Mountain View Park neighborhood of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. In 2014, she started her interior design business, Ocean View Designs, LLC, after her husband’s colleague asked for design help with the remodel of their coastal home. After research and consideration, Michele decided to join a co-op with Annie Stickney Designs, LLC, James Light Interiors, and Annie K Designs, LLC – their co-op is called Studio 416. IFDA-NE Board Member, Gloria Robertson asked Michele about her decision to join a co-op.

GR: What were some of your main considerations before deciding to join a co-op? MZ: Location of co-op, is the location convenient for both designers and clients? Start up costs expenses, rent and insurance. Shared decisions of how the office will look and be organized – could we all decide on lighting, desks, bookcases, fabric and wallpaper storage, what kind of printer? – little things like the coffee machine, water, microwave. Does the location need a little landscaping outside? Who will plow the snow? Is there ample parking for designers, clients and vendors when they visit? Will FedEx and UPS deliver to your location? As residential designers, the location on the first floor was important because of deliveries,


taking samples in and out of the office – even the occasional piece of furniture you may take for a client to be upholstered needs to fit in your office and be stored safely.

We are all learning from each other. Designer camaraderie – everyone has a different style but we share the same goals.

Getting out of your house, getting We are a co-op of four (4) designers dressed and having a real office to go who each have an independent design to! Design related items are shipped business (i.e. LLC or Sole Proprietor). to the office not your house! Marketing/branding and website costs are each designer’s own responsibility. A co-op is a wonderful tool when We do not market ourselves as Studio 416. setting up accounts with vendors – it allows us greater buying power, What are some of the challenges of better customer service and vendors being part of a co-op? will meet with us in our office. We are taken seriously as a group of designers. Managing shared expenses, trash Each vendor is different, it will take and dirty dishes. Keeping the office some research and one designer tidy and presentable. Designers are may have to take responsibility of a in many places in a day, not always vendor account. in the office – sometimes getting everyone together for a meeting Flexibility, you work for yourself and with a vendor or an office meeting can make your own hours. I have can be challenging with everyone’s two extremely busy teenagers, and schedules. For example, last summer, sometimes, I have to work around I missed a group meeting we had their schedules. Occasionally, I have planned a couple of weeks out – I to work at night or on weekends – was in the ER with my son. Another that’s my juggling act as a working designer filled me in on the meeting mother. I try not to miss a hockey, the next day and I was able to write lacrosse, baseball game or music checks for all of the expenses we concert because I work for myself – I needed to cover. Be flexible. have that option. What are some advantages of joining In what ways do you feel being a a co-op? co-op member has broadened your business skills? Professionally, each designer has their own perspective and brings Shared rent, expenses and a full their personal experiences and designer library at your disposal are a design style which helps broaden all big financial advantage for both new our horizons. Not working alone and and veteran designers. Each designer having other designers to share and has a Rolodex of trade professionals critique your designs - the ability to that they prefer to work with and bounce ideas/experiences around. have built relationships with over the

Member Profile years – as a designer in a co-op you can share your preferred contacts. Let’s be honest, the business of design is 20% design and 80% paperwork! The opportunity to ask other designers questions on pricing, mark-ups, invoicing, contracts and billing practices sharpens individual business skills. We all make mistakes – that’s how we learn…but they can be costly in this business – working with other designers in a co-op helps lessen the fear of making one. Working in this co-op gives to so many advantages to strengthen my design skills. Pearls of wisdom shared. What would you say to a new designer considering joining a co-op? Open your heart, be generous, and a good team player. This is not for competitive spirits – remember there is plenty to share. Be honest and evaluate your financial situation before joining. We all share in each other’s success – we are each other’s cheerleaders. Are you open to other design styles, comments, criticism and praise? What design strengths only got better as part of being part of a co-op? The business side of design - taking more chances with design choices. The ability for your design style to evolve – design confidence. How will being part of a co-op strengthen your long-term career goals? It allows you to grow professionally and chart your career path based on what you learn from others. It should be financially advantageous if done correctly.

Interview conducted by Gloria Robertson, VP of Education.


Super Chic Storage

Interior Designer, Elizabeth Swartz of Elizabeth Swartz Interiors recommends finding new and unique ways to incorporate storage into your organizing efforts. “Instead of buying new plastic bins, invest in some beautifully designed, builtin shelving units for your kitchen, bathroom or closet.� Swartz offers. Along with the typical places for shelving units, Swartz has found many creative ways to use extra space. For example, the area under the stairs is no longer void space; it can be home to a dog bed, bookshelf or linen closet. That awkward corner of your kitchen counters can house a wine fridge. Mudrooms are becoming more and more popular with homeowners. These spaces ensure that all typical items that clutter entrances - such as coats, gloves, shoes, boots, hats, scarves, etc. - are easy to pick up and drop off on the way in or out of the house. Items can be tucked neatly into benches,


shelves and bins or hung on hooks. Custom-built shelving units can be 21

incorporated into nooks and crannies to thoughtfully display items such as books, teapots and pictures - to name a few. They can also be placed in closets to hold shoes, purses and other accessories. Drawers, lighting units, vanities, dressing areas and more are being implemented into closets as well. For example, California Closets provides architecturally-designed organizing and storage solutions without taking away from the home’s aesthetic. Whether you need a custom-made closet or some new shelves, California Closets has a variety of storage solutions. Basements are no longer a storage free-for-all. They have become a welcoming place to house visiting guests, a children’s play area or a fun entertaining space. Basement redesigns are now carefully crafted to fit into the home’s design theme and aesthetic. Homeowners looking to add extra storage and décor should consider a Murphy Bed. With clean lines, crisp colors and a modern, sleek design, a Murphy Bed from California Closets is perfect for visitors and provides a unique décor opportunity that doesn’t sacrifice space for functionality. The side drawers can even hold extra linens or allow guests to unpack their belongings.

For more ideas on design and storage, visit Elizabeth Swartz Interiors and California Closets online. 23

KEEPING THE Historic Charm IN AN Updated Kitchen

Photography by Shelly Harrison 25

Historic homes can be found in abundance around New England. As home design trends morphed from colonial architecture – known for its dark bricks, wood and small rooms – to modern, open styles, the majority of homeowners have had to redesign their older homes to fit modern day needs. Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors recently completed the renovation of a historic home facing some of those challenges. Built in the 1930s, this beautiful Wellesley, Massachusetts home was originally designed with gracious living areas, but the kitchen space was dark

As trends morphed from colonial architecture to open styles, the majority of homeowners have had to redesign their older homes to fit modern day needs. and limited. The design team at Meyer & Meyer was challenged with reconfiguring the plan to enlarge the kitchen for a more convivial family cooking experience with modern appliances while taking advantage of exterior views of the newly landscaped terrace and pool. The existing kitchen was completely removed along with two exterior walls; the original office space was combined with the butler’s pantry and kitchen to create one sizable eat-in kitchen. Original bricks from Boston’s Historic Old North Church were salvaged from a kitchen brick wall and given a new


home in the butler’s pantry, which accommodates a Sub-Zero beverage center, sink, and plenty of wine racks and storage. A duel-fuel, six burner Wolf Range was centered on the new wall and flanked by stone-blue cabinets and drawers as well as spacious windows. An ivory-hued stone hood with a brown and gray backsplash sits atop the stove and balances out the clean, crisp kitchen design. To the right of the range, Meyer & Meyer placed the side-by-side refrigerator and freezer, as well as a below-counter warming drawer at an easy operable height. In the center of the kitchen sits a generously sized island with stone-blue drawers and a slate gray marble top. Hanging above it, an emerald green, gem chandelier accents the views of the green flora and fauna outside the windows. To the left of the u-shaped kitchen sits the kitchen table, set in front of French doors that lead out to the patio. Three transparent pendant lights hang above the table and allow for delicate ambient lighting without taking away from the view. The new kitchen brings light and spaciousness to the house and provides a connection to the original rooms. The owners are thrilled with the outcome and look forward to many pleasurable dining experiences with family and friends.

RESOURCES: Architecture & Interiors by Meyer & Meyer, Inc.: Kitchen Design: Laura Brooks Meyer, IIDA; Arianne Rutt; Additional Design Services: KMI Design, Kate Maloney Landscape; Gregory Lombardi Design: Builder: Kells Construction, Martin Deane; Cabinets: Weston Kitchen


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In Review...





Cumar Marble & Granite hosted IFDA-NE in their eye-popping stone gallery and facility. Professional photographer, Jessica Delaney conducted mini photoshoots for guests who wanted a professional headshot. Cumar treated guests to a facility tour and an exceptional cocktail reception. Every guest discovered something new in the Cumar’s stone collection and some couldn’t get enough of it (like Interior Designer, Laurie Gorelick pictured above).


Off With Their Heads! Headshot Day





1: Jessica Delaney takes Deb Matook’s headhsot in Cumar’s gallery 2: Designer, Laurie Gorelick falls in love with an exquisite slab of stone 3: Event host and sponsor, Carlotta Cube 4: Gary Rousseau, Dawn Carroll 5: Elaine Frederick 6: Amanda Lane, Dianne Ramponi 7: Ivo Cubi, Stephanie O’Brien, Karen Smith, Mark Thompson, Carlotta Cubi, Jennifer Driscoll, Karen Dzendolet 8: Laurie Heffernon, Mark Thompson 9: Jessica Delaney

Photography by Ellysia Francovitch



In Review...





Design Business Consultant, Bill Emery of InControl Services will discuss the design industry from a business aspect. Bill has worked with 70+ design firms in Boston, New York City and San Francisco for the past 20 years. Attendees learned about where the industry has been and where its headed. Wolfers provided a seated dinner in their ginormous lighting showroom.

Managing the Business Aspect of a Design Firm 4



1: Bill Emery 2: Steve Brand, Karen Dzendolet 3: Amy Whitford, Janine Dowling, Jay Groccia, Mitch Zucker, Elina Passov 4: Michael Hoban, Nancy Sorenson, Bill Morton 5: Bob Grossman, Susan Arnold, Deb Matook 6: Pam Willis, Linda Mariani 7: Marie Chaput, Susan Corrado, Ed Cavallo 8: Peter Griffith

Photography by Ellysia Francovitch

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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Spring 2016 Collection Launch




1: Beatrice Kahn 2: Sarah Bateman, Andrew Terrat 3: Beatrice Kahn, Renee Rucci, Julie Wood, Melanie Murphy 4: Greg Sweeney, Tal Hauch

Photography by David Costa

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams launched the Spring 2016 collection in March at their recently opened signature store in Burlington. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and libations as they viewed the new “Mid-Century Modern Marvels” themed-line, a beautiful collaboration of timeless elegance and modern flair.

In Review...


Thinking Outside the Box for the Ultimate Bathroom





1: Jason Sevinor, Mindy Sevinor-Feinberg, Carlotta Cubi, Ivo Cubi, Eric Haydel, Carlo Baraglia 2: Ellie Eisenberger 3: Scott Milne, Ralph Sevinor, Joseph Goodall 4: Anne Alberts, Jill Janasiewicz

Photography by Culver Lau

Cumar Marble and Granite, Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, hosted Perfect Pairings: Thinking Outside the Box for the Ultimate Bathroom as part of Boston Design Week, at the Designer Bath showroom in Beverly. Panelists Carlo Baraglia, Cumar Marble and Granite; Mindy Sevinor-Feinberg, Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply; and Eric Haydel, President of ASID – New England discussed how to create the perfect bathroom. The event showcased “Perfect Pairings” of wine and cheese – curated by Adam Japko CEO of Esteem Media, Inc. and the author of the award-winning blog WineZag.



IFDA EDUCATION FOUNDATION GRANTS OPEN FOR APPLICATION Did you know the IFDA Educational Foundation will give money away for travel, teaching supplies, historic restoration projects and for education opportunities? Linda Mariani, Director of Scholarships and Grants, would like to remind all New England Chapter members that the following Grant applications are accepted each year in June: Elizabeth Brown Grant to Interior Design Programs – $1,000 Open to an educator for an Accredited Interior Design Program for supplementary materials and resources. Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant — $1,500 Open to those involved in restoring or preserving historic sites related to design/ furnishings. Tony Torrice Professional Development Grant — $1,500 Open to professionals in design/furnishings seeking to enhance skills with advanced study. Valerie Moran Memorial Grant — up to $3,000 Awarded to an IFDA Professional Member Interested in expanding their horizons through travel, trade shows and professional development studies. Barbara Brock Memorial Grant — Up to $750 each, $1,500 Total Open to two IFDA professional speakers for travel expenses. Please check out the website for details: ifdaef.org/professional-grants and contact Linda with questions or your application at: linda@westonstudiodesign.com.


7TH ANNUAL 5 UNDER 40 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED New England Home magazine announced the 2016 winners of the seventh annual “5 Under 40” awards, which recognizes the hottest emerging talent in residential design in New England in the areas of architecture, interiors, landscape design, and specialty design such as furniture and home accessories.

a direct connection between designer and weaver. The completed rugs will be auctioned off, with proceeds to benefit the Cambridge-based charity, Barakat. Barakat works in South and Central Asia to strengthen the fundamental human right to education, particularly for women and children. For more information on As Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New Barakat, visit http://barakatworld.org/. England Home, notes, “I am impressed The winners will be recognized at a anew each year with the depth and celebratory awards party on Thursday, variety of young talent we have in our September 8, 2016 in Boston. Tickets are part of the country.” now on sale at nehomemag.com. The slate of winners was selected by a committee of professionals representing diverse facets of the New England design community, including Patrick Hickox of Hickox Williams Architects, Kristin Paton of Kristin Paton Interiors, and Julie Moir Messervy of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio. Each winner will design a custom rug to be handwoven in the Nepal-based workshops of presenting sponsor Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting, creating

SPECIALTY DESIGN Paul & Esther Halferty



LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects

Lilywork Artisan Tile

Caleb Johnson

Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders

INTERIOR DESIGN Jayme Kennerknecht

Kennerknecht Design Group

John Haven


HomeMade Modern




Looking for a way to share your passion for design while collaborating with colleagues and making a difference? The Community Service Committee is creating a service program for our new charity, the Womens Institute for Housing and Economic Development (WIHED), a creator of affordable housing in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Proceeds from our annual Take A Seat program are gifted to WIHED, and we are beginning our second service project at one of WIHED’s facilities, Acushnet Commons. Thinking of joining? Please contact Jacqui Becker, VP of Community Serviceat jacqui@beckerfinearts.com or 617-513-6856.


Are you a social media junkie? Can you text 85 words a minute? Know the difference between Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr? Then we’re looking for you! IFDA-NE is looking for volunteers to join our Social Media Committee. IFDA-NE is working towards setting up and maintaining social media accounts to better serve its members. The committee will be responsible for assisting with reposts, tweeting from events, sharing photos of projects, and relaying relevant chapter and industry news to other members. A few hours a month is all it takes, and it’s a great way to get involved with your IFDA chapter and make new connections. If you’re interested, send a tweet to @IFDANEC or email Chris Saad, VP of Communications, at chris.saad@audioconcepts.com.


Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” This is your chance to give. IFDA-NE has initiated a chapter-wide mentoring program for students to shadow IFDA-NE participating members. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, all that is required is 3-4 hours each month in the fall and/or spring to allow a student to “shadow” you in an effort to gain an understanding of an IFDA member’s day-to-day dealings such as client meetings, site visits, vendor meetings, etc. Contact Dawn Caroll, VP of Future Directions, at dawn.carroll@cumar.com to learn more.


The Chapter Events/Programs Committee is seeking 3-4 members who are committed to leading the organization in the development of its education, networking, and overall growth. Members are asked to take part in quarterly meetings to analyze and coordinate an ongoing calendar of events for the IFDA-NE chapter. Members will collaborate to control events from conception to completion while managing each event’s budget and fulfilling sponsorship agreements. If you love to network or be at the center of the action, please contact Jennifer Driscoll at jennifer@broadviewmarketing.com.


Take A Seat is IFDA-NE’s largest annual event. It’s an exciting event for builders, architects, designers and suppliers to show off their talents while raising money for the chapter’s chairitable organizaiton, the Women’s Institute for Econdomic Development. The Take A Seat Planning Committee’s role includes creating three unique events that caters to our inducstry and consumers: Kick-off cocktail party with a private press preview; a traveling exhibit; and a gala with an auction. The committee will identify the planning process that makes most sense for the organization and its budget. If you would like to participate on this committee, please contact Jennifer Driscoll at jennifer@broadviewmarketing.com.


Jon Trifone - john@mitchellgoldboston.com

Karen Dzendolet - karen@kdzdesigns.com

Gloria Robertson - twinkle.gloria@verizon.net


Gloria Robertson - twinkle.gloria@verizon.net



WENTWORTH STUDENTS LEARN FINE ART OF APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS IFDA–NE is committed to developing a system of communication with all of Greater New England’s design schools. This communication is focused primarily on keeping students informed of scholarship opportunities, educational and networking opportunities, and program events that can further their educational and professional prospects. In this picture, Gloria Robertson, IFDA-NE VP of Education and Education Foundation, is showing interior design students at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston how to apply for IFDA student scholarships. As a result of these presentations and related efforts, “IFDA has received more New England scholarship entries than ever before,” says Linda Mariani, IFDA’s Educational Foundation Director of Scholarships and Grants. We are pleased with this expansion and look forward to helping more promising design students develop their futures.


AUDIO VIDEO DESIGN WINS GOLD CoTY FOR TASTEFULLY DISCREET PROJECT IFDA-NE members Audio Video Design took home a 2016 EM NARI Gold CotY (Contractor of the Year) Award for Residential Specialty Interior for a project in Needham which they worked on with Fallon Custom Builders. The home is fully integrated, making life in a large house easier with automated lighting and dimming, electric shades and skylights, and invisible speakers, all of which are controlled via the Savant platform using smart phones or tablets. Additonal project features include a communication system that provides full intercom and paging capability, garage door integration that can view, check status, and operate doors, and a surround sound system and media storage in the family room.



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