Category Archives: Results

Congratulations to Carolin!

It was a week ago tomorrow that Carolin and I were heading in to the ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s annual meeting and awards celebration. Sitting there with Carolin, I just couldn’t help feeling so thankful that she’d introduced me to this wonderful group and chapter four years ago. How things had changed since my first annual meeting with Carolin introducing me to just about everyone in attendance. This time, it was me who was helping her remember members she’d met a few times in the past or introducing her to those in attendance that I’ve come to know well during my tenure as the Co-Chair for the Emerging Professionals in our chapter.

The meeting began and was just as entertaining as the networking and conversations, especially as I’ve come to know many of those being honored or mentioned. Then came the awards. A section I was nervous about, mostly because I had hoped Carolin would win a very special award and honor within our chapter. As the awards were announced and winners called, the award I was waiting for came up and the winner’s name was announced: The Sarah Boyer Jenkins, FASID APEX Award.

The Sarah Boyer Jenkins, FASID APEX Award

Honors a chapter member for a lifetime of outstanding and significant contributions to the chapter, the Society and the profession of interior design. Eligible nominees are Washington Metro chapter practitioners who have been ASID members for at least 25 years. Candidates can be currently employed within the interior design profession or retired. Consideration is given to the individual’s service to the chapter and the profession. These contributions may be a combination of, but are not limited to, serving as a chapter officer and/or on a chapter board, chairing numerous committees, a genuine commitment to advancing the goals of the strategic plan of the chapter or significantly contributing to chapter projects such as community service, trade shows, showhouses, etc. Other honors and awards received by the candidate are also considered.

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Carolin M. Schebish, ASID, CID was the winner of The Sarah Boyer Jenkins, FASID APEX Award for the 2013-2014 year. And although I know I’m partial, I think this award could not have gone to a better chapter member or person. Here are just a few of the reasons that Carolin was nominated and why she won:

Carolin has been a member of ASID since the beginning of her career, late 1970s and has even been a past chapter president (1992-1993). She’s always looking for ways to help the chapter, many times donating time and money to help support various events and activities the chapter is sponsoring or providing to their members. She ensures that all designers she has employed over the years, at Design Exchange, be a part of a professional association, suggesting ASID if they are not already a member of an association. She has assisted the chapter office with several office relocations and has participated almost yearly in the Spring Spruce Up fundraiser.

She is very passionate about supporting and assisting in the education of student designers, providing a work environment for students to intern in her business. She provides support, advice, and mentors all members: from students to emerging professionals to seasoned designers.

Carolin is a very strong member of the design community. She insists and strives on having the most current/up-to-date education for herself and her employees – and attends various events and educational seminars provided by the chapter. She is very passionate about educating others on the strength that ASID has given to the profession and is always willing to support ASID for any new strategic move – especially as the industry and world continue to change over time. If she needs a source for a product or service and does not have a source she’s used before, she always references an ASID Industry Partner or will contact another ASID member for advice and recommendations. ASID is not just a resource for her and her business, but an asset she appreciates and highly respects.

She has been given many awards from the chapter over the years, including:

Presidential Citation in 1994

First Place Design Award 2002

Honorable Mention Design Award 2002

Medalist Award 2007

First Place Design Award 2013

As you can see, Carolin has been an inspiration and mentor to so many over the years. I am not only blessed to know her as a person and designer, but I am honored to be employed at her Design Firm. She has taught me so much already – and I look forward to continuing my journey in the Design field with her as my mentor, employer, and family.

 Kayla 

ROI – Return on Investment

Starting a business is the dream of many talented individuals. They know they have a skill that can be shared and appreciated. Perhaps that skill is preparing unusual and delicious food and the ambition is to open a restaurant! Maybe they have worked in a restaurant, been a chef and love it. They know how the kitchen works – but do they have all the other skills they need?

We dine out often, and love finding a new place. Sometimes it is disappointing. Recently we entered a new restaurant and could hear people in the bar, but there was only one couple in the dining room. We were greeted and taken to a table along the banquette – my favorite place to sit – usually. Not this time. I’m short, my husband is tall. He let me have his chair and he was going to sit on the banquette. No way. We both sat in chairs on one side of the table. That was just one problem.

The space felt like a painted basement and had patched areas. The glossy painted floor will be slippery when wet from something spilled. The paper atop the table cloths slid part way off the table when the hostess laid down the menus and when we sat down. The Southern American food mentioned in the ad was actually closer to Cajun.

Imagine the money that was invested in opening this restaurant, the equipment, the permits, the rent, the staff, and on and on. The chef’s skill is in the food. The chef also needed the skills of others to make the dream come true.

Imagine if some of those dollars were spent with a business consultant, a graphic designer to co-ordinate the message sent to the media, and even a brief consultation with a professional Interior Designer. Then the guests would know the menu, get excellent service, have a safe, comfortable place to dine, and the chef’s story would be visible all around them while they enjoyed the wonderful food.

They would come back – again and again. They would tell others. The chef’s dream could come true. There would be a Return on Investment – not just financially!

Carolin

Resources, Relationships, Results

Remember when the 3 R’s were reading, riting and rithmetic? In today’s world we learn in business – as well as in friendships – that the three mentioned up top are just as important. Problems can occur when they are least expected and without the established relationships, they may not be easily solved.

Over many years our firm has searched out and found excellent resources for furnishings for our clients’ projects. We support them and they support us resulting in positive relationships. We are careful about our procedures, checking schedules, and planning carefully. Then sometimes the weather can turn everything upside down! Most of the time, a few days delay in a ship date is fine. Other times, that delay can be quite a problem. A phone call, to the wonderful rep, at the reputable resource and, “they should make the truck” became “The items are flagged as “hot!”. They made the truck, and the planned delivery. Results!

Last week, in a two day period, three reps came by to update our library with the newest fabric and wallpaper samples. They save us time and make sure that we have the best products at our finger tips. That is a benefit to us and it produces excellent results for us and our clients.

These resources, relationships, results lead to the 4th R – mutual Respect!!!

Carolin