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Celebrating World Interiors Day

Airport Tour 2

This past Saturday, May 30, was World Interiors Day, a day to educate others about the influence design has on daily life. The event is headed by the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) and has been adopted by ASID as a day to urge designers to share how they give back to the communities they serve.

With that in mind, we’d like to share our community involvement. Each year, we participate in the ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s Spruce Up. The Spruce Up allows individuals or businesses to hire an ASID interior designer for one or two hours at a special rate, with all the proceeds benefitting ASID’s educational efforts. This project allows community members to learn what interior designers do and obtain consultation from highly qualified interior designers that they might not have otherwise been able to afford. Due to high demand, Kayla helped three and Carolin helped four Spruce Up clients.

Furthermore, our active membership in the ASID Washington Metro Chapter has led to our continued support of the ASID Foundation. The ASID Foundation’s mission is to “support endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health, safety and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships and education.” The Foundation accomplishes this through numerous programs, all of which can be read about here.

We most recently supported the foundation with ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s benefit: a tour of the Washington Reagan National Airport last Friday. Naturally we were excited to support the Foundation, but just as excited to get a tour of our region’s busiest airport! The tour was centered on the 30 pieces of art commissioned specially for the airport and the integration of the city’s landscape into its design. The group photo seen above is of “Foliated Trellis”, a piece by Kent Bloomer and located in Ticketing Level South.

What’s funny is that as we were touring the airport, we actually ran into two of our clients and Carolin’s close friends on their way out of town! It’s always great to run into our wonderful clients and friends, even if we didn’t get to take a trip ourselves!

The Design Exchange Team

Kayla Elected to ASID Washington Metro Chapter Board!

I’m excited to announce that I was recently elected to the ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s Board as Communications Director, beginning in October!

The role includes overseeing the chapter’s newsletter, website, public relations/media outreach, directories, and other internal and external communications. What I’m most looking forward to is another opportunity to give back to the chapter since it has served me well so far in my career.

Since Carolin is my mentor, when she suggested I get involved in the chapter upon graduation, naturally I followed her advice. She served as the chapter president in the past and speaks highly of the opportunities it provided her during the start of her career, as well as now.

I credit much of where I am today in my career to the education, support, and network of resources I’ve gained from my involvement in the chapter. After serving as co-chair of the chapter’s Emerging Professionals committee for a year and a half, I am eager for this next opportunity to serve the chapter.

Kayla

Our ASID Emerging Professional wins Chapter Leadership Award

Kayla Weiner, ASID, CID is a talented  young designer with her eyes wide open and  her head on straight .  She is an asset to Design Exchange, Inc., our clients and to the American Society of Interiors Designers.  Interestingly enough the ASID Emerging Professional program was initiated a few years ago to help designers  who were just entering the profession after design school.  The program provides conferences and opportunities to meet other professionals and industry resources, to make connections and become involved in this dynamic industry.

You might say that she returned the favor.  As co-chair (with Shavonne Maclin) of the Washington Metro Chapter Emerging Professionals,  Kayla not only supported the other young designers in our area, she created a series of social, entertaining , and educational events that benefited new and experienced designers, showrooms, industry partners, and local artisans.

All of that, and still, client projects proceeded  on schedule, beautifully.  A true professional!

The Milo Hoots, Jr. ASID Leadership Award
Honors an individual who has made outstanding leadership contributions to ASID and the Washington Metro chapter. All Washington Metro chapter Professional, Allied, Associate, Industry Partner and Student members in good standing are eligible candidates. The awardee’s leadership achievements demonstrate exemplary dedication to the Society and to the chapter.

 Carolin

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 

Resources and Relationships – Again

Last night was one more reminder of how important our resources and relationships are in our professional lives and in our personal lives.  As a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), I was invited to attend the State of the Society Event hosted by the Duralee Showroom at the Washington Design Center.

Surrounded by friends – designers, industry representatives, showroom staff – in a beautiful showroom – we listened to our CEO Randy Fiser speak about where the society is and where we are heading. It is obvious to all that Randy is exactly the leader we need in this changing world.

ASID is always there to help us in our design careers, whether we are emerging professionals or experienced designers. Right now our society is heading up studies on improving the lives of those with autism and dementia. Continuing education courses are available on sustainability, safety and well being for clients, and everything else that relates to improving the design services we offer.

Everything the Society does for us and with us helps us to do more for our clients.

Thank you, Randy!

Carolin

PS: My husband was my invited guest. He was IMPRESSED.