Last Week to Register for the ASID-WI Mini-Golf Outing
Not your average golf outing.
Thursday, August 27th, 4-7 pm
Tee Aire
21700 Gumina Rd
Brookfield, WI 53072

Join your fellow ASID Members for a round of mini-golf, fun prizes and food on August 27th. 
There have been questions, so as a reminder, you do not need a foursome to sign up. Sign up as an individual or 2 or 3 and note who you wish to be paired with, otherwise we will pair you up.
Depending on the final number of teams, we will either do a shotgun start at 5 pm or allow teams to play through as they arrive. All final details will be provided to registrants the week of the event.
Registration to close Monday the 24th, end of day. Click here for pricing/details and to register >

Interested in volunteering day-of? Contact Erin Jende, if interested!
Knowledgeable About Home Remodeling Trends?
Be a Resource for M Magazine

Our media partner, M Magazine, is working on a piece for the October/Home Design issue on 2015/2016 remodeling trends. Are you willing to be presented as a resource for this article? You would be contacted either by phone or email within the next week or so.

Contact Michelle if interested with your full contact information.
Save the Date!  Annual Meeting
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Please save the date for this year's Annual Meeting.  It will be held at the Rustic Manor 1848 in Delafield. More details to follow. 
Beyond Picking Paint Colors...
Uniting to Break Interior Design Stereotypes

The complete lack of understanding as to the value and skill of an Interior Designer was once again demonstrated recently in an article in The Federalist. We suggest you take a look and also read the well-crafted response from Randy Fiser, CEO of ASID National.

ASID National advocates on behalf of all interior designers for licensure. Without these laws, interior designers are legally subservient to other members of the design team, such as architects and engineers. It is for this reason, that we encourage all members to become a Wisconsin Registered Interior Designer (WRID).

With you as a WRID, we will have a stronger presence and a bigger voice, to advocate for our profession and to accomplish even greater legislative goals that heavily impact our practice.

To clearly outline the importance and the path to professionalism in interior design, we have developed a step-by-step reference on our site. Be in the know. Visit the Path to Professional Status page.

ASID August Madison Design Community Meeting

When:  August 26th, 5:00-7:00pm
Where:  Hovde Properties' Ovation 309
309 W Johnson St., Madison (Meet in Lobby)
What:  Tour downtown Madison's premier location for housing and retail, followed by a reception in the club room.

Limited space available.
RSVP by August 20th to, 608.819.1564

Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.
Tour guided by Erica Meier from Hovde Properties

Sponsored by: 

****This is the last week for Drop-Off in Waukesha****
Wednesday’s & Friday’s 9am-5pm  @ The Green Design Center, 2201 Badger Ct, Waukesha, WI 53188

Re_Purposeful Event
Friday, August 28th 11am-5pm 
Saturday, August 29th 9am-2pm 
Watch for us on Real Milwaukee, Friday, August 28th on Fox 6.
 Call for Tote Bags
Do you have oodles of tote bags from trade shows, just like us, that you could never use all of?  Drop them off with your samples so the teachers and crafters have an already Re_Purposed way to bring their goodies home.
ASID WI “Top 5 Under 5” Awards – Nominations NOW OPEN!

Are you an Emerging Professional who actively participates in the Wisconsin Chapter of ASID?  Do you work with an extraordinary Emerging Professional who strengthens the creative working environment at your firm or business?  As an Emerging Professional, do you create and take advantage of opportunities to support the interior design profession in the public realm as a passionate ambassador of your chosen career?

If you said “YES” to any of the above… The Wisconsin Chapter of ASID is excited to announce that nominations for the ‘Top 5 Under 5 Awards’ are NOW OPEN!  

The ‘Top 5 Under 5 Awards’ recognize and celebrate Emerging Professional (designers in the first five years of their professional career) Chapter members’ outstanding achievements and contributions to the Chapter, to their businesses or employers, and to the field of interior design as a whole.

Help us celebrate our Emerging Professional members by nominating yourself or someone you know!  Nominees from last year who still qualify are encouraged to apply again.

Not sure who to nominate?  Read the bios of last year’s honorees for their award-winning qualities.

To apply, click here

Entry deadline is August 21, 2015 at 8:00pm CST

Five award recipients will be recognized at the Wisconsin Chapter of ASID Annual Meeting this September!
Crystal Star Nominations Now Open!

The Crystal Star Award is the Wisconsin Chapter of ASID highest honor.  Nominate one of our Chapter’s exceptional leaders!

Nominees must be current ASID members in good standing and meet at least one of the following criteria:
  1. Significant and long-term contributions to the Wisconsin Chapter of ASID.  Nominees must have substantial service to the Chapter including Chapter enrichment, enhancement, and/or development at the local and state levels.
  2. Long-standing and considerable service at a National level resulting in impactful improvement to ASID as a national organization.
  3. Outstanding service to the advancement of the interior design profession within local communities, the state of Wisconsin, and/or at a national level.
Not sure how to nominate a candidate?  Click here for more information. Nominations close on September 1st!

The Crystal Star Award recipient will be awarded at Annual Meeting on September 23, 2015.
Top 40 Over 40 of the Week

As the ASID National turns 40 this year, the Wisconsin Chapter is also celebrating our experienced and accomplished members age 40 and over. We'll feature one or more per week, culminating at our Annual Chapter Meeting. Meet...

NAME - Lisa Blazek
YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY - 18-design is my second career.
PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT - Design Manager at M&M Office Interiors
FAVORITE PROJECT - Vision Forward Children’s Center. All of the children participating in the program were either visually impaired or blind. It was a challenge to design from the perspective of touch vs. sight.  The space had to be stimulating for the children texturally and wayfinding was also done through touch. Even presenting to the committee (some of whom were visually impaired) was a challenge because I had to rely on sensory words rather than visual ones. They published a video called Faces of Vision Forward that showed the kids using the space and when I watched it I cried like a baby.
WORDS OF WISDOM FOR YOUR YOUNGER DESIGNER SELF - Work hard but set boundaries. If you spend two hours answering emails on a Sunday night you won’t be fresh for the work week.
WHAT ARE YOU READING?  I read every day and love contemporary literature and historical fiction with an occasional classic thrown in. I also read a lot of non-fiction related to WWII, the French Revolution and Napoleon Dynasty, and English & Russian History. I’ve also been reading a bit on comparative religions.
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE NOT AN INTERIOR DESIGNER? Definitely a nurse. Specifically a pre and post op nurse. My family has had a lot of surgeries! In my experience, the nurse who is there before and after a procedure is so valuable. They are responsible for getting you ready, playing counselor, being a communicator, and sometimes a shoulder to cry on. I have a huge amount of respect for these professionals and the way they can make a difference during a scary and uncomfortable time for their patients.

Houzz and ASID Launch the Impact of Design Showcase

ASID has partnered with Houzz to increase public awareness on the impact and value of interior designers. The Impact of Design Showcase is a joint initiative to bring unparalleled visibility to the field of interior design.

As we celebrate the first 40 years of ASID, we want interior designers to showcase what they believe the next 40 years of design will look like and how it will impact the human experience. All entrants will receive exposure to 35+ million people in the Houzz community, and the showcase winners will be awarded great prizes, like $1500 in photography services, a one year ASID membership (if eligible), a free copy of the Evidence-Based Design for Residential Environments publication, and one free ticket to a 2016 ASID National event of their choice (up to $195 value).

Click here for more information.

New to the Fine Furnishings Show - The Degree of Green Award

New to the Fine Furnishings Show Best in Show Awards program this year is the creation of the Degree Of Green Award. Created in conjunction with the Green Design Center in Waukesha.  This award recognizes the level to which a product's ingredients, characteristics and qualities conform to health, environmental and sustainability standards, along with the quality of construction, design and finish.

Entries:  We are looking for furniture, art or accessories consistent with the products on display at the Fine Furnishings Show. However, entries for this award should demonstrate excellence in the Degree Of Green categories outlined on the event page.

Full-Time Entry Level Interior Designer - 4 design - Menomonee Falls, WI

Fall Internship in Interior Design or Interior Architecture - 4 design - Menomonee Falls, WI

Showroom Interior Design Consultant – Childcrest RBC Tile & Stone – Milwaukee, WI

Interior Designer - BSI (Building Service Inc.) - Waukesha, WI

Interior Designer - AB&K, Inc. - Southeastern Wisconsin

Adjunct Instructor Positions – Interior Design - Mount Mary University

Architectural Sales Representative - Daltile Commercial Sales

Account Executive – Design Within Reach – Milwaukee, WI

Interior Designer – Briohn Design Group, LLC – Brookfield, WI

Part Time Interior Design Instructor – Milwaukee Area Technical College – Milwaukee, WI

Interior Designer Position – Peabody’s Interiors – Milwaukee, WI

Commercial Sales Associate – Lexco Tile and Stone – Milwaukee, WI


Thank you to this week's Platinum Sponsor:




Earn CEU credits online, anywhere with ASID Academy

ASID Academy premiered in July 2015 as the comprehensive resource for continuing education and CEU credit fulfillment. ASID Academy supports the Society’s commitment to online learning and professional development  through CEU course offerings, papers, and videos made available to members and designers online, anytime.

ASID Academy features a curated, peer-reviewed course catalog with CEU courses focusing on our four key themes that cross-cut all practice areas of interior design: Impact of Design, Leadership Development, Practice of Design, and Business of Design. The catalog further reinforces the Society’s commitment to continuing education, and supports the new December 31, 2015 CEU requirement.

Sign up for a course today! Click here to learn more.


August 26th - Madison Design Community Meeting

August 27th - ASID-WI Mini-Golf Outing

August 28th & 29th - Re_Purposeful: An Upcycling Event

September 23rd - Annual Meeting


Surface & Panel Symposium
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Harley-Davidson Museum®

This Symposium seeks to connect architects, interior designs, fabricators, and other design specialists with material specifiers and producers for a better understanding of the industry and the innovative technologies driving it. It will be followed the next day by the grand opening of the mHouse, a showcase house with materials from the previously mentioned industries. The mHouse is in Watertown, Wis., a short drive from Milwaukee, and only symposium attendees can attend the grand opening.

Click here for more information.

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy 2015 Conference
Wisconsin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laboratory, Sept 30th — Oct 4th, headquartered at the Pfizer Hotel in Milwaukee. The conference features private tours of 15 Wright works, special events and the presentation of five Wright Spirit Awards. More info & registration at: 


For a full listing of webinars provided by ASID, go to

ASID | Education Online
Click here for more information. 


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