The 39th Annual Design Excellence Awards Gala

~ A White Party ~

THIS THURSDAY!  Buy online by Wed.

Turner Hall Ballroom
1034 North 4th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Join us in bestowing honors on interior design professionals and members of ASID WI for exceptional interior design. Every year this continues to be an evening not to be missed.

Our theme this year is intended to create a "blank canvas" environment, where great interior design can be celebrated and the projects can be given the chance to shine. White attire is recommended to suit the theme.

Schedule of Events:
5:15 pm – Doors open
5:45 pm – Awards program begins
7:00 pm – Sit down dinner served
8:30 pm – Full bar, dessert stations, music and merriment

Buy tickets or a table > 

Highlighting This Year's Award Submissions
This Week: Contract Design Entries for Historic Renovation, Hospitality – Restaurant, Retail – Showroom, Corporate - 14,999 sf and Under, Corporate - 15,000 sf to 34,999 sf & Corporate – 35,000 sf to 99,000 sf.

ASID Wisconsin is pleased to showcase this year’s project submissions. There were 46 projects entered in the professional competition and 12 student projects.

Photos for all entries are posted on the ASID WI website and each week we will highlight entrants in particular categories.

This week, we recognize a number of our ASID WI Contract Design entrants:

Heather Balistrieri, Korb Tredo Architects
Entered under "Historic Renovation"
Project:  Marquette University

Teresa Olson, Quorum Architects
Entered under "Historic Renovation"
Project: The Brewhouse Inn

Also entered under "Retail-Showroom"
Project:  Metro Eye

Amber MacCracken, Kahler Slater
Entered under "Hospitality-Restaurant"
Project:  Downtown Kitchen

Also entered under "Retail-Showroom"
Project:  Snap On Tool

Michelle Olsen, Rinka Chung Architecture
Entered under "Retail-Showroom"
Projects:  Nail Bar

Also entered under "Corporate 14999 sf and under"
Project:  Zizzo Group

Amy Sell, Systems Furniture
Entered under "Corporate 14999 sf and under"
Project:  Thiel Cheese

Cynthia Gall, Groth Design Group
Entered under "Corporate 14999 sf and under"
Project:  Office Remodel

Also entered under "Corporate 15000 to 34999 sf"
Project:  Horizon Home Care
Also entered under "Corporate 35000 to 99999 st"
Project:  Regal

Heather Olver, TWP Architecture
Entered under "Corporate 14999 sf and under"
Project:  Glenroy Inc

Leah A Knox, Creative Business Interiors
Entered under "Corporate 14999 sf and under"
Project:  Zeon Solutions

Also entered under "Corporate 35000 to 99999 st"
Project:  Creative Business Interiors

Micheal Sobczak, Plunkett Raysich
Entered under "Corporate 14999 sf and under"
Project:  North Shore Bank

Patricia Algiers, Chemistry in Place
Entered under "Corporate 14999 sf and under"
Project:  PKWARE

Jackie Posselt, EUA
Entered under "Corporate 35000 to 99999 st"
Project:  ABB

View their projects here >

Student Awards

Also, please take a moment to view the student award entries posted on the ASID WI site. Congrats and good luck to the following students who entered for a design award:

Kelly Blanchar, Madison College; Allison Crubaugh, Madison College; Christopher S Henry, Madison College; Jenna Holberg, Madison College; Molly Hooper, Madison College; Katelynn Lindley, Madison College; Kylie Osborne, WCTC; Adreana Testolin, Madison College; Spring Thompson, Madison College
EP Social @ Design Within Reach - RSVP Now!

Get to know your fellow Emerging Professionals and learn about modern design!

The Wisconsin Chapter of ASID is hosting an Emerging Professional Networking Event on March 19th, at the Design Within Reach showroom in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. Founded by Rob Forbes, Design Within Reach makes authentic modern design accessible. Customers have access to the best in modern design – from iconic works of the mid-20th century to innovative pieces designed today.

Join your fellow EPs to explore the showroom and listen to a presentation on design themes in modern design. All attendees will be entered for a chance to win an item from Design Within Reach’s showroom!

This event is open to all interior designers that self-identify as Emerging Professionals – those within the first five years of their career after graduation.  Recent graduates and senior level interior design students – this includes you!!  

Get social - get inspired!  

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.    

When:  Thursday, March 19, 2015

5:30-6:00: Refreshments and Networking
6:00-7:00: Design Themes in Modern Design Presentation
7:00-8:00: Refreshments, Networking and Exploring the Showroom

Where: Design Within Reach Showroom
167 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Click here to RSVP.

Hope to see you there!
Madison Design Community
Kickoff Get Together – March 25, 2015 – 5:30 pm

Winnebago Studios
2046 Winnebago St, Studio H, Madison, WI 53704

The ASID Wisconsin Madison Design Community is relaunching and promises to keep you engaged. To kickoff you have been invited to a social gathering unlike anything you have seen before. We are going to explore tintypes with the chance to win one of two sittings with Eric Baillies, a local photographer. Food, beverages, and demonstrations will be provided.

•  A tintype, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a thin sheet of iron coated with a dark lacquer or enamel and used as the support for the photographic emulsion. Tintypes enjoyed their widest use during the 1860s and 1870s, but lesser use of the medium persisted into the early 20th century and it has been revived as a novelty in the 21st.
  As the American Society of Interior Designers turns 40 this year, the Wisconsin Chapter is also celebrating our experienced and accomplished members age 40 and over.  You’ve heard of the “Top 5 Under 5” – well… we also want to cheer on our “Top 40 Over 40”!  We will feature one or more of our well-versed members in the weekly email blast over the course of 2015, culminating at our Annual Chapter Meeting.

If you know of an awesome member over 40 that you would like to congratulate, commend and celebrate, please let us know!  And if you are over 40, feel free to submit your own information as well…

Please contact Kim Krechel, IP Representative of Bolyu Carpet - - for a fun and easy submittal form.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Join us on April 2nd at The American Club in Kohler, WI for REGREEN

REGREEN is a day event brought to you by ASID National.  We will focusing and building on the knowledge from the REGREEN Guidelines.  The full-day workshop employs faculty-led instruction and team charrettes to prepare designers to identify, evaluate, and implement strategies to challenges design professionals routinely encounter.
The workshop is the capstone course in the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program and offers 0.8 HSW CEU (IDCEC).

Click here to register.
Click here to view the workshop schedule.

Student Discounts available during registration..  
Includes breakfast, lunch, and Snacks.  Kohler will have their showroom open for a reception and viewing after.

The American Club is also offering hotel rooms for $195.00 night for ASID members or guest attending who would like to stay over or make a weekend of it at this historic hotel. Call the American Club directly for reservations.

If you need to car pool, contact Lissa Rolenc at and she will find groups that can team up for the drive in your area of the State.
Save the Date for this Upcoming Event!

Casino Night
Date:  Thursday, April 30, 2015
Location:  BSI, Waukesha

All funds raised at this event will go to support the student scholarship program and the ASID foundation.
RePurposeful:  An Upcycling Event
2nd Annual ASID WI Recycling Event
We are currently accepting donations of your new or used samples or other materials every Friday from 9am-5pm at The Green Design Center.   Total weight collected so far...1,097 pounds!
For all of February and March we will be accepting donations on Friday’s only. Beginning in April, we will accept donations Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 9am-5pm. 
We will happily make arrangements for other drop-off times but ask that people call (262) 446-6702 in advance to make an appointment. 

We are working on a Madison drop-off day for spring.  Stay tuned for more details.
RePurposeful:  An Upcycling Event will take place Friday & Saturday, August 28 & 29.  Mark your calendars to attend and start compiling your donations!
An Opportunity to Give Back to Your Community!

The Wisconsin Chapter of ASID is putting out the call to designers for a volunteer opportunity in the Madison Area. The Rape Crisis Center of Dane County is seeking interior designers to provide pro bono design inspiration and concepts for the Center’s Family Room.  The Family Room is the core of the Center – acting as the liaison between victims, their families and law enforcement.  This is a great opportunity to get involved with a community organization doing important work – you can give of your time and expertise to truly make a difference!  

If you are interested, please contact for more details.
Job Opportunities

Interior Designer - Briohn Design Group, LLC
Description:  A creative interior design professional who works closely with the client and project team to determine how interior spaces will function, look, and be furnished while demonstrating an interesting and refined design aesthetic. Click here for more details.

Interior Designer - Rinka Chung Architecture
Rinka Chung Architecture is looking for talented interior design candidates looking to propel their career to the next level working on some of the most exciting projects in the region.  A well-qualified candidate should have 4 plus years of experience with an interior design degree from an accredited college, and possess exceptional design and communication skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, a positive attitude, a desire to take on advanced responsibilities, and work well with other talented professionals in a high energy/high design boutique firm environment.  Rinka Chung Architecture is a full-service award-winning firm existing to serve progressive and visionary clients through our commitment to delivering inspiring design solutions that are both aesthetically elegant and functionally efficient.  Drawing from diverse design and technical backgrounds, our passion is taking complex problems and creating simple yet creative solutions.  We place the highest value on people and relationships, demonstrated by the high impact projects we take on and the people centric designs we create.  Please send resume and work samples to Katie Rinka,

Interior Designer – Central / N Wisconsin

Collaborate with design build team to understand overall client vision, scope of work and budget for each project. Execute on this understanding in the scope of work, programming, schematic design, design development and construction documents that represent the Interior Design portion of the project.  Click here for more information.

Part-Time Interior Design Instructor - Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee Area Technical College has an immediate opening for a part time Interior Design Instructor.  MATC is looking for an interior design professional who is proficient in AutoCAD and SketchUp, and well-versed in Commercial Planning Codes.  Revit and Illustrator are a plus, but not required.  For more information, please contact Mary Walgren (

Interior Designer - Flad Architects
Click here for information and to apply.

Interior Design Job Opening - Peabody's Interiors
Peabody’s Interiors is a full-service interior design firm with a luxury home furnishings showroom that has been in business for over 40 years.  We are looking to hire an experienced interior designer with a focus on residential interiors for a full-time position.
Position Requirements:

  • Possess thorough knowledge of high-end furniture lines and material specifications available through Peabody’s resources and the resources at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago and beyond
  • Ability to develop, communicate and present design concepts
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and one time
  • Plan and estimate budgets for projects
  • Choose color pallettes
  • Window treatment design
  • Space planning
  • Experience working with architects and builders
  • Ability to read blue prints
  • Drafting and or CAD skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proactive with excellent follow-through and initiative
  • Computer skills in include Microsoft Office proficiency (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Organization and Project Management Skills
  • Creativity
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Minimum 5 years Interior Design experience

Email resume and cover letter to

Interior Designer/Retail Sales – FLOOR360
We are looking for someone who loves design and has a passion to use their skills in interior design and sales to create beautiful spaces for our customers.  The FLOOR360 difference is our love for design.  Everything we do is about finding inspiring solutions for our customers.  Use your proven sales experience to surpass your earning potential.   If you have a talent for building great relationships with customers, finding the best product mix for their budget and lifestyle, working with a quality team of fellow designers, then FLOOR360 is the place for you! We currently have one position open in our Delafield showroom! Retail hours include three Saturdays per month. We look forward to finding talented new team members soon! It could be you! Please e-mail resume and cover letter to Dana at

Interior Design and Sales - Warren Barnett
Ideal candidate will have background in Interior Design and sales. 

Work with clients to design or renovate spaces to meet their standards.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Cultivate in-store traffic into in-home appointments.
  • Home appointments.
  • Measure rooms to see existing color, pattern, style etc.
  • Make presentations in our store of drawn to scale floor plans, furniture fabrics and accessories.
  • Enhance the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces
  • Select samples, including flooring, carpet, and paint to be approved by client.
  • Choose color palettes.
  • Read and interpret blueprints.
  • Plan and estimate budgets for projects.
  • Draw up floor plans and sketches.
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create drawings.
  • Arrange furniture.
  • Follow up with client to ensure design specifications have been met

We sell Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Century, Lillian August, Hickory White, Thayer Coggin, Hancock and Moore, and Warren Barnett furniture brands, as well as the state's largest selection of decorative accessories.

Our store is located in Brookfield a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This is a unique opportunity, in that we have virtually no turnover of our Design staff.

Health insurance, dental, vision, and disability insurance. Liberal schedule. Employees purchase at cost. Great team culture.  262-790-1111

Part-time Freelance - Retailworks, Inc.
Wanted: Part-time Freelance [that could turn into part time or full time employment] AutoCAD draftsperson, SketchUp artist, and production support person for retail-based interior design firm. Must be quick, accurate, and efficient in producing sheet sets of construction documents using AutoCAD 2013 on a Mac operating system. Be able to understand and draw building floor plans, elevations, and details. Strong SketchUp skills are also a necessity. Must be able to draw three-dimensional models with creativity, finesse, and speed. Applicant may also be called upon to assist interior designers with other aspects of design production, including making phone calls, site visits, and general clerical tasks. Hours will vary considerably as projects come and go, from 8 hours a week all the way to 40 hours. Send resume and information to Lyn Falk at Retailworks, Inc. in Mequon, Wisconsin.

Commercial Sales Associate - Lexco Tile and Stone
Job Function: Sales ceramic tile
Entry level: No
Job Type: Full time
Location: Milwaukee Wi
Min Experience: 3-5 years  
Lexco has excellent opportunity for a motivated, organized individual seeking a challenging and rewarding opportunity. This position is responsible for establishing strong relationships with design professionals to market  Lexco products, to obtain Lexco specifications through targeted architectural / design firms.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Sam Lemieux,



Protect Your Business with an Insurance Program for Interior Designers
ASID and The Insurance Exchange Inc. have joined forces to offer the premier insurance program designed specifically for interior designers.

Visit to learn about better Insurance offerings for ASID members, which include:
  • New business owners insurance
  • Healthcare coverage for you and your employees
  • Disability insurance
  • Personal insurance for your home and auto


March 12th - Design Excellence Award Gala - Milwaukee, WI

March 19th - EP Social @ Design Within Reach - Milwaukee, WI

April 2nd - Re-Green Workshop - American Club - Kohler, WI

April 30th - New Student Scholarship & ASID Foundation Fundraiser - Casino Night - Waukesha, WI

May 21st - 3rd Annual "What’s Next?" Event - Milwaukee, WI


Wisconsin Better Buildings: Better Business Conference
March 11−13, 2015 │ Wisconsin Dells
Residential building and remodeling conference
The economy is recovering, more people are remodeling or building new homes, technology is evolving rapidly and laws are changing. The conference provides a central hub where builders, suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and the industry can find out what they need to know to stay current and ahead of trends. Learn more and register today.

FLOOR360 Nari "After Five" Event
FLOOR360 invites you to be inspired by our designers and our unique product offering as we host the Milwaukee NARI after 5 on Tuesday, March 31st from 5:30PM-7:00PM.
Please come enjoy appetizers, drinks & desserts as our designers and flooring experts showcase the latest flooring and tile style trends.  At the end of the event a drawing will be held for 4 Opening Day Brewers Tickets! Go Brewers!

FLOOR360 - Design is our Difference.   Located at 3700 Hillside Drive, Delafield.

Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology
Free, online introductory course on ‪Biomimicry‬ offered by MCAD‬. 4 weeks: March 23-April 20. Sign up here.


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ASID | Education Online
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