The 39th Annual Design Excellence Awards Gala

~ A White Party ~

The 12th of March, 2015

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.

This year, we welcome David “DJ” Johnson, Director of Chapter Program Development, as the Master of Ceremonies and, once again, three guest judges representing regions across the U.S. Learn more about DJ and our esteemed judges.

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: Entries in the Residential Design Category

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 our ASID WI Residential Design entrants:

Nancy Miller, Form and Function
Entered under "Custom Furnishings" & "Universal Design" Categories

Ariel Steuer, The Kubala Washatko Architects
Entered under "Entire Residence 3000 SF and Over" Category

Leslie Dohr, Leslie Dohr Interior Design
Entered under "Entire Residence 3000 SF and Over" & "Single Room" Categories

Jessica Feggestad - MATC
Entered under "Unique" Category

View their projects here >
Wisconsin Student Interior Design Career Day
Registration Now Open!

American Family Insurance, Madison, WI
Friday, March 6, 2015
8:30 - 3:30 pm

This all-day event brings Interior Design students together from all over the state to gain insight and information on their career path. This year's theme is “Connect to Your Future.”

Students - Registration is now live! Click here to see the full schedule and to register. 
Professionals - We encourage participation from ASID professional members to provide students opportunities to network in a formal and informal way throughout the event. Enjoy a free lunch and free CEU, too. Interested? Email Madelaine.
Vendors/Reps - The annual vendor fair continues to be a favorite among students. Watch for an email this week inviting you to participate. If you are interested and have not received an invitation, please email Erin.

Also please "like" the Wisconsin Interior Design Career Day Facebook Page to receive all updates and information.

SAVE THE DATE – EP Social @ Design Within Reach!

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.

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

Formal invitation to come.

Hope to see you there!
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! 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.
3rd Annual "What’s Next?" Event - Save the Date!
Human Health & Well Being in the Built Environment

Date: May 21st, 2015
Time: 9:00am-2pm with a “Coffee With” event hosted by WGBA from 7:00-8:30am
Location: Zilber School of Public Health, 1240 N. 10th St, Milwaukee

ASID WI What’s Next? is a half day mini-conference focusing on forward-thinking trends & issues that affect design. This year, we will explore the impact of the built environment on human health & well being.

“Architects [and designers] have a greater ability to improve public health than medical professionals.” -Dr. Claudia Miller, assistant dean at the University of Texas School of Medicine

For event questions or to get involved, contact Ariel Steuer at This event is open to the public.
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. 
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. 
The 2nd Annual ASID WI Recycling 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.
Chapter Partner Events

Wisconsin Green Building Alliance Impact Innovation Conference
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM | Madison, WI

Visit for speakers, schedule, and more!

Participate in person or remotely! All attendees can earn up to 6 CEUs to support professional credentials.
Job Opportunities

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,


Thank you to this week's Silver Sponsor:



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 6th - WI Interior Design Student Career Day - Madison, WI

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.

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


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

ASID | Education Online
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