Volunteer Appreciation Party THIS WEEK!!!
The Wisconsin Chapter of ASID LOVES its volunteers!  Our success depends on great members who give their time and energy to the Chapter.  To those who have volunteered throughout this past year –THANK YOU!

If you have volunteered this year, please join us for a Denim & Diamonds Party!  Dress in your favorite jeans and sport your bling-iest “diamond” baubles for a relaxed picnic with yummy food and a “Volunteer” signature cocktail.

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Avenue
Hartland, WI

Please look for an invitation in your inbox and mailbox!  If you haven’t RSVP’d, click here.  

Attention!  There is construction on Maple Avenue just east of Nixon Park.  If you are coming from Milwaukee or the east, follow the Maple Avenue detour off of Capitol Dr. to Goodwin Drive/Park Ave.   Maple Avenue is open from the west and south directions.  

Questions? Please contact the Wisconsin Chapter Membership Director, Carmen Eskra, ASID @
Register Today for the 1st ASID-WI Mini-Golf Outing
Not your average golf outing.
Thursday, August 27th, 4-7 pm
Tee Aire, 21700 Gumina Rd, Brookfield, WI 53072

Many organizations take advantage of the wonderful summer weather to do golf outings, but as designers, we wanted to opt for something a bit more relaxed and non-traditional. Join your fellow ASID Members for a round of mini-golf, fun prizes and food on August 27th. 
Sign up individually or as a foursome. Chapter sponsors get a deal on a foursome and a "Putt Putt Pack" of wine or beer for the team. 
Click here for pricing/details and to register >

Interested in getting involved? We could use 1-2 volunteers to help with this brand new event. Contact Erin Jende if interested!
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: 

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. 
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.
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!

Volunteers Needed!
Re_Purposeful Friday, August 28th and Saturday, August 29th. We are looking for volunteers to help us hold down the fort for 4 hour shifts, Friday from 9am-6pm and Saturday from 8am-4pm, but any time you can contribute is greatly appreciated.

We could still use 5 people on Friday morning from 9am-3pm and 2 people on Saturday from 8am-4pm.  A Re_Purposeful t-shirt and refreshments will be provided.   Tasks include: Greeting Attendees, Rearranging samples for better access, Set-up and Take-down.  Please contact
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.

Continued Drop-Off in Waukesha
Wednesday’s & Friday’s 9am-5pm
The Green Design Center

2201 Badger Ct
Waukesha, WI 53188

**The last drop-off day is Friday, August 21st. That is only three weeks away!
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 - Suzanne Koch
YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY - I have been in the industry 27 years. Wow! That goes fast!
PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT - Frimage Image – Sales Consultant; Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) – Interior Design Instructor
FAVORITE PROJECT - I would have to say the project that was most rewarding at the end was a project I was involved in as a Design Manager. We moved a company from multiple locations into one facility.  We were a part of designing the new building from the very beginning. Hopefully the lead designer and project manager on the project are reading this. It was a great team effort from the leadership support we got to the trades in the field.  At the end we got a letter from the client that we exceeded their expectations. That’s what it is all about. Having a happy client! Even though design decisions that have to be made might not be our first choice, having a happy client is always the goal.
WORDS OF WISDOM FOR YOUR YOUNGER DESIGNER SELF - Just jump in and get your feet wet! Take a position even if it is not your dream job and learn everything you can. No question is a dumb question. If you don’t ask you won’t know. If you are with a client, it is more embarrassing to pretend you know something so never pretend. Always be willing to do the tasks no one else wants to do…even take out the trash. Someone will notice your efforts because hard work does pay off.  Remember it is interior design and we all make mistakes.  What is most important (and what clients remember!) is how you handle the mistakes. Lastly, life is short so enjoy what you do and have fun!!
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO? I have a 9 ½ yr. old so quite often its Radio Disney, Top 40 or Taylor Swift since we just went to her concert at Soldier Field in Chicago!
WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE NOT AN INTERIOR DESIGNER? I would be a professional traveler if I could be! I know…wouldn’t we all be? Since that is not possible…truthfully, I love my new sales position at Frimage Image which is allowing me to get out and network with so many professionals I have met over the years and teaching at WCTC has been so fulfilling for the last 8 years. I love seeing students grow. I love seeing the “aha! moments” when they realize this is what they were suppose to do! I love seeing them in the design community today! Interior Design is such a great field to be in! Great choice everyone!

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

Commercial Interior Designer - Ghidorzi Companies - Wausau, 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 12th - Volunteer Appreciation Party

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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