December 2016


Thank you to our sponsors

Thank you to our Media sponsor


Allied, Associate and Student Members
Carmina Roth, Associate ASID
Brooke Elaine Gambardella, Student ASID 
Brooke Elaine Gambardella, Student ASID 
Alyssa Kimberly Laquerre, Student ASID 
Allison Antosh, Student ASID
Renee Marquis Schwandt, Student ASID 
Cristiane Pina, Student ASID 

Industry Partners
Leicht Greenwich Kitchens
Madeli-USA LLC
 Avery & Dash

How to Upgrade your Designer Portfolio


Go to the Log In tab at then select your chapter and log in by entering your
Firstname.Lastname.membership number (enter exactly as shown, using capital letters and periods)
then use your ASID member number again as your password.


Once you have logged in you will see your member preview and a place to upgrade your portfolio. Also when you are logged in you can edit your profile and add photos.


If you have any problems or don't know your member number please email

Building The ASID Brand

Don't Let This Deal Expire
Looking to reach the full 26,000+ ASID membership base? A benefit of your National Industry Partner membership is one complimentary rental per year of the full ASID postal mailing list. The list may be purchased for additional postal mailing uses for $2,500 per rental, with a maximum of four per year, per partner. If you would like to take advantage of our list rental, see guidelines below.
  • Content and postage fees are to be taken care of by the partner.
  • The list can be segmented to target a specific member class (designer, students, educators, or industry partners). 
  • To protect the privacy of our members, ASID does not give member contact information out to the partner.
    • Partners will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
    • Facilitation of postal mailings will be conducted by the ASID preferred third-party mail house or the partners.
If you have any additional questions on pricing or policy, or if you are ready to claim your postal mailing list rental, please email

ASID HQ Offices will be closed December 26 - December 30, 2016 in observance of the winter holiday season. The ASID customer service team will be responding to calls and emails in a limited capacity from Tuesday, Dec. 27 - Friday, Dec. 30.

Join the ASID Student Leader Facebook Group!

As an ASID student leader you may find yourself wondering what your peers are doing. Please use the student leader group(s) on Facebook to ask fellow student leaders questions, share what you are doing locally and reach out to ASID National for support!

Click appropriate group to join today!

Event Sponsorship Opportunities at ASID CT

Please contact  if you would like more information about partnering with ASID CT, advertising in our enewsletter, or sponsoring an event. We look forward to working with you!


Thank you to those who voted for our 2016/2017 ASID CT Board of Directors.

Congratulations to our new officers beginning October 1, 2016:

President - Hollie Sutherland, ASID
President-Elect - Jody Myers-Fierz, ASID, LEED AP
Membership Director - Leo Robitaille, Industry Partner Rep. for Carlisle Wide Plank Floors (he is presently interim Membership Director) (two year term)
At Large Director - Hilary Carlin, Industry Partner Rep. for Dbar Inc. (two year term)
Nominating Committee
Chair - Amy B. Eisenberg, Allied ASID, Past President
Rachel Belden, ASID
Sara Hopkins, Allied ASID
Ellen Dunn, ASID
Barbara Schmidt, Allied ASID

If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors please email Hollie at

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Get Your Dream Internship

In 2015, ASID launched a new Student Portfolio Competition and awarded ten finalists a free ticket to the ASID National Student Summit where they worked one-on-one with professionals to polish their resumes, portfolios, and presentation skills. At the end of their exclusive track, two finalists were awarded a summer internship at Gensler and HKS. Jealous? Don't be - it's now your turn to shine. Submissions open December 7.
Stay Tuned

CAMA Inc. - A New Category of Patient Room Furniture Improves the Patient Experience  Wins Multiple Prestigious awards
Connecticut, November 21st, 2016 - Inspired by the universal desire of mothers to cuddle their hospitalized children, CAMA Collection and IOA Healthcare Furniture collaborated to form a furniture line that improves the patient experience by harnessing the healing power of touch.
The IOA Healing Touch Collection   is a growing patient room healthcare furniture collection that addresses the need for personal touch and engagement between patients, their loved ones and caregivers through beautifully designed furniture pieces. In 2015, the collection launched with the introduction of the CAMA Bed Chair. The only one of its kind in the  i ndustry, the chair quickly won Interior Design Magazine's Best of Year (BoY) Award for the Healthcare Furniture category and continues to win numerous accolades - most recently, "Best of Competition" at the 2016 Nightingale Awards. The newly debuted CAMA Chaise Sleeper is the second piece in the collectionandwas recently selected as a 2016 Interior Design Magazine BoY finalist for the Healthcare Furniture category. Winners will be announced on December 1st. 
For a video demonstration of the CAMA Bed Chair, please visit:
About the Importance of Touch in Healthcare Settings:  Hand-holding, cuddling, and other commonplace  affections are fundamental to effective communication, the development of loving relationships and overall well-being. Numerous studies confirm that touch is  connected to improved clinical outcomes in healthcare settings, as touch provides many therapeutic benefits including, reduced stress, improved sleep, memory and pain management. Despite this body of knowledge, Western medicine has been slow to harness the healing power of touch. The IOA Healing Touch Collection brings the human dimension of healing into healthcare environments.
About CAMA Collection, LLC.: The CAMA Collection, LLC. aims to fully develop interior environments that support health and wellbeing by solving issues in the healthcare environment through product design, art and more. Each collection is crafted in collaboration with hand-picked artisans, manufacturers and publishers that share our values and goals.
About IOA Healthcare Furniture : IOA-hcf, a family-owned company, was founded in Udine, Northern Italy in 1933. Today, IOA is located in Thomasville, NC, designing and crafting healthcare furniture that has received numerous accolades including Neocon's Innovation Award, the Nightingale Award and Healthcare Design's People's Choice Award.
To learn more about the award winning CAMA pieces in the IOA Healing Touch Collection and for inquiries on the Healing Power of Touch whitepaper and CEU, contact Liz Guidone. Information below.
Helpful Links:
CAMA Social Media - Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest: @camainc #DesigningLifeIndoors
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Source Book 2017 for ASID CT Industry Partner Members

We are in the process of printing our 2017 Source Book of ASID CT Industry Partner members.  As a source for all our ASID CT Designers we plan to list our ASID CT Industry Partners with contact numbers, emails and website information.

If you would like to purchase an ad in this Source Book the costs are as follows:

Back Cover - $400
Inside Front Cover - $250
Inside Back Cover - $250
Inside Full Page - $150

All Gold Annual and Event Sponsors receive a free inside full color page.  Silver Sponsors receive a free 1/2 color page.

Please send your photos to no later than December 20th for placement 
Spec information for all Ads:
5.5"w x 8.5"h  - with .125" bleed
All text must fall inside the live area .25" from all edges
Placement must be sent in the following format:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Maureen Judge at or call 860-730-2955

Greetings to ASID CT members. 
Following an outstanding year under Craig Smith's leadership, our Chapter is poised for another eventful year. Our goal is to bring relevant information to you, to help you learn more about the interior design profession and to connect with the newest resources for your business. There's a lot going on in the CT ASID Chapter.

Thank you to Bender and Carlisle for their generous sponsorship of our Annual Fall Celebration this past September. We kicked off the year at the Westport Hunt Club with our media sponsor CTC&G. We will enjoy another year of collaboration with CTC&G. Stay tuned for our January State of the Industry event generously sponsored by Farrow and Ball. And there will be a Spring season of up to the minute CEU events and presentations. Our Student Launch event in March is shaping up to be an unparalleled opportunity for networking between designer, students and industry partners.
But first, I look forward to seeing you at our Holiday Party provided by La Pietra Tile and Stone in Ridgefield and Circa Lighting. Thank you both for your support of ASID CT. There is time to rsvp and begin this festive season enjoying the company our design community, fellow designers, industry partners and our design students. Join in a glittering evening of wine and scrumptious fare.

This year of events is brought to you by the dedication of your Board of Directors. I give a very big thank you to Jody Myers-Fierz, Beth Santa, Leo Robitaille, Hilary Carlin, Kristen Firine, and Lynn Galvin. You too can get involved! Let us know. You can be a part of this vibrant group and help shape ASID CT.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Blessings. 
Hollie Sutherland, ASID

ASID CT 2016 Holiday Party 2016 - Sign Up Now!

ASID CT Annual Fall Celebration 2016

Thanks to our sponsors, Bender, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors and our media sponsor, CT Cottages & Gardens, our Annual Fall Celebration on Wednesday, September 14 held at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, was a smashing success.  We had a wonderful evening of networking, cocktails and dinner and a talk by Susan Chung, of ASID in Washington, DC on the New Redesign of the ASID building.  

We celebrated the incredibly successful year of Craig Smith's presidency and the beginning of  Hollie Sutherland's new presidency.  
Thank you to everyone who made the evening such a success.

For photos please click HERE

ASID CT 2016 Fall Student Mixer

On November 12 some of our student members enjoyed a visit to  EleMar New England Stone Warehouse in New Haven for the student fall mixer. They toured the stone warehouse and enjoyed brick oven pizza. It was a great way for the students to connect with each other and learn about the ins and outs of a stone warehouse.
Thank you to EleMar for their hospitality and delicious pizza!


Design Builders & Remodeling Inc.
Why Do Interior Designers Work with Design Builders & Remodeling, Inc?

The short answer - We are a professional, fully insured, extension of your business.  We can handle as much of the paperwork, the leg work and project management you need.  Working with a Design Build firm means you have an industry partner to free you build your business and enjoy the creative aspect of your career. 
What sets us apart:
* In-house, full-service showroom - offering a professional office environment for Designers to work with their clients
* Thirty years in business - stable & financially secure history         
* Award-winning remodeler - Recipient of one of the "Top 50" Remodeling Contractors in the Country Award and "Remodeling Contractor of the Year" Award in Fairfield County
* Certifications - Certified Green Professional & Certified Graduate Remodeler
* Numerous in-house resources - approximately 15 employees on staff:  Chief Architect draftsmen, estimators, carpenters and many other trades, giving designers a virtual staff and back office.  More control over schedules, costs and work ethics leaves designers free to create.
* Fully insured - Workman's compensation on all staff, unlike many contractors who leave you at risk by only having Liability insurance
* Warranty - Rather than the standard one-year, we provide a 2-year warranty.  We also come back after one year to repair any drywall cracking that may result from normal settling
* Excellent communication - Schedules provided - Project Manager cell phone numbers as well as email contacts throughout the entire project
* Daily clean-ups - Pride and care taken while working in your home
* Fixed price contracts - No surprises & No cost over-runs
* Unique design to seamless finish - Smooth transition from plan to the build
Experience the joys of being our client for your next large construction job.
For more information Contact Hilary Carlin at 203-431-9104
904 Ethan Allen Highway
Ridgefield, CT 06877


Leicht Greenwich

LEICHT is Germany's#1 premium kitchen brand.  LEICHT has been awarded Germany's most prestigious design award in 2015, "The Plus X, Most Innovative Brand of the Year".  This recognition along with our experience in creating kitchens, has enhanced the lifestyles of our many satisfied customers throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties for the last five years.  Our team of designers, motivated by a passion for design, bring a level of professional and personal commitment to ensure that our our satisfaction is met and in many cases exceeded.  Working with state of the  art computer software, enabling the full scope of each design to be presented in 3D and in color, lends an air of assurance as well as an exciting preview of each project.

LEICHT Greenwich is the latest addition to our growing family.  Located at 11 East Putnam Avenue, you will find a showroom showcasing the very finest in high end luxury German engineered kitchen cabinets.
Displays featuring the finest stylish solutions with the emphasis on functionality.  Our solutions and design flexibility go beyond kitchens into bathrooms, closets, laundry rooms and more.  Our ability to translate a concept into reality along with an emphasis on personalized attention to all details, has allowed us to enjoy many client referrals.  Customer satisfaction is our highest priority and we pride ourselves on a commitment to customer service.

The completion of the installation of 100 luxury kitchens at the exclusive individualized "J Lofts" in Greenwich, provides a showcase for European Kitchens as a leader in the multi unit residential projects and is making headlines throughout the industry.  Indeed with the interior design market trending towards the contemporary, LEICHT is uniquely positioned as a leader in modern living."

Isabel Elsinga, Allied ASID
I became an interior designer after I finished my studies in Florence, Italy.
Being Dutch myself, it is clear that I love European contemporary design and you will always see elements of this in my plans. Our small country has produced several known and fun designers like Marcel Wanders and Hella Jongerius.  I have done projects in Holland and some in Connecticut, where I now live.
Joining ASID was the first thing I did when I moved to the States and it has been a great way for me to navigate the design scene and to get to know other designers in our own local ASID community in Connecticut. ASID keeps me in the loop of new trends and I really appreciate the CEU courses they organize as well as the non-CEU events all over the region.
One event I believe you cannot miss is the ICFF fair in the Javits Center in New York City. It is fabulous to see how international design firms come together in this showcase of  modern design. You see the latest trends in furniture, fabrics, lighting, you name it. Here too ASID is well represented and I always try to join for a couple of  CEU courses and lectures offered at the fair. Another fun thing to see are the booths where students of various design academies show their design ideas.
It is at an event like this where I feel my design concepts get enhanced. I like to work with clean lines and color. Light is important too, the way light changes in a room throughout the day is vital for lighting ideas. Furthermore, I do not think you have to stick to one style, for example I like to use various design styles mixed together; why not mix modern elements in a classic design? Beautiful furniture is great in itself, but as designers we have to put it all together and do the magic !
Happy Holidays and Cheers to ASID and its members!

Madelynn Hopkins, ASID Student Member, 
ASID University of Bridgeport Chapter President
How did a small town Oregon girl end up in Connecticut? Well dreams of the opportunities that the East Coast presents for interior designers pulled me to the University of Bridgeport where I am currently a junior. Choosing interior design was an easy choice for me. Every bone in my body wants to be creative, create beautiful things, and always have fun. I love how spaces can speak to a person, how they can make a person feel, and how a well-designed space can help a person every day. I knew I wanted to do that. I want to impact people every day through my designs. ASID made my passion grow for interior design exponentially and help me become more confident in my networking skills. This year I am the President of the ASID UB chapter. I love being connected with other passionate interior design students who all have the common goal of pushing ourselves to be better designers. In five years I see myself working at a design firm and being considered an irreplaceable employee who is a trailblazer for new innovative and creative designs. What sets myself apart from other designers is my drive to always think outside the box. Always wanting to push the envelope more and more. How can I take my designs to the next level?