MN Chapter | July Edition

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Life in Color -

Last Day for Submission

ASID MN & Midwest Home present the annual Life in Color competition showcasing designers' use of color and creativity.

The submission window is open now and will run through July 1st. Up to six projects will be selected to appear on a full page of the “Life in Color” feature in the September/October 2022 issue of Midwest Home magazine and online at — a value of $7,025!

Click here to learn more and begin the submission process.

2022 ASID Design Excellence Awards: Submission runs July 6th - August 31st

Calling all members! It's time to start preparing your entries for submission. Early Bird registration BEGINS on July 6th, 2022.

Submitting your project is now easier than ever. Just one online form that allows you to save and return to finish your work later. Click below for a full listing of eligibility guidelines and submission requirements.

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ASID MN Volunteer Spotlight

The ASID MN Board would like to announce a new Volunteer Spotlight we will be voting on and giving out periodically to recognize and highlight the volunteers in our organization that have raised the level of service and made a significant impact in our chapter. We recognize how challenging it can be to volunteer during these unprecedented times and would like to acknowledge individuals for their outstanding contributions to our organization.

Our ASID MN President, Christine Happel, announces the first recipient, Drew Gray. @drewgrayphoto

"He would never expect the recognition, nor the praise, but would be humbled in receiving it. This is just the type of person he is, and I have a deep professional respect for him. With the exit of an outstanding Communications Director last fall, as well as our PR Chair stepping out, it left a huge void for our PR Committee with no one to run it and no members. Drew stepped up and took on the role of Communications Director solely. While he has managed to find several volunteers to assist, the brunt of working with all the committees, often attending all their meetings, coordinating our PR with Russell Herder, and working with sponsorship 

to ensure we are providing the amount of social media posts for our Sponsors, are just a few of the things he has been accomplishing. This is a full-time job, with him still trying to maintain his personal career. He has been an asset that continues to step up. I will receive emails with ideas about how things could run better, how we can be better, and how we raise the bar to ensure our members, IP members, and sponsors can be recognized. His selflessness is admirable and has made a positive impact on our continuing growth.

Drew....thank you for all you do, and know your peers appreciate all your efforts and I am so happy for you to be the first recipient of the spotlight you wanted to give to recognize others.”


August Brunch & Learn CEU: Creating Nurturing Spaces that Honor You

Wednesday, Aug. 17th

9AM - 11AM

Aspire Design Showroom Gallery/ Dakota Supply Group

845 Berkshire Lane North

Plymouth, MN 55424

Event Timeline:

9AM: Check-In Begins

9:30AM: Presentation Begins

Join this visually captivating and research driven presentation. In it, you will be guided through an overview of how to use the psychology of interior design and the healing science of nature, known as biophilia, within your kitchen and bath spaces to nurture your wellbeing and intentional qualify of life.

Presented by Dawn Fryxell, Senior Luxury Sales Manager for House of Rohl in the MN, ND, SD, and Western WI markets. Dawn has been with House of Rohl for almost 3 years.

Register Here

Emerging Professionals & Inter-Collegiate Student Network Event

Wednesday, Aug. 31st

4:30PM - 7PM

Ethan Allen

11751 Fountains Way

Maple Grove, MN 55369

Event Timeline:

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Social Hour

5:30 PM: Presentation and Questions

6:15 PM - 7 PM: Small Group Breakout Sessions Relating to Timely Career Topics

Attention ASID Students, Recent Grads and Emerging Professionals (within 7 years of graduating):

Come join this dynamic and growing group of ASID members and learn valuable information on how to conduct a successful job interview. Christine Happel, current ASID MN President and Market Design Leader at Ethan Allen will be sharing insight on successful networking and interview skills. This is a great opportunity to learn from a leader in the industry as well as each other.

There'll be refreshments, raffle prizes, and time to socialize in the beautiful Ethan Allen showroom.

Register Here
Sample Sale: Save the Date
September 16th & 17th

ASID MN's biggest sale of the year is moving back to the fall! Save the date for this highly anticipated event where you'll find luxury home items, lighting, designer furniture and more up to 80% off retail prices.

Designers interested in participating in the sale, contact for more information.

September Business Development CEU

Velvet Machete Branding: How to Lead & Grow Your Personal Brand

Tuesday, Sept. 20th

10AM - 11:30AM

New Studio Architecture

2303 Wycliff Street

St. Paul, MN 55114

Event Timeline:

10AM – Check-in and Networking

10:30AM – 11:30 – Presentation

ASID MN invites you to this highly anticipated event where you’ll earn 1 CEU and gain exceptional marketing knowledge to grow and support your business. 

How to brand yourself within an existing brand is one of the top struggles of today’s professional. Differentiating yourself from your peers, or even others in your own company, to build trust with your customers, potential customers and potential team members can be wildly frustrating without the right road map.

Key learning objectives: 

  • How to differentiate your brand from the competition, 
  • How to consistently communicate your unique selling proposition, 
  • How to attract customers and team members who are easy and fun to work with, 
  • How to lead confidently and compassionately so your team always upholds the goals and brand they support.
Register Here

September Brunch & Learn HSW CEU: Color's Impact on Mind & Body in Interior Environments

Tuesday, Sept. 29th

9AM - 11AM

Select Surfaces

181 Cheshire Lane N, Suite 600

Plymouth, MN 55441

Event Timeline:

9AM: Check-In Begins

9:30AM: Presentation Begins

Join ASID MN for the September Brunch & Learn and earn 1 Health, Safety, Welfare (HSW) CEU.

At the end of this program, you will be able to recognize how the human eye perceives color and the three basic characteristics of color: hue, value, and chroma; describe how color meanings affect emotions both positively and negatively; recognize the significant psychological and physiological effect color can have and its use in design for healing environments, environments for the aging, and commercial and residential applications; and discuss the importance of age, gender, and culture in the perception and health impact of color in design.

Click here to learn more about Presenter, Gena McCannon

Register Here

Joyous Maximalism:

Curating Expressive Interiors Through Art and Design

Wednesday, July 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

NewStudio Gallery

2303 Wycliff Street,

Saint Paul, MN, 55114

A Free Event for Interior Designers in conjunction with the exhibition,

Cey Adams: ETCetera, 40 Years of Art and Design

Joyous Maximalism is the interior design trend for 2022. Learn how designers curate art and objects to create interiors that reflect their client’s story and personality, style and taste. Because, ultimately, Joyous Maximalism is about full freedom of expression. 

Join Katelyn Bloomquist (Editor, Midwest Home), Gladys Tay (Designer, Vintage Dealer), Thomas Hill (Thomas I. Hill Interiors), and Jernell Rochelle McLane (5enses Design) for a lively discussion on Joyous Maximalism and how to bring this vibrant style to life for your residential clients.

Walk through NewStudio Gallery’s current exhibition, Cey Adams: ETCetera, 40 Years of Art and Design, a nostalgic, pop-art excursion through the legendary graffiti, graphic, and fine artist’s love of brands. Adams, founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings, is known as the artist who defined the visual culture of American hip-hop. He’s exhibited his fine art at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and MoCA Los Angeles. His work is part of the permanent collection at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

All art available for purchase. Beverages and snacks served. We encourage, but don’t require, masks.


Cambria Gallery Coordinator:

Plymouth, MN

The Gallery Coordinator will assist with day-to-day operations of the Cambria Gallery. This role will work with the sales team in assigning referral leads to approved partners. This individual will provide luxury guest relations and customer experience. The role will report to the Manager of the Minneapolis Galleries.

Minimum Requirements: College Degree (preferably Marketing, Interior Design, or Retail); 1-3 years of related work experience; Google Suites, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Salesforce (preferred)

Click here for more info: Cambria Careers

Ethan Allen is looking for a Design Center Leader

We are a 90 yr. old company providing design services as well as quality custom furnishings, accessories and soft goods to our clients. We are a vertically integrated company with 75-80% of our product North American manufactured, meaning shorter lead times. Because of the success of our business, we are expanding staff at all locations.

Please contact Christine Happel 952-926-6551 / or Colleen Liberman 651-578-6506 /

Design Center Leader in Woodbury - Looking for a talented individual that understands design as well as operations side of business. Individual must have a design degree or equivalent in experience in leading a team of Interior Designers. This person will be managing a staff of 4-6 Interior Designer as well as Office support staff and will oversee general operations in conjunction with District Operations and Market Design Leader.

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