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We hope everyone faired well in the recent winter weather.  Now that things are warming up, see below for upcoming events to attend including the Carolinas Chapter bi-annual design awards ceremony, Design Works + annual meeting + sustainability forum.  It'll be a swinging good time!  Register to attend, don your swanky 20's garb, and join us for 1920's* inspired fun. 
*The 1920's theme is in honor of IIDA's 20th year as an organization. 
Fun Fact: Did you know that IIDA offers NCIDQ tuition reimbursement?  See the details here
Member Spotlight 

Name: Lauren Sanchez

Occupation: NCIDQ Interior Designer

Company: Lauren Sanchez Design, Ltd.

Number of years with company: 6

Number of years in IIDA: Off and on since 2005 


What is your favorite quote or motto?  "Love what you do and do what you love. Don't listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life" - Ray Bradbury

Why interior design? 

As a child I was constantly daydreaming in terms of space. Forever building houses and whole towns out of blocks or paper and Popsicle sticks. My memories are a tapestry of envisioned spaces. Whether at a vacation home on the beach, in the car on a road trip, or on my own front porch, my happy place has always been sketching the possibilities of space.  The satisfaction I feel in helping a client to realize their vision for a space is like nothing else - I absolutely love it! I think being a designer is just what I was meant to do.


3 things you cannot live without:
  1. Family: My husband Jonathan and our children Evelyn, 6, and Alexander, 2�, inspire me daily to live my life to the fullest, see each day as an opportunity and not an obligation, and to not be afraid to take the risks that lead to my dreams. They spark my creative energy, which moves me forward in everything I do, and ignites my excitement for life and design.

  2. White: I love color, vibrant and striking, but none of it exists to its fullest potential without white space. I believe that white brings it all back to center, allowing things and spaces to be seen for what they are, in their purest beauty. My favorite white is soft with more grey than yellow or pink - gloss, satin, matte, I love it all.

  3. Natural light: my office is a flood of natural light that puts a smile on my face and kicks my creative drive into full gear each day. It's something I believe we all need more of in our lives.


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See who's judging the 2014 Design Works competition. 
Thank you to our Design Works Sponsors
Above $1000 Big Cheese Bee's Knees Cat's Meow 

-Tandus Flooring





-Sherwin Williams

-Young Office 

-National Office  Furniture

-Deb Hines  Associates


-CH Briggs

-Dan Lurie &  Associates 

Charlotte City Center
 Design Days: Architecture and Design Firm Tour
Date: 2/25/14
Where: starts at The Design Center
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
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Coastal City Center
 Design Days
Date: 2/??/14
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Columbia City Center
 Date for Design Works
Date: 3/28/14 
Where: Zen, Greenville, SC
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Triad City Center
Design Days
Date: 2/20/14
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Triangle City Center
 Design Works
 Where: Zen, Greenville, SC

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Save the Date
April 8, 2014
CREE Lighting Experience Center

Upstate City Center
 Design Days
Date: 2/18/14
Bob Jones University
Time: 3:30-6:30pm
Western NC
City Center
Student Design Day
Date: 2/28/14
 Office Environments of Asheville
Time: 2-4:30pm
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UNCG Campus Center

Upcoming events:

Spring: Beaux-Arts Ball

Where in the Carolinas is Gjerome the Gnome?


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Gjerome's travel plans:


February: Design Days - Triad (20th)

March: DesignWorks - Upstate

May: Philanthropic - Upstate, Columbia, and Coastal

July: Summer Social - Charlotte, Triad, and Triangle


Thanks to our 2014 Partners


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Communications Team
Amanda Wade, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C
Debbie Nestvogel, Associate IIDA, LEED AP BD+C

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