Carolinas Chapter
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Happy New Year!  See below for how to enter one of your projects into Design Works our bi-annual design competition, read our latest member spotlight, register to attend a city center CEU event or tour, and follow Gjerome's travels. 
Member Spotlight

Name: Blair Hart

Occupation: Project Manager

Company: ID Collaborative

Number of years with company: 7

Number of years in IIDA: 10 years total, 4 as a professional member
Educational background: B.S. in Interior Design, Appalachian State University

What project are you most proud of? Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville, North Carolina.  While I absolutely love my contemporary, vibrant multi-family projects, I get the most joy out of creating a rejuvenating and healing environment for the local community.  We started this project several years ago and are still working to renovate the remainder of the hospital, one wing at a time.  We have a wonderful team, and the transformation from a fairly cold, austere environment to a warm and inviting hospitality space has been uplifting and exciting for the patients and staff, as well as for the design team. 

Why interior design? My passion for interior design started as a child, watching my mother, a decorative artist, paint custom furniture and stage homes for her residential clients.  I would go with her to the clients' homes and listen as she worked with them to determine what type of space they wanted to create.  I watched the entire process, and the end result would always amaze me.  This process of taking an existing space and reimagining it in a way that created both a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment grabbed my attention.  I learned that part of being a great designer is being able to interpret someone else's vision and make it come to life even bigger and better than they could have anticipated.  Interior Design quickly became my passion; a way to merge my creative/artistic side with my technical/analytical side.  I am lucky to have wonderful opportunities to collaborate with repeat clients to find ways to establish an identity or brand for them and to interject energy into each project. 
3 things you cannot live without:  1) My family and little dog Zoe, they are my foundation.
2) AutoCAD - I am extremely detail oriented and can create anything I envision with a set of construction drawings.  3) Color!  It invites us to interact with a space or item, evoking emotions and energy into everyday life. 

Deadline to enter extended to January 10!


for a chance to win Design Works,

our bi-annual design competition award.


CLICK HERE to Register a Project 

for the 2014 Design Works Competition
See who's judging the 2014 Design Works competition. 

IIDA Carolinas Chapter

2014 Partnership


Partnerships are Great Marketing Opportunities...

Become a 2014 IIDA Carolinas Chapter Partner


Many design professionals in the Carolinas (479 IIDACC members!) attended IIDA luncheons and other events in 2013.  Please consider utilizing a Partnership level to max out your Chapter support and marketing opportunities.


We are excited to offer five varying levels of Partnership, and hope you decide to Partner with us for the first time or continue your valued Partnership for 2014. The benefits of Partnership are immediate and substantial.   You dollars provide your company maximum exposure with:

         Recognition at each city center event

         Recognition on Chapter website and all City Center email blasts

         IIDA Carolinas Chapter Membership Directory

         2014 Partner name badges

         Tickets to the DesignWorks event in March

         Read more benefits on the link provided below


Visit  to register and receive more information.  For additional information please contact Kristin Hollingsworth at 704.591.1980


Thank you to the following who have already made the commitment of being a 2014 Partner...


J +J Flooring Group

Sherwin Williams

Architex Fabrics

Armstrong World Industries


DCS Group

Kimball Office

Wolf Gordon

Charlotte City Center
 CEU: Design, Color & Materials: Tracking Trends through Global Trade Shows
Date: 1/21/14
Where: PMC Commercial Interiors
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
RSVP & Details

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NCIDQ prep Course
Coastal City Center
Date: 1/??/14
 Where: TBD
Time: TBD
See your local city center blast for details
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Columbia City Center
 Tour of the SC Governor's Mansion
Date: 1/16/14 
Where: Governor's Mansion
Time: 10:45am-noon
RSVP & Details
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Save the Date
Design Days: Mini Trade Show & Portfolio Review
Triad City Center
 CEU: The Interconnected Workplace: Is your workplace ready?
Date: 1/21/14
Steak Street
Time: 5:30-7:30
See your local Triad e-blast to RSVP & for Details 
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Design Days
Triangle City Center
 Tour: James B. Hunt Jr. Library
Date: 1/14/14
 Where: James B. Hunt Jr. Library
Time: 7:30-9:00am
RSVP & Details

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Student Design Days

Upstate City Center
 CEU: Color Forecasting
Date: 1/14/14
Brick Street Caf�
Time: 11:30-1:00pm
Save the Date
Design Days
Western NC
City Center
Takeform CEU: Interior Signage Systems
Date: 1/22/14
 Office Environments of Asheville
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
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ASU Campus Center
 No updates at this time
UNCG Campus Center

Upcoming events:

Spring: Beaux-Arts Ball

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Gjerome's travel plans:

1/14 - Triangle's January Educational event  

February: Design Days - Triangle (13th), Triad (20th)

March: DesignWorks - Upstate

May: Philanthropic - Upstate, Columbia, and Coastal

July: Summer Social - Charlotte, Triad, and Triangle


Thank You to our 2014 Chapter Partners








Eykon Design Resources

Mannington Commercial

Patcraft Flooring

Shaw Contract Group 


J+J Flooring Group

Sherwin Williams


Armstrong World Industries

Architex Fabrics


Cooper & Associates

DCS Group


Forbo Flooring Systems

Kimball Office


Warco Construction

Wolf Gordon 

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