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This month is our Chapter Wide Event, Design Works + Sustainability Forum + Annual Meeting; 3 events, 1 afternoon, 1 CEU, and 20's themed fun! 


Do you regularly find yourself telling people you meet that you're an interior designer, and receive the response of "oh that must be fun, you get to pick out paints and colors all day,"?  It's up to each of us to represent our industry and influence public perception about our skill sets and responsibilities.  Follow this link to read about how to advocate for our profession.  Check out the myths and facts on page 7.  

Member Spotlight
Name: Coury Stolarik
Occupation: Interior Designer
Company: IA Interior Architects
Number of years with company: 0-1
Number of years in IIDA: 3-4
Educational background: BS in Interior Design and Merchandising and Minor in Business from East Carolina University

What is your design style? Less is more.  (Unless it comes to my bed, then the more pillows and comfy layers the better!)

3 things you cannot live without: My friends, family, and my two dogs.
If you were note a designer, what would you be doing? I would be teaching Interior Design!  I have always enjoyed helping people succeed.  I love helping others younger in their career learn from the mistakes and happy surprises I have had.  Being able to teach, I would get to not only continue to help others learn and grow, but be a strong advocate to students to what Interior Design really means and stay on the forefront of the new technologies and trends in our profession.
Why interior design? 

When I was younger, my mom and I always loved touring new homes being built within our neighborhoods. We would go while the house only had wood studs and I would wonder around trying to figure out what room I was in and why the house was connected the way it was. It not only was a fun puzzle but a way for me to imagine the space and how people would enjoy it. When I got older, I knew I wanted to create unique spaces for people that would leave an impression on their lives; beyond just the studs, but the whole interior environment.


Why IIDA? IIDA does such a great job promoting and standing up for our profession.  Plus it's so much fun going to the events to catch up with the local designers and reps in the area.  Though we are all coming from different firms and disciplines, I think it's nice to find a common cause we can all unite for and be proud of together. 

If you're attending Design Works and are planning on getting a hotel, we've reserved a block of rooms for you to get a discounted rate; see details below.
The Westin Poinsett in Downtown Greenville
$150 for the night of Friday, March the 28th, 2014
10 Rooms Total
Rooms held until March 17th
Guest must mention "International Interior Design Association Room Block to receive special rate
See who's judging the 2014 Design Works competition. 
Thanks 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 



The Carolinas Chapter would like to recognize and honor individuals that have made significant contributions to our Chapter, community, and the design profession.  We have five award categories;

Star Award

 Chapter Service Award

Industry Member Award

Educator Award

Student Award



Use the link below for more details and to nominate the individual(s) you think meet this criteria.  

Nominate someone today the deadline is March 14.

Charlotte City Center
Date: 12/04/13  Where: TBD Time: TBD

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Coastal City Center
 An Evening with Bond...POWERBOND
Date: 4/10/14
 Where: The Cocktail Club
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Columbia City Center
 CEU with Mike Robinson
Date: 4/17/14
  Where: TBD
Time: TBD
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Triad City Center
Date: 4/tbd/14
Time: tbd
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Triangle City Center
Tour of CREE Lighting Experience Center
Date: 4/8/14
 Where: CREE lighting Experience Center
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
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Upstate City Center
CEU: Designing rooms for acoustics
Date: 4/15/14
Runway Caf´┐Ż
Time: 11:30-1:00pm
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City Center
CEU: Recycled polyester and nylon in commercial textiles
Date: 4/23/14
 PBI Commercial Interiors
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
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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:

3/28 - Chapter wide Event, Design Works + Sustainability Forum + Annual Meeting in Greenville, SC

May - Philanthropic Upstate, Columbia, and Coastal

July - Summer Social - Charlotte, Triad, Triangle

Thanks to our 2014 Chapter Partners


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 We look forward to seeing you at the next event.
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Amanda Wade, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C
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