IDS July 2020 Newsletter Print

    A Message from National

    In light of ongoing events, we wish to remind our followers and membership that as an organization, IDS fully supports our BIPOC members and friends. Our society is built upon an inclusive and diverse community dedicated to serving residential interior designers and the industry as a whole. Together, the "IDS family" stands in solidarity with the Black community in the fight against systemic racism and injustice.

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    President's Report


    July has come and gone, August is upon us. Summer will have moved on before we know it. For Seattle, we have passed the first anniversary of the founding of our chapter. We wish we could celebrate it with you all in person, but we will wait for that time to come. Thank you to our founding members who have renewed their membership for another year. We appreciate everyone's support of the Interior Design Society. We know that now more than ever we are all vigilant with our spending and we're pleased that you continue to see the value in what we bring to you, our members.

    If you were unable to join us for our last meeting, you missed a wonderful event with MTI Baths. Be sure to check out the recorded session at your leisure as there was much valuable information to be had. Thanks to the folks at Keller Supply, MTI Baths and our own Hannah Tiffany of Stone-Drew/Ashe & Jones for putting on such an informative event.

    As promised last month, your Board re-evaluated chapter events for the coming months. With all of the continued uncertainty related to COVID-19, the pausing and rollbacks of gatherings by our Government and the rest of the industry we have decided that we will continue to plan for events to be virtual for the foreseeable future. Several of our joint events, the NKBA Vendor Showcase as well as the annual Student Career Day in the fall, are already planning for virtual iterations of these events. We will continue to do the same based on the information available to us.

    Keep an eye on our Calendar of Events for the August Chapter Meeting. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

    Be well and stay safe!

    J.D. Nesbitt

    IDS Seattle Chapter President 2020/2021


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    Calendar of Events

    july Virtual Chapter Meeting "Genesis of design: how product design drives our industry"  with mti baths

    In case you missed this month's chapter meeting about all things product design, you can check out the recording on our youtube page! Also make sure to keep an eye out for an announcement coming soon of our August meeting!


    Keep an eye out for our next Happy Hour event!

    Once a month we meet for a fun and breezy happy hour; grab a drink, get cozy and relax from your day with us!  We'll send info for August's happy hour soon!


    Here in Seattle, we will continue to work to bring you dynamic, educational, and fun events to you virtually for the foreseeable future. If you have an idea of something you’d like to see or an industry partner you’d love to learn more about, please feel free to reach out to our board Programs Chair, Shelly Gillooly, at [email protected].

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    Member Spotlight

    Member Spotlight: ashley ishmael(reed), The fixture gallery

    Ashley Ishmael (maiden name: Reed) is studying Interior Design at Bellevue College, and will graduate with her bachelor's degree in March 2021.  She is a founding member of IDS Seattle.

    She has always had a passion for residential design, but being exposed to commercial and retail design throughout school has sparked a different creative interest!  Ideally she'd like to work for an Interior Design firm that does both residential and commercial, as she's eager to get her hands in all of it.

    You can hear more from Ashley by checking out her full spotlight here as well as follow her on Instagram @theashleyishmael & @thefixturegallery.


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    Member Resources

    IDS NATional's VIRTUAL SWATCHED winners will be announced soon!!

    SWATCHED Celebration and Party August 5th at 7pm (EST)
    SWATCHED, similar to the TV show Chopped, is an interior design game where contestants race the clock to create a unique design with a curated supply of interior design resources. Contestants of the virtual edition will be tasked with creating a digital mood board and other visual representations (may include floor plan, 3d rendering, etc.) in response to a design challenge. Contestants will be provided with live trainings from Mydoma Studio and eDesign Tribe to complete these tasks virtually. The completed projects are being reviewed by celebrity judges and industry experts with the top 3 contestants winning remarkable prizes!

    More information on the event and party can be found here.


    "better faster stronger" CEU webinars for designers july 24th-august 20th

    Twice weekly in-depth webinars to help your business be better, faster, stronger.  Gain relevant insights, creative strategies and applicable inspiration that totals 15 hours of CEU credits in 11 presentations with complimentary webinars sprinkled in.  Bundle the complete series and SAVE 20%! For more information and a complete list of webinars (which can be individually signed up for) click here.


    Decor Tours for IDS

    Three International trips (Province, London, Lisbon) created by designers for designers and IDS members receive a special offer!  Check it out here.


    IDS Conference Chicago, Postponed

    In IDS National news, the difficult decision has been made to postpone this year’s National Conference in Chicago, originally slated for August, until 2021. If you have pre-registered, you will receive a full refund. For hotel reservation cancellations, please reach out to your hotel provider directly.


    ids in paris, Cancelled

    IDS's third annual trip to Paris, France has been cancelled. We will share more information with you as we receive it so keep a look out and contact your travel agent! 

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    Student News & Events

    Interior design society scholarship opportunity

    Be sure to check out this student scholarship opportunity here!


    Student Ambassador Program

    We want to foster is an inclusive place for students and our first action to do this is the creation of a Student Ambassador Program. The goal of the student ambassador program is to help students navigate the local industry and provide value through the dissemination of information related to events, internships and career opportunities while assisting students in making meaningful connections as they begin their design careers. 

    The role of the Student Ambassador is to represent the Interior Design Society Seattle Chapter at industry events as well as school events. Ambassadors will uphold the values of the chapter mission while professionally representing the organization in the industry arena.

    Ambassadors will be responsible for brainstorming, planning, and executing, with Board assistance, on-campus and off-campus events that serve to inform, assist, and recruit fellow student to join our organization. Additionally, they will be responsible for gathering pertinent information valuable to other student members and ensuring it is passed to the appropriate IDS board member for distribution to all students.

    We want students to be able to take ownership of this program and, with our guidance, use it to maximize the benefits as they stride towards their ultimate goals in our community and our industry. If you are a student member or know of any students that may be interested, please contact our board President, J.D., at [email protected].

    We continue to work on rolling out a revised, virtual student program for our student members. Students, be on the lookout for an email from our board President J.D., reaching out to garner your opinion and to ask for your assistance. These are uncertain times to be a student in any industry, but we are here to assist you in any way we can.

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    Additional Goodies

    Introducing bespoke by adorn

    An exclusive custom-label furniture launch for interior designers, launched first to IDS Seattle & Portland Members!! Visit or email [email protected] to learn more.

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