IDS May 2020 Newsletter Print

    President's Report


    Throughout the current social and economic challenges, I am repeatedly impressed with our community of designers, students, and industry partners. You have stepped up to the challenges we face and continue to adjust and adapt to the changing economy with new and innovative ideas. Keep up the good work!

    Your Board of Directors wishes to extend our deepest gratitude for your support of IDS Seattle through your attendance at our virtual events. Please be sure to check out our calendar for more upcoming events. We have some great events coming up that you will not want to miss!

    If you have any questions or need any support, please reach out to us, we are here to help. We look forward to the day we can see each of your bright and shining faces in person again! Until then, we will see you at one of our virtual events.

    Take care, be well and thank you for your continued support.

    J.D. Nesbitt

    IDS Seattle Chapter President 2020/2021


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    Calendar of Events

    May 27th 12-1pm - Virtual Chapter Meeting "TOP 10 TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR PROFIT MARGIN" WITH DEB NORRIS

    This chapter meeting will be a free, open dialogue forum about not only how to stay mindful of your profits, but how to help you protect them. You must register in advance, to do so Register here.


    May 23rd 10-11AM - VIRTUAL "BRUNCH"

    Grab your favorite breakfast food and join our chat! Register here.


    May 26th 9-10am - designer roundtable

    This Designer Roundtable will include hosts Deb Norris, CKD and Kayron Brewer, CMKBD discussing this month's topic of "Boundaries and Good Communication." Register here.


    may 29th 7-8pm - Virtual Happy Hour

    Grab your favorite drink and join our chat! Registration link to be sent out soon.


    June 6th 10-11AM - Virtual Brunch

    Grab your favorite breakfast food and coffee (or mimosa!) and join us for a morning chat! Registration link to be sent out soon.

    june 12th 7-8 PM - virtual happy hour

    Grab your favorite drink and join us for an evening chat! Registration link to be sent out 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 Resources

    Decor Tours for IDS

    Three International trips 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, september 4th-8th

    Join IDS in Paris for our third annual trip to Paris, France! Our package includes your flight, accommodations, entrance to Maison&Objet, and much more. IDS members receive a great discount! Signing up for this trip is a great way to see a new city. We have the perfect mix of group activities planned, but leave plenty of free time as well. Register here.


    Student Career day, november 6th

    Hosted by SDC, ASID, IIDA, IDS, NWSID, NKBA, keep a lookout for more to come!

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    Member Spotlight

    Member Spotlight: Michelle Yorke, Interior designer/owner, michelle yorke interior design llc

    Michelle specializes in creating stylish, function-driven interiors tailored to the family with a busy lifestyle.  Her interior design company delivers a 'Boutique Experience' and is committed to clients, to quality and to service.  They work throughout every interior design project with the utmost detail and care, which results in personal touches for each home.

    You can check out her website for more details here.

    We asked Michelle to share a few of the positive things she does to navigate the day-to-day, especially now:

    Michelle: "Starting my day reading my devotions to stay grounded and inspired... [and] decorating paper lunch sacks with my daughter - our church fills them with lunches and gives to neighborhood families in need."

    And a fun fact a lot of people may not know about her:

    Michelle: "In my early design days I did some retail display work and set up the Barbie displays for FAO Schwartz when they built new stores...the shoe fountains filled with Barbie pumps...if anyone remembers. *smiles* " 

    For more about Michelle, check out the complete hightlight here.  You can also follow Michelle on any of these sites:


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    Student News & Events

    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., if you have not received one already, 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.

    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].

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    Blog Recommendations

    Articles, Blogs and Podcasts we are loving right now:

    Article: Forbes "Five Architects Sketch Views on Post-Pandemic Residential Design"

    Article: Forbes "Stop Trying to be Everything During Quarentine"

    Blog: Design Salvation

    Podcast: The Chaise Lounge

    Podcast: A Well Designed Business

    Let us know any your following or liking that you'd like to share! IDS Seattle also has a blog page on our website. If you have a blog you’d like featured on our website, contact our board VP, Hannah, at [email protected]

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    Additional Goodies

    Designer of the Year Award submissions have come to a close

    As of May 15th, this year’s Designer of the Year Awards submissions have now officially closed. National has reported that we have had another record-breaking year of submittals. The judges will be reviewing these projects and winners will be contacted likely sometime in late July. They are currently working on plans to host the awards ceremony virtually as it would normally occur during National Conference. Be on the look out for more information!

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