Our upcoming August 15th meeting…

Join us for drinks and refreshments at the inspiring home
and art studio of Elise Black in Westport, Ct.  This modern home with it’s 1,200 sq. ft. attached studio, serves as a showcase and atelier for the artist where she experiments with a vast variety of materials to create intriguing mixed media art, light sculptures, bathroom vanities, and even custom kitchen backsplashes! 

Elise’s art and large scale sculptural installations are included in many private, corporate and civic collections including Westport’s Permanent Art Collection. Elise has a diverse and vast collection of available art in all price points or can create a site specific piece to fulfill whatever you are envisioning for your project!  Learn about attractive designer incentives.

Our July 11th meeting…

Our July 11th was hosted by Ridgefield Supply and our very own Amy Lindeman. Our group was given a warm welcome with delectable goodies to be enjoyed while networking.

Following the networking portion of our meeting was a very timely and informative presentation. The topic was Aging in Place by presenter Frances Ducharme of Benjamin Moore. All attendees were given a gift bag provided by Benjamin Moore. T

he meeting wrapped up with a tour of the Kolbe Showroom. Fantastic meeting, enjoyed by all !!

Our June 21st meeting…

Held at I.M.Smitten, Kathleen Bivona and Shirley Mitchell walked us through highlights of the IDS National Conference last month in Scottsdale, AZ.

There were so many “take-aways” to share with us in their presentation.

Our Connecticut Chapter won 1st place for Best Charity Event! We all know how hard we worked to pull that off in such a short amount of time.

Our next charity event will be November 2nd and is already in the works thanks to Holly Sutton-Darr and the CHAIR-ity committee. The recipient will be New Reach (newreach.org). Check them out online and see why they are the worthy recipients.

Our March 21st meeting…

We had a fabulous evening meeting at Sorelle Art Gallery in New Canaan where we viewed beautiful artwork, learned about the artists and learned how we can work together as designers with the gallery to offer original artwork to our clients.

Thanks to Sandy Pelletier, gallery owner, & Miranda Girard, director, for their generous hospitality and informative presentation.

We also had the pleasure of viewing the gorgeous Designer Vignette by our very own IDS Designer, Beth Krupa.

Our February 21st meeting…

Thank you Westport Carpet and Marjon Hashemi!  We spent the morning being introduced to various carpet types and area rugs. With a wide selection of all types of carpeting and rugs we came away with some knowledge for our forward efforts with our clients.

It looks like silk / wool orientals are hot hot hot! So beautiful as well.

Stop in and see what they’ve got. You will be pleasantly surprised by the selection they have and the excellent service provided.

Our January 17th meeting…

We started the year off right! Thank you Tile America in Fairfield for hosting our January meeting! Thank you Sheri Sorrentino-Snellman for the wonderful presentation on the latest color, finish, and style trends in tile. Mike Smith & Ryan Zibold, installation experts, were on hand to answer our many questions.  We enjoyed a lovely light breakfast and we toured the brand new showroom! It was the perfect way to spend a a rainy day.

~Thank You to all of our IDS CT Members~

On January 1st I stepped down from chapter President after 4 years.  Each year brought new challenges that were met with intent to do the very best for our chapter.  I’m proud of all we accomplished together over all that time and stepping down is bittersweet for me, but it is time!

I am confident in our new President, Kathleen Bivona, and know she will put her all into this position to bring you the best of everything for 2017 and beyond.

Thank you all for standing beside me and helping to make our chapter better and stronger throughout the years. Your support meant the world to me.

~ Barbara

Congratulations to our new Executive Board:

President – Kathleen Bivona
Vice-President – Shirley Mitchell
Secretary – Diana Hall
Treasurer – Julie Albrecht


Happy Holidays!

Another year has passed by and we celebrated that and each other at our Holiday Luncheon on December 6th at Jeffrey’s Restaurant, 501 New Haven Ave, Milford, CT.

Well attended, we had a visit from Jenny Cano, NEW Executive Director of IDS.  Things are changing for the better and Jenny is leading us in the right direction. She is completely accessible anytime you want to contact her.

Wishing you and your family all the magic the season holds and a Happy & Healthy & Prosperous New Year!  Let’s go 2017!


CHAIR-ity Event June 9, 2016

IDS CHAIR-ity emailThank you to all who supported our charity event and helped make it a success!  We sold 9 out of 13 chairs!!! Amazing. Of course, every single chair was truly unique and amazing.

Thank you Thank you Thank you!


13 designers and artists custom designed their chairs and they were  presented in a silent auction and all proceeds will benefit the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport, CT.


The Family Justice Center approach is based on the San Diego Family Justice Center model that opened in 2002. The model has been defined as a best practice in the field of domestic violence intervention and prevention services by the United States Department of Justice. The Center would like to create a community where there is zero tolerance of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The Family Justice Center can help make this vision a reality.


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