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Our Holiday Luncheon

We enjoyed good food and good friends at our Holiday Luncheon at Figs in Monroe.  All the right elements made it a wonderful afternoon.

Thank you, Kathleen Bivona, for leading us this year! We look forward to 2018 and all it holds for our CT Chapter of IDS!

Our October 24th meeting…

SDS in Stamford hosted us where we focused on highlights of High Point and the latest trends in design! A presentation by Kathleen and Shirley made everyone wish they had attended! Perhaps next time…

New Reach CHAIR-ity Fundraiser

Our CHAIR-ity Fundraiser Benefiting New Reach organization was a SUCCESS!

Thank you to ALL who generously donated,   making this fund-raiser a success.

New Reach inspires independence for those affected by homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing and support using the most innovative and progressive methods. Their vision is that all children, families and individuals in Connecticut find a safe, secure, affordable home with the services and supports necessary to achieve a fulfilling, self-reliant life.

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Our September 19th general meeting…

We visited Connecticut Lighting in Hartford for 2 CEU’s detailing extremely valuable information for us, as designers.  Door locks and door handing can be confusing but not anymore! If you attended the CEU you should be all set now!

The second CEU pertained to LED lighting. Again, today’s program was absolutely full of information you need to know. Our presenter was knowledgeable and entertaining, which made learning a little easier still!

Carla Snowdon, an IDS member, put together a wonderful morning of pertinent information and included a delicious light breakfast and lunch. Thank you Carla!

Center for Family Justice Fundraiser

Please join us at our  “CHAIR-ity” event benefiting The Center For Family Justice featuring custom designed chairs by local designers and artists. The chairs will be presented in a silent auction and all proceeds from chair sales will benefit FJC.

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.

IDS Connecticut supports the Center For Family Justice and we are excited to present this CHAIR-ity” event. Please join us for an evening event for this very worthy cause.

June 9th at 6pm
University of Bridgeport ~ Art Gallery, 1st Floor
84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 

Our August 22nd meeting…

Our August meeting was truly awe inspiring, held in the home and art studio of Elise Black.  Her entire home is a showcase, surrounding you with amazing, unusual art in many different mediums… 2D, 3D, mixed media, sculpture, and more.

Our meeting was held among an outstanding array of refreshments, also created by Elise!  After our meeting we were treated to a tour through her house and studio.

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!

Great meeting and great art!

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 !!

Fran Lamster

Associate Member

New Nests, Stamford
tele: 203.428.0054

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We are experienced project managers with interior design education from Fairfield University and deep merchandising, human resource and entrepreneurial backgrounds. We have experience in assisting friends, relatives and ourselves in the downsizing process and now offer our services to you.


Sharon Leichsenring

Sterling Industry Partner
Leichsenring Studios, Trumbull, CT
tele 203.556.9491

My studio is a resource for designers. I use paint and plaster to create inspired murals and artisan finishes for walls, ceilings, floors and furniture. And then there are magical ceilings, cloudscapes and sophisticated children’s rooms.

Finishes can be as simple as depth creating glazes or multi layered plasters for old world ambience or cutting edge contemporary approaches. Gold leaf, mica infused plasters and glass beads are just a few of the goodies in my tool bag.
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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 ( Check them out online and see why they are the worthy recipients.

Our April 18th meeting…

Held at I.M.Smitten, we were treated to a look into how the artists work to create their designs on headboards.

Sherwin Williams representative, Sabina Jahic, presented a CEU course.

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.

Lisa Davenport

Professional Member
Lisa Davenport Designs, Durham, CT
tele: 860.316.5718
fax: 860.788.6078

Owner / Principal Designer
Lisa Davenport, Principal and lead designer of Lisa Davenport Designs has been designing fine interiors and exteriors for over 20 years.
Her background includes earning an Associate degree in Commercial Design as well as holding a design position in the Visual Merchandising division of a regional retail clothing store.  These brief, yet valuable, experiences laid the ground work for her return to study Interior Design at Paier College of Art.
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