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Past President



Barbara Izzo
Nesting Interiors


  • Serve as an Officer
  • Serve as a voting member of the Committee
  • Shall act as advisor to the President

March 13th ~ Terri Taylor Event!

Many thanks to Terri Taylor for presenting 2 programs with 3 CEU’s on Tuesday March 13th at I.M.Smitten in Trumbull.  It was a very snowy day but those who managed to attend know how valuable this presentation was.






March 1st, 2018 at Sorelle Fine Art Gallery…

March 1st, 5-8pm at Sorelle Fine Art Gallery
84 Main St, New Canaan

We enjoyed a lovely opening reception to view their
1st Exhibition of 2018 featuring:

‘Opaline: Works by Teadora Guerrera and Dmitri Wright’ whose work was like a breath of Springtime!

An Designer Vignette exhibit, ‘Statement Pieces’, by I.M. Smitten
of Trumbull, CT was also on view and will remain there for the month of March.

Stop in and enjoy a refreshing moment in New Canaan’s Sorelle Gallery!


Our February 20, 2018 meeting…

…was nothing short of inspirational, as we toured Fairhaven-Furniture among such amazing furniture and beautiful housewares, jewelry, scarves and what a children’s collection!  If you were not able to attend our meeting, you need to visit them!  Thank you Colleen, our gracious host.


Our January 23, 2018 meeting…

…  was held at I.M. Smitten Gallery with a program enlightening us on the benefits of window tinting film.  Troy from TriState Sun Control shared his knowledge of all the possibilities.

Suzanne Goldberg also shared important information from her company, Rug Renovating. Protecting your carpets and all your furnishings is their goal!

2018 Board Meeting Schedule

Board meetings are usually the first Tuesday of every month, but because this may change, please check your email or this website for meeting Date & Location changes.

We discuss overall chapter strategies, ideas for programs, and other means to provide benefits to our members.  All members are encouraged to join a committee and attend board meetings.

2018 Board Meeting Schedule

  • January 9~ Holly Sutton-Darr’s home-6pm mtg/ 7pm dinner
  • February 6 ~ Shirley Mitchell’s home – 10am breakfast /11am meeting 
  • March 6 ~ Barbara Izzo’s home – 6pm meeting /7pm dinner
  • April 3 ~ Ellen Hyde Phillips at Holly Sutton Darr’s home
    – 6pm meeting /7pm dinner
  • May 1 ~ Debbie Tyannides’s home – 6pm meeting / 7pm dinner
  • June 5 ~ Dianne Rivera’s home – 6pm meeting /7pm dinner
  • July 10 ~ Kathleen Bivona’s home – 6pm meeting /7pm dinner
  • August 7 ~ Lisa Fero’s home – 6pm meeting /7pm dinner
  • September 11 ~ Diana Hall’s home – 6pm meeting / 7pm dinner
  • October 2 ~ Location TBD – 6pm meeting / 7pm dinner
  • November 6 ~ Location TBD – 6pm meeting / 7pm dinner
  • December 4 ~ Holiday Luncheon – Location TBD

Welcome January 2018!

As we welcome in the new year, we often reflect upon the past.  Look ahead at the bright new year full of opportunities, new clients, new products, new colors, …  All new for you as 2018 begins!

Enjoy 2018!

2018 General Meeting Schedule

Our monthly meetings include the opportunity to network with other designers and industry professionals. We feature presentations from trade representatives regarding relevant topics including CEU events.  We also conduct meetings around the state at interesting and educational venues.

Our typical Meeting Agenda:
IDS Business
Scheduled Program

PLEASE check your “Evite and check website regularly for any location changes or updates!

January 23 ~ I.M.Smitten, 1 Trefoil Lane, Trumbull, CT
Educational event on window film tinting, necessary to protect furniture and fabrics.

February 20 ~ Fairhaven-Furniture, 72 Blatchley Ave, New Haven
10am – 12pm

March 13 ~ Terri Taylor ~ 2 CEU programs ~ 1/ Managing Jobs & 2/  9 Money Magnets.  Location is I.M.Smitten, 1 Trefoil Dr, Trumbull
10am – 2pm (enjoy lunch between the two CEU programs)

April 17 ~ City Bench, Hagganum ~ let’s see what amazing things they’re doing with wood!
10am – 12pm

May 15 ~ TBD

June 19 ~ TBD

Additional dates TBD


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, 2017 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.

Click here for more information about New Reach:

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!