Carolinas Chapter




The Carolinas Chapter


The Carolinas Chapter is based in High Point, North Carolina, providing you access to the broadest spectrum of goods and services in the home furnishings industry.

We offer up-to-the-minute professional programming to maximize you and your company's growth potential.

Open to all professionals in the furnishings and design fields, giving you the widest view on industry happenings.

Supporting education through college scholarships, professional grants, and educational programming.

For more information on the Carolinas Chapter, please contact our Membership VP by using the links to the left under chapter officer 


September, 3rd, Wednesday
5:30 p.m.
Dinner at Hampton's Restaurant
 JH Adam's Inn
Business Meeting
Luminary and Rising Star event plans
rsvp now:     
Or 689-4353
October, 2nd, Thursday
4:30 p.m. Tour
Reynolda House Museum
"Art of Seating" 
200 Years of American Design
A timeline of American design history.
Admission $14.00
6:00 p.m. Evening program
"See, Touch, Sit"
Experience some of the greatest chair designs of the last 
century, courtesy of the Teaching Chair Collection of the 
Sutton Initiative for Design Education at Salem College.
With Rosa Otero
November 5th, Wednesday
LUMINARY & Student Rising Stars Event
Ruth Clark, FIFDA
2014 Luminary
High Point Country Club









August Meeting Information

Wednesday August 6, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Tour of Camellia Nursery


Cam Too was established in 1982 and grew from a long term camellia hobby.

There are now 60 acres and approximately 2 million plants.

For wholesale trade only.

Lunch and Business meeting afterward 

Home of Leslie Gunter

Rsvp by Friday 8/1/14


 Bonnie Peterson - Celebration of Life

Friday, June 27th at 11am

Ebenezer Lutheran Church

310 South Tremont Drive

Greensboro, NC 27403

 There will be a lunch reception immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

 In lieu of flowers, it was Bonnie's wish that donations be made to the Bonnie and Bill Peterson Scholarship Fund at High Point University. The address is as follows:

 Bonnie and Bill Peterson Scholarship Fund

High Point University

833 Montlieu Avenue

High Point, North Carolina 27262

 "It was so obvious that Bonnie had support from all over the United States during her illness. Bonnie thrived on your thoughts, prayers, and generosity during this difficult time.  She fought a good battle, and was hopeful to the end.  Thanks again and again for your love and caring."  Quote from Bonnie's family



We are so sad to report that our beloved Bonnie Peterson, FIFDA passed away last night, 6/22/14.  Bonnie was a member of IFDA for almost 38 years.  Please keep her family in your prayers.  Her Carolinas Chapter family will miss her spirit and her quick wit.  And we know that she was loved by many IFDA friends all over the country.  We will update this page with memorial and arrangement information when we know more.




International Silver Sponsor
Carolinas Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, May 7th
The Pat Plaxico Garden
The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library
Please join us for an evening in the garden with Pat Plaxico 
 Sally Pagliai 
Landscape Architect and Designer
Sally, architect of this extraordinary garden will 
 share her design with us.
5:30 P.M.
Light Refreshments
1009 N. Main Street
High Point, NC 27262
RSVP  before May 2nd
Susan Connor
336 885-5266


Joanne Hoover has made arrangements for Rosa Otero's Salem College students to tour Thayer Coggin.
We are invited to join them. This is primarily a Factory Tour. 
The Showroom will have changed since Market but we will be able to walk through.

For Carolinas Members Only, Sorry No Guests

Wednesday, April 23. 10:30 am

Thayer Coggin, Inc.
230 South Rd.
High Point, NC 27262

rsvp to Susan Connor
January, 2014 Meeting
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
6:30 pm
At the home of our new chapter president, Kathleen Koch
4429 Kendale Rd.
High Point, NC  27265
Join us for potluck dinner
Our Ms. President will be grilling a tasty pork tenderloin, Please bring a side dish to share with everyone.
Our program will be "Learning to Navigate Pinterest"
It will be most beneficial if you already have an active Pinterest account before the meeting.  It's very easy and free.   Just go to to register.  And don't forget to bring your laptop or tablet to the meeting if you'd like to follow along on your own device.
And if you don't have an interest in Pinterest, come anyway and share in the hospitality and delicious meal.  
Please RSVP to Susan Connor ASAP 



Ellen Gefen, 2013 recipient, IFDA Luminary Award

The 2013 Luminary Award, given annually to a home furnishings industry icon whose innovative work has significantly furthered or promoted the home or décor industries, will be presented to Ellen Gefen, co-founder of Gefen Productions, at the Night of Luminaries, an awards celebration dinner, Wednesday, November 6, 2013. The award is presented by the Carolinas Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA). Also honored at the Night of Luminaries are the industry’s Rising Stars, senior-level undergraduates selected by their colleges or universities as their most outstanding home furnishings/design student. Rising Stars will have their works displayed at a special cocktail reception held in their honor just prior to the awards dinner.

A trusted source for insightful and in-depth coverage of product and design trends, Gefen has been reporting on the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, NC, for over 29 years. Ellen has guided and pioneered The Home Fashion Information Network by managing a collection of print, video and Web-based programs centered on the home fashion industry.

As host and producer of her own ground-breaking television show, “Home Fashion Report,” she has interviewed a “Who’s Who” of high-profile designers and celebrities over the years, from Oscar de la Renta and Bob Mackie to Jaclyn Smith, Martha Stewart and Ty Pennington, as well as hundreds of other top designers, manufacturers and retailers across the country.

Ellen’s insider knowledge of the home fashions business, uncanny ability to predict trends and her well-honed fashion sense have also made her a respected guest on the CBS Morning News, NBC’s Weekend Today, Canadian radio, and has been quoted by editors of national and regional magazines and local newspapers.

In addition to the Luminary Award, Ellen has been honored by WithIt (Women in the Home Industries Today), with the coveted WOW Award for Education and the prestigious Women in Business Award from “Triad Business News.”

Numerous awards for achievement in the field of video and film production also line the walls of Gefen Productions, the media production studio launched by Ellen and her husband, Mark Caudill in the early ‘80s. The High Point-based firm specializes in producing television commercials, corporate videos and Web content for companies both inside and outside the home fashion arena.

Ellen’s instincts is what made her successful not only in the home fashion industry, but in business as well. Her uncanny gut feeling is what led her to become a pioneer in finding new avenues to bring home fashion and design to consumers, and the decision to purchase the rights to, a website that gives consumers and the industry insight to emerging trends in the home and furniture.

Ellen has been involved in IFDA (International Furnishings & Design Association), WITHIT (Women in the Home Industries Today), Triad Leadership Network and Piedmont Entrepreneurs Network. She has also been active in her children’s school PTA’s and activities, is a past chair of ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens), and has also served on numerous committees for the United Way of Greater High Point and the High Point Chamber’s Challenge: High Point.

In addition to her many professional associations, Ellen is active in her community and gives freely of her time and talent to worthy organizations. She considers her greatest success to be her son and daughter, Jacob and Ehren.

The Night of Luminaries celebration dinner will be held at High Point Country Club, beginning with the Rising Star cocktail reception at 5PM. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing the Carolinas Chapter IFDA at or through the organization’s Facebook page, Cost is $35 per person.





 In September the Carolinas visited

Salem College

Dr. Rosa Otero

 "Chair Library"

SIDE:  Sutton Initiative for Design Education

Charles and Martha Stevens Sutton donated their 900 book library and nearly

40 chairs considered "icons" by furniture historians.


Chair Library at Salem College's Photos

Chair Library at Salem College's Photos







Wednesday, June 5th
We Traveled to Durham, NC
for a tour of
Custom Fabric & Wallpaper
Design Studio with
Allie Tate

About Spoonflower

At Spoonflower we make it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper, decals and gift wrap. It was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks who had crafty wives but who knew nothing about textiles. The company came about because Stephen’s wife, Kim, persuaded him that being able to print her own fabric for curtains was a really cool idea. She wasn’t alone. The Spoonflower community now numbers over half a million individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. The Spoonflower marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world. The site has appeared in the New York Times, Associated Press, Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, Make, CRAFT, ApartmentTherapy, Photojojo, and many other terrific publications and blogs.
Spoonflower is a start-up and a work in progress. Its growth has been made possible by the enthusiasm of a worldwide community of people who are passionate about fabric, design and making things. Along the way it has also received help, support and advice from lots of friendly people and organizations, including [TC]2,, North Carolina State University College of Textiles, and Expand Systems. Suggestions and feedback are always welcome and appreciated.

Carolinas President, Robin Gainey, Trish Mickey, Dawn Brinson, 
                                                                                             Susan Connor, Joanne Hoover, & Ruth Clark





Wednesday, March 6 -
Cheminne Taylor-Smith   VP Marketing
High Point Market Authority
What's New at the High Point Market
From Carolinas Chapter March meeting
Cheminne Taylor-Smith, VP Marketing   High Point Market Authority
"What's New at the High Point Market?"   Everything!    New and Exciting means for sharing all there is to know about
the April Market.  Social Media spreads the word around the world. 
Cheminne Taylor- Smith                                    Carolinas Members and Guests
                                                                       Ellen Gefen, guest Kathly Lloyd, Dawn Brinson, FIFDA,
                                                                       Nancy High, FIFDA, Ruth Clark, FIFDA,  and
                                                                       Robin Gainey, Carolinas President








From the Carolinas 
 "Night of Luminaries" 
November 7, 2012
Libby Langdon 
2012 Luminary


libby langdon2  

The Glittering Carolinas Chapter, IFDA "Night of Luminaries".  The spotlight was on noted interior designer, author, TV personality, and makeover expert,  Libby Langdon as she received the 2012 Luminary Award.  

Robin Gainey, Libby Langdon, Karla Webb

Carolinas Chapter Members with Libby Langdon
Joanne Hoover, FIFDA; Susan Connor, FIFDA; Libby Langdon 2012 Luminary
Bonnie Peterson, FIFDA; & Robin Gainey, Carolinas Chapter President
 2012 Rising Stars
 Senior design student selected by schools throughout the region were recognized as 'Rising Stars'.  Their unique projects were on display during the evening.  

Rising Stars with Libby Langdon
Amber Woody, Meredith; Dana Skelton, NCSU; Rachel Harris, RDU; Allison Carithers, FT;
Libby Langdon, Shannon Clinton, Salem; Ariel Shockley, ASU; Jessica Rose, HPU;
Cassie Bradfield, UNCG







 Carolinas Luminary and Rising Stars in 2011 

The Carolinas honored Pat Plaxico, noted designer, historical restoration expert.  Pat was the recepient of our 2011 Luminary Award.  Friends and Industry executives joined us as we celebrated a "Night of Luminaries".   Also recognized were six "Rising Stars" , senior design students that were nominated by their schools. 





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