2017 Design Inspiration: Celebrating IFDA's 70th Anniversary

November 3-5, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia

All IFDA members are invited to ring in a new era for IFDA as we celebrate IFDA's 70th Anniversary!

Join us for an exciting weekend filled with learning experiences, celebrations and networking events connecting members from all across the U.S.

Friday Welcome Reception 

  • 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm at the home of R.J. Landin Loderick, Richmond, Virginia

Kick off our celebration with cocktails and conversation!  R.J. has a wonderful evening of hospitality planned and both she and the Richmond Chapter look forward to welcoming you to their city!

Saturday Agenda:

  •   8:00 am  Continental Breakfast and Keynote Speaker: Carleton Varney
  •  12:00 pm  Lunch at the Jefferson Hotel
  •   1:00 pm  Afternoon presentation: Mary Brooks, M.Ed and certified health coach

Ms. Brooks will help us learn how to maximize our energy through nutritional and other techniques.

  • 3:00 pm   Tour of the historic Jefferson Hotel
  • 7:00 pm   70th Anniversay Gala Celebration at the Country Club of Virginia (Black Tie Optional)

The private Country Club of Virginia will be the setting for The Artful Plate! Cocktails, dinner and an evening of fun celebrating 70 years of "The Voice of the Furnishings & Design Industry."


Saturday Keynote Speaker: Carleton Varney


Saturday morning's presentation will feature world renowned designer and businessman, Mr. Carleton Varney.  Since 1962 Carleton Varney has been creating designs for Dorothy Draper Fabrics & Wallcoverings, which grace the rooms of some of the world's most beautiful resorts and residences. 

Author of numerous books on design and decor as well as novels, Mr. Varney was awarded by the Las Vegas Market the Design Icon of 2015.  He is a member of the Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame and has received the Tommy Award, Shelby Williams Adams Award and the Restaurant and Hotel Design Platinum Circle Award for his interior designs, to name a few.

We are honored to have Carleton Varney with us in Richmond and you will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Varney during our book signing event, where we will have his books available to purchase.


Saturday Luncheon Speaker: Mary Miller Brooks, M.Ed

Mary Miller is a successful Integrated Nutrition Coach. Her signature programs allow people to find the root cause of fatigue and feeling run down in both their personal and professional lives. She has her Master's Degree in Health Education and has worked in the health and wellness field for over 25 years. As the owner of Sustainable Nutrition, she help's 100's of clients create optimal health and performance through whole foods, digestive health and dealing with stress and sleep issues. 


The Jefferson Hotel

 Jefferson Hotel

Authentically opulent. Eternally relevant. For more than a century, The Jefferson Hotel has provided visitors with an extraordinary experience in the heart of Richmond's downtown.  While guests in 1895 found contemporary conveniences like electric lights, guests in 2017 will enjoy televisions in the bathroom vanity mirrors and Nespresso coffee makers presented in a meticulously maintained and historically significant building.

 IFDA has secured a very special reduced rate that is available for a very limited time.  Our rate of $285 per night (plus taxes) is available through October 3, 2017. 

For reservations, call the hotel at 800-424-8014 or 804-788-8000.  Call now!


Register Now for Design Inspiration 2017!

Registration includes the Friday Reception and all Saturday activities, including the Carleton Varney presentation and the 70th Celebration Event at the Country Club of Virginia.  Transportation from The Jefferson Hotel to all offsite locations is also included. 

Register for Design Inspiration here



Design Inspiration attendees are also invited to attend/observe the IFDA Board of Directors meeting on Friday, November 3, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Education Foundation 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and/or the IFDA Council of President's meeting on Sunday, November 5, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.  See your association at work! Both meetings will be held at The Jefferson Hotel.