Illinois Chapter




Welcome!  Normally the 3rd Thursday event a month IFDA sponsors an event...

come for

Networking, gaining industry knowledge from experts and business educational knowledge to grow your business now! 

Cindy Frenzer, Chapter President




2013 Program Events


January 17th….10 a.m. to 12 noon

  IFDA round table Discussion….How to Grow Your Business

  Arlington Heights Design Center

  601 W. Campus Drive Location…Building C

This event was well attended and a list of vendors who other members recommended was  developed.  Please come and join in the networking and important information sharing by becoming a member today!!   


February 21st…10 a.m. to 12 noon

  Lighting 101….presented by Marianne Maloney

  Owner: Marilyn Maloney of Filament 33

  A full service lighting design consultancy specializing in fine residential and LEED projects.

  Join us as we broaden our understanding of the new techniques in lighting design…

  Learn what's new and how to use it in our residential applications!

  Location: Arlington Design Center - Lite Art Showroom (pending # of registrants)

  3425 N. Ridge Avenue

  Register early…space is limited; contact Dee Schlagel

  IFDA members: Free  Non-IFDA members $45


March 14th…10 1.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  Studio Webware Training…presented by Marla Marshall

  Marla is a CPA with areas of expertise in the following:

  Studio Webware and Studio Designer and Project Management Specialist

  Studio Webware is right for you if you would like to…..

    …Effectively manage and be in control of your projects

    …Focus on design…not paperwork

    …Stop orders/invoices/deliveries from falling through the cracks

    …Eliminate multiple lists and post it notes

    …Create fantastic looking documents with images

    …Work anywhere you have an Internet connection

    …Work with an easy to understand accounting and reporting system

  Location: Arlington Design Center

  601 W. Campus Drive Building C

  Register early…space is limited

  IFDA members: Free   Non-IFDA members $45


April 25th... 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 World Tour: The Hottest Designs from the World's Top Markets

 Presented by Deb Barrett.. fresh from her Paris Trip

 See the lastest new product introdutions, color and material trends from some of the world's leading design shows through both pohtos and actual sampling.  THis wirlwind tour bings the latest design themes to you, outlining how certain produg and style references deevlop from one show to the next. You'll see 2014 trend themes from major forecasting houses and get a good look at what is next for the interior design industry.  Deb will share the secrets of Design Giants with us!

 Arlington Design Center

 Campus Drive Building C

 Register early... space is limited

 Fee: IFDA Members... Free   Non-IFDA Members: $45 


May 16th……Lake Forest Show House and Lunch

  Tour the spectacular David Adler estate that has been chosen as the site of the 2013 Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens Tour and

  Lunch with Susan Brunstrum….owner of Sweet Peas Design and IFDA member

 Susan has been selected to design a room in the 2013 Lake Forest Show House. 

 She will share the" in's and outs" of doing a showhouse.

 We will be meeting at the estate for a tour followed by lunch in Lake Forest.  Details will be available to all who are interested by April 1st.

 Please call early to make your reservations.. space is limited. Lunch and tour tickets must be prepaid. Penny Homscheid 630-542-5976  or Dee Schlagel 815-899-3179

 Members only Event.


May………….No meeting


June 20th….9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Deb Barrett workshop - format of the workshop to be announced by April 1st.

Arlington Design Center

Campus Drive Building C



July 18th…9:30 a.m. to 12 noon

 Deb Barret workshop  Format of worshop to be announced by April 1st

 Arlington Design Center

 Campus Drive Building C


September... 10 a.m. - 12 noon

Feng Shui workshop presented by Joan Scheib

 Arlington Design Center

 Campus Drive Building C

 Register early... space is limited

 Fees:  IFDA members Free   Non-IFDA members $45




  We are in process of working on speaker selection for this month.


November 14th

  IFDA Round Table Discussion

  Location: Arlington Design Center

  601 W. Campus Drive, Building C



  Christmas Party

  Date to be announced

 For more information contact Penny at




Chapter Snapshots



Holiday Party 2012

2012 Holiday Party Attendees, Members, Guests and Sponsors
Held at Westwood Tavern & Tap


January 2012 Event repeated in 2013 because of the huge success!
Lunch and Learn - Grow Your Business
Featuring Design Tips from Fellow IFDA Members.. topics included: Charging for your Design Services... Billing Formats...Maximizing and Tracking Billable Hours and Expenses... Complimentary Consultations ... Retainers... Contracts...Letters of Agreement... Favorite Sources... Building Your Credentials... Networking... Collaborating with the Builder, Architect, and Client... Nurturing your clients.. and the list goes on.  
We delved into many of the topics and are holding future Lunch and Learns to continue discussions.  Come join us for a future Lunch and Learn!  

February 2012 Marketing Your Business to Succeed

February 2012
Marketing Your Business to Succeed
Jan Parr, Editor of Chicago Home and Garden tells us the steps to take to get our work published. Norman Sizemore, Architectural Photographer and mary Beth Price, a Web designer step us through a slide show to show how best to show design work. Professional Photographs are a must! Lighting, accent pieces and lens angle all play a major role in capturing the design job putting it's best foot forward.


March 2012 iPad for the Design Pros 1.0 Overview
March 2012 iPad for the Design Pros 1.0 Overview
A thank you to IFDA/EF for awarding the Illinois Chapter with a grant to cover the training fees for the iPad training sessions.
 See what other grants and student scholarships they offer and how you can help:
A full house of 50+Trade Professionals attended the session to get a flavor for the capabilities of iPad and iPhone.  Deb Barrett, professional speaker, columnist, and author of "Tools of the Trade" and "Soft Furnishings Sketchbook" gave an overview of the iPad and iPhone with endless possibilities for business marketing and managing the design process. The presentation included step by step demonstrations to get the attendees ready for the 4 half day hands on sessions in June and July. 
June iPad for the Design Pros Training 2.0
June iPad for the Design Pros Training 2.0
One of Four Hands on Training Classes with Deb Barrett, 
Class covered apps such as DropBox, Pinterest, SugarSync, iCloud, Noteability, Notes Plus, Hours Tracker
Illinois Chapter at Vision 12
Illinois Chapter at Vision 12
Jean Addante and Joan Scheib
staff booth at Vision 12
Illinois and Minnesota Chapter Members
Illinois and Minnesota Chapter Members
Vision 12, April 2012 at the MacCormack Place, attracted members from many states including members from the New York and Minnesota Chapters to hear about the latest in Window Coverings and Kitchen and Bath products. Convention in Chicago. Grace McNamera from the Minnesota Chapter is the organizer of Vision 12. Congratulations to a job well done. Those who attended learned so much. From left: Kim Wahl Amy Karatz, Debbie Collins, Nancy Cyr, Gail Jacobson, Joan Scheib,Cindy Frenzer.





H.O.M.E. Charity Non-Profit Organization

The IFDA Illinosi Chapter's Community Relations Project is to assist H.O.M.E. with their current decorating needs.  Please check out H.O.M.E. and help us to help them!
Bruce Otto, Executive Director, was interviewed on Secret Millionaire July 1st, 2012 on ABC. The entire show was very moving.





Would you like to give back, help out for 1 hour, greet event attendees? Contact Penny Homscheid... the group and getting to know people is a wonderful experience.






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2012 Illinois Chapter Sponsors









3425 N. Ridge Ave., Unit B - Arlington Heights, IL 60004




601 W. Campus Drive, Bldg 3 - Arlington Heights, Il 60010




Terrazzo & Marble Supply of Illinois


77 S. Wheeling Rd.


Wheeling, IL 60090









Chapter Sponsors


Arlington Design Center Terrazzo & Marble
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