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




2014 Program Events



  IFDA Spring Social Event featuring the 2014 Design Contest Winner

  Thursday,  May 15th, 2014  6:00 - 9:00 PM

  Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaraunt

  100 W. Higgins Rd. 

  South Barrington, IL 


Please join us for drinks & appetizers to celebrate the winner of the 2014 Design Contest. The Winning Entry will be displayed along with all the entries.

It's the perfect night for mingling and networking.

The perfect time to join the IFDA!


Members are Free ... Non-Members $15.00@


RSVP by May 12, 2014 to:

                                     We hope to see everyone there! Pictures to come! 


IFDA Annual Educational Foundation Walk

Thursday,  May 29th, 2014  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Andersonville - Swedish Historical District

We will spend the day together starting with lunch then visit designated shops in efforts to raise funds to help support the Educational Foundations's drive for scholarships and grants.

Schedule for the Day:

Meet at 11:00 AM at MHenry for lunch (5707 North Clark)

2.  At 1:00 PM we will leave to do our walk.   
3.  Stop #1 - Roost (5634 North Clark)
4.  Stop #2 - Room Service (5438 North Clark)
5.  Stop #3 - White Attic (5225 North Clark)
6.  Stop #4 - Scout (5221 North Clark)
7.  Stop #5 - Brimfield (5219 North Clark)
This should take us to 3:00 PM. We may try to fit in more shops if time allows. 
We look forward to a good turn out from everyone and for a good cause!
IFDA July Seminar
Soft Design Master Lab with Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel
Thursday, July 17th, 2014
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Mark your calendars! Join IFDA for the debut of the
Soft Design Master Lab with Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel!


This will be an intensive, full day .6 CEU accredited program  that focuses on the high profit, soft furnishings market.  

Deb Barrett and Jackie Von Tobel will help you decipher the complicated ins and outs of this lucrative design segment so you can design, specify and deliver couture soft products to your clients.



What to Expect:

This is not your ordinary seminar:

the fast and furious session opens up a whole new world of ideas, inspiration and skills

so you can flourish as a soft furnishings design pro.


In this one day workshop, we will cover the following topics:


-  Choosing the correct fabrics for window treatments, bedding and more

-  Fool proof processes for profitability

-  Trend spotting your soft competitive advantage

-  Turn up your pattern and color quotient

-  Build a soft furnishings portfolio kit


                   ...and more surprises!!


Fee and Information for the Event:


Non IFDA members...............$75.00

IFDA charge


Thursday, July 17th, 2014


 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

.6 CEU's Accredited Seminar


Arlington Design Center

Building 3 - Meeting Room A

Box lunch and drinks will be served



Deb and Jackie will not be offering this 6 hour accredited seminar again at this price. 

Register Now by copying and pasting this link in to the browser bar:



                                              Dee Schlagel                  815-899-3179

                                              Penny Homscheid           630-542-5976 


Your insights are valued and because this is an inaugural presentation, please stay after for a glass of wine and share your thoughts with us. We look forward to seeing you come out for a great day of learning and discussion! 





 Stay tuned for the dates for the Focus Groups coming up in July 2014!




Chapter Snapshots



This Year's Mid May Social Event at Cooper's Hawk

A special thank you to everyone who made it out for our mid May social event! We celebrated the contestants in this year’s Design Competition, with a night at Cooper’s Hawk. All of the contestants displayed wonderful work, and a big congratulations to our winner, Penny Homsheid of Homsheid Interiors for her stunning Kitchen Remodel. It was a great night to take time away from our busy schedules to visit with other designers and to grow and strengthen our Illinois Chapter of IFDA.

 Here are some photo's from the night!




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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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