Illinois Chapter




Welcome!  Events are normally held on a monthly basis.

Come for

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

Jeri Solomon, Chapter President




2015 Program Events

New Strategies for 2015 - with Loren Reid Seaman of LRS Interiors

February 19th, 2015

Join IFDA Illinois Chapter for a dynamic and informative event on how to improve your business in 2015.
Loren will be speaking on topics like:

-       4 Ways to make a killer first impression

-       Get financially fit for 2015

....and more!!

Time:            9:30 - 11:00
Location:       Building 3
                    601 W. Campus
                    Arlington Heights, IL 60004

                             (end of the block at Ridge Avenue) 

                      IFDA charge
                 Non-members....$25 per person

Start your new year out right and don't miss out on this great event!



Want to know what else is in store for IFDA Illinois for 2015???
Below is our tentative schedule for the year. Exact dates will be given as events approach.



April - IFDA Educational Foundation Fundraiser
June – ProSource Buffalo Grove opening (dinner/cocktail event) with a presentation on their new showroom
August - Summer Social
September – Walk the Mart (10-12 showrooms)
October – Round Table



"Today's Furniture Finishes" with David and Roberta Honquest

January 15th, 2014

"Today's Furniture Finishes"
Thursday January 15, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM CST

Honquest Workroom
601A Campus Drive
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Dear Joan,

Join us for an educational presentation by David and Roberta Honquest as we explore the world of furniture finishes and discuss how to sell, care for, and maintain today's furniture!


What will we discuss??


"There are so many exciting new finishes and materials in the market place today.  From metallics wood finishes, glazed, to cerused techniques, acrylics, and hand blown glass.  I will speak on how to incorporate these into your projects, and David will speak on how to care for, and service today's furniture." 
- Roberta Honquest

Speakers:  David and Roberta Honquest 



David Honquest is owner of Honquest Furniture Repair and Restoration, and Roberta Honquest is Outside Sales Representative for CAI Designs.

Date:         Thursday, January 15th, 2014

Time:         10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


 ***Light refreshments will be offered***


Location:   Honquest Workroom

                   601A Campus Drive

                   Arlington Heights, IL 60004


***Drive to rear of building to sign on door.***


By January 12th, 2014

Click the 
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link below to RSVP
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We look forward to seeing you out for a great event!

IFDA Gives Back this Holiday Season

November 2014

In the spirit of the holidays approaching, IFDA Illinois Chapter wanted to take a moment and highlight a cause we are very passionate about. 

For many years now, IFDA Illinois Chapter has partnered with an organization called H.O.M.E (Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly). Our specific focus these past few years was on the Nathalie Salmon House in Roger's Park. 
 What is Nathalie Salmon House?
The Nathalie Salmon House opened in May 1994 and provides comfortable intergenerational living on each of its five floors. This 54-unit building is a fully handicapped accessible facility that accommodates 41 seniors, seven resident assistants, tho security monitors and four families. 
Over the past two years, IFDA has been working with Bruce Otto, Executive Director for HOME, towards re-flooring and "sprucing up" the communal areas with new paint colors and lighting options. Our Chapter has made annual donations towards the project. Here is a picture of one of the fifth floor hallways before renovations:
This year, it was a particular priority for HOME to improve the appearance of the shared living facility on the Fifth floor to attract new residents. The carpets in all the communal  areas were decades old and very worn.  The walls needed painting badly with a new color to add freshness and light to an otherwise gloomy hallway. We had decided early on that we wanted to replace the carpet with hardwood floor, which was much easier to keep clean and maintain.  We chose an LVT that looked like warm wood. Here is a picture of the same hallway above, after renovations:
Pictured in the photo on the right is Bruce Otto and two of our IFDA Board Members. On the left is Tina Dann Fenwick, and on the right is Jean Addante. Both ladies co-chair the Vice President of Community Relations Position on the Board and were the IFDA representatives on the project.
We are currently working on replacing the dated curtains in the shared dining room.  We would love our members to take a few moments to see if you can donate any of the items on HOME's wishlist, see below.

2-8    Bedroom lamps

2-6    Matching dressers and nightstands

3-8    Matching headboards and footboards for twin beds and 

         1 for Queen Bed

2-3    Armoires

3-4    Comfy chairs (lazy boys)

2-6    Twin Mattress and  box spring sets

2-6    Comfortable bedroom chairs


Elderly friendly furniture for the 5th Floor lounge at Nathalie Salmon House, i.e. furniture that is easy for elderly people to get in and out of, not too low and not too soft


H.O.M.E. does  not have the vehicles or staff to pick these items up so delivery or funds to hire a delivery or moving company would be most appreciated. If you do not have a means of transporting any of these items, please let Tina Dann-Fenwick ( know and we will try to arrange delivery.



There is also another way to donate.  Have a clear out ahead of the holidays and make a non cash donation through HOME's website....
HOME is now able to accept cash and process all kinds of noncash donations right on their website! And now you have really begun to imagine the possibilities of what your stuff could do for seniors in ChicagoIt is really an exciting time as we focus on offering more ways for you to support us so that we help seniors maintain their indepedence. On our new system, you can turn your old stuff into good news for seniors:
  • Your old phone or other electronics can help a senior into safe housing
  • Your old car can become a senior's safe transport to the grocery store
  • Your unused gift cards can become a meal for a senior
  • And much more!


IFDA is so excited about our partnership with HOME and we hope you are too!

Don't wait to make your contribution to such a worthy cause!



  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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