January 2018 Print

President's Report

Happy new year to you all. I hope you celebrated the start of 2018 in good spirits with family and friends.  Now that we’re a few days into the new year, it’s good to look ahead and think about what this year may bring us. But first, a quick look back.

In 2017, National has created new programs to provide us additional value to our membership.  Such as: 

  • New student programs

  • Simplified billing system and new chapter management tool

  • Improved Member Benefits

  • Strategic Partnerships

National will continue to focus on that growth in 2018.

I will be scheduling an Executive board meeting this quarter to discuss goals for our own chapter’s growth this coming year in membership, community recognition, and in educational and charitable efforts. 

Thank you, Chris McKenry, for hosting our own very lovely Christmas party this year at your beautiful home.  Great food, drinks and the entertainment never disappoint! 


Susan Larmoyeux, Chapter President

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Upcoming Event

January 9, 2018 - Fergusons Bath Kitchen and Lighting Gallery

215 Peregrine Way

Knoxville, TN 37922

Store phone (865)470-2242

5:30pm-6:00 pm Buffet Dinner, Beverages, and Good Fellowship

6:00-7:00pm Program

Speaker: Delaney Warren

FSA Lighting

Thank you for the many RSVP’s I have already received for Tuesday night’s meeting. If you plan to attend, and have not yet replied, it is not too late. Please RSVP to this newsletter by Monday evening.


Judy Gooch

Program Chair

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TORCH receives Stuffed Animals from ET-IDS

Thanks to all who brought stuffed animals to our ET-IDS Holiday Party which were donated to TORCH-Trinity Outreach Center for Hope, an Oak Ridge non-profit organization that that works to move families in Anderson County from homelessness into affordable housing. Their executive director, Andy O’Quinn, came to receive the stuffed animals, and spoke briefly about how they serve the community. He has given me copies of a children’s book that I will bring to Tuesday night’s meeting to share if you would like one. TORCH was delighted to receive about 25 stuffed animals of all types! (See the photo on the next page).

Ferguson Bath Kitchen and Lighting Gallery to Host Tuesday’s Meeting

You are invited to our first ET-IDS meeting of 2018!!

Delaney Warren, Architectural specifier for FSA Lighting, will educate us with a one-hour accredited HSW (Health, Safety, Welfare) CEU presentation on the “Fundamentals of Lighting”.

This course provides an overview of the fundamental principles of lighting and introduces today’s latest advancements in lighting technology. Topics covered include general lighting terminology, lamps and ballasts, solid-state lighting technology, light, vision, and color, electrical, and optical control.

Fergusons will open the buffet line at 5:30pm. Weather will be better with a predicted high of 43 degrees that night.  So make plans now to attend!!

December 12th ET-IDS Holiday Party:

Chris McKenry played while we all sang his own rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” (Using storage and closet terms, of course!)

Some of our Holiday Party attendees gathered to present TORCH Executive Director, Andy Quinn, stuffed animals generously donated by our membership.

Chris McKenry provided a fabulous buffet, valet parking, and a tour of his home/showroom to demonstrate his professional organizing skills and let us see his products in use. Thanks Chris!!

New Billing Procedures for IDS National and Local Chapter memberships

1)Every member has a username and password that is given in the welcome letter when you joined National IDS. If you do not remember what your user name is please email our National Membership chair, Della Swider at  [email protected]. Della can reset your user name and send it back to you.

2)Log into the National IDS website at www.interiordesignsociety.org. In the top right of the website site, enter your username and password. You will then be connected to your account. Look under the left side tabs and click on My Invoices tab.

3) Your most recent invoice for 2018 dues will appear. It should show both your national dues level, whether Professional, Associate, Industry Partner, Furniture Sales person, or Student. There should be a second entry showing your chapter dues also. The total shown should reflect BOTH amounts. You can choose to pay by credit card or check. Checks can be mailed to the National IDS office address shown on the invoice.

4) After receiving your payment, National will send a check back to our chapter for local dues collected each month.

5) We hope everyone will find this billing less confusing and easier to keep for your records.

IT IS EACH MEMBER’S RESPONSBILITY TO LOOK UP AND PAY YOUR INVOICE FOR 2018.  Our Chapter President and Membership chair get notifications each month about who has paid to keep their membership current. 

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Calendar of Events

2018 Spring and Fall Meetings 

January 9th: Ferguson Bath Kitchen and lighting Gallery

February 13th: Amish Excellence

March 13th: Bill Cox Furniture

April 10th: Joint meeting with NKBA, location TBA

May 8th: Floor and Décor

June: off

July: off  (Post Neo-Con show in Knoxville will have CEU’s)

August: off

September 11th: Consign to Design Student Competition

October 9th: Alzheimer’s Tennessee Designer Home&Garden Tour - Exclusive IDS Tour chaired by Elizabeth Grant

November 13th:  open

December11th: Holiday Party location TBA

2018 National IDS Conference is being held in Savannah, GA this spring April 30-May 2nd. This will be a great opportunity for our chapter to have a GROUP presence at the Conference!   Be thinking of design projects YOU can submit for one of the may IDS Design of the Year Awards! More information to follow!

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2017 Designer of the Year Awards

Are you the next IDS Designer of the Year?

Why you should enter:
Interior Design Credibility - Enhances your professional image with clients
Design Recognition - Winners are recognized with an award as well as online publicity
Sense of Accomplishment - An outlet to demonstrate outstanding work

To view an application, go to the national IDS website at www.interiordesignsociety.org.

Click on the DOTY tab and fill out the application form.

Entry Requirements: 

  • Entrant must be an active member of IDS National. To activate or confirm your membership, please contact 336-844-4437 ext 223 or [email protected]

  • The project you are submitting must have been completed between October 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017. 

  • The cost per entry is $100. Entry fees are nonrefundable. 

  • The last day to enter is January 26, 2018. 

  • All winning entries become property of IDS National. 

Submitting your Entry:

The Designer of the Year Competition will be an all-digital application process. All entries must be submitted using our online portal on or before January 26, 2018.

The following documents are required for your application:

  • Concealed identification and Release Form

  • Photographs: You may submit up to 10 photographs (14 for Sponsor Award / 10 per room for Whole Home Design) and must include both before and after shots. Please include at least one high resolution photo (330 ppi and no larger than 3 MB) as winning projects will have the opportunity to be featured in various media outlets.

Photography Tips:

Since your project will not be judged in person, high quality photos are a key element in your presentation. Here are some helpful hints:

  • Take before photographs prior to starting each project.

  • Take photos from many different angles.

  • Take photos of your work in process to better exhibit the complexity of the project or any obstacles.

  • Do not use photographs including people (homeowners, children, site workers, etc.). IDS cannot use these photos, therefore, they will not be chosen for display.

  • Do not provide photographs that reveal the identity of the client or your company. These photographs will be disqualified.

Categories for Designer of the Year

Space Designs

  • Kitchens               $50,000 & under              $50,000 & above

  • Baths                     $30,000 & under              $30,000 & above

  • Bedrooms             $30,000 & under              $30,000 & above

  • Living Spaces       $30,000 & under              $30,000 & above

Singular Areas

  • Children’s Rooms & Nurseries

  • Recreation Spaces

  • Home Offices

  • Outdoor Spaces

  • Laundry & Craft Rooms

  • Closets

  • Wine Cellars

  • Entry Walls & Foyers

  • Dining Rooms

Window Treatments

Specialty Awards

  • Sherwin-Williams Sponsor Award

  • Student Design Award

  • Universal Design / Aging in Place

  • Sustainable Design

  • Whole Home Design

  • Original Design

  •  Holiday Design *NEW for 2017

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ET-IDS Chapter Officers for 2017

President:                           Susan Larmoyeux (865)719-5352

                                                  [email protected]

Vice-President:                 Jennifer Talley (865)755-6766

                                                     [email protected]

Secretary:                           Sharon Blair (423)736-3575

                                                   [email protected]

Treasurer:                           Shanda Hayden cell: (865) 696-1750

                                                    [email protected]

Membership:                     Esther Golightly (865) 310-0690

                                                 [email protected]

Industry Partner Rep:    Marni Redmond, Exact Tile, Inc.  (865)693-1298

     [email protected]

Website Development:     Rachael Sheridan (865)368-4138

                                                     [email protected]

Newsletter:                         Judy Gooch (865)310-8826 [email protected]

Visit our website at  www.etids.starchapter.com

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