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February 2016
Broadway Gallery
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! 2016 marks the 41st year of ASID and of our very own chapter. We have an exceptional chapter because of all of you! Thank you!
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Written by: Kia Weatherspoon, Allied ASID

The Design-athon will involve a broad group of members of the Washington Metro and Northern Virginia communities including students and faculty, interior designers, architects, care-givers, and community members with or without disabilities.
Participants will use design thinking to go beyond stereotypes to build compassionate and practical solutions for a major social issue: engaging the physical environment to help to improve well-being through activity.
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Marblex Design International,Inc.
Amicus Green Building Center

Register online at after February 15.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Future Home & Office. 9:30 am—3:00 pm. IDCEC Course Code: CEU-103042. 0.4 CEUs. DC Approved/MD Approval Pending. Presented by Debra Barrett for Design Arts Seminars. Hosted and sponsored by OFS Brands, 1602 L St., NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20036. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Global Trends in Kitchen Design. 9:30 am—3:00 pm. IDCEC Course Code: CEU-104408. 0.4 CEUs. DC Approved/MD Approval Pending. Presented by Lynne Wilkinson for Design Arts Seminars. Location TBA.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Global Trends in Bath Design. 9:30 am—3:00 pm. IDCEC Course Code: CEU-104412. 0.4 CEUs. DC Approved/MD Approval Pending. Presented by Lynne Wilkinson for Design Arts Seminars. Location TBA.

Colonial Electric Supply

ALERT – License Enforcement to Increase in DC and Interior Designers Will be Affected 
In December 2015, the DC Board of Architecture and Interior Design announced it is "increasing enforcement of unlicensed activity by persons representing themselves as...interior designers." As you know, a license to practice interior design is required if you are "providing or offering to provide consultations, preliminary studies, drawings, specifications, or any related service for the design analysis, programming, space planning, or aesthetic planning of the interior of buildings, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building codes, fire and safety codes, equipment, materials, and furnishings, in a manner that will protect and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public whether one or all of these services are performed either in person or as the directing head of an organization." Please take a minute to educate yourself by clicking here to visit the Board of Architecture and Interior Design:

ALERT – DC Announces New Amnesty Program - Interior Design and Industry Partner Businesses Eligible
In December 2015, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) announced the creation of a Business License Amnesty Program. This effort is meant to ensure all businesses are compliant with government regulations regarding business licensing. As a result, businesses operating with an expired license or without a license will not be fined or punished if they correct this between January 1, 2016 and February 29, 2016. Please note this program is not related to the license requirements for practicing interior design. It is applicable to business owners of all types, including interior designers and industry partners. To learn more about whether you should participate in this program, please visit

We are One Voice
These issues are only some of the numerous other government laws and regulations that affect all designers’ ability to practice and run their businesses. That is why it is important to join together as one voice – residential and commercial as well as students and industry partners. Together, as one voice, we can support each other and ensure any issue decided on by government advantages our profession instead of becoming a disadvantage. Text "One Voice" to the number 52886 to stay informed on the issues affecting you and get connected to a movement that will advance the profession for all of us. Your Voice. Our Voice. We are One Voice.

Diane S. Taitt, ASID
Government Affairs Chair

Written by: Annette Phillips, ASID

Last year's Spruce Up was fabulous!! We had so many clients sign up that we could not meet the demand so we are starting with a list from last year.
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Written by: Darci Iola

Our convention this year will take place in Baltimore, August 25-28, 2016 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel alongside the Baltimore Art & Antiques Show.
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Join Us at the Third Annual Joint Peer Group Meeting.
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Written By: Isolina Breen, ASID

Most residential interior designers work from home. While the benefits of working from home are many, there are some drawbacks, such as the lack of meeting space for presentations and other important business meetings with clients and trades. We are professional members of ASID offering fellow ASID designers access to our office suite in the heart of McLean, VA.
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Please Note: If ASID precedes a calendar listing, the event is either a Washington Metro Chapter or Society event. If ASID does not precede a calendar listing, the information is being provided to Washington Metro Chapter members as a courtesy to the event sponsor and does not necessarily imply Chapter endorsement.
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American Society of Interior Designers | WASHINGTON METRO
9 Midhurst Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
T 202 488-4100


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