International Sponsors Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and The Shade Store opened their Miami Showrooms to welcome IFDA members and guests for A Day of Design in the Miami Design District. Our day included two CEUs The first was given by Chapter Sponsor Benjamin Moore, presented by Juan Carlos Rosas.  IFDA member, author and instructor, Susan Slotkis presented the afternoon CEU.

Above, member Mike Peterson, guest Carla Blancas, member Vicki Kirsner, member and presenter Susan Slotkis, member Lynn Sciarrone, presenter Juan Carlos Rosas.

Miami has a thriving interior design community so in addition to offering a Miami experience to our local members we reached out to designers in Miami to offer an opportunity to get together for an inspiring and informative day long event.  Above are several from the Miami Design Community.

Andrew Terrat from the corporate office of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams flew in to speak with us, seen above with Joanne Amend, Showroom Manager, Rose Arevalo VP of Sponsorship and Chapter President Marsha Koch.

Joanne greeted us and gave a tour of their beautiful 2 story store.  Their uphostery supplied much comfortable seating for the CEU on The Importance of Red by Juan Carlos Rosas Architectural and Design Representative for Benjamin Moore.

It was great having such nice mix of members and guests come together.

Our gourmet luncheon was generously provided by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. It was delightful feast for the eyes and the stomach. Thanks MGBW!


Lunch was the perfect time to relax and get to know everyone.  We were delighted to meet our newest member Miami Architect and Interior Designer Sandra Diaz Velasco seen above with member Mike Peterson. Welcome Sandra!

Before we made our way to The Shade Store for the next part of our progressive Day of Design others posed for our camera, skillfully operated by member professional photograper John Stillman who sadly is never in the picture himself!

Andrew, or Drew as he is known, and Juan Carlos look like they could be brothers.  Drew shared the MGBW story and spoke about their Trade Program for Interior Designers.

Thank you Joanne, Drew and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and to Juan Carlos Rosas and Benjamin Moore for all you did to kickoff our fabulous Day of Design event.

Just a few blocks away our day continued with a wonderful CEU presented by Susan Slotkis. Susan is actually a member of our New York Chapter but she is currently living in South Florida and will be joining our chapter next year!  She is the author of Foundations of Interior Design, a text book used in many  interior design schools.  She writes a monthly newsletter called Design for the Rest of Us and is frequent presenter of CEUs and seminars.

The subject of Susan’s CEU was Design Directions and Trends.  It was fascinating to learn about what influences the current trends in our industry.  Of course travel is a big infuencer as is the fascination with curiousities, which have popped up in interiors across the country.

Above are some of the members and guests who enjoyed Susan’s CEU including Vicki Kirsner, Lynn Sciarrone, Beverly Stewart, Susan Slotkis, Sandra Diaz Velasco, Antonia…. Marsha Koch and Rose Arevalo.

The team at International Platinum Sponsor The Shade Store couldn’t have been nicer.  Thank you for your support and for the tasty dessert and proseco!