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Welcome! We're the Voice of New England's Furnishings & Design Industry
The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) is the only all-industry association whose members provide services and products to the furnishings and design industry. IFDA is the driving force, through its programs and services, to enhance the professionalism and stature of the industry worldwide. As the "voice" of the total furnishings and design industry, IFDA provides its members with the tools and resources to enhance their businesses. Aggressive advocacy promotes the advantages of working with an IFDA professional. IFDA welcomes members from every facet of the furnishings and design industry. Members are executives and companies professionally engaged in the design, production, distribution, promotion, communication or education in the furnishings and design and/or related industries.
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Our Next Chapter Event
December 5, 2013
IFDA New England Holiday Party
It's our annual holiday party! Celebrate with us, lift a glass to your colleagues and enjoy a great meal in the Waterworks Museum,a remarkable example of the Richardsonian Romanesque style and a building that was constructed at the height of Boston's "Golden Age." Register!
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November 2013 ... Creative Holiday Appetizers with Chef Bill
We enjoyed an entertaining and educational evening with Chef Bill who demonstrated how to cook two fabulous appetizers in the Miele New England Showroom. Chef Bill also brought many more yummy appetizers for us to sample and savor.
October 2013 ... 12th Annual Interactive Member Dinner
This was the most successful member dinner we have ever held with over 18 vendors participating in the interactive showcase, fabulous attendance and a great talk from business growth advisor Jim Pouliopoulos.
September 2013 ... The Fine Art of Bedding
With the help of two experts, we explored all bedding topics from thread-count to dye methods to layering techniques. This interactive event was enjoyed by members, guests and students. The networking opportunity during cocktails and appetizers was used to great advantage by all!
July 2013 ... Lunch & Learn with Jody Seivert
Jody Seivert, owner of One x One Companies, shared her experience and strategies for qualifying clients and pricing work for ultimate success. The interactive workshop was open to members, guests and students and included lunch.
June 2013 ... Summer Cruise with ASID
This members-only event was a terrific opportunity to enjoy views of Boston and Cambridge while socializing with peers from both IFDA New England and ASID New England.
May 2013 ... Raising YOUR Revenues with Jody Seivert
Jody Seivert of One x One Companies gave a presentation that encompassed how pricing projects helps build a design business and its revenues and profitability. Her presentation also touched upon how to attract premium projects, a key to selling premium products.
April 2013 ... Connecting the Dots
Public relations and marketing experts delved into the importance of public relations, how PR relates to the interior design industry, how PR differs from marketing and advertising, what a PR person does to build a strategy that meets the needs of a client, and more!
March 2013 ... Adding Value, a Panel Discussion
Most of us devote a quarter of our lives paying for our homes, without giving it a second thought. With a moderated panel of experts we discussed the principles of home design that challenge this conventional wisdom.
February 2013 ... Double-Header Event
We kicked-off our 2013 program year with a celebratory double-header. We welcomed our new GOLD sponsor Poggenpohl Boston and tasted wines from around the world. Jo-Ann Ross, the Chief Wine Educator from J Ross Wine, led the wine tasting which was a unique and "snob-free" experience.
December 2012 ... Holiday Party!
Our annual holiday party was a chance to celebrate together and lift a glass our colleagues. The Castle, an amazing property owned by Boston University, was the perfect venue. During the course of the evening we honored the Designer Showcase winners and collected donations to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, a tradition of giving that dates back to 1996.
November 2012 ... Town Hall Meeting
Our First Town Hall Meeting was an interactive evening for members to learn about and weigh in on any and all areas of interest. Many people took the opportunity to speak directly to the New England Chapter Board of Directors and influence how the chapter move forward. Event Sponsor: M-Geough.
October 2012 ... 11th Annual Interactive Member Dinner
An incredible evening of celebration and opportunity. We received the most entries ever for our Designer Showcase and the awards for each of the categories were announced at the end of the evening. It was also a terrific opportunity to see the latest products and services of our vendors. To make the evening even more memorable, there was a fantastic dinner with food stations and a raffle. Event Sponsor: Metropolitan Cabinets. Media Sponsor: New England Home Magazine.
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Immediate Past President
Rose Ann Humphrey
VP Member Retention
Marlene M. Ketchen
VP of Education
Carolyn B. Meek, FIFDA
VP Community Service
Arnold H. Lagueux