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Welcome to the IFDA Texas Chapter


We're located in Dallas, Texas and serve IFDA Members across the state and surrounding region. 

Join us for:

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Educational Events
  • Fun Socials
  • CEU Programs
  • Showroom Tours
  • Professional Development
  • Behind the Scenes Tours

Every one of our events is an opportunity to grow your business, meet new colleagues and friends and just catch up on what's going on in our design community.

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Upcoming Events

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**POSTPONED** Window Fashion Vision Regional Tour 2012 comes to Dallas, Texas!

UPDATED OCT 5, 2012:  Event postponed until 2013

The IFDA Texas Chapter is excited to participate in the Supplier Show – Come visit us at our booth and learn more about all the wonderful benefits of being a member of IFDA. 

WF Vision Regional Tour

Window Fashion Vision Regional Tour 2012

October 23-24, 2012

Show Floor: October 23, 11 am-6 pm


Crowne Plaza Hotel Dallas, Downtown

1015 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas



Click here to Register

Day OneEducation, vendors, suppliers at WF Vision Regional Tour

Supplier Show Floor Open 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Click on link below for a Complimentary VIP Pass to Show Floor 

10:00 – 11:15 AM – Design Trends 2013 and Beyond

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Embellishments -showcase

1:45 – 2:45 PM – Terrific Solutions to Terrible Situations

2:45 – 2:45 PM – Window Fashions: Where Inspiration and Technique Meet -Showcase

3:45 – 4:15 PM – Tips & Tricks Panel – Gillian Wendell, Susan Kostelecky and Deb Barrett


Day Two


Business Success Workshops by Steve Bursten, Kathy Cragg

9:30 – 10:30 AM Home Based Workshop # 1: Moving up to the next level – Annual Sales Under $150,000

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Home Based Workshop # 2: Moving up to the next level – Annual Sales Over $150,000

1:00 – 2:30 PM Designed for Profit - The Elements and Principles to attract more clients and make more money in your business


iPad for the Design Pro by Deb Barrett

9:30 AM – 12:00 pm The iPad for Design Pros – Beginners 2.5 hour session

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm The iPad for Design Pros – Advanced 2.5 hour session


Workroom Methods by Gillian Wendel, Susan Kostelecky

9:15 – 10:30 AM - Inspiring Panels

10:30 – 11:45 AM - Workroom Bonanza

1:00 – 2:15 PM - Decorative Knots - Couture Embellishments

2:15 – 3:30 PM - The World of Banding


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International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) Texas Chapter to Host 11th Annual Silent (released Oct 12, 2011)

Silent Auction at Brown Jordan

Signature Event at Brown Jordan Showroom to Support Design Education & Dwell with Dignity



DALLAS, TX – October 12, 2011 -- International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) Texas Chapter will host their 11th Annual Silent Auction on Thursday, November 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Brown Jordan Showroom,, located at 1617 Hi Line Drive in the Dallas Design District.  The event will support educational activities in the design community and Dallas-based Dwell with Dignity, a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.


Dallas and national real estate insider Candy Evans will keynote the event by informing attendees about the current strength of the Dallas real estate market and its global impact on bringing business to the Dallas Design District.


Each year around the country IFDA chapters play a major funding role through yearly donations, memorials and special events supporting the IFDA Educational Foundation, IFDA/EF. Dedicated to the support and service of the home furnishings and design communities, the IFDA/EF is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(C)3 organization, raising and distributing funds to foster educational activities as well as related charitable endeavors.


“This is such an inspiring and celebratory event for us,” said Becky Pipka, President, IFDA Texas Chapter. “In adhering to the goals of IFDA/EF, proceeds from our Silent Auction 2011 will benefit IFDA Texas Chapter programs, IFDA Educational Foundation and the local nonprofit, Dwell with Dignity.”  


“We are honored to support Dwell with Dignity. They are doing exceptional work through the use of design in creating colorful and enriching environments that allow families to feel positive about themselves and elevate their standards of living,” added Laura Davis, AIA, President-Elect, IFDA Texas Chapter.


The IFDA Silent Auction 2011 is complimentary and open to the public.

Bidders will enjoy appetizers provided by My Fit Foods and Rockfish Seafood Grill while they browse and bid on designer furniture, home accessories, exclusive services and more. For more information, visit



The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), is a worldwide professional alliance of leaders representing the diverse industries that constitute the universe of residential and commercial furnishings and design.

Founded in 1947, 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.

The IFDA Texas chapter,, based in Dallas, serves IFDA members across the state and surrounding region.


The International Furnishings and Design Association Educational Foundation, Inc. (IFDA/EF)  is the philanthropic and educational arm of the association. All members of IFDA belong to the Educational Foundation.

The purpose of the EF is to encourage the development of educational programs and worthwhile projects that enhance the quality of living for the individuals and the public at large, while providing support for students entering and re-entering various professions in the field as well as opportunities for continuing education.

Dedicated to the support and service of the home furnishings and design communities, IFDA/EF is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501c(3) organization, raising and distributing funds to foster educational activities, as well as, related charitable endeavors. Administered by a six member Board of Trustees, EF's primary funding sources include a portion of IFDA member dues as well as donations from chapters, individual members, industry and corporate friends. Contributions, gifts and bequests are deductible for Federal income and estate tax purposes.



Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. We provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry. Our mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design. One household at a time.

July Program: The Power of Color: Wardrobe, Workplace & Work-world

 IFDA Texas Chapter presented The Power of Color:  Wardrobe, Workplace & Work-world by Ayo Fashola, Sensual Chic Style

By Laura Davis, AIA IFDA, IFDA Texas Chapter VP Communications


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Most of us stare into our closets in the morning and think, “What do I want to wear today?” When we really should ask, “What do I want to SAY today?”



Members and guests of the IFDA Texas Chapter gathered on July 21, 2011 at the Select Art gallery in Dallas for a special event. The cause for the occasion was two-fold: first, to feature an excellent speaker who would share how we can use the power of color to attract quality clients and enhance our ability to communicate, and second, to bring attention to the new 2011-2012 IFDA membership opportunity.


For a program about the importance of color and communication, the setting could not have been more appropriate. Attendees mingled and networked among pieces of contemporary art and sculpture. Select Art ( gallery owner Paul Adelson and business partner Alan Simmons welcomed IFDA members and their guests while sharing the stories about each art piece’s origin and artist.


As the sun began to go down on a steamy 105 degree day, the energy in the gallery was picking up. Chapter President Becky Pipka welcomed everyone to the event and shared important details about the chapter leadership, programs, and membership goals. Following a personal introduction by her newest client, our speaker Ayo Fashola took over and introduced us to new ways to think about our approach to personal style and communication.


You might think all you ever needed to know about color you learned in design school, but you might be missing a few insights. Ayo offered examples how women and men of differing personality types would likely use different clothing, accessories, and color palettes to express their inner style. It is through this outward, visible expression of our personal style that we begin to communicate with those around us. Ayo stated, “It comes down to using color to communicate your personal brand.”


Such a seemingly simple concept, yet most of us stare into our closets in the morning and think, “What do I want to wear today?” When we really should ask, “What do I want to SAY today?”


By defining what we want to communicate, we will begin to attract the same kind of client. In other words, if you dress to express that you are a fun, creative, friendly, energetic person with high standards for quality then the people who naturally value and identify with those qualities will gravitate towards you.


Power of Color Ayo Fashola 02Ms. Fashola’s message really began to resonate with those in the audience when the discussion turned to “mirroring” our client’s style. Should we tailor our dress to be similar to our client’s taste, style, and preferences?


“The problem with that approach,” Ayo explained, “is that it’s an ‘outside-in’ perspective. When you have 10 or 20 clients and you are working from an ‘outside-in’ perspective, it can run your energy into the ground.” Presenting ourselves to the world based on what makes us tick on the inside, rather than adjusting our personal style based on every outside influence, will allow us to be more successful in attracting great clients with whom we enjoy working.


“You don’t want to try to be all things to everyone. You want to be the right person for someone. It’s about quality clients, not quantity.” Quality clients believe in us and will follow us anywhere.  They will welcome us back each season and be appreciative repeat customers. And isn’t that what we all want?



Information about Ayo Fashola


Principal style consultant and owner of Sensual Chic Style, Ayo Fashola serves her clients as an image therapist, wardrobe specialist and personal brand strategist. With over 10 years of experience, she delivers a vibrant, intuitive, and sophisticated approach to assist her clients in developing a physical and energetic presence that attracts the attention they want, personally and professionally. Ayo originally started her company in Dallas, Texas and now lives in Bowie, Maryland. Learn more about Ayo Fashola and Sensual Chic Style at





Susan Slotkis to visit the IFDA Texas Chapter April 12 & 13

IFDA Texas Chapter will participate as an Event Partner for Grow!, the 3rd Annual Dallas Design Center event taking place April 12-14, 2011.  The IFDA Educational Foundation and the Texas IFDA members are pleased to be sponsoring featured speaker and IFDA Director at Large, Susan Slotkis.

Foundations of Interior Design by Susan SlotkisBecky Pipka, Texas Chapter President, commented, “We are so excited to have Susan joining us for Grow!. She is an excellent speaker and a positive spokesperson for IFDA.”

Susan is one of four special presenters and will share Connecting the Dots...Design Styles in Context. Her presentation covers the lifestyle, motifs, and furnishings from the Antiquities to Contemporary style, with modern interpretations to inspire current projects.

The Dallas design community will enjoy an extra dose of inspiration as the Decorative Center Dallas and the Dallas Design Center will be holding two events, Grow! and Spring Thing concurrently. Over the course of the three days, designers will have the opportunity to explore resources, complete 8 hours of CEPH and connect with peers, industry leaders and inspiring ideas.

The IFDA Texas Chapter looks forward to the opportunity to increase exposure and education about IFDA to the visitors coming in for both events.

To order Susan Slotkis' book, titled Foundations of Interior Design, visit or Fairchild Books.

Source:  Winter 2011 Network Newsletter article by Laura Davis, AIA, IFDA.

How To Increase Your Bottom Line: Upholstery & Soft Goods

March 28, 2011 - How To Increase Your Bottom Line: Upholstery & Soft Goods

The IFDA Texas Chapter enjoyed a visit to the Paul Lowman Workrooms in Dallas, Texas. Members and guests learned how to take a client through the process of re-upholstering a furniture piece. Paul Lowman shared tips and advice on how to approach different problems and opportunities.

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2011 Program Line Up for IFDA Texas Chapter

Save the Date!IFDA Texas Chapter

The Texas Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association is very excited about the fabulous line up of programs we have in store for our members this year. Thank you to Anne-Marie Haynes, our VP of Programs for her hard work in scheduling these events. 

This is a "save the date" list. Please check the most current date/time/location details for the individual event listings on our IFDA Texas Chapter Meetup page.

All of these programs are local to the Dallas-Fort Worth area (unless otherwise noted). If you have questions or an idea for a program, please email us at

January 25 - DESIGN THERAPY 6 - 8pm
"Current Trends & Innovations"

WORKSHOP 11:30 - 1pm
"How to Increase Your Bottom Line" Part 1
Upholstery & Soft Goods
Paul Lowman Upholstery

February 22 - DESIGN THERAPY 6 - 8pm
"Feng Shui & Interior Design"

March 10 - WORKSHOP - 1 CEU credit
"How to Increase Your Bottom Line" Part 2
Aging-in-Place and Universal Design
Laura Davis, AIA IFDA and Holly Hall, AIA, HPD Design for Living LLC

March 29 - DESIGN THERAPY 6 - 8pm
"Kitchen & Bath"

April 7 - WORKSHOP
"How to Increase Your Bottom Line" Part 3
Landscape Architecture

April 12 - 14 - GROW! - 2+ CEU credits
"Connect the Dots...Design Styles in Context"
Seminars by Susan J. Slotkis, sponsored by IFDA Texas

April 26 - DESIGN THERAPY 6 - 8pm
"Virtual Interior Design"

"How to Increase Your Bottom Line" Part 4
Authentic Venetian Plaster
Jeff Casey, Architectural Finishes

May 31 - DESIGN THERAPY 6 - 8pm
"Favorite Sources for Inspiration & Product"

"Business Development" Part 1
Speed Networking/Website Marketing
Mina Brown

June 28 - DESIGN THERAPY 6 - 8pm
"All About Media Rooms"
Bruce Solis, Kore Multimedia Solutions

July 14 - WORKSHOP - 1 CEU credit
"Business Development" Part 2
Contracts/Legal Matters/Taxes
Mitchell Milby, Milby, PLLC

July 26 - DESIGN THERAPY 6 - 8pm
"Fee Structure"

August 11 - WORKSHOP
"Professional Development" Part 1
Client Relationship
Thomas R. Niesen, Acuity Systems, Inc.

August 30 - DESIGN THERAPY - 6 - 8pm
"Color Direction"

September 8 - WORKSHOP
"Professional Development" Part 2
Selling & Purchasing Skills

September 15 - 17 - IFDA Symposium
Philadelphia, PA

September 27 - DESIGN THERAPY 6 - 8pm

October 15 - 2011 IFDA Boot Camp

October 25 - DESIGN THERAPY 6 - 8pm
"Antiques -  learn keys to identify real from reproduction"

November 10 - 2011 IFDA Silent Auction
Benefiting: IFDA Educational Foundation

Chapter Sponsors


Brown Jordan
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