Message from the President

Designing Internationally


I’ve always loved the chimes of a bell tower which you can’t help from hearing from the Parroquia Archangel Church Cross. A neo-Gothic 17th-century church known for its soaring pink spires and lofty ornate sanctuary towering over the city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Our chapter hosted a five day curated trip offering nothing short of exciting to this colonial inspired city filled with color, art and culture. Magnificently carved front doors line the narrow cobblestone streets as our tour guide Francesco gleamed at the city’s architecture while sharing years of heritage and history. Our accommodations for a group of seventeen enjoyed the immaculate and luxurious boutique Rosewood hotel.


We toured the Walker Zanger tile factory and at the end of our tour, we enjoyed painting our own 4 x 4 souvenir tile. Architect/Realtor Greg Gunter guided us on four beautifully designed private homes with levels of outdoor terraces and gorgeous gardens. The amazing jacaranda trees were showing off their audacious purple color. The bougainvillea plants sprawled across casa walls offering up a chance see their many colors as we walked up and down the rolling hills. From gallery crawls to visiting two additional historical cities, Delores Hidalgo and Guanajuato with opportunities to shop for handmade pottery, silver and even objects for design projects. In the heart of the city is Fabrica La Aurora, a converted textile factory turned into an artisan market. We shopped to our heart’s desire by day and at night experienced some of San Miquel’s finest restaurants. It’s a good place to get a margarita! Maybe you will join us in 2020 on another amazing adventure…stay tuned! Click here for to be added to the interest list.


Be sure to check out our Carolina’s chapter headliner topics:

· “Members on the Move” an up close and personal interview to spotlight two designers who makes the most out of designing internationally. This month, read how Nicole Norris and Margaret Donaldson share their experiences when traveling abroad click here.

· “Business Well Designed” Spring Meeting in Raleigh: one full day including CEU’s, Otto Zenke Student Awards and “Excellence in Design Awards” where the winners will be featured in Home Design & Décor Magazine

· High Point Furniture Market highlights


As a reminder, explore the local design community events happening all around the region. Each week be on the lookout for events posted on our Facebook and Instagram page as well the Chapter website, visit today by clicking here.


Let’s journey together…


With Warm Regards

Shane Jones