Schedule & Sessions

 Friday, September 22nd


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM     

Welcome Reception (Drop-In Event)
Meet up with chapter board members and event attendees at the hotel’s Dogwood Bar to kick off the Annual Meeting early! Drinks on own.

 Saturday, September 23rd


7:30 AM     

Registration opens

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM     

Networking with Exhibitors

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM     

Concurrent CEU Sessions

Advanced Wood Flooring Knowledge
Jay Smith, The HeartPine Company

This course provides detailed information on the wood flooring industry. Participants will understand Reclaimed, Domestic, and European Forestry and their impact on society, ecology, and the economics in the US and beyond. The Lacey Act is demystified, and fine points of “cuts” of wood, kiln drying, hardness, and solid vs. engineered explained. Technicalities such as the environment, relative humidity, temperature, and job site conditions related in a way that transfers to a specification and the comfort of its inhabitants are explained. Recognize why wood floors “cup” and how to avoid this expensive and irritating issue, along with how relative humidity and moisture affect people and their environment. Analyze installations and what type is best suited for a particular subfloor as well as, VOC adhesives and finishes that are environmentally friendly, chemical free, and green. CEU Credit: 1.0; HSW

Maximizing Tile Installations with Trim Profiles

Liz Roberts, Schluter Systems L.P.

Manufacturers produce a variety of beautiful and durable tiles, but the availability of coordinating trim pieces can be limited. This has led to the development of a wide range of trim profiles. This seminar will focus on how trim profiles improve the integrity of tile installations and increase the versatility of tile in various applications, including floors, walls, countertops, and more. CEU Credit: 1.0; HSW

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM     

Networking Break

10:20 AM – 11:20 AM     


mindful MATERIALS in Practice:
Turn your “Why into How” for Holistic Materials Sustainability

Linda Sorrento, FASID, LEED Fellow, IIDA

You’re aware that you must start prioritizing sustainability in your work, but unsure where or how to start. You’ve already “bought-in” on materials sustainability and are eager for next steps and accountability. Learn how to take the first steps to integrate healthier materials into your specifications and gain the confidence you need to drive mindful and consistent holistic materials sustainability decision-making everywhere. CEU Credit: 1.0

11:20 AM – 11:45 AM     

Networking Break

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM     

Lunch, Keynote, State of the Chapter
Keynote: Linda Sorrento, FASID, LEED Fellow, IIDA
Part of inspiring and building better lives and communities is finding ways to care for the places we all call home. The keynote, “Rising Up!”, is a reflection of our purpose as interior designers, taking chances in "design impacts lives", and following your own vision. We hope it encourages you to find creative ways for you to make a positive impact.

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM     

Networking Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM     

Concurrent CEU Sessions

Waterproofing and Finishing Tiled Showers
Liz Roberts, Schluter Systems L.P.
This presentation introduces the bonded waterproofing system. Highlighting the importance of waterproofing moisture sensitive building materials with bonded waterproofing technology and how it has improved tiled showers. This seminar will also look at where design can meet function with design elements that we can incorporate into tiled showers. CEU Credit: 1.0; HSW

Window Treatments | Best Tips and Tricks
Erin Atkinson, Chancery Custom
Speaker Erin Atkinson is the owner of Chancery Custom; a handcrafted workshop that provides custom window coverings, cushions to pillows and bedding. Hear trade experience enabling designers to work more effectively when initiating design concepts and incorporating fabrication best practices through final installation. Learn insights into motorization, ripplefold, and addressing the right window treatment for the right window.CEU Credit: 1.0

2:30 PM – 2:50 PM     

Networking Break

2:50 PM – 3:50 PM     

Concurrent CEU Sessions

Paint & Pigment
Amy Milani, Sherwin-Williams
What's the story of the color in a can of paint? Color can inspire, calm or energize, and pigments play a crucial role in delivering a desired color and outcome to substrates. But pigments can do more than affect the aesthetic of the space they can also provide desirable performance characteristics. In this course, we will look to the past for insights into the foundation of color and how certain colors affect our mood, perception and decision-making. We will also address the practical application of specifying color today, and how to determine the best paint system for your project. CEU Credit: 1.0


The Ins and Outs of Performance
Taylor Walters, MaterialWorks
The race for performance fabrics and advancements in technology have changed dramatically. "The Ins and Outs of Performance" will break down the development and manufacturing of woven performance fabrics. Yarn making, yarn dying, weaving, testing, finishing and UV resistance will be explained to make performance more understandable. Durability and aesthetics go hand in hand when analyzing performance product. All of your performance questions will be answered so that you are better prepared to select fabrics for your interior environments.CEU Credit: 1.0

3:50 PM – 4:20 PM     

Advocacy Drop In Event

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM     

“Shades of Blue” Awards Reception
As we wrap up the 2023 Annual Meeting in Asheville, a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, come celebrate with friends and peers to recognize outstanding achievement within our industry at the “Shades of Blue” Awards Reception. Join us for an unforgettable night of creativity, dedication, and service as we announce the 2023 Excellence in Design Awards as well as the Carolinas Chapter Recognition Awards.

Passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and 3 drink tickets will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear blue!

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