Want to work on a TV design Show? Frank Fontana is looking for volunteers…

frank-fontana-netFrank Fontana, known best for his HGTV series Design on a Dime, is working on a new show here in Chicago, “Downtown Shabby”. And he is looking for volunteers to help stage the houses for filming and the reveal. This is a great opportunity to be part of a fun project and see a design show come together from behind the scenes. Click on the image above to go to Frank’s website and see a trailer for the show.downtown-shabby

I know these dates are just around the corner and I am still getting the details. If you are available on one (or more) of the dates and would like to be part of the team, SEND ME AN EMAIL at kielbj@cod.edu and let me know the dates you want to volunteer for.

I’ll get back to you to confirm that you will be working that day, details like the address and contact info, and the other students/faculty working with you that day.

House #1 – LaGrange
  Tuesday 10/4
  Wednesday 10/5
  (Thursday 10/6) ⇐ team already full                                                      

House #2 Chicago / Wrigleyville

  Friday 10/7

  Saturday 10/8

  Sunday 10/9

House 3# Evanston

  Tuesday 10/11

  Wednesday 10/12

  Thursday 10/13

House #4 Chicago /Ukrainian Village

  Friday 10/14

  Saturday 10/15

  Sunday 10/16

House #5 LaGrange

  Tuesday 10/18

  Wednesday 10/19

  Thursday 10/20



NKBA Student Chapter Attends Vendor Night at Daltile

COD students at Vendor Night 3-24-15

About 20 COD Kitchen & Bath students, faculty, and alums joined the Chicago-Midwest Chapter for Vendor Night at the Daltile showroom on Tuesday, March 24th. Everyone had a great time meeting the vendors and learning about their products. It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with professional chapter members.

Three students even took home attendance prizes from the drawing held at the end of the evening. Those of us who were still hanging around, enjoying the last of the evening, posed for a group photo.

Plans for students to attend the September chapter event were discussed with  President, Terry McKinney. Many of the vendors and professionals were also inquiring about students for design and intern positions in their firms.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the NKBA Student Chapter should contact Jane or one of the student officers. We will be wrapping up the year with a pizza party to celebrate the end of a successful year and to get plans in place for a strong kick-off in the fall with a membership drive and lots of events & activities.

Spring 2015 Interior Design Field Trip

Update: Registration has CLOSED for the event.

Registration is now open for our Spring Field Trip. For only $20 you will be transported via a chartered bus to Racine and Milwaukee, receive a light breakfast and boxed lunch on the bus, and tour the three beautiful buildings shown below. The SC Johnson administration building is an icon. The Wingspread residence for the Johnson family was just opened for tours last fall. It is the last and largest residence designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is our third stop. The main galleries are under renovations, but we will see the exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. We will also have time to walk around the Quadracci Pavilion designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

Sign up NOW – you don’t want to miss this opportunity. When we have reached the 45 person limit, registration will close. You will need to select your sandwich for the boxed lunch.

2015 Field Trip Poster

Designing for Veterans – Raising the Roof Event

Raising the Roof

Carol Cisco, our Sustainable Design instructor, has invited design students to attend Raising the Roof, a fundraiser for Designing for Veterans. Designing for Veterans is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides professional interior design, architectural, engineering, and landscape design services including furnishings and construction to severely disabled veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. WaterhouseFishEye

The event will be held Thursday, May 8th from 6-8 pm at WATERHOUSE (3407 N. Paulina St., Chicago) It promises to be a great evening with a super raffle: 2 Round Trip American Airlines Business Class tickets to anywhere in the US, Canada and Mexico with Hilton Hotel accommodations for two nights! The cost is $45/person in advance or $50/person at the door. Open bar and plenty of edibles. To purchase tickets, click here.


Interior Design Field Trip: IIDC – Capital Day

IIDC logo

The Illinois Interior Design Coalition (IIDC) is hosting its annual Capital Day on Wednesday, April 30th. Please see the full-day itinerary below.

If you plan to attend, please respond ASAP here. Let us know whether you will be attending the full day and spending Tuesday night in Springfield, or arriving Wednesday to meet for lunch and attend the remainder of the day’s events. A block of rooms is being reserved at The State House Inn (101 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701). The cost of a shared room is $25 for student IIDA members and $50 for non-IIDA members (or $75/$100 for your own room). The Capitol Building, Stratton Building and Resource One are a 2 block walk from hotel. Room rates expire on April 6th.

If you are not staying at the hotel, there are parking lots within 1-2 blocks surrounding the

Capital Day Area Map


8:30-9:00AM Check-in at Resource One Showroom
321 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL
(Corner of E. Adams Street and S. 4th Street)
9:00-9:45AM Legislative Morning Briefing (Please be prompt)
Resource One Showroom
321 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL
Dan Bassano, IIDC Vice-President
Louie Giordano, IIDC Lobbyist (Business Attire)
9:45-10:00AM Finalize pairings of Design Professionals/Students for
Legislative Meetings
10:00-12:00PM Design Professional/Student Teams visit Representatives’ &
Senators’ offices at Stratton Building and Capitol Building
(Business Attire)

12:00-1:00PM Lunch Break on Own
1:00-3:00PM Design Professional/Student Teams complete Legislator
visits at Stratton Building and Capitol Building (Business Attire)
2:00-3:30PM Tour of Dana Thomas House (By Frank Lloyd Wright)
301 E. Lawrence Ave. (corner of 4th St. and E Lawrence Ave.)
(Only if Legislative Assignments are complete)
Cost: Suggested Donation of $10.00 per person
4:30-7:30PM Legislative Reception
The State House Inn, The Gallery Room
101 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL (Business Attire)

It’s Time to Join Design Organizations

One of the best igold-dollar-signnvestments you can make as a student, is the student membership fee to professional design organizations: ASID, NKBA, and/or IIDA. To provide students with more information about the benefits of membership, current members of these organizations will be in front of the bulletin boards in the hallway before and after classes this week to answer any questions. Stop by the table and talk to us.

ASID Illinois logoASID membership is $60 per year, beginning on the date you join. Upon graduation, students members who want to become Allied ASID members, get huge discounts in membership dues, up to $1200!!

Being in the lead feels good. Join ASID and stengthen your position! How? If you are currently enrolled in an interior design program that requires at least 40 credit hours or 60 quarter hours of interior design coursework to graduate, you’re eligible to be a part of the largest and most diverse interior design organization in the world.

For more information, check out their website link. Or download their application here.

NKBA ChicagoAs an endorsed program, our students pay only $15/year for dues to NKBA. Take advantage of the powerful networking and educational opportunities that the NKBA has to offer, and find the perfect outlet to express yourself- your creativity, your passion, and your increasing knowledge of the industry.

The NKBA offers a student membership to all those studying in the design and building fields. The NKBA wants to make your future bright by providing the extra support needed to excel in the industry and be successful in your chosen career.

Gain access to opportunities to market yourself and obtain knowledge through attending local chapter meetings and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS®), the world’s largest industry trade event. Chapter meetings offer a forum for education and networking to help connect you with a rewarding position right out of college. Use our website to search industry-specific job and internship listings.

Check out their website. To join the NKBA or to renew your membership, contact NKBA Customer Service at (800) THE-NKBA (843-6522).

Download a printable student membership application (for mail-in with a check) This application is for last year, so you may want to try the toll-free number to get the most current information.

IIDA-Illinois Chapter LogoIIDA Membership is $53 for the calendar year, and students who join now, receive the remainder of 2013 for FREE. Student Members have several student-specific benefits, which will enhance your IIDA Member experience.

Join now online or download an application for 2014 IIDA Student Membership (or download a printable version of the Student application.) Once you become a Member you’ll be eligible to participate in the national IIDA Student Mentoring Week Program. Be sure to have a copy of your student proof ready to upload.

Renewing Recent Grads: Congratulations! Exclusively for graduating IIDA Student Members, we offer a special discounted rate to upgrade to Associate Membership. Find out more!

idCODStudent members of these organizations are able to attend professional events free of charge, or at a reduced rate.

Watch the bulletin boards and this blog for events that you might be interested in attending. We will organize groups to attend events together.


Becoming a member of these organizations is a great deal, but not if you don’t take advantage of everything they have to offer. SO, GET INVOLVED!!!