ASID Give Back

On Saturday, April 25, ASID Gives Back coordinated a pro-bono Brightening Day at Hesed House in Aurora, IL, the second largest homeless shelter in the state. ASID IL Industry Partner Sherwin-Williams (Annemarie Fabbi) donated the paint and supplies for the project, and ASID IL members worked alongside community volunteers to provide the labor.


A group of ASID designers and industry partners met several weeks earlier to plan the facelift of the area, working together to choose paint colors and talk about further design ideas. That team consisted of Sonia Dumont (Atelier Jouvence Custom Stoneworks), Sue Colbert (Colbert Custom Framing  & Art Printing), Bobbie Sauter (R.S. Interiors, Inc), Jean Charlton (Imperial Kitchens and Baths), Janet Davidsen (Details in Design) and Gail Trower (Interior Dimensions).


On work day, Colbert delivered the paint and supplies bright and early in the morning, and the volunteers, coordinated by Sauter and coached by Mike Lennon (Ayr Custom Cabinets), included Davidsen, Trower, Dumont, Francesca Anderson (Interiors by Francesca), Melissa Pusateri (Cambria), and Kathleen Herzog (Rohl, LLC).


The project was quite a challenge as the space was formerly an incinerator, with rough cement walls and very drab colors. The team rose to the challenge by adding vibrant colors and painting strategic stripes to add interest. Gail Trower further softened the formerly institutional “décor” with beautiful centerpieces for all the tables and the front desk.


ASID Gives Back is a committee of the Illinois Chapter of ASID, formed for the purpose of facilitating charitable projects through the coordination of interior designers and industry partners, while demonstrating the goodwill and talents of ASID Illinois and its members.