Marie with students from IDS Molloy Student Chapter

Judges: Tyler Wisler, Cathy Hobbs, Kieth Baltimore, Erin Crawford, George Oliphant, Rio Hamilton with Donna Drake center 

Contestants at work

Toni Germie - Benjamin Moore &                          Marie Byrne                                    


As an active member of IDS Long Island professional chapter, Marie has been working on the Swatched Committee for the past two years. Swatched is a one-night only event where 40 professional and student interior designers compete before a panel of amazing celebrity judges to create an extraordinary design board.  Various sponsors supply materials and pictures that can be used for the boards. The only catch is that the boards have to be completed in just one hour.

The night is filled with food, fun and brings together designers and industry partners.  The judges, many of whom you have seen on TV,  select prize winners in the professional and student categories.  Besides the amazing prizes, each judge receives money for their favorite charity.


Marie with Students

Nichole Garofalo - Molloy College

Student Winner

George Oliphant, Nichole Garofalo & Marie Byrne

Judges deciding on winners

Well thought-out

Residential & Commercial

Interior Solutions





In addition to her interior design teaching assignments at Molloy College, Marie works outside the classroom to facilitate student's networking with the industry and other professional designers.  The best way to do this is through a membership organization and she found the best fit with the Interior Design Society (IDS).  Marie was instrumental in starting the IDS Molloy Student Chapter where students can come together to better help them with in their new careers.

Jill Edwards - Molloy

Student Winner