Evolving Your Design Expertise: TISE 2024 Recap

TISE: The International Surfaces Event is the premiere conference for all that is flooring, tile, counter tops, flooring and installation expertise. This is a must see event for anyone in the design field who wants to evolve their design expertise and increase their value to their clients.

Design Evolution

I’ve just returned from an extraordinary conference, The International Surface Event, or “TISE”. You might be wondering why I’m sharing insights from a conference. Well, remember that my guiding word for this year is “Evolving.”  This conference offers an interactive experience for evolving your design expertise through education, opportunity, and networking. Join me on a tour of The International Surface Event 2024.I was honored to present the opening talk of the Women's Leadership Conference at the International Surface Event TISE.

Evolving your design expertise: Opportunity

TISE stands out as a unique blend of products, education, and live demonstrations.  Nothing is more crucial than gaining a deep understanding of how materials are produced and installed. This knowledge enhances your value to both your clients and your construction team. 

Evolving your design expertise: Education

Women’s Leadership Conference
I was honored to be asked to present to the Women's Leadership Conference at TISE The International Surfaces Event.

From the stage at the Women’s Leadership Conference

TISE offers an exceptional mix of Industry Insights and thought-provoking seminars. One of the highlights was my role as the opening speaker at the Women’s Leadership Conference,  I presented “The Secret Sauce of Networking”.  We explored the power of cultivating personal and professional connections. These connections can evolve into successful business relationships. The conference sessions showcased the knowledge, experience, and influence of women in our industry, and I was deeply honored to be part of it.

Pulse Seminars

Next, I had the privilege of addressing diverse segments of the surface industry at the Pulse Seminars. My audience included retail, wholesale, manufacturing, and the design community. My presentation, “Managing Difficult Clients for Positive Outcomes,” explored the nuances of different personality types and how our reactions can impact various situations.

On stage at the TISE Pulse Seminar Series. Sharon L Sherman ASID CID CKD. Thyme and Place Design LLC

TISE Pulse Seminar Series


Additionally, I moderated a captivating conversation with Rachel Moriarty of Rachel Moriarty Interiors in San Diego, California. Renowned for her fearless and bold use of color in designs, Rachel took us on a mesmerizing journey through the enchanting world of color.

With designer Rachel Moriarty discussing her use of Bold Fearless Colors in her award winning designs. Attending discussions like this one are key in evolving your design expertise.


Evolving your design expertise: Show Floor Tour

 On a Wednesday afternoon, I led a group of 25 industry professionals on a tour of the show. We focused on Kitchen and Bath products. Our stops included Arizona Tile, Protect All Floor Covering, Diamond Surfaces, Cameron Studio LED, and Riva Spain Flooring.

Each booth showcased unique materials and inspirations for any designer’s project. Sharing my insights on these products was a pleasure. I witnessed the professional connections and networking opportunities this tour provided. I extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this tour a resounding success.

Here is a collage of images from my kitchen and bath products show floor tour at TISE. Evolving your Design Expertise: TISE 2024 Recap

TISE Show Floor Tour

Evolving your design expertise: Networking

The International Surfaces Event (TISE) 2024 offered an exceptional opportunity for design professionals to elevate their knowledge and expertise. The combination of educational presentations, immersive demonstrations, and valuable networking opportunities at TISE is unparalleled. As we embrace the evolving world of design, events like TISE are indispensable for staying at the forefront of the industry.

For designers and industry professionals alike, make sure to mark your calendar for the next TISE event. It’s a must-attend experience for those aiming to enhance their skills and broaden their horizons in the dynamic realm of surfaces and design.

If you want to evolve your design expertise with a conference that checks all of the boxes, mark your calendar for the next TISE event.

Sharon L. Sherman, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, CKD


Sharon is the founder of Thyme and Place Design, headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She’s been practicing kitchen and bath design for the past 40 years and is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers – New Jersey chapter. She is a current member of the editorial board of KBB Magazine, the official magazine of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Sharon has also received a Kitchen Bath Design News 2022 Innovator of the Year Award and was a Praiseworthy Pick by Kitchen Bath & Business Magazine. 

Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Design Milk, Furniture Lighting and Decor, Designers Today, Bergen NJ magazineKitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star-Ledger,  and Aspire as well as several books.

Her blog “Tips from the Trade” has been posted by Design NJ, KBBonline, and Take5. She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini.  Sharon was a featured speaker for  *Voices From The Industry*  at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention and The International Surfaces Event and is available for further speaking engagements nationwide on all topics related to the world of Kitchen and Bath design as well as running a successful kitchen and bath design business. She is also a CEU provider for IDCEC and The NKBA.


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Sharon sherman

My award-winning designs haven been featured in multiple magazines, industry publications and on television. That’s nice affirmation, to be sure.

But perhaps the greatest accolade I’ve received is the repeat engagements with so many clients, project after project, year after year.

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