|Best of Essex ~|
Voting open now
Suburban Essex magazine sponsors an annual contest for the best of Essex county retail store, restaurant or service. I have been nominated in two categories: Interior Design and Kitchen & Bath. I would so appreciate your voting for me and forwarding the request to your friends. There are 3 pages of categories with drop down menus. I'm on the 3rd page. Thank you!!
| Interns ~|
Stephanie and Kira spent two weeks with me as the winners of an internship fundraising auction at Montclair Kimberly Academy. See their reports below. Thanks to Linda Sterling for inviting me to participate!
|Stephanie Brunner, Kira Farris and Tracey Stephens at the Kravet showroom in NYC. |
|Problem solving on the job site ~|
by Kira Farris
When I first signed up to do a design internship, my goal was to develop a more creative eye for design and in particular, learn about green design. Not only did my time here do this, but I also got to experience the many elements of building a space that a designer is responsible for. After eight short days shadowing green designer Tracey Stephens, I have a newfound appreciation for interior design as well as being environmentally responsible. After learning about every aspect that goes into designing a livable space, from inventing the blueprint to making the dream a reality, I have realized how important it is for designers to pay attention to the details as well as to coordinate multiple factors at once. My favorite experience was observing Tracey act as the liaison between the homeowner and the contractor. After encountering an obstacle with measurements and initial client desires, Tracey found achievable alternatives to optimize the space while keeping the original purpose. Overall, this was a great experience for me because I learned about the varied tasks that go into design, and the widespread options to be environmentally responsible at the same time.
From plan to final design ~
by Stephanie Brunner
Working with independent interior designer Tracey Stephens was such an experience. I came into this internship not knowing what to expect from the interior design world. In just two weeks I not only got to see what it was like to go from a plan to final design and everything in between but I also got to experience what it was like to incorporate being green into the designs. We got to see what it was like to pick out things such as tile, cabinets and fabric. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to go into New York City to the Decorating and Design building where we got to see how designers pick out furniture and fabrics. I learned many new things like the importance of small details and how to do simple things to make your home a little more eco-friendly. It truly gives me a new level of respect for designers like Tracey.