As an artist, interior designer, and instructor, I value all opportunities and work with a high level of ownership, accountability and initiative. My ability to empathize in a client service role enables me to provide value, knowledge and build relationships. Working in a creative environment has always required me to be goal orientated, results driven and passionate about process improvement. In 2009, I started my own creative business, Coloring My World. My mantra is “connection plus heart equals A+ work”.
Embracing collaboration, I am able to create a highly productive, relaxed and creative environment. I excel in leading teams with ease by communicating effectively, on a universal level to complete any project within its defined scope, budget and schedule.
Strengths: collaborative problem solving, materials and furniture selection, event planning, web based marketing, public speaking, networking, prospecting and qualifying, client service, project management, retail sales, visual merchandising, administrative support, basic accounting, training team members.
Independent Contractor, Coloring My World, Chicago, 2009 – present
As an interior designer, I specialize in cost effective renovations that improve the value and function of a home. I offer space planning, lighting solutions, furniture & materials selection, accessorizing and color study solutions for clients and other interior designers. (Commercial design from 2005 – 2009).
Stylist | Visual Merchandising
My creativity is also an asset for several retail based clients. Since 2016, I have been working part-time as sales stylist and visual merchandiser for a women’s fashion boutique, La Colonna, Wilmette, IL; in prior years, 2010 - 2016 I worked part time seasonal at various retail establishments including, Crate & Barrel, while teaching.
Art & Interior Design Instruction
Teaching is my passion.
I lead a six week class that meets weekly, focusing on the fundamentals of interior design. My goal at is to provide an empowering, fun and informative class helping students with their own home's beauty and functionality. The class reviews how to conceptually start a project, draw a furniture layout to scale, and communicate using trade vocabulary. Participation includes short lectures, interactive discussion, handouts, web based learning and studio time. Field trips are offered to Merchandise Mart or local furniture store.
I am a natural presenter from instructing over 400 social art events for private and corporate clients from 2011-2016.
I was the lead facilitator of the Art Club, from 2014-2018, a program for adults with developmental disabilities at The Center for Independent Futures (CIF) in Evanston, IL. We organized quarterly visits to the Art Institute, which are open all members of the CIF community.
Northern Illinois University, B.A. Studio Art / Minor: Art History (1991 – 1995)
Harrington College of Design, A.S.S. (with additional courses) Interior Design (2002 – 2004)
Internship: Tom Stringer Inc., Residential Interiors, 2004
Apple, PC, Microsoft Office, Sage ACT/CRM, DataOne, Photoshop, Illustrator, Pages, AutoCAD, ICE Edge-3D software, Point of Sale (POS)
Web: iWeb, Squarespace, Canva
Social Media: Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIN
INTERIOR DESIGN, SALES & PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE:
Interior Designer, Ethan Allen, Skokie, IL, August 2018 - January 2019
Sold over $65,000 worth of furniture in the first two months by assisting walk-in showroom clients.
Created floor plans and color schemes for presentation; placed orders.
Sourcing Specialist | Design Assistant, M Design - Mary W. Nigh, Kenilworth, IL, since May 2018
Correspond with showrooms and vendors; provide fabric, furniture, accessories and lighting solutions.
Design Assistant, Faith Kiehart Design Inc., Chicago, since July 2017
Perform on-site visits for client collaboration, measuring and contractor coordination.
Correspond with vendors in person and online; shop the Merchandise Mart showrooms for fabric options, furniture and lighting.
Research options for products, compile specifications, provide designer pricing, track delivery schedule and style products on-site.
Showroom Sales Associate, Chicago Luxury Beds., Chicago
Gained hands on experience as a sales representative for MP & Associates. Dual focus on sales for two luxury furniture showrooms; represented imported hand made mattresses from England (Vi-Spring) and Sweden (Hastens) and trading desks from New York.
Emphasis on qualifying, product presentation, recommendation, order placement and service; Sold over $450K of product and accessories in first year, during a recession; Attended product training in New York, London and Stockholm.
Assisted in organizing marketing events for the Architecture and Design community.
Architectural Solutions Interior Designer | Project Manager, Henricksen Inc., Chicago
Hired full time for two years to design, project manage and provide technical support for a multi-million dollar modular sustainable wall (DIRTT) dealership; Clients included HSBC, Mettawa Headquarters, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, The Art Institute of Chicago.
Managed department of five designer's workloads and developed procedures to meet deadlines, while focused on clients’ environmental and aesthetic goals until department downsizing in 2009.
Professional Services | Design Project Manager, Desks Inc., Chicago
Hired full time after completing Interior Design course and recruited by DIRTT modular wall manufacturer to be the first designer/project manager in a dealership to manage $2.5 million of product and installation for the client, Exelon. Our team transformed 10 floors of offices using over 7,000 lineal feet of DIRTT sustainable walls. The project won LEED Platinum CI status – at the time the largest commercial office space in the world to achieve such a feat.
Responsible for design and specification of mainly, Knoll furniture projects for commercial clients. I was highly proficient in AutoCad and various specification software programs; worked successfully for two years, before recruited by competing DIRTT dealership in 2007.
Facilities Project Manager, Coolsavings.com Inc., Chicago
Responsible for coordination of general contractors, architects, movers, IT consultants and contract furniture dealers; worked closely with the landlord of a TIF modernization building project at Michigan and Wacker; reported directly to the CFO; Negotiated with vendors, including network, phone, office supplies and equipment and investigated cost saving initiatives for company.
Planned company-wide team building events for clients and employees.
Successfully managed office space build-out projects and relocation projects in multiple locations including San Francisco, New York and Chicago by organizing moving plans and communicating positively to all employees to achieve maximum productivity. However, the company downsized soon after projects were completed and in 2001, I was recruited to train as a contract furniture sales executive based on my facilities team experience.
Assistant to Vice President of Project Management, American Medical Design Corporation, Chicago
Hired full time for two years to assist VP with various administrative tasks, while communicating effectively with outside contractors, vendors, architects, legal counsel, city officials and consultants.
Developed a process to generate up-to-the-day project status reports in Excel to manage scope, schedules and budgets of $60 million and up for multiple healthcare facilities. Tracked building costs and maintained records for up to twelve separate projects for two executives
Creative Consultant, Kwai Fah Acupuncture Clinic, Edgewater, Chicago, since January 2019
Member of the Peterson Garden Project, 8 years, Chicago
Art Instructor, Centered for Independent Futures, Evanston, served 4 years
Teen Group Volunteer, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, served 2 years
Member, Women's Business Development Center, Chicago
HGTV Designer's Finals Volunteer, 2004, Chicago
Marketing Internship, 2003-2004: Real Estate Sales Assistant, Garrison Partners, Chicago
Volunteer, After School Matters / Gallery 37, Chicago
Raven Theatre Project Volunteer, Arts & Business Council, Chicago
Reading and Math Tutor, Career Works Academy Charter High School, Chicago
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1353 W. Granville
Chicago, IL 60660
Connection + heart
= A+ work.
IN ALL WAYS, ALWAYS.