Friday, July 31, 2015

Reminiscin' my Summer Internship at Lounge Interiors

Today is the day, y'all. At 5 o'clock this afternoon, I will be officially done with my internship before beginning my senior year at USM.

My summer has been full of residential design and projects. Lounge Interiors had around twelve clients that they were working on when I started in May. Our major projects were Melanie Dobel's and Elizabeth Clark's home. I was able to select furniture pieces, fabric options, accent pillows, rugs, drapery trim and style, and order those items for the clients. I have gained so much knowledge and experience with custom drapery, accent pillows, and furniture. Haley, Elizabeth and Allison let me practice with estimates, invoices, and quoting custom items. They were very good at keeping me involved and explaining what and why they were doing what they were doing.

I've gotten to go to fabric rep meetings, client meetings, and professional meetings this summer with my co-workers. I also got the opportunity to meet and work with other Interior Designers in the Jackson area and get a feel for their style and personalities.

It has been so awesome and exciting to actually be in the design world and link what I have learned in school to real life projects and situations. I am so grateful to have worked with the amazing and talented ladies at Lounge Interiors this summer and can't wait to begin my senior year with the new experiences I have had.

So, to end my last day at Lounge Interiors, Haley is taking all of us out to eat at Bravo, a super yummy Italian restaurant for lunch to celebrate the end of summer. I'm so glad to be able to have these ladies as future mentors and resources when I am finishing my last year of school and in my future career.

Just so y'all can put a face to the names that I have kept mentioning all summer. :)

Here's all of us, Allison, who is adorably 31 weeks pregnant and graduated from Mississippi State (first on the left), Haley who owns Lounge Interiors and is the head designer (beside Allison), me and then Elizabeth who graduated from Southern Mississippi (right side). They have done an amazing job mentoring me this summer and teaching me as much as they possibly could. I have had such a wonderful and amazing experience here this summer; I'm honestly a little sad that it's all coming to an end.

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Loungin' Away My Last Week


Today is Thursday, leaving only one more day left of my internship at Lounge Interiors in Jackson. Despite our slower weeks this summer, we are finally starting to pick back up some business and new clients.

We got a brand new client last week; we are starting completely over with all new everything - new sofa, chairs, furniture pieces, drapery, and accessories. When we went out to tour the home, we measured the first phase of the project, which was the living room and foyer. Haley and I recorded the style and wants that the client wishes to have in her newly designed home. Since last week we have been working on selecting sofa and chair options, as well as fabric options for those pieces. Once she selects one that she likes, we will make that purchase order, and select pillow fabric for accent pillows, a coffee table, and side tables. The client is super excited about our ideas that we're coming up with and can't wait to see other selections we choose for her!

Other than working on our new client, we've still been working on Melanie Dobel and Elizabeth Clark. They have both been out of town for the past couple of weeks so work for them hasn't been too much or very steady.

I hate that my last week here is actually picking up on design work; but nevertheless, I am still going to keep up with Haley and their projects that I've been helping with, so I can see how the clients like it.

Tomorrow will be my last post for the summer..... Yes, I know; very sad. :( But I'm excited to get back to school and hear my classmates' experiences this summer!

See ya tomorrow! Happy Thursday!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Truckin' All Summer Long

Hey y'all!

I can't believe I only have 6 more days left of my internship at Lounge Interiors. I just wanted to brag about how well my fellow co-workers and boss have worked together this summer. In everything that they have done while I've been here, we have all made it a group effort and been apart of it every step of the way. Not only as a team we work together, but we include the client in these conversations as much as possible so they feel important and acknowledged. I have learned so much about team collaboration and working together. The Southern Miss Interior Design program has helped me so much already prior to my internship with team work but after this summer, I really have a feel for what it's going to be like in the design world once I get there.

From selecting a lamp shade, rugs, to selecting a whole furniture vignette, we have worked together to get the best solution possible for our clients. That is the most important thing. Collaboration really does benefit the client to the best extent possible and that's the goal for interior design. That has probably been one of my favorite thing about my internship at Lounge this summer. It really has opened my eyes and taught me more to prepare me for my future.

I'll only be posting three more times this summer; since my last day is a week from tomorrow. I am sad to see it coming to an end but ready to put this knowledge towards my senior projects.

See y'all tomorrow... keep on truckin'. It's almost Friday!

Friday, July 17, 2015

We Work Together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Hi y'all! It's FINALLY Friday!! 

Before the weekend arrives, I wanted to write a quick post on teamwork and collaboration. In the design field, working together and sharing thoughts and advice is critical. Having someone else's opinion about things opens our eyes to things we may have not even thought about. At Lounge Interiors, they do a fabulous job of working together with themselves and with our laborers. Just this week, Allison, Elizabeth and I worked all day long on Elizabeth's new client. We all got together in choosing furniture layouts, furniture pieces, pricing, estimating, searching for fabrics, and collaborating with the client. 

Every Monday when the work week begins, Haley comes in and we sit at the front and discuss what needs to be done for the week and anything that she may need to assist us with. On many occasions this summer, we have collaborated with our seamstress and upholster on current projects going on and receiving their input. Since there are some things that we can't answer for clients, it's very beneficial to be able to go to our laborers for further advice and knowledge. 

Ever since starting my internship, I have really started to appreciate and understand better why collaboration is so important in the design world. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Orders on Orders on Orders

Heyy y'all!

This week has been pretty busy! We have sold so many items off the floor because of our current 50% off sale; so the store is starting to look pretty empty. However, since we're selling all this furniture, that just means that we get to order new pieces and rearrange the store when it all arrives! Since we've had so many items purchased from the floor, this morning Elizabeth and I started going through our extra fabric from previous projects to use for new pillows. I got to help choose a new bed and chest of drawers to be bought for the floor. We also got some new, beautiful art pieces by our most admired artist, Suzanne Guild. 

The empty space where a custom bed once was - it was bought yesterday!

Extra fabric that we're going to use to make more pillows for the store. I'm loving the dots!

Beautiful pieces by the very talented Suzanne Guild!

Just a couple of things brought back from the work room ready to be installed for clients.

We have been working hard for Melanie Dobel this week - some of the pieces we ordered a couple of weeks ago have arrived and they will be sent out for install tomorrow; she is so excited! I found some floating wall shelves for Melanie's daughter's room that we need to send over; prices and set numbers included for her access. We did have some mishaps this week though. After sending and re-sending her custom drapery back to the seamstress, we finally came to a conclusion to just turn the panels into roman shade. We're going to add a fun, green, small patterned fabric to the lead edge to put some more color into her space. Also, she has decided to add seven extra feet to her back porch so now we are getting to select a whole set for new outdoor furniture. We are very excited about this!

Also, Elizabeth has been working with a new client this week with outdoor furniture. The client's name is Elizabeth Clark and has a new home with a beautiful back yard lake view. We have selected fabric for custom pillows and ottomans for her outdoor sun room. We selected two sofas and two small cubed ottomans to be placed in between the sofas. Clark loved the fabric selections and the ideas that we came up with so we have been working to get quotes from our seamstress. Once that's done, we get to order all the fabric and send it to the work room! 

Once we selected fabrics that Clark okayed, we started brainstorming. We decided to do the fun wavy pattern for the ottomans. The striped pattern is going to be some 22" accent pillows. We selected a gray fabric to use as a solid for the back pillows and we are going to use a solid, white speckled blue for a one inch flange and we're also adding a small white cording to the flange too; just to make it a little more custom.

Check back tomorrow for more updates on us here at Lounge!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Workin' for the Weekend

Happy Friday!!

This week has been about fabrics, pillows, and outdoor furniture. Summertime is the best opportunity to sell some outdoor decor and furniture pieces. We have been selecting chairs, sofas, rugs, and decor for Melanie Dobel's back patio. After searching through Dash and Albert, Worlds Away, J. Henry, and our other vendors, we finally came up with some selections for Dobel to review. This has been exciting for me to research; since outdoor items must hold up to the heat of Mississippi and the crazy weather that our summer afternoons bring.

It's been so much fun working on Melanie's home and she is loving every inch of it so far! We can't wait to show her what we selected for her patio. I'll be sure to include some pictures next week so y'all can check it out too!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Workin' on Dobel

Hello all!

So, we've been slowing down here at Lounge. Work and jobs have been dwindling with everyone on vacation and away at the beach. However, our biggest client right now, Melanie Dobel, has just ordered a ton more for her home in Madison. Elizabeth and I went out to her house today to do a couple of things for her. We took 6 carpet tiles that are in her small office off her kitchen; it was a more reasonable price then buying an expensive rug to put in a room that many people won't even go in. We had to measure them out and place them, and trim them with a box cutter accordingly. After finally getting the perfect fit, it looks so great and the client is so happy!

After that, we placed her two euros and lumbar pillow for the guest room that finally came in from the workroom; and they were absolutely fabulous. The lumbar pillow was the fabric that I selected a few weeks ago for Melanie and she loved it! Also, Elizabeth and I measured to see how much space we had to put a night stand in the same room and left Melanie printed out selections for her to choose from.

Lastly, we finally moved on to the last tasks: measuring for a dining room rug and seat cushions for her table in the kitchen. To be sure that the rug Melanie wanted under the table wasn't going to compete with the cowhide rug close by, we measured to see what size would fit best.

Hopefully as July comes closer to an end, more people will be coming in for jobs; before my internship here is complete. Check back tomorrow for one more post before the weekend hits. 

Hope y'all's Thursday was as fabulous as mine has been!