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

Well,

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!