With a graphic design background mixed with fine arts, I have a healthy sense of organization and creativity - a combination of tools that are necessary to interior design.
Redirecting my focus and career, with a desire to learn quickly and effectively, has enable me to become fluent in the industry. With management skills to interact with vendors, showrooms, and fabricators along with experience in managing my own time, I have been in charge of supervising installations and furniture fabrication. A quick learner in new work environments enables me to adjust and be productive by taking initiative on projects.
Since beginning my career in interior design I have had the pleasure of learning and working with great Los Angeles based designers on high-end residential projects, furniture design, and product development.
Cheryl Brantner Design Associates, Inc., Hollywood, CA, US, Freelance Designer
Interior design: Assisted with the organization and handling of high-end, out-of-state, residential project. Created floor plan and elevation sets for design implementation. Directly worked with vendors and showrooms on product / furniture design, development, and purchasing.
Mariah O'Brien Interiors, Los Angeles, CA, US, Freelance Designer
January 2012 - March 2012
October 2009 - August 2010
Interior design: Designed space layouts and furniture. Selected materials / finishes, managed installations, created concept boards. Assisted on high-end residential projects across Los Angeles.
Design Applied, Long Beach, CA, US, Freelance Designer
Interior design: Created residential concept boards, furniture specs, and color schemes. Assisted on Loma Linda University Medical Office (Redlands, CA): Field verification and CAD floor plans.
Graphic design: Marketing / company collateral.
Saavedra Design Studio, West Hollywood, CA, US, Freelance Designer
Interior design: Assisted on residential projects. Quality control for custom furniture. Spearheaded organizational methods for workflow of the office.
Product design: Brainstorming and development. Research and communications with vendors.
Graphic design: Logo / marketing elements; final outdoor signage design for client.
West Valley Christian School, West Hills, CA, US, Teacher
Taught Junior High and High school students; fine art and design. Advisor for three student lead organizations on campus.
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Design
Earned an Associate of Arts Degree: Interior Design. A year long program for students with an undergraduate degree already accomplished. An introduction to residential and commercial interior design, which included 3D Studio Max and a placement in FIDM's Chairing Styles. Chairing Styles is a special class, which I applied and was accepted, to participate with 9 other students to design and produce a piece of furniture.
Anderson University, Anderson, IN, US, Bachelors, Graphic Design
Earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree: Graphic Design. A four year program based on Bauhaus structure, which incorporated multidisciplinary courses with a specific focus on graphics. Exposed to many forms and methods of art including oil painting, photography, and letterpress.