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LarKetia Spaulding, MA

LarKetia Spaulding, MA

Evansville, IN, US

 

About 

[lar·key·tuh]   |   – pn; multidisciplinary designer, educator & businesswoman

Elsewhere:

Employment 

The Home Depot, Evansville, IN, US, Kitchen & Bath Designer

+ Consulted, estimated and designed kitchen, bath and closet interiors for clients according to
NKBA standards utilizing in-stock and semi-custom brands such as Thomasville, Kraftmaid and
Martha Stewart while gaining invaluable knowledge of various countertop attributes such as
Dekton, laminate, granite, marble, quartz and solid surfaces
+ Provided personalized kitchen layouts, countertop design and 3D photorealistic renderings for
client review. Added finishing touches to designs with additions of backsplashes, flooring, lighting,
paint with decorative finishes and furnishings for projects.
+ Designed graphics/communication/printed materials for promotional use throughout the store for
various departments
+ Co-chaired ‘Do-It-Herself’ workshops hosted monthly with the aim
of teaching female shoppers to use materials and tools found throughout store to create home
accessories while driving sales

Oct 2013 - current
 

McDonald's Corporation, Oak Brook, IL, US, Restaurant Design Intern

+ Primarily responsible for the rendering and visualization of several new design concept packages
for the rebranding and elevating of customer experience standards for the McDonald’s brand
through interior and retail design, with twenty-one design concepts total
+ Space planned specified and alternative design concept packages into various restaurant
configurations
+ Streamlined all product specifications, including seating, lighting, graphics and an miscellaneous
of accessories for twenty-one brand new design options for 14,000 restaurants across the US into
one cohesive, easily navigable package
+ Responsible for the ordering, organizing and filing of design library samples, organization of
design library voluntarily and assembling of materials boards and packages for presentation

May 2012 - Aug 2012
 

CityLiving, Chicago, IL, Design Intern

+ Helped run the daily operations of a sole ownership interior design firm, custom furniture designer
and window shadings dealer
+ Responsible for the drafting and creating of highly detailed shop drawings for high-end custom
banquettes, booths, ottomans and various other custom upholstered furniture pieces
+ Assisted in selection of finishes & fabrics, contacted vendors as well as clients for product
specifications and to order samples for client selection
+ Created floor plans & photorealistic 3D computer renderings for client presentation and review
+ Assembled presentation boards for interior projects for client review
+ Conducted thorough research for latest design trends and forecast in custom seating and textile
applications

Jul 2011 - May 2012
 

Interior Image Group, Dyer, IN, Interior Design Intern

+ Interior design intern at a small interior design firm specializing in hospitality and healthcare
design, assisting senior designers and draftsmen
+ Heavily responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the materials library
+ Sourced/pulled materials, reordered samples along with other finish selection
+ Layed out and assembled presentation/concept boards for client review
+ Drafted floor plans of hospital settings and various hospitality environments
+ Helping create schematic designs and plans of projects, image editing and rendering for further
concept development

Oct 2011 - Dec 2011
 

JC Penney, Chicago, IL, Window Authority

+ Provided the highest level of customer service while assisting in selecting the perfect window
covering solutions and home accessories that fit individual needs, style and budgets.
+ Consistently met and exceeded weekly sales goals and additionally helped customers seeking
custom draperies, blinds and shades from top national brands including Hunter Douglas, Bali and
Levolor.
+ Additionally, was responsible for maintaining sales floor and the creation of new and exciting window
displays to drive sales

Jul 2008 - Aug 2011
 

Sofa Express, Evansville, IN, Showroom Design Intern

+ Worked primarily the Design Center— a resource center for various fabric swatches and wood
finishes for customizable furniture pieces + Filing of samples, specifications and sample guide
creations, competitive shopping/merchandise comparisons, inventory, arranging, straightening,
reordering swatches, organizing and various tasks around the store
+ Additionally, was solely tasked with creating various design vignettes throughout the entire showroom
including the use of furniture, soft furnishings, decorative accessories and lighting

Jul 2007 - Oct 2007
 

Education 

Harrington College of Design, Chicago, IL, Masters, Interior Design

Master of Arts in Interior Design
Harrington College of Design, Chicago, IL
Graduated: April 2013 [with High Honors - 3.67 GPA / Dean’s List]
*Nominated for Outstanding Thesis of the Year Award 2012-2013

May 2010 - May 2013
 

The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Chicago, IL, Bachelors, Interior Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
The Illinois Institute of Art–Chicago, Chicago, IL
Graduated: December 2007

Jul 2004 - Dec 2007
 

Awards 

Nomination for Outstanding Thesis 2013, Nomination

2013
 

Areas of Specialization 



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