Kelly Lawlor

Kelly Lawlor

New York, NY, US

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Decor Aid, New York, NY, US, Senior Interior Designer

• Plans, designs and executes all aspects of scope for residential and restaurant projects from initial consultation to final installation.

• Responsible for finish, material and color selections, FF&E, textile selections and applications, furnishing, designing custom furniture & built-ins, space planning and programming while keeping on top of latest trends, styles and innovations.

• Outlines and communicates all deliverables to clients, vendors and contractors - Effectively managing between 8-15 projects simultaneously.

• Composes and develops presentations digitally, graphically and verbally for all stages of design process from initial client consultations and final design presentations using AutoCAD, Sketch-up, Adobe CS.

• Develops and composes CD’s, elevations and renderings for contractor and fabricator bids and coordinates execution of renovations.

• Frequently assisted with marketing materials, user interface design and development and graphic design for marketing department of D.A.

Oct 2015 - current

Nicole Fuller Interiors, New York, NY, US, Project Manager / Interior Designer

Project manager of both commercial and high-end residential clients in the Greater New York City Area
Manages and delegates to junior designer assistant and professional interns.

Oversees all aspects of project from developmental design phase, to custom presentations all the way through coordination with construction teams and installation.

Responsible for all communication between NFI and the clients, as well as with vendors and contractors.

Works first hand with Principal Designer, competently assisting with design concepts, material selections, presentation renderings, construction drawings and elevations, budget estimations and management.

Originated the graphic layouts for presentation boards, books and digital medium presentations.

Responsible for tracking budgets, invoicing clients, paying vendors and planning.

Works with furniture selections, both retail and custom, home / interior furnishings based on design scheme and client needs and expectations.

Piloted designs of bathrooms, kitchens and utility spaces for both commercial and residential spaces.

Teamed in design and execution of custom built-in furniture pieces, stand-alone furnishings and specialty wall finish treatments. This includes the design and build of non-load bearing walls and entryways.

Piloted space planning and lead execution of design for commercial show room for a high-end fashion designer from demolition to completion.

Daily execution of problem solving and creative solutions.

Oct 2014 - Oct 2015

Pulte Group, Inc., Fairfax, VA, US, Interior Designer I

- Designed interiors of model homes for Pulte Homes, Centex Homes and Del Webb communities, nationwide with full range of selections, including FF&E.

-In addition to successfully implementing the set design schemes used and crated by our team of designers, I also created multiple unique schemes that have been used in models over the last 4 years.

-Space planned dozens of floor plans, highlighting floor plan efficiency, proper egresses and best uses of space for the customer with a firm knowledge of AutoCAD.

-Presentations were designed per model showing the unique design of that house. I was also responsible for often presenting to the teams, receiving feedback and editing the design as needed.

-Designer of the presentation template, in PowerPoint, used for every presentation made by the department.

-Responsible for managing model merchandising budgets with a successful track record in remaining under budget.

-Traveled all over the country to “install” the models, often, multiple homes at once. In doing so, I oversaw the warehouse team, furniture placement, art placement and theming/merchandising. I also would be the primary contact between the division, warehouse, construction team and any onsite deliveries.

-Made “Interior Selections” for model homes including, but not limited to, hardwoods, carpet, granite, tile, etc. based on the products offered by that division in keeping with the design scheme selected for that home.

Jan 2010 - Feb 2014

SRA International, Inc., Fairfax, VA, US, Help Desk Specialist

-Based on the policies and procedures of The NPDB-HIPDB Data Bank sector of Health and Human Services, I identified and resolved issues communicated over the phone by customers.

-Communicated clearly and calmly, walking through step-by-step instructions to insure the customer’s question and/or problem was answered in full and that the policies in question were understood.

-Responsible for documenting each call with the identification of the caller, their question and/or problem and the resolution.

-Responsible for maintaining a schedule of onsite training to better understand the policies implemented by the Data Banks throughout the year.

Feb 2009 - Dec 2009

Little, Arlington, VA, US, Interior Design Internship

-Assisted Interior Designers and Architects with their projects, observing their methods and processes, while applying that to projects assigned to me.

-Conducted and presented research on the Millennial Generation, designing a workplace which best suits their work methods, intellectual and social needs.

- Learned REVIT skills, as well as hand rendering, space planning, field measurement assistance and materials library maintenance.

Jun 2007 - Aug 2007


Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

I was accepted to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in 2004. After a year of studying fine-arts and developing a portfolio, I applied to and was accepted into the Interior Design School, graduating in 2008. There, I studied commercial interior design under many wonderful professors who were each practicing architects, interior designers and artists. It was through this school that i was taught space planning, AutoCAD, hand rendering, abstract thinking, and also was given the opportunity to be apart of a summer internship with LITTLE. I was given a strong foundation in design and I grow from that those lessons each day as a designer.

Aug 2004 - May 2008


GALA 2010 Award Winner | Interior Merchandising Detached Home | 7,000 Sq. Ft. | Under $450K, 1st Place

In 2010, I designed three models for Pulte Group, Inc. in the Mid-Atlantic region that were nominated for the GALA. One of those models, the Pinewood at Stafford Lakes in Fredericksburg, VA, won for best Interior Merchandising in its size and price bracket.

*The Great American Living Awards program is a prestigious residential design, sales, and marketing competition in the metropolitan Washington area.


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