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Natalie Zepeda

Natalie Zepeda

New York, NY, US

 

About 

Natalie Zepeda is a New York City native who grew up exposed to the world of the arts. At age fifteen, she moved to Los Angeles and completed her high school diploma while simultaneoulsy taking liberal arts college courses.

Natalie returned to New York in 2008 to pursue her passion for interior design. She attended the New York School of Interior Design where she discovered the influence and impact interior designers and architects have on the world around them. She then enrolled in the Interior Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, from which she obtained her BFA degree.

Affected directly by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Natalie began an interior design relief effort to restore the damaged homes of beachside residents in her neighborhood. This relief effort has since raised thousands of dollars in donations, and been mentioned in several articles in local newspapers and magazines. A “Good Day NY” segment featured an interview with Natalie about the project. This one relief effort has now expanded to include other volunteers and projects.

During the summer of 2014, Natalie travelled to Guatemala to join local efforts in builing “bottle schools” for the children of Chi Don Juan. These bottle structures are made mostly of recycled plastic bottles that the community there gathers themselves. This sustainable building method greatly helps reduce plastic waste, and raises awareness of the waste problems in developing countries- a cause Natalie deeply believes in.

In her free time, Natalie focuses on leading a healthy lifestyle and enjoys outdoor activities, running, water sports, and Bikram yoga. She also has a passion for the culinary arts and is always willing to try something new.

Employment 

Marks & Frantz LLC, New York, NY, US, Interior Designer

• Select fabrics, furniture, finishes, and equipment for client projects
• Working directly with vendors and workrooms
• Client meetings and presentations
• Project management- overseeing all aspects of projects including budgets and proposals
• Field surveys, space planning, and extensive space analysis
• Conduct site visits, monitor progress of projects, and work with general contractor
• Create CAD 2D drawings and 3D renderings for client review and approval
• Organization of office and manage office filing, invoicing, proposals, and ordering

Jan 2015 - current
 

Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, New York, NY, US, Paid Intern

• Maintain daily showroom appearance and design of space
• Assist clients on the showroom floor with sales representative
• Furniture selection for clients, detailed specs, and pricing options
• Create 2D and 3D drawings for custom pieces, furniture layouts/space planning as needed
• Support sales and office staff with office organization, filing, and sample library

Jun 2012 - Jan 2015
 

Education 

Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Sep 2011 - May 2015
 

Skills