Susannah 'Shae' Reyna

Susannah "Shae" Reyna

Long Beach, CA, US

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I live and breathe the energy that is Southern California. From the wonderous coastal views to the sights and sounds of the city, Los Angeles has an aesthetic all its own. I have been trained at the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach, CA, where a casual luxury permeates the air and interned at Hirsch/Bedner Associates hospitality design firm in Santa Monica where a more formal, international opulence takes shape. Since then, I've staged magnificent homes for the high-end real estate market, designed/installed model homes 2-4 at a time, and created plans for luxury custom homes. It has all taught me that design is nothing without getting your hands dirty, thinking outside of the box, and deadlines matter!

I am currently seeking employment opportunities in the Los Angeles/Long Beach/Orange County areas at an exciting design firm where I can create some amazing work.

Along with my professional work portfolio, my student work can be viewed at


Model Design, Inc, San Pedro, Interior Designer

- Create a complete set of Interior Design plans using ArchiCad, including elevating walls from architect’s plans, dimensioning, labeling floor plans and cross referencing with elevations and specification book
- Conceptualize elevations with Photoshop by adding colors, textures, & materials
- Develop design concepts and source furniture, fabric, lighting, bedding & accessories using wholesale sources while adhering to budget & design expectations
- Supervise installations from art hanging to complete luxury home installations, including foresight into future moving concerns, as well as dealing with unexpected on-site issues
-Experience using Studio Designer Webware to create orders & invoices and input clients, vendors, & inventory items.

May 2016 - current

Chameleon Design, Costa Mesa, CA, US, Design Assistant

- Support the Project Manager through the various stages of the model home design process, including creating unique overall styles and color concepts for an average of 3-4 houses per project
- Assist in sourcing materials from various Design Centers and provide Specifications package to builder
- Create furniture packages using wholesale sources & shop for bedding and accessories
- Utilize Excel to manage budget sheets and track spending on various budget categories
- Create and maintain floor plans and binders for furniture, art, and accessories
- Travel and work on site for final installations of multiple houses which includes working alongside an installation company, placing items according to plans, and handling last minute changes or issues
- Communicate with vendors, Superintendent, and subcontractors as needed, as well as run errands in the company work van

Mar 2014 - current

Yonada 26 Corp, Los Angeles, CA, US, Creative Coordinator

-Categorize store merchandise and create Excel spreadsheets to correspond with photo files
-Design the look and style of the store brand for web, print, and photo shoots & strategize social media presence
-Create logos and graphics in Photoshop for various web platforms, ads, promotions, & social media sites

Jul 2013 - Mar 2014

Interiors Within Reach, Laguna Beach, CA, US, Design Assistant

-Assists Head Designer in staging homes for preparation of sale by assessing property, taking appropriate measurements, space planning, and selecting appropriate furnishings, case goods, linens, artwork, and accessories.
-Supports the moving team by designating chosen pieces, directing placement of pieces, and moving smaller items as needed to complete the relocation process in a timely and organized manner
-Makes on-site design decisions such as placement and hanging of artwork, choosing coordinating patterns and textures of fabrics, and maintaining appropriate proportions of furniture and accessories

Jul 2010 - Jul 2012

Lusive Decor, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Assistant/Intern

-Provides support to project managers by selecting and sending fabric and finish samples for approval, and placing orders with vendors or manufacturers.
-Organizes project binders by filing necessary paperwork in current binders and in computer database, archiving completed project binders, and filing estimates.
-Aides the sales and marketing team by updating company website, re-compiling company catalog, and creating and sending out the monthly newsletter.
-Approximately 160 hours

May 2011 - Jun 2012

EXPRESS, Inc., Brea, CA, US, Sales Associate

-Provides a positive customer experience by offering assistance, ensuring product is on the floor & sized appropriately, and ensuring efficient cash wrap experience.
-Assists with floor set visual merchandising, display of promotion campaign materials, and presentation of garments.
-Works to reach daily sales goals by utilizing the store’s proven selling approach and offering appropriate suggestions.

Oct 2011 - Feb 2012

HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates, Santa Monica, CA, US, Design Intern

-Translates free-hand sketches of custom work into AutoCAD drawings
-Utilizes Photoshop to manipulate images for use in various media
-Assembles and mounts images and samples onto presentation boards
-Communicates with current and potential vendors
-Edits red-lined construction documents on AutoCAD
-Performs various edits on final phases of the Wynn Macao
-Approximately 360 hours

Jan 2009 - May 2011

Tutor USA, Fullerton, CA, US, One-to-One Teacher

-Conducts weekly one-to-one reading, math, and writing lessons with students
-Monitors students' progress by following state standards
-Files, schedules appointments, and copies records and materials on a daily basis
-Designs several original educational workbooks to fulfill the needs of the company

Nov 2003 - Apr 2011


Interior Designers Institute, Newport Beach, CA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Studies in classical hand-drafting, latest versions of AutoCAD, quick perspective drawing & marker rendering, spaceplanning, history of architecture, textiles, color theory, lighting specifications, and business principles.
Further studies in studio classes: Design Theory, Residential Design, Commercial Design, Institutional Design, and Senior Thesis mixed-use project.

-IDI rated #7 in Top 100 Interior Design schools in the U.S
-Accredited College, Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology

Jan 2003 - Jul 2009

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