This summer has been one for the books! Not only did we welcome a new interior designer to our team, but we also added an interior design and marketing intern. In anticipation of summer’s end and school beginning, we wanted to finally share her story and experience at Emily’s Interiors.

Kassie is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and a minor in Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. She began her internship this June, diving into the world of interior design and social media marketing for the first time as a rising college sophomore. Since starting at Emily’s, she has continued to show her passion for design and driven spirit as she embarks on her exciting journey.

Here are a few things about Kassie and her experience that have helped pave a path for her future ahead.  

How Did College Prepare You For This Internship?

“Freshman year of college taught me a lot about having a solid work ethic. For a long time, I knew I wanted to be a designer despite not having the rendering skills or any drawing abilities whatsoever. I graduated high school from the Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough, MA, which as the name implies, could not be more different from art and design. My world and education changed completely at SCAD. Instead of typical general education classes, my schedule consisted of 2.5 or 5.5 hour drawing and design studios. Ten tutoring appointments later, I survived freshman year and made Dean’s list every quarter. The moral of my story: I learned to never give up on my dream and that any art or design field is almost always subjective to the person you are designing for. Understanding who you are designing for and for what purpose is the recipe for success.”     

One of Kassie’s Final Projects – She scaled & drew this piece!

What are some of the things you have learned since working at Emily’s interiors?

“One of the first things I learned was how to render spaces in 3D in Chief Architect. Each day, I learn more about what the program can do, and it’s very fulfilling to have come into my internship without any rendering experience and leave with more knowledge than I imagined. I also learned the process of selections across multiple client projects. When it comes to material selections for a design, there is no substitute for being present and delivering the best guidance to align with the client’s vision/style.”

What Did You Enjoy Most About Your Internship?

“Overall, having the opportunity to experience different trades that go into making a company successful, is invaluable. I was able to explore my passion for photography, research and learn how and where to market for the best results, and assist in various design projects from start to finish, across each trade. I am thankful to have learned as much as I did.”  

Has Your Internship Prepared You for Sophomore Year and Beyond?

“I would say that interning at Emily’s Interiors answered a lot of questions I never knew I had about interior design and the design/build process. I’m definitely more prepared to be inquisitive and transparent as I continue my learning both in and out of school. As for 3D rendering, I’m always improving and can’t wait for more training videos as I explore different programs this upcoming year.”

Interested in an internship with Emily’s Interiors? Contact us today! Also, be sure to follow along on our blog and social media channels including Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to learn more about our team and new upcoming design services!

You asked, we are here to answer! Lead Designer, Mike pulled together some frequently asked questions from clients. Have a question we missed? Let us know! We are happy to share all the facts about Emily’s Interiors, Interior Design services, cabinetry sales and more.

The Emily’s Interiors Team

Question: Do I need to hire a licensed architect for my remodel?

Answer: In most cases, no. At Emily’s interiors, we can self-perform the drawings needed to complete many remodeling projects, big or small. We have the capability in house to do any and all drawings required for additions, new construction, and renovations including kitchen, bath, and basement remodeling projects. That’s not to say we aren’t open to collaborating with architects if needed, we have been a part of many successful collaborations with local architects on projects as well.  The best advice I can give is to meet with the builder first, to decide whether bringing an architect on board will be necessary for your particular project.

Question: I’m a homeowner looking to re-do my kitchen. I know you sell kitchen cabinetry along with design services related to the cabinetry, can you please tell me a little more about your process and how it sets you apart from other companies?

Answer: We always take the time to design the entire space where the cabinets will be installed in 3D. With our 3D design software, we can accurately show what the room will look like once the cabinetry is installed, complete with your existing décor, colors, and finishes. We also take the time to draw out all of the cabinetry schematically, with our detailed cabinetry engineering drawings. These drawings really get into every single detail of every cabinet, and are invaluable to the installers that are putting everything in place. We try to answer all of the potential questions during the design process so that it minimizes questions or issues during the installation.

Question: I’m a Builder/Remodeler, can I buy cabinets from you? How can Emily’s Interiors help me?

Answer: Absolutely, you can purchase cabinets and building materials directly from us. We offer a discount program on cabinets and building materials for industry professionals. Additionally, we’d be happy to help you with our design services as well. Using the 3D designs and 2D schematic drawings described previously, we can help you walk your clients through the design process and help you help your customers bring their visions to life! We also have on staff interior designers, who can help you and your clients with material selections, colors, furniture, and décor.

Question: What do you sell besides cabinetry?

Answer: In addition to cabinetry, we sell prefinished hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring, and cabinet hardware. We can also help out with selections through our preferred vendors for tile, stone, plumbing fixtures, appliances, etc.

Lexi at The Queen’s Cups in Worcester, MA

We are so excited to add another interior designer to our team this summer and share her story with you!

Lexi is the newest addition to our Design Team with a unique skillset of her own. From a young age, Lexi was an avid designer, and when it came to college, she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology before pursuing her certification in interior design at Mass Bay community college. With all her facets, Lexi excels at Emily’s through her humble connection to clients and understanding both their styles and intended home vibes.

Here are a few things about Lexi that describe her design journey and her destinations for great design deals.

What inspired you to become an interior designer?

“My love for design started when I was a young girl. I was constantly rearranging furniture in my bedroom and even my parents living room. For me, it was all about seeing a vision come to life and conveying a mood. It was about seeing that first piece that inspired a whole design and finding more pieces to complete the look. I don’t have a singular inspiration, but I think that design starts with seeing something you fall in love with and fostering that feeling throughout selections.”   

How would you describe your design style?

“I would consider my personal style to be coastal farmhouse/rustic farmhouse. My goal in life is to be cozy at all times, and to me, those styles resonate the most and feel the most inviting. I want to design my own home to reflect comfort with lots of blankets and an overall welcoming appeal to family and friends when they visit.

When designing for a client, I love when our styles are similar, but ultimately, the goal is to help them choose the best selections for their personal style. If a client loves a neutral palette or has a certain style in mind, I’m very open and receptive to what they envision for their space. I love seeing great designs come together, whether they are coastal farmhouse or modern chic.”

Where are your favorite places to shop when trying to save money on furnishings?

“Outlet stores and your local HomeGoods, TJMaxx, HomeSense, are great places to save money. Personally, Crompton Collective has consistently been one of my favorite places to shop. I always encourage visiting local antique shops because you never know what you’ll find, and they tend to have great buys! I like to incorporate new pieces and pair them with antiques like candle holders or unique lighting fixtures to create emphasis and personality in a space.

I would also say that Target and Walmart have really improved their furniture and décor selections and have become a great place to shop on a budget. I’m a bargain shopper myself, and I don’t think that design/décor has to be expensive to look good.”

What do you enjoy most about being a designer?

“I love seeing a room come together and seeing the homeowner’s reaction to the design and décor we chose. It’s really fulfilling to see all the pieces in the space. There’s such a big difference between seeing a rendering on a screen and actually experiencing and being able to interact with the design in real life. It brings a tangible aspect to the design you just can’t get from 3D.

The whole experience of being a designer, from start to finish, is something incredible. In every part of the process I’m doing something I love, whether it’s shopping, interacting with clients, or revealing the space, they’re all things I enjoy about being a designer.”

Do you have any tips for designing on a budget?

“Have a budget in mind and know whether or not the budget is fixed or if there is room to splurge. There are going to be staple items you want to spend more on like a couch or a rug, but there are other pieces such as side lamps where you can save money and make up for spending more on bigger items.”

Any advice for getting into the field?

“Get certified! Interior design is a difficult field to get into, and I’m thankful for meeting Erica at Mass Bay, as she introduced me to Emily’s Interiors, and here I am now four years later, pursuing my dream job. There is so much that goes into interior design, it isn’t just about matching colors. You want to be able to give your clients the best design possible. In my time at Emily’s so far, Mike and Erica have been books of knowledge, and I’m so grateful to be able to learn from them. They’ve helped me grown into the designer I am now.”

Be sure to follow along on our blog and social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn & Instagram) to learn more about Lexi and to see some of her latest Interior Design Projects! You can also find Lexi on Confessions of a Design-aholic, blogging more of her designer experiences!