Week-end Update for Downtown Shabby


If anyone is interested in joining the staging team for the Downtown Shabby house in Evanston on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, please email me ASAP. THAT’S TOMORROW!

I just found out about it last night and said I’d put up a blog post to see if we have any volunteers. They are looking for one or two people. I can connect you with the designer and give you other information if you want to help.

There is no information as yet on the second house in LaGrange.



Never a dull moment in TV Land


The Wrigleyville house won’t be ready until Monday. That means that Friday, Saturday, or Sunday volunteers won’t be needed (SORRY!!!)

But anyone who would like to work on Monday, starting about 12:00 noon, can email me ASAP. The designer tells me that this is a much larger house than the first LaGrange house, so they will probably need a crew on Tuesday as well – starting earlier in the day.

So let me know about either day. Once I have the spots filled, I’ll post a quick update here. And if you volunteer, I’ll try to respond right away to let you know you are on the team.

I have no idea where that leaves us for any of the other houses either. There are just too many things that  effect the plans and schedules. I have my list of volunteers for any dates that stay on the schedule that was initially given to me – you’ll be the first ones on the list for those.

If you can be flexible and are available on any of the re-scheduled dates, that’s great too. The ladies on the first house had an unforgettable, fabulous experience. So hang in there with me – it will be worth it.🙂





I haven’t forgotten about you!!! I have your emails. Your names are on a spreadsheet for me to contact as soon as I can move forward.  But…..

Things are just in flux… will the house be ready, will the furniture be delivered as planned, will the staging still go as planned???

The first house in LaGrange only ended up being a one-day project for 2 students. But that was a small project. The rest will be more substantial – and need larger teams for more days. But I still don’t have the final details for the next house scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Chicago – Wrigleyville.

I’ve had a lot of volunteers, so you may not be able to do multiple days. We’d like to include everyone who wants to help with the projects. Or the day you requested may already be full. But I’ll do my best.

Be sure to watch your email for information to confirm that you are on a team. It will include the address of the house and contact information for other members of your team and the on-site designer.

–> If you receive the email, be sure to confirm with me that you can go. If I don’t hear back from you, I may have to offer the spot to another student.

If anyone is able to go help with the Evanston house, please email me and let me know. That one is far from COD so I only had a few volunteers. It is tentatively scheduled for October 11 & 12.

Kitchen & Bath Position Opening


The Kitchen Master in Naperville, is expanding and seeking an interior design intern or entry level designer. This will be a full-time position and is available now. It is a great long-term design position with an established and well-reviewed firm.

Send an email inquiry with resume (and portfolio link, if possible) to the owner Ted F. Kawczynski  at  Ted@thekitchenmaster.com     


600 Industrial Drive

Naperville Illinois 60563

630 369 0500

Want to work on a TV design Show? Frank Fontana is looking for volunteers…

frank-fontana-netFrank Fontana, known best for his HGTV series Design on a Dime, is working on a new show here in Chicago, “Downtown Shabby”. And he is looking for volunteers to help stage the houses for filming and the reveal. This is a great opportunity to be part of a fun project and see a design show come together from behind the scenes. Click on the image above to go to Frank’s website and see a trailer for the show.downtown-shabby

I know these dates are just around the corner and I am still getting the details. If you are available on one (or more) of the dates and would like to be part of the team, SEND ME AN EMAIL at kielbj@cod.edu and let me know the dates you want to volunteer for.

I’ll get back to you to confirm that you will be working that day, details like the address and contact info, and the other students/faculty working with you that day.

House #1 – LaGrange
  Tuesday 10/4
  Wednesday 10/5
  (Thursday 10/6) ⇐ team already full                                                      

House #2 Chicago / Wrigleyville

  Friday 10/7

  Saturday 10/8

  Sunday 10/9

House 3# Evanston

  Tuesday 10/11

  Wednesday 10/12

  Thursday 10/13

House #4 Chicago /Ukrainian Village

  Friday 10/14

  Saturday 10/15

  Sunday 10/16

House #5 LaGrange

  Tuesday 10/18

  Wednesday 10/19

  Thursday 10/20



Coalesse internship

coalessecoalesse website

(Coalesse is one of the Steelcase brands)

2016 Coalesse Intern Position: Chicago Resource Manager

We are seeking an enthusiastic person(s) who is highly motivated to learn and grow within the contract design community. We are looking for someone with a positive outlook who is comfortable interacting with people in a professional manner. Candidate must be detailed and responsible. Prior experience in service or design industry is favored. The candidate must be enrolled in college and engaged in design-related study and meet the requirements of the Steelcase Internship Program.

We are seeking a candidate to fulfill a full time position in our showroom, roughly 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. We will, however, consider candidates who cannot make a full time commitment after reviewing the circumstances. (Part time class load, etc.)

The position is largely administrative; managing the daily operations of our Chicago showroom including reception and hospitality.  Managing our finish sample, literature and furniture sample programs is another key aspect of this role.

We want our Intern to become part of our Coalesse team and to help him or her learn about the contract design industry and make valuable contacts in Chicago. This role is a customer facing position and will give the Intern personal connections to professional designers and end users. There are many opportunities for the Intern to gain specifying, layout and drawing experience (CAD, SketchUp Revit), including finish selection and experience with RFP’s and Bid specifications.

Interested persons should please contact and/or email his or her resume to Michelle Riley.



More Job Postings for Fall

HovnanianPart Time Design Consultant Position in Manhattan Illinois

K. Hovnanian Homes is looking for a PT Design Consultant for their Sales Office in Manhattan, IL.

The Design Consultant will assist buyers through the decorator selection process. This includes: maintain and maximize decorator selection sales, maintain customer satisfaction, completely and accurately finalize all buyer selections and research and answer customer questions. Submit custom requests and follow up with estimates to the customer. Process selections complete with custom change orders and sketches. Finalize decorator selection with purchasers to enable construction to apply for building permit and finish home per customer requests. Prepare final home release package.

Self-motivated, good computer skills and able to read blue prints. Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings. Prior experience in new home sales and marketing preferred.

Candidate must be committed to maintaining a high level of ethics and integrity in all dealings. A proven track record of success in building effective relationships, establishing rapport and practicing attentive listening is a must. This individual must proactively face challenges and handle all situations with perseverance and patience. Being committed to providing customers with excellent services and products is required. The capacity for creating focus and exceeding goals successfully are necessities for this position.

Letty Gonzales
Office Services Manager & Executive Asst. to Andrew Konovodoff, Division President
K. Hovnanian Homes
1804 N. Naper Blvd., Suite 200
Naperville, IL 60563
T 630-210-8884  •  F 630-946-6629
lgonzales@khov.com  •  khov.com/Chicago

Job Openings for Fall

A few job openings came in over this past month while I was away. I’m not sure whether the positions are still open, but it would be worth following up if you are interested in any of them.

1. Wild Plum Interiors & Staging

Local Interior Designer, about to launch a Home Staging business, is looking to have several design assistants. It is an exciting field helping Home Owners maximize their return on investment when selling their home. Staging takes 2 people, as there is usually furniture to be moved as well as styling of the home to be done.

The business is based out of Downers Grove, and expects to have clients throughout the western suburbs. It would be very valuable for any student to be involved in the process of staging a home.

This is a payed position, and transportation is necessary to get to the job site.

Wild Plum PhotoWild Plum Interiors



Jennifer Horvath: 630-452-6045

email: Jen Comcast <doodle26@comcast.net>




2. Lifestyle Design

Geneva Design Studio is growing like crazy and needs an intern, or part-time student assistant
(20 ours per week.) with fabulous technical CAD/rendering skills. It is also a paid position, salary dependent upon skills/qualifications.

Lifestyle Design

Bobbi Alderfer & Lori Koontz