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  •


Sherwin WilliamsSherwin-Williams
Color Adviser

Looking for design experience? Work for Sherwin-Williams as a Color Adviser! Advisers will help customers with color selection as well as coordinating custom palettes for customers that go with their fabric swatches, tile, counter tops, flooring, kitchen cabinets, and more! Advisers will also have promotion capabilities to become an In-Home Color Consultant. If your’e needing flexible hours to accommodate your school schedule, this is the job for you! All part time employees also receive holiday and vacation pay.

If you are interest, please contact Emily Hufford
Cell: 224-281-6168







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 <>



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





Job Posting

Family Flooring America
 We are a full service flooring company looking to fill a part-time sales position. The hours are perfect for a student, and as I’m sure you know, knowledge of color and design are very important. Our store is located in St. Charles. I would appreciate it if you would pass on this information to any of your students looking for a part-time job.
Thank you,
Ann Hill
Family Flooring America
“Where Friends Send Friends”
2015 Dean Street – Unit 1
Saint Charles, IL 60174
630-701-1500 p
6360-897-1190 f (PLEASE NOTE – NEW EMAIL!)

Students win ASID Design Charrette Competition


Allison Schutz and Sara Venecek recently earned  first place in a design charrette competition sponsored by the Illinois chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.  Their project in the Commercial Contract division focused on a menswear theme for a Hyatt Hotel guest suite.  To read more about their fabulous accomplishment, please click this link:

The Interior Design Department congratulates you!


COD Earns NKBA Accreditation

The National Kitchen and Bath Association has notified Jane Kielb, director of the Interior Design program, that COD has earned accreditation for another 7 years.  Jane and adjunct faculty members whose classes fall under the NKBA guidelines worked tirelessly this past fall to gather relevant lecture material, assignments, and student work to submit to NKBA for evaluation.  Congratulations to Jane and the Interior Design teaching staff!

Design Award Season is Upon Us!

This March, ASID will announce the winners of their annual Design Summit Awards for Students.  Shouts out to College of DuPage Interior Design students Sarah Grotto and Kelly Donnelly who placed second and third in last year’s competition.  Students were asked to submit 5 slides that represented a residential or commercial project they had completed.  Work was anonymous and competition was highly competitive.  Sarah Grotto earned second place with her retail project, goodnight baby, and Kelly Donnelly earned third place with Tip Toes, her innovative design for a women’s shoe store.  Both projects are on display.  The Interior Design department congratulates them on their outstanding work!

IIDA is still accepting projects for the 2016 RED (Recognizing Exemplary Design) Awards through Friday, February 19.  Here is the link with specifics:  ttps:// (1)sgrotto_ASIDboards2sgrotto_ASIDboards5010302

Materials Class Visits Merchandise Mart

A culminating event of the Environmental Materials class at the College of DuPage is a trip to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.  In December, we spent four hours touring showrooms and meeting with industry representatives.  The students gained insight into the business of interior design and came away with a better understanding of the role designers and design interns play in the process of creating the perfect commercial or residential space.  We saw custom wall coverings at Maya Romanoff, toured the newly remodeled Ann Sacks tile showroom, and learned about the fabric industry at Robert Allen.  We viewed Stickley furniture at Baker and more contemporary furniture and lighting selections at Holly Hunt.  At Benjamin Moore, the class reinforced their color theory knowledge with a presentation of paint under different types of lighting.  It was an excellent day to make contacts in the field and view many different types of materials.  Next trip:  April, 2016!