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

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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!


IIDA students help out, and have fun at Designer Drinks 2015

On Thursday evening, July 16, a large group of students volunteered their time to support Interior Design legislation. Designer Drinks is a joint program of IIDA, ASID, and IIDC (Illinois Interior Design Coalition). All proceeds of the evening are used to fund ongoing efforts to pass legislation in Springfield which recognizes the professional abilities of Registered Interior Designers.

The hosts of the evening were four showrooms in the 325 N Wells building: Trendway, National, Kimball Office, and DIRTT. Over two dozen prizes were donated by manufacturers and businesses and were on display inside the four showrooms. The students did a great job selling the “sweepstakes” tickets, and a few of them even walked away with one of the prizes.

Volunteering to help at professional events is a great way for students to meet practicing designers and network for future opportunities. Plus -IT’S REALLY FUN!!!