Monthly Archives: April 2012

Job Search

My very last class is in 4 DAYS, I graduate in 13 DAYS and I’ve got to finish up my final project, write my commencement speech, and continue work in my internship.  I’m feeling a little crazed as all of this comes together but I couldn’t be more excited.


After I graduate I will continue to work for Lewis & Clark Outfitters  designing a brand new retail store that they are bring to the University of Arkansas campus.  It will be located right next to TCBY in the Garland parking garage.  I have been blessed to be involved with quite a bit of the process.  Things that I have done up to now and will do include but are not limited to:

  • Space Planning
  • Furniture, Fixture, and Finish Selections
  • Concept Ideation
  • Store “Theme” Design
  • Signage Design
  • Custom Fixture Design
  • Marketing Ideation
  • Merchandise Selection

I am very excited to get the store under construction in the next week.  All of the planning up to this point will start to come together and I cannot wait to see the finished project.  Keep up with my blog and I will start posting updates on that after graduation!

Commencement Speech

My commencement speech…Where should I start…No really.  Where should I start?  I have been awarded the Senior Scholar award which is given to the person with the highest GPA in the Fay Jones School of Architecture.  I knew that throughout my college career I worked incredibly hard to do my very best in everything that was put in front of me.  I did not however, think that I would end up with this award… I guess I assumed that everyone else was working just as hard as me and were at the same level as me.  In NO WAY did I think that I would have the highest grade point average.  I feel very blessed to have received this award and recognition for all of my hard work.  I am also overwhelmed by the idea of speaking in front of a hundred or more people, but I REALLY have to get on top of this.  My goal this week is to get it written so that I can become familiar with it by graduation.

My goals for my commencement speech are to make it:

  • Not too long
  • Not too short
  • Not boring
  • Funny in some way
  • Make sense 😉
  • Not ramble on and on

Basically, I just need to get started on this and I’ll update you all on my progress next week!

My mom and husband were able to come to the awards ceremony to see me receive my award.

Job Search

My blog post IS titled Job Search, so I should probably talk about that.  I have not spent a lot of time searching for a job just yet because I am working for Lewis and Clark currently on the retail design and will continue to work for them after graduation until the store is finished and open!  We are wanting the store to be open around June 1st and I will probably be with them until mid June early July.  Therefore, I have not worried myself with finding a job just yet because I won’t be able to start for a while.  I have been focused on one firm in particular, Harrison French, in Bentonville, Arkansas.  Many interior design students have graduated and gone on to work for this company.

I have done quite a bit of research the past few days just to start looking at my other options and to get my resume out to multiple firms.  I will probably start that process after graduation so that I can put more of my focus into it.  I have a large list of opportunities and I am excited for wherever my future takes me.  I am not worried about finding a job at this moment.  I know that I can always go back and work for my favorite boss at MACA Clothe (A REALLY cute women’s boutique in Fayetteville, Arkansas).  I absolutely love what I do and I have a serious passion for Interior Design, but I’ve got my whole life ahead of me to do that.  I will have my degree in 2 weeks and that is what matters to me!  I plan to take one day at a time and God will guide me where he wants me.

Keep up with me and I will continue to post about my life’s adventures!


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Final Presentation

Presentation Layout

I apologize for the crooked floor plans.  After I presented and had pulled the ceiling plans out from behind, the board came unpinned.

During Presentation

So happy to be done with not only my presentation, but the project as a whole!  I am very pleased with the way that it all turned out and I am so glad that I chose something that I am very passionate about to design.  I LOVE this project and I LOVE the final outcome!

Perspective Board Up Close

Video of Presentation:

Final presentation video

Thank you all for watching my process along the way and commenting with positive words and feedback!


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The Legacy Dance Academy: Final Product

Occupied Floors

Relationship Map to the Walton Arts Center

Floor and Ceiling Plans


Dance Studio


Retail Store

Viewing Lounge

Makeup Room

T.V. Room


It’s all in the Details


I couldn’t be happier with how the overall project turned out.  After uncountable sleepless nights and a lot of work, my senior project is done and ready for presentation.  I hope you all have enjoyed watching the project’s progress.  The images are produced using Autodesk Revit Architecture, Photoshop & InDesign.

I’m going to try and have someone film my presentation and I may be able to get that on here for you all to understand the process a little bit more in depth.

Thanks for following!


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Just a Tease

Here is a teaser image to hold you over until Monday which is when I upload all of my final images to be turned in!

I cannot believe that I am this close to finishing and that all of this hard work has almost come to an end.  I am very satisfied with what I have produced for the Legacy Dance Academy, and I hope that you all enjoy it as well.


Final Cafe/Lounge

I know you all have seen this image already, but I can’t give away all of the good stuff just yet!


Stay posted for Monday!

Thanks for reading.




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Practice Renderings

Dance Studio (11×17 Final)

This space represents what my facility is all about, therefore it will be one of two of my large perspectives in my presentation.  This is a practice rendering and draperies still have to be added.  The space will be much brighter after being rendered in the cloud and photoshopped.

Arrival/Reception (11×17 Final)

This space shows what you see when you enter the academy on the most public floor.  The final view will be slightly different, with sun shades added to the windows, base molding added to the walls and a soffit above the elevators with architectural lighting.  I am currently working on the view beyond this space and making sure it is illuminated enough to be visible and understood. This space is integral to the concept of the dance academy in that it communicates movement which enhances the main concept of unity.

Cafe/Lounge (8×10 Final)

This is the only space that has been sent to the cloud and photoshopped to be lightened up and to reflect the true materials and colors.  The only thing left to do to this space is to add people as scaled figures. Retail Store (8×10 Final)

Retail Store (8×10 Final)

This image is rendered only on draft to determine what time of day allowed the space to show up the best.  This gives you an idea of what is going on and objects will be inserted in using photoshop after it is rendered in the cloud.

Circulation Viewing Space (5×7 Final)

The circulation space will have tufted chartreuse seat cushions photoshopped in and will be lightened as well.

MakeUP Room (5×7 Final)

This image is not from the cloud, but has been sent but not photoshopped just yet.  The image will be lightened and accessories will be added using photoshop.

T.V. Room (5×7 Final)

This is a draft rendering of the space where the dancer’s guardians and family members can come and watch their practices through closed circuit cameras in the studios.  The image will be lightened in photoshop dramatically.  Check out that carpet pattern… it is from Shaw Contract Group.  I am happy with how it turned out.


Thank you for reading!  Leave feedback and let me know what you think 🙂



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