We are in full gear here at the Vivid Headquarters getting ready for furniture market while still keeping the shop in ship-shape form and managing our wonderful clients. It takes a lot of arms juggling all the balls that we have in the air and we are so very fortunate to have 5 very impressive sets of arms belonging to our fantastic intern team. We’ll be running a special feature on the blog with a little Q and A our interns.
Today’s Intern Spotlight is Alexandria, aka Dria.
1. Tell us a little about yourself. (Name, school, program you’re studying, where you’re from.)
My name is Alexandria Reams and I am originally from Durham, North Carolina. I attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where I am studying Interior Architecture.
2. What made you interested in interior design?
I always knew that I wanted to pursue some type of creative field as a career. Growing up, I was definitely that artsy child who drew and painted all the time. My father is the ultimate handy man and has built decks and porches from scratch, which inspired me to get involved in a similar field. I love that interior design gives me the opportunity to express myself because it allows others to really get to know me from a different perspective.
3. Who are some of your design icons?
My number one design icon is Candice Olson. I have always loved her and I loved watching her show on HGTV Divine Design. I just admire how she can transform rooms into cool contemporary spaces. It just seems as though she does everything with ease and elegance, which is what I aspire to do some day.
Another design icon that I adore is David Bromstad. I also enjoyed watching his show on HGTV Color Splash. His design style is astonishing and bold. When looking at his creations your eye is continuously moving because everything within that space is interesting, you’ll never be bored by what he does and I love that!
4. Describe your design aesthetic.
I think that my design aesthetic can be described in three simple words: Contemporary, Colorful, and Chic. I love clean lines and simple but appealing design strategies. I love to incorporate pops of color to liven up a space and give it some character. I also love those things that make a space go from good to amazing, in whatever way possible. I think that a combination of these aesthetics is what my design style mainly consist of.
5. What do you do at Vivid Interiors?
At Vivid Interiors, my primary role is to participate in whatever activities my mentor see fit for me. That could range from doing anything necessary to make their lives easier. Since being here I have been to client meetings, installations, and manufacturer stores. I have helped revamp the retail office space and taken photos of furniture and paintings for advertisement purposes. I have been on scavenger hunts in search of local talent from artists in the downtown Greensboro area. I have assisted in ordering and finding products and material samples for client projects. Along with these activities, I have also had the opportunity to use the techniques from school through drafting AutoCAD files and creating renderings for Vivid Interiors.
6. What do you like best about interning at Vivid?
The best thing about interning at Vivid is that there is a strong personal connection aside from the business. I love that they genuinely care about their interns and want nothing but the best for us. They ask about our day and how school is going too. Even though they are like “bosses” to us they don’t try to undermine us and they encourage our participation in the projects that they do.
7. Who are your favorite musicians?
I love music so it’s kind of hard for me to narrow that choice down, but my top two would probably have to be Chris Brown and Beyoncé.
8. Favorite drink?
My favorite drink is an Arnold Palmer.
9. What is your sign?
10. If you could invite anyone to dinner (living or dead) who would it be?
I would invite my Grandpa Mason to dinner. He is my mother’s father and I always hear so many stories about how loving and cool he was. He unfortunately passed away when I was like 2. I would just love to have the opportunity to spend some quality time with him and really get to build a lasting bond with him.
11. Tell us three words that describe you.
Three words that best describe me are: Strong, Goofy, and Dedicated. I have a very strong personality that some may find intimidating but to me it just represents the confidence that I have. I am extremely goofy around my friends and family. I love laughing and just being silly overall. Lastly, I am dedicated like no other. When I start something, I have to finish it regardless of the obstacles that may get in my way. When I want something bad enough, I will continually strive for that until it is obtained.
12. What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, my plans are to start a lasting career in the interior design field. I hope to either work under a firm or any company that has a strong presence in the hospitality design field. This is where my passion is and I would love to gain knowledge/experience from a company that focuses on this. As a practical plan, I will probably look for employment in the Raleigh/Durham Area, but my hopes are to be in Virginia because I know that they have many design firms that focus on hospitality design.