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October 09, 2018

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Darlene Richards

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Ellenwood, GA 30294

Home 347. 260. 4638


Interior Design Consultant, 2010-

Met directly with buyers to select builder's options and upgrades

Helped educate buyer's knowledge on available products and design trends

Evaluated needs and create custom design solutions consistent with the buyer's preferences and budget

Researched special requests by obtaining information and verifying applicability with vendors & builder

Prepared all documentation needed to order selections

Created custom design selections for inventory homes within a predetermined budget

Develop room layout using computer generated floor plans.

Design presentation boards including swatches, rugs, wall art, floor plan and accessories.

Weekly report includes tracking orders through delivery to ensure client satisfaction.


Thomasville, Atlanta, GA

Designer, 2009 - 2010

Integrated findings and concepts and sketches design ideas

Directed and coordinated preparation of detailed drawings from sketches and fabrication of models and samples

Read publications, attended showings, and studied traditional, period, and contemporary design styles and motifs to obtain perspective and design concepts

Modified design to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, and changes in design trends

Evaluated design ideas for feasibility based on factors, such as appearance, function, serviceability, budget, production costs/methods, and market characteristics

Poggenpohl, Atlanta, GA

Kitchen Designer, 2008 - 2009

Formulated environmental plan to be practical, esthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity and selling merchandise

Estimated material requirements and costs, and presented design to client for approval

Rendered design ideas in form of paste ups and drawings

Conferred with client to determine factors affecting planning interior environments, such as budget, architectural preferences, and purpose and function

Advised client on interior design factors, such as space planning, layout and utilization of furnishings and equipment, and color coordination

Selected and designed and purchased appliances, countertops, and accessories

RCMS Group, Atlanta, GA

Project Lead, 2006 - 2008

Formulated commercial and residential conceptual design to meet customer requirements

Modified design to conform with customer specifications, production limitations, and changes in design trends

Presented design to customer and design committee for approval and discussed need for modification

Prepared detailed drawings, illustrations, artwork, and blueprints, using drawing instruments

Managed junior designers of up to five to ten in a team

Nelson, Atlanta, GA

Project Manager, 2006 - 2006

Consulted with engineers to discuss and interpret design concepts, and determine requirements of detailed working drawings

Located files relating to specified design projection data base library, loaded program into computer, and recorded completed job data

Reviewed work ordered and procedural manuals and conferred with vendors and design staff to resolve problems and modify design

Reviewed blueprints to determine customer requirements

Worked on as built and retro fit designs for hospitality, residential and restaurants

Signature Kitchen & Bath Interiors, Brooklyn, NY

Designer, 2000 - 2006

Layout and ordered cabinetry for clients ranging from low end to mid range

Upsale of cabinetry, appliances, tiles and accessories

Subcontracted fabrication, installation, and arrangement of flooring, fixtures, accessories, paint, wall coverings and furniture storage

MyHome Renovations, New York, NY

Showroom Manager/ Designer, 2004 - 2006

Layout and ordered cabinetry for clients ranging from mid range to high end

Collected deposit and payment and recorded credit charges

Planned and prepared work schedules and assigned employees to specific duties

Hired, trained, and evaluated personnel in sales

Coordinated sales promotion activities and prepared merchandise displays and advertising copy

Listened to and resolved sales employee complaints

Assisted sales staff in completing complicated and difficult sales

H&M, Queens, NY

Visual Merchandiser, 1999-2002

Proposing space and merchandising trails, modelling and monitoring expected outcomes and payback

Refining the approach to space planning across district stores

Working closely with the property team to propose space utilization, in fixtures for new stores

Working closely with others in the commercial team

Playing a key role in supporting future format development and trials

Dressed mannequins and made use of creative lighting for window displays


New York Institute of Technology, New York

B.A., Architecture, Jan. 2004


Proficient in design softwares such as ADT, AutoCAD, 20/20, Chief Architect, Cabinet Vision, Photo Shop and 3D Planning

Basic knowledge of Revit Architecture, 3D Viz, Sketch up and Navis Works

Experience with project management software (eProject) Buzzar, Microsoft programs and Excel

Fluent in Spanish

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