interior design

online design consultations


MELANIE G. FARRELL

mgfinteriors.com 

melanie@mgfinteriors.com

PROFILE

Since completing my Masters degree in 2009 I have held a variety of positions in the interior design, sales and building construction industries. During that time, I have also made several moves around the country as a military spouse and spent the last few years working primarily from home with my three young children. In 2013, I created an online design consultation business that allows me to work from anywhere with a variety of projects and clients. I have also maintained my position as a design consultant and client liaison with Gray Family Homes and have worked both on site and remotely on several of their luxury custom homes. I am relocating to the Atlanta area this Fall and am now looking to return to work full time in the design and/or construction field. I believe that my experience with the residential construction process and ability to coordinate between clients, contractors, architects and subcontractors gives me a unique perspective in this field.

EXPERIENCE
INTERIOR DESIGNER, MGF INTERIORS, MGFINTERIORS.COM — 2013-PRESENT

MGF Interiors is an online interior design consultation company. I am currently working primarily through Laurel and Wolf to offer online design consultations at any budget. I specialize in low budget designs and love the challenge of creating a great and functional look at an affordable price. I also work remotely as the sole virtual designer for Gray Family Homes and Aspen Leaf Construction based in Tampa, Florida and Behind the Curtains Design out of Dallas.


INTERIOR DESIGN CONSULTANT, GRAY FAMILY HOMES, ODESSA, FL- 2009- PRESENT

Gray Family Homes has been an award winning custom home business in the Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years. As their Interior Design Consultant I assist on every stage of design and construction of their luxury custom homes. I currently work remotely with each client to make each and every design selection from floor plan development to final finishes.


INTERIOR DESIGNER/SALES ASSOCIATE, FIREFLY LIGHTING AND DESIGN, RICHMOND HILL, GA — 2011-2013

As a sales associate and interior designer with Firefly Lighting, Flooring and Design my responsibilities varied daily depending on the vast array of projects I worked on in the Savannah, GA area. I collaborated on residential, multi-family, restaurant, hospitality, office, and retail projects ranging from new construction to remodel and even flood and fire damage restoration. My responsibilities ranged from individual sales to full project management and always involved balancing multiple projects at any given time.


INTERIOR DESIGNER/SALES ASSOCIATE, THOMASVILLE FURNITURE, SAVANNAH, GA - 2011

My time at Thomasville gave me a unique insight into the retail side of the design industry. I learned a great deal about furniture and accessories, and was exposed to many aspects of the design, manufacturing and distribution of the products as well. I also came to truly appreciate the importance of client relationships on both short and long term projects.

EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA — BACHELORS OF DESIGN IN INTERIOR DESIGN, 2008 

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA- MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP, 2009


SKILLS/ ACHIEVEMENTS/ AFFILIATIONS

COMPUTER SKILLS-
Adobe Products: Photoshop, In Design, Flash

Design/Architectural Programs- AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUP
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Power Point
MAC Programs- Numbers, Keynote, Pages
Social Media Marketing- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogspot, Pinterest, LinkedIN

Presentation Skills- Visual and verbal presentation experience, model construction, hand and computer rendering, display and computer presentations

PROJECT MANAGEMENT-

Oversaw the design and implementation of projects varying from small residential, large scale custom homes, and various commercial projects including retail, office, restaurants, bars, hospitality, healthcare and more.

Family Readiness Group Leader- As a military spouse I have taken an active role and more recently served as the leader of the FRG for the Army Company that my husband commanded. The FRG organizes family events, offers various forms of support and serves as the liaison between the Army and all family members within each Company.

NON-PROFIT WORK- MGF Interiors has allowed me the ability to assist in design projects for several Non-Profit Organizations and other deserving small businesses including the Orlando office for the American Lung Association, United Against Poverty, three offices for Achieve Pediatric Therapy, and Chef Buddy’s Deli.

Additional Design Related Skills Include- Logo Design, Website design, custom art work creation, hands on design implementation including basic wood working, painting, furniture refinishing, basic re-upholstery and sewing.

REFERENCES

- References available upon request, client testimonials also available on my website: 

- mgfinteriors.com 

or at
- laurelandwolf.com/interior-designers/melanie-farrell