Interior Design Focusing on the Heart of a Home

By: Abby Shaffer Filed under: Interior Design

December 12, 2017

When designing or remodeling, what should you focus on? What do you feel is the most important room in a house? “Buyers tend to focus most on two rooms in the house—the kitchen and bathrooms,” says Craig Fletchall of F.C. Tucker Meridian North Office. “The kitchen is the most important part of the house, so when you decide to upgrade your kitchen it will instantly improve your home's value. The master bath is a big selling point for many buyers. Upgrading or sprucing up your master bathroom will help increase a home’s value."

Mia Farrell with an Interior Design student

The Art Institute of Indianapolis' new adjunct instructor, Mia Farrell, agrees. She teaches the Kitchen & Bath class for the Interior Design Bachelor of Science program. Not only does she teach it, she works in the industry, specializing in kitchen and bath. And she is a graduate of the Interior Design (BS) program at The Art Institute of Indianapolis. “I had such a great experience with the instructors here, who I still am in contact with professionally, and would like to pay it forward with my students.”

Kitchen Design by Mia Farrell   

While she teaches the importance of kitchen and bath, Farrell designs them for her husband’s company called Nailed It Remolding. “It is one thing to work on a project in a classroom you really like, but another to work with a client and their preferences. I am able to share my experiences so students are ready for a designer job.” The importance of real-world experience is something The Art Institute of Indianapolis brings to every program.

Prior to working at Nailed It Remodeling, Farrell was a designer at California Closets. The job started as her internship and turned into a full-time job where she opened a showroom and trained other designers in Cincinnati. Upon her return to Indianapolis, Farrell realized she didn’t want to be pigeon holed into storage. She found an opportunity with a previous Art Institutes instructor, premiere Indianapolis designer Michelle Boggs, at MB Designs as her Design Assistant. “It was an amazing experience working on the high-end, high-profile jobs with MB Designs.”

Kitchen Design by Mia Farrell

Farrell is now a designer herself for Nailed It Remodeling and loving every project. Design trends are always changing and she is right on top of it. Another advantage for her students is to understand the current state of the industry. Some of the current trends according to Farrell are:

  1. Statement Kitchen Island—making the island a focal point with the size and material used 

  2. Different shaped tiles—fun shapes like hexagonal tiles can liven up a room

  3. Gold Plumbing—Brushed, soft gold is back in style

  4. Luxury Vinyl—many homeowners are leaning toward the vinyl planks in a darker wood look that mimic true hardwood for a fraction of the cost

We are excited to see how our interior design students use these trends in their final class projects. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the pictures.

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By: Abby Shaffer Filed under: Interior Design

December 12, 2017

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