Lead Interior Designer for Finished Basement Company
As the lead interior designer for Finished Basement Company in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Lyndsay Bussler works with clients on all aspects of remodeling projects from initial consultation to design conception and construction documents. “There are no typical work days when you work in the field of remodeling. Some days are spent working on the computer doing design concepts or estimates [while] other days are client facing,” she says. Lyndsay often meets clients at their home for an initial design consultation—and has layout and plan review meetings with them at Finished Basement Company’s showroom. “Other days are spent in the field, doing electrical walks, frame walks or checking in with clients while they are in construction.”
Lyndsay says that she’s proud of each project she works on. “It is so rewarding to see a project through from start to finish. It is especially rewarding to see how a remodel changes the lives of the clients. I love seeing how the remodel impacts their everyday life as well as seeing how proud they are of their new space.” When it comes to creative inspiration, Lyndsay looks to Kelly Wearstler. “She blends different styles within one design [and] uses unexpected modern patterns and balances them with traditional elements. I love that she has her own unique style and has developed this style into a line of lighting, furniture and accessories.” Lyndsay takes that creativity and combines it with the psychology of design, thinking about how a space impacts a user’s mood and feelings. “Taking a space from something that doesn't function or is aesthetically unappealing and transforming it into a space that brings joy is one of my favorite things about my job. I love that residential remodeling is a fairly quick process and you can change lives in a short amount of time.”
Lyndsay, who in 2005 earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from The Art Institutes International Minnesota, has been recognized for several local and national awards. “It’s very rewarding to be recognized among your peers in the industry.” She adds that the design critiques in her interior design program prepared her for the honest feedback that clients give when she presents a design. “It is important to always keep an open mind and not be defensive when working with clients. Also, balancing a full class schedule and working while going to school prepared me for balancing many clients at once.” She mentions the many course-related field trips to restaurants and hotels that were under construction. “This sparked my interest in construction,” she says. Lyndsay recommends that current students participate in internships to find the avenue of design they most enjoy. “You can take your degree in so many directions—commercial, residential, furnishings, materials, construction. The more you can expose yourself to during school, the better. Make connections and don't be afraid to put yourself out there.”
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