Do you value strong relationships with both your design team and your clients? Are you passionate about interior design, detail-oriented and committed to being an integral part of a hard-working team? If so, please read on…
Hoskins Interior Design is looking to add another residential interior designer to our team. As an Indianapolis interior design firm for over 17 years, our business has been built through designing elegant, comfortable homes customized to the needs and tastes of our discerning clients. Our business is growing, and we are searching for the right person to join us in continuing to create distinctive interior designs.
Who we are…
We have deliberately created a warm, flexible and supportive work environment that values hard work and commitment to quality. Design is a personal endeavor, and the close relationships we create with our clients begin with the cohesiveness of our team. Please visit our website to learn more about our values, team and projects: hoskinsinteriordesign.com
Are you qualified?
If you are passionate about interior design, creative, detail-oriented and committed to being an integral part of a hard-working team, we’d like to hear from you. Send your resume to Kathy@hoskinsinteriordesign.com.
- Interior Design degree required
- Experience in residential interior design; 2-5 years preferred
- Project management experience
- Knowledge of residential furniture preferred
- Kitchen and bath, and architectural millwork design experience a plus
- NCIDQ certified a plus
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work well in a team environment
- Software: Google Sketch Up, Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to hand sketch and draw a plus
- Strong organizational skills
- Ability to multi-task
If you have never worked with an interior design firm, you may not know what to expect from the experience. At Hoskins Interior Design, we strive to create a home that expresses our clients’ unique personality and could only belong to them. We achieve this goal by bringing our clients through our tried and true design process:
Step 1: Define the Project – We begin each project by talking with you extensively about your dreams for your home. If you could have any design you wanted, what would it be? From these discussions we define the goals and expectations, discerning the desired look and functionality, and understanding your personality. It is our intention to give you your dream home within your desired budget. Our discussions with you will include areas such as lifestyle, design and custom furniture budget, schedule feasibility, and project partners such as contractors. We also uncover your aesthetic preferences, and may request that you provide pictures of spaces you love to visually define your design preferences. Bring us anything that speaks to you! We will provide images in return to insure that our vision is aligned with your expectations. Finally, we visit the existing space or assess floor plans for a proposed space to help guide the final design.
Step 2: Develop the Design Concept – Once the project has been defined, we then create loose architectural design drawings and collect image files that capture our thought process and design direction. Your needs and goals, as well as your aesthetic and functionality preferences, are applied to the development of this concept package. During this phase we devise various space utilization plans, and guide you through weighing the pros and cons of each layout option. If necessary, we will review building requirements for historic communities or neighborhood covenants, as well as meet with consultants such as architects or contractors. During this phase you will see preliminary custom furniture options and potential elevations for design development. Finally, the structural elements, such as fireplaces and kitchen appliances, are chosen to serve as a basis for the rest of the project.
Step 3: Design Development – In this step of the process we begin to finalize the design scheme, sifting through the options that will lead to your final selections. We present you with more refined options for custom furniture, finishes, lighting, color schemes, fabric and architectural details, as well as cabinetry style and design, often provided through conceptual images. Space plans and/or cabinetry and furniture layout variations are also developed along with conceptual drawings and elevations.
Step 4: Finalized Design Direction: It is at this stage that the magic begins to come to life and your vision takes shape. Managing the complexities involved in evolving a design concept into reality is where our interior design skills and experience set us apart. We guide you through your final design choices, and we move forward with purchasing and installation. We serve as your project manager or work closely with your contractor to ensure work is being performed correctly, on schedule and to your specifications. We are your advocates during the process, adding our expertise to the mix to ensure your dreams for your home are fulfilled.
Final Touches – The fruits of our partnership can truly be enjoyed now as we apply the finishing touches for your “ta-da” moment. Sit in your furniture and close your drapes! Introduce yourself to all of your design choices and live in your dream space. These final bits of design elements include custom furniture and accessories placement, drapery and window covering installation, and enjoyment of your new home!
It is important to remember that when you hire a design professional you are hiring an expert. Our design process has been developed from years of experience managing a wide variety of projects. It is based on quality design, clear communication, and cost efficiency. Our clients are best served when they trust our expertise and process, thereby avoiding additional consultation time. The final result will be a home that suits you and your family aesthetically and functionally – a home that is uniquely yours. Questions about our interior design process? Send us an email, or give us a call at 317.253.8986.
The lower level of your home offers a multitude of possibilities for extra living space. However, basement remodeling usually comes with some challenges; there is little natural light in the space unless you have a walk-out basement, and you are dealing with large open spaces and the house’s mechanicals. What proves most challenging is making the space not feel like a cold, dark and unwelcoming basement.
To counteract the naturally cool temperature, we focus a great deal on the lighting and the colors in our lower level design schemes. We implement a layered lighting approach that combines overall illumination and task lighting sources to set a welcoming mood while offering functionality. Also, we find that choosing warm, rich colors for the walls brings a cozy feeling to a space usually devoid of warmth.
A Recent Basement Remodeling Project:
We recently completed a lower level remodel in a home located on a horse estate in Zionsville. Just like every design project we undertake, everything began with function. How was the family going to use the space? They already had a conversation area on the main level, but did not have a comfortable TV space – “a place to slug” according to the homeowner. The open space in their basement was the perfect place to put it, as well as a desired bar for entertaining and a game room for their pool and shuffleboard tables.
The unusual ceiling conditions caused by the heating and cooling ductwork determined how we divided the space into functions. Hiding the unsightly metal provided a natural division between what became the bar area and the TV area. The game area was going to be used the least, so we set it off to the side. The bar was placed at the entry of the space for convenient entertaining. As the main functional area of the space, the TV and seating were centrally located so people could easily move to either the game area or the bar area.
To bring warmth and light into the space, we added canned lights on dimmers so our clients could control the mood. Lamps added more ambient lighting. Under-counter lights not only illuminated the wet bar area, they lit the glass shelving holding the colorful alcohol bottles, creating a fanciful focal point.
The rustic nature of the horse estate fit right into our preference toward using natural materials. We chose slate flooring for the bar area for its practicality, but the rich colors ended up driving the color scheme of the rest of the project! We then chose a warm, textured neutral carpet that complimented the slate while adding a cozy place to sit on the floor in the relaxing and play areas.
We pulled the colors out of the slate flooring for our wall paint. Deep hues of grey leaning to blue, and brown leaning to khaki, provided the cozy feel our clients were looking for.
For the bar, we again chose a natural material. The granite countertops on the wet bar were also chosen for the separate bars created for extra seating and standing areas. A stone and glass mosaic that pulled all of the colors in the space together was chosen for the wet bar back splash.
The scale of the furniture played a particularly central role in this lower level design scheme. We knew we wanted to give them a large sectional for lounging as they did not have one anywhere else in their home. However, our clients are tall people, and usually have a difficult time finding comfortable furniture. We had a custom sofa created for them that fit the scale of the room and their bodies! Needless to say, our clients love the sofa – the perfect marriage of form and function.
In addition to the sofa, we added a soft ottoman for our clients to either kick up their feet or to place snacks and drinks upon. The portable side tables have bases that slide underneath the sofa so a horizontal surface could be placed anywhere someone is seated. The bar stools were also scaled well for the family and the space. They offer back support without being so tall that they obstruct the view to the TV.
We selected the accessories and artwork to fit our clients’ personalities. The rustic, horse estate theme was continued by hanging on the walls a horse print and a collection of reclaimed pressed aluminum ceiling tiles. We had created a niche in the wall behind the sofa, which ended up being the perfect spot for a bronze sculpture depicting Dr Suess’ “Horton Hears a Who” already owned by the family. Finally, as a family that loves to travel, we included a wall of oversized framed photographs of their many adventures.
The final result of this basement remodeling project was a warm, inviting space that our clients enjoyed using even more than they expected. The husband liked the smaller bar seating area so much he now uses it as a regular space to work from home, which was not part of the original plan. What elements are you looking to include in your lower level? Leave a comment below – we are always looking for more good ideas!