The end of August usually offers a long awaited sigh of relief for summer interns as the inflow of work finally seems to wind down. However, during my summer internship with Kravet Inc., August could not have been any more alive, as the New York office buzzed with anticipation over the arrival of a special guest.
I joined Kravet as a marketing intern this May, after completing my sophomore year as a public relations major at Syracuse University. As someone with a passion for communications, but little knowledge of interior design, I was eager to dive right into the industry and of course, my first few days on the job lived up to every expectation. Now looking back on this unbelievable experience where I learned all about the design business, the cherry on top had to be meeting Sarah Richardson –a self-made success and an incredibly influential member of the design world today.
I met Sarah during a press preview for her new collection with Kravet. I could immediately tell that it was her undeniable talent and irresistible charm that helped her connect with audiences and rise to stardom on HGTV, in addition to running her own design firm. Sarah’s upcoming collection with Kravet is her way of bringing her love of fabric into the homes of design enthusiasts everywhere. Filled with a harmonious combination of prints and patterns, the collection spans a color palette of serene blues, foggy greys, warm oranges, and buttery yellows.
As Sarah explained her collection time and time again, I noticed it wasn’t the repetitive script I expected it to be. Her countless inspirations span from her two daughters, her mother’s garden, the ‘Paisley Acres’ farmhouse she designed and many more. Her genuine anecdotes made me realize that this collection truly was the pride and joy of the gifted and passionate designer. I also found it refreshing how Sarah kept her fans in mind throughout the creative process. Not only did she make sure to include signature styles that she knew her fans would expect, but she also created a line of durable, mix-and-match fabrics that would be easy for home enthusiasts to layer, experiment and create their own version of their ideal home.
As my time as a Kravet intern comes to a close and I reflect on all that I have learned, I realize that not only have I gained unmatched experience that will aid me tremendously throughout my career, but I have also developed great knowledge in an industry that is constantly evolving and pushing the envelope. On top of everything, my meeting with Sarah Richardson is a moment that I hold especially close because as a designer who has made a career out of teaching others to achieve exceptional design in accessible ways, Sarah has made it possible for ordinary people to live in the homes they have always dreamed of calling their own. Sarah’s collection is now available through Kravet.