Daisy-Grace joins Amara for a two week Internship!
Last year, Amara launched the Amara Student Interior Designer of the Year competition, an unmissable opportunity for interior design students all over the UK. Amara asked interior design students from the UK’s leading universities and colleges to design a luxury Scandi-inspired London apartment to be in with the amazing opportunity of winning a £3,000 interior design scholarship and a two week internship at Amara’s head office.
With lots of fantastic entries from all over the country, Amara’s Creative Director, Sam Hood, was truly spoilt for choice as she made the difficult decision to shortlist just ten students. With over 45,000 individual votes to decide the winner, Daisy-Grace Jenson, an Interior Design and Decoration student from Solent University took the first prize. Daisy-Grace joined Amara for a two week internship at Amara head office this month. We take a look at what she got up to!
Hi! I’m Daisy and I’m currently here at Amara Living, completing my two week internship due to winning the Student Interior Designer award 2018! I have recently finished my course at Solent University in which I studied Interior Design and Decoration, so it’s been super exciting to finish my three year course and come straight into my internship where I’m already learning a great deal!
Whilst here for the two weeks I would love to learn about the logistics of the business, how it all works and how the team work together to keep their high standards as a company. Being given the chance to have an insight into this is amazing and the experience I will gain from this opportunity will definitely help me out in the near future when it comes down to getting myself a job role within the interior design industry.
My two weeks with Amara have been fantastic, I’ve worked alongside some great teams and they’ve all been super welcoming and enthusiastic. I started my internship off with a little tour of the office, being introduced to everybody and given a brief chat about what will be in store. My first week was partly spent with the Trades team, this involved travelling into London and attending a client meeting. Being able to sit in on this meeting was a great opportunity, with the outcome being that the client was overall very happy with Amara Living’s service. I was then foreshadowing Sam from Amara Interiors for a few days, this was a lot of fun and I was able to help create schemes for Sam’s clients as well as creating boards for her client visits, which again was a fab task to get involved with! My first week ended with working with the buying team, this involved me looking into their A/W 19 trends and creating a few mood boards, this was great as I was able to explore their predicted future trends. I also researched a couple of brands that they’re thinking of supplying, looking into their current competition etc.
My second week was mostly spent with the studio team, so a little different to what I had done in my first week. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with these guys and was given the chance to help out on one of their location shoots for Christmas. It was such an amazing day, seeing how they run their shoots, style their shots and generally all work together to get the best outcomes was amazing, we all worked really hard and the photos that were produced are fantastic! Whilst in the studio I was given the chance to create my own flat lay for their social media page, the concept for this was super fun and playful and being able to produce something of my own was great, so I’ll be looking out for it on Amara Living’s Instagram!
I have to say that my absolute favourite tasks have been working with Sam in the interior design room and my time with the team in the studio. I think this may be because these were a little more creative, however, my time with the rest of the guys was still a great opportunity!
I have definitely acquired a superb set of skills and knowledge whilst here, especially with the studio team. Watching the Interior stylist whilst on the location shoot was interesting as well as creating my own flat lay, which allowed my creative juices to get flowing! The amount of experience I have gained in the professional work environment whilst here will play such an important role when speaking to potential employers and is most definitely so much better than having no experience at all, which is how it stood before winning the competition. Due to this you can only imagine how amazing this opportunity has been for me!
In the future, it’s a goal of mine to own my own Interior Design Company. Through my time at University and during my time here it has certainly cemented the route I aspire to follow. For me, the spatial side of Interior Design has always been the path I have been more likely to follow, I enjoy creating visualizations through programmes such as Vectorworks and Adobe Software, so hopefully one day I will be creating these for clients!
Having worked with such a wide variety of people, my time here at Amara has been beyond what I had hoped for! Everyone here is so welcoming and friendly and I really have felt like part of the team. I didn’t think that I would be given so much input into the things that I have been doing, so I’m leaving with a great set of skills and knowledge that I can take away and these will hopefully see me in an interior design role that I love, within the future. A massive thank you to everyone at Amara for having me, especially Marie for creating such an exciting and memorable experience!
We are so pleased that Daisy-Grace had a fantastic experience at the Amara head office and would like to wish her all the best with her future plans! Also, congratulations to the runners up Amelia Fairley and Isabella Francello who both received £1,000 scholarships!
Do you have what it takes to be Amara’s Student Interior Designer of the year 2018/2019?
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