Teal Interior Design founded
in 2006 by Angela Crittenden and Elizabeth O’Neal. Angela leads the Wilmington
chapter and Elizabeth heads the Raleigh chapter. Both Ms. Crittenden and Ms.
O’Neal are graduates of Meredith College and are certified ASID members and
have been in business together for over ten years. Their design firm
specializes residential and commercial work, most notably a kitchen design in
Porter’s Neck, North Carolina and “Budleigh” in Raleigh, NC. They offer design
services such as room facelifts, room construction, paint consultations, and
staging. Both the Raleigh and Wilmington locations are studio offices, and both
Ms. Crittenden and Ms. O’Neal have been recommended, by Meredith College for
internships and by past clients.
Lavish Designs was
founded by Jenny Cimino and her husband Jerry Cimino in 2015. Their design firm
specializes in services ranging from residential and commercial to real estate
and cuisine. Their design studio is located in the heart of the Raleigh
triangle. It is a small firm with six designers, a broker team, and a chef.
Their most recent work included a manor on Mountain Rd in Raleigh and a
farmhouse in Midtown Raleigh. One interesting I found about this firm was that
they offer culinary services to their clients, something that is not usually considered
when in the interior design business. I also like the team player aspect of the
firm. Not one person has a single job. Each person helps out their coworkers to
ensure their success.
After researching about
both Lavish Designs and Teal Interior Design I would like to work with Lavish
Interiors. Although Teal Interiors has two locations, I found Lavish designs to
be more interesting because it’ll help me grow in terms of career goals. I see
myself being a licensed real estate agent and a licensed interior designer and
owning my own business. One of the designers on the team is also an architect
and I feel that it would be great if I expanded my skill set, by designing
buildings and perfecting my hand drafting skills. Once I gain enough experience,
I plan on passing the NCIDQ and plant my roots in Raleigh with my home