Designer Spotlight – Mackenzie Miller
“Good question! I was born in Pennsylvania, but my family moved all over throughout my childhood. Florida is the sixth state I have lived in. To be honest, one of the most dreaded questions I often get is ‘what state was your favorite.’ I have enjoyed each state I have lived in, however they each offer something different.“
How long have you been a part of the Decorators Unlimited family?
“I just hit 5 years with Decorators Unlimited! I started here right after I graduated from college – at High Point University with my B.S. in Interior Design.”
Tell us a little bit about your role at Decorators Unlimited?
“Currently, I work in the CAD Department. We are responsible for all of the construction drawings on every job that Decorators Unlimited has – from model homes, to residential homes, to commercial buildings. I am responsible for taking the Designer’s concepts and forming them into a set of technical drawings that are used on the field. Whether that is making sure the furniture lays out well and has a nice flow, or a ceiling detail that shows the specifics of our designs; I am responsible for executing the drawings to assure a smooth building process for our clients. However, I previously was a Design Assistant with Decorators Unlimited. I enjoyed being able to see the design side of the company and now I work more with the technical side.”
What project have you found to be most challenging, and how did you overcome it?
“The most challenging would probably be one of our commercial jobs we had. Commercial jobs tend to be very large; in addition to the level of detail they require, they have a more extensive list of codes that need to be taken into consideration when designing. This specific job was on a tight deadline. As a department, we were able to come together and make sure that everything was done to our standards and meet our deadline.”
What’s the most interesting project you have worked on lately?
“It is hard to choose! For residential work, the most interesting would have to be a project I did with Senior Designer, Christine Churchill. It was a large, residential house – close to 20,000 sq. ft. Christine was actually the Designer I had previously worked as a Design Assistant for. It was nice to be paired with Christine because I understand her design style and personality very well. The house had a lot of flooring details, tile bathroom details and ceiling details to coordinate. It was nice to come full circle with her in the design process. For commercial work, I would have to say a job I am working on with Senior Designer, Alexis Venanzi. This project is a large estate with a clubhouse and equestrian facility. It has been very interesting to be involved in the design process for the equestrian facility. I look forward to the rest of this project, as it is an ongoing project we have.”
Where do you gain inspiration from?
“I would have to say I gain a lot of my inspiration from the Designers. Each Designer has their own signature in their designs. A Designer may have a vision for the overall design and feel but not know some of the more detailed aspects and their execution. I have to take those concepts and adjust them to work with the constraints we have in each space. It is my job to iron out the details and still have the original design felt.”
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“To put everything you have into what you do. I was taught this from my parents and still follow this advice today.”
If you were to design your dream home, what is one thing you must have in it?
“I am sure the most popular answer would be ‘an open floorplan.’ However, I would have to say a big sectional. I love to curl up and watch some TV or movies – a comfy sectional is a must. I wouldn’t argue with a large kitchen either.”
When you’re not working, what are you doing?
“Recently I have been working on planning my wedding! I also really enjoy cooking; I find it to be a time for me to relax and unwind from my day. Other than that, I love to use the weekends to relax. My fiancé and I enjoy going fishing, hitting some golf balls at Drive Shack with friends or just riding our bikes around the neighborhood.”
Written By: Caitlin Kader