Hi Everyone! My name is Carly and I am a third year in the UK/CoD interior design program. I currently intern and work as a design consultant at Mees Tile and Marble, located at 645 S Broadway. My journey began with this company two years ago, at the beginning of the fall semester of my first year studio. I spotted an e-mail sent out by Regina Summers with the attention made to all UK/CoD students particularly to those within the School of Interiors. Mees Tile and Marble was looking for a student intern who was seeking experience in the tile and marble industry….and one that would not mind being paid for their time, of course. At the time I was currently searching for a part-time job, and immediately thought that it would be an awesome opportunity for me to not only gain immediate experience within the design industry, but also cross a part-time job off my to-do list! With this, I knew my first step would to be draft a design-tailored resume and reach out to Mees’s point of contact. When I called, I was fortunate that I was able to get touch with both their architect/sales representative as well as one of their designers who had initially posted the open internship position.
I scheduled a joint interview with both their architect and design consultant, and after a couple reschedules on their end, I finally was able to sit down with the two of them. Leah, a former UK/CoD graduate and interior designer, was about to go on maternity leave and was seeking an interior design intern to help fill in her spot while she was out. She was in her own terms considered as a “hippie” and had appreciated that I had included at the top of my resume, a “nature enthusiast” and “sustainability”. She made the claim that she was the only one who ever tried to recycle, when then I had shared with her that I collect my own and try to bring it somewhere to be recycled, as my apartment complex does not doso. Moreover, Leah and the sales rep, Missy, took noted of my many years in customer service from working in the restaurant business as well as my own personal story of how I traveled from New Jersey down to Kentucky to seek a degree from UK/CoD. Overall, its safe to say my interview went really well and that I was called back for a second interview with their CEO.
My second interview consisted of a serious of questions and open-ended questions, such as my major, work experience, personality/customer service, my interest in the tile and marble industry, availability and class schedule, where do I see myself working in the future as well as room for future employment. Due to the fact I had transferred to UK during my junior year of college and was just beginning my journey in the interior design program, they realized I had potential to work and grow with the company over the next four years, as well as noting my age within my first studio year as I was older. However, I was informed that they had been a number of design applicants for the job and that I would be notified if I did fit the internship position.
After waiting less than a week, I was called back with the exciting news that I had been selected as their student intern and that I could start by the beginning of next week. More than thrilled, I accepted the position and was ready to begin.
Dressed in business-casual attire, I entered Mees Tile that following week eager to learn and get the hang of the ropes. Leah and Missy introduced me to the remainder of the staff and had walked me throughout the shop as well as showroom. They began to touch on all the different stone, tile, and materials they offered, working as a distributor as well as complimentary design service. I was amazed at the wide array of tile and different manufacturers that existed. I had no idea that their was a strong difference in porcelain and ceramic tile, as well as in tile finishes. Overall, my favorite product that we carry is our natural stone. I was in awe by all the exotic granite, onyx, and marble. However, I had no idea what travertine or limestone was and so I was surprised to learn about them both and what makes them unique.
Since the beginning of my time at Mees, I have learned a vast amount about our products, services, as well as how to best assist clients and customers. Today, I had a middle-aged couple come in to our showroom in the search of master bath floor, shower, and wall tile. While they knew they were fans of light grey and whites, but were unsure how bold they wanted to go with color. They also had noted they were fans of the porcelain wood tile and appreciated their durability. With my assistance, I helped pull stocked porcelain tile made to mimic beach-barn wood as well as white subway tile, shower floor tile as well a couple accent mosaic pieces. What is great about Mees Tile, is that we allow our designers, clients, builders, and customers alike check out our master sample pieces to take back to their spaces which can overall provide them with a better visualization of what the product will look like and the spaces’ aesthetic.This is wonderful as many customers have come back to place final orders of the product they had brought home to look at. We never try to push any tile or stone on them as we want their space to be uniquely theirs and adored.
To wrap up this weeks blog, below I have included a couple pictures of the selected tile that the couple was interested in from today.