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Interior design instructors know how important lighting is to any project. They gave students an opportunity to learn from the ground up by creating their own unique fixtures. Their creations range from fun and whimsical to hard and angular and everything in between. What a fun project and a great hands-on learning experience!
Finding inspiration in a peacock feather pillow, 20 students from the College of Human Environmental Sciences transformed the blank walls of a bedroom and en suite bath into a soothing retreat in the 2018 Birmingham Decorators’ ShowHouse.
Members of Laurl Self’s interior design class CTD 426 were invited to showcase their talent in this year’s event. “The students have been so dedicated to the process. They began the weekend before classes started by attending the preview and measuring of the house. Then with a zero dollar budget, they worked hard acquiring the items for the space that maintained their design integrity. I am so proud of their hard work, their team work, and their design work,” says Self.
On March 28, UA student stylists moved furniture in, slipcovered a headboard, made the bed, hung drapes and art, and put the finishing touches on their assigned the space.
Two months of preparation took place before the final install. The class was divided into teams, each with different responsibilities. The "stylist" team was assigned installation work. Other teams made spreadsheets, the design board, handled logistics, resolved disputes and attended ShowHouse meetings.
The ShowHouse is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Symphony Volunteer Council to benefit the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The event kicked on Saturday, April 28 and is open through Sunday, May 13. House hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The home is located on Cherokee Road with shuttle service to the house at 3405 Brookwood Road.
See the finished bedroom and bath completed by UA students in AL.com's article "Sneak peek inside the 2018 Decorators' ShowHouse."