Monday, December 11, 2017

Final Critiques for IA+D 2017 fall semester

 Final Critiques for IA+D 2017 fall semester

The end of the semester is always such a busy time!!  Part of the Interior Architecture + Design studio educational experience and assessment review is the final critique. The IA+D program at Mount Ida College has an open door policy and encourages all who are interested to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to see each other’s work and for faculty, staff, and friends to observe and participate. The final critique is a large part of the students’ grade. Critics from the profession participate. This is a process where students are prepared to learn from each other and celebrate their accomplishments to date.

Graduate MSM_ Interior Architecture + Design Critiques

Graduate Course IA621 Universal Design Studio – Professor Stephanie McGoldrick
Tuesday, December 5th, 6:00pm-7:00pm:
                Location:  Mount Ida College, School of Design Rm. 019
Project: Redesign of apartment for UCP program user, Michele and proposing accessibility solutions for dated UCP apartment complex
Critics: Todd Kates, CEO of UCP Boston and some other UCP employees; Michele the program user, Gregg Grenier Director of Community Engagement MIC.

Wednesday, December 6th, 6:00pm-7:30pm:
               Location: Mount Ida College, Miller Conference Room
 Project: Redesign of a Dorchester Victorian mansion for Bob Haas, User/Expert- adding a bathroom and bedroom onto the first level
Critics: Bob Haas, home owner and Maggie Austen Coordinator, Public Programs & User/Expert Lab. Institute of Human Centered Design, Gregg Grenier Director of Community Engagement MIC. 

Graduate Course: IA 501: Global Design Seminar– Professor Rose Botti-Salitsky
Wednesday, December 13th, 3:30-5:30
Project: Research contributing to the Body of Knowledge (BOK) - Interior Architecture. Location: MPA, 308 Congress St, F4, Boston MA (Channel Conference Room) Critics: Dianne Dunnell, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP Interior Design Director & Associate Partner and ID colleagues.

Undergraduate Interior Architecture + Design Critiques

Tuesday December 12, 2017

IA 401 senior special topic studio – Professor William Gates
Time: 3:00-6:00
Location: SD007
Project: Spiritual Space, IDEC International competition
Guest Critics: Brother Joseph Anderson Mount Ida College, Dr. Rose Botti-Salitsky IA+D Department Chair.

IA 101 Studio I sec B – Professor Monica Johnson
Time: 3:15-5:15
Location: SD019
Project: Historic Hotel - Guest Room Design
Guest Critic: Heather Vaughan, Interior Design

IA201 sec A Studio III: Sustainable Office Studio – Professor Stephanie McGoldrick
Time: 6:15pm-9:30pm
Location:  Mount Ida College, Campus Center Theater
Project: Sustainable Office Design Project
Guest Critics: Taylor Birse, Cummings Properties/Adjunct Faculty; Makayla MacSaveny, Mount Ida College Graduate Student

Wednesday December 13, 2017

IA 301 Hospitality Design– Professor Jessica Smith
Time: 3:15-6:00
Location: SD007
Guest Critics: Brianna Myers, Interior Designer RSJ Associates, Lauren Keeler, Interior Designer
IA451 Portfolio – Professor Stephanie McGoldrick
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
 Location:  Mount Ida College, School of Design Rm.-008
 Project: Website and Physical Portfolio
 Guest Critics: Jonathan Merin, SMMA; Nicolette Gordon, Perkins + Will; Allyson Forristor, Counterpane Interiors
IA201 sec B Studio III: Sustainable Office Studio – Professor Taylor Birse
Time: 6:15pm-8:30pm
Location:  Mount Ida College, Campus Center Theater
Project: Sustainable Office Design Project
Guest Critics: Lauren Kirkness Cummings Properties, Dana Barsoian, Betsy Bassett Interiors, Anna Lee Rose, Duffy Design Group

Thursday December 14, 2017

IA 101 Studio I sec A – Professor Rose Botti-Salitsky
Time 6:00-9:00
Location: Oak Hill Room, Campus Center
Project: Historic Hotel - Guest Room Design
Guest Critics:  Augusta Hahnel Interior Designer Boston Trade,  Jill Janasiewicz,  Haydel Design, Makayala MacSaveny, Mount Ida College Graduate Student.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Laboure Christmas Decorating Tour

                This semester, I got to take part in something new for the Interior Architecture and Design department. Rose, the head of our major got in contact with the Laboure Center in South Boston and was asked for Mount Ida College to be apart of the annual Christmas Decorating Tours! This entailed us teaming up with a local decorator and getting paired with homeowners to decorate their house to a specific theme. It was decided that Stacey Marino, Keegan Espinola, and myself would be the head students, and Jill Janasiewicz would be the faculty adviser for this project. Our first meeting took place before Thanksgiving break at the Boston Design Center. We met with Justene our decorator, at Jill's retail space and presented mood boards about our ideas for the space. We then decided on the theme, The Nutcracker. It was great to be able to get together and collectively share our thoughts and also create a plan on how we wanted to implement our design.

After Thanksgiving break was when the real work began of actually decorating the house. We had one week to get the entire house done before the twilight tours on Saturday, so a lot of work has to be done. Keegan and I went the first day to collect all the reused past materials at the Laboure center. The lady at the desk gave me the keys to a van that had to be at least 30 years old. We loaded up lights, ornaments, fake trees, and other decorations into the rusty van. We had to chuckle because the thing barely ran! Every red light the van would basically stall out on our short but scary ride to the house. But as soon as I got there I was immediately impressed with the exterior. Although we were only decorating the first floor unit, the homeowners actually were the developers that designed and created the entire building. I thought that this was really interesting.

The first day seemed to fly by but so did every day that week. It seemed to be that I was spending more time in that house than I was in class which was crazy. There was obviously more work than three people could handle so we enlisted the help of some friendly faces in our major. Not only did our faculty adviser Jill help with decorating but so did our department chair Rose, and the USGBC board - Casey Whitney, Michael Moriconi, Melissa Montesano, Mary Richards, and Amanda Lombardo, as well as first year IA+D student Heather Kelly. Although this week was stressful, time consuming, and just a ton of work, we managed to have fun along the way! Christmas music was constantly playing, a constant chatter was heard throughout the house, and it overall was a really pleasant place to be.

The biggest payoff though was getting to see the exclusive twilight tour on Saturday at the end of the week. Rose, Stacey, Keegan, and I all went to the Laboure and from there we took shuttles to each house that was decorated. This took place right at dusk so all the residences were lit up and gave such a holiday spirit to the event. We toured 5 houses all over South Boston. Some of the themes included, German Christmas, Homecoming, and Gilded Soiree. Our house was the last on the tour.

Arriving at the house I was in heaven. Each floor of the building had matching wreaths out and you could see a Christmas tree in each window which was really cool. Walking in gave you the full Christmas experience. The living room was full of red and gold tones, and fresh greenery was in each window, The little girls room featured 2 pastel pink and white trees, while the boys nursery had a white and blue tree with a train going around the base. The homeowners also featured their pizza oven in the kitchen by preparing fresh pizza to be served during the tours. This also gave a chance for the homeowners to mingle with the tour goers and answer any questions about the space.

Overall, I had a really great time participating in this event. I got to meet a decorator and make new connections but I also got to do something creative for charity. I love giving back to the community and this project was right up my ally. I hope next year we can take on our own house and strive for even bigger goals with the Laboure and within the Interior Architecture and Design Department.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Newport Mansions Trip November 19, 2017

On November 19th the Interior Design Society hosted a trip to the Newport Mansions and a lunch at our department chair's house RoseMary Botti-Salitsky. Overall, this had to be the best trip I've ever taken with IDS. This was my first time touring the mansions and I was very amazed by the size of these places. Each house was mammoth in size and as soon as you walked in, you could see how grand it really was. You go in room after room and it feels like the tour went on for hours. Each individual room had a purpose and was set up with original furniture. It was great to see that everything had been preserved so well and you could really see the craftsmanship of each piece.

But what really stuck out to me was the small details. All the columns had intense sculptures imbedded, along with ornate details towards the top of some. On the mantles were small knick knacks that were full of detail. My favorite was a pair of small vases that were incrusted in crystals and the design of a ram on the side. Even the bathrooms were special. Large claw foot tubs that were custom made, filled up the space and a small vanity would be in the center of the room.

In the end though, I would say my favorite part part of the tours was how each house was decorated for Christmas. Huge trees were all over the houses along with holiday plants and other decorations. This really brought life to the houses and gave a bright cheery atmosphere to each space.

After the tours, we drove to Rose's summer home in Newport and toured the area. We got to see extraordinary ocean views on an extremely windy day. We then sat down and had homemade lasagna that Rose made. What really made me happy was that we got to sit down and connect with one of our professors! Connecting with the faculty is amazing and that day we got to hear about her life, past projects and what she's looking forward too. We also got to share our lives as well and really bond. Hearing everything she has to say is really inspires me to aim high in my own future career and to not take no for an answer.

All in all, I had a fantastic day with my friends and I even got to make new friends along the way. The Newport Mansions trip is definitely one to remember and I know for a fact that I'll be participating next year. I hope I can see you as well!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Boston Design Center Experience

Boston Design Center Trip Experience – January 30th, 2017
By: Rhiannon Sulik
Century Furniture Custom Table

Inside the Duralee Showroom
            When I first heard that we would be taking a trip to the design center for our first residential design project I was thrilled. My past experience with the building was attending a Career Day held by the firms and show rooms to demonstrate all the different career options you truly have with an Interior Architecture degree. But going in to the design center this time was more of a tutorial as to how I would come in as a designer with real world problems and how I would find exactly what my client wants, custom or not.
Statement Piece Outside of Showroom
Ann Sacks Tile Selections
            That morning we started with a tour to Ann Sacks which the main focus here was to look at all the different tile selections, bathroom fixtures, and vanity options. This tour was extremely helpful for us young designers because I honestly had no idea about how many different materials are used and how diverse all the patterns are. Knowing that this showroom is in the design center makes my job so much easier. I can walk into this showroom knowing I can get all the tile I need, find all my fixtures, and get help from someone who knows their stock.
Century Furniture Bedroom Set
            For the remainder of the day, we toured through a couple different showrooms such as, Grange Furniture , Duralee , and Century Furniture .Looking through these rooms I was able to find certain pieces that I felt would be appropriate for my client, and also find pieces that I can customize just right so I can fill all of my client’s needs. My favorite part of all these tours had to be Grange Furniture. This showroom was staged with many different pieces to show all the custom finishes of each piece designed. You could see the vintage inspired couches, coffee tables, and my personal favorite was the all purpose bookcase. This one book shelf could be designed vertically, could include sliding shelves to incorporate an entertainment center, you can add a sliding ladder, and include three different finishes in one piece. This all sounds so immaculate but then I was told that these bookshelves custom, run up to around 20 thousand dollars and can take 6 months to construct and ship. Having these realities dropped on me was important because I need to pick certain show rooms if I have deadlines but also how important budget is.
Ann Sacks Bathroom Fixture Options
            Overall, my trip to the design center was one that was a huge stepping stone in my design career. I am extremely thrilled to be able to network so early on and develop the best habits to create the best relationships with suppliers. I will certainly be making my own trips to the design center one day and look forward to learning as much as possible in the Interior Architecture Program at Mount Ida College.

Amanda Lombardo, Michael Moriconi, Mary Richards 


Thursday, December 8, 2016


On Tuesday, December 6th the Interior Design Society hosted a relaxing event with the help of Jen Granquist! 

Throughout the event students made various stress relieving items,like Mandala Stones, Clam Bottles (Glitter Jars), etc.

Below are just a number of fun activities students got to do! 

A big Thank You goes out to Jen for helping out so much with this event and for allowing us a time to relax before finals week! 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Holiday Letter Writing Event

Our Interior Design Society (IDS) teamed up with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and the Associated Student Government (ASG) to create a great event! 30 students from the combined groups volunteered their time to sit in the lobbies of Malloy, New Hall, and Wingate throughout the week of November 28th to December 2nd. 

Throughout that time 250 holiday letters were collected to send to troops overseas! 

Below are a few pictures from the event! 

Stacey and JC

Students had a great time writing letters!

Honored to help out an awesome organization!

Casey, Grace, and Jess!

Thank you to everyone who wrote a letter and to our volunteers:

Corey Staub
David Hunter
Seyward Guthrie
Mackenzie Bumpus
Isabella Coppola
Joseph Arcuri 
Jared Barroso
Julio Barroso
Matthew Jameson
Joachim Noble-Smith
Ryan Burch
Nasira Hassan 
James Wolff
Sam Laferriere
Abby Brand
Sarah Ward
Casey Whitney
Jessica Shaughnesdy
Grace Herron
Parin Darden
Makayla McDonald
Mary Richards 
Michael Moriconi
Makayla MacSaveny
MaryKate Reidy
Rachel Rappa
Breanna Muir 
Imani Bumpus
Cody Burdick
Kailee Lutz
Stacey Marino

And to Operation Troop Support for allowing us the honor of working with them in order to ensure our letters are sent to those deployed overseas! 

Newport Mansions

On Sunday, December 4th Interior Architecture + Design students toured three mansions, The Elms, The Breakers, and the Marble House. We all enjoyed viewing the architecture and this trip sure got us all into the holiday spirit!

Enjoy pictures from our trip below!

The Elms

The Grand Staircase
Front gate is decorated for the holidays!
The Breakers
Waiting for Santa to sit!
The whole crew with Santa! 

Anyone up for cooking Christmas dinner?

The Marble House

Anyone up for a dinner party?

Grand Staircase

For more pictures from our day trip, check out our Facebook page and the album entitled, "Newport Mansions". 

Thank you to the crew of the Newport Mansions for allowing us to tour these beautiful buildings! We all have been inspired throughout the day from the various design elements used throughout!