Last week you met Josh, our go-to Trade Specialist, and today we're excited to introduce you to Elizabeth, the other brightly shining side of the Schoolhouse trade coin. A key member of our team for almost two years now, Elizabeth works directly with interior designers and architects to bring both their own and their client's dreams to reality. With an eye for design and perfectly honed aesthetic, Elizabeth is a creative force who also happens to be incredibly organized and meticulous, a dream mix of left and right brain attributes. The care and passion that she puts in to her work with clients inspires us daily and we couldn't imagine life at Schoolhouse without her.
Tell us a little about your background! Where are you from, what do you do for fun and what are a few of your favorite things?
"It’s funny you ask! This has always been a difficult question for me to answer. I have a unique background. I was born in Boston but spent most of my childhood living in remote areas throughout Asia and South America. My parents worked for a non-profit so I changed schools a lot, but it was worth it in the end because I learned so much from this time in my life. Needless to say, I moved to Portland four years ago and have finally settled down! I love water, so anything outdoors and I’m there. I also spend an insane amount of free time keeping up with the latest in fashion, food, and new genre art."
What does your role as a Design Specialist at Schoolhouse entail?
"My primary role is to be a resource to interior designers and architects. With that said, we wear many hats here so that can mean anything from working with designers on projects to collaborating with other departments to brainstorm new ideas for the trade experience."
What secret (or not-so-secret) skills do you possess that you’re most proud of?
"Only my closest friends know this but I am eerily good at thrifting. It started with fashion, but has now expanded to lifestyle goods (thanks Schoolhouse!). I can find that perfect-something for anyone, anywhere."
What are some of your favorite projects that you’ve worked on?
"It’s hard to narrow it down! It’s been great to work with the designers at Homepolish because of the variation in their projects. I also love being based in Portland because I get to work on projects with local designers such as Max Humphrey and Heidi Semler!"
Give us a rundown of how a typical designer trade experience goes down. How does a project go from A to Z?
"The process varies per designer or architect. If I were to try and break it down, it always begins with inspiration. A designer will come to me with an idea of what they want or what their client wants. From there, it’s my job to make recommendations based on what I know about the project. It then moves toward quoting, ordering, delivery, and making sure everything goes smoothly in between. No matter the project, I’m committed to provide support throughout the entire process from start to finish."
What does a typical day look like for you?
"While my day-to-day will vary, it always begins with coffee and a quick scan of emails to make sure there are no client emergencies. Beyond that, anything goes!"
Tell us some of your top Schoolhouse faves, both from a personal and from a trade-specific point of view.
"I am a big fan of our original art program: Schoolhouse Art Studio. From a trade point of view, while lighting and hardware is the obvious choice, I would have to add that I love our clocks (they don’t tick!)."
What’s the best feedback or compliment you’ve ever received from a design client?
"Be transparent. Hands down the best feedback I’ve ever received. Projects don’t always go as planned, so keeping each other in the loop is vital to sustaining a healthy and long-term partnership."
And of course, what is the best part about being on Team Schoolhouse?
"Schoolhouse is the most authentic company I’ve ever worked for. Very few companies design and produce under one roof and this is part of what makes what we do attainable. I feel so fortunate to be on the Schoolhouse team and I hope my love for Schoolhouse comes through in every interaction."