Hi there! I'm Cassie, your in house interior designer here at Garrott Construction! Welcome to my blog! #welcome I'm so excited to be here to share my world with you. Don't worry, this isn't going to be one of those things where it's all about design and construction. Most of it will be, but there will be some fun and sass splashed into the mix.
Today I'm just going to start with telling you a little about myself and how I found myself in the world of design and construction.
So lets begin. While I was going through elementary, middle, and even high school I always wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to teach Kindergarten, just like my Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Clark. She inspired me since I was just a little one. While I was in high school, I took an interior design class. I took it because I didn't want to take a math or science class or something like that. Anyways, I really enjoyed taking that class, so much that I took two semesters of it. But, then I still wanted to be a teacher, so I ignored the enjoyment I got from picking out paints, carpets, and tiles to design a house for one of our big projects. May 2007 came around, and I graduated from high school, spent my summer like any other senior enjoying their "last summer" before adulthood. I worked at a local grocery store, hung out with friends and prepared for attending college. Which meant picking out stuff for my first dorm room (yay more decorating!). Again, I ignored that enjoyment again. I moved off to St. Joseph, Missouri to attend Missouri Western State University. I went to classes, made friends, stayed up too late, and enjoyed my first semester away from home. One weekend, I went to visit a friend in Warrensburg, Missouri. I get there and I fell in love with Warrensburg. Yes I know, who loves Warrensburg? It's a town, about the size of Fulton, where I grew up, and in the middle of nowhere. Anyways, after that weekend, I visited Warrensburg a few more times that semester. When I returned to St. Joe after one of my visits I started looking into transferring to the University of Central Missouri, which was in Warrensburg. As I was looking, I found that they had an interior design program. Hmmm.... interior design? There it is again. So I look further into this school and their design program. I speak to my parents about this idea. They love it. They were shocked I never put much thought into it before this. They had always been remodeling and I was always right there in the middle of it helping picking out finishes. So with 110% support from my parents, I applied to UCM. Then I waited, and waited, and waited, and waited some more to hear back about my acceptance. As the semester grew to a close, I was getting nervous that this wasn't going to work out for me to transfer at semester. Then one day I open my mail, and there it was, my acceptance letter into the program! I was ecstatic! I finish out the semester at MWSU, and left St. Joe, and moved to Warrensburg.
Now the real story begins. Classes started in January. I was already a lifetime behind, because at that time, as my mom said "you can't even draw a stick person". Oh did I mention that this interior design program was indeed an art program? Yeah. Art wasn't the only thing was learned. We first learned how to hand draft, yes hand draft, house plans. This was by far my favorite so far. While we were learning hand drafting, we were learning AutoCAD on the computer. I developed a love/hate relationship with CAD. But eventually over the years learned to love it more than hate it. We learned color theories, and other computer programs to complete our design projects. We would have 6 or 7 projects going at a time, depending on what classes you were taking. They weren't kidding about course loads in this program. As time moved along, I found myself growing as a designer. Growing as an art student (I could draw more than a stick person!). I knew I had made the right decision in transferring schools and becoming an interior designer. The years went by, and graduation was coming up quick. By then I had made it passed sophomore reviews and senior show. It was time to turn in those final projects, graduate and move onto the big world of adulthood after college. May 5, 2012 had arrived, and it was graduation day! All that I had worked toward was coming to a close. Well, not a close, but a new chapter of my life was about to begin. After I graduated I was dead set on moving to Texas. I mean who graduates on Cinco de Mayo, and doesn't want to move to Texas?! So I searched high and low for jobs there. My professor knew of this dream of mine, and sent my an application to an internship with a wholesale furniture company in Dallas Texas. I applied. Then I waited, and waited, and waited. Then one day I received a phone call for a phone interview. I was helping my dad with the family owned swimming pool business. So I was able to take the phone interview while at a job site sitting in his truck. After the interview I waited to hear back. I waited, and waited and waited. Finally, one day we were scoping out someone's yard to start digging for a swimming pool, and I got the call about me getting the internship! I'm pretty sure it was all because of the four leaf clover I picked just half an hour before the phone call. I was beginning my new adventure in a week! So I packed up my stuff and moved to Dallas!
The summer went by, I despised the Dallas traffic for I was only traveling 12 miles to and from work, and it took me over an hour each way. If it rained, double that time! So I moved by home to mid-Missouri.
Fast forward to year after I moved back home. I landed a new job at a local flooring store in Columbia Missouri! Yes! I'd finally done it. I was back in my field where I wanted to be. There at this flooring store I learned all about carpet, tile, hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl, sheet vinyl, shower waterproofing, window treatments, etc. I learned more than I ever could have imagined. I learned the ins and outs of each installation process, all the different types of each product, the proper applications for each too. Like I said, I learned more about flooring than I ever could have imagined.
Now here we are in mid October of 2019, seven years after graduating. I am no longer working for the local flooring store. But now I'm learning a new aspect of the design world. I'm now working for a local paint store, and learning more than I ever imagined about paint. In addition to working for the paint store, I'm working with my husband, for his company, Garrott Construction. I'll share more with you about Garrott Construction another time.
So that's pretty much the story of me. This was fun, telling you my story of how I became the interior designer I am today. I look forward to sharing more with you over time. As I continue this blog, I'll share more about myself, tell you more about Garrott Construction, and give you the ins and outs of some projects we're working on together. It's been a pleasure this evening, but until next time, enjoy this beautiful fall weather!
Talk to you soon! Cassie