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DI Details Newsletter NOV. 2009 Design Institute of San Diego

DI Senior Corine Maggio interviewed former DI student and Professional Interior Designer, Kelly Berg, about her school experience, her professional path and advice for DI students.

University of California San Diego (UCSD) Showcases Dormitory Room Designs by Design Institute of San Diego (DISD) Interior Design Students

Ireland Tour 2009: Trip Highlights

Upcoming Tours

Alumni News

Student Awards

DI Instructor News

Instructor Earl Storm Talks About His Class: The Creative Process

Alumni News

Working for Jackson Design & Remodeling, Tatiana consistantly wins local awards and hearts...

Tatiana Machado-Rosas has been honored with a Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) award from the YWCA.

In 1980, the YWCA pioneered an excellent program to augment the efforts of companies in recognizing their female employees for outstanding achievements - an effort that introduced the YWCA's Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) to the San Diego community. "This was such a wonderful award to receive," said Tatiana, honoree and senior designer at Jackson Design and Remodeling. "To be honored among so many amazing women is humbling. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a talented and supportive team."

Tatiana is Jackson Design & Remodeling's Design Department Manager and Senior Designer. Originally from Mexico City, Tatiana graduated from Design Institute of San Diego with a BFA in Interior Design and has excelled in the field for over 14 years. The variety of styles Tatiana introduces reveal her broad range of talent and indepth understanding of client needs. Her passion for beautiful kitchen design is evident in the style and functionality she infuses into each project she undertakes.

Tatiana is a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and her projects have been published numerous times in Better Homes and Gardens, San Diego Home and Garden, Décor and Style and The Union Tribune. A prestigious newspaper in Mexico has featured weekly articles on design trends with Tatianaís collaboration, and her projects have been displayed in the ASID Kitchen Tour since 2002. Tatiana's distinct talent, attention to client satisfaction and remarkable project outcomes are all part of her substantial contribution to JDR.

In October 2007, San Diegans watched as longtime local newscaster Larry Himmel's Escondido home burned to the ground on live television. Destroyed by the wildfires that swept across San Diego, Himmel and his wife, Joan, found themselves without their home of 20 years and everything in it. These past two years have been filled with emotional ups and downs, but they are now happily settled into their brand new Southwesternstyle home (they moved in on Christmas Eve last year) that was built on top of the same footprint of their previous family home. Jackson Design & Remodeling is the local company that took on the Himmel's rebuild project. Lead Designer and DISD graduate, Tatiana Machado-Rosas utilized a blend of Southwestern and contemporary design to capitalize on the property's amazing scenic views. "It's been an emotional roller coaster," said Larry Himmel. "But itís really been wonderful working with everyone at Jackson, especially our designer, Tatiana, who we truly feel is part of our family now."

Recent graduate Kristy Kropat designed a kitchen recently featured in the ASID 2009 Kitchen Tour. She opened up a small kitchen and cramped family room to a view of the backyard. The newly glass-tiled fireplace became the focal point.

Soft natural light streams in from custom skylights designed in an elongated rectangular shape.

A mixture of gloss and matte finishes were used throughout the kitchen to create more texture and depth and to add interest without disturbing the harmony of the white cabinets and appliances.

The overall effect is a unique, cheerful kitchen and living space with modern, clean, simple lines. To complement the cabinets, white glass-front appliances were selected to keep a continuous color line throughout.

Great news from DI graduate, Francesca Reategui, and her firm Arq. de Interiores. The left project was recently featured in a design magazine article in Peru. She is currently working on a 4500 SF apartment.

Alumni Pass the NCIDQ...
Congratulations! The following grads have recently passed the NCIDQ exam:

  • Ron Neumond
  • Jill Russell
  • April Worrell
  • Elena Rivellino
  • Kelly Kreuzinger
  • Melissa Young
  • Stephanie McIntire
  • Congratulations to DI Alumni Who Recently Became LEED Accredited

  • Denise Colestock, LEED AP
  • Megan Pucak, LEED AP
  • Rebecca Harris, LEED AP
  • Monica Bilotti, LEED AP
  • The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Since its inception in 1998, LEED has grown to encompass more than 14,000 projects in the US and over 30 other countries.

    Individuals recognized for their knowledge of the LEED rating system are permitted to use the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) acronym after their name, indicating that they have passed the accreditation exam given by the Green Building Certification Institute (a third-party organization that handles accreditation for the USGBC)

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