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  • May

    Just Accepted Interior Design Student Comes From a Family of Design Entrepreneurs


    Name: Anna Giannulli-Chavez

    Age: 19

    Hometown: Newport Beach, CA

    Previous College: Irvine Valley College

    FIDM Major: Interior Design

    FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA Campus for Fall 2015

    Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope

    How did your advisor help with the process? I would like to start off by saying that Susan was absolutely amazing. She was incredibly influential in my decision to apply to FIDM. Prior to researching interior design schools online, I thought that FIDM was only for fashion students. I scheduled a meeting with a counselor to learn more about the school and what it offered. Susan was so patient and really helped me understand the different majors at FIDM. She took me through the curriculum and each of the course descriptions for the interior design major. I felt comfortable asking questions and immediately knew that FIDM was the perfect fit for me.

    Tell us a bit about yourself. Growing up in a family with endless creativity, my passion for design began before I can remember. My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are all successful entrepreneurs in the design world. As little girl, I would sit in my grandpa’s garage and watch him sculpt blocks of clay into intricate busts. He would tell me stories about the “treasures” (junk) that filled his garage and shed. Surrounded by this creative energy, I was encouraged to be original.

    As one creative hobby bled into the next I found a true passion for designing interiors. I love having the ability to express myself through the spaces that surround me. Today I spend most of my time shopping at flea markets, taking photos, painting, sewing, arranging flowers, and working with a local animal rescue. I am so lucky to have a family who not only supports my ingenuity, but also understands it first hand.

    What are your proudest accomplishments so far? There are three major accomplishments that I am the proudest of. The first is leasing my own car at the age of 16. I am a very driven person and am confident that if I set my mind to something, I can achieve it. At the age of 14, my parents told me that if I wanted a car when I got my license, I had to work for it. I spent my summers as a cashier in a local donut shop until I had saved enough for the down payment. I will never forget the rush of pride that came over me when I sat in my Volkswagen for the first time.

    The second accomplishment that continues to bring me pride is my involvement in animal rescue. I started by fostering a litter of puppies that was going to be euthanized and instead, found them loving homes. The feeling that I had actually made a difference was indescribable. To date, I have rescued over 40 dogs on my own, and countless others through assisting non-profit organizations. Today, I am the events coordinator for a local K-9 Rescue called Stella’s Hope. My third and final proudest accomplishment is my acceptance to FIDM. I am honored and excited to be following my dreams through such an amazing education.

    What made FIDM right for you? FIDM offers exactly what I was looking for in terms of curriculum. The school allows you to learn the basics, the intricate details, and the real world experience necessary to succeed in your field.

    Describe your entrance project. My entrance project was to design a mountain view living space with three main focal points. I had to incorporate a TV, a fireplace, and a mountain view into the design. I chose to go with neutral palate and keep the space light. Selecting large dark aluminum windows and reclaimed wood beams was my first step. Next I chose a bright white paint color and soft linen furniture. I also included an over-dyed rug in a grey tone and a fiddle-leaf fig to bring life to the room. I went with a crisp fireplace and indigo bohemian accent pillows. Overall I felt that the space was inviting and serene.

    What are your career goals? My career goals are to ultimately become an interior designer and own my own business. I want to be in love with my work and create beautiful spaces.

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect a rigorous curriculum including computer rendering, hand sketching, and effective communications. I am looking forward to learning the ins-and-outs of the interior design field from industry professionals themselves.


    Categories: Just Accepted, Interior Design, Admissions, Students, Interview

  • May

    Interior Design Grad Summer Jensen Is California Home+ Design's Designer Crush

    California Home + Design has featured Interior Design Alumna Summer Jensen of Hawk & Co. as their latest Designer Crush. The Q&A with the L.A.-based designer includes her favorite design trends, favorite recipe, and hidden talent.  … Read More

  • May

    Entrepreneurship Class Visits SF Start-Up Move Loot

    FIDM San Francisco students from Mychelle Fitzgerald's Entrepreneurship class visited start-up Move Loot's headquarters this quarter. Founders Bill Bobbitt and Jenny Morrill shared their successful business plan for an online used furniture site that links u … Read More

  • Apr

    FIDM Grad Launches Shopping Journeys Around the World (Interview)

    Name: Sheena Dersidan Company: IAMSHEGLOBAL FIDM Major: Interior Design What led you to start your new global shopping adventures? I’ve always been fascinated with other cultures and how people express themselves through their art, traditions, fashion, an … Read More

  • Apr

    Interior Design Students Visit San Francisco Design Center

    A group of Interior Design Students took a field trip to the San Francisco Design Center last week. The SFDC is the West’s best destination for fine home furnishings and accessories. Sitting at the heart of the San Francisco’s Design District (known as Showp … Read More

  • Apr

    Interior Design Grads Create Rooms for 2015 Pasadena Showcase House

    Interior Design Graduates Casey Mason and Ruben Marquez of Jennifer Bevan Interiors designed the library and an adjoining bath for this year's Pasadena Showcase House. "We used a combination of Dunn Edwards Muslin, Reclaimed Wood, and Barnwood Gray to create … Read More

  • Apr

    Interior Design Grad Meg Joannides Featured in Rue Magazine

    Rue magazine recently spent 5 Minutes With Meg Joannides, a graduate of the Interior Design program at FIDM. As the principal of mlkstudio in Los Angeles, Meg is known for her modern and elegant aesthetic. She has designed residential and commercial projects … Read More

  • Apr

    Recent Grad Hired at EDG Interior Architecture + Design: Hear Her Story

    Name: Thao Tu FIDM Major: Interior Design Grad Year: December 2014 Company: EDG How did your job come about? I learned about EDG via a connection I made through my previous employer. I had spoken about which direction I wanted to take after FIDM, and my … Read More

  • Mar

    What to Expect When Starting Your First Job: FIDM Interior Design Grad Shares Job Advice With NerdWallet

    What can you expect when starting your first job after college? Four San Franciscans, including 2014 Interior Design Graduate Mallory Colin, who is an Interior Designer and Project Manager at Engage Hospitality, share their experiences in a new video for Ne … Read More

  • Feb

    Two FIDM Interior Design Students Win ASID Student Design Competition

    FIDM Interior Design Students Lara Hayes (pictured, left) and Juliette Mutzke-Felippelli recently won the 2014 Harold W. Grieve Student Design Competition honoring excellence in Interior Design, presented through the American Society of Interior Designers (A … Read More