Q&A: Harrington Interior Design Alumna Britany Scurry
June 19, 2012
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Recently we featured Harrington interior design graduate Britany Scurry’s recent work for a salon located just north of downtown Chicago. Today, Britany shares her story.
Harrington: How did you get into interior design?
Britany: I wasn’t raised in the richest of households, but our home was always nice. And though we didn’t have the latest and greatest of luxuries, I never felt like we were lacking because my mother created a place that always felt like home. Surroundings matter, and at some point I decided that I wanted to be a part of making people understand just that.
Harrington: So how did you connect with your recent client, Studio SLK?
Britany: The owner, Sandy Lewis- Kadiri, has been my mother’s best friend since before I was born. My graduation coincided with her opening the salon and, though I still think she’s half insane, she hired me to design it. I can never express how thankful I am for her faith in me.
I had never designed anything like a salon in school, so there was a lot of research that went into it. I relied heavily on conversations with Sandy as far as what things she wanted to see in her space and what contributed to her feeling comfortable. I also tried to consider her branding in the design, and that was what really drove the design scheme in the end.
Harrington: Were there any lessons you learned at Harrington that helped on the project?
Britany: Oh, were there ever! The permit process was one of the scariest parts and I had to look at my notes from John Kelly’s classes CONSTANTLY. Also, I had a wonderful contractor, but his 28 years of experience often left me feeling like I wasn’t ready for a job of this size. I think the education I got at Harrington and Peter [Klick’s] cheering on the sidelines gave me the confidence to see my design through.
Britany graduated from the Harrington College of Design Interior Design program in December 2011. In addition to Studio SLK, Britany Scurry has also completed gallery space for the City of Evanston and another gallery at Space 1858 in Chicago. She has received several mentions in the Daily Northwestern and in the Evanston Roundtable. Britany is currently doing freelance residential and small commercial spaces and has a blog at http://britanyscurry.com/thelifethatbritbuilt/.
Keep up the great work Britany - we look forward to seeing what you do next!