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Laguna Niguel, Ca
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- Luxury Residential Interior Design (Laguna Niguel, CA) Date: January 31, 2014 Reply to: HOME OWNER / DESIGNER of a world-class French chateau seeks an Interior Design Assistant to help the Lead Designer and Architect find and procure furniture and accessories. This very special opportunity is available for the right person with a passion for french decorating and hunting for great deals on the internet, via extensive phone work, and digital photography analysis on-line. You will be working for and closely with the architect/designer of this project. As with everyone involved in this architectural masterwork, your performance demands will be steady and challenging. To succeed in this exclusive and unique opportunity, you must work full-time, on-site at the estate. You must also be available for some ROUTINE evening and Saturday meetings as needed, so as to meet with the owner(s) who have full-time professional work responsibilities during the day. At the core of this job are: (1) Listening carefully to the owner's desires, (2) Carefully taking and following direction, and (3) Being flexible in time and attention. Helping to furnish this landmark estate is a chance for you to associate yourself with design at the highest level, and to source furnishings and accessories in a practical, cost effective way. This estate could easily be featured in Architectural Digest or other trade magazines upon completion. This is a unique opportunity to work on a very special property like no other in Southern Orange County. RESPONSIBILITIES: Help organize furniture and accessory needs for a large estate. Match conceptual design photos with furnishings available at market. Search all on-line sources for best priced quality furnishings, and extensive phone call negotiation work. Travel to furniture showrooms and warehouses to find pieces, as directed by the owner and/or architect. (All travel expenses will be covered) Negotiate price and quantities on behalf of the lead designer and Owner. Prepare multiple furniture choices with photos, prices, and descriptions. Communicate each purchase opportunity very clearly to the Owner and Architect before committing to any expenditure. Follow up repeatedly with vendors to insure accurate and speedy deliveries. Manage paperwork, warranties, orders, and inspections of each purchase. Complete any design-related errands of Home Owner and/or Designer. REQUIREMENTS: You must live (or be willing to relocate) within a 15 mile radius of Laguna Niguel. Share a passion for French residential design and architecture. Be detail oriented. Show creativity in finding ways to save money and find value. Solve problems that may arise unexpectedly. Be responsible and punctual for all appointments and daily work. Have a very good, professional personal presentation to represent the Home Owner. Be humble and happy to follow directions - keep your ego in check. Display a positive mental outlook, seeing the best of situations. Be service oriented - always looking for what more can be done to help. Have an optimistic can-do attitude - be cheerful and energetic. Be self-employed as an independent contractor. A formal contract will be handed to you for your review. It is a requirement that you sign if you want the position (you will be 1099'd). Enter into and sign a basic formal Confidentiality Agreement. (this is required of you to protect the privacy of the owner of this grand estate) OTHER HELPFUL EXPERIENCE: Having training or studied interior design - show any certifications. Have experience sourcing high-end furniture and accessories. EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Personal car for getting to and from work on time, getting samples, and meeting with vendors. Smart phone (iPhone preferred) for sending pictures, email, and text. Laptop (may be supplied by owners) for on-line searching for furnishings, etc. VALUED APPLICANT: Only those applicants under consideration will be contacted. If you are not contacted for this position, please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation for your interest! Please e-mail your resume AND work samples/portfolio. Include GPA if you have graduated in last 10 years. Please include on your resume your past work history and compensation. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US except via email. Send resume to ABOUT THE HOME OWNERS / DESIGNER: The home owners have an appreciation of fine furniture, art and architecture. They have a strong eye for design and surround themselves with positive, talented people who are enthusiastic about this grand scale French estate. Now living at the estate, the owners interact with members of the project team daily, often in the evening. $15-20/hr depending on education and experience. However, willing to pay more based on industry connections and wholesale relationships. Must present references. Due to an unusually high response to this ad, and in order to organize applicant interviews, we request that you please consider attaching an optional photo of yourself with your resume. This is not required, but is deeply appreciated.

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