Waukesha County Technical
College students Francesca Reese, left, and Kylie Osborne
stand with the WCTC entry in the college interior design
contest at the NARI Home Improvement Show at Wisconsin State
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
WEST ALLIS -
Love the outdoors? Have a room in your house that needs some
redecorating? The work of students from four area colleges on
display at the 52nd annual Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show
could provide the spark you need to get your project off the
Waukesha County Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical
College, Gateway Technical College and Mount Mary University are
facing off in an interior design contest during the show held in
the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park. Each school
designed a 12’ by 12’ room that drew on the theme of “bring the
the challenge by creating an outdoor living room. Using rustic
wood and items gathered from home or relatives, the goal was to
create an earthy feel for the space.
pitched in together,” said Kylie Osborne, a first-year interior
The Waukesha County Technical
College entry in the NARI Home Improvement Show focuses on
bringing an outside feel indoors.
president of the Interior Design Club at WCTC and a second-year
student, said the things students have learned in classes helped
them during the design process and getting hands-on experience
brought classroom lessons to life.
“It’s helped a
lot to work with our skills,” she said.
despite being in a competition, everyone has been very
everybody has been doing a great job,” she said, adding that it
was good exposure to be networking with employers who could be
their future bosses.
The Milwaukee Area Technical
College entry in the NARI Home Improvement Show college
interior design contest is a kids’ room that brings a feel
of the outside to it with artificial grass, a skyline and
outside design cues.
from MATC took a different approach. Chelsea Wendt and Alyse
Barelmane said their school tried to create a children’s
playroom with an urban feel.
To do that,
they used an AstroTurf carpet and a rubber floor surface, both
capable of withstanding wear and tear. On one wall, they
installed a bookshelf resembling a city skyline and on the other
they painted a telephone pole. The cables representing the wires
doubled as a place to hang art created by children.
The Mount Mary College entry in
the NARI Home Improvement Show college interior design
contest places a high value on green ideas and re-use with
reclaimed wood and refurbished furniture.
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Barelmane said it was good for them to go through the design
process from start to finish, and it also exposed them to the
knowledge of students who had been in the interior design
will determine the contest winner by voting for their favorite.
The show runs through Sunday.