Thursday, August 2, 2018

Internship Recap + 6 College Room Pieces to Invest In

**Note: I've been getting requests to do both a post talking about my summer internship as well as some pieces I think it's important to have for your space in college. I'm combining these two ideas into one giant post for you today! Hope you enjoy xox

I'm back today with another college interiors post for you guys! This summer, I have been interning at a furniture company here in Wisconsin called Steinhafels. It has been such a cool experience learning about merchandising, advertising and set styling at Wisconsin's largest furniture and mattress retailer! I have always been interested in the interiors side of retail, and this summer made me realize it's definitely a part of the industry I could see myself working in the future.

As an Apparel Merchandising major, I always assumed that post-graduation you would just get a job in the fashion category. What I didn't realize until this year is that there are so many different parts of retail (whether that's apparel, furniture or other goods) - you can do buying, product development, marketing, copywriting, store development, media... the list goes on and on. This summer, I really was able to see a ton of these different departments in action. I worked on set styling in the photo studio, wrote product copy for new merchandise, put together an outline for the next season's new trends and product lines, and wrote for the company's blog, just to name a few projects. I am really grateful to have been able to get a little taste of several areas this summer. Before the internship, I thought I would end up doing either buying or product development after college, but now I think it would be so fun to do a combination of several of these areas!

at my cubicle - my home away from home :)

I haven't talked about it a ton, but I also did shorter externships at Ross and American Eagle Outfitters this summer. Besides furniture (and shoes like at my internship last summer), these two externship experiences taught me about off-price retailing (Ross) as well as specialty retail (AEO). I can totally do a separate post talking about these if you guys are interested. Just let me know!

Now, let's get onto some pretty furniture and accessories, shall we?

As an incoming junior at Indiana University, I like to think I have a pretty good grasp on which essentials you need for college. After surviving the cinderblock dorms and then a crowded sorority house, I've found that it's important to invest in simple, quality pieces that will last your entire college career. Since my internship ends today, what better time to share a few pieces from Steinhafels with you! All of these pieces are pretty neutral and can match nearly any color palette you are working with. Not to mention, greys and whites add a luxurious feel to your college space!

Stash all of your jewelry, accessories and cosmetics in a pretty jewelry armoire like this one. Extra storage is always helpful in a small space, and a jewelry organizer is sometimes something people forget about! I love the classic silver finish on this one.

Something I've found is that a pouf doubles as décor and seating in your space. This one is neutral and will match everything! Whether you need a cute ottoman or a place for your friend to sit, this pretty pouf is perfect.

Don't you just want to cozy up in your bed with this furry white pillow?! A little touch of white fur adds a chic, put together look to your bed or sofa. I totally overpaid for the one I have - this one is so much more affordable.

A simple rug is a great investment in your space. I love how cozy and plush this one is - perfect for movie marathons or late night chats with your friends. And the darker color will help hide stains over time.

Nothing is better than snuggling up after a long day, and this chic faux fur throw is just what you need for the job. This one is big, cozy and the prettiest cream color.

I was always on the fence about buying a lamp for my room at school, but I honestly regretted not making the investment after seeing that almost every other girl had a cute one on her desk! A simple, neutral lamp will match your décor for a long time and I love this one.
Thank you so much to Steinhafels for such an awesome sophomore year internship experience! If you guys have any questions about internships (how to get them, tips for being an intern, etc.) totally feel free to email me - I'd love to help you out.

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