Bethany Burns


  • hometown

    Cumberland, RI

  • lives in

    Cumberland, RI

  • current position

    Interior Design Associate
    J. Schwartz Design

Why did you decide to attend Suffolk?

"It was close to home but still far enough away. I knew it had a really good interior design program. And I didn’t want to go strictly to an art school. It was good to meet people that weren’t all going to art school."

How did you first develop your interest in interior design?

"I knew ever since I was little. I always tell the story that I had a dollhouse, but I never actually played with the people in it. I would just make little pieces of furniture for it and move them around."

How did Suffolk prepare you for this job?

"The biggest thing Suffolk helped me with was learning all the computer programs I use every day: AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator. It was also good that I was required to do an internship. I did two, and at [the second one] I met a person who used to work here at J. Schwartz and recommended me for this job."

What’s the most unexpected aspect of the job?

"Creating concepts is something we did a lot at Suffolk that we don’t use much in real life. Clients pretty much knows what they want. A really big thing is, the clients change their minds a lot, which you’re not used to in school because you’re doing the design. And keeping in mind the client’s budget is a huge thing."

What do you like the most about your current role?

"I do a lot of drawings, floor plans, and elevations. And I do a lot of shopping for tiles, wood flooring, countertops, and fabric for upholstery, bedding, and drapery."

What is the coolest perk of your job?

"Shopping is probably one of my favorite things to do, just because it’s taking a break from [the office]."

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Interior Design

department, where things really came together for Bethany.