About Me

Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Practioner

Serving the Tampa Bay Area

Rania Yacoub , ASID

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior Design and Feng Shui 

 

Highly creative interior designer with 18+ years of hands-on and rewarding professional experience as well as 3 years of post-graduate educational training in interior design and Certified in Feng Shui.
Extensive, successful background in providing superior presentation skills, client-relations, and account development skills conducive to securing and building relationships with a loyal, growing client base. 
Worked with top Architects/Interior Designers in NYC.
 

Areas of Expertise

 

 

 

  • Oversee all aspects of residential project planning and execution, including design projects for high-profile clients, large residences and mansions, from initial concept design and budgeting through installation, achieving client goals on time and within budget.

     

  • Able to meet a diverse range of space planning challenges to correct issues and problems, and meet the varied needs of clients and partners.

     

  • Specialize in Feng Shui for your home. This is an ancient practice of object orientation, placement, and arrangement. Assess the energy flow throughout a structure, arranging furniture and decorations to enhance the spiritual wellness of a home or office.
  • Consistent track record of producing top-level sales results, utilizing strong combination of sales/prospecting abilities, presentation talent, and people skills to build client relationships and gain referral business.

     

  • Technical skills include AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, in a Windows and Apple environment; possess proven ability to quickly master new technologies.

     

 

 

 

 

Professional Experience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESIGN BY RANIA       2008 -  Present

Owner/Designer/Feng shui practioner

Oversee all aspcects of Interior design for the home/office from start to finish.  Also, as a Feng Shui practioner I make sure the Chi  (energy flow) is correct, as well as furniture placement, corresponding colors and and decluttering of one's space.

 

 

SHOWHOMES - ST. PETERSBURG, FL              2013

Designer and Stager

 

 

Specialized in working with Homeowners and Realtors to transform vacant houses into life-filled, inviting homes that have powerful appeal to buyers.

 

Used my extensive knowledge of Feng Shui, furniture, artwork and accessories to 'stage' the rooms of a vacant home so buyers can visualize themselves living in the home.

 

 

WATERWORKS – NY, NY                               2004 -- 2008                                  

 

 

 

Design Consultant

 

Worked with top NYC architects, designers, contractors and their clients to come up with design solutions primarily for the bath and kitchen area.

Extensive knowledge of hard surfaces such as mosaic design, stones and ceramic and glass tile as well as fittings, fixtures, furniture, fabric and all the accessories that make a complete and beautiful and functional room. Conjointly, one of the focuses as a design associate is to maintain close relationships with architects, designers and contractors, build account lists and meet personal as well as company targets.

 

 

 

  • Designed many luxury bathrooms/kitchens/mosaics for clients including high-profile celebrities

     

  • Exceeded sales quotas consistently.

     

  • #1 in the company and received numerous awards.

     

  • Became company “expert” in many fields of design

     

  • Presentations of new products/designs to team of designers and architects on a weekly basis.

     

  • Have designed many “showhouse” bathrooms that have beenpublished in Southern Accents magazine

     

 

 

 

 

Maurice Villency –  NY      2003 to 2004

 

 

 

Interior Designer

 

Design houses with high-end modern furniture. Consult with homeowner clients to identify their needs and interests, coordinate and schedule design projects, and create budgets. Develop presentation boards, and communicate constantly with clients to determine project parameters and materials. Additionally, function as sales executive to build clientele and expand company reputation. Lead prospecting efforts to secure qualified leads and build business.

 

 

 

  • Go out in the field and measure high-end clientele’s home, plot out floor plans and furniture plans on CAD and present design solutions on a daily basis.

     

  • Use interior design skills to design all rooms within a home.

     

  • My designs included custom furniture, custom closets/cabinetry, custom window-treatments, creating custom rug designs, accessories, and space planning.

     

  • Immediately delivered top-tier sales results.

     

 

 

 

 

Ambienti Italia –  NY      2003

 

 

 

Designer

 

Transitioned exceptional presentation and creative abilities to quickly perform as top-producing designer capable of securing new residential and commercial customers for this start-up Italian furniture retailer. Communicated with clients via phone, email, and in the showroom to present company products and services to clients, and developed innovative designs that met customers’ diverse needs. Built and maintained supportive relationships with architects and other designers to maintain operations and provide assistance for ongoing projects. Developed contact database, tracked sales results, and created financial reports.

 

 

 

  • Gained deep knowledge of Italian furniture design; created all aspects of design projects including modern and classic versions of furniture, kitchens, doors, built-in cabinetry, and decorative elements.

     

  • Planned direct marketing and newsletters, and maintained company Web site.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education & Training

 

 

 

Certified in Feng Shui --- Western School of Feng Shui, Encinitas, CA (2013)

 

Post Grad in Interior Design --- Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (2005-2006)

 

 

 

Interior Design Certification — Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design, Plainview, NY (2002-2004)

 

 

 

Coursework included drafting, AutoCAD, residential design, historic styles, business practices, window treatments, business practices, color, and materials/finishes,

 

 

 

Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing — Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honors & Awards

 

 

 

 

 

ASID member

 

International Feng Shui Guild member

 

Published Design work in Southern Accents magazine, NOV/DEC 2006 issue

 

 

 

 

“Rookie of the Year” award for outstanding accomplishments my 1st year at Waterworks.

 

 

 

Only 1 person gets this award.

 

 

 

Million Dollar Club” award2005,2006,2007, and 2008. For selling over $1 million dollars every year.

 

 

 

Only a handful of people are in this elite club.

 

 

 

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