Alana Zitomer, a senior at Staples High School in Westport, CT provides pro bono design services to those who have lost their homes.
– Mike Zitomer
WESTPORT, CT, USA, Nov. 4, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — A Connecticut Senior High School is offering statewide pro bono design services to those who have lost their homes through unexpected and/or catastrophic circumstances. According to Alana Zitomer, a 17-year-old student at Staples High School in Westport, CT, her design practice was born out of the trauma of losing the home she grew up in to a rampant, unexpected mold infestation.
Alana explains that her home loss trauma began three years ago, when her parents announced that the family home was infested with mold, causing every item in the house to be so badly infested that throwing away all belongings and moving was the only alternative. wash.
“It felt like something sacred had been ripped from me,” Alana begins. “The kitchen where so many meals were enjoyed, the height marks my father updated every few months of me and my brother next to the door, and the living room where birthdays and Super Bowls were watched would soon be a distant memory. “
“From the appreciation that grows exponentially in response to loss, my occasional interest in my mother’s interior design business blossomed into a true passion. My mother invited me into her professional world, and we became design partners, channeling our grief into choosing every detail for what would become our new living space.”
Based on the college course she took on Environmental and Interior Design at Syracuse University, internship at Creative Build, where Alana had the opportunity to design bathrooms, kitchens and family rooms, along with hands-on experience working with working her mother, Alana created her own. design service – AlanaZitomerInteriors.Com – to help other families create spaces that feel like home.
The services Alana offers include small space makeovers, full interior styling and home styling workshops.
Audrey’s father, Mike Zitomer, is understandably proud of Alana’s burgeoning interior design practice. “Watching Alana turn a devastating loss and difficult time for our entire family into the fuel for her own interior design practice is so gratifying for me to see as a father. Alana was able to overcome the experience of losing our home and turn a traumatic experience into a huge positive, even giving back to those who, like us, are forced to face the devastating prospect of losing their losing home unexpectedly,” he says.
Alana shares the joy she experiences when a client gets excited about her redesigns. “One of my first clients, Sarah and Bryan, wanted to renovate their kitchen and transform it into a modern and transitional space. I began to draw up mood boards and color schemes, paying careful attention to every nuance. After many months of client meetings, online and in showrooms searching for the perfect cabinets, tiles, fixtures, lighting fixtures, as well as coordinating with contractors, I had the satisfaction of seeing the couple ecstatic in their remodeled kitchen.”
Ultimately, Alana wants to become an innovator in the world of design, using only form-free, sustainable materials in her projects to create safe and sustainable housing.
“Being forced to leave the place where I grew up fueled my passion to create spaces that others can call home, sweet home,” adds Alana.
For more information about Alana’s interior design practice, visit AlanaZitomerInteriors.Com
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