Lorraine Bruce - Woman to Watch Class of 2013

Interior Designer, C. Kramer Interiors




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LORRAINE BRUCE

TITLE: Interior Designer        
COMPANY: C. Kramer Interiors
C.Kramer Interiors has 23 years in the Interior Design Industry and fourteen years with Graffis Furniture. This new business is showcasing the Granger/Mishawaka area with unique and exclusive home furnishings and accessories, interior design services and textiles. 
Quick Look
Bachelors degree in Business Management and Interior Design, 
Davenport University Grand Rapids MI. 
Sr. Interior Designer at Luxe Home Interiors 2005-2012. 
Married to Todd Bruce, Sr. Vice President Lake City Bank

WHEN I GREW UP I WANTED TO BE..
A designer, either clothing or interior.

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THIS LINE OF WORK?
It's a creative challenge, I am high energy and driven – and this profession is always changing.

 What does success looks like to you?  
The reward of a job well-executed.  Peace and happiness — going to a job you love makes it not feel like work!
Do you serve on any charitable organizations' boards or committees?  
Granger Community Church Department of the Interior (2005 to present) 
Knollwood Country Club Board of Directors (2009 to present)
Rewards or continuing education? 
Highest Sales Awards 2010 and 2011

WHY I LLOVE MY JOB
Working with clients to create the home of their dreams. Every day is different and working with all the beautiful furniture, fabrics and finishes I get to be around each day. I so enjoy the people I work with!
CAREER GOAL
To perfect, evolve and expand my design expertise from the last seven years. I would also like to mentor new designers in this profession.

ADVISORY BOARD

Best business advice you ever received and who gave it? From my father: get your business degree! My translation: If you know and understand business fundamentals and are creative, you can be a successful designer. Using both side of your brain is a win-win in this profession. Who professionally inspires you? Locally: Chris Kramer.  Nationally: Barbara Barry, Ralph Lauren, Candice Olson. What is your biggest pet peeve? An unorganized work space – yes, I'm a type 'A'! What was your first job? Working in my father's company office. I was 13 and it taught me that hard work pays off. Where would you go on your dream vacation if cost and time were not a factor? Back to Paris and Europe – the influence of fashion trends and design is incredible! What is your favorite stress-reliever? A beach on turquoise water, and throw in a massage – good to go! If you were to describe yourself as a shoe, what kind would you be and why?  A pointy-toed Stiletto of any kind--preferably in leopard!

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