Mallory’s artsy and solution-driven approach to interior design is an ideal fit for Pinnacle’s project teams. Interior design is more than picking out fabrics, furniture, and color; it’s an essential part of creating a successful project. Mallory works with our architects to ensure the design – inside and out – is cohesive and meets our clients’ goals.
Tell us why you decided to pursue interior design?
I’ve always loved design, buildings, and places where people (hopefully) choose to spend their time. People have an intimate relationship with the spaces they occupy. To be able to better those spaces, to better their lives in various ways, is something I feel strongly.
With interior design, I get to mix my fun, artsy-ideas with technical solutions, and I can try on many hats, depending on the project and the client. Every day holds something different to learn and experience!
You received a BA in Interior Design. But also a Minor in Construction Management and Business Administration. How has your construction management and business administration education helped you in your career?
I am better positioned to see the whole picture of the design and construction process. Designers have a vision, and they have to communicate it clearly for contractors to execute. Having an educational background in both design and construction allows me to translate my designs better in the documentation for the contractor.
Business admin has given me a basis for understanding for the business side of the industry – things to keep me grounded when approaching a project.
Pinnacle’s mission is to enhance lives and communities. How do you live our purpose?
At work, I work with our team to create the best spaces we can in regards to function, aesthetics, sustainability, etc.
Growing up, I participated heavily in 4-H, our local county fair, and various city events. I have long enjoyed helping people and taking part in community events.
You grew up in Post Falls, Idaho, on a sheep farm. I went to school in Eastern Washington, worked in Seattle and Yakima, and now in Bend. Why did you decide to make Central Oregon your home?
I have loved growing up and living in the Pacific Northwest. To have an opportunity like this in Bend – which is truly a beautiful place to fall in love with – was certainly an opportunity for another adventure. Pinnacle’s mission to enhance lives and communities also echoes my desires for design, so Bend seemed to provide the whole package for me!
Pinnacle values its company culture. Any addition to our team must have the skill set needed but, more importantly, the right fit – dedicated, creative, and collaborative. We asked Mallory a few fun questions to get to know her a little bit better:
What is your proudest accomplishment? Earning my NCIDQ Certification as it is the industry’s highest standard of proficiency in interior design principles.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? Street-style fish tacos – I am never tired of eating Mexican food.
Who is your favorite author, and why? Flannery O’Connor. I read her short stories in high school, and her use of flawed characters exploring sensitive, contemporary issues has stuck with me.
What is your favorite sport to watch? For the past several years, I’ve been at every Washington State University football game. Go Cougs!
What is your favorite childhood memory? Spending a couple of weeks each summer with my cousins. We would find all sorts of ways to have fun, whether it was “going on the Oregon trail,” wandering through the woods or setting up a “tattoo shop” with Crayola markers.
Do you have any hidden/unique talents? I’m somehow really good at random trivia, and have actually won at trivia night before!
Have a question of your own for Mallory? Ask! Mallory@parch.biz