Location: Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia-based IKEA design spokesperson, Janice Simonsen is the main blogger for Design by IKEA Blog. She started her career as an accomplished graphic designer and went on to own a successful interior design business.
Janice provided interior design services to private and commercial projects at IKEA Elizabeth for five years and has been the design spokesperson for IKEA USA for over ten years.
"All creative work is essentially derivative, or as Picasso said: 'Good art is borrowed, great art is stolen.' Steal (share) ideas from this blog site with pride!"
Katy studied Communications: Media & Film at Villanova University and became inspired by creative marketing working as a graphic assistant for her university. She went on to work in NYC and Philadelphia for a PR Communications firm and Comcast Interactive where she gained experience in managing PR, marketing and digital projects.
Today, Katy is a Marketing Ad Specialist at IKEA USA where she manages content for social media and fun websites such as Share Space! Her latest venture is working with the team on Pinterest to provide fans with even more home inspiration.
"Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style." -Billy Baldwin
Location: Elizabeth, NJ
Christine grew up in a very artistic family, where everyone was well versed in things like music, painting and sewing. She graduated Traphagen School of Fashion in 1984, having majored in clothing construction and design. After college, she accidentally got involved with visual merchandising for Benetton and other major clothing retailers, eventually landing at Macys. There she was given the opportunity to not only work with fashion, but use her other artistic skills in creating graphics and home interior displays. In between, Christine even did a stint hand painting floral and graphic motifs on wallpaper, which were commissioned for clients of companies like Kravat, as well as major chain retailers across the U.S.
In the fall of ’93, Christine came to IKEA as a decorator, and eventually took a position on the corporate marketing team, working with the media and product placement. Over the course of her time with the company, she has also been involved in working on corporate events, contests, blogging here on Share-Space and help establish a Pinterest team of which she is a member. She loves the many facets of her job and is always anxious and enthusiastic to see what may come next.
"I have been renovating an inherited 2 family house, that needs a lot of TLC inside & out, so I suppose it's a good thing that I work for a furniture retailer!"
Noreen started at IKEA in 1997, as a part-time receptionist while attending college to become a teacher. Then, she became inspired by art and switched her focus to fine arts and art history at school, and to visual merchandising and interior design at IKEA.
After several years of designing displays and room sets for the showroom, Noreen moved on over to PR, where she is now a Product Placement Specialist, working to make IKEA products part of a national story in the media.
"I enjoy living life as creatively as possible."
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Brooke is part of the IKEA Home Tour Squad, currently touring the country helping everyday people tackle their organization and design challenges at home. When she isn’t on the road, Brooke is the Local Marketing Specialist at IKEA Twin Cities in Bloomington, MN. After earning her M.F.A in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Minnesota in 2003, she joined the team at IKEA Twin Cities for social contact and health insurance. She has since worked as a Kitchen Specialist, Visual Merchandiser, and Graphics Coworker – taking the Local Marketing position in May of 2011. She is celebrating her 12th season with Steppingstone Theatre for Youth Development in St. Paul, MN as their properties designer. Inside and outside of work, she loves any project that lets her get her hands dirty. Her cat is named Nike after Nike Karlsson, Brooke’s favorite IKEA designer.“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” –Scott Adams
Location: Conshohocken, PA
Kendra Ferguson is from upstate, western New York. She escaped the harsh winters, attending college in North Carolina at Wake Forest University – where she studied Communication. Upon graduation, she traded winter boots for flip-flops and earned a graduate degree in Mass Communication: Advertising, from the University of Florida.
She began her IKEA journey at our Orlando store as the Local Marketing Specialist; and has now joined the IKEA USA team in as a Media Specialist. Kendra has worked in corporate communications, professional and collegiate athletics, and the non-profit sector. In her spare time she dabbles in photography, painting and graphic design.
Location: Burbank, CA
Peggy is an Interior Design and Visual Presentation Specialist with 13 years of experience in creative direction, interior marketing and product placement. After graduating from FIDM/ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in 1996, she joined the team at Bloomingdale’s, where she produced and styled fashion shows and honed her ability to recognized emerging fashion trends.
This experience led Peggy to IKEA, where she worked as an Interior Designer, Creative Director, and National Product Placement Coordinator and helped open 10 new stores in the US and Japan. As a member of the IKEA US marketing department, she showcased and promoted the brand with mainstream media outlets. From her experiences around the world, Peggy has developed a deep understanding of the importance of economy of space in a marketplace. She understands the need for maximum impact utilizing the least amount of resources and has a keen appreciation for environmental stewardship in design. “Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” –Charles Eames