Colors That Pop: Alumni Team Up for Photo Feature in HGTV Magazine

Posted June 1, 2017 in Alumni, Illustration, Interior Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) alumnus and admissions staff member Mike Hetu (’09, BFA Illustration) and alumna Shawn Merkel (’11, BFA Interior Design) thought that when they collaborated to create a photo spread of Merkel’s Grand Rapids home for Apartment Therapy back in April of 2015, it would gain ample exposure there.

HGTV Magazine, however, had other plans. The print arm of the massively popular home and garden network recently featured a photo from the spread in its June 2017 issue.

Merkel, who currently owns and operates the interior design firm Align Design LLC in Asheville, N.C., chronicled the coverage on her company’s blog.

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