Stephanie Thornton Plymale is devoted to the highest quality education and making it accessible to anyone who wants to start or enhance their career in the interior design industry. She does this by providing the educational experience and ongoing support that students need to be successful. Stephanie is passionate about helping students achieve their dream career and is available to provide guidance and coaching to Heritage students and graduates. She has cultivated relationships with the industry and grown the community collaboratively  which has been very beneficial in placing students in job opportunities that come up throughout the city.

For students who want to start their own Interior Design business, Stephanie enjoys providing business development ideas. The school is frequently contacted by clients looking for Interior Designers and Stephanie loves finding the perfect designer for the job. Students who complete the Masters Program and have a well-rounded skillset receive several clients through Stephanie’s recommendations.

Stephanie completed a Masters Program in Executive Coaching and extensive Career Development experience. She is also an active volunteer trainer and speaker for Dress for Success Oregon where she helps to prepare the women in our community for a career. The experience she has had with these women significantly impacted her realization that she thrives on helping individuals grow personally and professionally so that they can achieve their dreams.


– Gather and give feedback
– Assist in strategic planning
– Help to set goals and create action plans
– Identify and develop employment opportunities
– Build confidence and self-esteem


– Improve confidence
– Attract talent to the school and the design industry
– Leverage students talents
– Build and enhance students skill sets
– Help students achieve their career goals


– Schedule your appointment by emailing cara@heritageschoolofinteriordesign.com
– Update your resume and bring it to your appointment
– Bring cover letters for jobs that you are applying for (if applicable)
– Prepare and bring you digital or printed portfolio of work



Below is a list of some of the job opportunities that are available to Heritage graduates:

Residential Design

-Interior Design
-Space Planner
-CAD Drafter
-Design Firm Assistant
-Design Showroom Consultant
-Textile Design Consultant
-Kitchen & Bath Design
-Closet & Storage System Design
-Movie or Theater Set Design
-Home Staging
-Real Estate Staging
-Home Furnishings Buyer
-Muralist or Faux Painting
-Exhibit Design
-Event Design
-Antique Specialist
-Retail Display & Merchandising
-Green Interior Design
-Furniture Store Retail Sales
-Manufacturing Representative (Sales)
-Furniture Design
-Textile & Rug Design
-Tile Design
-Hardware Design
-Plumbing Fixture Design
-Technical Rendering
-Lighting Design & Consultant
-Window Treatment Specialist
-Color Consultant
-Space Planning

Commercial Design

-Amusement Park
-Assisted Living Facilities
-School/Training Center

Heritage provides ongoing support to alumni through our online platform, which our graduates can refer to for resources, job opportunities, and networking.