Monthly Archives: March 2010

Becoming an Interior Designer – Part 2

I just finished a few more articles aimed at potential design students, or those new to the field of interior design.  I hope they are helpful to you or someone you know!

What Does a Commercial Designer Do?

What Does a Residential Designer Do?

Passing the NCIDQ

Becoming a Designer

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What’s the Difference?

I’m sure I’ll stir up a hornet’s nest with this post, but what can I say?  As an interior designer, I know that designers are so weary of being called decorators.  Now, don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with being an interior decorator.  It’s a fine profession.  I often function as a decorator, and I enjoy that part of my job very much.

That said, there is a significant difference between a designer and a decorator.  Did you know that?  I just wrote an article to try and explain the differences.  So many people assume that the terms are interchangeable – and they aren’t.  In fact, I attended design school at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, and they offer both an interior design degree, and a decorating degree – both in different colleges.  Each profession has a purpose, and its own specialities; they aren’t the same.

I’d love to hear your thoughts – have you hired a decorator, only to find out later you actually needed a designer?  Is this new information to you?  Well, you learn something new everyday, right?

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Showcase Hammond a Great Success!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my booth on Saturday and the first Showcase Hammond event!  We had over 60 vendors and over 400 visitors (as best we can tell) – a great day of food, fun and friends.  It will definitely become an annual event…

My Booth at Showcase Hammond

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Thinking of Becoming a Designer?

Are you interested in becoming an interior designer?  I have written a series of articles designed to help design students and new designers in their pursuit of design education.  I am working on a few more articles to add to the series; in the meantime, check these out!  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  I’d also love to know if there is a topic you would like me to address in a new article – I’m happy to help!

Photo by Suat Eman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

How to Choose a Design School

Essential Classes for Design Students

The New Interior Designer’s Library

Career Options for Designers

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Custom Tile Design Featured on Ava Living

I am pleased to announce that a custom tile design I did for a new home has been chosen to be featured on the home page at Ava Living!  It’s always an honor to have a design featured, as Ava is home to designers and design enthusiasts from around the world.

If you get a chance to check it out, do so before Sunday, March 21 – and leave a comment here to let me know what you think!

I’d also be happy to evaluate your favorite room; affordable, flat fee design services are available, as well – check them out!

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SCC Community Ed Classes

Beginning on March 30, I will be teaching a series of 3 interior design classes through the St. Croix Central Community Education program.  Each class is $10, or take all 3 for $25:

Tuesday, March 30, 6:30 pm:  Room Rescue:  Bring your floorplans, dimensions and photos for some design advice on your biggest design problems.  Class size is limited, so register early!

Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 pm:  Color Trends 2010:  Learn about the interior design trends for the coming year, and take a peek at some of the latest fabrics, wallcoverings and tiles.

Tuesday, May 18. 6:30 pm:  Window Treatments 101:  Come and learn about the latest in hard window treatments, as well as soft treatments.  See samples of each and learn some of the best options for your own windows.

To register for these classes, please visit the SCCCE website.  Hope to see you there!

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March 2010 Newsletter

Earlier this week, I sent out my March issue of Design Line!  If you did not receive your copy, and would like to be added to the mailing list, please send me an email with your email address.  Or, you can also visit my website and fill out your information under the Contact page.  I would be happy to add you to the list!

Design Line is emailed monthly, and contains interior design tips & trends, as well as upcoming events.  Invite a friend to receive it as well!  Your email addresses will be used exclusively for the newsletter, and will never be sold.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

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