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In My Home: A Crash Course in Interior Design!

5 Jul

This July, from the 12th – 28th, I’ll be teaching a class at the Corcoran College of Art + Design called “In My Home.”  It will mark about the 20th time I’ve taught it.  A good friend of mine who is a very talented designer was scheduled to teach it this session, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a teensy bit sad about relinquishing my continuing education duties in favor of moving to more degree courses and delving into my clients’ projects a little deeper. Well, not to worry, because she’s gotten a job in a new city (bittersweet for me) and now I’m happily going to instruct another section of In My Home in a few short weeks! …just bring on more babysitting hours. 

A board from a previous class.

In the class we learn about how to draw and read floor plans, how to choose and place furnishings, and we learn about lighting, materials (counter tops, floors, carpets, textiles, etc…), paint, and different vendors.  At the end you make a board featuring your design scheme, which usually pertains to an actual space in your home…hence the name of the course. One of the biggest assets of the class, in my opinion, is that you’re part of a small group of like-minded individuals who can share tips and inspiration, all while sneaking in a few valuable one-on-one questions to a design professional.  And I won’t even charge you by the hour for the emails you’ll inevitably send me during class to ask about the rug you just found, or if your paint color looks gray or blue!

Confession: I think this young student went on to enter a design program after the class. And rightfully so -- do you see how she painted the board in a fade pattern from top to bottom with interior paint?! I was beyond impressed.

In My Home will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-9:30pm from July 12th – 28th at the Corcoran’s Georgetown campus (right across the street from the big new Safeway). It’s for non-professionals only. You can find out more and register here.

Hope to see you in class!

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