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Interior Decoration & Staging

Interior Decoration Certificate Program

This program is for you if you’re interested in entering the decorating field or just want more knowledge of interior decoration principles. Take only those courses that interest you or complete five courses (the Fundamentals of Interior Decoration plus 4 courses) to earn the certificate. This program also prepares you to become a Certified Professional Decorator through the Decorator’s Alliance of North America.

Contact Dianne Lahaye at 978-659-1222 or dlahaye@necc.mass.edu for a brochure or more information.

The Fundamentals of Interior Decoration

This hands-on course provides a broad overview of the fundamental process, tools, concepts, principles and language of interior decoration, including color theory and psychology, furniture styles and placement. It also provides the underpinning for all other courses in the program and is a requirement for the certificate of completion.

Please purchase and bring your book to first class: Interiors: An Introduction, ISBN# 9780073526508.  Books can be purchased through the publisher, McGraw Hill or through Amazon.com.

Instructors: Donna Arasi-Gudinas, with 20+ years’ experience and owner of Interior Concepts in Hampstead, NH and Margaret Innis, owner/principal of Decorate to Sell, LLC, trainer, color consultant and master stager

Course Information – Select One

Course One – Instructor: Donna Arasi-Gudinas

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 8 weeks, 1/18-3/8

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $379 + $15 materials fee

CRN: 188 Course Number: IDEC1001 Section: RWA

Course Two – Instructor: Margaret Innis

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 8 weeks, 5/9-6/27

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $379 + $15 materials fee

CRN: 189 Course Number: IDEC1001 Section: RWB


Finishing Touches: Using Accessories

Accessorizing a room completes the room’s design and takes it from ordinary to WOW! But just how do you add the right finishing touches to add pizzazz and reflect the client’s personality? Learn about size, scale, types, selection and placement of accessory items such as rugs, wall and shelf art, lighting, plants, linens, and more.

Instructor: Donna Arasi-Gudinas, (see above for bio)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Monday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 4 weeks, 2/6-3/6 (no class 2/20)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189

CRN: 190 Course Number: IDEC1007 Section: RWA


Window Treatments, Bedding and Upholstery

Learn the styles, trends and suitability of various soft and hard window treatment options to change the look and feel for every room; includes fabric selection, yardage calculations, installation requirements, sourcing materials and workrooms plus explore the income potential of this specialty area.  While the emphasis is on window treatments, you’ll also explore how to coordinate bedding and use upholstery to create a spectacular look.

Instructor: Donna Arasi-Gudinas, (see above for bio)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 4 weeks, 2/14-3/7

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189

CRN: 191 Course Number: IDEC1002 Section: RWA


Developing Your Flair for Color  NEW & EXPANDED!

Explore how to best use color to create beautiful rooms in this fun & practical, hands-on class.  Discover unique tools & techniques to solve color dilemmas, understand undertones, the secret of neutrals, and more!  Learn how to choose the “right”  color for your spaces, breakdown the color wheel, explode the myth of color rules and develop a real flair for color.

Instructor: Margaret Innis, (see above for bio)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 6 weeks, 3/21-4/25

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $229 + $20 materials fee

CRN: 158 Course Number: IDEC1015 Section: RWA


Intro to SketchUp for Interior Decorators and Designers

SketchUp is a simple yet amazingly powerful software tool for creating, viewing, and modifying 3D ideas quickly and easily, combining the spontaneity of pencil sketching with the speed and flexibility of today’s digital media. You’ll create photorealistic views of interior or exterior spaces, combined with styles, shadows and 3D walk-through animations. Bring thumb drive to save projects worked on in class. Software can be downloaded for free at home.

Instructor: Stacy Sawyer, experienced residential interior designer and instructor

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 4 weeks, 5/10-5/31

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $219 + $10 capital fee

CRN: 257 Course Number: IDEC1010 Section: RWA 


Home Staging: The Basics & Business

Learn to use existing furniture, basic staging & interior décor principles to stage a home for sale.  You’ll also explore pricing, business practices, marketing ideas and more in this practical information-packed course.

Instructor: Margaret Innis, (see above for bio)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 7 weeks, 5/11-6/22

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $269 + $15 materials fee

CRN: 321 Course Number: IDEC1011 Section: RWA