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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 Fundmentals 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, through Amazon.com or through Barnes and Noble.

Instructor: Donna Arasi-Gudinas, with 20+ years’ experience and owner of Interior Concepts in Hampstead, NH

Course Information

Dates/Time: Monday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, 8 weeks, 9/22 to 11/17 (no class 10/13)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $379 + $15 materials fee

CRN: 695 Course Number: IDEC1001 Section: RWB

Color Flair for the Home   NEW FORMAT!

This hands-on, fun, practical course is for color enthusiasts and professionals who want to better understand how to choose the right color for their rooms and spaces.  Explore secrets of color and use of unique tools/techniques to solve your decorating dilemmas.  Learn the vocabulary of color and how neutrals, undertones,and more are the key to successful color palettes plus discover how color and culture are linked and influence retail trends and decorating choices.  Note: please dress for comfort on Day 1 for a hands-on exploration of color & the color wheel.

Instructor: Margaret Innis, owner/principal of Decorate to Sell, LLC, trainer, color consultant and master stager

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, 5 weeks, 9/16 to 10/14

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $235 + $15 materials fee

CRN: 701 Course Number: IDEC1009 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 of 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 bio above)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, 4 weeks, 9/25 to 10/16

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189 

CRN: 696 Course Number: IDEC1002 Section: RWB

Intro to SketchUp for Interior Decorators and Designers  NEW!

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., 6 wks, 10/15 to 11/19

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $285 + $10 capital fee

CRN: 751 Course Number: IDEC1010 Section: RWA

Staging and Room Makeover Intensive

Learn to use existing furniture, basic staging and interior decoration principles plus color tips to stage a home for sale and to make over rooms to be more attractive and functional. You’ll also explore pricing, business practices, layering, services, and more in this practical, information packed staging bootcamp.

Instructor: Margaret Innis (see bio above)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 5 wks, 10/21 to 11/25 (no class 11/11)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $235

CRN: 702 Course Number: IDEC1000 Section: RWB

The Business of Interior Decoration

Learn critical business skills needed by interior decorators, including calculating costs and budgets, determining and negotiating fees, creating proposals and contracts, managing your projects, setting up your workspace and office plus targeting and marketing to a specific client base.

Instructor: Donna Arasi-Gudinas (see bio above)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 5 wks, 10/23 to 11/20

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $235

CRN: 697 Course Number: IDEC1008 Section: RWA

Intro to DreamDraper

DreamDraper software helps you easily create professional, true-to-life drawings that provide you and your clients with fabulous visuals! You’ll learn and use its basic functions and explore its window treatment, floor planning, and accessorizing design capabilities. Requires computer literacy.  Materials fee includes DreamDraper software for personal use plus for upcoming courses in the series.

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

Course Information

Dates/Time: Monday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 5 wks, 11/24 to 12/22

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $285 + $179 materials fee + $10 capital fee

CRN: 804 Course Number: IDEC1003 Section: RWB