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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.

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

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 8 weeks, 9/13-11/1

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $379 + $15 materials fee

CRN: 497 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, with 20+ years’ experience and owner of Interior Concepts in Hampstead, NH

Course Information

Dates/Time: Monday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 4 weeks, 9/19-10/17 (no class 10/10)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189

CRN: 590 Course Number: IDEC1007 Section: RWB


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: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 4 weeks, 9/28-10/19

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189

CRN: 593 Course Number: IDEC1002 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: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 4 weeks, 10/15-11/5

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $265 + $10 capital fee

CRN: 609 Course Number: IDEC1010 Section: RWB  


Kitchens and Bath Planning Basics

Learn the essentials of designing and remodeling kitchens and baths, including selection of materials, planning the budget, determining value for money spent, life disruption concerns, potential contractor and construction issues, plus special considerations related to the age of the home.

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

Course Information

Dates/Time: Monday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 4 weeks, 10/24-11/14

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189

CRN: 591 Course Number: IDEC1012 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.  Early registration is strongly recommended to assure you have the software for the 1st class.

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

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 5 weeks, 10/26-11/30 (no class 11/23)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $285 + $195 materials fee + $10 capital fee

CRN: 594 Course Number: IDEC1003 Section: RWC


Color Flair for the Home

This lively, interactive, practical class will help you use color to create beautiful rooms.  You’ll learn to use unique tools and techniques to solve your color dilemmas, understand the secrets of neutrals, undertones and  more.  You’ll also explore how to choose the “right” color for you spaces, break down the color wheel, explode the myth of color theory and walk away with 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., 4 weeks, 11/8-11/29

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $235 + $20 materials fee

CRN: 498 Course Number: IDEC1009 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 above for bio)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Monday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 4 weeks, 11/21-12/12

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189

CRN: 592 Course Number: IDEC1008 Section: RWB


Home Staging: The Basics & Business*

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

*Dates to be determined.  Please check back for updates.