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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, 1/26 to 3/23 (no class 2/16)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $379 + $15 materials fee

CRN: 158 Course Number: IDEC1001 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, 2/26 to 3/19

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189 

CRN: 160 Course Number: IDEC1002 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, LLC. trainer, color consultant and master stager

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 5 wks, 3/3 to 3/31

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $235

CRN: 162 Course Number: IDEC1000 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: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 6 wks, 3/5 to 4/9

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $285 + $10 capital fee

CRN: 221 Course Number: IDEC1010 Section: RWA

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 bio above)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Monday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 4 wks, 4/6 to 5/4 (no class 4/20)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189

CRN: 159 Course Number: IDEC1007 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: Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 5 wks, 6/2 to 6/30

Location: Riverwalk

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

CRN: 308 Course Number: IDEC1003 Section: RWA

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 your spaces, break down the color wheel, explode the myth of color theory and walk away with a real flair for color.

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

Course Information

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2 wks, 6/6 to 6/13

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $155 + $10 materials fee

CRN: 576 Course Number: IDEC1009 Section: RWA