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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: 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., 8 weeks, 9/21 to 11/16 (no class 10/12)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $379 + $15 materials fee

CRN: 526 Course Number: IDEC1001 Section: RWB

Kitchen 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: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 3 weeks, 9/19 to 10/3

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $195

CRN: 642 Course Number: IDEC1012 Section: RWA

Home Staging: The Basics & Business  NEW!

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.

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 8:00 p.m., 7 wks, 9/29 – 11/10

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $269

CRN: 577 Course Number: IDEC1011 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 bio for above)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 5 wks, 10/17 to 11/14

Location: Riverwalk

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

CRN: 644 Course Number: IDEC1003 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: Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 4 wks, 10/21 to 11/18 (no class 11/11)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189

CRN: 643 Course Number: IDEC1013 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 above for bio)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Monday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 4 weeks, 11/23 to 12/14

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $189 

CRN: 527 Course Number: IDEC1002 Section: RWB