I like to think that I have a good grasp on matching colors and patterns and I know how to bring balance of those things into a room. I was looking up some ways to become an interior decorator (since I don't want to have to go to school for interior design) and I found a few interesting things:
- I don't need a degree, but any certification or any classes could give me some sort of accreditation.
- Practice everywhere - my house, your house, a friend's house, Habitat for Humanity projects, etc.
- Keep a portfolio of every project I complete, a hard copy and display them online.
- Get involved in a job that allows for design or visual merchandising.
- Keep tabs on great places to buy materials; without a license I can't get discounts so I'll have to be frugal!
I like creating spaces for people that I know they will enjoy using things they already have - I like giving each piece of furniture a new responsibility in the look of the room they are in. I think even more than that, I LOVE organizing things (I even liked that on Facebook). Making a room feel more productive on its own is always such a nice feeling for me! I really think that this is a more logical and plausible side job/hobby that I could do for a small income. Obviously, just starting out I wouldn't charge anything, but as I get more experience maybe I will be able to put a small price on my work :) Since I'm not licensed I can't charge the crap out of people who might ask for my help - that's a good thing for everyone, I would hate to be the bad guy. Maybe someday beyond that, I can do what the chica does on Design on a Dime and ask the customer for a budget they can spend and get new finer-ups for their space!
In the meantime, I need to start my practice! School is about to start, but maybe I can take on one or two projects... So if anyone needs decorating advice, or would like me to help them pick out colors, or organize, or anything like that - please let me know! I would love to help and to get the ball rolling for a little hobby I think I will always have :)
Some examples of what they've done on Design on a Dime:
Of course, my stuff won't immediately look like this, but I've got Sabrina Soto and the hosts from Design on a Dime to look to for inspiration!