De­signs on bud­get

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES & SERVICES - Janita Singh

DEC­O­RAT­ING your home can be daunt­ing, es­pe­cially on a bud­get.

In­te­rior de­sign­ers Emma Blom­field and Sonya Pala (pic­tured), say they have come across many home­own­ers who lack con­fi­dence in their dec­o­rat­ing abil­i­ties.

So the two founders of The Dec­o­rat­ing School came up with an ac­ces­si­ble so­lu­tion – e-dec­o­rat­ing ser­vices, a con­cept bor­rowed from the US.

On­line, they say was the best way to give time and money-poor home­own­ers the skills to give dec­o­rat­ing a go. “Hav­ing been so im­mersed in the dec­o­rat­ing in­dus­try, we both no­ticed so many of the same strug­gles pop­ping up for our clients – lack of con­fi­dence that al­most paral­y­ses them in mak­ing any home dec­o­rat­ing de­ci­sions,’’ Blom­field says.

“We wanted to tar­get home­own­ers and renters who take pride in the ap­pear­ance of their homes and em­power them to style and dec­o­rate with in­ten­tion,” she says.

Blom­field says their on­line cour­ses teach ba­sic dec­o­rat­ing skills so peo­ple can un­lock their home’s po­ten­tial and cre­ate spa­ces they can en­joy.

Home­own­ers work through mod­ules in­clud­ing how to an­a­lyse their space, var­i­ous colour themes, posi- tion­ing fur­ni­ture and sea­sonal dec­o­rat­ing.

Blom­field says when not equipped with the right skills, home­own­ers make com­mon mis­takes com­pro­mis­ing their style and com­fort.

This can in­clude buy­ing a rug that is too small for the room, hang­ing art too high, buy­ing a huge sofa for a small space and some­times get­ting the colours wrong.

“We re­ceive fan­tas­tic feed­back from stu­dents (home­own­ers) who have built their skills dur­ing the course and send us pho­tos to show off their new found dec­o­rat­ing skills,” Blom­field adds. See: thedec­o­rat­ing school.com.

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