The short course is an intensive three day interior design course that is taught to a semi-professional level by a graduate teacher in an award winning property. It is aimed at those wanting a professional finish in their own home, but it is also for anyone looking for a career change.

The key principles of design and decoration are explained and illustrated with real-life examples. Everyone leaves with something to treasure (their portfolio), a certificate, and information about a new and different perspective on how to decorate. This is a simple system - based around curated images - that applies to all types of decor and creates a more original look. It goes beyond decorating around a picture (see @sallysurreyhouse on instagram), yet it similarly simplifies the design process, so that decorating a room becomes less daunting. The concept has been devised by The Daily Telegraph Trailblazer Award holder, and with the help of the extension pack, can lead to a small business.

Each course is highly structured to ensure excellent results in minimum time - and standards are high - but the approach is friendly and kind so everyone is welcome. They take place on a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Spring and the Autumn, and numbers are kept low to allow for personalisation.

The 2021 courses are fully booked, but there are courses running in the Spring of 2022 on March 10th and April 28th. Price isn't mentioned as it is often purchased as a gift - details on request.

Short course includes:

a black fabric portfolio case with mount board and art sleeves, a scale ruler, a colour wheel imported from the USA, an interiors booklet with all the key principles, 2 room scheme boxes, and the extension pack. Lunch takes place in a 54foot long kitchen where you sit on Tom Dixon chairs and look onto a garden designed by a Chelsea gold medal really is a course like no other.

The course content...

  • The key elements of good design including space planning
  • Understanding style
  • The professional route to design via mood and soft furnishings boards
  • A new perspective on how to decorate (involving the use of curated images)
  • Colour theory and schemes
  • Lighting principles
  • Sourcing fabulous things like the illustrated golden heads

Each portfolio has a mood and soft furnishings board (as student example above), a 1:50 room plan, and a style board. There is also a scheme in a box to go with the extension pack.

The benefits include...having the tools to avoid making expensive mistakes when decorating a home, and being able to use what is produced as an aid to employment or self-employment.

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