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How did you get your start doing interior designer work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

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Julie Cregger in New Market, Maryland

86 months ago

Rebecca Gomez in Lees Summit, Missouri said: I primarily do builder work since that is my major relationship but it spured off into individuals homes. Though exposure in model homes, I was approached by a high end furniture and accessory store to help teach a design 101 course. It also increased my exposure. .

I am about to complete my BFA in Interior Architecture & Design and am interested in doing residential design for model homes.
What steps should I take to progress in that way?

Thanks!
Julie

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Kevin in Boston, Massachusetts

86 months ago

Thank you for your response. Do you ever work for homeowners directly and I would ask the same question - example: Living Room redo (average hours involved and how much client will pay on average)? Or just to help them "accessorize" and go shopping with them? Or any other common scenarios?

Thank you,
Kevin

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SunshineDesign in Palm Beach, Florida

80 months ago

To Ms. Gomez - You may get by in that bastian of design prominance known as Missouri without a design degree, but you would not be able to practice interior design in any state of consequence, say, Florida, New York, California, known for setting design trends without a design degree. I'm sure the builder you won your little award from wasn't Toll Brothers or even in the game with the K. Hovnanian's of the trade. Many people are good with colors and fabrics, that doesn't make them a designer and you are misleading those Dolly Decorators out there like you who think they can seriously make it without a design education. Shame on you.

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EB in San Diego, California

71 months ago

Jullian,
I didn't get my degree until I was 30. I know that is still younger than you but when you go to school you will find that its the more matured student that does will in interior design.
It is very stressful. More work than you can even imagine.!!! I can't stress that enough.
But if your thinking of the entry level salary I won't lie to you. It's not great. As a junior designer your looking at 35-50 K a year. But you also have student loans to pay back.
Moonlighting outside of your firm that you work for is helpfull and you can see those large checks in your name.
Don't be afraid of the age though. You can find a program that is about 3 1/2 years. And 3 1/2 years from now you can be graduating or you can be afraid! Your choice!!!!!!!

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Deelybob in Jacksonville, Florida

70 months ago

Start at Thomasville or a retail design company. Great training and introduction with the chance to make decent money.

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Deelybob in Jacksonville, Florida

70 months ago

Just to let everyone know up front. I know SunshineDesign personally.
And, Adam, FYI those projects she did that you knocked for only being 1.5 million were done in 1996! She probably gave up trying to explain anything. In today's market those home are more like 5 - 9 million bro. You that are on here reading her posts may not like how she said it, but she was telling the straight story. She is a hugely respected and liked designer with many high profile clients, though blunt, I'll agree.

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davis8362@bellsouth.net in Decatur, Georgia

70 months ago

Do anyone know where I can find a job as an interior designer or something close to that field I just graduated in May 2009. Thanks for any lead.

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JonesBoys

68 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing interior designer work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

I am currently designing a tool to help Interior Designers and am looking for some help. The tool will be free of charge and will allow designers to upload photos of their projects, have them reviewed for possible building mistakes, search for professionals, find Materials easily, and post questions to building professionals. I have a website programmer, a marketing specialist and a printing shop that has offered discounts to help designers promote themselves, some of the deals they are offering are amazing. I have a few “seasoned designers” and contractors helping me in my project however I feel some of them have forgotten the obstacles they faced when they were freshly graduating from school.
I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions that would help me design this tool? things to add? things I should remove?
I can be contacted directly at mgpsrvcs@aol.com
Jonathan

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adi_muhyan in Jakarta, Indonesia

64 months ago

I need to know about job in interior company

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QCdesign in Ottawa, Ontario

64 months ago

There are many of you who commented above who are contemplating career changes. Turning your passion for decorating into a profitable career is very possible.

It is important to keep in mind that you can have a successful and fulfilling career in either interior decorating or design. Which option is better for you can depend on many things and the best way to decided is to conduct research on both options and make an informed decision.

Although interior decorating is not as heavily regulated as interior design, completing a certification program is extremely beneficial. Often you may find yourself entering a room and know immediately that something about the décor is off but you can’t seem to find the words to express it. A training program will give you the technical background to confidently address client’s decorating needs in a professional manner. This is just one of the many benefits associated with receiving professional training.

One last thing to keep in mind is that age should never be a limitation. Having a fulfilling career in design or decorating is just as possible in your 20s as it is in your 40s, or even 50s for that matter. It’s never too late to start!
I would be happy to chat further about decorating/career options or training, please feel free to email me at info@qcdesignschool.com
Marina-QC Design School www.qcdesignschool.com

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SimSim in Cape Town, South Africa

46 months ago

I am interested in furniture design ie baths, lounge furniture etc, but i have no idea of where to start or even how. i studied hospitality and accounts, so i have no design or drawing skills. Can anyone suggest how to go about getting these ideas from my head to an piece of furniture?

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Faz in Cape Town, South Africa

44 months ago

Hi All,

If anyone has advice on how i can move from interior design to working at a magazine. I have a National Diploma in Interior Design
but my passion is photography and graphic design. I was thinking a career at a magazine would probably be like the best of both worlds for me. Im a creative person, and enjoy multi-tasking and getting creative. I would like to be able to use my Interior Design skills as well.
I started doing fashion styling for some of my photography friends, and that has been amazing. I have no clue about working at a magazine,
if anyone could maybe clear up the different positions a magazine has and what i could fall into. Something that involves a bit of everything.

Thank you n advance

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srg in Mineral Wells, Texas

41 months ago

Sunshine - woa! I also looked into this forum to get a little insight about interior design and was flat out shocked at your pompous attitude....I didn't realize people like you REALLY existed!!! The things you were saying sounded like they would come from the a$$hole character in a movie! Seriously I understand your concern and need to voice your opinions about Ms. Gomez passing herself off as a professional, but really!?! the way you went about this whole argument was outrageous! My advice to YOU grow up, get a life, and hop off your high horse... You obviously have some serious self - esteem issue, with your false bravado and holier - than - thou attitude. I sincerely hope I don't ever run into you or anyone like you in this industry....It would break my heart. Interior design is something I am relentlessly interested in and I have always shied away from because I feel inferior to some of the work I have seen and am afraid of having my dreams stomped on by people like you. How dare you go about as if you are soooo much better than all the "Dolly Decorators" out there instead of encouraging and imparting wisdom for people who are interested in the same field. Shame, shame, shame on you. Hope your accreditations, paycheck, and repertoire keep you company....I couldn't see someone as scummy as you having anyone in your life....You're pathetic

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MiMi in Norfolk, Virginia

39 months ago

srg in Mineral Wells, Texas said: Sunshine - woa! I also looked into this forum to get a little insight about interior design and was flat out shocked at your pompous attitude....I didn't realize people like you REALLY existed!!! The things you were saying sounded like they would come from the a$$hole character in a movie! Seriously I understand your concern and need to voice your opinions about Ms. Gomez passing herself off as a professional, but really!?! the way you went about this whole argument was outrageous! My advice to YOU grow up, get a life, and hop off your high horse... You obviously have some serious self - esteem issue, with your false bravado and holier - than - thou attitude. I sincerely hope I don't ever run into you or anyone like you in this industry....It would break my heart. Interior design is something I am relentlessly interested in and I have always shied away from because I feel inferior to some of the work I have seen and am afraid of having my dreams stomped on by people like you. How dare you go about as if you are soooo much better than all the "Dolly Decorators" out there instead of encouraging and imparting wisdom for people who are interested in the same field. Shame, shame, shame on you. Hope your accreditations, paycheck, and repertoire keep you company....I couldn't see someone as scummy as you having anyone in your life....You're pathetic

***WELL SAID*** -- Glad someone finally said it! What a C-word!

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Cippy in Oregon in Gresham, Oregon

27 months ago

Wow Sunshine....I don't meam to stoop down to your level but Sunshine-you are not! My My! I share all of the same sentiments as srg & MiMi above! First, how can one compare a physician to a decorator! Pompous is an under statement! Second, I ran in to someone who was a 1/8th as mean as you that was a designer...my work was chosen & published in Women's Day Magazine, a National decor magazine. The first interior designer I told responded with.."Oh, that's not a big deal now if you were in Architectural Digest that would mean something"! And I really consider myself a "humble" person, so I just took it in & through it over my shoulder. When the photo shoot came, the photographers asked "why" I wasn't making a big deal of this what I figured was just 15 minutes of fame! I told the photographer what the designer said to me...his response was.."Did you ask her how many time's she's been or has ever been Nationally published? I was like, "No"! He said well I guarantee you she hasn't & she's obviously jealous! He went on to tell me how pic's get picked & it's quite a process. I feel blessed as other magazines have bought & published my work, 7 national magazines & 2 books, & just a couple weeks ago I was on the cover of Small Rooms. When other designers, see me in magazines, or those who want to be designers or anyone w/ a passion for anything, for that matter! I encourage them to take that chance & put there work out there. I want others to experience what I did! I call myself a designer not a "dolly decorator"! In Oregon, you can call yourself an interior designer w/out a 3 to 4 yr degree! And up to just a few years ago you could become a member of the ASID w/out a degree. I'm just so sad for you! I just looked up your company & you have no web site, no portfolio of wk you've done & you sure spend plenty of time writing on this forum. Maybe you have too much time on your hands, & are just plain bitter.

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Cippy in Oregon in Gresham, Oregon

27 months ago

Lastly, this forum is to help others who want to make a career out of Interior Design. There are pro's & con's to both ends of the spectrum of deciding to go to school or not. I think it's a personal decision. I did NOT get a 3-4 yr degree, I did get my CCB license in just wanting to learn things I wanted & needed to learn, I took a few college non accredited classed in decorating, & I am sure to carry liability insurance. Also, it depends what State you live in as far as if you can legally call yourself a "designer", or "decorator"! I'm not sure why everyone get's so caught up in the name! I agree w/ everyone here, either you have it or you don't. It's a lot of work & not often glamorous-like seen on HGTV! However, all the work pay's off when the customer breaks down in tears in sheer joy of the outcome! I was so excited & proud because I offer high school seniors to job "work shadow" me. The last gal' went to Texas & did her degree in 3 yrs, she came back to Oregon & works for a party planning company. Something I can't do w/out a degree...but so proud she can!

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