ReviewMy childhood birthday parties rose up the ladder of primary-school social events after my mother took a cake-decorating class. Decorating the cakes herself allowed greater individuality and creativity, guaranteeing a unique birthday menu and jealous friends. With this cake-decorating kit, there’s no need to take a class to express your hidden artistic side–extensive instructions and great ideas are included in the manual. With 50 essential tools, the kit makes it easy to cover a cake with roses, hearts, and cartoon characters in no time. If you’re reluctant to test your skills on a freshly baked cake, there’s a practice board for experimentation. There’s also food coloring, spatulas, and everything else required for a memorable cake. The entire kit comes in a groovy authentic toolbox, so you’re ready to meet the next cake-decorating challenge like an ECT, emergency cake technician. –Laura Cuthbert
Product DescriptionClients are the lifeblood of any interior design firm and a sound understanding of how to manage those clients is essential. Interior Design Clients is an informative yet fun read for entrepreneurial designers interested in gaining a better understanding of how to build and manage their clientele. Tom Williams, designer, author, and blogger, deconstructs the pitfalls and challenges that can waylay even seasoned designers. As many professional designers learn, clients can be intimidated by interior designers and sometimes can even be fearful of the process. This unreasonable intimidation can often hinder the designer-client relationship and can even stop clients from asking for what they want. This leads to clients being unsatisfied and then walking away with a negative impression of their designer. Learning why clients fear their interior designer and developing strategies to allay those fears is essential for gaining and keeping a satisfied clientele. Everything from good client, project, and time management to interview techniques and staff and paperwork organization can all lead to making client interaction as rewarding as possible and are important aspects of the business rarely addressed by the interior design community as a whole. Interior Design Clients covers the subjects rarely taught in design schools such as specific presentation and interview skills and how to sell to market. Through frank discussion and practical examples, Williams weaves the art of selling into his lessons on interviewing, presenting, and pleasing the client as a natural part of the design process. Becoming a residential or commercial interior designer is not an easy undertaking, but Thomas Williams’ Interior Design Clients: The Designer’s Guide to Building and Keeping a Great Clientele provides the fundamental lessons and innovative solutions to help designers succeed in the ultra-competitive world of modern Interior Design.
I have a bedroom with wall paper literally on sheet rock. When I get the wall paper off what do I do next? It is better to re Wall paper or paint? Is there anything I can put on the sheet rock that is not to messy before wall papering or painting?
You have to prime the surface before you apply new paint or paper. Priming will create a better bond. If the walls are not to damaged from taking off the paper you can paint. Fill any holes or marks with compound, let dry and sand level with the wall. If there are two many marks, you can repaper or use a texturing compound to the surface. Called knockdown. No matter what you put on the walls priming is necessary.
A Dual Main Selection of the Homestyle Book Club.
Product DescriptionMona Hajj is a master of Interior Design. Her choices of colors, fabrics, and furnishings and her marvelous sense of scale transform even the most mundane of rooms into a magical kingdom. —Allan Greenberg
For the last two decades, Mona Hajj has been crafting interiors that combine a global vision with an American emphasis on elegance, comfort, and simplicity. Hajj’s body of work is grounded in classicism yet influenced by the contemporary; her international upbringing—she was born in Africa and educated in Europe, Lebanon, and the United States—is evidenced in exceptional rugs, antiques, and fixtures.
Interior Visions showcases Hajj’s distinct and distinctly original aesthetic voice. Beautifully photographed projects—from a beach house in Delaware to a John Russell Pope–designed house in Baltimore, from an apartment in New York City to the Embassy of Luxembourg in Washington, D.C.—display a thoughtful treatment of architecture, color, and lighting, as well as an eye for the defining detail. Among the myriad culturally and historically diverse adornments are Persian rugs, Flemish tapestries, Japanese screens, Italian chandeliers, and Chinese chargers. Finally, two residences presented in great detail—the author’s own apartment in a historic Baltimore building and an expansive horse farm in Kentucky—demonstrate a vision that is at once specific and inclusive, personal and grand, intimate and sumptuous.
Interior design is all about how things feel instinctively, the special magic that flourishes when different elements are joined together.
I’m moving and want my new house to look and feel cohesive, but I only have a vague idea about Decorating and need some suggestions for books or websites that will help me identify my style so that I can express it to an Interior Designer or decorator.
Just find pictures of things that you like in magazines. Furniture is either traditional, contemporary or a mix. Once you show the things you like to a decorator, he or she will know the look you are after. Don’t worry about doing what is "in style", instead look for things that you love to look at and make you happy. I have lots of art in my house. I used to buy paintings that would MATCH a room but have begun buying a print or picture that I love to look at instead. No reason to be surrounded by things in your home that don’t make you happy to look at. When you thumb through magazines you’ll stop on the pages you like and eventually fine tune your style.
I want to study business in school and minor in art, or possibly double major.. Then I would like to get into the Interior Design field. Maybe working for a large firm or business. What sorts of jobs are available with this degree?
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Question says all in itself. The walls are normal plaster, and there is horrid Wall paper attached to the outsides that was hidden under wooden panneling that we removed.
Score the wallpaper first, with a gadget available at the Wallpaper store. Then either use a steamer which you can rent, or use a bottle of liquid wallpaper stripper.
Using wallpaper stripper: Use a sponge or cloth to apply the stripper to the wallpaper and leave it on for the amount of time indicated on the bottle. Then use a wallpaper scraper to scrape it off. Use a wet towel to wipe off the remaining adhesive. This is the method I prefer but some prefer the steamer.
Using a steamer: Follow the directions that come with the steamer.