Ever since I moved out of home, I’ve always had a keen eye for interiors, and am constantly on the look out for finishing touches for my home.
So, when The Decorating School contacted me to see if I’d be interested in partaking in their Plan Decorate Live six-week eCourse so that I could learn more about interior design and how to decorate my home; I jumped at the opportunity!
Plan Decorate Live was created by Interior Stylist Emma Blomfield and Eco Interiors Expert, Sonya Pala, as they both kept seeing people struggle to create living spaces that reflected their values and supported their lifestyle.
Their six week online eCourse is designed to teach you everything you need to know to design and decorate your home – including how to analyse your space, how to use colour, how to buy and position furniture, how to use pattern, texture and soft furnishings, and so much more.
The lessons include videos, worksheets, PDF’s, checklists, buying guides, masterclasses from guest experts, as well as lots of other goodies!
To celebrate the launch of the eCourse, I recently had the delightful opportunity to chat with Emma Blomfield about the Plan Decorate Live eCourse, and The Decorating School as a whole.
Emma, tell us a bit about your background in interior styling, and launching The Decorating School?
I stared off working for an interior designer straight out of University. From there I went on to get hands on practical styling experience in a property styling role. While working with other people, I saw a gap in the market for affordable interior decorating and also interior decorating delivered online. I started offering an eDecorating service when I launched my business in 2011, and haven’t looked back since!
Sonya and I met in 2014 while I was hosting a shopping tour for interiors magazine, Adore Mag. We got chatting on the bus and left that day with a head full of ideas about how to teach an online course about styling. Not long after that we settled on The Decorating School as the business name, and got to work creating a beautiful six week eCourse for homeowners wanting to learn the tricks of the trade and apply them to their own homes.
What inspired you to launch the six week Plan Decorate Live online eCourse?
So many clients were struggling with very similar issues with their homes.
I also run interior decorating workshops in regional and rural areas around Australia which was giving me direct feedback from homeowners about their decorating struggles. Sonya and I collated the workshop content and added in as much juicy content as possible to come up with a six week long course jam packed with decorating details from how to plan a floor plan, where to start when shopping for furniture, how to work with colour and pattern and so on.
What are some of the key elements from the course that we will find super useful for everyday decorating?
Our signature course starts at the very beginning.
It’s tempting to start your decorating journey at the shops but it actually needs to start well before, with planning where every item of furniture needs to go and their measurements. We also run through some very handy rules to follow when coordinating your colour palette for each room in your home. We also show you how to plan your floor plan and what to invest in when shopping for furniture.
Who is the eCourse best for?
You don’t need any experience at all in decorating to participate in the course. Our aim is to empower any homeowner or renter who appreciates a beautiful home but struggles to pull it together themselves. It’s like having a helping hand while decorating your home without having to engage the services of a decorator.
What differentiates your course from other online decorating courses?
Both Sonya and I are working in the industry and putting the elements we are teaching in the course into practice every day of the week. We are passionate educators and we genuinely want to help people make confident decorating choices and demystify the decorating process. We have curated the course with content we have created from scratch, we don’t borrow from anyone else, it’s all created just for the course.
Any top interior styling tips as we move into the cooler months?
Layering! When the weather starts to cool down the easiest option for making your home comfy is to add some additional cushions or throw rugs to the sofa and top of your bed. We love sheepskins draped over your bed for extra warmth or on the floors as you hop out of bed each morning.
What are the hot colours/tones/features for the coming season?
Dusty tones such as pink, grey and muted stone are hot hot hot for the winter months. Anything with a grey undertone seems to be trending right now – this applies to wall paint as well as soft furnishings.
The complete Plan Decorate Live eCourse (including all modules and bonuses) PLUS access to the exclusive Facebook community and private Pinterest boards is valued at $497 AUD.
I also have an exclusive discount code available for all of you who are interested in partaking in the course (and I totally recommend you take advantage of it!) This code will give you $50 OFF the eCourse price. Just enter the code “PDLFEB17” when enrolling.