01483 811795

''Cannot recommend Sally enough. What it costs in fees is nothing compared to what you will save getting everything right.''


''With my completed portfolio I now feel confident to improve my home without making any expensive design mistakes. I probably learned as much in 3-days as I would have done on a 3-month course.''


''A wonderful 3 days. I hope this may be the beginning of a new career for me.''


''Thank you so much. Your certificate got me this job.'' (Kitchen designer in a successful Guildford showroom. January 2018)

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This is an intensive but very enjoyable three day course taught to a semi-professional level in an award winning property near Guildford in Surrey. It looks at the principles of design and decoration, with best practice being illustrated with visual examples. It is ideal for those who value quality, don't feel they want or need a longer course, and prefer tuition to distance learning.


Taking place in the spring and the autumn, each course is  taught from 10-4pm  on the Monday, Wednesday, Friday of the designated week (dates on request).

Everything is carefully structured to ensure quality results in minimum time, and standards are high, but the approach is friendly and kind so everyone is welcome.

The course is primarily for those wanting a professional finish in their own home, but it can also be used as a route into the world of interior design by taking the portfolio to interviews, or developing things further with a view to self-employment. Everyone leaves with five completed boards, and a certificate. The cost is £250 per day and includes £50 of equipment, and lunch - so £750 in total.

If you are interested but not sure, come for a coffee to find out more.

Summary of the course content:

1. The key elements of good design including space planning 2. Understanding style 3. The professional route to design with mood, fabric and furniture boards 5. Colour and 6. Lighting and sylising. A clever short cut is explained on the last afternoon, and information provided about sourcing products and services. For further details, please contact Sally McIlroy via the contact page or phone 01483 811795.

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