Sunday, December 12, 2010

Decorating for the Holidays!

Happy Holidays!! I can not believe that Christmas is two weeks away. Time sure does fly!! Unfortunately, we have not put up our Christmas Tree, yet; there is still time.  I did, however, send out our Christmas cards; my theme for cards this year was metallic gold and silver!!  These colors look fabulous together.  I also love muted reds, greens and purples ( that was last years theme.)  As some of you may know, I am not a fan of the giant Santa, snowman or any other Christmas characters on the front lawn, in the living room, on hand towels or on floor mats (nothing wrong with those of you that do, this is just my personal opinion.)  When decorating for the holidays, try to incorporate your holiday decoration into your usual, everyday decor; this will look very elegant and tasteful!  Another way to make your home look festive for the holidays is by decorating your dining room table;  this allows you to bring in an element of sophistication.  Here are some examples of how to decorate your home for the holidays by using simple colors schemes and minimal decoration! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Creating Interior Design Lesson Plans for Children!!!

So I applied for a Junior Interior Designer Instructor position at Moraine Valley Community College and I believe that I have a pretty good chance at getting the job, but I have a few concerns. The purpose of this class is to have a Interior Design professional teach what an Interior Design career is all about; this class is for children ages 10-13.  I am obviously not a teacher, but I have a degree and real world experience in Interior Design, so I am asking the help of all you teachers out there!!

I need to come up with ideas for a new description of the class (I am under the impression that I get to create a new curriculum for the class, along with a supplies and materials list.)  The class is only for four weeks and there is only 8 sessions.  I know exactly what I want to teach them, what I think they should bring to class and what the goal/end result of the class is to be; I am just not sure what learning level children are at between the ages of 10-13. Do they understand measurement, concept, color theory, etc.  These are all things I want to cover along with design terms, drawings and tools! 

I want to learn the proper way of creating and presenting a lesson plan so that I am prepared for my interview.  If there is any one out there who has any ideas and /or tips for me, I would greatly appreciate it!!

Thank you all!!