Holiday decorating

United States
December 13, 2006 9:15am CST
I have an associte degree in interor design and I have heard many things about decorating homes for holidays. I grew up in a family that had little money so this idea seems very far out for me. but it is something I have thought about doing. My question is would anyone (if you had the money) pay someone to decorate your home for a holiday?
2 responses
• United States
18 Jan 07
I'm a professional designer, and all I can tell you is to never underestimate what some people will pay for! Granted, as these people are few and far between, don't limit yourself to residential clients. Think of corporate clients as well. How do you think all those poinsettias end up in all the lobbies of downtown offices? As the holidays are over, don't limit yourself to just Christmas. Retail clients always have to be on top of every trend and their windows reflect it. All large retailers have people who do their windows, but mom and pop or local stores would probably love to have someone who'd update their displays monthly or bi-weekly. Remember what I said...you'd be amazed at what some people will pay for! Good luck!
• United States
20 Jan 07
I'm still working on my Bacholars degree and I am trying to find ways to get some experance. The holiday decorating thing didn't work out at all. I guess I don't live in an area that needs it. I am hopeing to get some experance soon, my internship did not work as well as I would have liked as I didn't get any experance with it. So I am now looking for something else to do. I have thought about going to stores and seeing what they would like, but I live in a small town right now and I think that I may have to wait until I move to go back to school to start any type of search. But any advice is helpful.
• United States
22 Jan 07
What type of design are you wanting to do? Residential? Commercial? Furniture sales? Commercial design repping? There are so many options out there! I grew up and went to school in a small town. Before I could get a serious internship, I had to move to a big city, but I'm now doing high end commercial design for one of the top 5 largest firms in the world. But you can do design in a small town, but first narrow down the niche you want to be in. I'm sure there's an architect around that you could work with as his assistant in helping him select interior finishes for clients. That might be one place to look. Let me know what you're interests are, and I'll be happy to help you brainstorm.
• United States
22 Jan 07
I am really into residental. I'm hopeing to attend Eastren Michigan University and finish my Bacholars degree. The only thing I have studdied is residental design, so I really want to see what is involved with commercial design. I would love to do spa and hotel design, but again I'm not sure it's for me. I've tried contacting a few designers just to see if I can shadow them, but no luck so far.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
13 Dec 06
No I like to do it myself. But that is just me. I think it is a very good idea. And I am sure they are people out there who would pay you for decorating for them. I know last year I had just come home from the hospital and didnt have the stength for decorating. My husband decorated the outside but that was it. I could of used you last year. Go for it.