Grace Windsor Wexler
Grace Windsor Wexler is 42 years old. She is married to Jake
Wexler. She has two daughters Angela and "Turtle." She
is believed to be an interior decorator. Her full name is Grace Windsor Wexler.
Interior decorators decorate homes, stores, offices, and public places. In order to be an interior decorator you must know about your materials such as building materials, textiles, fabrics, and furnishings.
Interior decorators are trained at schools of design and in colleges and universities.
Interior decorators work in the interior design industry. This industry is many times not understood because people sometimes think that interior designing is all about being romantic, picking out all kinds of colors, fabrics, and being creative all the time. Those are only components to the extensive details of this industry. Interior decorators also have to sell their products, organize the clients details, and make sure everything goes perfectly during installation and that most of all their client is happy and content with their design choices. Many times clients only have a certain budget for decorating and request certain materials, therefore the interior decorator may sometimes have to make deals with manufacturer's prices, do many errands on their own, do some installation on their own, and most of all keep good billing records of their client's decorating job.
Classes and Areas of Study
The industry of interior design is always changing. Years ago there were no programs for interior design in universities or colleges, but today there is an accreditation process that certifies interior design programs much like how teacher education programs are accredited. This organization is call FIDER (Foundation for Interior Design Education Research).
Interior designers are now even licensed to practice their design, much like a doctor or architect. In order to get licensed, you must sit for a licensing test through NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification). Even before you take the test you have to have a combination of six years of work experience, two years of schooling plus four years of work experience, or four years in a FIDER accredited university or college plus two years of work experience. The reason licensing is so important is because it helps to create responsible, educated designers.
To be an interior designer, at minimum go to a university or college that is FIDER accredited and work towards a bachelor's degree. If you want to do commercial work, a bachelor's degree is a minimum. You can even go further in your interior design education to receive a master's degree or a doctorate.
A few classes that would help you to be a better student and a better designer are things like AutoCAD by AutoDesk, computer aided drafting. You will begin your career at a higher pay rate if you have some experience and knowledge of this software program. These individuals are in high demand today and it would be great of you to have this experience.
It would also help you through your courses to as many business classes and any and every course on selling/marketing as you can. Interior design is mostly about making connections with other people, marketing your design, selling your design knowledge, knowing the right people, paperwork and design. You may even want to take theatre classes to gain a greater self-esteem when you are making your sales pitches. You will have to sketch an idea to show a client in almost every project so you should also take art and drawing classes. Some clients choose to decorate their environments with specific themes or ideas and if you know some art history, furniture history, and antique history, that will be a very positive experience when dealing with clients.
After you take all your courses or even throughout the finishing stages of your coursework, get internships! Good internships are a great way to get into the business, work for free for other companies to get experience and real world knowledge. If you are good, they will most likely hire you after your internship is over. Do whatever you can for good respectable design companies. This will get your foot in the door.
Specialty Fields Within Interior Design
There are so many different fields to enter within interior design. Here are just a few: Residential interior designer: these individuals serve home owners
Commercial interior designer: these individuals may work on offices, restaurants, banks, malls, and hotels.
Within each residential and commercial design, you could be a project manager heading up the entire project or a draftsperson drafting designs or a specifier of products. You could even be a sales representative for different products.
Many interior decorators own or operate a drapery workroom or fabric warehouse, a design firm or are even painters, wall paper hangers, and carpet layers.
The following is a list of different types of interior designers:
Residential Interior Designer
Commercial Interior Designer:
Offices, Restaurants, Hotels, | Health Care Facilities | Entertainment Facilities
Kitchen and Bath Designer
Computer-aided Designer (CAD)
Retail Store Designer
Model Home Consultant
Historic preservation Designer
Showroom Sales Representative | Wholesale and Retail
Production Designer, Art Director, Set Decorator | Set Designer
The salary range is pretty broad. Because interior decorators advance at different levels such as a junior designer, assistant or specifier, even a senior designer, project manager, or partner in a firm, the pay level is different. For example, you may begin as a junior level assistant at the mid $20's and proceed to be a partner in the $200,000's+. If you specialize in an area, your chances of getting a higher salary greatly increases.
www.interiors.org for more info.