Last year I started a Diploma in Interior Design at KLC School of Design, London. It’s an Open Learning course which means I can work at my own pace, in my own time. I’ve been trying to do 15-20 hours a week (around work) which hasn’t been easy but I got there in the end.

As you can imagine, it’s a huge weight off my shoulders to finally submit the first module…Here’s a little glimpse at what I’ve submitted for the first project:

1. The Design Process & Client Questionnaire

This section was all about familiarising yourself with the design process and taking a client brief.

During the initial meeting with a client, it’s important to listen carefully to your customers’ needs and take thorough notes about the scope of the project and the site (logistic) details before proposing any creative ideas. It was important to note down and take into consideration the client’s lifestyle, needs for the space/s in question, their taste – likes and dislikes along with potential future needs.

2. Personal Style Board and Personal Reflective Journal

In this project we were asked to keep a personal style journal to record images, thoughts and ideas. The images didn’t need to be interior related, but diverse covering – architecture, fashion, art, advertising, patterns and textiles – anything we found interesting or were drawn to in some way. The hard part was annotating the images as to why we chose them and try to find repeating motifs and themes.

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We were asked to create an edited presentation of our ‘personal style’ that defines us in terms of colour, texture from the images we found. It’s actually a lot harder than it sounds – the idea is that at the end of the process you can be confident in your own personal style and taste.

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The process definitely helped me to establish links between images. Without going into too much detail, I discovered that I have an eclectic, modern and rustic style. I’m drawn to images that mix styles, textures and furniture in a brilliant, mish-mash way. I adore textures that have been weathered and worn e.g. stripped back and honest materials – bare brick walls, old leather sofas, raw plastered walls etc. But for me, this rustic look is at its best when combined with modern and contemporary accessories… The sleek and modern juxtaposed with the rustic and traditional can enhance each other… I’ve discovered that for me the imperfect can be perfect.reflectivejournalstatement

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3. Technical Drawings: A Final Furniture Plan and 4 Elevations

This section introduced us to technical drawing equipment, understanding scale, surveying, how to create technical drawing plans and elevations. This project was the most rewarding exercise for me because I never thought I’d be able to get my ‘head around’ understanding scale – let alone create technical drawings and elevations in any detail! Initially I really struggled – I felt like I needed to remember everything at once; Technical drawing conventions, line weights, when to round measurements up, when not to… different scales for different purposes… information to be included on plans (interior symbols and graphics).. the list goes on.  (I must’ve read the documents 20 times before attempting the tasks. But once I got over the fear of getting it wrong, I was pleased with what I’d produced.)

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I didn’t make my life any easier by not having all the correct equipment at the beginning of the course – pens, compasses and a drawing board. Nightmare! especially, when you feel ‘you’re on a roll’ and can’t finish it because you haven’t got the right materials…

But once I got the ‘hang of it’ I started surveying rooms in my home and I created plans and elevations to scale. I did pencil drawings of furniture just to practice and inked the final layouts on tracing paper:

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The second part of the project was to create 3 potential furniture layouts in response to a brief. You had to consider the pros and cons of each and produce a final, inked plan. It’s amazing how how different and creative it can be to consider layouts from a technical, birds eye view.

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4. Colour Theory Reference Document

This project was pretty straight forward and was mostly reading and research on colour theory..we looked at how colour can play a role in how we feel about the environment / space around us and how colour theory can be applied to interior design.

We learned about the foundations of colour theory – what are primary, secondary and tertiary colours? How to use colours to create visual illusion etc.

We were then asked to put together a presentation to highlight what we’ve learned along with visual examples from room schemes and some supporting text. Here’s a preview of some of the slides from my presentation:

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Unfortunately I’ve just realised that I forgot to include a contents page and bibliography… Oh dear, I hope it doesn’t affect my mark too much! I’ll get my first set of results back soon and should be able to share some insight. Wish me luck!

You may also be interested in:

The Colour Wheel and Its Use in Interior Design How you can use colour to create visual effects? What effect does texture have on light and colour? Modern Rustic: Celebrating the Perfectly Imperfect

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19 comments

  1. I have found this so helpful and even used two of your photos for my colour essay!! And put you in my bibliography! I am completing the same course as you and am finishing up section one at the moment. Have you had your feedback yet? I am sure you have done well! It looks fantastic. Good luck

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    1. Thanks Jo! I’m glad you’ve found my blogs helpful. I got the results a week ago. I was both surprised and delighted to get an A! But it was far from perfect – there was A LOT of constructive criticism, mainly to do with correct submission guidelines… By photographing (not scanning my work) I caused the measurements to get skewed. I also need to practice my technical inking amongst many other things.

      Thanks again for the comment and Good Luck! 🙂

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  2. I have also found your blog extremely helpful. I am enrolled in the more basic Design your own Home Course but the assignments are similar. I really appreciate viewing such good examples as it helps guide me with my own work. Good luck with your designing future!

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    1. Thanks Anna-Lisa. Glad you’ve found my blogs valuable.

      Feel free to share what you’re working on – I’m always interested in seeing what my fellow peers are up to.

      Good luck with your course!

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  3. Hi Amanda,

    I’ve just stumbled across your blog as part of my research for module 2 of the KLC Open Learning Diploma. Having looked at your extensive research and clear creative talents, it is no surprise you got an A for your module one submission, well done!… I’ve compared it to my submission and the C I received . It confirmed what I knew really, that I need to throw myself into this process and basically work harder! How are you going on the 2nd module? I’m enjoying working on concept boards and about to embark on sourcing and delveloping schemes. Good luck… I’ve just started to follow you, hoping for some inspiration 😉

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    1. Hi Katie, Thank you for getting in touch… I really appreciate your positive feedback 🙂 – especially as I’m struggling with the motivation myself at the moment…

      I’m working my way through module 2 (slowly) and finding it a lot harder than the first to be honest. Really enjoyed the sample boards, sourcing and technical project 2.2 – though it took a lot longer than expected!

      My career and wedding planning has taken over a bit over the past few months – so i’m trying to get back into the swing of working at the weekends – It’s a difficult balance… I’m trying to give the projects the time they deserve to do them justice/ do well. (But as a result, I’m only just starting the kitchen planning exercises!)

      … Not to mention It’s been an age since I updated this blog…So sorry there’s not been much in the way of inspiration recently…

      Have you got any advice on the work / life balance / trying to have a social life too?

      How are you getting on? Which sections are you working on? Feel free to send me pics!

      Anyway, Good Luck and thanks for following!

      A x

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  4. I love this, I’ve been trying to decide whether to study interior design myself and this really makes me want to. Your work is great and I have the same kind of style eye as you. I love natural timbers, and exposed brick and I love the idea of giving old furniture a new lease on life. I’ve recently just started my own blog on interior design I just can’t decide if I’m willing to take the leap and study interior design. If you could give me any advice with making the decision on whether to go back and study it would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Hi Jade, thanks for reaching out. Pleased to hear you like my blog… 😀

      I would definitely say that it’s worth going to a few open days to talk to students and tutors to gauge what you want to do, discuss the course curriculum e.g. residential / commercial focused courses? And the best course if you’re looking to change career? Then this may affect what course you want to sign up for…. If you’re still unsure some Uni’s (like KLC) provide taster courses to give you an idea of what’s covered…. And skills in specific areas.

      There are also more in depth degrees than the one I’m taking, they are more of a commitment (both financially and are full-time).

      Another consideration is if you feel you want to work alongside other students. There’s definitely a lot to be said for face to face teaching. As I’m sure you can imagine, an online degree is very different – It’s quite time-consuming teaching yourself and this can be hard in terms of motivation after work! …

      All in all, I think it’s been worth the commitment and I’m really enjoying it. I would definitely recommend KLC in terms of quality of the course and support staff.

      Hope that helps and good luck!

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  5. Hi Amanda, I am just working towards the end of my first submission. I have a personal deadline of the 24th November to submit everything. I came across your blog by luck and it was interesting to see how you had approached the exercises. On review on my work, i do feel i need to add more detail to convey what i am saying more clearly. I must say i have found it extremely difficult trying to complete the course and work full time but your work has inspired me. I am so pleased for you in getting an A. I am sure you will go very far with your career and i wish you all the best. Danielle

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    1. Hi Danielle, thanks for the comment, I really appreciate your kind words. (I hope the A wasn’t a fluke and that I can do the same in the modules that contribute towards the final mark!)

      Good luck with your submission – I’m sure you’ve done better than you think. Please feel free to email me and let me know how you get on. I’d be keen to keep in touch, I’m sure there’s a lot we can learn from each other. 🙂

      Best wishes
      Amanda

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  6. Hey Amanda!

    I’m currently searching for an online interior design course, which can help me switch careers in the future and have come upon KLC and through research found your blog. Could you possibly tell me how long/short you think the course can be completed in, as ideally I would like to get it done in the time of a year? Do you see this as possible for someone who hasn’t got a full time job or family commitments such as kiddies running around the house?:)

    Congrats on your well deserved grade for your first submission and I wish you all the very best with the rest of your work.

    Best,
    Simone

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  7. Hey Amanda! I am currently working on my level one projects, deadline of 14th Nov. I just wanted to ask what programs did you lay out your pages on. I can see you have included screenshots from you pinterest boards, were KLC ok with this? Ive got loads of stuff on Pinterest and really don’t want to have to print everything off. Your work looks so neat, well done.
    thanks gemma

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    1. Hi Gemma,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I use PowerPoint and Word in this module. For recent furniture booklets I’ve been using InDesign and would recommend blurb – a free template site for booklets.

      I think KLC were Okay with the Pinterest screenshots – as long as you analyse them and use other primary and secondary sources too!

      Hope that helps!
      A xx

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  8. Hi Amanda
    Just started the KLC OL program at the beginning of September and I am very excited about it. Quick question did you do you PRJ little by little (writing and sticking your comments in your journal everyday or so) or did you spend weeks picking out images and then put it together all at one when you were ready to do your style board?

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    1. Hi Alexandra,

      Great to hear you joined the OL program…I use my PRJ every time I sit down to work and as a tool to explore ideas, draw etc little by little…

      Hope that answers your question…
      All the best and good luck!

      A x

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  9. Hi Amanda!!! i’ve found your blog by accident and i really really loved it. Im looking for an Interior Design course online because i live in Chile. I’m a Graphic Designer but i want to change my career to Interior Design, i’m really tired of graphic design jobs in my country. Thing is, i’m on an tight budget due to my part time job. I want to know if it really worth the payment of the KLC course for me to save money for it.Do you truly recommend it? Thank you so so much 🙂

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    1. Hi Javiar,

      Thank you so much for getting in touch.

      Personally, I think the course is really good value particularly if you can’t put aside the time/money to go full-time. KLC is well recognised in the industry and is geared towards practical and professional skills to help you land a job afterwards.

      For me it’s great because I can dip in and out of my interior coursework, when I want. It’s flexible around all my other work / life commitments – which is a real bonus for me. But on the negative front – you do need to keep motivated which isn’t for everyone!

      However, there’s nothing quite like face to face learning to pick up techniques quickly. If I had the money and was as serious as you seem to be about a career change – I’d probably consider going on a course more locally. You get through it faster, meet connections who may be able to help you get a new job, and you’d probably be an interior designer in a few years rather than 5?

      Maybe do a short taster course? You could even see if KLC would give you a preview of the online tools so you can make a considered decision.

      Wish I could be more helpful. Please let me know how you get on!

      A x

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  10. Thank you so much Amanda, you’re so nice 🙂
    Actually i’ve ben seen other courses here in my city, maybe that’s a better option. I found one that’s looks very good in the best university of my country :).
    Hope you the best to finish the course on KLC!!
    Thank you so much.

    bye!

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