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The Design Help experience

Joining Design Help will give you access to a wide-range of resources to support with your home renovation and interior design project.

This is advice that doesn’t appear in magazines. From concept and sample boards, right through to measuring a space and working with builders, you will be able to hear professional interior design advice from Debby, as well as tips from a range of trade and interiors professionals.

Joining Design Help will give you the following great advantages

Joining Design Help will give you the following great benefits:

We give you access to information that can only be found on expensive interior design courses. At a fraction of the cost, you have access to a real source of information and inspiration.

  • Regular video uploads on a Monthly Focus subject
  • Our videos focus on the whole process of refurbishing your home and you will hear advice from professionals
  • Learn a whole new set of skills to help you design your own unique interior
  • Join in and post your success stories to our Positive Box
  • Access to our suppliers directory
  • Do’s and Don’ts to give you instant hints and tips
  • Complex subjects put in to simple language
  • News updates on interior design trends
  • With our unique Master Plan, we explain how the whole interior design process works. It’s an in-depth look at how you can achieve an amazing home that works with your lifestyle and shows-off your personal style

Monthly or Annual Membership

  • Monthly Membership (30 day free trial)

    £8 per month

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  • Annual Membership Fee

    £72 per year

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The Master Plan

The Master Plan will be available in A3 printed format posted in a tube to all Members from the 4th March 2019 and marked with the Design Help copyright. The Cost will be £15 excluding P&P

Throughout the year the Master Plan and all its content, will be reviewed and discussed with every focus subject and relating it to the ‘process’ of a project on a monthly basis. It is not essential to purchase the printed format unless you want to and it’s only available to Members of Design Help.

Other material throughout the year may be available as one off costs. Eg scaled templates to help you space plan, seminar tickets etc, should you wish to purchase.

Further Information

See “Why Join Design Help’ for further Membership Details.

Frequently asked questions

What sort of advice does Design Help give?

Design Help is an online Home Renovation and Interior Design resource offering information and advice to members. It is not a consultancy service or a training course. We do, however, use a Focus subject each month so therefore able to give information that is important and relevant.

What subjects does Design Help cover.

Interior Design is wide ranging in subject matter. Design help endeavours to address the fundamentals which often form the basis of the academic curriculum but with a realistic approach to the non- trained interior designer/property owner. It takes the most practical and realistic approach as to how to go about a project. Design Help does not take Interior Design in isolation to the reality of a refurbishment project. They go hand in hand.

The subjects covered are outlined in the Master Plan.

How is access gained to the Master Plan.

The Master Plan is available immediately as a gift at the Ideal Home Exhibition. Alternatively the Design Help sequence of Monthly subjects covers the main topics but in an order that allows you to find the format interesting, engaging and gives you time to prepare and do your research.

Can I get hold of the Master Plan without waiting for the monthly updates?

Yes, the Master Plan is available to purchase online for members @ £15. However, as the Master Plan is unique to Design Help, it works better when used alongside our videos and fact sheets, which will give you the most essential information.

Is the Master Plan self-explanatory?

If you have a good grasp of the interior design process, then yes. However, as the Master Plan is unique to Design Help, it works better when used alongside our videos and fact sheets, which will give you the most essential information.

Is Design Help just about Interior Design?

No, it’s more than that and guides you through the whole process, which includes working with tradespeople, measuring a space, identifying structural or build challenges as well as room concepts and design. This can be applied to all sizes and ranges of projects.

Is there a difference between Interior Decoration and Interior Design?

Yes, there is a big difference. Interior Decoration is about the style, image and surface decoration of an Interior. Interior Design is about the property in three dimensions and considers how space is used, planned, structural alterations and the services as well as the decorative side. It does not replace the expertise of Architects, Engineers and Surveyors and other specialists, but works with them when required. We design from the ‘inside – out’ so the focus is on what you own and exists and must stay, your new needs and your lifestyle and the property. Design Help is led by Debby Thurston, an Interior Designer with an Msc in Construction Refurbishment Management.

Can I become an Interior Designer with Design Help?

Design Help is an online Interior Design resource offering information and advice to members. It is not a consultancy service or a training course. You will get a true flavour of what an Interior Designer does, and it will show you the additional training and natural talents you need to call yourself an Interior Designer. In general a degree course is needed. Today CAD is a definite requirement.

Can I have one to one help with my project?

Unfortunately, this falls into the category of true Interior Design Consultancy with the appropriate fee, which can be very costly. For the average home owner, this may be unrealistic – hence the creation of Design Help, where you can learn enough information – at a fraction of the cost – to help yourself to design your own interior, call in the right specialist help and, in particular, understand the overall process.

Can you recommend good builders and other consultants.

Again, this is very difficult because of the geography. Design Help gives you advice on and guidance on the right questions to ask builders and/or consultants. It is paramount to either become a great DIY-er or involve well proven contractors. Project management tools are covered within the Design Help Subjects. It’s really important to recognise your own strengths, weaknesses and time availability, especially if you are considering the DIY route. Getting in the professionals is often a safer and faster method, allowing you to concentrate your time on earning the money.

What guarantees can you offer.

Design Help information is given to the very best of its ability given that every situation and circumstance is different. There are no guarantees other than you will have more confidence in your decisions, you will enjoy the process and understand how everything should work. I will also help you ask the right questions, which is often one of the most difficult things when entering an area you are unfamiliar with.

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