Can you believe 2020 is right around the corner? We thought it’d be a good time to revisit some of your favorite Focal Point Blog articles from the past year!

Tammy Hart was popular this year! Decorating is all about trends, so it’s important to keep up with what’s “in” and “out” in the industry every once in a while. A big trend this past year was recycling or upcycling home décor. This article covers 4 decorating tricks trendy homeowners can work on themselves. It’s a fun read!

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Everyone loves those HGTV shows where a house gets completely redesigned in a half hour. Real life is quite a bit messier and less streamlined than TV. If you’re considering an Interior Design career, it’s worth knowing the differences. Take a minute to read these comparisons between TV design and real rife design, as outlined by QC Tutor, Tammy Hart.

Christina Kittelstad is back, and this time she walks you through some questions that you’ll ALWAYS hear from your color consulting clients.  Questions ranging from “Why should I hire you?” to (basically) “Can you teach me everything about color consulting for free so I don’t have to hire you?”.  Her answers are well thought out and respectful, and worth having in your arsenal.

Above, we gave you 6 floor planning apps. In this article, we cover a myriad of apps that are useful to your home design career. If you’re looking to go digital, some of these are extremely handy to have in your toolkit. Bonus: a lot of them are free.

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It’s interesting to go back and see what QC Tutor Christina’s predictions were for color trends in the past year. Turns out, she was pretty spot on. Sometimes it pays to listen to the experts!

Hearing from a former QC student who went on to start a successful business is always enlightening! Heemal has a thriving Feng Shui business, and you can too! You can read her story today.

Another one “from the experts”, this fantastic article was written by QC Graduate, Lianne Cousvis. In this article, Lianne outlines the 5 details that are most often overlooked by homeowners trying to sell, even though they’re what homebuyers look for the most when house-hunting. It’s a great read.

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Let’s face it: floor planning isn’t going to be the favorite part of your job as an interior decorator. But it’s something you can’t avoid doing! Lucky for you, after you’ve learned the basics, you can find apps and software that will do the math and scaling for you. This will save you loads of time – and headaches. So it’s no wonder this article was the third most popular this year, even though it was only published last month!

This one is a bit seasonal, but if you’re looking for some outdoor décor inspiration, QC Tutor (and IDDP!), Tammy Hart, has you covered. In her usual no-nonsense style, Tammy walks you through the materials you should use, the precautions you should take, and specific rules you might not have thought about when decorating an outdoor space!

This was the most popular article of 2019!  Whether you’re a professional home stager looking for a bit of inspiration, or wanting to make improvements yourself to help your home sell quickly (and for the best price), this article provides useful advice on simple projects that can make a world of difference for potential buyers.

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I wonder what articles will be most popular next year. Is there a specific topic you’d like to read about in 2020? Let us know in the comments!

Looking to kick start your professional Design career in 2020? Enroll in QC’s leading interior decorating class and start your journey today!

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