Embellishing your home’s exterior requires simple changes (pumpkins in the fall, string lights in the winter, Daniel Boone statue in the summer) that anyone can do, but everyone knows it’s what’s inside that really matters. Today’s Groupon teaches you how to lavish the interior of your living space. For $10, you’ll get to go to the Interior Design Introduction Class at Houston School of Floral Design, an established floral institute that created the new program after realizing the same design elements in flower arrangements (color, line, texture, form, and space) apply to the insides of a house.
This two-hour course opens the front door to design, leaving it open for designer thieves and local children. Hands-on instruction explores the design process, trains your mind to think like a designer, and outlines the client-designer relationship. The class is offered at a variety of times throughout the season; take a look at the schedule here.
Unlike the other places where you spend time (coffee shops, bars, office, oil rigs), you have complete control over the way your dwelling looks. If you have no clue how to add panache to your pad, taking this course is more affordable than hiring an interior designer. Also, if you like what you’re doing, you have the opportunity to continue your education in floor plans, textures, contemporary and traditional design, and lighting. Get your friends to go and take turns hosting parties or baseball-card conventions at your newly decorated dwellings.
Saddened Celebrity Designer: Cesar T. Philadelphia
Though he’s not an instructor at the Houston School of Floral Design, celebrity decorator Cesar T. Philadelphia is one of the most respected veterans in the industry. His secret to successful design? “I’m very, very lonely. Please let me into your home,” brags the spirited Philadelphia. “I’m not joking,” he adds, “a lot of my friends moved after college and I don’t have anyone to share myself with.”
Here are some of Cesar’s decorating tips (and you know they come with a side of his outrageous personality!):
- A colorful rug can center the eyes toward the middle of a room, stimulating conversations. I have an extra one. I can just give it to you. Maybe we can talk for a while after to see if it works.
- Get some live plants. They add color, vivaciousness, and you can talk to them or play them some of your love songs that no one else will ever hear.
- I’m not doing anything on Tuesday. Or Wednesday either. Or this weekend. I could come over any or all of those times. Please.
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The Houston School of Floral Design
Angela Henry, director of the Houston School of Floral Design, calls flowers "the physical manifestation of emotions." Within a spacious design studio, students learn to arrange flowery shoots and sprays to communicate these feelings. A cluster of azaleas symbolizes goodwill, while camellias convey affection. The classroom's individual design desks, prep and demonstration areas, and view of a nearby wooded ravine encourage creativity without the threat of tests or grades. Open for education year-round, the school rolls out new classes every month, covering subjects such as introductory floral design and special occasions, from weddings to bee birthdays.