The brainchild of interior designer and media personality James Treble, ‘Practical Design’ is a new online course created for those building or renovating a house as well as students of design. “The feedback I’ve often received is how practical my knowledge is, so I thought it was time to share it,” says James who presents the course alongside a team of industry-leading mentors. Created over a period of 18 months, the course features nine modules that contain a wealth of practical knowledge as well as a whopping 1800 inspirational images.
The first module covers the basics of design including colour placement and the history of architecture while the second module covers design documentation and planning. There are several other modules too, covering kitchen and pantry design, bathroom/laundry/mudroom design, internal and external selections, space planning, styling and more.
“The course is designed to teach people about how to understand space and materials and is brimming with practical information such as a full explanation of basin and tap styles as well as the differences between tile types, timber flooring and cabinetry profiles,” says James who believes that people need to understand all the pieces in the toolkit before they can appreciate how to apply them in their home.
“For someone building a new home, this course will give them immense confidence in the process. I work with people who are building with budgets between 775k and two million dollars and to get it wrong is frightening!” says James who explains that the course is designed to take the stress and pressure out of the process.
James believes that interior design students have plenty to learn from the course too given such practical advice often isn’t taught. “Students usually learn the fundamentals and understand the processes but what they miss is knowledge and experience which is where I come in,” says James who sees the course as an adjunct to formal interior design qualifications.
The course is presented via a combination of text and video and there are live quarterly workshops also. “They will be live via Zoom, and I’ll be explaining things and dealing with questions. There will be direct access to me.”
Twelve months of access to Practical Design is priced at $972 (or three $325 monthly instalments) and Interiors Addict readers are invited to receive a 20 per cent discount on the fee using the code THEINTERIORSADDICT.