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about me- my career as an interior decorator

I get a lot of questions on Instagram about what I do for a living, how I like it and how I got to this point in my career. When I say a lot of questions! I mean a lot of questions. I love when people reach out to me for advice and knowledge of what I do for a living but there is only so much you can type through direct message. That is why I am writing this post to future explain : what I do for a living, how I got this job, what you need to get a job in my field, how to figure out your passion, how to figure out what career works best for you etc.. 

womans office desk blush pink and gold accents

Get My Bedroom Decor:

My Career Backstory 

This is a long one. I have an interest for so many things. It was always hard for me to figure out what I wanted to do for a living because of this. I tried so many courses, which was the best way to figure out my passion, also made my resume look great! All the courses, hobbies, activities I did had one thing in conman. They were all creative. I knew I had to have a job in something creative. 

My major areas of study were: Cake Decorating, Make- Up and Artistry, Event Planning and Interior Decorating. 

After I finished my last program at the age of 23 I was determined to find a job in my field. I HUSTLED. I made no excuses "it is hard to find a job in my field" - well your not trying hard enough! I would apply, look for jobs every morning and night. The job that I have now I got hired on the spot. Confidence is key, a sense of business no matter what field you are in is key and so is conman sense. 

sofa in family room with pillows rug and coffee table

My favorite on trend boho chic home decor and furniture ( also these pieces have been trending!)

My Job Now and What I Do For A Living

I work for a furniture company as a decorator/ merchandiser. I also plan their promotional events. 

What is a Merchandiser: to sum this up. Someone who makes sure the store looks great, the store is in line with company's standards and someone who finds ways to position items for maximum sales. 

Most company's will give you a planogram or directive which tells you how to display items, I am lucky my job lets me do whatever! 

I got pretty lucky finding a job in both my fields Event Planning and Interior Decorating. However, nothing is perfect. There is always the typical workplace drama etc... 

If you are wondering about pay. I do not like talking about money but for the sake of being informative. I do not get paid as much as I would like haha... If you work for a design firm you would get paid more, but you also have to do more technical work: AutoCad, SketchUp, 20/20 - all design programs. You have to find what works for you! 

dog sitting on a sofa - home decor

How to Become an Interior Decorator 

I went to college for it, same as I did for Event Planning. However, for both fields you do not need an education, a lot of top designers and planners have no real education in their field. I do recommend getting an education in these fields, if you want to work for a company it is definitely something they look for. There are a lot of independent schools that offer  courses or you could do what I did and go to college. 

The difference between Interior Decorator and Interior Designer: 

Interior Decorator: focuses more on aesthetics making the space look pleasing, what colours, furniture works best, space planning, colour theory. 

Interior Designer: is more of how to make the building functional, the layout, which walls to put where. It is more about the architecture.

Rule:  Interior Designers can decorate but Interior Decorator can not design. 

You need a lot more education, schooling to be a Interior Designer. 

I hope this was informative, if you have any questions reach out to me! 

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Aug 31, 2020

That is such a fun job! It's good you're able to land on a job that you like. I used to like looking at home decorating magazines but now maybe an Instagram will do. But it always changes when I visit a store since I have to consider what available pieces they have but maybe that is also the power of merchandising.


Uzo O
Uzo O
Aug 25, 2020

Wow ,wow,wow I am in Awe after reading this article. I am just about to complete my professional diploma in interior design with an online college . I think when you're a creative person ,one tends to try almost all fields of creativity which is why I am not surprised at when you said you "tried many courses ",I did the same including courses for food and beverages until I decided it was interior design I enjoyed more.

And thank you for clarifying the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator, a lot of people make that mistake a lot. I wish you well in your career and hope to see more of your work.

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Juanita likes
Juanita likes
Aug 24, 2020

I had no idea an interior decorator and designer were different, In that case I would love to be both, I hope you have a great week ahead : ) xo


Tiziana Olbrich
Tiziana Olbrich
Aug 24, 2020

Wow that sounds like one of the coolest jobs ever! Seems like you really have a good feeling for colors, trends and decor. Wish you all the best :) have a great day,


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