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Interior Decorating, Remodeling, and Feng Shui


Intro to Interior Design
Designing a room is easy if you focus on seven key steps. Finding your signature style, determining your signature color palette, establishing designated activities for the room, and creating a floor plan will be some of the seven steps covered in this design workshop. Whether you are redecorating a room, or designing one from scratch, this class takes class members through the seven design steps chronologically. Participants will gain confidence and knowledge to in how to decorate their rooms. This workshop is designed to be fun, informal and interactive. The class will be tailored to students’ particular projects and interests. Class members may wish to bring in photos or measurements of a room in their home either sketched on paper with measurements indicated - note windows and doors - or drawn to scale on 1/2 inch graph paper to get ideas for a design plan during class. Instructor Linda Keefer has team-taught design for 20 years with four interior designers. She has 45,000 followers on her Pinterest design boards and 10,000 followers on her design Tumblr account. She has degrees in history and education, and helps friends and clients with design projects.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Mon., 10/2 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


Accessorizing Your Rooms & Current Design Trends
Accessories personalize a room and give rooms interest, color accents and flair. Accessories complete a room and add an extra layer of style. The how-to of accessorizing coffee tables, side tables, mantels, bedside tables and walls will be taught in this class. Different ways of displaying art will be featured. Designers’ tips on accessorizing with photo examples of how they accessorize their own rooms and homes will be reviewed and discussed. Current trends in design and accessorizing and seasonal accessories will be reviewed. Students will learn how to use what they have already, and discuss ideas on how to accessorize a room inexpensively and creatively. Sources for accessories will be reviewed. Students are invited to bring in photos of rooms for which they want ideas on how to accessorize. This how-to-accessorize workshop is designed to be interactive, informal and fun. Handouts, designer tips and bibliography of books on accessorizing included. Instructor Linda Keefer has team-taught design for 20 years with four interior designers. She has 45,000 followers on her Pinterest design boards and 10,000 followers on her design Tumblr account. She has degrees in history and education, and helps friends and clients with design projects.

1 Session $ 25 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 19)
Thur., 11/30 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)



Architecture / Home Re-Design

Re-Invent Your Dream Home Without Leaving Home: Home Design Master Planning for the Baby Boom Generation
You are at the time of your life when you thought everything would be sorted out. The kids would be independent, your parents would be retired in some sunny climate and you would be free to live your dreams...but then reality hits.  Like so many of our peers, you need to play a larger supporting role in the lives of your children and parents while trying to plan and save for your own “retirement” years – welcome to the ‘sandwich generation.’


Now is not the time to lose hope. In this lively and informative presentation, Home Design Transformation authority, Colin Healy, will show you ways to create new uses for your existing spaces.  He will demonstrate how you can transform your current home back into your dream home, without ever having to leave your home! Instructor Colin Healy believes that our homes are reflections of our personalities and our values, and that our values in our later years are more important than ever! For over 25 years, Colin has been transforming homes for beauty, function and longevity.  In his first company, Colin modified homes to use Passive Solar Energy to create, heat and grow food year-round in elegant greenhouse structures. He now helps countless homeowners reinvent their homes to fit their changing needs, evolving passions and growing families. Colin developed his Next Step Home Design Process to guide clients through the home design and construction experience with reduced risk and superior results. Colin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture at City College of New York. He is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist from the National Association of Home Builders, has lectured on Green Design, and has chaired a study on Design Solutions for Home Sharing for Home Haven Village in New Haven, CT, a member of the Village to Village Network.

In this 2 hour class, you will explore:

  1. How living in your home longer can build equity and save you money
  2. The value of a master plan for your home to be executed in stages
  3. The 5 essential elements for planning a successful accessory apartment
  4. Ways to repurpose current living space to create effective living & working space within your existing home
  5. How personal spaces can be crafted to help keep your sanity
  6. How to determine if it is actually time to move
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Mon., 10/16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Feng Shui

Feng Shui the Easy Way

Simple strategies for energizing your spaces and life. The best design tips for creating a happy, healthy home or workplace. Instructor Christine Persche is a design librarian, certified feng shui consultant, a graduate of Pratt Institute and a US Green Building Council Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She attended the New England School of Feng Shui and works with individuals, small businesses and non-profits.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Mon., 12/4 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


Staging

Home Staging
A house is usually your largest investment. When it’s time to sell, you want to have prepared your home to generate the quickest sale at the highest price. Join us for a lively, informative, class where you will learn how home staging not only helps you realized a higher sales price, but can also make your life less stressful as you go through the home sale process. Instructor Jean Rowella has over 30 years experience in real estate marketing, home staging and re-design. After 10 years as a retail store, she closed the store in May 2017 and brought The Gilded Nest business in house! Her focus is on Home Staging Consultations, as well as Interior Decorating, Re-upholstery, Slip-Covers, Pillows, Window Treatments, and Sourcing Vintage Furniture (and custom painting it), etc.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Wed., 10/11 from from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Preparing Your Home for the Market (or to Enjoy it Yourself)
Lonnie Shapiro, co-author of the Connecticut issue of How to Make Your REALTOR® Get You the Best Deal, presents a general discussion of what buyers see when they look at a house and the before and after benefits of staging. She has arranged a variety of guest speakers including professional stagers and a professonal organizer who will explain what you should start doing. There will be a panel discussion including a building inspector and an attorney who will provide more information on additional ways to prepare for your eventual sale. Instructor Lonnie Shapiro, GRI, CRS, Ridgefield realtor for over 30 years, now with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, is co-author of the Connecticut issue of How to Make Your REALTOR® Get You the Best Deal.

Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for Winter or Spring dates.


eBay

Buying and Selling On eBay
Prerequisite: Basic computer and Internet skills. This class can help you: buy old or new items with confidence; convert household clutter to cash; start an on-line eBay business; sell items to downsize a collection. In this two-part class Eileen Burton will unravel the mysteries of eBay by sharing her knowledge and expertise acquired from years of buying and selling on this popular site. The first two-hour class will be devoted to all the basics and the second class will cover in detail all the steps to sell an item – from photographing it to listing it on eBay – by actually putting something up for sale. Instructor Eileen Burton has taught numerous classes about eBay using experience gained from selling items there from her collectibles business. She also shares her results of extensive research by teaching courses in iPhone, iPad, genealogy, and related subjects over a period of many years with Continuing Education.

4 hours $ 82 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 65)
Mon., 9/25 & 10/2 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)


4 hours $ 82 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 65)
Tue., 11/28 & 12/5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Venus Building (old high school)