HOW TO CREATE A CLUB

Interior designers often work with a team of contractors, venders and assistants to make design happen for their clientele. If professionals rely on a team, why shouldn’t you? No one has to tackle something as daunting as decorating all alone.

Do-it-yourself doesn’t mean Do-it-BY-yourself!

You need a team, and that is why we created designHop, to bring together family, friends, and neighbors to help each other decorate.

This is not an entirely new idea. A designHop group serves the same purpose your grandmother’s quilting bee or garden club does — to take a difficult creative task and turn it into a fun, social event.

A designHop is not about large renovations that require us to hire contractors or wield a sledgehammer. It is light decorating, often on a budget. We focus on design dilemmas that can be frustrating, or even defeating at times. We help everyone understand the scope of the activity by stating the task.

Example: “The goal for our meeting is to help Jessie figure out how to accessorize her mantel and, if we have time, to help hang her window treatments.”

You can plan a successful designHop activity in three basic steps:

1) Recruit it.
2) Lead it.
3) Test it.

RECRUIT IT
This first step is the simplest. Invite your friends! Finding the right people is as easy as opening your phone book.

Friends you bring into the group will offer a variety of skill-sets. There will be Susie who knows how to paint; Sally who loves to read DIY magazines and has tons of ideas to share; Savanna who has the mind of an engineer and can figure out the best way to hang picture frames; Sadie who has a knack for dumpster diving and thrifting; Summer who knows how to use a power drill and is willing to climb a ladder; and Shania who can organize and be a leader of a small nation.

LEAD IT
Every team needs a leader. The leader can be the homeowner who hosts the designHop event or someone designated by the group.

The leader does not have to be the best decorator or a professional designer, but rather someone who can help the group prepare and keep the group focused on the task.

TEST IT
It’s great to share ideas, but it is a whole other experience to try them in a hands-on approach. For instance, if the group wonders how the sofa will look in front of the window, try it! Then stand back and make observations. Wonder how it will look across from the fireplace? Move it again!

Your group will probably experiment with several ‘right’ ways to decorate the space. The best way will be what the homeowner enjoys.

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