Open Design Studio

Are you wanting to renovate an existing home or design a new one from scratch, have plenty of awesome ideas but just don’t know how the heck to pull it altogether? Well we have something in common! Are you also keen to learn the tricks of the design trade but haven’t got the time to do a Degree or Diploma? Yes again. Do you want super stylish advice and tips from one of the best Interior Designers in the bizz but don’t have the budget to employ them for your project? Tick and tick! Well I think I’ve found just the right course for you and me both.

I am just about to embark on two new projects (because you know, I have heaps of spare time on my hands and just need some extra things to do!- eek), the first is the renovation of our Prahran townhouse for The Style School Season 3. The second project is the renovation and extension of a country(ish) property we have just purchased which will be our summer holiday home and weekender (and this will be The Style School Season 4). I am looking forward to sharing the entire process for both projects with you here on Rebecca Judd Loves but first I need some serious H.E.L.P.

Enter Sally of Sally Caroline Interior Design Studio Melbourne and her awesome new digital project which I just think is the best thing in design education since sliced bread and is the answer to all of your renovation/interior design prayers- Open Design Studio.

So what is Open Design Studio exactly I hear you say? Well it is a digital platform that guides creative peeps through their new project. It is the same process that Sally herself uses for her luxury residential clients but bottled into step by step learning modules and resources such as templates, the all important supplier lists and typical plans. It makes receiving expert advice affordable and feeds your own creative genius as I’m sure you, like me, love the idea of doing it ourselves but are just so damn amateurish that a project can become scary and daunting. Open Design Studio certainly takes the rookie out of renovating and I’ve already put it into good practice with my upcoming projects.

So how does it work? Well I opted for the “All in Access” version which delivers the entire course content over 6 days. A new module is sent each day which you save to your desktop and you also receive design support from Sally and her team for 6 months (this my friends is GOLD. “Ummm Hey Sal, do you know a good builder?, Marble or Terrazzo?, know of a good chippy in my local area?, do you think this shade of grey cabinetry will go with this brass tap ware? blah blah blah.”).

So what are the 6 Modules? In brief:

1. Schematic Design: Defining your brief and own style of luxury. You’ll create moodboards and set the tone for the project to follow.

2. Spatial Planning: Planning spaces to ensure rooms flow harmoniously with intelligent storage inspired by your daily routines.

3. Specifications: Finishes, Fittings and Door Hardware (the FUN stuff!). They’ll run through all the options and supply you with the tools to assist you in making the right decisions for your project.

4. Lighting: Maximising Natural, Artificial, and Decorative Light. Learn how to create moods with light and expertly illuminate spaces.

5. Project Management: Building your A-team, Drafting your Project, Tendering to Builders, and Managing the Build Process.

6. Interior Styling: Selecting and styling Furniture, Art and Accessories. They’ll guide you on furniture layouts, mastering your mix and managing your budget.

Got it guys? Phew- how awesome is Sally masterminding all of this? And the good news is that there is a FREE 2 week trial so you can try before you buy, or if you’re not sure you want the “All in Access,” ($680) then you can purchase the “Monthly Studio Access” ($120). If it’s only interior styling you need help with then you can purchase the “Design Guide: Interior Styling” for $99.

Ahhhhh- I feel so relaxed heading into my projects now with all of Sally’s step by step processes and modules saved to my desktop. I love the supplier lists and even little things like knowing cabinet heights and different depths depending on overhead or base location and where to put power points is so good (saves me googling everything all the time that’s for sure!)

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