Calgary Reads


Interior Decorating gets to work with Calgary Reads

Three Interior Decorating learners decorated a room in the Children's Reading Place by Calgary Reads.

On July 1, 2017, the new Children’s Reading Place by Calgary Reads opened in Inglewood, a short walk east from the College. The Children’s Reading Place is a house full of books for children. But before it opened, Steacy Collyer, Executive Director at Calgary Reads, asked the College how the Interior Decorating group could be involved. Nancy Bosscha, an instructor, got three learners set up to decorate the room for two- to eight-year-olds.

Rameen Khattak, Youjung (Kelly) Kim, and Lauren Paul got to work. 

The three Interior Decorating learners came up with a theme (Canadiana) and presented it to Calgary Reads. Then, they did everything from working in specialized AutoCAD design software and researching materials, to choosing colours and furniture. 

“It was a really good initial step to going out in the real world,” says Paul. 

They also accomplished a lot in a little bit of time.

“We worked hard, had a couple of late nights, and got it done,” says Paul. 

The project, which wasn’t a requirement for their program, went above and beyond what the learners tackle in the classroom. “Usually what we do is just conceptual, and you don't get to actually execute and do a real space,” says Jessica Moody, another Interior Decorating instructor. “From an instructor point of view, it was gratifying to see [the learners] build and finish the product.”

Collyer adds that “It was exciting to work with students who are eager to learn, full of ideas. And they were very committed to see it through.” 

This isn’t the first time Interior Decorating learners have volunteered in the community. Learners have worked with the YWCA, and instructors regularly reach out to the community for more opportunities.  

To learn more about our Interior Decorating Diploma, visit the program page

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