- Build your Portfolio. You should have some experience with decorating. Your own clients or working at a furniture store or in a design firm so you can build a portfolio.
- Network. Go to builder events. Check out model homes and get to know the builder. If you see a new development, call or email whoever’s number is on the sign. Utah has an event called The Parade of Homes. If your area has an event like that, look up the list of builders and email over your portfolio for future projects.
- Job Search. I’ve seen job listings for a model home designer. Use a site like indeed.com to look for this position
Timing– Once the construction is done on a model (and the done date is rarely predictable), there is a race to get it furniture in to sell, sell, sell the units. You have to be super prepared so that when they say go, you can get decorating.
Client– One of the reasons I had always wanted to decorate a model home was because I thought I could just make it pretty and be creative because there was no real client. The truth is that the builder is your client and they will have a strong opinion about how they want it to look.
I hope this was helpful if you ever are able to decorate a model home! Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments. If you aren’t a decorator, I hope you at least enjoyed the pretty images 🙂
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