Good Question: Design Career Advice?

I'd love to break into design. Can anyone suggest a career track for beginners? Should I go to school first? Get a job as a flunky in a local shop and claw my way to the top? Local schools do have 'Interior Design' curricula but due to economic and Navy Reserve concerns I don't think school is an option right now. I've worked for a kitchen counter company since July 08 and have been in literally hundreds of kitchens. Would love to design kitchens in particular but might also be interested in becoming a 'home stager'. I think I have taste and a bit of knack for it. Any and all comment appreciated...

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The attached pictures are the shelves in my family room. The one of the right is the photoshopped version. I was trying to convince my wife that we should put in a small glass block window next to the fireplace behind the shelves. I 'staged' the shelves for my wife. They're normally covered with stacks of books and umpteen photos. Thanks, again! Brent

Thanks for your question, Brent. Obviously there are many paths that can lead people into a design career. As an architect and a graphic designer, we never really imaged ourselves coming interior design bloggers but here we are! Our advice is to get involved in your local design community via stores, professional networks, etc. and start shaking some hands. You'll learn a lot about what its like to work in this sphere and if it's really right for you. In the meantime, keep working on little projects at home (or for friends) and see where it takes you. If you're really serious about it then, yes, we'd suggest taking some introductory classes and going from there.

Anyone else out there care to share tips on "breaking into" design?

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