Interior design workshop in historical Norwich

Working from my home studio, provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


Would you like to transform your home but aren’t sure where to start?

Do you have great ideas for paint colours and prints but don’t know how to bring a design together?

Fancy a fun day away, meeting some lovely people and being inspired?

On this one-day introductory interior design course, you’ll learn how to create your own A3 design board for a room of your choice, giving you the skills, solutions and inspiration you need to tackle the rest of your house too.

Join me, Dawn Manwaring, at my home studio in the historic city of Norwich as I walk you step-by-step through the design process, helping you find your personal style, choose your layout, and select your furnishings and accessories. We’ll also take a trip to a local department store for inspiration, so you’re sure to come away with loads of great ideas.

With group size limited to a maximum of three, you’ll get plenty of one-to-one attention, learning together in a relaxed, sociable environment where no experience is required. Or why not come along with a friend or family member – this course makes the perfect gift for someone special.

The day in detail

Course duration:

9.30 am to 4.30 pm (with a one-hour lunch break)

Morning (9.30 am–1 pm):

· Tea or coffee and introductions
· Discover the key elements of design
· Learn money-saving secrets without compromising on style; tips and tricks to create unique and stylish artworks; and how to up-cycle your own furniture and furnishings
· Morning break with drinks, cakes and fruit
· Department store visit for samples, inspiration and advice

Lunch (1–2 pm):

· Explore the charming city of Norwich (lunch is not provided, but I’m happy to recommend excellent local cafés and restaurants)

Afternoon (2–4.30 pm):

· Return to the studio to spend the rest of the day working on your design board.
· Afternoon break.

Please note - you might not complete your design board on the day, but you’ll have everything you need to finish at home.

About your tutor:

I’m Dawn Manwaring, a Norwich-based designer with over 20 years’ experience. I’ve worked as a graphic designer and interior designer throughout my career. My latest venture – DM Interior Design – aims to make interior design accessible and affordable for many more people. My services include home sales presentation, private interior design projects, and running fun and friendly design courses like this one.

Additional information:

If you can’t find a suitable date, please contact me via the 'Ask a question' button for alternative options. A minimum of two people is required for the course to go ahead, so your date might need to be re-arranged depending on numbers.


On-street parking is available near to the studio. Please contact me for more details.


To find out what COVID-19 safety measures I have in place, please contact me.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

· A3 board
· Paint colour swatches, a selection of fabric and wallpaper samples and magazine clippings to build your design board (feel free to bring your own too)
· Pocket-sized colour wheel to help you choose complementary colours
· Tea, coffee, soft drinks, cake and fruit throughout the day
· Taxi ride to the department store from the studio if requested (please note, this is a 10–15-minute walk)

What to bring:

Any magazine cuttings, photos and ideas if you have them, or just come ready to discover something new – I’ll contact you prior to the course to find out about your style, colour preferences and room requirements.


Dawn Manwaring at DM Interior Design

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Belmont House
51 City Road

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)

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Angela C - - #38523

My rooms have always looked a bit hotch-potch but I feel so much more confident thanks to Dawn's excellent patience and clear explanations. I enjoyed learning about mixing colours and especially liked the visit to a near-by store to look at fabrics and furniture. Dawn's own house gave me lots of ideas and I can't wait to start re-designing my home. I spent a lovely day learning something new and would highly recommend the course.

Response from DM Interior Design:

Thank you Angela! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the day and felt you'd come away with lots of inspiration. It was a pleasure meeting you and I wish you well with your lounge and any future projects in your home. Do let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
Very best wishes

Lisa M - - #30987

Had a really lovely day looking at interior design ideas and would highly recommend this course. We had great tuition from the friendly and knowledgeable Dawn and it was good to build on some of the ideas we had previously discussed before the course. We were treated to some lovely cake and fruit and then a trip into the city to look at samples and to have lunch. A great day. I feel really inspired. Thank you Dawn.

Jessica P - - #30988

I attended this course as I wished to learn about room design and colour. It was such a fun course and Dawn made us feel all at ease, and was extremely hospitable.

Having a room and theme in mind helped me choose colours and textures. The way that Dawn explained about light and colour was so interesting and sparked my imagination.

I would recommend this course to anyone who is unsure about designing rooms in their houses, you will leave being confident in choosing the right theme and colours.

Jane S - - #30989

I really enjoyed this day with Dawn. She is so knowledgeable and creative and the workshop was bursting with information, ideas, tips, innovation and creativity. It was relaxed and great fun too, and Dawn tailored it to our needs. I would highly recommend this.

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