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Decor & You

Put your interior decorating know-how to good use by helping clients transform their living space.

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This story appears in the March 2002 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

Karen Powell wasn't making very much money as a high school teacher, so she looked for a side job to bring in extra income. She worked for an accessory company, selling artwork, pillows and other enhancements to homeowners. After adding a few accessories, many clients became interested in redecorating whole rooms, so Powell began offering full interior decorating services.

After 10 years with this company, it went out of business--but instead of going back to the classroom or working for someone else, Powell decided to start her own decorating company. "We had some ideas of enhancements and embellishments that we wanted to make," she says, "so when [my employer] went out of business, it was our opportunity to do it the way we really want it done."

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