Fundamentals of Interior Design

with CJ Zondervan

True North Interior Design & Antiques

Wednesdays, 10 am - 12 pm

March 6 - April 10, 2019

Class Fee: $150





CJ Zondervan is National Council for Interior Design Qualification certified​​ with a BFA in Interior Design from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids with specialized studies in historic preservation & restoration.  Several years back she and her husband Dan relocated to northern Michigan and they now own and operate True North Interior Design & Antiques off of Van Pelt Alley in downtown Charlevoix.  


This spring, CJ will offer a 6 week crash-course at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts on interior design on Wednesday afternoons. Students will gain a deeper appreciation for interiors from many different core perspectives.  Whether you are embarking on a design project of your own, designing a new house or just have an interest in all things beautiful and functional, CJ will broaden your perspective on what could make your living environment a more blissful place in which to live. 


March 6: PowerPoint lecture on the elements of design. Contrast, shape, scale, color, texture, rhythm, focal point.
March 13: Reading blue prints and drawing a floor plan
March 20: PowerPoint lecture on the history of furniture
March 27: Work on floor plan drawing, furniture arranging, wall elevations, placing art, accessories and window treatment
April 3: Materials, fabric, wall-covering, flooring, stone, tile, wood, counters
April 10: finish floor plans and elevations, lighting & color

Upcoming Class Schedule


Cottage Design with CJ Zondervan

True North Interior Design & Antiques

Wednesdays, 10 am - 12 pm

May 8 - 29, 2019

Class Fee: $100




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​​​May 8: PowerPoint lecture on the history of “cottages” in the US. Lake cottages, camps, cabins, ocean cottages/homes, Maine style, Nantucket style, Newport RI, shingle style, Gothic style, Michigan style (includes Earl Young houses)
May 15: PowerPoint lecture on cottage furniture: rustic, wicker, rattan, cast-off, painted, twig, log and home-made
May 22: Design a dream cottage using a given floor plan. PowerPoint lecture on cottage fabrics, slipcovers, vintage fabric and indoor-outdoor fabrics
May 29: Complete dream cottage plan with furniture and fabric selections​

Sashiko Stitching

with Elizabeth Royal

9 am - 12 pm

February 16

Class Fee: $80 (includes materials)




Elizabeth Royal is a maker, mender, and photographer. She lives in a 1920's fixer upper in Detroit with her two dogs, two cats, and husband. During the day she's an instructional designer but after work you can find her tackling projects in her studio - photography, Kintsugi, and visible mending.

Elizabeth got her start sewing clothes for herself as a child with the help of her mother. This led to a professional sewing opportunity in a historical textile repair firm where she worked on stabilizing and repairing pieces held in museums and private collections around the world. She now uses those skills to teach workshops to makers and menders around the Midwest.

Sashiko is a stitching technique from Japan. It originated to re-enforce or mend garments but is now used mostly as a decorative stitch. In the morning workshop, Elizabeth will teach basic decorative Sashiko stitching techniques including turns, stitch spacing, tool use, and more using a sampler with a traditional pattern. You will also learn about the history of the art and how to use Sashiko in both a decorative and functional way. Everyone will take home their own Sashiko sampler and a beginner’s kit including thimble, thread, and needles to complete the sampler and continue to develop the art of Sashiko embroidery on their own. 

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