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Domestic Goddess Academy

Domestic Goddess Academy runs classes and workshops throughout the year at its purpose-built restaurant studio in Durbanville, Cape Town. Courses and classes are run in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. (subject to a minimum of 10 people).

This Academy can accommodate up to 15 students in hands-on classes, in a state-of-the art, purpose-built, teaching facility.

Domestic Goddess Academy is one of the few schools in the country aimed at the general public and hobby cook, dedicated to once-off classes and short courses, that is run on a professional basis, open 5 days a week.
The Academy will offer over 100 different classes and courses, taught by experienced, qualified and well-trained instructors.

Courses and classes have been designed to appeal to a cross-section of students, from domestics, housekeepers, newly-weds, kids and corporate clients, to hobby cooks and hobby chefs who want to improve and update their current skills.

The venue is also available for corporate and private functions – birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our classes are practical, where every person gets to participate. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but also get to meet people with similar interests.

For corporate groups these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.


Domestic Goddess Academy is unique:

The facility is purpose-built for teaching – offering a practical work environment that is versatile, flexible and safe, as well as mimicking the domestic environment. All equipment used is hardwearing and functional, yet at the same time is of a domestic nature.

Classes are run by specialists – They teach at the school as a part time business. Our instructors all have a passion for their craft, are out-going, good communicators and are skilled at educating.

Active participation in hands-on classes – Students learn specialist techniques, in an interactive hands-on environment. They not only gain new skills, but also have a fun outing, meeting new people and discussing solutions to common project problems. Extensive easy-to-follow lecture notes – These include an in-depth overview and background to the craft, easy to follow step-by-step instructions or recipes and shopping lists.

The school also receives on-going editorial in various publications, as well as on the radio and television. So, whether you are an Individual Woman, a Corporate Career woman, a Bride-to-be, a Married Woman, mom-to-be, busy Family Woman or Mature Woman, Domestic Goddess Academy is sure to have something for you!

Lenore Uys

Lenore is the creative and driving force behind The Domestic Goddess Academy. The idea for the academy was born while she was flying around the country, training delegates for a large retail company. She was not a trainer of profession but got so many compliments while training that she decided to pursue her talents as an interactive trainer and facilitator. She started with putting together a decorating course specifically for the homemaker, who has no prior experience in decor. She believes that there are many corporate and business training courses out there but nothing tailored to suit the woman on the street or in the house or even the busy executive that needs a bit of inspiration or just time off.

In 2000 Lenore started Decor and Craft Academy that focused on craft and décor courses and in 2002 Ikhaya Interiors was molded that caters for corporate and residential interior decorating and makeovers. And then in 2006 came The Domestic Goddess Academy that cares about all the complicated facets of a woman in various stages of their lives and at various levels of the economy.

Lenore has a wide range of experience in the business field, with Industrial Engineering and Business Management Degrees. As well as experience in the retail environment as Distribution Center Manager, Planner, Logistics Manager and Project Manager. Lenore also has a diploma in Interior Design and is an Interior Designer and Aesthetic Project and offers a full design, planning and coordinating décor service solution while creating the most beautiful interiors tailor-made to you budget and personality.
Lenore understands the daily pressures of balancing a career, family life and being a woman, wife, mother, homemaker, and general organiser and not losing yourself while seeing to all aspects of a very busy life.

She believes that every woman is unique and has many untapped talents and interests that need special attention and stimulation in order to bloom to satisfaction.

She also does beading, paints, needlework, mosaics, and on request only, room make-overs. More recently, she is focusing her energy on putting together make up, wardrobe planning and styling workshops for the “Wo”man on the Street or Lady of the House


Interior Designers

Nature of the Work

Interior designers draw upon many disciplines to enhance the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces. Their main concerns are with how different colors, textures, furniture, lighting, and space work together to meet the needs of a building’s occupants. Designers plan interior spaces of almost every type of building, including offices, airport terminals, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, and private residences. Good design can boost office productivity, increase sales, attract a more affluent clientele, provide a more relaxing hospital stay, or increase a building’s market value.

Traditionally, most interior designers focused on decorating—choosing a style and color palette and then selecting appropriate furniture, floor and window coverings, artwork, and lighting. However, an increasing number of designers are becoming involved in architectural detailing, such as crown molding and built-in bookshelves, and in planning layouts of buildings undergoing renovation, including helping to determine the location of windows, stairways, escalators, and walkways.

Interior designers must be able to read blueprints, understand building and fire codes, and know how to make space accessible to people who are disabled. Designers frequently collaborate with architects, electricians, and building contractors to ensure that designs are safe and meet construction requirements.

Whatever space they are working on, almost all designers follow the same process. The first step, known as programming, is to determine the client’s needs and wishes. The designer usually meets face-to-face with the client to find out how the space will be used and to get an idea of the client’s preferences and budget. For example, the designer might inquire about a family’s cooking habits if the family is remodeling a kitchen or ask about a store or restaurant’s target customer in order to pick an appropriate motif. The designer also will visit the space to take inventory of existing furniture and equipment and identify positive attributes of the space and potential problems.

Then, the designer formulates a design plan and estimates costs. Today, designs often are created with the use of computer-aided design (CAD), which provides more detail and easier corrections than sketches made by hand. Once the designer completes the proposed design, he or she will present it to the client and make revisions based on the client’s input.

When the design concept is decided upon, the designer will begin specifying the materials, finishes, and furnishings required, such as furniture, lighting, flooring, wall covering, and artwork. Depending on the complexity of the project, the designer also might submit drawings for approval by a construction inspector to ensure that the design meets building codes. If a project requires structural work, the designer works with an architect or engineer for that part of the project. Most designs also require the hiring of contractors to do technical work, such as lighting, plumbing, or electrical wiring. Often designers choose contractors and write work contracts.

Finally, the designer develops a timeline for the project, coordinates contractor work schedules, and makes sure work is completed on time. The designer oversees the installation of the design elements, and after the project is complete, the designer, together with the client, pay follow-up visits to the building site to ensure that the client is satisfied. If the client is not satisfied, the designer makes corrections.

Designers who work for furniture or home and garden stores sell merchandise in addition to offering design services. In-store designers provide services, such as selecting a style and color scheme that fits the client’s needs or finding suitable accessories and lighting, similar to those offered by other interior designers. However, in-store designers rarely visit clients’ spaces and use only a particular store’s products or catalogs.

Interior designers sometimes supervise assistants who carry out their plans and perform administrative tasks, such as reviewing catalogues and ordering samples. Designers who run their own businesses also may devote considerable time to developing new business contacts, examining equipment and space needs, and attending to business matters.

Although most interior designers do many kinds of projects, some specialize in one area of interior design. Some specialize in the type of building space—usually residential or commercial—while others specialize in a certain design element or type of client, such as health care facilities. The most common specialties of this kind are lighting, kitchen and bath, and closet designs. However, designers can specialize in almost any area of design, including acoustics and noise abatement, security, electronics and home theaters, home spas, and indoor gardens.

Three areas of design that are becoming increasingly popular are ergonomic design, elder design, and environmental—or green—design. Ergonomic design involves designing work spaces and furniture that emphasize good posture and minimize muscle strain on the body. Elder design involves planning interior space to aid in the movement of people who are elderly and disabled. Green design involves selecting furniture and carpets that are free of chemicals and hypoallergenic and selecting construction materials that are energy efficient or are made from renewable resources


Work environment.

Working conditions and places of employment vary. Interior designers employed by large corporations or design firms generally work regular hours in well-lighted and comfortable settings. Designers in smaller design consulting firms or those who freelance generally work on a contract, or job, basis. They frequently adjust their workday to suit their clients’ schedules and deadlines, meeting with clients during evening or weekend hours when necessary. Consultants and self-employed designers tend to work longer hours and in smaller, more congested environments.

Interior designers may work under stress to meet deadlines, stay on budget, and please clients. Self-employed designers also are under pressure to find new clients to maintain a steady income.

Designers may work in their own offices or studios or in clients’ homes or offices. They also may travel to other locations, such as showrooms, design centers, clients’ exhibit sites, and manufacturing facilities. With the increased speed and sophistication of computers and advanced communications networks, designers may form international design teams, serve a more geographically dispersed clientele, research design alternatives by using information on the Internet, and purchase supplies electronically.

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