Posts Tagged ‘QC Design School’

February 18, 2014 1:16 pm

NEW! Color Consultation Video Series

What’s your favorite color?

Decorators, let’s be honest – color theory is tough. There’s color schemes (adjacent, complementary, what the heck?!) and the color wheel, all while keeping up with the latest trends (we’re painting all the walls Radiant Orchid now, right?).  We know! Here at QC, we get your questions about color all the time, and we wanted to do something about it.

We’re offering a brand new video series – all about color – to our existing and new students. This 3-part series can be found in your Online Student Center. In the videos, interior decorator extraordinaire Darlene Hall-Barrett talks everything color, starting with the theory, and putting it into practice in a client’s home. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll learn…

How to Use the Color Wheel

Learn how to use the color wheel

The color wheel is the decorating tool. It looks simple, but that little piece of cardboard is jam-packed with information…and it’s your job to be able to use it. The wheel can help you choose your primary and secondary colors as you start to plan for the new decor. Darlene walks you through the process in this video.

Interior Decorating Color Schemes

Yes, there are a lot of color schemes to remember, but once you have the basics down, you’ll have an intuitive understanding of how to use color schemes in your designs. That’s what color is all about, after all! Depending on your color scheme, you can change the mood, atmosphere, even temperature of a room. You’ll get a great foundation with these videos.

Color Decorating Ideas

This video series will walk you through the color consultation

A young decorator’s first consultation is always intimidating. In this video series, Darlene walks us through an entire color consultation, starting with the garage door and ending with the family room.

She explains how to listen to a client’s concerns, likes, and dislikes, and use that as inspiration when coming up with ideas.

Want access to these great resources? Become a QC student now!


Meet QC grad Galina!Today we’d like to introduce you to Galina Sergeyeva. Galina has always had a flair for design, and so she decided to pursue a creative career that she would love. That’s why she enrolled in QC Design School’s Home Staging course back in 2009. Since then, she’s used her skills and passion to open up her own design business – Gala Interiors. We’re so happy to share her story with you today and to feature some beautiful before and afters of her work.

Company name: Gala Interiors
Design and renovation services
Greater Toronto Area
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What motivated you to start your career as a design professional?

Ever since I was a child, I aspired to a career in design, although unconsciously at the time. I was already preoccupied by aesthetic elements such as clothing, accessories, and gift creation through choosing, matching, and creating away when I had the chance.

After my graduation in Technological Engineering with an Industrial Design degree, I started working in the fashion district, keeping interior design as a hobby in between drapery and textile designs.

I then moved to Canada and received my degree in Administrative Science and Marketing Management at the HEC Montreal University. I got a manager position in a modern furniture store, and enjoyed helping clients with furniture and accessories selection, interior decorating, and redesigning.

However, my tasks did not bring enough satisfaction to my creative needs, so I finally decided to take that one step further and transform my passionate hobby into a full profession, which led to my graduating in QC Design School.

What are some highlights of your career so far?

After my graduation from QC Design School I started my career as Home Stager and became part of a real estate team that leads house flipping projects for individual clients and investors in the real estate market.  I was helping them in the home renovation process selecting colors, finishes, and building materials, as well as in kitchen and bath remodeling choosing the right tiles, flooring, cabinetry, counter tops, lighting, and fixtures. I was also leading projects as a Project Manager.

How did your course prepare you for working in the field?

Thanks to the International Staging and Redesign Professional course with QC Design School I have learned how to create beautiful, well organized, and decorated spaces, working with any budget – even very limited budgets. I have learned how to apply design techniques and principles to any type of home. Knowing how to use 3D floor plans helps me a lot in creating and presenting my projects.

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out with their training or career?

It’s crucial to listen carefully to the clients, to understand their needs and goals, and to try your best to satisfy them.

Some photos of Galina’s work…

A beautifully staged family room by Gala Interiors

Before and after kitchen staging by Gala Interiors

Before and after living room by Gala Interiors

A luxurious master bedroom staged by Gala Interiors

A well-staged home office by Gala Interiors


So you’re interested in becoming a professional organizer. That’s great! It’s going to be a lot of hard work and dedication to get started, but the rewards will be well worth it. Now comes the really important question – what is a professional organizer salary? The answer depends on more than one factor:

How much experience do you have?

Obviously, the more experience you have under your belt, the more you’re able to charge for your services. When you’re just starting out, you can expect to earn on average anywhere from $25,232 to $39,832 per year. After about a year’s experience, your income can increase to a range between $30,701 and $61,000 annually. Once you have at least 10 years experience, your income could increase to $80,000. These figures, of course, depend on some other factors…

Have you been trained in the field?

While it’s not necessary to become certified to work as a professional organizer, investing in professional training can certainly boost your income. If you’re interested in gaining hands-on professional organizing skills, consider QC Design School.

What is the demand for professional organizers in your area?

Do some research within your city – how many other businesses are offering similar services as you in your area? More importantly, what are they charging? Knowing this will help you set competitive prices for your services. Chances are clients in a larger city will be willing to pay you more for your services, but your competition will be far greater.

Do you specialize in an area?

Are you able to offer your clients something your competitors don’t? Perhaps you have a basic knowledge of feng shui, and can offer a quick feng shui consult with your organizing services. Anything that sets you apart from your competitors can definitely help with your income.

For more information on professional organizing, visit QC Design School’s website here!


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Sherwin Williams discountDid you know? QC Design School students and graduates are eligible for a designer Sherwin Williams discount. That translates in 25% savings off all your purchases. You’ll be happy about that discount when the clients start coming in, and you’re trying hard to stick to a budget.

Sherwin-Williams is a leading supplier of high-quality paints and coatings. You’ll love exploring their wide variety of colors and finishes, and are sure to find the perfect shade for any space. You can print out your voucher directly from your Online Student Center and use it in-store – it’s that easy!

If you have any questions about this exciting discount, feel free to email a Student Support Specialist at Not a student yet? Click here to enroll today!

Happy painting!


April 19, 2013 2:26 pm

Looking for Home Staging Jobs?

Are you looking for home staging jobs? We know it can sometimes be tough to get started in this industry (well, any industry really) and we thought we’d share our top tips for success!

Step 1: Choose a course

Though the field of home staging is not yet regulated (meaning there are no specific educational requirements to work as a home stager) it is quickly growing and becoming more competitive. More and more clients are now looking for professionals with some related past experience. Enrolling in a course like QC Design School’s Home Staging and Redesign course should be your first step. Having that education will give you a sure leg up on the competition.

Step 2: Begin Building a Portfolio

Building up a portfolio will be crucial to your success as potential clients like to see proof of your past experience. It’s a good idea to start building up your portfolio even while you’re still working through your studies in your chosen home staging course. Perhaps you can start off by offering your services at little or no cost to friends and family members who are moving. Those pictures and testimonials will serve as a strong start to a portfolio.

Step 3: Check out your competitors

If you’ve graduated from a course like QC’s than you’ll already have your business and marketing plan prepared. If not, be sure to check out the other competitors in your area. Figure out what you can offer that they don’t, and base your rates off of theirs. You’ll also want to come up with a catchy business name and logo, as that will ensure you leave a lasting impression with all your clients. If you’re getting stuck at this step, maybe think about investing and getting a professional to work with you.

Step 4: Who do you want to work for?

You then need to think about whether you’d like to work for an existing real estate or home staging company or go the self-employed route. Each one has its challenges, and it will be up to you to decide which path is right for you and your career goals. You’ll have to do some research to see how many other professional are already operating in your area.

Here at QC Design School we pride ourselves on the comprehensive training we provide to our students. With business training throughout, our Home Staging and Redesign course will fully prepare you for both the creative and business side of this exciting profession. Let us help prepare you for a variety of home staging jobs. Email us at for more details!


This month we're featuring home stager Tiffany ParkerMeet Tiffany Parker. A few years ago, she decided to make a major career change. She wanted to escape her 9-5 job and pursue the growing home staging industry. She wanted to be creative every day, and so she enrolled in QC Design School’s Home Staging course. Shortly after, she opened her own business, Parker Interiors.

Company name: Parker Interiors Staging and Redesign
Region: Washington, DC
Phone: 202-431-1229
Description: With over $30 million in staged homes, Parker Interiors Staging & Redesign is the best value for staging in the Washington DC area – dollar for dollar. Using our vast inventory of furniture and accessories, our professional staging team creates fresh design concepts that transform spaces in preparation for sale and open house. Parker Interiors is committed to meeting your goals and exceeding your expectations. In the fast moving world of real estate, we believe that staging should be fast and convenient. Our talented team will reinvent most spaces in one day to showcase their best attributes, helping it sell quickly.

What motivated you to start your career as a design professional?  After years in corporate office settings, I was motivated to start my staging business by a desire to be active, transform spaces, have an impact, and express creativity.

What are some highlights of your career so far? Besides several homes receiving multiple offers after one day on the market, the greatest highlights so far have been the constant growth and expansion of the possibilities of staging.  Staging is so ubiquitous today; there are opportunities to use it in so many different environments. I was even asked to do a set design for Dr. Maya Angelou.

How did your course prepare you for working in the field? QC Design School’s Home Staging course provided a strong baseline as I entered the field by introducing me to what I would be expected to know.  Certainly a lot of learning can only be acquired on the job, but the course helped me to feel prepared for whatever might come my way.

Do you have any advice for anyone starting out with their training or career?  Just be ready for an adventure.  Staging is serious physical and mental work.  Be willing to be self critical. Take risks.  Spend as much time on the business side as you do on the design side and grow smartly!

Take a look at some photos of Tiffany’s work…

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QC Student Tiffany Parker

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All photos credited to Walnut Street Development


April 14, 2013 11:28 am

What is feng shui room design?

You’ve probably heard the term feng shui before; maybe it makes you think of bamboo or yin and yang. But do you really know what the concept of feng shui room design means? We’re here to help you out.

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese theory that believes the balance and energy of a space directly influence the health, wealth, and luck of the people within that space. Proponents of feng shui know that it can be a powerful design tool – it’s as much about the structure of a home as it is the objects within it. A feng shui designer will map the energy and balance of a home using a bagua map – an octagonal map that helps you identify how the different areas of the room are affecting one’s lifestyle.

One of the most important elements in good feng shui design is the energy flow to the front door. It’s important not to block the energy flow coming into the front door, and to choose a good front door color (depending which direction your door faces, red is a good one!). Once you enter the door, the front entrance is the first touch point for good feng shui within the home. Here, you need to focus on things such as the alignment of the staircase, the careful placement of mirrors, and creating a good landing space for the energy coming in through the front door (through accessories like a side table, a lamp, or a rug).

Do you want to learn more about feng shui design? Visit now to check out our course in feng shui!

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Are you wondering how to become a certified professional organizer? The truth is you don’t need any special certification to work in this lucrative field – professional organizing is not a licensed industry. What you do need, however, are the practical skills to approach your work with confidence and the business training to market those skills, get clients, and become a success. A course in professional organizing from QC Design School can help.

With QC, you’ll be learning entirely through distance education. That means no classroom to attend. It also means you’re learning on your time, with no harsh time constraints to hold you back. You’ll learn everything you need to know to work as a professional organizer, such as:

1. The key principles of organization and how to use them in each room
2. How to create floorplans and scale drawings to work with any space
3. The art of de-cluttering
4. Identifying the huge variety of storage options available to you, depending on the requirements of the space

On top of these lessons, you’ll also receive full business training with your course. You’ll learn how to determine the needs of your individual client, how to achieve strong client relationships, how to work with contracts and invoices, and how to market and promote your business. There will be nothing stopping you from starting your own business, and growing into a success.

Want to learn more about QC Design School’s professional organizing course? Visit the website at!

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Ah, pets. They’re such an important part of the family, but they can sometimes take over our lives…and our homes! In a pet home, all thought of decor can tend to go out the window. I know when I first got a cat, I had cardboard boxes in nearly every room (they were her favorite beds/chew toys!), and chewed-on toy mice strewn about the floor. It can take a while to figure out how to keep your home pet-friendly and stylish at the same time. That’s why I went on a hunt today for some fun and functional pet-friendly home decor.

Doggy End Table


I might have just let out a squee when I saw this end table turned puppy pad. What a great way to keep a doggy bed in the living room without having it become an eyesore, or take up too much space. Not to mention, this table is gorgeous and the plaid fabric lining the dog bed could be changed to match any color scheme. The big question, however, is will he use his new home? That, unfortunately, is outside of our control.

Custom-Made Pet Corner


Okay, so this idea obviously depends on you having the space to dedicate an entire corner to your pets. If you do, I love the concept of making a little pet nook that’s just for them. In fact, I want a nook like this for myself! Personally, I would ditch the carpet here – hardwood or tile would be much easier to clean up the occasional mess.

Built-in Food Dish



You know how sometimes, a dog or cat will push their dish farther and farther as they eat, until it ends up in the middle of the room, with a sloppy trail behind? This is a great solution. Give your kitty her own dining area that will stay put! Just make sure you don’t put it in a high-traffic area – those corners could be sharp on the legs.

Stylish Baby Gate



Yes, baby gates are a very practical way to keep your dog out of certain rooms. But there’s not exactly the most attractive feature in a room – and become really annoying when you have to step over them all the time! This wrought iron gate, however, adds to the decor and serves the practical purpose of keeping your pup where you want him. You can get garden gates like these in a variety of styles to suit any decor.

How do you incorporate your pets into your home decor? Let us know in a comment below!



Did you know that QC Design School offers feng shui certification programs online? It’s true! Many of our decorating students are looking to bring a different element to their designs. These students understand that the color, layout, and accessories you choose can have an effect on the lives of the people living in that space. Training in feng shui is a great way to bring harmony to your designs.

With QC’s feng shui course, you’ll learn everything you need to know from the comfort of your own home, and entirely on your schedule. After all, that’s the beauty of distance education – no strict deadlines, learning when it’s convenient for you. Your course will take you through seven comprehensive units. You’ll learn:

–          Take a course in feng shuiThe basic concepts of ancient feng shui: ch’i, yin and yan, and the five elements

–          How energy affects your clients homes, how to take energy readings, and fill in any energy gaps

–          How to improve balance in the home

–          How to apply feng shui principles to any room, and any building – from quiet homes to office buildings.

–          How electromagnetic fields affect a home, and how to manage them

–          How to conduct a cleansing ceremony in a new home

–          How to bring your feng shui training outside to the yard and garden

On top of this, you’ll also receive business training to prepare you to start your own feng shui business once you graduate. You’ll learn how to set up your business, marketing and promotion, and how to work with clients.

Do you want to learn more about QC’s feng shui course? Visit now!

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