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Staging . Decorating . Redesign.
Five Day Class
March 4-8 Nashville, TN
April 8-12 Nashville, TN
May6-10, Nashville, TN
June 10-14, Nashville, TN







Some call it Redesign, some call it One Day Decorating but what it really is called is Practical Decorating. Learning to decorate for real people in real homes is truly an art within itself. This intense, five day professional certification class will focus on the most popular decorating services that will provide the maximum ability to grow a business and generate profits.

The class incorporates class time with hands-on training in real client’s homes and is taught by Carol Bass, Master Professional Trainer with The Decorating and Staging Academy and owner of The Practical Decorator.

WHO: Talented individuals who want to start a career as a decorating professional. Some other professionals looking to broaden their revenue base: Stagers, Interior Decorators, Interior Designers, Color Consultants, Faux Painters, Drapery Designers, or simply those that are addicted to decorating. 

WHERE:  Nashville, TN, Cherry Hill, NJ and Richmond, VA.  Other locations may be available upon request.

PREREQUISITES:  A passion for creating beautiful rooms and a desire to have your own business.

TUITION INCLUDES:  Class tuition is just $3550 for comprehensive and hands-on training incorporating YOUR FREE iPad, all training materials and hands-on training in real homes.  Build your own business doing what you love. Transportation to and from client’s homes and discounts on hotel accommodations.

The Decorating and Staging Academy (The DSA), and Reduced membership fee available with Real Estate Staging Association (RESA).

REGISTRATION AND TUITION: Register for just $1050 deposit, and fill out your application. Then click the PayPal™ link to place your deposit. Class size is limited to only five students and fills up quickly. Once your deposit is on file, your place in class is secure. An E-Welcome Packet will be sent to you with in 24 hours of registration. The remainder of the tuition is due one week before class begins.


CLASS AGENDA:   Redesign/Practical Decorating

  • Hands-on training in Real Homes

  • Decorating Elements and Principles

  • 12 Steps to the Perfect Interior Redesign

  • Build a Room Story Board

  • The Power of Placement

  • Decorating in the Zone™

  • Room Shapes, Focal Points, Ceiling Heights

  • Bookcase Design

  • Rug Knowledge

  • The Art of Accessorizing

  • What Goes with What

  • Color Confidence

  • Tools for Safety and Ease

  • Building a Portfolio - Photography Tips

  • Hands-on Shopping Experience

  • Confidence Shopping System

  • How to Establish a Budget

  • Shopping Form

  • Wholesale vs Retail Shopping


  • ACTION™ Scoring System

  • The DSA Numerical Scoring System

  • The Psychology of Home Staging

  • Home Staging Defined

  • Who Benefits from Staging

  • Building a Staging Team

  • Staging in the Zone

  • Comps, Facts and Stats

  • Decorating to Sell vs Dwell

  • Staging with a Decorator's Eye

  • Interior and Exterior Colors that Sell

  • Showcasing the Selling Features

  • Overcoming Objections

  • Selling Walls, Floors, Windows, and Doors

  • Client, Realtor, and Vendor Relationships

  • Proposals, Contracts, and Pricing

CLASS AGENDA: Business and Marketing

  • Business Start-up Guide: Licenses, Tax ID, and Insurance

  • Naming your Business

  • Identifying your Legal Structure

  • Target Market Analysis

  • Pricing your Services

  • Life as an Entrepreneur

  • Other ways to make money with your Talent

  • Credentials and Certifications

  • Positively Outrageous Customer Service

  • Marketing and Advertising

  • Press Releases, Blogs, Websites, and Branding

  • Social Media Integration

Ready to sign up for class? It is simple. A deposit of $1050 is required to secure your place in class. Due to the fact that class size is restricted to five, classes fill quickly.

Tuition $3550 – ($1050 deposit due at registration, remainder due 2 week before class
(due to the fact that the IPad is custom for The-DSA, registration closes two weeks before class date)

To register and place deposit click here