Meet our Professional Trainers

Meet Our Professional Trainers

The Decorating and Staging Academy is delighted to offer the services and talents of some of the best in the industry offering a broad range of classes and training.  Consisting of Master Professional Trainers who offer core and certification training as well as Specialty Trainers who focus on a variety of decorating and staging niches that will enhance a business and build profits plus credibility. Most classes are available both live and online. Don’t see a class near you, contact the trainer you prefer and ask how to bring a class to your area.


Sandra Racz- Executive Director
Signature Redesign, LLC

Certification Classes Offered: One Day Decorating/Redesign and Home Staging,Meet our Professional Trainers Staging Intensive, Seasonal  Decorating, Staging for Realtors
Classes held in: Utah and Florida
Contact: or call 435-901-1205

Warm, talented and down to business are just a few words students use to describe Sandra. Offering training in Park City, UT, Tampa, FL and other areas by request, Sandra also organizes the annual event-“The Deco-Zone ” held at Atlanta’s AmericasMart for the established and aspiring decorator. This event offers 2 days of education plus the chance to explore and shop AmericasMart, a wealth of all that is new and exciting in the home decor industry. Sandra is a frequent industry speaker and the design liaison for Show Homes of America.

As the owner of Sig­na­ture Redesign, she wel­comes the oppor­tu­nity to help home­own­ers and busi­nesses cre­ate beau­ti­ful spaces. Whether dec­o­rat­ing with new fur­nish­ings or redesign­ing with exist­ing, Sig­na­ture Redesign respects your lifestyle and bud­get. San­dra is a fre­quent pre­sen­ter at national con­fer­ences, fea­tured in local news­pa­pers and is a national award win­ner. She offers dec­o­rat­ing work­shops for fun and edu­ca­tion while sup­porting local charities such as  Habi­tat for Human­ity,  Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety, The Cys­tic Fibro­sis Foun­da­tion, Autism Speaks, The Peace House and People’s Health Clinic to name a few.

CarolBass-The Practical Decorator
Certification Classes Offered:
One Day Decorating and Home Staging, Seasonal Decorating
Classes held in: Tennessee and New Jersey
Contact: or call 615-799-4022

Meet our Professional Trainers

Meet our Professional Trainers

Carol has been an entrepreneur since 1982 her students are drawn to the fact she understands the challenges of being self-employed.  She approaches the learning process with warmth, humor, and sensitivity, offering training in Nashville, TN, Cherry Hill, NJ, and Richmond, VA and other areas by request.  She is host and creator of Nashville’s popular DIY seminars, “Addicted to Decorating.” Carol is a creator of The DSA’s A.C.T.I.O.N. Scoring System used by hundreds of staging professionals across the country. She is a frequent industry speaker and the emcee for The Deco-Zone at Atlanta’s AmericasMart.

As the owner of The Practical Decorator, Carol spends most of her energy teaching and training talented individuals in creating a business in the decorating industry. She still however, loves the creative process and continues to accept clients.

Meet our Professional TrainersCheryl Cousins – Interior Transformations
Certification Classes Offered: One Day Decorating/Redesign and Home Staging
Classes held in: Georgia
Contact: or call 404-735-8457

Cheryl believes EVERY room should be a “living” room; authentic spaces where love and life happen with soul & style. From the board room to the family room, as principal owner of Interior Transformations in Atlanta, GA, Cheryl has been creating beautiful spaces for more than 10 years. A native New Yorker and Fortune 500 Corporate Systems Manager turned Interior Decorator; she understands the process of switching gears and changing careers in pursuit of one’s passion and is pleased to inspire others to do likewise. A former Executive Board Member of the Interior Design Society (IDS) and Adjunct Instructor at Georgia Perimeter College, Cheryl continues to participate in the education and advancement of cutting edge trends in the decorating industry as a Master Professional Trainer with the Decorating and Staging Academy. Described as a warm, gentle, engaging and effective instructor, she enjoys sharing her design knowledge and expertise, teaching students the way to beautiful spaces, throughout the United States and Canada. She offers her Decorating/Redesign & Staging Classes with “soul & style”, in GA, SC and NY.

   Meet our Professional TrainersKristine Porter-Styling and Staging
Certification Classes Offered: One Day Decorating/Redesign and Home Staging, Staging Intensive, Business & Marketing Intensive, Refresh & Renew Retreat
Classes Held in: Illinois and Texas
Contact: or call 847-815-6167

Kristine Porter has been called a Renaissance Woman, reinventing herself several times.   As a decorating professional, Kristine appeared on several HGTV decorating shows, Chicago’s local television as well as, several episodes of The Oprah Winfrey show.
Growing up in a large family where money was tight, Kristine learned to redesign items to serve different purposes.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering while putting herself through school.  She went on to achieve her M.S.M. during evenings and weekend, working days at her corporate job.  She enjoyed corporate success, but marriage and four children took her talents back home.  Kristine built her first company, Redesigning Interiors, with business partner Jane Douglas in Chicago and Phoenix.  Classes were taught privately and at three community colleges in the Chicago area.  Kris has trained hundreds to have their own Home Styling and Staging business.

Kristine’s students have said her background in corporate America, combined with her creative side, has helped them to build businesses that are both profitable and enjoyable.  She offers training in Chicago suburbs and the Dallas area.

Diane AgricolaAgricola Redesign
Certification Classes Offered: One Day Decorating/Interior Redesign and Home Staging
Classes Held in: Ohio
Contact: or call 513.771.3927

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Diane is living proof that you can start a second career even at the age of 38 and balance family.  Diane’s entrepreneurial spirit helped launch Agricola Redesign.   Two years later she relocated and opened a retail store.  Since that time, she has grown an award-winning redesign business and her gift shop has grown with its new location in historic district of Glendale, OH.

Diane knows first hand what it takes to start a business:  education, hard work and passion.  Diane not only teaches certification classes and assist clients she also hosts DIY workshop. Whether training or designing, she believes every home should tell the homeowner’s story and in most homes, it is not what we have but how it is arranged. She is proof that women can enjoy both successful careers and family lives at the same time.  Diane’s motto, “If you do what you love the rest will come”.

Sandra Wick- Wick Design Works
Certification Classes Offered: 
Interior Redesign, One Day Decorating and Home Staging
Classes Held in: California
Contact: or call 310-293-5531

Sandra opened their staging business in 2009 and her design business a year later, Wick Design Works. She has quickly become one of the most successful Stagers in the area helping South Bay homeowners and Real Estate Brokers sell over 400 homes. Their staging has earned them national acclaim within the industry for the “fastest selling homes” as well as the “most sold homes” in market area, and they have helped agents and homeowners add hundreds of thousands to their offers.

Sandra’s award winning design work, including National “Best in Design” 2012, is exquisite, their customer service is exceptional and their dedication to making every client’s home show at its best, is unparalleled in the industry. They work with South Bay’s very elite agents and homeowners and have references from 100’s of satisfied clients throughout South Bay and many of LA’s exclusive neighborhoods. They have expertise in both vacant and occupied properties and their work has twice been featured on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing for Manhattan Beach and Beverly Hills, CA staging transformations.


Meet our Professional TrainersSylvia Dunn-Home Staging Works
Certification Classes Offered: One Day Decorating/Interior Redesign and Home Staging
Classes Held in: Washington
Contact: or call 509.868.4187

Sylvia has owned and operated a successful home staging business since 2008 in the Spokane area.  Home Staging Works is the creation of owner and designer.  For the last 10 years she has devoted herself and her gift in the art of transformation to her clients. The result has been nothing short of extraordinary and each success refuels her passion for helping others which has lead her to teach students through The-DSA,

Sylvia holds a Bachelors degree in Business and credentials as an International Staging and Redesign professional. She has many years of experience in the Real Estate industry with experience in buying and selling homes, commercial property and management and is actively involved in the design and staging industry.

Sylvia’s personal home has always been a source for her inspiration and comfort. She considers her home to be her “refuge”. Inspired by what this concept has done for her own life, she enjoys any opportunity to teach and assist others to create successful businesses.  Her student’s success is always fulfilling for both Sylvia and her students.

“I love the challenge of transforming a space from ordinary to extraordinary and educating my students on how to launch successful and satisfying career that delights clients as well as themselves.”



JoAnne Lenart-Weary
The JLW Company
Confident Color System

Certification Classes Offered:
Professional Interior Decorating, One Day Decorating/Redesign, Confident Color System, Interior Decorating
Continuing and Supplemental Classes: Business and Marketing for Creative Entrepreneurs, many webinars
Contact: or call 814-440-3044

Meet our Professional TrainersMeet our Professional TrainersJoAnne began her residential design and staging business in the 70’s which led to the founding of The Decorating and Staging Academy. (originally One Day Decorating)  She was offering clients One Day Decorating, Redesign, and Staging before the terms were even coined.   JoAnne has always operated under the premise a practical approach blended with creativity is critical in creating beautiful rooms and successful businesses. She  offers training in PA, NC, MD, NJ, OH, NY, UT, TX as well as online.

Appearances on HGTV, ABC-WJET-TV, Good Morning Atlanta, and many other regional TV stations, helped foster her speaking expertise.  She writes for national and industry magazines, is a frequent industry speaker and author of “The Decorator’s Reference and Resource Guide.” JoAnne is the creator of many of The-DSA systems and tools including the Confident Consultation System, Comfort Zone Budget System, Confident Color System, Decorating in the Zone, and along with Carol Bass, the co-creator of the ACTION Scoring System used by staging professionals around the country. JoAnne recently launched DIY-Decorate Interiors Yourself and The Decorating Coach System for the amateur decorator.

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