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.



Meet our Professional Trainers

Sandra Racz- Executive Director
Signature Redesign, LLC

Certification Classes Offered: Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, Home Staging,Staging Intensive, Seasonal Decorating, Home Staging for Agent
Classes held in: Utah, Arizona
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: 
Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, Home Staging, Seasonal Decorating

Classes held in: Tennessee and New Jersey
Contact: or call 615-645-5140

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 Trainers

JoAnne Lenart-Weary- The JLW Company
Certification Classes Offered: 
Professional Interior Decorating, InteriorDecorating, Confident Color System

Continuing and Supplemental Classes: Business and Marketing for Creative Entrepreneurs, many webinars
Contact: or call 814-440-3044

Meet 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.


Cheryl Cousins – Interior Transformations
Certification Classes Offered: Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, Home Staging, Interior Ecoratng
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.


Sylvia Dunn-Home Staging Works
Certification Classes Offered: Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, 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.”


Dee StephensInteriors Revealed
Certification Classes Offered:  
Home Staging

Classes held in: Western New Jersey
Contact: or call 908-528-2146

Dee started her successful staging and redesign career in 2009 in Central New Jersey. After Dee’s initial certification in Staging and Redesign with the DSA Dee expanded her certifications with Advanced Home Staging, Confident Color System and Seasonal Decorating which brought her business to the next level.

For the past 10 years, Dee has helped numerous homeowners, investors and Realtors sell their properties within weeks of listing. She has the ability to discover unseen potential in a space and share her knowledge with others to create a positive and fresh new look.



Connie FarleyBella Home Interiors
Certification Classes Offered:  
Interior Decorating, Interior Redesign and Home Staging

Classes held in: New Jersey
Contact: or call 856-468-4400

Connie launched Bella Home Interiors in 2005 as a spin-off from Curtain Concepts she established in 1998.  Family owned and operated, Bella has been in their current downtown Pitman, New Jersey shop for 3 years.  As business grew, moving to this larger location allowed Connie to expand the custom showroom, fabrication workroom and enlarge her retail shop to include home decor and furniture.

Connie’s love for Interior Decorating naturally led her on this path in early adulthood.  She has always harbored a passion for creating beautiful spaces and held great appreciation for stylish home decor, unique home designs and innovative architecture.  Working closely with each client, Connie partners her unique style with her creative expertise to design the perfect window treatment, locate that special furniture piece, find accessories for the finishing touches or design the ultimate kitchen for family gatherings.  

Connie is a member of WCAA, DSA, RESA and ADE. Her accreditations include CID, CPRES and CPIR.


Meet Our Affiliate DSA Trainers

Meet the affiliate trainers with The Decorating and Staging Academy.  Affiliate trainers offer certification classes in Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating and/or Home Staging.  Check out their classes. 


Ann Anderson Rooms Reborn

Certification Classes Offered: Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, Home Staging

Classes held in: Connecticut

Contact: or call 203-459-8901




Ann has been recognized for her interior redesign skills and inspiring design ideas in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Connecticut Post, Hartford Courant, Milford Living, and the Newtown Bee. She’s also been featured on television shows such as Daytime Edition and Weekend Edition. Her Professional Affiliations include memberships in the Association of Design Education and the Network of Executive Women.

Ann is also the Founder and Director of the School of Interior Redesign, a private occupational school teaching the concepts of interior decorating, interior redesign and real estate staging to students all over the country. Her knowledge, experience, and talent make her a great teacher and the ideal designer for your next project.

For additional information, call Ann at (203) 459-8901 or you can email her at


GraceAnn Simoni Staging Redesign Group

Certification Classes Offered: Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, Home Staging

Classes held in: Illinois

Contact: or call 630-355-1983




GraceAnn Simoni, the Midwest’s premier award-winning real estate staging expert, has 18 years’ experience training industry professionals and helping residents enhance the resale value of their homes.She was among the first to offer staging programs in the region, and she has since trained hundreds of individuals from around the world. Students attending her highly-acclaimed five day certification classes receive personalized and nurturing instruction in small, intimate settings. GraceAnn is known for the extraordinary staging service she has provided more than 1000 homeowners in Wheaton, Woodridge, Hinsdale, Naperville and other Chicagoland communities. She develops long term relations with her clients, often works with different generations of the same family, and gets much of her work from referrals. She has staged five homes for a single client, and set them up in each of their new residences.She is also a gifted interior consultant who advises homeowners how to save time, money and stress as they prepare their homes for resale. Many of her clients are retired empty-nesters, and they value her insights on topics ranging from changes in the housing market to aging in place. Area realtors also regularly reach out for GraceAnn’s expertise. As an interior redesign expert, she excels at helping clients stage their homes by using the furniture and accessories they already own. “Interior redesign is my passion,” she points out. “I tell clients that they don’t have to buy new, that they should honor what they have. GraceAnn’s work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, on ABC TV and in a variety of other media outlets. Her company, Yours Redesigned, is backed by a resource team of some of the area’s foremost contractors, carpenters, painters, kitchen and bath experts, window fashion specialists, and other professionals, along with a national network of vendors and suppliers. GraceAnn is an active member of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and is a board member on RESA’s local chapter. She founded and offers training through the Midwest Redesign Staging Institute and teaches staging and redesign seminars at a community college and at other area locales.

2018 GraceAnn Simoni was voted as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Real Estate Staging, thru


Debbie Correale Redesign Right

Certification Classes Offered: Interior Redesign & Home Staging

Classes held in: Pennslyvania

Contact: or call 610-955-8202



Debbie is the founder and owner of The Foundations for Redesigning and Staging Right training program (FRSR). The FRSR Certified 5-Day Interior Redesign and Home Staging hands-on training program is designed for students seeking to turn their passion for design into a fun and rewarding career offered in the Glen Mills, PA area. Visit to learn more.

Debbie is sought after by homeowners and realtors for interior redesign, home staging, and color trends and is a seven year Best of Houzz winner. She has been rearranging rooms since she was a young girl, and it was this incredible passion for people and home design, decorating, and staging that led her to start Redesign Right, LLC. Debbie has lived in every region of the USA and has worked with all home types and styles. She has compassion and knows what it is like to buy, sell and set up houses as she has had to experience it herself 16 times!


Kimberly Merritt Academy of Design and Decorating

Certification Classes Offered: Interior Decorating, Interior Redesign & Staging, Color, and Business.

Classes held in: New Hampshire

Contact: or call 603-924-7324  




Kim is a writer, instructor, and stylist, whose words and work have been featured in HGTV, New Hampshire MagazineNew England Home MagazineDisney Family,, and elsewhere on the web. She shares her more than 20 years of design experience with her students and has taught hundreds of people from around the world in her southern NH design studio. Kim has spoken at a variety of organizations including, WCAA, ADE, IRIS, IDS, and the Monadnock Writers’ Group. Her signature Certified Decorating Professional ® classes are also held in CT and CA in addition to home study options.