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: Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, Home Staging,Meet our Professional Trainers Staging Intensive, Seasonal  Decorating, Home Staging for Agent Classes held in: Utah and Florida Contact: Sandra@sandraracz.com 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: carol@thepracticaldecorator.com 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 Trainers

JoAnne Lenart-Weary The JLW Company Confident Color System Certification Classes Offered:Professional Interior Decorating, InteriorDecorating, Confident Color System Continuing and Supplemental Classes: Business and Marketing for Creative Entrepreneurs, many webinars Contact:joanne@thejlwcompany.com 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: Cheryl@InteriorTransformationsToday.com 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: sylvia@homestagingworks.com 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.”

Diane Howard Instyle Home Interiors Certification Classes Offered:  Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, Home Staging Classes held in: Florida and Michigan Contact: diane@instylehomeinteriors.com or call 813-778-2554

Diane started her staging and redesign business in Michigan in 2003 and recently expanded to the Florida market.  Instyle Home Interiors provide home staging, redesign services and quality training programs to aspiring students who wish to pursue a decorating career.  “We inspire them to provide exceptional redesign and staging services to the public.”   

A licensed broker in both Florida and Michigan, Diane brings a unique perspective to the services she offers to homeowners as well as real estate clients. “Representing and dressing beautiful homes gives owners a distinct advantage in the real estate market and the best opportunity for a successful sale at the highest value.”

The path she has taken has given her a background in visual merchandising as a visual display manager; 17 years expertise in real estate as a real estate salesperson and broker; 10 years of corporate senior management expertise as a relocation executive; communications and best practice expertise as a real estate, staging, and redesign trainer and speaker.  She holds real estate credentials as a Certified Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Relocation Specialist.  She has taught classes through Real Estate One Training Academy on various real estate and relocation subjects. 

With hundreds of completed staging and redesign jobs under her belt, Diane’s entrepreneurial and creative spirit drives her in providing quality DSA certified training classes, DIY local classes, and speaker services that will inspire others to fulfill their dreams.  Her philosophy is “love what you do and do what you love!”