We love kids ... they're not afraid to ask questions.
How long does it take to make a room look beautiful?
That depends on what you want done. We start with Home Style Audit to see what's working, and what's not. Where we go from there is determined by your wants & needs, and the time available for transformation. Each home is unique, but the process of transformation is similar. After the Style Audit, a plan for the use of a room, selection of paint colors (if needed), to fabric choices, flooring needs, furniture, art and accessories will all layer in to make the space feel special. We find most people have plenty to work with, put just need help arranging it properly to show off the best features.
In the 3-Day Styling Class, you'll learn how to assess what's working, what's not, and dream a little for each room. We'll teach you how to use what you have to tell your story. When you need to add new things, we have tips & techniques you'll enjoy, and help make the decisions about what works best for you.
Can I do my house myself, with your ideas?
Absolutely you can. We'll create a plan together as part of the 3-Day Class, and I'll be available by phone or email if you have any questions along the way. This is most often done by those staging their house to sell. Click here to learn about our live, hands-on Styling or Staging Classes.
Will you teach me how to do this as a business too?
Absolutely! I'm happy to guide others to build their own successful Home Styling and House Staging businesses. It is a wonderful field, and the time is now to help people enjoy their homes or make top dollar selling. Most start with the Styling or Staging Class, and get the feel for what it takes in this industry. They return to take the Business & Marketing Add-On to turn their talent into your own small business.
Do I have to buy all new furnishings? From you?
NO! Most people have things that they've inherited, purchased, made, or been gifted, and yet those things aren't displayed in the best way to make the home feel beautiful and well finished. We teach you to spot items in one room that would look better in another place. After 18+ years of doing this work, we can quickly spot what's missing (hint: usually a lamp or two) and give you the insight into how to put a room together.
Our purpose is NOT to encourage people to buy more, but to use what they have in a fresh, new, imaginative way. You'll learn the 10-Step Process for Style Transformation in the 3-Day Class. It's a new way to see things.
How much will it cost?
The cost of the 3-Day Styling/Staging class is just $1797 for one participant, but you can save money and have more fun if you bring one or two friends to class with you. For two participants registering together it's just $1697 each. For three participants you'll save even more, at just $1597 each. You are going to learn so much in this class, that it's great to have a few friends along so you can help each other do your houses and more.
How does the class work?
We start on Sunday evening with a Welcome Reception so everyone can meet and hear a bit of each other's story. On Monday morning we start at 9am in the classroom working on design principles, color ideas, and tools to understand the simple 10-Step Styling Process. After a re-energizing lunch (included), we'll go into a home to do Styling Transformation, using mostly what the homeowner already has. You'll want to snap many photos, both Before & After because of the work we're doing to change the space. You might not even remember what it looked like Before. On Tuesday we'll work through more design principles and resources in the morning during classroom time. Bring your own photos of your home to apply the change process to a room or two. After another great lunch (included), we're off to Style another space. Bring your comfortable shoes and active-wear clothing so you can get deeply involved with the changes. You'll be surprised at the changes you create.
How far do you travel?
We currently teach in Crystal Lake, IL (suburb of Chicago), downtown Chicago (near Millennium Park), and Plano/Allen, TX. We are happy to travel to warm & sunny locations when you gather a minimum of five participants for class, and help with the classroom & training house logistics. You will even get a 25% class discount. Give us a call to talk about requirements.
If I'm selling my house, do I have to buy new furniture and accessories?
It's up to you -- do your furnishings make the house look older than it's true age? Do you want some new things for your new place? Or maybe you'll sell these furnishings to the new owner? What is the potential buyer expecting to see. In the 3-Day Staging Class you'll learn how to help almost any house get ready for The Market (think "dressed for its first date").
Click here to learn about our Staging Classes if you want to gain the knowledge to do this yourself ... saving time & money.
I'm retiring soon. Is this something I could do?
Yes! I believe in being a "Life Long Learner" too. This is certainly a creative endeavor that will keep your mind active. Depending on your preferences, you might need to hire a younger helper or two to move the furniture, but with your ideas and insight you will be directing the changes.
We'll talk in class about how to get good help, and how to instruct them. It's never to late to start.
Can we talk by phone? I have more questions.
Yes. I can talk much faster than I type. Let's schedule a call so we can "meet" and I can answer you directly. In fact I offer a FREE Home Style Audit Call ... click here to schedule yours.