Save $300 on Our 6 Days Hands-on Home Staging Certification Course in New York

If you like to go full force, to get your career started, this is the course for you. The Immersion Program includes pre-course study, 6 days live attendance with 10 hands-on exercises, including 3 in the field. Our program also provides business start-up documents and a Business Start up coaching Session after graduation.

This is the perfect option for those that want the most intensive training and support the industry has to offer, October 24-29, 2022 in New York.

The immersion training program is $3250.00 for the Home Staging Certification program.

Save $300 Before June 30th.

Home Staging Itinerary

DAY 1

  • Overview of staging and the staging process
  • Staging design principles, guidelines, and tips
  • Building your portfolio / showcasing your talents in the best light
  • Academy Exclusive – Hands-On Accessory Exercises
  • Academy Exclusive – Create Themed Style Boards

DAY 2

  • Academy Exclusive – step by step, space planning and staging formulas
  • Academy Exclusive Exercise – 6 part space planning exercise
  • Academy Exclusive – Lived-in pricing formulas and upselling this service
  • Stage a lived-in home out in the field using what the homeowner owns

DAY 3

  • Shopping secrets and best bargains
  • Industry connections and resources
  • What to have in your kit
  • Speaker – furniture representative demystifies furniture rental and you receive your furniture rental catalog
  • Academy Exclusive – Vacant home pricing formulas
  • Academy Exclusive Field Exercise – measure and space plan a vacant home, selecting the furnishings and preparing a mock bid

DAY 4

  • Academy Exclusive Color Theory Exercise – Select a unifying paint color and complementary accent colors
  • Academy Exclusive– Consultation pricing options and how to upsell this service
  • Academy Exclusive Consultation Field Exercise on a real home – Determine layouts, upgrades, paint colors and practice client dialog. Role-play with students and discuss alternative solutions.

DAY 5

  • BONUS SEGMENT – Field trip to the Design Center with shopping exercises and several speakers who reveal their invaluable trade secrets to designing interiors
  • BONUS SEGMENT – Interior Design presentation – learn Interior Design Basics to add to your skill set including how interior designers work, charge, and resources the interior designer utilizes
  • Contracts
  • Insurance
  • Marketing, Advertising and Promotions – Over 60 effective ways to market for little or no cost

DAY 6

  • How to get on the first page of google
  • Crucial content for your business card, brochure and website
  • The 30 day agenda to your quick business start up
  • Congratulations! You’re Advanced Home Stager and Staging Design Pro Certified!

Call to Register or for More Information: 1.800.574.5576

Top Tips For Bathroom Renovations On A Budget

An old bathroom doesn’t have to be completely overhauled. There are a few budget-friendly options for updating a bathroom. These tips will give a new and enhanced area that may be enough for resale or personal enjoyment.

UPDATE FIXTURES

Replacing the fixtures is a very inexpensive and simple way to remodel a bathroom. New faucets and a modern showerhead may completely transform the look and feel of a bathroom, giving it a fresh new vibe. It’s an easy and inexpensive method to improve the look of a bathroom.

FRAME PLAIN MIRROR

Any room can benefit from the use of mirrors. Mirrors in the bathroom must be both useful and complementary to the overall design. To give a mirror a unique look and style, consider placing a frame around it.

STYLE VANITY

Turn an existing piece of furniture into a vanity to save money on cabinetry. It can easily transform an old chest of drawers or a vintage table into a fashionable vanity for a bathroom. For a quick and easy bathroom upgrade, paint or refinish cabinet doors.

REPURPOSED STORAGE

In a bathroom, free-standing storage can make a big impact. Making elegant organizers for extra toilet paper and rolled bath towels out of old wooden crates is a trendy solution that will add flair to a bathroom. If it doesn’t have enough room for a freestanding piece of furniture, add floating shelves. Bathroom basics are organized in beautiful baskets.

Our New Podcast, The Design Rules is LIVE!

Do you wish you had a mentor, someone who can help you

with how all of this really works?

New Designers and Home Stagers often struggle with trying to learn everything they need to know to get their new businesses up and running. There’s so much to learn — not only about design — but about the business of Design.

Join me on The Design Rules podcast and let me help you navigate your way through the complex and creative design landscape. My bi-weekly podcasts will give you insights and advice that I used to not only establish a successful design business, but as a Design Show Host on HGTV and TLC, and as one of the premier educators in the industry.

Design is more than a career it’s a calling, it is something that will change your Life… it did mine.

— Wanda Colón

In these Podcasts we will cover

Design Tips & Tricks

You can’t have a career like mine, without having some amazing design, marketing and business tips and tricks, up your sleeve. I will share them with you and so will my special guest hosts.

Mentoring & Motivation

You know you can do this…you have the eye, you have the talent, you have the desire to do it. All you need is the support, the experience, the knowledge and the motivation… You will find it all Here!

Love of Design

Whether you want a career in design or you just want to design your own dream space, join us and share our love of Design!

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The Academy of Home Staging & Design is Going to Maui!

At The Academy of Home Staging & Design it has always been our mission to Empower, Educate and Motivate our Students to Design the Life they have always dreamed of.
Now we have taken it one step further, with our Brand, New Offering…
Educational, Transformational Retreats in Some of the World’s
Most Beautiful Locations
Our very first event will be on the stunning Island of Maui. Join co-founders Kim Kapellusch and Wanda Colón, for an intensive, life-changing, immersive experience to help you identify and over come the obstacles that are preventing you from achieving the business and the life, you have been dreaming of.
This retreat is perfect for Interior Designers & Home Stagers who are interested in:creating a better life and work balance collaborating with other industry peers voicing your life and business visions creating a plan and getting coaching and mentoring throughout the process (even afterwards, at 30 days, 60 days and 90 days out to make sure you are successfully following your plan) getting motivated to take your business to the next level.
Day 1
What is your vision for your life and your business? If all obstacles were removed from your path where would your dreams and imagination take you? This is the time to Dream BIG!Coaching and specially developed exercises help you discover where your true happiness and passions lie so that you can determine the ideal plan for your business/life. Focus is placed on where the business is and where you would like it to be.In the evening, we gather to celebrate a real Hawaiian tradition. Join us for a big feast, The Luau. This fun, casual setting is a great time to get to know and learn from your mentors and peers.
Day 2
What obstacles are preventing you from growing? Are there things in your past that you need to let go of, to let your new future take root? Discover what aspects need to change to bring about harmony, growth and increased productivity.Business focus is placed on productivity, profits and people. What’s working and what’s not. What needs to change, and more importantly, what’s the route to getting there. Life focus is on what limiting beliefs are you holding on to and what are the things you need to eliminate from your life. Learning how to delegate, detach and design systems and strategies to make your business part of your life and not the center of it, so you have time for yourself and the ones you love.The evening ends with exercises and activities and a guided meditation to start with a fresh canvas to create your new life.
Day 3
We begin to paint the new masterpiece that will be your new life. Uncover all the new possibilities. Breakout sessions will be facilitated followed by private coaching with Kim or Wanda to bring clarity to your new vision.Business sessions will focus on time saving software’s and inventory systems, getting started with trade vendors and inventory, hiring and firing and all the questions in between.Finish the day with wine and cheese with new friends.
Day 4
Develop the road map for your new vision and a strategic plan for your business and your life.Additional exercises help create the step-by-step road map to your new future. Share with your peers to set affirmations in motion. Celebrate new beginnings with a group brunch.
Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals, as you take the next steps to making your dreams a reality, in a gorgeous, inspiring location.
The best thing of all…you can deduct the trip as a business expense.
January 19-22 in Lahaina, Maui. (If staying longer, we recommend the road to Hana – one of the most unforgettable scenic island adventures.) This event is capped at 12 Home Staging and Interior Design Business owners to ensure individualized attention. Event coaching, Luau, continental breakfasts, wine and cheese and meditation event included.
Hotel accommodations and air fare not included.
$2950 EARLY BIRD, $3450 AFTER SEPT 1

What are you waiting for, your new life is a phone call away!
Call Today!

10 Things You Should Never Do When Staging a Home

1)If you have a lot of furniture in a space, it can overwhelm the buyer and make them feel like they can’t decorate the space their way.

2) Not removing personal items from the living room: to sell a place in a timely manner, you need to depersonalize the space so the buyer can picture their things and their family in the space

3) Don’t put furniture in front of windows or mirrors. Clear furniture from all potential pathways so buyers can visualize the space without distractions.

4) Don’t use furniture, if it is looking old or dated, It’ll just make it harder to sell the home.

5) Don’t use too many accessories. It’ll overwhelm potential buyers.

6) Don’t put paintings on a wall unless they are at eye level.

7) Don’t forget to remove any clutter from countertops, closets, rooms and the garage

8) Do not use furniture that is too large for the room

9) Do not use a heavy scent or home fragrance that will drive potential buyers away.

10) Don’t paint walls a bright color. It will wash out the space and make it look smaller.

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How to mini-flip a Property – Picking Paint

Painting is typically the most cost effective upgrade in showing a home at its best. Outdated paint colors, borders, wallpaper and paint techniques (such as faux finishes) are best updated to reflect the current trends to attract the most buyers. 
HOW DO I PICK THE RIGHT PAINT COLOR? Choosing a paint color that reflects the current trends will help with selling but will also need to match with any existing items the seller is not changing. For instance, if they are keeping existing flooring in the home, you will need to work around the tones in the flooring. If they are warm, you will not want to pick a cool color as it will feel disjointed. 
HOW DO I KNOW TO PICK WARM OR COOL PAINT COLORS? If they will not be keeping any flooring and have white cabinets, you can choose any neutral you like that is in keeping with the current trends. (Google current neutral paint trends if you would like more help. HINT: Swiss coffee is not it). 
If they will be keeping the flooring or non-white cabinetry, you will want to choose something that goes with those tones. If you squint while looking at the existing materials and see an underlying tone of yellow, you have existing warm tones to work around. If you squint and can see blue or gray tones in the underlying tones, you have cool tones work around. 
Here are some examples to get you started:

cool neutral – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52warm neutral – Benjamin Moore Classic Gray OC-23
(Did you know you can get any color mixed at Home Depot or Lowe’s no matter whose paint color it is?)
WHAT AREAS SHOULD I PAINT IF THE SELLER IS ON A BUDGET? While it is nice to have everything painted fresh, sometimes it is not necessary or feasible. If the trim, baseboards and doors are in ok condition, it might be ok to skip but these are definitely front and center when buyers tour. Consider not painting ceilings, closets, and kids rooms if they are in ok condition. Buyers mostly care about the rooms they spend the most time in and what impressions their guest will have so these are the most important areas to consider. Buyers are generally more forgiving when it comes to the kids rooms and may not even notice the closet or ceilings were not painted.

New Bilingual/Spanish Hybrid Courses

In my many years of being an Interior Designer, I have felt my culture has influenced my design work. My designs are beautiful, elegant and vibrant. As one of the few Hispanic Designers on Television, I always wanted to make Interior Design and Home Staging accessible to the Hispanic Community. I have now done this by creating our New Bilingual Hispanic Home Staging Certification & Design Classes.

The Academy of Home Staging & Design’s New Hybrid Bilingual-Spanish Courses combine two weeks of online study followed by three days of intensive hands-on training.

Our new format allows you to take our exclusive hands-on training in the safety and comfort of your own home and at a reduced cost
The two weeks of online education in Spanish, includes reading, exercises, activities, video instruction and quizzes followed by three intense days of hands-on bilingual Spanish instruction with guest speakers to help you start and launch your business.

The Hands-on training includes virtual home staging exercise, accessories exercise, mock presentation to owner, room redesign, 5-minute sales pitch, mission statement exercise, and much more. Guest speakers include a marketing expert alongside other specialized speakers in their area for each course.

We are one of the only Schools to offer Bilingual Courses in Spanish. Call us for more information 1-800-574-5576

Wanda Colón Former HGTV/TLC Design Show Host and Co-Founder of The Academy

The Three F’s of Home Staging, Function, Focal Point and Flow

Do you ever walk into a room and something just doesn’t feel right? How the furniture is arranged can immediately determine the mood and impression the space has on the person entering it.

Here are some easy ways to make sure a space functions well and is also pleasing to look at.

FUNCTION:

Always start with a plan. Ask yourself the following questions:

    • What is the purpose of the room?
    • How much space do I need?
    • How big is the room?
    • How big is my furniture? (take out a measuring tape).

The smaller the space the more you need to make sure you have a good plan. Pick small scale pieces that offer a lot of seating space. Transitional or modern pieces with small arms and low backs work well in small spaces. For instance, a Realspace Magellan Performance 71inW Hutch Cherry is perfect for a home office. Just because a room is small, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. Don’t be afraid of color because the room is small. If you want to go neutral, add blasts of color in your accessories. A fun patterned occasional chair or rug adds vibrancy and a splash of color to a room without being distracting or overpowering.

FOCAL POINT:

Does your room have a fabulous sliding glass door, or bay window with a beautiful view? Maybe you have a beautiful fireplace, you want to accent these focal points of the home, to make sure any would be buyers take note of them. Add a large piece of art over the fireplace. A large mirror will brighten up and enlarge any space. Looking for a reliable window installer? Get your velux windows done by professionals. Hey offer quality velux window installations in dublin.

FLOW:

Place your larger pieces of furniture first. Avoid placing these large pieces in the natural line of traffic. Keep in mind how you will enter and exit the room. You want to leave 3 feet of open space for your primary traffic areas – anything else will feel small and cramped. I always say, expansive feels expensive.

If your home needs certain upgrades to be able to achieve what we have mentioned above, you can hire a handyman to perform the require duties.

Call to register for one of these upcoming courses before May 1 and receive a $500 grant (based on availability).

      • Jun 7 – Jun 12, 2021, Virtual Hands-on Home Staging Certification course
      • Jun 21 – 26, 2021, Virtual Hands-on Interior Design Course
      • Sep 20-25, New Bilingual Spanish Virtual Hands-on Home Staging Certification course
      • Oct 18 – Oct 23, East Coast In-person Home Staging Certification Course in New York
      • Nov 1-6, New Bilingual Spanish Virtual Hands-on Interior Design Course
      • Nov 8 – 13, 2021 – Hands-on live, in-person class in Northern Los Angeles County from 9-5pm

Ready to Live the Life You Have Been Dreaming of?

We are registering for our Summer Virtual Interior Design and Home Staging Programs and Fall In-person Home Staging Courses. We only offer 9 spots per class and they fill up fast. Don’t let someone else take your opportunity, Call today.

Call to register or for more information

Alumni of the Month, January Alexis Peters

The Academy of Home Staging & Design Alumni of the Month January

The Academy of Home Staging & Design Alumni of the Month January

Alexis Peters, 2020 Home Staging and Interior Design Graduate 

Owner of Reimagining Spaces

Alexis took our Virtual Home Staging Course and Virtual Interior Design Course, During the Pandemic and Her Business has taken off. There were many reasons why Alexis was chosen as our January Alumni of the Month, besides the success she has had with her business. Alexis has a passion for Design. She was able to envision a prosperous future for her business, in spite of the lockdowns and limitations to her business. Attitude and a drive to succeed, are key attributes to success and Alexis showed this to us from the moment, she registered for our course. After taking the Virtual Home Staging Course, she immediately continued her education by taking the Virtual Interior Design Course. She is now doing the continued Coaching program and in record time has her business not only up and running, but has many projects under her belt, including the improving of houses with the improving of roofing with services online. They’re literally one of the best flat roofing services in dublin. Contact the best flat roof repair specialists today for this.

Interior Design Education

The Beauty of Our Program and The Continued Coaching, is Creating a Business that encompasses what our Students envision. A business that represents their skills, experience and passions. Besides Interior Design & Home Staging Alexis Also added Home Organization to Her Business. Alexis told us on her initial phone call, that Design and Home Staging was something she had always wanted to do, now she’s living her Dream. We couldn’t be prouder!!!

Organization & Design

If You are looking for a Designer, Home Stager, or Organizer in the Los Angeles Area, Contact Alexis at Alexis@re-imagining.space or check out her website  at https://www.re-imagining.space/.

We, at The Academy of Home Staging & Design can’t wait to see what other amazing things Alexis will do. Our motto for 2021 is Be Bold, Design Your Life and Alexis is definitely doing this, how about you?

Be Bold! Design Your Life!

 

Riding the Waves of Uncertain Times in Your Business

It’s such an uncertain time, this all has been unprecedented in our lifetimes. We are worried about our families, our businesses and our world. We are all under extreme amounts of stress. A young businesswoman is looking stressed as she works at her computer

As business owners, it is easy to get pulled down by all this, to not know what the right way is to turn, to get stuck in a feeling of inertia.  We have found that it helps to take a step back, pause and look at the market, future trends and reinvent your business for the future. It is what has kept us in business all these years.

As a home stager and interior designer, who has had a successful business for almost two decades, I have learned how to navigate the ups and downs of the economy, to keep my business going strong. I have found that the combination of Home Staging and Interior Design can balance each other out, depending on what the clients economy. In slow economies I have found that people have to get as much money as they can, in a highly competitive buyer’s market, so Home Staging is mandatory. In a booming economy, both Home Staging and Interior Design flourish, as people buy new homes and put money into redecorating their current homes.   Now we are faced with lockdowns, an election year and an uncertain economy, so how do we prepare for what might be coming next?

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During uncertain times people become more unpredictable and less decisive​, they seek leadership. Do whatever you can to provide them with certainty. ​To create more certainty, take your presentation and materials to the next level. Organize your photos for quick sending​. Create a document that details your process and fees, why choose you in a beautiful document with photos of your work.  Customers want more proof you are the right person for the job, give them the proof. If you are new to the business and don’t have a portfolio, create one with photos of your own space. Go to a friend’s house and redesign their space and take before and after photos. You don’t have to disclose it’s from your own home or your friend’s, you just say here is a living room I did.  If you have been in the business, get testimonials, from past clients, put them in your marketing pieces.

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Hiring commercial roofing experts or roofing contractors will not only give you the quality work you are looking for but will also leave you stress free. Look for a commercial/industrial roofing experts that offers residential or commercial roofing services, such as roof replacement or expert roof ventilation.

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How can you meet your market where it’s at?

The fastest way to close a client is to know their budget and needs and develop a plan of what can be included to meet it if possible.

How can you meet your client where they’re at if you can’t go out? Think how you can turn your business virtual. Virtual consultations are easy to do on Zoom or Facetime. Vacant staging can still be done if handled in a safe way, following restrictions.

Hand Drawing Creative Kitchen Interior. Architecture And Design

Who will be your likely Clients and what types of projects will they need. (Here are our predictions on what might be ahead.)

  • Investors who want design boards for their flip​  project management for their flips
  • Homeowners wanting to redo an area or two
  • ​Information source – Emergency Roofers
  • Redesign/ New furniture purchases
  • Color consults including exterior
  •  Seasonal decorating
  • Virtual design boards based off photos
  • Will see a trend in Home offices and new, smaller commercial offices
  • Will see a trend in needing autonomous room design for family members (and roommates!) who need to move back in to get back on their feet. Live, work, sleep spaces.
  • Air Bnb’s will recover and return as people need more affordable housing and homeowners need more cash​​
  • agents (likely paying for consults)
  • Sellers wanting minimum rooms and less is more (over the last years design has shifted to adding layers. With people wanting more budget friendly, design will likely shift back to less is more)
  • Investors – flippers will have more opportunities and come back into the market space. They will want easy to work with designers and stagers, predictable costs they can work into their spreadsheets, perks, volume discounts, hands off
  • Developers will need a model staged for new residential communities and new apartment complexes
  • Mini flip partner for agents wanting an out of the box listing approach. Many agents do this already

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The most important thing is to stay calm and moving forward. Please, if you have been part of our program, reach out to your coach for a chat, to help you get the support you need. Think outside the box for new ideas to get your business out there and most importantly, don’t give up hope. In the most extreme circumstances, I have found, that hope can see you through, also if you need some roofing repairs, roofing dublin is the best choice.

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