What sets The Decorator Guild™ training program apart from other training programs?

With over 15 years experience and a leader in the Home Staging and Interior Redesign industry, Melanie Serra brings her success, experience and knowledge to the staging and redesign training circuit. Her curriculum is unique and unlike any other in the industry. Her training program incorporates all segments of the business to include decorating fundamentals, business theory, interactive classroom study, along with on-site staging where students learn to work in “real” homes. Her interactive group studies provide hands on training to promote, stimulate and enhance creativity, and are just plain fun! The Decorator Guild training programs provide each student with the knowledge and tools to own and operate a successful business and hit the ground running upon completion.

What is the course fee?

The cost of The Decorator Guild training varies by course. Please visit the schedule page to preview our course menu and pricing fees.

Do I need to have a degree in interior design?

No, you don’t have to have a degree in interior design or any other previous experience in a design field. However, you should have an “eye” and a flair for decorating and be passionate about interior design, decorative style and home furnishings.

Will I receive a certificate of training?

Yes, upon graduation each student will receive a certificate of completion and will become a member of “The Decorator Guild”.  You will also be eligible to receive one year of free advertising on our website.

Do I need to have previous marketing or business experience?

No, you do not have to have previous experience in business or marketing practices. You will be taught and guided in “start up” practices and principals, including naming your business, business licensing, bookkeeping, office practices, marketing strategies, establishing service fees, and implementing systems to handle growth.

How can adding home staging/interior redesign services benefit my existing decorating business?

Home Staging and Interior Redesign are the newest services in decorating and are becoming more and more popular due to TV decorating shows. Clients love the process because it validates their taste and style without breaking the budget. Staging and redesign require not only the talent to transform a space on limited budgets, but the ability to understand the psychology of the client. Most conventional designers are both product and project driven. But, by learning how to “use what the homeowner already has”, the conventional designer will experience a quicker turn around time from conception to completion on each staging/redesign project. The benefits are instant gratification along with instant income. No more waiting for weeks or months to receive payment and commissions on lengthy projects.

Is this a lucrative career?

Yes, this career can be VERY lucrative! It just depends on how talented you are, how hard you are willing to work and how much passion and energy you put into it. We will touch on other decorating services, such as model home merchandising, color consultations, personal shopping and event and party planning. These additional services will help to supplement and increase income.

Can I work at this part time and still make money?

You are your own boss and can work as much or as little as you like. However, keep in mind that the more you market yourself, the more appointments you will book and the more money you will make. Success depends on your vision and the professional goals you set in place.

What is the dress code during the training?

Dress is business casual. It’s important to maintain a professional image when working in client homes (no jeans on field days, please).

What do I need to bring to class?

Please bring a writing pad, a pen, and a camera. You want to begin to build a portfolio by taking pictures of the jobs that you stage during your training.

Where is the training? How do I get there? Where do I stay?

Training is held in Melanie’s Studio near historic downtown Roswell.  *Each student will receive a course itinerary along with location, directions, and times upon registration.

Interior Revivals, Inc. Studio
105 Great Oaks Lane, Roswell, GA  30075

Tell me about the instructor?

Melanie Serra is principal owner of Interior Revivals Inc.™ a Home Staging and Interior Redesign company and founder of The Decorator Guild™, an association that supports and trains professionals in the industry. She is one of the early pioneers in the business and has staged and redesigned hundreds of homes. She is recognized as a leader in the industry, has won various awards for her “before and after” work and is frequently featured in local and national media. Melanie’s background in both design and marketing puts her on the map as one of the most sought after instructors in this exciting new field. Prior to operating her own business she learned the art of display and the power of placement as a former photo stylist for Omega Studios of Dallas Texas, where she supervised set design and production for the JC Penney Home Furnishing Catalog. She has also received national and regional recognition for her sales and marketing experience as a design and product consultant for many major manufacturers in the interior surfacing industry, such as Duron Paints & Wallcoverings, Nevamar Decorative Laminates and Prince Street Carpets.

Her company Interior Revivals Inc.™ began over 16 years ago as a “grassroots” idea that turned into a successful enterprise. As an instructor, she provides her students with the “know how” to operate a successful staging/redesign business and guides them around pitfalls and barriers to help them succeed.

What makes Melanie Serra different from other instructors?

Over the years Melanie Serra was often approached about training and mentoring others. After all, there were many other stagers and redesigners jumping at the opportunity to teach …why wasn’t she? For Melanie it was simple …it was about timing and about integrity. Before she would call herself an instructor or consider mentoring others, it was imperative that she experienced ALL aspects of running a successful decorating business. In order to teach, she understood that she had to take her business full circle from the early stages of start up, to learning how to market and grow her business, to establishing systems to avoid the “crash and burn” when business peaks.) For 15 years she has owned and operated a full service interior redesign and staging company www.interior-revivlas.com, A combination of hard work, commitment and drive is her proven track record to success. In 2005 she launched her training program and has trained and mentored many students in establishing their own successful businesses. Her goal is to help each student realize their full potential and accomplish their dreams.

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