Review From Interior Designer
"Please accept my sincere gratitude. Your books (which I recently ordered and read) are absolutely packed with information. I’ve been a practicing interior designer for the past few years and decided recently to add staging to my services;
my degree is in Interior Design but many of the items you present in your books are not addressed in college programs. There were several books/classes that I considered but in all my research your name came up repeatedly as the best
“no-nonsense, down-to-earth, frank” staging book. I have spent a substantial amount of money on classes, books and webinars over the years and what you provide is worth far more than what you charge. Many thanks!"
Ruxana Oosman, Allied Member, ASID,
Ruxana's Home Interiors
"I re-searched very thoroughly on the internet all the many training courses available. I kept coming back to this one because of the honest,
informative and thorough material Barbara offers. I feel the training is very thorough in both content and teachings. Barbara doesn’t miss anything
when putting together a book. I like having all the tangible books available to reference at any time. In today’s world of technology,
you don’t get actual books with many other courses out there. I also like that I could study so many aspects of this business and now feel
more confident with knowledge to approach many different types of services." - Laura Bass,
(Diamond Ruby Course student)
"I think that your training is excellent and comprehensive. In your books you include business advice, marketing instruction, decorating and staging instruction. I don’t think there is anything missing! I have to say that I have gone back and re-read several of the books, especially Home Staging for Profit,
several times as there is so much information in them. - Cathy Gibson, ID (Home Staging Course Student)"
"When I decided what I wanted to do “when I grow up” (when I got to retire from my secure- a blessing (not enjoyable ) lifetime job- Interior RE-DESIGN and staging was my first choice, since that was the direction I was headed when coming out of college years ago, when I got “re-directed”. I had never lost that love, so I Googled Interior RE-DESIGN and Decorate-Redecorate.Com was one of the results that came up. I read them all, thought about it and prayed about it and decided this was the one to which I should go.
I feel that it is thorough and helpful in every area. It will enhance my prior knowledge and any “God-given” talents I’ve been blessed with – from the actual technical parts of the decorating, to the confidence and people skills.
- Myra Gardner"
"All other programs focused mainly on marketing, but I wanted to know once I had a client and was in there home, then what? How do I make it look good? This program taught me how to place furniture, art and accessories. It defiantly made me a lot more confident in what I was doing once in a client’s home, what would look best to a buyer, what red flags to look for right away in a clients home and how to fix them.
I also really loved the power point presentation! - Shari Portnier, Lawrence, KS"
"I've found the book to be really interesting and very helpful. I think it is something every real estate agent should go through and be able to offer this service to their clients.
I’ve always offered advice to my clients on what would make their house show better but now I am much more confident in giving the advice and I find my clients are much more apt to follow my advice.
I thought the book (A Real Estate Agent's Guide to Offering Free Staging Advice) was very educational and well laid out. I learned quite a few things and I think the most important thing
I’ve gained is the confidence to know what to tell clients when they ask what they should do before listing. - Chandra Classen, Saskatoon, SK, Canada"
"I ordered your “Home Staging for Profit “and several other home staging books . . . I really enjoyed your books, and learned so much useful information . . .
It is invaluable training! The books, materials, and even the exam make me feel very well-trained and confident in my craft. Doing the portfolio was a real eye-opener and gave me great ideas. Speaking with you on the phone let me know you are genuine and caring. What a blessing!
- Robin Lynn Florez, Canaan, NY"
"I feel that the training I have received is very thorough. I have enjoyed and learned so much from the books and resources you provide to your students. Your before and after photos,
and good examples throughout the books of do’s and don’ts were great to learn from. I also think that the exam and portfolio submission requirement are a great way for you to determine
if a student has learned from the materials and is ready for certification. Thank you so much for everything you have taught me. It has been a lot of work, but I have enjoyed it along
this entire journey and feel so inspired and motivated to keep working on my business of home staging and interior redesign. - Glenda Crawford, Wheat Ridge, CO"
"The sliders arrived on Wednesday 5 October last. I bought them so that I
could move a fairly large sideboard. I used them straight away and they are
absolutely fantastic. I knew they would work but did not expect that they
would work as well as they do. I am really amazed.
Thank you so much for arranging this for me. I know that you went out of
your way to post these to Ireland and I really appreciate your help. You
have been great.
- Anna Hoare, Ireland"
"I did not have the financial ability to order the course(s) so instead chose to order each item a la carte, and study as I could afford to advance through the books and eBooks.
The information provided has far more design information than APSD. I earned my CID last year while completing other courses, and can say that this training applies the principles of
design in a practical and easily understood manner. . . . Although I have been staging investment properties for several years, I learned a great deal from this specific training.
The instructions on art and accessories was great. The checklists offer a no-fail system that can be utilized immediately.
- Bonnie Lou Wisniewski, Carnegie, PA"
"I learned a lot of helpful information to pass along to my sellers from the textbook.
I thought the information and lists in the book were very practical and thorough. -
Heidi E. Stephey, Tiffin, OH (Real Estate Agents Guide and Certification)"
"I KNEW THAT THROUGH MY RESEARCH THAT THIS WAS GOOD TRAINING, HOWEVER, IT SURPASSED MY EXPECTATIONS. I AM THRILLED WITH THE TRAINING AND ON-GOING ASSISTANCE. - RENEE VANDEBERG, WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI
(Diamond Ruby Student)"
"Hi Barbara! I'm so excited to see you on ActiveRain. I bought your book "Home Staging for
Profit" earlier this year when I finally decided life is too short and that I needed to follow my passion :-) I have to say its one of my favorite resources to go to time and time again. Just wanted to personally thank you for putting out such a wonderful book! May God continue bless you :-)
I wanted to tell you it has been a year since I have been able to practice my Home Staging & Re Design. I recently started working with Realtor here in Prescott Az. My first assignment was to Stage a property that has been on the market for over a year. The clients had a zero budget. I brought in some of my inventory ( artwork, plants and accessories) and rearranged furniture throughout the house. Took a series of new "after photos" for numerous Real estate websites and held an open house. 10 Days and 35 showings later.................. the house SOLD!
Thank you again my impeccable training.
I'm excited getting back to business.
"I found it very professional, complete and stimulating. I love the way a Barbara says the things, in a direct and simple way. I find it great to see how much she learned by herself and tried
to share this knowledge, when others jealousy hide what they have discovered. - Marina Ribadeau Dumas (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
- Sapphire Course"
"I found you via surfing the web. I was looking for a company that could provide online training for staging and redesign. I liked the variety of products and services you had to offer.
I was also impressed with Barbara's background.
I have found the training to be very comprehensive and helpful. All of the additional tools I received are great. I love the tips for marketing and growing the business.
All of the before and after pictures are immensely helpful. . . . thank you very much. I appreciate your feedback and will indeed
continue to study your materials and refine my craft. I am very excited
about this business, I have waited a long time to do what I truly love. . . .
You are an inspiration and a great mentor.
- Jamie Burruto, Pittsford, NY
(Diamond Course Student)"
I just wanted to say how much I appreciate these e-letters from you. They not only educate & inform, they actually brighten my day.
I'm still 'plugging along' towards my CSS/CRS certification. It's been more challenging than I anticipated while working full-time and trying to get projects to complete the process.
I think I'm in the 'home stretch' and look forward to submitting my work soon.
In the meantime, thank you for putting out a great product and setting a worthy goal for people to achieve. - Mahalo nui, Lyn Macomber, Diamond-Ruby student"
"I found it very professional, complete and stimulating. I love the way Barbara says the things, in a direct and simple way. I find it great to see how much she learned by herself and tried to
share this knowledge, when others jealousy hide what they have discovered. - Marina Ribadeau Dumas, Brazil (Sapphire Combo Course)"
"I feel very good about the training. It is practical, common-sense advice which can be applied to the simplest of staging efforts (by the realtor). It is helpful as well to know when the jobs may
be more complex and need the help of professional stagers. The realtor’s time is valuable and better spent selling and listing and prospecting-especially since the professional stagers have access
to furnishings, rentals, etc.
. . . I do feel well prepared. Since I have a two year degree in decorating and have some experience in the field, it really helps…and of course the course here has really helped and given some
clarity and confidence.
. . . I think the course is excellent. The test has been very helpful to cement my knowledge and thoughts…it also has created a lot of ideas for me by jogging my imagination." - Sandy Yarbrough, Realtor
"This has been a very good and educational course. The book and training was very thorough, concise, organized and made good common sense. - Sheryl Scott, Austin, TX"
"Barbara - I'm impressed with how comprehensive [the training] is. Realized how much I DIDN'T know! A LOT to comprehend and absorb, but not too overwhelming if you follow the suggested course of study. . . .
There's no excuse for not starting your business, everything you need is right there - no need to reinvent the wheel. I believe the training is everything you promise it to be. - Jackie Palmer, Monroe, GA
"With every phone call and e-mail correspondence I was very impressed by Barbara's honesty and sincerity. I contacted her with questions of her marketing materials and not only received quick responses, but also very down to earth and personable. After I ordered
her books - and devoured them - I knew I had made the right choice because not only of her knowledge, but also her Christianity. The books I purchased are very thorough! . . . I am totally happy with the training materials, support and guidance I have received. -
Lyn Westhoff, Normal, IL"
"This has been delightful to me. This is a dream come true for me. I am eager to receive my certification and benefit from my own business. I also very much appreciate the on-going training
via emails and the web site. - Donna Collins, Diamond Trainee"
"It’s been very thorough and complete. It’s amazing! No other book or e-book I’ve read has given me this level of information. I’m so appreciative of all the detailed, nitty-gritty, how-to advice. Now I feel like I have the guts to go out there and really “do” the business. I have the step-by-step instructions I need for every aspect.
It has given me such a feeling of confidence! - Sarah Alpert, Salt Lake City, UT"
"The concepts were explained thoroughly with a lot of good examples I could refer back to when needed. I also appreciated the timely responses I received to emailed questions.
The tools that were included with the package were extremely helpful. Everyone is amazed at how well the carpet sliders work! The business aspect of the training was phenomenal.
It is truly a step by step guide on how to jump start a career. Comparing it to other decorating programs that are out there, I feel this offers the widest variety of training and am
pleased with my decision to purchase the Diamond package. - Tay Robbins, Nashville, TN"
"You did a fantastic job of including so much information in the books for both Re-Design and Staging-but you also have so much wonderful information to point me in the right direction to
start a successful business. I loved the fact that you also shared so many positive Christian ideals in with the information. My favorite was the analogy of how a furniture arrangement
compares to a family and how their focal point is God. - Michelle Forehand, Strasburg, CO"
Thank you so much for the great news!
I am very grateful for a wonderful experience I had with your Academy and for a lot of real knowledge I gained so I can serve my clients better.
I would highly recommend your Academy to anyone interested.
Elvina Amati, Ph.D., ABR, CREHSA"
"After a long day at work, I returned home to find some very special mail--my official certificate for double certification! I am very excited to have it in my hands. Due to many setbacks, it seemed that I would never get all of the requirements met and sent to you. But . . . I did and now I'm fully certified to help homeowners in southeast Oklahoma and the surrounding areas of Texas and Arkansas. Thank you for the high standards that you set. Because of them, I feel completely confident for all of the projects that will be coming my way.
~~Lynda Litterst, CRS/CSS"
"I learned a LOT. I understand the importance of home staging so much better now and will communicate it to my potential clients using very powerful stats from the book. I learned important principles and concepts of home staging and feel I an ready to apply them in real houses. . . . Quite honestly, I think you are doing wonderful job. I really like the book and the way it is written. It shows deep knowledge of the subject and passion for home staging. Thank you for all the knowledge I have gained and for considering my application! - Elvina Amati, Ithaca, NY (Warren Real Estate)"
"I got my book today. thank you very much for reordering this for me. I appreciate your promptness in this matter. It is nice to know that there are some great companies still out there!!
Thanks again!! -
Linda Lemiere-Zile, CSS, CRS"
"I have not had the time to correspond with D-R about how FANTASTICALLY my business has expanded ! I currently offer interior and exterior redesign and staging, which includes landscape design and implementation, Feng Shui consultations, de-cluttering services, and more!
The resources I have received from D-R have been instrumental in my success! .
. . But sincerely wanted
to let Barbara and the team know she has inspired me in many ways. I
did a lot of research before I selected D-R to align with. There is a
LOT to be said about the positive virtues of a business! - Lyn Westhoff,
"I was interested in Barbara’s books and went to the website to find out more. Then I spoke with some of the students who had been certified. The rest is history!
I thought it was great. The best part is the books were written in such an easy to understand manner…they are like novels!! The pictures are priceless in showing examples. - Anne Harvill, Hampton, VA"
"I feel as if the training I have received has reinforced many of the concepts that I knew instinctually from having an interest in home redesign and from owning my own business for 12 years. The information in
this course will be extremely helpful to me as a reference source throughout my future Certified Redesign career. - Elizabeth Brown, Clinton, IA, Gold Redesign course"
"I believe the training I’ve received from Decorate-Redecorate.com is very, very thorough. I am confident that with the tools, strategies and training I’ve received my staging and redesign business will be a great success! - Sharron Oakley, St. Louis, MO
(Diamond Ruby Course)"
"I thought it was great (Diamond course). The best part is the books were written in such a easy to understand manner…they are like novels!! The pictures are priceless in showing examples. - Anne Harvill, Hampton, VA"
"It’s been very thorough and complete. It’s amazing! No other book or e-book I’ve read has given me this level of information. I’m so appreciative of all the detailed, nitty-gritty, how-to advice. Now I feel like I have the guts to go out there and really “do” the business. I have the step-by-step instructions I need for every aspect. It has given me such a feeling of confidence!
- Sarah Alpert, Diamond Ruby Course"
"I feel as if the training I have received has reinforced many of the concepts that I knew instinctually from having an interest in home redesign and from owning my own business for 12 years.
The information in this course will be extremely helpful to me as a reference source throughout my future Certified Redesign Career. - Elizabeth Brown, Clinton, LA"
"Excellent experience, easy understanding materials, very well organized school sources. - Olga Florianskaia, Canada (Diamond Trainee)"
"Enjoyed it and learned great tips. I received great pointers. - Marguerite Ann Spreckelsen,
CREHSA, Palm Coast, FL"
"Thank you so much for getting back to me. I'll be looking forward to the arrival of my book. I have, and am in the process of reading many of the books I've ordered. Great
information in all of them.
Again, thank you so much. Have a great day!
"I found your training very helpful. Your reading material was easy reading and very informative. I refer back to the books often." - Becky Brandt, CRS
"I have purchased books from you ....which I enjoyed reading ! The last book was 'Home Staying
for Profit', because I wanted to use this as a guide to 'Home Stage' our home for sale in MA.
Our home went on the MLS Listing on Monday, March 15th and on Sunday, March 21 'Open House Day' we received an offer from a buyer ....we are closing on May 14, 2010.
I'm sending you 'The Visual Tour' from my Century 21 Realtor's Office for you to see how I incorporated 'my decorating/home staging ideas' from your book; 'Home Staging
for Profit'. Enjoy !
The knowledge I received from reading your books has definitely paid off with our Fast House Sale ....Thank You !!!
Gloria Beauchamp, C.I.D."
"Dear Barbara, I would like to express my gratitude for your time and attention. It was such an honor for me to discuss the design and home staging industry with you this afternoon
via the telephone. I understand hw busy you are and how valuable your time is to you. You speak eloquently, confidently and professionally about business and I hope to emulate those
characteristics. Your advice and opinions were very impressive and again, I appreciate your warmth and generosity. - Sincerely, Anna Marie Hoynes"
I just wanted to send along a quick note of thanks. I recently finished my first staging job for a one bedroom apartment in Queens, NYC. I've been an interior designer and visual merchandiser for several years,
but this was an interesting challenge for me. Your home staging book provided a lot guidance as far as what questions to ask, resources to use and how to coordinate my project.
You can see the pictures from the project on my website here under: "Home Staging".
As you'll see, some really simple changes made a huge difference. I spoke with the broker who said that before hiring me the apartment had been on the market for several months with no offers.
Within 10 days of completing the job they had 3 offers! Thanks again, Christine Schwalm"
"Good afternoon, Barbara!
After reading through all the materials available in the internet last night, and having weighed all the options, I'm glad to let you know that I'm going for your training course.
But I think what sealed the deal for me was the very cordial and accommodating conversation I had with you on the phone yesterday. Not only are you accessible, but you're thorough and straightforward with your points. I like that, and I'd like to start my first ever business venture under the mentorship of someone worth emulating.
Michael Medina, Long Beach, CA"
"I am enclosing my CD with my portfolio photos and printed descriptions. . .
. I was so pleased with your course and will recommend it to anyone interested in becoming a Home stager/Redesigner. I also recommend it to all stagers/redesigners who have taken other courses. I have learned a lot and
will continue to learn and grow through your books. I will be referencing them all the time and plan on purchasing your other design books so that I may continue to learn. Thank you for
jump starting my new career. - Wanda Massaro, CSS/CRS, Wantagh, NY"
"I am excited to continue on this journey. I have learned so much from the Diamond Ruby course thus far and I've only scratched the surfaced of the information that I received. Your program is wonderful!
Thank you for your help. - Sharron Oakley"
"Decorate-Redecorate was a huge training tool for me and my partner. We both already had basic knowledge of staging and decorating, but your course went into many details that we had not thought about. It’s given us a lot of guide lines to apply
to our decorating, staging and our business. Thank you. - Shelia Marshall, Charlotte, NC"
"I had previously taken a home staging course through another company. I finished their course and was timed out on the test twice. I wasn’t about to pay to take another exam, only to get timed out again. I decided to search elsewhere for a better place
to educate myself on home staging and redesign. I am so happy that I found Decorate-Redecorate. From the moment I started reading my first book, I knew I did the right thing. I could not believe the difference in training. I now feel that I have the knowledge
to become a successful home stager and redesigner. I cannot believe all the mistakes I would have made staging client’s homes, had I not taken this course. I am so grateful to Barbara Jennings and her wonderful course. - Wanda Massaro, Wantagh, NY"
"In March of 2009 I was let go from my position as an administrative assistant due to the downward turn in the economy. I have always loved working with my hands and creating pleasing environments so I was very happy to hear about Barbara Jennings course on home staging and redesign through the internet and begin learning a new career.
The training has been thorough and extensive. I have received much helpful information. My approach to training has been systematic, focusing on one thing at a time. I have read the materials and have worked to get my portfolio completed. The books and resources are valuable and I know that I will refer to them many times as I work with clients. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experience Barbara has passed on to us. I am excited to use what I have learned to benefit others.
I think Barbara has done an outstanding job in her training materials and I am proud to receive my certification from her." - Julie Bourbon, Palatine, IL
"I am very pleased with the coursework and feel it will be a tremendous help to me in my new business. I looked over a dozen or so courses before choosing this one, and I feel I have made a wise decision. I would recommend this course to others with no problem."
- Cecelia M. Grayson, Port St. Lucie, FL
"I stumbled upon Decorate-Redecorate.Com when I was researching a company who guaranteed employment upon completion of their course. After reading the reviews of the other company, I didn’t feel that was the avenue for me.
I continued to research the subject of home staging instead of a particular company. There were several choices that I researched; however, Decorate-Redecorate.Com and Barbara Jennings was the only company on which no negative information
was found on the Internet. . . . I definitely feel that I have gotten my money’s worth from this course. It is literally more information than I initially hoped for. I like Mrs. Jennings writing style, the materiel is easy to read and understand. I can’t wait to get my certification so I can put all of this knowledge to work. I know in my heart that this is the business for me.
With Mrs. Jennings’ help there will be another successful home staging business in Indianapolis! I am very pleased with this course (Diamond Ruby) and the material included. . . . Mrs. Jennings is a woman of her word, "deliver more than you promise". She has done just that. - Anji Tucker, Camby, Indiana"
"I went on the Net searching for someone in my area. Quite honestly, I can’t imagine how you can get a Certificate within a weekend/week and what was being touted on the various website. I found that confusing and hard to believe that after a
weekend you could walk away and be able to handle any situation that came your way. I was looking for some one to really teach me the trade so that I could actually be of real use to my clients. I next went to Amazon.com to order a couple of books and
Barbara’s name popped up and I order two of her books to get the feeling for the industry. I really enjoy the way Barbara writes. Yes, give it to me in black and white, tell me it again and in different ways how and why certain layouts and percentages
are called for. I come from a financial background where it is all about getting your License/Certification The on-line help and Barbara’s attitude said to me ….this is where I will get good fundamentals to start with and a great back up team if I
need an answer to a question. It is very rare today that an Owner is willingly available to students. Last but not least I did look you up on BBB and thought, now this is some one that I would be proud to learn from.
I really thought in the beginning that I was going to blow right through this but as I started to read I discover that this is business with fundamental rules must be follow and if I were going to be a success and confident in myself,
I would have to slow down, absorb what I was reading so that I could enter into this Industry feeling confident in myself that I would be able to answer questions and structure the home or room (s) for a win/ win situation whether it was for
Home Staging or Redesign. And those Lists…. yahoo! I never would have come up with such a well development step program for myself or my clients. Thank you. - Esther Rhein (Diamond Ruby student)"
"The training is very intense but it's great. It really separates those that just think they can be stagers and those that really have talent. You will have a very specific test to complete and a detailed portfolio that you will need to complete to achieve the credentials, but it's worth it. I know a lot of "so called" stagers that have gone to a fancy seminar for a few days and spent a lot of money and were given a certificate at the end of the class. The people handing these out have no idea if these people have any talent or not… I guess I value my credibility more than that. Barbara Jennings is a very talented individual and is proud to put her name behind the stagers she trains, because she knows first hand if you have the ability. I highly recommend her........she is a wealth of knowledge and is so willing to share it. I think you will be very pleased to take your career in her direction. Good luck!
- Barb Combs & Chanda Humphries, Added Touches Inc.
"I just finished reading Home Staging for Profit and was extremely pleased with the details and comprehensive nature of the book. - Diane Dove"
"I really want to thank you again for all the time you spend responding to our emails. You are really very generous with your time, which I know is worth a lot. Another staging school offers one hour of one-on-one time with the director,
either by phone or by email, as part of the benefits of signing up with them. It can be used all at once or spread out over time. I know you have spent far more time than that just answering one of my emails, and I'm not even done yet. I think
this is one of the biggest advantages to going with Decorate-Redecorate, and one of the things that sets you apart from your competition. - Donah Freeman"
"I have enjoyed the course of study at Decorate-Redecorate.com tremendously. I find the training to be practical, useful and easy to understand. There are many good concepts to follow and apply. It really equips me with sufficient knowledge and
techniques that I feel most confident to start my own staging and redesign business." - Mei Lim, Ontario, Canada (Diamond Standard Course)
"I have prayed for months for God to lead me to the right Staging Certification training, and I can’t express how very blessed I feel stumbling upon this program. First off, I am so impressed with the way Ms. Jennings and her staff replied to
my emails whenever I had a question about training. It was always the same day that they returned my emails. Not many companies do that. Also, I know a friend of mine that took another certification course a couple years ago (3 day seminar), she
paid $1700 and told me that she did not learn hardly anything on the design aspect of home staging! I was dumbfounded. How can you pay $1700 and hardly touch on that very important aspect of Staging. Being that there are so many women (and men)
out there who “think” they know how to stage and about design, I just don’t see how you can’t touch on that very important subject! You HAVE to know about scale, proportion, color, lines, balance, rhythm, etc etc before going out to stage a home.
I have learned so much through this program, and I can’t wait to order more books! Now about the program itself: WOW! I THOUGHT I knew ALL about Staging, but I learned SO much these past couple of weeks!!! The program is explained clearly and
easily and time flew by for me as I was learning- that is how much I enjoyed it! The books are so easy to understand, that is what I really loved about this program. I feel as though Ms. Jennings is right next to me, talking to me, and explaining
things, one by one. Her knowledge of Staging is superior, and again, I am blessed to have found this program! I also love that we have an exam at the end. I am not saying it was an “easy” exam, but I felt more knowledgeable and more confident in
myself knowing that I have to pass an exam to get certified. Being accountable, in my opinion, is why this program stands out above the competition. THANK YOU!" - Nancy King, Clayton, NC (A La Carte Student)
"Just to let you know that I have enjoyed studying this course and have benefited very much; now I have completed the exam paper, and am sending it to you. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you. Most Sincerely Mei Lim"
"I have been reading your book "Home Staging for Profit", and I am learning a great deal from it. . . . I enjoy your teaching style. You have a lot of great advice, and a very down to earth way of dispensing that advice. - Linda Rieschel, California"
"I went online and typed in home staging and a number of links came up. I went to about five different sites to review the course content and what I felt I wanted to learn and Barbara Jennings offered what I was looking for in the
(diamond) deluxe program –
so I went for it! This type of training worked well for me as it allowed me to schedule my lifestyle around when I had time for training and for my own personal – most optimal time for learning. Classroom courses just don’t offer that! The material was
well written and felt more like a conversation than a difficult read. - Christine Dunbar, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada"
"Good morning Barbara! I am just loving this course and really giving the marketing information a top priority!! I am a Diamond/Ruby Combo Trainee . . .
By the way, it is sooo coincidental that I selected your training only to find out you are a sister in Christ! God is so amazing!! Your training is so wonderful and I am really grateful for the help.
Have a blessed day and I look so forward to your thoughts!!
"When I stepped into the biz 5 springs ago I experienced Louisville real
estate scene as unknowledgeable about staging as Empire penguins are
about flying. Fortunately a successful reputation began building from
the start. I had several initial homes receive offers within 48 hours of
the staging. This turn about certainly hasn't occurred with every home
but about 95% of the homes I stage sell within 30 days. - Candi Hutchinson (www.decoresolutions.com)"
"I thought you might be interested to know that my very first staging
job was featured on the Today Show this morning (9/11/09). I'm
attaching a link to the video (we're the Tulsa, OK house). This was a
dear friend of mine and I literally touched every surface in this
house...lots more work than I would have done for a real staging
client (unless they wanted to pay for it!). The house had been on the
market for over 8 months previously with no offers. Now, after having
been on the market post-staging for 3 months, they're under contract.
Thanks for all your help and great ideas in your training information!!
Hanna's Oklahoma Staging Project on the Today Show, 9/11/09"
Let me start by saying that I received my materials today and I am SO excited to start this new venture in my life. The information you provide is astounding and I am so thankful I selected this training over the other one's out there!!!!!
. . . I wish to again say how excited I am and how determined I am to be a success in this industry and am really grateful for your advice and guidance!!
It is so nice to know that someone so far away physically has become so close to my heart. You probably have been told many times before what a special person and spirit you are......however I want to tell you personally; and I want to thank you for always being there for me when I need to reach out. You consistantly outdo yourself in the giving department and deserve everything you have achieved......you have earned it! I know the new tools will motivate potential clients to hire me whether it be for a listing or a redo, and you will always be close to my heart.
I will keep you posted.
One of your kindred spirits in Florida -
Exit Team Realty/Runyas Redesign"
"Barbara, I look forward to future communication with you! You are so approachable, likable and "down to earth"! That sounds soooo good to me after this past experience!
Thank you, Vicki Sweet"
"You put a lot of information into your program. . . . Thank you again for your program and your references to your faith. That is why my sister and I liked your program. God bless. - Melanie Maltese, Massillon, OH (Diamond Certified Staging and Redesign Specialist)"
"I feel the training that I have received is all encompassing, very thorough and I've gained more confidence that I can now go out on my own. . . . I think it is a very good course and if you can get through the exam
[which she did] you will
be the best and definitely the best trained. - Barbara Smith, Palm Harbor, FL (Diamond Certified Staging and Redesign Specialist)"
"There was a lot of information that I already knew, or felt was true, but
now I know the reasoning behind it. I also learned some things I didn't know. It
think it's a good program. I think the training process is great. It's nice to
be able to work at your own pace, and to have the opportunity to ask questions
any time. Keep up the great work! - Alicia Hogue, Eau Claire, WI (Diamond
Certified Staging and Redesign Specialist)"
"I found your article on "hope" in the business newsletter. I felt as though you were speaking to me! For months I've had problems hitting me like waves. I'd barely come up for air when another wave would crash over me. Feeling so overwhelmed, one loses hope.
I became isolated and depressed, trying hard to handle things myself. I even felt God abandoned me. The turn around came when I had to give it all to God. I was spent. I also learned that "no man is an island" and began to trust in friends where I found comfort
and support. I am beginning to see life differently now and see alternatives I hadn't seen before. I am seeing new solutions to problems thanks to the people around me. I have hope again!!
I know all the problems will not get fixed overnight, but little by little things are improving. I also know I sometimes expect too much of myself, so I will take things a day at a time. If I have to start with baby steps, so be it. Rome wasn't built in a day
You speak volumes of wisdom in saying focus on solutions not the problem. It really does work! Thank you for writing such an uplifting article. I know it will touch many people who need to regain hope. It touched me. - Pat
(Diamond Combo Trainee)"
"Hi Barbara, I cannot tell you how much I am getting out of your book. It's chock full of great info and I thank you for that. . . . Thanks again for all your help--I feel like you are speaking right to me through your writing. It's great stuff! -
Antonia Banewicz, West Orange, NJ"
"I purchased your eBook "Decor Secrets Revealed".
I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the information and am anticipating joining one of your training programs in the near future. . . . Sincerely, Livia Landersjonez"
"Dear Barb, Thank you so much for the powerful and uplifting letter you wrote to me. I feel such a connection with you after reading about your personal struggles. You are right about not making decisions when one is at the bottom. Time and God does heal
all circumstances. . . . It is good to hear there are no time limits on your program. I know if I could make it work, it would fulfill a dream. You are right, dreams are special. Money comes and goes and means nothing. It is what you do with your life and
how you touch others that counts. I have great respect and admiration for you. Not only do you have a thriving business, but you have a special way of touching the lives of those around you. You are genuine....and my angel right now.
. . . Your input is greatly appreciated . . . - Pat Goudeau"
". . . I've enjoyed many of Barbara's books. My most recent purchases - 'Staging Portfolio Secrets' & 'Getting Paid' arrived just today . . . . As usual they are jam packed with valuable info! Many thanks in advance, Donna Ross (Australia)"
"I have read an extensive amount of information, as well as hands on training through this program (Diamond course). I now feel confident to go out there and take charge. I can't wait to officially get started with my new business! - Tiffany McCoy"
"Excellent information and the ability to work at my own pace. - Doris Breaux"
"..... The training I received from my books was excellent, very thorough and challenging. - Kathleen Cadriel"
"Hi Barbara, . . .
Business is good - even given tough times. I continue to partner with local realtors and have built an excellent customer base for both staging and design just from referrals.
Hope all is well,
Dori Curtis, CSS/CRS
Diamond Staging and Design Specialist"
"I'm so happy I didn't fall for the Haverhill promises, especially after seeing they have an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau today. Thanks for being a reputable company that people can believe in and become successful through. It is obvious you run
an ethical company and deserve the A+ rating you have with the BBB by comparison. - Mary Jones"
"I came into this w/ no formal training in design and feel the training books have done a good job of getting the essential concepts across to give me to confidence to move forward. I have some natural abilities but didn’t have the basics to back
up what I felt were the right changes to rooms. Now I feel confident that I can explain why certain changes are needed. So in other words, I feel the training process worked for me . . . - Kathi Jaggers, CSS/CRS"
"I have researched and decided this was the most complete course out there loaded with an unbelievable amount of information and resources as well as experience out there. - Denise Hunt, Perrysburg, OH"
"I attended college for interior design out of high school, however, did not complete it. I have always had an interest in decorating, however, never went back to school. I took a course with someone in Thousand Oaks 5 yrs. ago on staging, however,
the course was not that helpful. I watch HGTV all the time and saw the Home Staging Course advertised (by Haverhill). I checked it out online, however, discovered that most people were extremely unhappy with the course.
After doing some further searching online, I came up with your website. Although I would have rather taken the Diamond course, I felt that I should get your books and start from there. I am totally excited and would love to be able to do this as a
job vs working at a typical job daily. - Susan Geiszler"
"Dear Barbara, just finished your new book (Getting Paid: Financial Strategies for Home Stagers). I'm living at the other side of the globe, but if I'd be there with you, you'd receive a big hug! I'd like to thank you for all the wonderful books you've dedicated to teaching us, all packed with an
incredible amount of knowledge, experience and your good heart. You're definitely a hugh source of inspiration to me, always feel rushes of excitement while journeying through your manuals. I'm convinced you've already earned truckloads of good karma in this
life sharing yourself with us! Love, Marin DeRochemont"
"Good morning Barbara
I am so glad to have found you again. I first learned of you back in 2003. I bought the books you had available then and then having to move, lost contact. I am a business owner, a redesigner/stager, and a resource center for the same here in NH. I wanted to share that of all the people I have met, it is clear to me why you are so admired. Your gracious way of sharing and teaching is indeed unique. A breath of fresh air. I am proud to call you teacher. As I continue to grow I will learn by your example. I invite you to visit or contact me. If there is anything I may be of service with to help, please feel free to contact me anytime. Glad to be back.
I wish you "Abundance" in all you set your heart to do.
The Emporium Consignment Outlet and Home Staging Center
"I have the utmost respect for you and the way you have chosen to run your business. I indeed purchased the most expensive package from you almost two years ago and came upon very rough water
during the process. If you remember Walgreens lost all my film, and one of my dearest friends passed away the very same week. Your first words to me were that you could not automatically pass
me (which i was not looking for) but what can you do to help. The fact that you were sooooo kind and sincere resonates with me always. Whenever I call you to ask for help you are there,
I do not have enough accolades for you. . . . Your books alone are worth so much, they are wonderful reference guides forever and ever. It has been a great pleasure having you somewhere
in my life. Sincerely and Happy Wishes, Audrey Schechner (Runyas Redesign)"
"Hi Barbara, Thoroughly enjoyed the newsletter today...very inspiring Barbara! . . . After a year in business, I've developed self confidence in my abilities and realize that I have a lot to offer at what I truly believe is a tremendous value . . .
from the end of the last year-business is booming in 2009. - Pam Bosetti"
Thanking you doesn't seem enough. I can't tell you how my mood, in my
own apartment, has changed. I love going from room to room and just
looking. I can actually keep the blinds open if I want to. I can't
believe it's my own apartment!
Slowly, but surely I'll have all your suggestions in place. . . . Thank you for teaching me
. . . I really enjoyed working with you and Dave on Saturday!!
Thank you so much!
"Success! Thank you so much, that link worked perfectly. . . . I really appreciate your taking the time to help me with that, thank you. Especially since it is early Sunday evening where I am (australia), so it must be Saturday sometime where you are?!
Between learning and actually doing decluttering, and your eBook, my house is really starting to look good. Thanks again.
"Thank you for the extraordinarily useful information and inspiration you've passed on to us all.
My teeth chatter at the amount of work this must have been for you to put together ... yikes!!
Sincerely, Davian Rawls (Diamond Deluxe Trainee)"
"Thank you for your suggestions regarding my portfolio and for all of your help.
This training program has been a wonderful learning experience
and I appreciate all you have done for me in making this process go smoothly. I
am anxious to begin my journey in the homestaging field utilizing the skills and
knowledge that you have given to me. - Edit Balogh (Diamond Trainee)"
"I'm very pleased with the service and training provided. And although I have been doing design and decorating for many years, I felt that since I moved away from my client base, certification was a must to get established in Staging and Re-design and
launch my business." - Rebecca Lerman, Bellaire, MI" (Diamond Trainee)
"I've always felt like I had a really good eye for picking and arranging accessories but reading your books really helped me understand why I was making those certain decisions. Your books really gave me a good foundation of the principles of good design.
I gained a working knowledge of furniture arrangements, etiquette when dealing with sellers, how to put myself out there, and having confidence in my abilities to establish myself in this field. - Arum Son" (Diamond Trainee)
"I'm really happy with your program. I learned proper knowledge and concepts about interior design when enhancing a home. I also learned exclusive sales and promotional products to maintain my business. I feel ready to start this new home staging and redesign
business so thank you! - Hae Chong Son, partner" (Diamond trainee)
"I already offer this one entire agency a discount and that has been a great source of business. I'm even happy to say that I had to have an assistant on my last job because I'm super busy. Just want to throw
in a quick "Thank You", Barb. This month marks my 2 year anniversary of being in business and it's been wonderful! -
Kyro (from our free directory)"
"I find it difficult to come up with anything better than what you have written. The information provided covers everything I needed to know to open a business, to keep it open, to make it work, lots of useful forms, information about
promoting the business and attracting clients. With all of this said, I can’t find anything to add, so well done. You did a very good job. - Ze Potts, Roswell, GA
"The training materials are quite comprehensive and very useful in applying to the actual business. The exam really forced me to reference the materials instead of just reading the book and forgetting what I learned (I'm good at that!) By going through the certification process it has really made me accountable for understanding and knowing the key design principles. - Janet Connelly, Homer Glen, IL
"Your training has helped me tremendously, especially in gaining confidence in my abilities. It confirmed many things I already knew and did but taught me other things that I had yet to consider. I had only taken one course
(elsewhere) when I received my first
offer to stage a home. I felt I really needed more training and signed up for the Diamond Standard Course as soon as I could. - Nancy Grant,
"I think the training process is great. It’s nice to be able to work at your own pace, and to have the opportunity to ask questions any time. Keep up the great work! - Alicia Hogue"
"After years of helping friends “Stage” their homes, and watching HGTV religiously, I simply googled “Home Staging” and got access to many websites offering training
. . . I feel the training I’ve received is far superior to
others. After working directly with a Home Stager who was educated in a 3 day seminar, I feel much more equipped to handle situations using real design principles and have a much better resource for how to set up my own business (Gold Staging Course Trainee) -
Thank you for your input. I would like to start a business helping clients stage their art . . .
Thank you again for your opinions and advise. I found it refreshing that you just didn't sell me something knowing that it was not right for the application of which I was inquiring. You might be one of a kind! - Mika King"
"I am very pleased with the information contained as well as the personal support and support materials available. I certainly feel a lot more confident about going out and offering my services than I did before I took the training.
There is some redundancy between the books if you buy the entire Diamond line so it is not as overwhelming as it first appears. That said, it is still much more information than the other courses provide. I was impressed with the
practicality of the information. I am sure the advice contained will save me from making many mistakes I might have made otherwise that could have cost me more than the price of the training. This course is an excellent value for
the money when you compare it to the other options out there. It offers a nice balance between design training and training on how to run a staging/redesign business. You have an excellent package combined with the ability to consult
with you, making your program the best out there. - Victoria Guillot (Diamond Trainee)"
"There are so many school and training out there.
I only pick yours. First,you know what you are doing. You are the best. Second,
You know business and marketing. Third, You have angel's heart that you really
care of your students. You are not a sale people with lousy skill. I admire your
telents, hard working and providing the best service you can. I believe that I will
learn a lot from you. Thanks for providing this great program for us, so we can
have a new bright future with you holding our hands to do the right thing. - Li-An Chen"
"Fabulous, uplifting newsletter!
No matter what your position is at this moment, everyone can use an
uplifting and supporting message!!!!
Thank You for this invaluable service,
"Thank you so much - you are great Jean & Barbara!
Thanks for being so in tune with our needs and for making your program the best!! I'm sure you'll be announcing this in your next newsletter so everyone can benefit from this wonderful program-the rewards are a lot better than I anticipated. Thanks again!!
"As an Interior Designer, I became curious about the Redesign business.
I picked up Barbara Jennings beginning book and felt that it gave practical business advice. For example: pay yourself when you receive money from a client. Most people forget to do this and put all of their fee back into the business. Also her arrangement samples are excellent. She does mention her other products but I feel that the average person gets enough from the book to use in there own business. Joanne Wright"
"I began an interior design business a year and a half ago. I am specializing in window treatments. This book showed me how I can incorporate home staging and redesign into my current business. This book was wonderful in encouraging me to pursue home staging. I would suggest anyone looking to go into home staging to pick up a copy of this book. - Diane McMillan (NJ)"
"I loved this book (Home Staging for Profit) - it is very thorough and contained everything I needed AND more that I haven't even gotten to read yet- I am still implementing ideas from what I have read! Barbara is not trying to impress people with her credentials, she is trying to help them with her experience! If you are considering staging for a living- get this book! - Mark A. Hoyt (Greenville, SC)"
"I purchased this book (Home Staging for Profit) as a way to build my staging business. It surely has helped. The information contained in this book is just what I needed. I like the step by step approach as well as the lists of questions to ask, tools of the trade lists, etc. This book was well worth the money. Thanks. - Christine Uhl (Brighton, MI)"
"I'm switching careers and have decided to try the home staging business. After reading about the author and her experience, I ordered this book
(Home Staging for Profit) and I'm glad I did. It provides the exact information I was seeking. It's informative and written in an extremely easy style to follow. Although some of the information is obvious/basic - (decluttering) - it is important enough it probably should be emphasized. The author even provides a list of potential names for your new business. She also includes a question and answer section in which she provides good guidelines for potential situations. I purchased another book at the same time I ordered this one and there is no comparison. I would definitely recommend this book. - Giselle B (Los Angeles)"
"Barbara Jennings has put together the essential guide for anyone looking to start a Home Staging business. Not only does she cover the basics of home staging, she provides an insiders guide to the business of staging itself.
As an interior decorating professional I give this book my highest rating. - Joni L. Altman "Design Consultant" (Encinitas, CA)"
"Home Staging for Profit: How to Start and Grow a Highly Profitable Home-Based Staging BusinessThis book is great! It provides so many things to consider when staging a home as a business. It covers the business as it pertains to both the customer side and the importance of running the business in a structured way. It also covers working with people, such as realtors, who can be a good source of referrals. It provides samples of forms, letters and suggestions as to wording for advertising and much more. It really is a complete reference book for a well run and successful home staging business. - S. Hewitt (Creswell, OR)"
"Home Staging for Profit" is a wonderful resource for those interested in a career in home staging. Compared to the two other books I've read on the subject, this one is by far the best. There is virtually nothing that a home stager need to know that is not covered in this book. I have been hesitant to start my own business, but Ms. Jennings has provided all the information I need to know, from selecting a business name to supplying sample forms. This book has given me the confidence and the tools I need to launch a successful career in home staging. In addition to the information on setting up a business, it includes: Effective communication skills, professional ethics, questions to ask the seller, and tips on cleaning, de-cluttering, restoring and enhancing all rooms of the house. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in home staging for themselves or as a career. - Jan F."
"This book is remarkable (Home Staging for Profit). This is an extensive course in house staging. It covers every facet of the business and industry. As I am from Australia I was unsure of the relevance to my situation but can state that this is suited for any one thinking of getting into the staging industry anywhere in the world. The book misses nothing. In addition to teaching Home Staging it also teaches business techniques, marketing, interior decorating, buyer psychology, seller psychology. With plenty of photo examples, business forms and question and answer examples this was the best read on this subject I have come across. The author addresses every possible situation and the training is written as if she was in the room giving you one to one training. As there are no means of doing any kind of courses covering this industry in Australia, I was lucky to find this book and training and believe I have saved myself a lot of money in doing so. This is far more thorough than any of the interior design courses I have done. This book is straight to the point with many hints and ideas from the author. It is well written and is easily understood by any reader.
A brilliant training source
Jill Luke (Australia)"
"Loaded with great information for both beginner stagers as well as more experienced professionals. The step by step process was really good. It provides an insightful look into the business. - Valanda Wilson"
"I'm in the process of reading 2 of Barbara Jennings books.
Am finding her to be highly thorough and knowledgeable.
Every bit of info is useable. Let you know later if I
make lots of money putting her techniques to use.
Many thanks, Gerri O."
I have really
enjoyed all of your books and how practical
they all are. I 've learned so much. - Sonia Neubaum"
Your website is quite impressive!!! I think you are the master of "Home Staging and "Redesign"! You seem to cover just about any possible topic relating to design, redesign and staging. I have checked out over 15 sites that claim to be certifiers and they are ... inadequate at the least or self servingly expensive at the most.
I've been in the arts and interior design for a number of years and am interested in getting my staging/redesign certification. My very best regards, Pauline Solnik, Houston, TX"
Barbara's Home Staging for Profit and loving it!!! She is so sharing, real
and to the point.
Wish me success...
Thank you for the post card. I have been reading all the books, hopefully by the middle of July, I will call you to send me the test.
I have been doing some work, I just recently did a re-design for a graduation party. I have one client that wants me to re-design her home after her wedding, which is today.
I was invited to a NBI meeting last week, I had never attended one so I was quite interesting, needless to say since I was the only home stager there I was ask to get up an introduce myself at the last minute. You talk about being nervous, I had 75 pair of eyes looking at me, as I explained what I did. Never the less I was pretty nervous, but you know what this was a great lesson on my part. I was told that I did a great job, I really wanted to crawl under the table, not being prepared, but I know from now on where ever I go, to be prepared to the point that I can sell my services to any one. I did hand out the flyers that I purchased from you, they were a hit.
Thanks for all your advice, I could not have chosen a better program with such a great person to learn from.
"I would also like to take the time to tell you that I have learned a great deal from your materials, and the certification process has given both of us a chance to apply the lessons we have learned. We have grown with each project and feel much more prepared to go out there and really get our business going.
Roomworks - Staging & Redesign, LLC:
"Barbara, Thank you for the newsletters. They have kept me going while I am
finishing up my Diamond Certification. I needed one more staging, and now I have
2! I purchased the program last Feb, but due to family crises that have been
insurmountable. The newsletters give me a reprieve and keep me moving on. I have
had many jobs for redesign, and I am a decorative painter also. In the meantime,
a home improvement company in our area picked me up as a designer to assist in
picking tiles, color consultation, overall design work. It's been exciting, even
with the numerous funerals I have had to attend this past year with family and
close friends. With the sad comes the profound determination to make this
business work. I wrote to you before that I am volunteering with my area hospice
to assist families when their loved ones come home by setting up a functional
but aesthetically pleasing room for the family (I am an RN). So it has been
fulfilling. I am getting very excited to get my pictures in and becoming fully
certified. It's a great program, and the furniture rental company I use has also
heard of your program too.
With appreciation, Debi Wheatley"
"I recently purchased Home Staging for Profit, Rearrange It, and Advanced Redesign, which I am enjoying very much! . . .
Also, wanted to let you know that last year I took an interior decorating class from an online college and received a diploma from them, but I must admit your books
are much more informative.
Thank you, Gayle Mitchell"
"It's been over a year since I first downloaded and read your Home Staging Training book. I wanted to thank you as it encouraged me to get into the decorating business I love, despite not having expensive training as a decorator. After reading your book I made my first call to a local Realtor and offered a free consultation - a year later I'm exhausted with the constant work and my husband is considering joining me! This is especially surprising since I thought the business would 'slowly' grow until my youngest was in school. I'm busy, clients are happy and as yet I'm getting all my jobs from website contact and Realtor referrals. Realtors love my economic service and it keeps me in demand. Thank you for your priceless, hard-core business information that made me feel prepared to compete with the Big Boys of staging in my area! I believe most arts (including decorating) are talent based, but your business information gave me critical information to provide professional services
from the first day. Thanks! - Shannon, ArtisanHomeStaging"
Thank you for this delightful course. I am enjoying all the materials. I have been studying staging for about 8 months and reading as many books as I could get my hands on! Even though I have a Home Economics degree and have worked in the home improvement industry for 17 years, I still needed something to help me with my confidence. With my husbands encouragement I decided that what I needed was a course and a certification. I'm very glad I chose yours because I believe that my philosophy of home design is similar to yours.
. . .
Thanks again and I look forward to many years of contact with you.
January 25, 2008 (Purchased course)
I just got home from my weekend out of town and found your email regarding
the editing of my Description of Services. I can't thank you enough for
taking the time to do what you did. I used to fancy myself a decent
technical writer and though I knew this certainly wasn't even close to my
best, I hadn't realized how much I'd left out. Take care, Kathleen King"
"Thanks sooo much Barbara, you all did a great job, I imagine my video will be up soon. . . .
I am soooo excited, I have a women's networking meeting this morning and I can finally announce that I have a website, almost complete. I have also officially been asked to be the guest for the evening at an opening of a lovely very upscale store in Delray Beach on March 6th, and on the eighth of March the women's networking group is having a trade show. So as you can see I am on my way.
Audrey (Runya's Redesign)
"I have been in contact with Barbara Jennings since last year. I have purchased several products and currently working through "Arrange It " and "Decor Secrets Revealed". I have learned so much from these products. I also thoroughly enjoy receiving Barbara's monthly newsletter.
Have a wonderful day!
"You are the best teacher. Just awesome. I took an expensive seminar. It was overcrowded, noisy and not very informative. I felt cheated. Thanks for offering
such a great alternative. - Betty Unger"
What a nice idea! So nice of you to unite the design community! I've been in business for 24 years doing Commercial Tenant Improvement Space Planning, Commercial & Residential Design. I've had employees but found I had to think 10 times as much (LOL) just to make sure their architectural work was up to my standards, so for years I've done it by myself. My time is totally my own etc. - you know how nice that part is. But what I miss the most is bouncing ideas around with others in the Design field. There is such an electricity to sharing ideas. And I'm sure there are many others out there in the same boat. So - thank you!
Tell Gadget hi for me and my five cats (Sabrina, Willis-she talks a lot, Charlie, BooBoo, & Jasmine) - oh and my rescue cat Angel that I took in yesterday (trying to find a good home for her! What a sweet girl!)
Braach Design Associates
"JANUARY, 2008 - Hi Barbara, thank you for your help! . . . This is Dena Badger writing and in my portfolio you had a concern
about a room with a pellet stove that I didn't arrange the furniture around...I just wanted to let you see that I did change it and the agent agreed to let me add
some decor items - what a difference! . . . I just wanted to let you know that the house in the pictures I sent had 3 bidders and
is now in escrow - sold for the asking price (right after the changes were made!) Also, the 4 homes I have staged so far are pending or sold - one in only 21 days -
thanx for your great training!!!" - Dena Badger
"Thank You Barbara! Your course is by far the BEST there
is! Sandy Chisholm (Diamond Course, Certified CSS/CRS)"
"I have the e-book, but I would like to have an actual book to have at my disposal.
I really appreciate you caring about your students beyond your profit. That is so
awesome and I hope to reflect the same business sense and concern for others that
you reflect to me and I'm sure countless others. God bless you.
I was so excited to receive your email. I can't wait to receive my course
work. I have already read through the eBooks once quickly. I have been a
huge fan of redesign and staging for a long time and I am looking forward to
the guidance of type of charges that are implemented in these type of
services and I know I will learn a lot more. I am also glad that you are
local and I look forward to soaking up all of your knowledge!
Have a beautiful day.
I wanted to thank you for your informative business manual. I had small business training and an 'instinct' for staging, but your manual answered my specific questions
about getting THIS business up and running successfully. Not only that, but your information on how to conduct a consultation in a step-by-step presentation helped me get
over my nerves and make that first call." - Shannon Emmanuel
"Thanks again for all your help! I am so happy I went with your company - I love that I can
go straight to the top for help, and your response time is incredible! Thanks again. - Christine Cunningham"
"Barbara, thank you so much for the delightful video! What a wonderful
surprise!!! You do such a nice job, thank you! I received your newsletter
today and I really appreciate your comments about my portfolio - thank you
for everything - Dena Badger"
"This course is worth its weight in gold (Diamond Deluxe). I cannot imagine a more comprehensive tutorial anywhere. This has been one
of the best life choice I have ever made. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. - Audrey Schechner"
I enjoyed speaking with you today. I appreciated all of your advice and will begin implementing your suggestions right away.
"Good Morning Barbara, Thank you for your help, again. You are absolutely wonderful! Have a great day! - Ruby Murphy"
Just a note of thanks for our phone conversation after Wallgreens ruined my film. I felt much better after speaking with you and I have almost completed my written exam as well as photographing all the rooms I need for the portfolio to be tested. Waiting for one friend to return from vacation.
I want to wish you a very safe and happy trip as you continue to make memories with family that is so dear to you. I can't wait to hear about your experience. I will call you when you return so you may fill me in, and I will bring you up to date as to when I will be sending things your way.
The gal that was the recipient of my gift certificate from an organizational function called, and next week I will be helping her with a color consult. I'm a bit nervous, however psyched. She is a psychoanalyst, and wants her window treatments done by December when her daughter returns from school, however needs to choose colors first.
Once again thank you soooooooooooo much for all your patience and kind words, they helped me get through this very tough setback enormously. Amazing what some kind and understanding words can do for us. Be safe, and have a great time!! May health, happiness and good fortune follow you and your loved ones every day of your lives.
"I love the video. The wording is perfect. It's a great idea and I'm very
flattered and appreciative to be a part of your organization. I learn so
much from your newsletter. You are a blessing. - Garry Linton"
"Thank you, Barbara, for your guidance, both through your books and your evaluation of my portfolio. I have learned so much and will continue to use the knowledge
you have shared as I move forward with my business; your books are wonderful! - Jan Gipson"
"You are correct in assuming that I ordered the Diamond Standard Course
because I was so impressed with "Home Staging for Profit". As a former
teacher, I know how important it is to have a well thought out plan for the
classroom. I imagine it is the same for a business venture. I have already
checked off three of the items under the 20-Step Business Set Up Check List.
I feel confident that by the time I get to the bottom of the list, I will be
well on my way to a successful home staging and redesign business.
I would love to comment on your company and services. I received a degree in 82 for interior design and then promptly became a mother. When I went back to work God
led me down a different path as a Respiratory Therapist for a while although I loved my work it was not my passion. I have redesigned and staged 8 of my own homes
and dozens of homes for friends and family. Of course that was when it was all considered interior design. I am now able to pursue my passion. I checked out many
companies and programs most were way over my budget and I had the basics but needed to update and refresh what I knew. Your a la carte program is allowing me to
do that at an affordable pace. It is packed with information not trips and accommodations. Thank you for sharing what you know with the rest of us. - Sandra Shepard (ChicHomeDesigns.Com)"
"Thank you for your prompt response. Your words have been very helpful. We do need to have our fees defined before we begin any job. Since we did the work first and now have to ask for payment, this creates a delicate situation. However, we will learn from our mistake. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your great book "Homestaging for Profit".
"I am a person that must be able to find information when I need so I
organize things to the nth degree.
I just put together a table of contents for your Home Staging book and after
going through it cover-to-cover in a few hours while pulling out all titles
of information, I have to tell you I am really impressed with all the
information you have packed into this book. When you take in the whole book
in such a short time-span it really jumps out. Thanks for all your hard
work and sharing all the information that you have gathered over your career
to put together for your students! Excellent job!!
I plan to do the same with the rest of the books too.
"I just want to tell you the newsletter was great this month. I enjoyed it very much, and learned a lot, and had some things reinforced. . . .
The principles you teach are accurate and they work. Thank you. I wish I could spend a day in a seminar with you. I would love to have a class ,in person, about presentations to professionals.
Again, thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge. -
"I had bought Home Staging for Profit and it was the
best book I have found. I have several books on staging and this is by far the
best out there. - Janelle Hendrickson, Utah"
"I was working with one home, and when I was looking to rent furniture the person at the place of my choosing asked where I was getting my
certification from. After I mentioned your name and program, she said that she has worked with 2 other individuals from your program. And, she thought very highly
of the work being done by these people. Just thought you'd like to know that! - Debi Wheatley"
"Have just received your latest newsletter and wanted to let you know that I
think your article on fear was brilliant. It was so relevant to my fears and
had such an impact on my goals and thoughts. I still use your advice and
information for my current job. Your advise is so relevant to all areas of
business and employment. You continue to excel in your advice and mentoring.
"Barbara, It looks like the information is going to be a lot of help in the upcoming months and years. I am learning a lot about preparing for having parties at my home. Thanks again.
"I have reviewed all other courses available, and believed this
one to be the best. Beth Bliffen"
"I would like to begin by telling you how much I have enjoyed my
Diamond Deluxe Course. Every aspect of the course was above and beyond what I
expected. I ordered the course in March and am now ready to get going
dealing with some health issues. I am 57 years old, Barbara, and have
had my own business but have "experience" in this field. My
have rented three homes in past years that we fixed up and the owners
immediately. The agents representing the sellers told us we showed the
so much better than the owners. - Marlane Adams"
"Enjoying your book- so many tricks to networking- things I would never have
thought of and am planning to implement with my new job
Have a good weekend-
"I am having a wonderful time reading and doing all the fun things
in your newsletter. Thanks for being a part of your organization. My staging is
going well and I am lecturing at Libraries and Real estate companies about twice
monthly, which give me more outlet for staging homes. Again, thanks for being a part of your organization. Mary Beverly"
"Decor Secrets Revealed is extremely helpful and an easy read, what a great reference book!
Sara E. Catlett
"Once again, I am so enjoying my Rearrange It training and information manual (as I did my Home Staging for Profit!), you are such a great writer and
I must say that the book is highlighted and marked throughout each page, as every one seems to have something of great interest. The BEST so far, however, in
addition to the immense sea of information and wisdom you have brought me is 'The Strategy of Preeminence' WOW, love those couple pages and keep coming back to them!
Thank you. Kelly Zijlstra"
"Hi Barb, Just wanted to say thank you for your ongoing inspiring newsletters and down
to earth advice.
"I have been working for the last few months with a company that is involved
in the accommodation industry. My studies with you have been a god send.
Although initially declining this position the company persued me as they
believed I had a wide variety of qualifications including an understanding
of decorating and layout for accommodation spaces as well as supplies and
needs for the industry. Although I am not specifically involved in 'design'
my knowledge is used in many facets including, layout, colour, design,
sourcing suppliers and good business and sales analysis. I have to say that
all of these were developed because of the courses and information supplied
by you. I use a lot of your business and sales advice to good use. Within
one week of starting the job I redesigned my office to the amazement of
"Although I am not running my own business I am very happy with my new
position as it encompasses everything i always wanted to do for a career.
(even though it was a long time finding it- just turned 49) After years of
spending thousands of dollars on expensive interior design schools all my
value as come from you, your newsletters and support, and your courses. I am
amazed that you continue to send valuable information and newsletters after
all this time. This is in contrast to the no response I get from web
businesses and sites I have paid a lot of money to for support.
"Thank you again and keep up the inspirational and important work you do for
women like me. Thank you again. Cheers Jill Luke, Luke Lodge Interiors, Australia"
"Today I did my first presentation to ten Real Estate Agents with your 50
slide show and script.
It went so well, they had no idea as to what Home Staging was when I
walked into the office (as mot Australian have not heard of it.)
All they wanted to know after that was when I can start!
So, Barbara thankyou so much for all the training your Rearrange, Home
Staging for Profit, and Decor Secrets revealed have given me." - Jo-Ann Moriarty"
"I have enjoyed the training and have learned numerous new strategies and techniques." - Darlynn Bailey
"Again, thank you so much for all your wonderful training you have put together. I am in the process of re-reading everything because I am picking up different things this time around now that I have been out
there and tried a few projects. You have so much more detailed helpful information than any other materials I have purchased. I am so excited about my new career!!!
- Victoria Guillett (Diamond Trainee)"
"The training I have received has reinforced what I already knew and opened up many new avenues of knowledge and thought for me. It has really helped me expand my idea of
what this business could be for me by showing me so many different ways to offer services." - Susan Stewart
"Hi Barbara,. . . Yesterday I received an email from a lady in Pennsylvania wanting to know about my career change in my 50's. I told her about your program and she said she would check it out this weekend. I told her how impressed I am with the materials and training and most of all, how very accessible you are. Thank you for that.
. . . Thank you for always being true to your faith and I must tell you that one
reason I chose your program is because of your faith that comes through in your
training and emails. - RC"
I ordered two training books from you. Home Staging for Profit and Rearrange It.
Outstanding. I have already recieved two request from your listing service. I am
so excited. Thank You, Thank You,Thank You. (Three's are better than one SMILE)
- Felicia Rashid"
I purchased the Diamond Deluxe Course because of "Quantity and quality of materials. I also based my decision
based on Barbara's experience. I researched for a full month on Training Programs
and kept coming back to yours. AND I AM VERY EXCITED!! - Karen Elias"
"Hi Barbara, Thanks so much for your encouraging words! . . . I did not take your course (which I have heard is excellent), I just have been doing this a while too,
so I did not know if it was necessary. I did buy your excellent book, Staging Luxurious Homes which I found tremendously helpful. Many sincere thanks, Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner"
"Good Morning Barbara,
I have just completed your 'Home Staging for Profit', I am presently on Chapter 10 of your 'Decor Secrets Revealed' and as was my plan to integrate the Redesign
aspect to my business I am ready to order the next training manual (by the way I love all the training so far! you have such a way with writting and training and it
really is nice and refreshing to have you as a teacher). Sincerely Kelly Zijlstra"
RECENT DIRECTORY TESTIMONIALS
Testimonial - " . . . in the meantime I got a request for staging services from
you posting my name on your website. I have made contact via e-mail and am hoping
it turns into a client.. so thank you for that! - Susan Stewart"
- "Hi Barb, I got my first lead today, just like you thought (from directory). It was a request for home staging . . . " - Polly Gugino
Testimonial - "My first inquiry about home staging just came from a woman who got my email address from your site! Wow and thanks! Anna Pritchett"
Testimonial - "Hi Barbara, I love all your training materials. They have been VERY helpful and interesting. I’ve also just received an inquiry from
your website, so thank you! - Ken Calhoun"
Testimonial - "Hi Barbera, I got an e-mail asking me
if I still did home staging. It came from your web site. I'm so excited." - Heidi Cammann
Testimonial - "I got my first staging job from a gal who saw my name, phone number and email on the decorate-redecorate site under find a professional!
How exciting! . . . Thanks." - Susan Paulson-Davis
Testimonial - "I bought a couple of different training items from you and I believe I am listed in your directory. Thank you! I have gotten several calls
and one email from that listing. Very Fondly yours, Lisa Conover"
"I dont know if your still sending emails there but ive been layed off. But please dont worry.. I had been praying that some how my schedule would open up so i
could actually start this buisness i wanted. And it was such a blessing from God. So Ive been layed off since mid January but i got payed until end january and now
im on unemployment. ive just been taking one step at a time but i have my company name and ive worked on 2 bathrooms and actually transformed them completely without
having to do much more than cosmetic changes. I was incredably impressed and what i did and it has really encouraged me to keep going. I am also planning weddings
on the side. Which im doing a wedding right now as well as just finished a bathroom yesterday. The man i did the bathroom for was utterly shoked and amazed and happy.
I think ive learned i can do staging but i love love love the redesign better. So I would like to be like you sorta a jack of all trades. Anyway im just very very
excited and learned so much so far and i havent even finished one of your books yet but im getting there. So thank you for all of your help... - Dixie Zehoin"
I purchased your Silver package last year and have completed the course. I learned
so much! I especially liked "Where There's A Wall There's A way".
I haven't seen that information in any other staging or redesign book. You certainly
have a comprehensive published works on staging and redesign.
I recently purchased your book "Staging Luxurious Homes". I am so impressed.
It is an invaluable resource.
Now that I have completed my lessons, I would like to apply for certification. - Crystal Canyon
P.S. I really enjoy your newsletters."
"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the great services you provide.
I recently ordered the Rearrange It book and it is full of a wealth of information.
I am devouring it! . . . I want to thank you for
adding me to the list of redesign consultants in my area of Tennessee. I already
received an email today from a prospective client, and I checked to see if indeed
you had added me to the list - and you did, before I could do it myself. Thank
you, Thank you, Thank you. - Joyce Roseman"
Hi Barbara, I just wanted to share some pictures from a Home Staging I recently completed. My client at first just wanted me to stage the main living areas but once we got started, she decided to do the
entire house which came out really nice. . . . I got an email from the photographer today that did
the tour for the realtor and he wanted my name and information
for another realtor who he thinks really needs my help for a 3 1/2 million
dollar home!!! I'm just really excited about this and hope it opens up
doors to other projects. Thanks to you for your training and all your very informative manuals which I refer to quite often! - Sharyn
"The material I received was very informative. I was impressed by the information given to begin a business. And I really liked the fact that I was able to complete
the training on my own time. With out pressure. - Sylvia P. Verghese (Diamond Trainee)"
"It is comprehensive, informative and with relevant common concepts. - Brenda Drinkwater (Diamond Trainee)"
"Out of all the things you offer, I think I like your Newsletter the best. It speaks to the 'professional' decorators as well as those of us who would just like our homes to reflect our own decorating style in the best possible way.
The information is fresh and inspiring and I just wanted you to know that I still appreciate it even after all these years. - Sandy
"It seemed the best offer out of all the others on the web. - Becky Raike"
"Hi Barbara, I'm working through "Arrange Your Stuff" and I just wanted to thank you for putting together such a valuable and thorough reference piece.
I'm a watercolor artist and an amateur decorator and I'm beginning to understand why some of my decorating efforts have "missed." I really appreciate all your
hard work in compiling these resources. It's greatly increasing my confidence as I embark on my new career of Stager. Thanks so much! - Alex Hinst"
"WOW, I LOVE IT! I’m printing this motivational reply and I will study, memorize and practice it!
This has been extremely helpful. I can’t wait for my next consultation!!
As always, thank you so much for your detailed, quick and inspirational responses! I do love the support you offer your trainees.
Thanks again, Sharyn Hutchinson, ReDesign Concepts, FL"
"January 17, 2007, I just started a redesign business and although
I went to design school, more information is always a good thing. I have bought
both your redesign it book and your staging luxurious homes and find them extremely
helpful. I took an expensive redesign course and I learned just as much if not
more from your books. - Tamara Kaufman"
"I've started reading your e Book and have found it very informative. I particularly like the way you deal with the everyday mundane furnishing, Most situations are
likely to be those very problems. It does not serve the student well to use only high end examples and not the everyday situations. BRAVO - Dee Raymond"
"Dear Barb, I cannot tell you how impresed I am with my stationery, business cards and tote. Thank you for living up to your word and offering a quality course with quality products.
The web page that you are hosting for me and my little business is excellant! I am greatly pleased with my investment. May God continue to Bless you and all that is yours, Sally Crooks"
My heart goes out to you. I lost my husband of 25 years last April. He was the best husband, father and grandfather. This Christmas I will be blessed to be with family and friends, but not my husband. I am so happy you are a christian and believe that there is a better, forever life where we will be reunited with the people and pets we loved.
My husband had rescued two cats during the hurricane 2 years ago. I was able to train one and I still have him plus the two we had. The other feral cat can't be tamed, but he comes 3 times a day to eat.
I loved your book and am reading it constantly. I'm on to furniture arrangement after that. 6 months after my husband died I lost my job due to downsizing. I am not able to continue to keep my home, and have it for sale. It's staged!! I have started my own business "The Decorating Diva" and in January have been asked by my realtor (ReMax) to speak to 30-40 of their realtors about Staging. Today at the printers I found out that the realtors have been asking if they know of anyone who does staging and yes I jumped at the opportunity.
At the same printers I met a realtor last time who has a client with a home on Sanibel Island that I may be staging in January. This is all due to your book!!! I have the confidence and always have. I have decorated homes for 25 years and now am making it my business. Next week I have a condo to decorate for Christmas and another lady I met at Goodwill (where I buy props sometimes) asked me to hang pictures at her new home. I can't thank you enough for writing a book that is easy to understand, full of information that I really needed and gives me the answers I am looking for.
I am going forward with my business and you will be in my prayers. Losing a loved one, whether human or animal is hard. Your heart truly breaks. With time it will lessen, but luckily you will never forget the unconditional love of a wonderful pet.
- Suzanne LaBonte,
The Decorating Diva
Cape Coral, Florida"
"I received the books (Silver Trainee) and I have to say I am very very very impressed and glad that I bought them. I noticed a couple times in one of the books
that Barbara Jennings says she (sometimes) gets negative comments and I have to say I cannot understand why. Not only is it well written as far as how to’s but she writes it so
well that its very interesting and entertaining to read. Just thought I'd share. . . . Well you just have a way of really making it personal as if you were a friend
just talking and giving direction and tips instead of a boring training manual. As I sat down to read I was worried it was gonna be hard for me to get through because
ive never really been much of a studier like that. Im more of a hands on person. It really is my dream to start my own staging business and be successful at it.
I searched around for some type of training and all I came up with was really expensive classes that id have to fly to and was only 3 days. My realtor that helped
me buy my house thinks I can do it and so she sent me your info. So thank you thank you thank you and God bless - Dixie Zehoin"
"Dear Ms. Jennings: Thank you very much! I have been able to re-download my copy of the eBook thanks to the email instructions you sent.
I appreciate your quick response and assistance - if only every customer service experience (elsewhere) was as wonderful as this has been. With much appreciation, Carol Scalzitti"
"Great newsletter. thanks so much. really really enjoyed reading it. - Dixie Thompson"
"I bought this particular Diamond Training Program after researching many different types of trainings on-line and in the classroom. . . .
I really apprieciate all of your prompt replys to my questions. I want to learn everything I can, take the exam and submit a portfolio and receive the two certificates.
Your program appealed to me the most and I have enjoyed everything! After staginging/re-designing several rooms in my own home, my husband is amazed at what a few changes
can do for a room!! He is the one who told me to change careers and believes that Staging and Re-design is the perfect new career for me! I get very excited about it and
want to learn all that I can, as fast as I can!!!Thanks so much for your continued support. - Nancy Lueders"
"Dear Barbara, I am sorry to hear about your Mom being sick. I hope she is feeling better soon. Thank you so much for responding to me so soon. I have received my
books and decorator organizer bag. I have begun reading them. I have already finished where there is a wall and Home staging for yourself. I can't wait to keep reading.
. . . Thank you again. You are the best. I have researched
others and your course is thorough.... I love the fact that you are so detailed. It's like talking to one of my sisters. Thank you again.-
"In 1988 I received my BFA in interior design and worked in the industry
for 4 yrs. I went back to school in 93 and earned my BA in psychology and worked
in the human service feild for 8 yrs. I received my JD in 2002 and practiced law
for 4 yrs. I now want to combine all my education and passion to start my own business
in redesign and staging which I have been doing as a hobby for yrs. Once I heard
there was an actual name and job description for what I had been performing for
friends I and family members, I quickly went on line and executed a google search.
And this program appeared to be the most comprehensive and tailored to my needs (Diamond Course). - Kerri Crane"
"Hi Barbara. I just recently purchased your Decor Secret eBook and your Rearrange It eBook. I've started on my Decor Secret book and I'm on Chapter 10 and can't
tell you how much I've learned already. . . . Barbara, I just want to tell you that my husband and I have been talking for several weeks about how we can help
people sell their homes in a declining market (and ourselves) and we're in total agreement that staging is our edge. Most of the homes we see on a daily basis
on the MLS look horrible. I've looked into this for several weeks and after much research decided I wanted to learn from your program and appreciate that you
are willing to work with me one on one. - Camilla Hensley"
"I want to extend a huge THANK YOU from half way across the country for recommending my name and company to a Real Estate Investor
here in St. Paul. I spoke with her today and we are meeting tomorrow to talk about a future relationship for the need she has for a stager. The first project
is a 5 bedroom house built in 1884, which is the style I like most. What an amazing network you have set up for stagers across the country, what a connection.
Thanks for your recommendation, I won't let you down! God bless, Kristin Register" (Note from Barbara: I only give personal referrals to Gold and Diamond Level
TESTIMONIAL - I have just received your "Home Staging for Profit" book and I have read it
from cover to cover. I have done a great deal of research, over the past
six months, regarding home staging training materials and your information,
writing style, and sense of humor is head-and-shoulders above your
competition. You certainly answer the age-old question "where's the beef?"
of home staging. You give your trainees the 'triple decker whopper' of
information, in an easy-to-understand, logical, common-sense order. I
thoroughly enjoyed reading your book and it filled many knowledge gaps,
which was my goal! I sincerely appreciate your incredible talents, in
consolidating all of this information into one book! I will be referring to
it, FOREVER. Your approach, outlook, and business/marketing savvy has
impressed, as well as inspired, me. - DiAne Benzie"
"I received all the e books you mentioned as well as Great Parties, all of which I had ordered.
You're good! You're quick, and I like the way you handle business.
Wish me luck!
"Barbara: I just want to say, that I really struggled with the type of program to follow
for learning Interior Decorating/Interior Redesign. I went to Sheffield Academy of Interior Design, and finally gave up after 4 units (they just do
nothing but make you pretend like every client has $1,000's of dollars to throw away in ALL NEW STUFF).
. . . I enrolled in QC School of Interior Redesign. After 5 payments of $81 dollars, I realized, even at doing your program the BRONZE way, I still learned more in
your eBook than I did in two units with any other school. I do interior decorating consulting and redesign on the side, and I do well, I
just wanted a little clout to go behind what I did...I purchased your Arrange Your Stuff book, and I am totally loving it. . . .
I don't know why I doubted my own gut feelings . . . Your training doesn't do with
all the bells and whistles, it is a straight ahead, no gimicks training program
for people who have the talent and want the know how...THANKS. I've even
decided to HIGHLY recommend only your training on my Interior Design website.
. . . Anthony Cooper"
"Hi Barbara, Thanx for your persistence. My cell phone was on the blink yesterday and calls couldn't come in or go out, just voicemail. It's fixed now and I called your office
and ordered the Diamond program. . . . I look forward to your training materials and working with you in the future. I did a lot of research on various
groups that offer training and/or certification, and your was the most comprehensive. - Thanx again, Sandy Hare"
"Dear Barbra, Sorry that I haven't written to you sooner, but
we got home from vacation about a week ago. When I got home a was so anxious to
get started. I love everything that I purchase from the Diamond combo training.
I was so excited to start and I have already finish reading the
Decor Secrets, Great Parties! Great Homes,Where's there's a wall there's
a way and the Home Staging. Your training books are so good that everytime that
I started reading one page I couldn't wait to read the next one. There's
so many wonderful idea's. I have learn so much already and I'm anxious now
to start my next training book and home enhancement CD's. It was way more than
than I expected. I was love my designer bag, the 3 room files with the magnetic
sheet for the floor plan and also the file holder. The diamond combo is well worth
my money. Well, I better go now and start reading.
God bless and have a great day.
"I have recieved my copy of Home Staging for
Profit and I am very excited to get my business up and running. I spent the past year and a half taking interior design courses but the past few months have been
toying with idea of staging. I needed help on the busines aspect and so far your book seems to be just what I need. I glad I found your site.! - Heather Gray"
TESTIMONIAL FROM DIAMOND TRAINEE - "Hi Barbara, I am a new student and already I have a problem. Well, not so much a problem as a dilemma.
I started staging my house last week to sell it. Yesterday was the Broker's Open House and there were 56 brokers in my home, several of which asked who did the
staging. My realtor told them the owner did. He also told me that nearly every person who walked in the front door said,
"Oh, wow!". Other comments were, "This is beautiful; this will sell fast; I want to sit open house on this one; I wish I could afford this". One broker even went
straight home to get his wife and bring her back to look at my home as they are in the market for a house in our neighborhood.
. . . My realtor wants to carry my cards with him. Several realtors from his office want to use my services. I had NO CLUE the demand was so high for staging!!!!!
As you may surmise, I am close to panicking! Further more, our realtor in Pittsburgh now wants to introduce me to several of his friends who are also realtors, to hire me.
How the heck do I handle that?? . . . I feel like I have hitched a ride on a shooting star. Any ideas you could offer would be most appreciated.
Mind you, I am not complaining. I just want to know how best to handle the bundle that has been dropped in my grateful lap. Kindest regards, Brooke Smith"
"I really appreciate your books, which are what I have been looking for! And you are the best of all! And I read most of Rich Dad books, but I still learned
a lot from your book about business. . . . Many thanks! - Zoe Zhao"
"After studying your book Home Staging For Profit I just completed my first home staging job. My clients, their real estate agent, and I are all
happy with the results. So thank you for all the valuable info in that book!
- Lynnette Ludviksen"
" . . . a friend of mine talked me into taking a staging class with her
at a class here in _______ (she took a redesign class at the same place
last October, cost her $3,000.00) in June. So I took the 2 day class with
her and became a certified home stager through the (__________ society). I have to say that I got more out of your Staging for Profit
book then the class. Your book has so much information in it. . . . My husband thinks I should
be doing redesigning because that is where my talent is. . . . I don't want to pay
$3,000.00 to become certified. . . . Thank you for all your
"I am writing this just to let you know what a good impact your blogs are
having on people. Recently I was receiving counselling for 'anxiety' but
have not had sessions in recent months due to having to go back to work for
financial reasons. One of the jobs is a position that I continually go back
to (a local newspaper I was instrumental in starting a couple of years ago)
Seems every time there is a drama they ask me to come back to help. This
environment is detrimental to my state of mind as the people are
condescending treat me badly and only use me to get them out of trouble. The
intention was to 'prop' they newspaper up teach new people (editor,
advertising staff) the ropes and then move on. Some how again I have been
talked into doing other roles for them which just gives them the opportunity
to point out all my vices (bad habits). I had decided to go back to
counselling to build my confidence and remind myself that I don't need to be
treated like this. The point of this long letter is that I jumped on to your
website and read your blogs- the recent one in house staging with the
comments hitting home rather deeply. I was sure you were talking to ME. Not
only has it reminded me that I don't need to win others approvals but it is
nice to know that I am not the only one in the world that suffers from this
inferior complex and fear of failure. Your blogs are very important reading
for people like myself who tend to put obstacles in the way of their own
success. I enjoy reading them and find them inspirational. I hope that you
continue with your vast knowledge and experience and pass it on to others
What can I say- however I ended up at your website (can't remember) was
probably the best find in years. Cheers, Jill"
"I wanted to let you know that I have been slowly delving into the course work (and really enjoying it!) to begin my own business. I have been a teacher for 28
years and just had enough. I've had a passion for interior design for most of my life, and just felt it was time to take the plunge - so at the end of the school
year, I resigned from teaching and am hoping to get my business going by September. I am continually awed by the depth of your website and business in general. There isn't anything that I can't find with the click of a mouse... the information is
endless. I am very impressed with the business you have built and what you are willing to share with your "students". Thank you for being so thorough; it is a
great help to people like me who are fist timers. - Marylou Pritchard"
"Thank you, Barbara!
You've reinvigorated an entire world of wonderful women (probably a few men, too) who are looking at Staging to become a profitable business! I plan to be one of your next success stories.
. . . My experience and training with MKC, Inc. gave me solid skills to start this staging company, however, your thorough training, support and guidance will be invaluable in the success of it. (I'm having a rough time keeping balance. I often bid too low and fees barely cover my costs. Too often I'm being overly generous to GET the business and I don't have any cushion of capital to fall back on right now. I'll get there.)
Yes, there's alot to know and to do, yet, it's always inspiring when I am in the midst of doing a "magic makeover staging." I LOVE this business; your Gold Program will be a way for me to still be in business for myself, but not "by myself".
Thank you for all you do, Barbara.
"Have just finished reading Decor Secrets Revealed and have to tell you that
I was grateful because at last I understand what it is that I feel when
decorating . Lots of times I could not describe why a room wasnt working but
you have explained what it is that I am feeling.
I really liked reading about positve and negative space
I now understand more why some things just dont work. Most of the reading
made sense to me as I think I have a 'knack' for symmetery and balance.
I was really pleased with the way it was written as I felt like you were in
the room talking to me. Believe it or not some of your descriptions have
helped me understand some of my module notes from past courses that did not
Thanks again- My confidence has improved because now I know that what I feel
in rooms is correct. - Jill Luke"
"Thank you so very much for your quick reply,I truely am impressed with you and the way you do business.
Thank You - Anna Kortie
Room By Room"
"Thank you so much, you are always so helpful and quick to resolve problems!
"Thanks SO much for your assistance….you guys sure do go above and beyond to help out! Kindest regards, Dawn Govender! (South Africa)"
"Barb, I just purchased your eBook "Great Parties, Great Homes" yesterday and I've already read it twice. I had been reluctant to buy it
thinking since I don't get the opportunity to entertain very often I probably wouldn't benefit that much. SILLY ME!! It's a wonderful book filled with so
much information and beautifully illustrated too. I have been pleased with all of your books and your personal help is priceless to me. I also purchased
"Arrange Your Stuff." I'll be checking the mail anxiously for that one. You have never disappointed me. Thanks for all you do. - Jackie Ellison"
"Have just downloaded your Decor Secrets course (have also bought staging)
and have to say that at last after 20 years of trying to find the course to
help me in what I want to do in peoples homes, I have finally found it. Your
introduction sounds like me speaking. I have always wanted to help people
and offer my consulting and my creative flair without breaking peoples bank
balances. I am a bit shocked that I have finally found someone who thinks
the same as me. - Jill Luke, Australia"
"Once I started studying it, I realized Barbara Jennings has an excellent program, and the book is well worth the price. I was just about to take Barb
Swartz's course, and have cancelled. Since I'm currently studying interior design at Rhodec, the information I need is in your program. Thank you, Susan Mascia"
"Thanks so much for all you do to support your trainees. Appreciate all your
flow of information. - Trish Lawson"
I wanted to let you know that I received all the Silver Training materials,
and I am absolutely delighted!
Thank you SO MUCH. I am very pleased, and I know this wealth of material
will help me learn everything I need to know and provide me with the tools I
need to market, network and build a great business. There is a lot to learn,
it's exciting and a bit overwhelming, however the potential is huge. I love
the way I am "rearranging" my life!
Thank you, Barbara, and may your summer be all that you'd like it to be!
"I'm switching careers and have decided to try the home staging business. After reading about the author and her experience,
I ordered this book and I'm glad I did. It provides the exact information I was seeking. It's informative and written in an extremely easy style to follow.
. . . The author even provides a list of
potential names for your new business. She also includes a question and answer section in which she provides good guidelines for potential situations.
I purchased another book at the same time I ordered this one and there is no comparison. I would definitely recommend this book. - Giselle B."
"Gosh, this really is great customer service! I can not believe you got back to me so quickly. This is already a very impressive start to an exciting
relationship. I will download the e-book and I anxiously await the UPS delivery. Thank you so much, Mary Riley"
"Barbara - Thanks very much for your responsiveness and excellent customer
service in addressing this item. I truly believe that successful businesses
demonstrate effective customer service and you are an outstanding role
model. - Betty Robinson"
"Barbara, your Gold Staging Course was so thorough it blew me away. I can't believe that I almost signed up for
an expensive seminar to learn this business. I've already got two realtors interested and an appointment with a third lined up. On top of that, one realtor gave
me a great referral for my redesign services. I'm so grateful I found your website. - Candace Wallace"
"Barbara, Thank you so much for resending. I am simply delighted with your
book. I have taken pics of the living room and will send the before and
after when I am finished. I am so excited." - Lyla New
"Barbara, Thank You so much for your comments. Working with you, your materials, and
your company has been a pleasurable experience. I appreciate your
suggestions, and will definitely keep them in mind as I move forward. - Best regards, Mabe Brown"
"I am a proud owner of almost all of Barbara's programs!!!! They are great and have helped enhance my business! It is even more wonderful to be able to
talk to Barbara! In this day and age one on one contact is almost impossible. How refreshing to know that all these wonderful tutorials are written by a
live person who you can actually talk with! Thanks Barbara!!! Debbie C, Illinois"
"I purchased the art consulting program and have to say I am thoroughly pleased.
I have yet to get a client but I am working hard to get some. I am still enthusiastic
and have high expectations to find my market. - Brenda Williams"
Bless You! You really do stick to your word. Thanks for the advice and I
really will be purchasing your program. I admire you more than you know for taking the steps to branch out and do
this type of business. I am eager to begin a career in doing something I
love and getting paid for it as well. I don't even know you, but feel that
you would be a great partner / mentor for me. Thanks again and I will be in
touch :) Blessings from Dallas, Texas, Amanda Carthey
"Thanks so much for the prompt reply! Wow, this consultation was very
impressive and I really learned a lot by reading it (Rearrange It!). -
"Dear Barbara, I am really enjoying my program and am learning a lot from it. I went tool shopping lastnight (so exciting) and feel like I'm ready to go :) - Amanda
"Let me say up front that I have been looking over your website for several weeks, before I purchased the 2 books. You have an incredible amount of useful info that
I have been reading. Thanks for such an informative site for people like me who didn't know what a home stager was 4 weeks ago! - Margaret Joyner"
"I was blown away by the scope - it's a $5000 course! - Karen Lockwood"
My name is Veronica Miedema. I purchased the eBook on Rearrange it.
I am also studying Interior design. I have asked God to open doors for me. As I have not worked since I came to the states( originally from Ireland)
I was initially apprehensive about buying the book as I wanted to be careful
about spending more money on courses. I am really pleased with
the Interior Design Course I am doing. But I wanted to add to
credentials. I wanted to give you positive feedback on your
book. Easy to read and understand. You did an excellent job.
I wish you continued success
I too believe God has control over where my future is going and I have faith he will give me good direction
"I have now completed all the manuals for the Gold Program . . . I must say that I am absolutely
overwhelmed (in a good way) with the information that I have absorbed
throughout your Gold Program, it was way more than I expected. I definitely
got my monies worth.
"One other thing I would like to thank you for is Chapter 25 of Decor Secrets
Revealed, your eBook.
I am not an extremely religious person, but I cannot tell you how important
that chapter was to me at the time in my life in which I read it. Your
words helped me to make one of the most difficult decisions in my life, it
really hit home. It made me focus of the most important members of my
family - my husband and children. For twenty years my husband and I allowed
our extended family to run our lives in a way that made us compromise our
lives and our children's lives as well as our beliefs. Chapter 25 allowed
me to re-focus what was most important in my life and I re-read it on a
regular basis to make sure that I don't forget it. Isn't it funny how your
words about a subject (decorating) that is such a passion for me, could
change my life forever. Again, I cannot thank-you enough.
Again thanks for replying so quickly and look forward to your reply. Thanks, Judi L."
>Hi I purchased Barbara Jennings Pro Art Consultant book in October. Its awesome! I am learning so much. Thanks I am soooo looking forward to embarking
on this business. - Brenda Williams"
"I just wanted to tell you that I am very happy with my purchase (Decor Secrets Revealed). Thanks, Sherry Hamilton
I would also like to mention that I have taken various on line courses and purchased products on other websites and the support that you provide in such a
timely fashion is absolutely terrific! - Lynn Miron"
"Hi Barbara, Received my diamond package and all I can say is WOW!!!!So
much info!!! Thanks, Lyla New"
"Well, if someone needs "proof" that this stuff works...it happened here
folks! Barbara, as I mentioned the "whooper house" had been on the market 9
months and needed to sell in 5 weeks or the owner was going to loose her
new house that is being built. In that 9 months, I did found out there
had been one flimsy offer and financing didn't go through.
I staged the home Friday afternoon getting it ready for the first of 5
open house Sundays. . . . Saturday
afternoon an outside realtor unexpectedly called to see the house. Her
clients were relatively sure they were going to put a bid on another
house but were willing to look at one more house.
The house wowed them and they wrote up a contract that afternoon on this
Well, being a good realtor, Rosemary, held the open house today, as
scheduled, and the owner received another offer!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! The
bidding war is on!!!
I am tickled pink! And hopefully, one of the offers will be just the
right one to get the home sold. Just wanted to share,
"Barbara, I wanted to let you know that I love your Decor book.
I cannot imagine how long it took to put all of those pictures together. I know I bought it awhile ago and I wanted to thank you for
putting such a wonderful product together. I know that I use some of your principles and teachings in my own organizing work." - Thanks again, Rebekah Slatkin
"I REALLY want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to find my past order!! I know I didn't give you much to go on, and as it looks, I didn't
even give you the correct year.... Thank you so much for taking time out of your very busy schedule to look it up, I am very grateful!! I truly love the art of decorating.
I have always loved moving my house around trying to find new and different arrangements. I know you e-book will really help me, and hopefully in the future I can start
a small business out of what I learn from you... Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, I really am truly grateful!
With all my Aloha - Kelli Tateyama"
"I am reading through the eBook now and most certainly have found
the color photos helpful. Actually, I am pleased thus far with all the
materials (Silver Redesign Training) and look forward to touching in from time to time." - Peaceful holidays Candace Hutchinson
- "i got your mail this morning and was able to download my order...this is
perfect..this is exactly what i want...thank you soooooooooo much - shanti"
"Thanks I am up and going!! You are so prompt
when I email you and that is tops in my book when I have a challange! Thank
You - Shirley M. Singert"
"I love your material and with my minimal training, by you, everyone of my customers have been happy. - Cathy Abbate"
"Anyway, I have been reading the manual and although I am
pretty confident with my limited decorating abilities, it is great to know
that i am on the right track. I can't put it down!! If I had discovered
your website earlier, I could have saved myself a whole bunch of $$. . . . I can't believe that you would have
time to write that incredible manual and still do all the other stuff!! - JOY"
"I wanted to let you know that
I have been putting my Decorating Organizer to very good use! First, I measured
each room in the house, as well as the furniture. Then for each room I drew a
floor layout on graph paper, drew the furniture and cut them out. I created a
page for each room. I also added paint chips, material swatches, and a list of
ideas and future purchases for each room. So now, when I want to decorate or
shop, it's all right there in one place. Much better than searching all over
the house for what I need! What a brilliant idea!!!" - S. Bergman
"Barb, I just
couldn't wait to tell you how excited and ecstatic I was to receive all of
you're e-books and printed books. They were sensational; easy to read and
understand, filled with personal stories and experiences, and full of valuable
information. Most of all the personal support I received everytime I called.
You were always there. Thanks for brightening up my world with you're redesign
and decorating techniques. Judes Ziemba"
"Very positive experience. I appreciated the non-judgmental approach to assessing the problems and the way in which I was involved in
creating a new ambiance. I never, in a hundred years, would have come up with the arrangements. I am so pleased, I can't tell you. I love my new livingroom. - Lisa
"Fantastic experience; made an unliving room, a personal place to greet and entertain. - Judge Mike Kellogg"
TESTIMONIAL FROM GOLD/DELUXE TRAINEE
"Decorating has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Years ago
my Father said (like most Father's) find something you love to do and figure
out a way to get paid for it.
"I was in a successful business for years, but, I just didn't enjoy what I was
doing as much as decorating. I was always asked to help friends, family and
neighbors with their décor dilemma's and I really enjoyed that more then
anything I've ever done.
"Fast forward to February 2005 when I ran across Decorate-Redecorate.com online
and had the pleasure of talking with Barbara Jennings. I have to admit I usually
do my homework when I have to make a big decision and starting a new career is
a HUGE decision. However, my first conversation with Barbara Jennings and I
"I started immediately and was completely blown away by the massive amount of
information in her course books. I can't tell you how impressed I was. I
couldn't put those books down and I felt so knowledgeable and more
prepared each page I read.
"Well, now we are well into July 2005 and I just received word that I am
officially certified and my certificate is on it's way. I'm still
"I started working for a very successful real estate company in my area
and I am doing all of their home staging. There is no way I would
have been able to get this job if it wasn't for Barbara Jennings. She gave me
the knowledge and confidence to go for it. Barbara was there EVERY step
of the way. I also just got a job offer from one of the best interior
decorating companies in my area and I start in August. I have never been this
happy and I will always be so grateful to Barbara and Decorate-Redecorate.com.
"(By the way...the reason I received the job offer was because the owner had
heard through the grapevine that I took this course)." (Tina Beene, CRS)
"I just received your Silver Decorating Package (book form) in the mail on
Friday. Boy what a great resource! Thank you for sharing your wealth of
knowledge!" - Michele Losino
"I just finished reading it all (Decor Secrets Revealed). For me, it was very reaffirming.
Now I can better explain why things work that I had been doing by intuition.
I appreciated the step-by-step explanation, enjoyed all the before and after
photos, and was touched by your last chapter. Your patience and helpfulness
. . . God bless you for sharing what you have learned. Thanks again for
everything. - Julie Laffoon-Jackson"
"I was very pleased with the creative approach Barbara used with my living room. She moved things around in a way I hadn't considered before. I also
learned quite a bit about color and placement to go forward with my other rooms. Thank you, Barbara!" - Melissa O., Dana Point, CA
"Once again, thanks for your help. I just think this book is invaluable for
my business I'm trying to get off the ground . . . thanks again, Sharyn"
"Your training is wonderful. I wish I would have known about it when I started my business." - Robin Bond
"Konban-wa, Barbara. Arigato and thank you so much for your
useful, thoughtful advice. I'm sorry for being late to send you
back a thank you e-mail. I was so surprised when I first saw
your e-mail. There was Japanese! Since you have an experience
in living in Japan, you already know about our problems well.
. . . By the way, I'm from Kobe ( near Osaka). What
you advised me was what I had done for my room. That means, I
was doing the right thing, wasn't I? You encouraged me a
lot. Last week, I had my first client.
It was the very first time for me to do this job, so I offered
my dear friend re-design her room for free. The result, I was
right to choose this job for myself. Both my friend and I were
very happy with her new looking rooms. Thank you, again.
Barbara! You're wonderful and I'm proud of being your
trainee. I haven't finished your book yet. I
need to read on and on. I wish you have a beautiful
day. Oyasumi-nasai. your Japanese-trainee, Noriko"
"Hello Barbara! I just wanted to send you the link to my company's
website . . . and say
thank you again-without your wonderful training and guidance, I don't know if I
would've gotten to this point! I officially opened for business yesterday, and
through word of mouth I have 2 appointments booked for this week, and a
presentation booked for next week with a new real estate company! - Shelly Landry"
"Dear Barbara thank you very much, I can't wait to
finish reading your masterpiece! - Veronika Hollmannova"
"I am really enjoying these books. They are an excellent teaching guide. - Teri Morin"
"I can't tell you how many times I wanted to email you this last week and
just didn't have the time. Well, I home staged 2 homes last week and they both
sold already. I did a house on Wednesday and it sold on Thursday after the
"Broker's Open". It didn't even make it to "Open House" day. And by the way, the
agent who hired me said that all of the agents walking through the house on
Thursday kept asking who was the designer and could they get my card. I can't
tell you how great I feel. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS CAREER!!!! - Tina Beene"
"I have received the zip logo file. All the logos look great! I am very
grateful to you for doing so much more than what I expected. I know this
will help me convey a great image for my new business! - Carlina"
"Hello Barbara, I just purchased Advanced Redesign the other
evening, and have only had time to skim it so far (I'm in the throes of startup
for mid-May); and once again, I'm floored at what is in this e-book! Your
wealth of knowledge is positively mind-blowing!!!!! I don't know what I'd do
without you! You're my redesign guru! Keep up the fantastic work! All the best, Shelly Landry"
"Thanks Barbara for getting back with me so quickly. I had been looking at another Staging Company which offered 2 day training for Realtors and 3 day training for
others.($1850) plus additional training for 6 days to receive a Masters Training, which to receive a ASPM Certificiation(If I wanted). Fees for individual membership
$150.00 per year. I am certain there would be more fees. I am in Real Estate Now which expenses for classes, advertising, Dues, and etc. are enormous. I like your
Ala Carte menue where I could pick and choose according to what I would want and the expense. Right now the Real Estate Market is down and so budgeting wants
again comes into play! After the Holidays are over, I will be looking into this even further. - Kitty Mickler"
"Dear Barbara, I just received your 'Where There's a Wall - There's a Way' book and I also have your
'Decor Secrets Revealed' eBook and love them both. They have a lot of great suggestions and will be very helpful. - Millie Schara"
"I received yesterday my Deluxe Program so I also downloaded the eBook.
Wow! I am sooo pleased! I have learned more in one evening, night and this morning
(needless to say I got only 4 hours sleep) than I have in many, many hours of design
classes! I paged through everything very quickly, reading snip here and there.
Despite having worked for 7 1/2 years as a cabinet/closet/storage/kitchen designer
I realize now I have only been touching the tip of the iceburg of what I could and
should be doing to capitalize on my talents. I can't wait to read more! I'll let you know how my appointment goes. With much thanks, Mary Margaret Connolly"
Gold Redesign Trainee
"Hi Barbara, I have been passionate about home redesign for 4 years and after completing
your training I was able to become a sought after home stager in addition to
redesign. Miracles Happen! I am now privledged to work with successful real
estate agents in my area. I have an ulterior motive. What is it? To lift my
clients spirits and help them provide a beautiful enviornment that is
pleasing for personal use or a top dollar sale of their property. Thank you
Barbara for helping craft my talent into a profession that offers service to
others in a tangible way. As a side benefit of being trained by the best, I
will have an article appearing in a magazine next month and have been listed
as the home stager referred and selected by some of the most prominent real
estate agents in my area (San Luis Obispo, California). All this is a direct
result of your training. - Maria Skellie"
"I basically just switched the dining table with the black chairs to make a cozy conversation area at the end of the room and put the dining table in the front of
the room off the kitchen bar. Then, of course, “shopped” within her house to find accessories and artwork to create a more pulled together look. I suggested painting
the dining chairs black for a bit more contrast. My client loves the new look and hired me to do the rest of her house with which we are almost finished.
The entire house is coming together beautifully. Thank you for all your training, newsletters, and support! - Sharyn Hutchinson"
"Barbara has redone
my family room and living room. Incredible work . . . what a talent . . . Rooms
look more spacious with an artistic taste to fine design. Great personality and
works with home owners in a friendly fashion. I love her and I love her work and
I'll recommend her work to anyone who wants great taste. - Nardine Iskander, Riverside, CA"
"Thank you for your prompt response. I am currently in the planning
stages of setting up my consulting services and your book is playing a
very large role. - Sam" Pro Art Consulting Trainee
Thank you for sharing your hard-learned lesson from a redesign
appointment that didn't turn out so well. I appreciate your honesty by
letting us see that not every appointment turns outs to be a great one. You
are a true mentor in this business.
God bless you! - Julie Laffoon-Jackson"
"I am extremely happy with the redecoration of my living room. Due to it's
odd set-up, it was very difficult to arrange the furniture to make the room look
appealing and put together. Now, not only is it appealing and put together, it
is perfect to entertain as well as make the most of the features of the room.
Barbara and her assistant were wonderful to work with and they worked with my
style rather than try to make me conform. Thank you. - DK, Laguna Niguel, CA"
"I can't tell you how impressed I am and I haven't even finished half of
your materials. I look so forward to having my "Barbara" time everyday. I will
always be so grateful that after researching which route to take in my training,
I found you first. Being in the Wedding industry for so many years and writing a certification
course (approved by the state of California then going nationwide) I THOUGHT I
WAS THOROUGH! You blow me out of the water. I will keep in touch. Thank you for just being you." - Tina Beene
Deluxe/Gold Redesign Trainee
"Thanks so much for your quick work on rearraging our living room. I love
your three ideas. . . . I will be shopping for plants and art work for the walls. It may take a
little time to find just what I'm looking for. I'll send you the
finished product when we get done. I think I'll be totally thrilled with
my new living room. If I run into any problems, I'll let you know. Thanks
so much again. It is much appreciated. - Bonnie Grant" Private Consultation
"Dear Barbara, I
just had to write to you, singing your praises again!!!!! I
just re-read the Seven-Step One-Day Marketing Plan, and I'm nearly
done writing mine up. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!
You make everything so logical and easy to understand!!! I had
been reading an Interior Design-specific marketing handbook and felt
like I was reading a foreign language!!!!! Your writing is so
much better! Thanks again! - Shelly Landry" Basic Redesign
"Hi Barbara, I received the book yesturday, Thanks so much! I already
read the first 13 pages and its great, I love your attention to every
detail. I already know that this book will change my life for the
best. Thanks again, J.R."
"Barbara, Barbara, Barbara, You are a doll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I did get my book. . . . I am good to go. hehehehehe..... I can't wait to get
started. You are so kind and very caring. I was a pain and you did not give up
on me. You went way beyond your call of duty, and that is because you are a
very kind and caring person! Thank you for making my dream possible. You
really do care." - Victoria Johnson Rearrange It Trainee
"Thanks loads! I just read through chapter 7, great book! - Bev Sandlin"
"Your courses inspire me and give me the confidence to continue my passion for
interior design. . . . Love your site and your books and look forward to having a complete
collection your expert advise. Sincerely, Brenda Cassell"
"Thank you, thank you, thank you. Barbara, I am pleased with the way my first
project turned out. I can see that Decor Secrets Revealed was packed with
info, well I am just trying to stay calm until all the rest of the items
arrive. Currently, my friends are writing reference letters and quotes to
use when I start marketing, on all those pro bono redesigns. Thank you for
your response on the area rug question for occasional chairs.....When the
UPS truck comes I will be running out to it! Maria Skellie" Basic
"Studying your eBook and LOVING it so far. . . . The CD's are a wonderful tool to
help me on my way. - June Rouquette"
Also can I say that this vocation (being an art consultant) is a dream of mine, I am presently a technical sales manager in
construction dealing with architects. I have always loved art and am naturally artistic. We were going to set up a business anyway
but then I saw your book. Thankyou, thankyou... I have always wanted to do something that I would enjoy - this feels like a calling!
You, with this book have given me the mechanics to make it work. To pursue your dream is everyones hope. You have made it all the
more likely that I will make it work. I just couldn't believe my luck when I saw it!!!! So a big thanks, the rest is up to me.
You will never appreciate just how important your book is to my future in both a work and spiritual sense. - Cheers Chris Jones"
Art Consulting Trainee
"My partner, Deborah, and I have been doing this for years and finally decided to get paid for it. We read your eBook and it has
helped us launch a very successful redesign business. No one else in our area offers these services! It is really like getting paid to have
fun! . . . With newspaper articles and speaking engagements, we have created a "buzz" in our area (previously untapped market) and
are desperately trying to keep up with the calls. Thank you for all your help! - Lisette
Dell'Apa" Redesign Trainees
I purchased two of your eBooks this past year - Decor Secrets Revealed and
Rearrange It. I thoroughly enjoyed the books. . . .Also, I adore your newsletters and can't thank you enough for the valuable
information and support you provide. - Best Regards, Holly Calabro" Redesign
"Just had to write to you
at this point.....I've spent a good three hours on line reading my rearrange it
book and studying. I was feeling excited, overwhelmed, confused, spacy etc.
until I came to the part in your material regarding "cancellation of
appointments".....wherein you stated "It always helps to remind me that my
business is in God's hands and that He knew .....And since my business all
belongs to Him anyway, what would He want me to do about the cancellation and my
unexpected free time." Well, I can't tell you...the anxiety just lifted and I
got joyful tears in my eyes. Not only was that a timely reminder that ALL does
belong to the Lord and He has gifted me with this passion and ability to
"decorate" for His glory, but I was extremely delighted to hear you, my teacher,
acknowledge the same dependence and gratitute for His all knowingness. It was a
good question..."what would He want me to do with this unexpected free time?".
He does have a way of getting our attention. It's a good place to be. Thanks
for allowing me to hear from you and know you in this regard. - Anonymous"
"Dear Barbara, Thanks to your help, I
can get back to reading and studying your book, which I find very well written,
with practical advice. I really appreciate your help. Sincerely, Lori Calhoon"
Thanks for all the info and especially the reminders/recommendations at
the end of your e-mail. They will be with me when I shop! Again,thank
all of you for my lovely new living room! (Personal In-Home Consultation Service)
"Barb, Your monthly newsletters are amazing! Thank you for all your creative hard
work! I applied one of your tips from a previous newsletter (the one referring
to getting in front of women's organizations) and have recently been invited to
speak at one of our local Christian Women's Club Luncheons! You are truely inspiring." -
"Hi Barbara, I read your redesign
book and have enjoyed your newsletters. I have recently
signed with a real estate firm and want to open a second business of staging
homes for resale. Your article was
encouraging and informative. I am in homes all
the time and have had some design classes and really see the need for staging
homes. I feel it will be a
creative outlet for me and also creates follow up business in the real estate
field. Thank you for your
bj, I am finding your
e-book so incredibly knowledgeable (PRO ART CONSULTING)! Dozens of questions come to mind and I can't
tell you how useful I find your answers. I hope you don't
mind if I pepper you now and then for some advice.. Thank you so
much, Ian Campbell"
"First I would like to tell you how much I have enjoyed
"Decor Secrets". I will need to go back over the
material several more times to feel confident with my
knowledge, which will enable me to have the ability to
develop strong performance skills. - Alyse Kelly"
"I first want to say a very grateful 'Thank-you!' for
such a wealth of information. I have always
redecorated for myself and for my friends, as well as
shopped for them, and considered myself a pretty
accomplished decorator, but I was stunned at the
detail in your materials! I am just in awe of the
quality of the products you've shared with me, and how
helpful they have been. . . . I am so very, very glad to have been able to find you,
and subsequently, as you know, have gotten just about
everything you offer! And I feel it is a great value,
especially with the offer of your personal advice down
the road. The case studies are incredible, as is
everything associated with your sites. I am feeling
much more confident about morphing my business into
that of color consulting, design, and faux. Thank you
so very much." - Nancy Gilbert Bello
"I have enjoyed your book and information tremendously. In fact I just got
a job to decorate a Doctor's living room in a tropical decor. If you have any
suggestions, good places where I can buy some accent furniture pieces I would
appreciate it. Thank you again for all your help. - Anna Mahling, Affordable Decor"
"I recently purchased Rearrange It and DS Revised, and am totally loving
both of them. I have been looking for something like this for quite some time. I
am so far very impressed with all that I have read. Thank you, Tami Jones"
"I'm really enjoying your book! (Pro Art Consulting!) I'm
very interested in art and art consultation. I'm
also interested in art brokering. Isn't
it amazing the heights to which art prices can soar, i.e., the recent Picasso
sale at Sotheby's? - Ian Campbell"
"I bought your book (Rearrange It!) and it is terrific! I've already
landed a big job using some of the marketing ideas you included in the
book. - Peggy Conger"
"I have thoroughly enjoyed your e-book, "Decor Secrets Revealed". It is exactly
what I was looking for. It has given me great confidence, and I am excited to
start the process of re-decorating (and in some instances decorating) each room
of our house. - Kathryn Landes"
"I mentioned before that I got so much
information from your eBook (I purchased the
manuals from the "fluffing" ladies and liked yours by far). Thanks for the great
tips . . . You really have a way of explaining
without beating around the bush. On a personal note, I would like to say thank you
most especially for a wonderful ending message - your analogy of redecorating
to our house and our own "selves" was really touching ... just this last chapter has made quite an impact on
how I view things. You're a great artist and decorator, but I feel you're an
even better person inside and out. - Lala Antonio-Almeida"
"Also, would you please let Barbara know how pleasantly surprised I was
to see Chapter 25, Life's Redecorating Lessons. She beautifully
presents The Gospel, uniquely applying it to re-decorating. Barbara, may God richly bless you as you
use your God given talents to further His kingdom! Blessings, Kathryn Landes"
"Barbara, your input has allowed me to confirm several concerns and put others to rest. Now,
I can enjoy and feel more comfortable with my decorating venture...at least, I know
I'm moving in the right direction.
I'm took particular notice to your warning that "the eye needs a place to rest".
. . . I am ever so grateful to you for your guidance; sharing your personal expertise
and your timely response to my questions...very helpful and deeply appreciated
. Thank you very much.
. . . Dotti Lu"
"Barb, You are a genius! I love these suggestions, and I think Amy will too.
..... I am soooooooooo thankful to have you in my life! I have learned so
much from you and I just feel you are getting the short end of the
stick. I wish I could do something for you in return. Thanks again for all of your help." - Jackie Ellison
"Wow -- I'm impressed with your quick response and great feedback! My husband
found your comments especially interesting, particularly the suggestion to
listen to him. Donald has a background in PR (among other things), and he's
always telling me to "Give them what they want, not what they need!",
and to streamline my business concept, at least initially. I'm sure I'll have more
questions, but I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your reply. - Diane Tepper"