Why did you choose  to study with The Design Ecademy ?

I chose The Design Ecademy for several reasons. First and foremost I needed a program that could work around my schedule. It was also very helpful that I was able to do this from the comfort of my own home.  This was especially good considering I have a full-time job, a son, three dogs, a partner, and two homes that I maintain. My schedule needs to be flexible and the more I am able to be based out of my home the better. In addition to this, I did some research on Maria and found that she is a specialist on color, she even wrote a book on this.  I pride myself on having a really good eye for color, always have.  I think this will be one of my specialities when working with clients. Choosing color is one of my favorite parts of the process. So, in finding out that Maria is all about “Color” I knew it was meant to be. Lastly, I would have to say that I needed a more relaxed atmosphere, one where I could focus on being as creative as I could be and it not being a competition. I already have the creativity in me, always have, I just needed a program where I could learn how to channel that into working with actual clients. I found everything I needed at The Design Ecademy.


What part of the course do you like best?

I would have to say that my favorite part thus far is getting to work with Maria herself.  Maria is a pleasure to learn from, and she is very supportive and encouraging – getting us to think outside the box.  I feel that she has really opened her up arms to welcome us all to the course and her main goal is to make US successful…and that goes a long way. I would have to say one of the best parts of the course is being able to take what we have learned from a lesson and apply it to paper. After I did my first drawing, which I was scared to death to do, I was hooked…I wanted to draw more.  Something I’d always loved doing – I would now be able to do all the time…and the best part of it is getting paid for it.


Why are you studying interior design?

Growing up in the Midwest of the United States I was told that I needed to pursue a career that would earn me a lot of money, enough to support a family.  It was always ingrained in me that my art should be nothing more than a hobby. While working full-time in sales I designed a line of bags that were featured in InStyle Magazine. I also tried my hand at making jewelry…which I still make today.  However, it was not until I worked on three different home design projects that I got the Interior Design “bug”. Working with a contractor on the last project where I took a small balcony, doubled the space, and turned it into a home office – I finally realized my calling. I will never forget what the contractor on that job told me, he is very successful contractor and has been in the business for over 30 years. He told me that he has worked with many designers over the years and that I had more talent and ideas than most of these very successful designers he has come across. While working on each of these projects I was fulfilled like never before, and I was finally doing a job that I looked forward to doing each day.  At this point I knew that this was something I could do this the rest of my life and really enjoy it…now, finally, I am able to share my creativity with others.