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My primary focus is to ensure you have interior design clarity of your personal style and colour preferencesregardless of whether you 100% DIY or, you use an architectural and interior design service professional. 

If you looking to work with a professional architectural and interior design service professional – including kitchen designer, landscape / outdoor living designer, or DIY, then this interior design course is the key to:

Avoid Wasting Your Money – 12.4% to 29.6% of all renovation work is ‘rework’ – typically from you changing your mind mid-project. On a ~$10k bathroom makeover, that is $1,200 to $3k of extra money (on a typical kitchen makeover that figure jumps up to $6k-30k) you have to add to the project cost immediately… or down the track when the room is literally screaming at you to fix the issue!

Note: Your investment in the interior design course is immediately repaid + immediate savings on this current project, AND you have ongoing avoidance of future rework for every subsequent renovation you do.

* Avoid Short and Long Term Dissatisfaction – 42.3% of homeowners who either DIY or engaged with a professional architectural and interior design services, after the job is complete is NOT satisfied. It is not the quality of the finished work that is in question – it is the mismatch between the style, colours, textures, patterns used in that build/makeover does not harmonise with the users of those spaces. See my commissioned independent research results for more details. 

* Getting the Maximum Value from your Chosen Architectural and Interior Design Services Professional, Builder, Contractor, or Colour Consultant. Professional designers (architects and interior designers Auckland & around the world) are busy people. They are also human – and they are creative by nature.

My independent research found it financially unjustifiable for a homeowner to have a design professional charge them for 20-30 hours (~$2000 to $3000) to glean, deduce, derive, distil, interpret & document their clients personal design style and colour/texture etc preferences (and then repeat for all occupants of the room/house who will share that space).  

My research also found that if you DIY this part (without someone mentoring you professionally), then you will cut corners or use some corny 2-minute online quiz, & think you know your design personality! (Oh dear)

In either situation, between a staggering 42.3% to 75.4% of ALL renovations/room makeovers, do not get the finished design right, or waste a lot of time doing endless revisions (at the clients’ expense), or as mentioned above – in addition there could be expensive rework to remedy…

By using my service first – you get immediate savings upfront! Think of it as a huge discount off the actual project cost, AND you get a near-guaranteed positive outcome and long term satisfaction of a space that harmonises with you and your fellow homeowners. AND, you can use your design brief for EVERY future renovation or room remodel. Check out my interior design course now as it comes with a 60-day-no-questions-asked money-back guarantee – you have nothing to lose, and so much to gain!

If you are a passionate DIY’er, then this interior design course is specifically for DIY as the #1 reason for dissatisfaction is not because of a lack of creativity or your inability to paint or renovate – but the mismatch between the style you chose and what suits you.

I look forward to meeting you virtually very soon!

Yes & No! 🙂 My ‘Ultimate Design Brief’ interior design course is NOT teaching you how to style a room or for a specific project – but giving you the tools and knowledge for ALL projects you are going to do – now and anytime in the future. (Stats say you will do at least 3x room makeovers/renovations in every home you occupy). 

I am guiding and mentoring you to unlock your unique colour and design personality through a 6-week programme. Each week via a mix of videos and easy to follow workbook, along with weekly group ‘LIVE Q&A Brainstorming Coaching Sessions’, you will clearly document the unique colours, styles, textures, patterns etc that match you perfectly.

Armed with this knowledge, you have options that are of extreme value to you! Applicable to every future project.

Either, DIY and have certainty, control and clarity – think of the ‘Ultimate Design Brief’ as a compass to guide you, rather than a rigid roadmap that forces you to stay on the main highway…  

Or, use a professional, you give them a copy of your documented design brief and they work their magic from an instant understanding of YOU. (AKA successful outcome is near-guaranteed!)

The interior design knowledge you learn about yourself is life-changing to you. You get this knowledge at a fraction of the price if you were to use me (or any professional – assuming you can find one that provides this same process I am offering) one-on-one…

But more importantly, you can use this knowledge over and over again every time you want to freshen up a room, or start a complete makeover, or even take on ‘master planning’ where you design your house from scratch!

All in the comfort of your home – in your own time. I encourage you to have a look now. 🙂

You will definitely not create a conflict. In fact, your interior designer / architect / paint colour consultant will thank you!

When you use my Creating Design Clarity Toolbox® I am not designing your space/house for you. I am helping you document your unique design style and colour psychology ‘personality’. You then give this important brief to your professional. They then take it from there to develop the design / layout / space that not only uses their skill and flair, but ensures it becomes a space that you (and other occupants) LOVE.

The professional is not restricted but guided by this document. Have a look at the interior design course here

But WHY use Creating Design Clarity service BEFORE engaging with a professional designer? Simply because it saves you a considerable amount of time, money and frustration! (Let alone embarrassment):

* 12.4% to 29.6% of all renovation work in NZ and Australia is rework – the cost directly passed to you the client.  This budget blowout is avoided by following the creating design clarity process

* 42.3% of people who have completed a renovation using an Interior Designer, Architect, Kitchen Designer, or DIY (makes little difference) in New Zealand (and Australia, the UK & the USA) were unhappy with the finished project. Their most common statement was “there is something just not quite right with the overall look and feel”.

Their 2nd most common statement was “I wish I had spent (more) time learning what my design and colour preferences were prior to starting the project”. These findings were from independent research by Endless Definition, which surveyed 1,265 homeowners throughout NZ on my behalf.

To clarify; they were NOT unhappy with the quality of their, or a tradie/designers standard of work (those are different stats!), but with the look and feel of the space once the project had been completed.

* 39% of people in America were unsatisfied with the look of the finished project. These findings were from research out of the USA with 1,013 homeowners who had upgraded their bathroom, or remodelled their kitchen, or repainted their living room/lounge, or repainted and changed the decor in their bedroom, or repainted the exterior of their house.  

All of these homeowners wished they had spent more time understanding and creating design clarity.

Do you want to take the gamble or not? For less than 1 to 5% of the cost of your next renovation, you can ensure you:

(a) minimise the amount of costly rework, AND

(b) significantly increase the likelihood of you loving your finished project. Take my interior design course prior, and stack the odds in your favour

When you purchase a course from Creating Design Clarity, you have unlimited access for 9 weeks.

80% of homeowners document their design personality in 4 weeks from starting, even though the self-paced structure is based around 6 weeks.

The 9 weeks is to accommodate “lifes’ hiccups” In addition, you can apply to extend your access if required. As an aside my husband Simon Cope teaches 900+ undergrad & post-grad students every year for over 10+ years as part of his giving back to the next generation of business students at Massey University – he and I understand when life “throws a spanner in the works” 🙁  

So, feel confident that you will be able to do the course within the 9 weeks, at your own pace.

Creating Design Clarity uses the best LMS – Learning Management System available online to deliver cutting edge eLearning to you. 

The course is dynamic, engaging and also offers the best and latest e-learning techniques to help you absorb, retain and implement my interior design related knowledge simply and easily. The Creating Design Clarity Interior Design course is viewable using multiple devices like your smartphones (iOS or Android), tablet/iPad, laptop and desktop computer. 

You are taught using a ‘flipped classroom’ environment where I provide you with a balanced mix of rich media like images, video (how-to & teaching), audio and PDF files, combined with homework and exercises for you to do offline and online. The course comes with a downloadable resource / worksheet booklet that compliments my easy to follow videos

In addition, over the 6 weeks, there are 7x LIVE group coaching sessions. These enable you to engage and chat about where you are at with your upcoming project and ask questions etc. They are recorded for your review and just in case you miss one.

You also have lifetime access to a closed Facebook business page for members-only, where you can ask me questions, engage with other homeowners.

Hopefully, this gives you sufficient confidence in being able to learn this way? I suggest you purchase my interior design course and see if it is for you. You have 90-days to evaluate it, and if it is not for you – then simply contact me, and I will refund 100% of your money, and we will shake hands and part as friends. OK? Click here to learn more about my interior design course and whether it is right for you!

First off, well done in contemplating taking the leap into self-development. The online teaching space has rapidly changed from 2015 onward. The technology is endlessly improving for the students’ advantage.  

I am very fortunate to be married to Simon Cope. He is a very passionate and dynamic lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand teaching 1st-year Principles of Marketing, 2nd-year Social Media & Digital Marketing, 3rd-year Omnichannel Retail Marketing, Post Grad Advanced Digital & Social Media Marketing, as well as regularly teaching on their MBA programme.

Why do I tell you all of that? Because over the last 10+ years he teaches over 900 students a year, of which ~300 are based all around the world. Massey is a world leader in distance teaching. Simon is one of Massey University’s top lecturers (as voted by the students with their yearly L.O.T.Y. Awards (Lecturer Of The Year Award). Simon has and will continue to be mentor me, and also helping me to create world-class how-to material for you to easily understand and create your personal design brief (in a fun and exciting environment) using the latest techniques.  

The course is a mix of short videos, easy-to-follow workbook and exercises that are a mix of offline and online, as well as live group coaching each week. 

NOTE: It is not a teaching ‘lesson’ like at university. I am not teaching you to become an interior designer. It is a fun environment that unlocks your design personality. 🙂

Payment can be either:

* Direct credit into our bank account (details given when ordering), or,

* Credit or debit card, or,

* PayPal balance.

With all of these options, we do not see or store your account/credit card details.

In addition, there is a 60 day 100% money-back guarantee from when the course begins.

Your Ultimate Design Brief Interior Design Course runs for 9 weeks, (approximately 3 times a year).

You have from the day the course STARTS until the END of the course date (course is open for ~60 days (9 weeks)) to decide whether you are satisfied with the course. At any time within that period (minimum of 60 days), you get a 100% refund.

i.e. We provide a 60-day money-back guarantee.  Simply tell us you are not happy within that time and we will gladly refund your money, shake hands and part as friends. OK?

First off, well done in contemplating taking the leap into self-development. The online teaching space has rapidly changed from 2015 onward. The technology is endlessly improving for the students’ advantage.

I am very fortunate to be married to Simon Cope. He is a very passionate and dynamic lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand teaching 1st-year Principles of Marketing, 2nd-year Social Media & Digital Marketing, 3rd-year Omnichannel Retail Marketing, Post Grad Advanced Digital & Social Media Marketing, as well as regularly teaching on their MBA programme.

Why do I tell you all of that? Because over the last 10+ years he teaches over 900 students a year, of which ~300 are based all around the world. Massey is a world leader in distance teaching. Simon is one of Massey Universities top lecturers (as voted by the students with their year LOTY Awards (Lecturer Of The Year Awards). Simon has and will continue to be teaching me, and also helping me to create world-class how-to material for you to easily understand and create your personal design brief (in a fun and exciting environment) using the latest techniques.

The course is a mix of short videos, easy-to-follow workbook and exercises that are a mix of offline and online, as well as live group coaching each week.

It is not a teaching ‘lesson’ like at university. I am not teaching you to become an interior designer. It is a fun environment that unlocks your design personality. 🙂

Besides, the course comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee. Don’t like the course, or my teaching – then ask for a refund!

My creating design clarity ‘Ultimate Design Brief’ interior design course is run three (3) times a year.

Starting in:

* February/March
* July
* September/October

and is open for 60 days (~9 weeks).

Each course takes on average four (4) weeks to complete.

Some homeowners will complete it in one (1) week.

Others will take six to eight (6-8) weeks depending on their personal circumstances. “Life happens!”

I recommend you set aside approximately 2-10 hours per week (depends 100% on you) to do your (fun & exciting) homework! NOTE: This is not dull, being lectured to format course.

Regardless of how long it takes you personally, there are six (6) weekly group LIVE Q&A Brainstorming Sessions where I mentor & guide you along with you getting invaluable feedback and encouragement from me and the other participants. 

Click here for specific upcoming dates

As a qualified architect and interior designer, my course is all about understanding YOU before you start any project (the up and coming one you have in mind along with the 2+ others you statistically will tackle on this home in the future).

By YOU understanding YOUR design personality, this gives you (even more) confidence to tackle all the decisions that a room makeover entails

* Able to easily ignore specific trends and fads that do NOT match your design personality. 

* Able to easily and quickly embrace styles, trends, colours, patterns, textures etc that DO match your design personality.

* Able to minimise costly & disappointing rework that is the main cause of project budget blow-outs.  (Anywhere from 12.3% to a whopping 29.6% of the budgeted project costs.)

* Avoid joining the 42.3% of homeowners who pretend they love their room makeover but actually are not happy... They are disappointed or even ashamed by it… but have no budget left to fix the problem – if only they knew what and where the problem is exactly “there is something just not right”…

* Ensure you join the elite and small group of 24.6% of all homeowners who LOVE their completed renovation or room makeover.

Would you like to join this elite group of homeowners that also stayed within budget? Learn more here

Your Ultimate Design Brief’ course enables you to clearly document your unique and personal design style & colour personality BEFORE you start any project (the up and coming one you have in mind along with the 2+ others you statistically will tackle on this home in the future).

You then confidently engage with a design professional for them to use their design flair to truly reflect YOU. 

* The design professional will know exactly which direction to take the project in so they ALWAYS have your best interests in mind – from matching styles, colours, textures, patterns, and blending these all to match your design personality.  

* Design Professional is able to easily ignore specific trends and fads that do NOT match your design personality. 

* The design professional is able to easily and quickly adopt styles, trends, colours, patterns, textures etc that DO match your design personality.

* Able to minimise costly & disappointing rework that is the main cause of project budget blow-outs.  (Anywhere from 12.3% to a whopping 29.6% of the budgeted project costs.)

* Because the design professional understands your needs so well, you avoid joining the 42.3% of homeowners who pretend they love their room makeover but actually are not happy... Unfortunately, the homeowner is disappointed or even ashamed by it… but have no budget left to fix the problem – if only they knew what and where the problem is exactly “there is something just not right”… The design professional never finds out – they are just not used again or given that all valuable referral to another job… 

* You join the elite and small group of 24.6% of all homeowners who LOVE their completed renovation or room makeover.

Would you like to join this elite group of homeowners that also stayed within budget? Learn more here

I used to, but now I only do interior design for myself, family and close friends. This is because there are now two distinct sides to my business:

* Homeowners who are about to use an architectural and interior design services professional. I now provide a 3rd-party (outsource) service on behalf of these professionals by empowering you to do some homework before you engage with that professional. You either came to me directly or are referred to me via your chosen professional.

I am not interested in upsetting this collegial relationship with my fellow professionals. This works well for me, also you as the homeowner, and also for the professional (Win-Win-Win).  If this is you, then click here.

* Homeowners who are DIY and are NOT going to use a professional, and want to design and potentially paint/do the entire renovation/makeover themselves. Once again by them understanding their design personality, they can then confidentially match their colour personality and design style with the upcoming project, along with ensuring they minimise costly and disappointing rework.

This doesn’t make them into an interior designer but definitely helps a practical person be more creative and enjoy the space afterwards (over and above the immense sense of satisfaction that comes from DIY). If this is you, then click here.

Yes, they are! I am based in Auckland, New Zealand – the home for more than 200 different ethnicities (more diverse than London or Sydney so they say at Stats NZ!).

My courses were written predominantly for the people of New Zealand and Australia, but of course, you can be anywhere in the world.

The key thing is that I am NOT teaching any particular philosophy like Feng Shui, Vastu Shastra, or Kanso. Primarily, I have developed my ‘Creating Design Clarity Toolbox’® methods for you to document your, (and people that share your home) personal preferences, design styles and colour personality.

If any Western design style, or one of those Eastern philosophies (or any other preferences that come out of the process as a preference for you), then you will document it.

Your completed ‘Ultimate Design Brief’ is 100% all about you – and it is then given to a professional designer of your choosing. Or, you use it as a compass to guide you when DIYing your home. If this intrigues you, then learn more here.  

Of course! The course has six (6) weekly LIVE Q&A Brainstorming sessions. This is the opportunity for you to ask questions about the design brief process, (#1 priority), and about your upcoming home renovation/room makeover, build from scratch or remodel you are wanting to do.  

Once the course finishes after 9 weeks, you have the option of a member-only group where I encourage you to ask questions, and either myself, or your new team of homeowners who will give you solid and sound advice! Simply contact ‘us’ and we will do our best to help!

The service I offer to you (either as a budding DIYer, or a homeowner about to engage with an interior designer / architect / kitchen designer etc) has a number of key areas – what I call my ‘5 Pillars’ within my Design Toolbox®.

One of the foundational pillars was initially developed in the 1970s, by psychologist Dr Angela Wright. She explored how colour affects our mood, and found links between colours and human behaviour that are objective. i.e. they are the same for everyone. She then researched how this relates to people’s individual design style.  In the 90s, mathematical correlations between colours were discovered, which confirmed the objectivity of Wright’s theory. I have developed this process further and made it understandable and comprehensive for you to use in your home design to achieve satisfaction with the finished project

From a professional’s point of view, this is not something ‘new’ or ‘woo woo’ but within the 6 tenets of building design (balance, proximity, alignment, repetition, contrast and space).

NOTE: I am NOT teaching you the science behind the proven theories. Nor am I teaching you the theories. You want ‘how-to’,  not a 9000 hour apprenticeship to become a qualified interior designer.

The other 4 of the 5 pillars are also grounded in science, and  therefore have qualifiable and repeatable outcomes. Hence the ability to offer a satisfaction guarantee. 

Unfortunately, with increasing demand on design professionals to affordably produce a finished design, creating design clarity for the client (you) can sometimes be fast-tracked or skipped. 

I guarantee satisfaction because what I am offering you is: 

(1) proven science – assuming you do the homework! (BTW it is not an arduous undertaking requiring or using much energy and vigour – just you taking a few hours each week to follow my step by step instructions), and, 

(2) based on 35+ years of personal experience not just designing, but actually hands on Kiwi DIY experience. My husband and his father and I have personally designed, built, & redecorated over 70+ houses for us. (Not for my clients – that is another large number of rooms/houses). Click here to try my interior design course and see what you think. (100% money back guarantee).

An excellent question, and the answer is much harder! (I suggest you read my interior design blog posts on this subject). “It depends” is the bottomline. 

If you are already confident with choosing colours, design styles, textures, patterns etc and are not swayed by trends that come and go, AND you LOVE to dwell & linger in your finished spaces, then my ‘Ultimate Design Brief’ is probably NOT needed by you. I recommend you look at design inspiration from others

However, if you are lacking confidence in any of these areas, or you have previously DIYed (or used an architect and interior design services prior), and “you feel there is something just not quite right with the finished room”, then you are part of the 42.3% to 75.4% of homeowners I recommend to go back to basics, and ensure YOU, and any designer you engage with in the future is given a creating design clarity brief that you document and use as a compass to go forward successfully. Click here to learn about my ‘Creating Design Clarity Toolbox®’ course. My interior design course is definitely cheaper option compared to doing expensive rework that starts unnecessarily wasting anywhere from $1,700 and $7,000+ on each and EVERY project! (You only need to do the course ONCE for lifetime satisfaction with every renovation you do for you and your loved ones). 

Because it saves you a considerable amount of time, money and frustration! (Let alone embarrassment).

12.4% to 29.6% of all renovation work in New Zealand and Australia is rework (it is actually a human global problem) – the costs directly passed to you the client. This is easily avoided by following the creating design clarity process. 

42.3% of people who have completed a renovation using an Interior Designer, Architect, Kitchen Designer, or DIY (makes little difference) in New Zealand  are unhappy with the finished project. 

Their most common statement was “there is something just not quite right with the overall look and feel”.

Their 2nd most common statement was “I wish I had spent (more) time learning what my design and colour preferences were prior to starting the project.

These findings were from independent research by Endless Definition, who surveyed 1,265 homeowners throughout New Zealand (Aotearoa) on my behalf.

Just to emphasise this – they were NOT unhappy with the quality of their, or a tradie/designers standard of work (those are different stats!), but with the look and feel of the space once the project had been completed.

39% of people in America are also unsatisfied with the look of the finished project. These findings were from research out of the USA with 1,013 people homeowners who had upgraded their bathroom, or remodelled their kitchen, or repainted their living room/lounge, or repainted and changed the decor in their bedroom, or repainted the exterior of their house.  

All of these homeowners wished they had spent more time understanding and creating design clarity before starting their project.

Do you want to take the gamble? For less than 1% of the cost of your next renovation, you can ensure you:

(a) minimise the amount of costly rework, and

(b) significantly increase the likelihood of you loving your finished project.

Take my interior design course prior and stack the odds in your favour! 

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