What Residential Interior Designers Are Saying

For new designers, Natalie offers this insight, “Continue to put yourself out there. That consistency and determination pay off, but it's not going to happen overnight. It's about staying true to yourself, but also working really hard at it. Start to build a portfolio of work you have done in your own home or mood boards you have designed.  Offer to help friends at a reduced rate for the experience.  Ask seasoned designers for advice or find an opportunity to intern for one.  Start an Instagram feed and start showcasing your work.”
Natalie Papier HOME EC

Above all else, she says, “Stay true to yourself, work hard, and be nice.”

“Since I was a child, I noticed myself drawn to spaces that made me really feel something. Consistently rearranging the furniture of my childhood bedroom, it wasn’t long before I learned that I could harness this for myself, and eventually provide that same sense of comfort and satisfaction in spaces to others.

My passion is creating something completely unique to my clients that functions exactly how they need it to -  often in ways they didn’t realize possible.  Whether it a retreat or refuge, a space of high function and creativity, or simply just a well-organized closet or storage area… creating spaces that “sing” functionally and visually bring me just as much joy as the people enjoying them.”

Omar Zaater | DSA, RIDQC, Allied ASID

architecture. interiors.

The art of transforming or creating a new space to reflect the occupant's style and needs is what design is all about.  I'm always learning about new products, architectural features, and ways to better serve my clients.  

Angela J Knight, CKBR, R.I.D.E Certified 

You can absolutely call it a comeback! After my 18-month recovery from a near-death illness. I decided to pursue my passions anew. I had always been a design enthusiast so I went all-in with professional accreditation. Accomplishing this goal is more than a pivot, it’s an upgrade, an ever-expanding horizon. It’s a new mode of expressing my purpose and contributing to my community. And in some ways, it feels like, finally, a return to myself. I’m proud to be a DSA-RIDQC certified Interior Designer.


Katherine Cooper



Two things that I love are design and people. For me, interior design starts with understanding my clients and helping them discover their personal style, then creating a space that truly reflects them. Sometimes it’s not about the latest trends or styles; it’s about making a client’s house feel like their home, only better!
Maisie Knowles RIDQC Certifed

“Being certified with RIDQC means a higher level of understanding and commitment to successfully completing design projects and improving the functional beauty of home spaces.”

Angela Anderson

"I am an advocate for clients’ hopes and dreams, in regards to their homes."

Kitchen redesign, a bathroom remodel, or optimizing a room or structure-- I am committed to learning my clients’ goals for their spaces and actualizing them for their ultimate satisfaction. RIDCQ certification assures my clients that I am driven to work for them; it indicates a determination for constant improvement to their benefit.  Certification and continued education differentiate me from amateurs and hone my proven, solid, professional skills. 

Tina Klucsik, RIDQC, AKBD, WFCP

Lyons-Archer Designs

I design custom spaces that my clients are proud to call home.  Seamless integration of traditional and modern design creates timeless spaces that will never go out of style. Achieving my client's dream results with their timeline, budget, and vision in mind.

Allie McMinn

One Bleeker

"Being an Interior designer allows me to use my creativity and experience to create spaces that bring joy, clarity, style, and comfort to my clients.  I believe it's not about me, it's all about the client.  Your space should reflect you! Your Experiences, Your Travel, Your Culture, and Your History!  The passion that I exude radiates to the client and they realize that I am truly there for them.  I am their advocate and always have their best interest at heart!  I absolutely LOVE what I do!"

Always Designing, Karen

Karen Hardy

Interior Design is my absolute passion. Participating at Designer Trade Fairs, or the excitement when I receive new samples from vendors, feeling the textures and colors, with hundreds of ideas running through my mind, are just priceless. When designing a kitchen layout, the satisfaction when it comes to life in a 3D rendering and seeing the client’s reaction is overwhelming. Each project is unique, and each client is different from his/her specific sets of requirements and priorities. I believe one of the key ingredients to success in this industry is to listen to and understand your client, in order for the design process to start on the right track.  The passion and motivation for our work push us toward the pursuit of excellence.



Miami · Spain 

“The learning provided a deeper understanding of the art, science, logic, fundamentals, and history of Interior Design and the mindset and professionalism required to best serve the client. I realized that I was up until then practicing as an amateur indulging in a hobby.
The certification provided, the stamp of validation and professionalism.”

Swapna Abraham
RIDQC Certified
Residential Interior Design
Dubai, India, USA

"Being a certified residential designer solidifies my passion in the interior design field. My goal is to make interior design accessible for all, and by gaining the knowledge and expertise I am given the ability to now offer that. The process makes it all worthwhile and so rewarding!"

Stephanie Narewski DSA,

RIDQC certified

Driftscape Designs


Hi, I’m Shelley Amato the principal owner and creative director of ADG. I’m an innovative, trustworthy, and experienced Interior Designer located in Chicago, IL specializing in creating beautiful homes from the ground up.

Nothing makes me happier than watching my client's reactions when they see a room transformed and completed. I love creating beautiful spaces for people to live in.

I change people’s lives, “one room at a time”.

Shelley Amato, IDS, DSA,

Interior Design Professional

Adorn Design Group


"When you change your environment, your soul changes with it."
"I love helping clients become a better version of themselves. It's a journey that we embark on together and when you change your environment, your soul changes with it."    Christina Richardson Interiors​ DSA, RIDQC certified

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I have been fortunate to have been in the design industry for over 35 years! I'm inspired by design and architecture from both the past and the present....I look to the past for my forward-thinking projects.

I love to add an Edgy Mix To The Norm!

Tula Summerford

Design by Tula


"Having been a nurse in my previous career, I enjoy helping people and believe that interior design can be a powerful catalyst for finding enjoyment in your life. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Interior Design 2004 from Suffolk University and many years of experience in interior design and spatial planning.

In 2012, White Interiors was born out of a love for the creative design process and my passion for helping people find their style.  I started the business based on the simple idea that the best interiors reflect the personalities and lifestyles of the occupants.  I can guide you through the selections of the right materials for your home decorating project."

Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Interior Design 2004 from Suffolk University
DSA Member


“Being a RIDQC Certified Interior Designer provides me with the extra confidence when meeting with potential clients, & I take pride in maintaining the integrity of my work”.  - Amie Woeppel WildFire Design Studio  Key West, Florida

I am so proud to be a recently certified residential interior designer through the RIDQC program. Design has long been a passion of mine and I'm proud to have taken this step toward building a career in design and helping others to achieve their vision to make their home a place of respite and beauty. 

Bathsheba Philpott


“Having a residential interior design certification reassures my clients of my competence in the design industry and I couldn’t imagine doing business without it!”

Mariel Wright 

Mariel Wright Interiors

Jupiter, Florida  USA

R.I.D.E .Certified

To start my career as a certified interior designer gives me the confidence to proceed knowing I can reassure my clients I have extensive knowledge in the field to support future projects with ease. Being a designer is an amazing layered process of details and a big responsibility, the most rewarding job I can imagine. 

Ryan Deanon DSA

RIDQC Certified

Interior Design for me is one way to share my gifts and passion for life. As a previous Physical Therapist, I focused on creating spaces that were functional and safe for my patients. As a Designer, I get to do that plus make their home aesthetically pleasing. 

Interior Design is a perfect blend of serving others, creating beauty, and bringing joy to my clients!

Kori Steigerwald

 "Decorating is to be in tune with colors, art, and soul ..." My name is Flavia Gueiros and I am truly passionate about arts, decoration, and bold designs

Flavia Gueiros

Flavia Gueiros Designs

Design is my passion!  My client's face on “Reveal Day” is my ultimate reward. Seeing tears of joy, overwhelmed as they see their vision for their home is now a reality...makes months of planning, late nights, broken nails and behind the scenes work...worth every moment!

Juliana Ewer

Owner- J Squared Interior Designs


                                                                                                                                          My sweet client's overwhelmed on Reveal Day❤️

Margarita Bravo "Engineer turned Interior Designer out of pure passion. Mom first, entrepreneur second. Always aiming for higher grounds. I design my own furniture."


Margarita Bravo

Chief Creative Officer

Our first job is to listen to you, the client—no matter how small or large the need. We take that information and turn it around into a design that is innovative, pleasing to the eye and touch, even sound; a design that's an efficient use of space and meets your budget.  

Thank you for your consideration

Patti Sonnenberg

Great Finds & Design

Pewaukee, WI 53072

Great Finds Design


Award-winning interior designer, living on the French Riviera but working internationally.

La vie est belle!

Julie Kilgallon

Julie Kilgallon Interiors

My passion

Being an interior designer means to well, everything to me.  I see interior design as much more than just selecting colors, fabrics, and furniture and putting them together. It's about appreciating that the spaces we design are where people will live and work each day.  Our clients invite us into their homes and workspaces completely exposing their lives and all the flaws in their homes/offices.  We as designers must gain a client’s complete trust to accurately interpret their design desires, needs, and successfully deliver a result that improves the way they live and work. Interior design is not necessarily about the talent we bring to a project but more about how the design can improve the client's life. 

Javier Fernandez

New York, New Jersey, and Palm Beach Areas

Transitional Designs, Inc.

For me, being an interior designer is FANTASTIC because I get to wake up

each day and be like the most extraordinary and exceptional designer

ever. GOD created SO much inspiration throughout my surroundings and

the world that I can use daily to help guide me with design projects.

To have a creative mentality not only to transform people's

surroundings, but their life is beyond transcending and a powerful gift.

Thank you!

Kimberly C. Lyons DSA

R.I.D.E. Certified

Ask yourself: What do you want to feel when you walk into a room?

Elizabeth Ashley Interiors

Being a certified designer fills me with a sense of validation, reassurance, and motivation. The experience and knowledge gained from this course have led me on the right path as I pave my way towards success within my dream career. This course has fully equipped me with all the tools I needed to convert any home into a soulful extension of its owners.  


Noemi Jerez  RIDE Certificate

Jerez Residential Interior Design

Space planning & kitchen design expert. I love how redoing someone's kitchen has transformed their family's life- they start living a healthier life. My clients tell me that they cook & entertain more and are overall happier in their spaces. 

Remya Warrior

Owner of Kitchen Designers NJ

Interior/Kitchen Designer

As an Interior Designer, I have the ability to create a space that someone will love, surrounded by the things they love!  I thoroughly enjoy bringing a client’s vision into a reality that they can appreciate and live within every day!

Michelle Sarkisian

Interior Designer

Rockaway, NJ  

Thank you for this program to someone like myself, who really needed the convenience of an online course while working full time as a nanny and now starting a new job in the field I have been studying for.  
Again, thank you so much for providing this program.
Lauren Burton

RIDE Certified


To start my career as a certified interior designer gives me the confidence to proceed knowing I can reassure my clients I have extensive knowledge in the field to support future projects with ease. Being a designer is an amazing layered process of details and a big responsibility, the most rewarding job I can imagine. 

All the best

Charlotte Heminway



"Becoming a certified designer has opened up a new world to me, I am finally able to use my creativity to bring happiness and beauty to someone's home.  My eyes are now open everywhere I go, whether through travel or just walking into someone's home.  I take in the architecture, I try to visualize the exquisite design by other designers and it really feels like a career choice that will let me utilize my talents."

Lyndsay R.

R.I.D.E .Certified


 I chose the field of interior design to be self-sufficient and to be able to work a flexible schedule to support my kids. As a single mom of college, high, middle, and elementary kids, Interior design has inspired me, to show them the can-do attitude that will set them apart from others, no matter where they go.

Thank you.

Leslyan Jones R.I.D.E. Certified  

Residential Interior Design Education


Hi! Thanks for the opportunity!

First off, this certification is really exciting because this is a career path that I’m super excited about. I currently work for Restoration Hardware and I know there are numerous opportunities for myself. After graduation from WCU, I decided I wanted to further my education and learn new skills.


R.I.D.E .Certified

Victoria Bartholomew  

Good morning!  I've learned so much about the residential interior design industry.  I haven't had an educational course in many years so it was challenging to get back in the swing of homework & projects LOL but I overcame many challenges, due to your and my family's positive encouragement. I truly thank you for your time and help. Certification will give me the education and confidence boost to reach a professional level.
Latoya W
RIDE Certified

I am a residential interior designer from the Bronx, New York. My passion for interior design is motivated by the ability to turn any space into something truly spectacular. It allows me to create and recreate and bring out the artist in myself in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
Julissa Contreras

We are all THRILLED with your program, to say the least.
Donna W  RIDE Certified

“It was a long trip for this certification, but it brought me great self-confidence and valuable proof as an interior designer.”
RIDQC Certified
 RIDQC Certified 
“Design to me is creating a story and a feeling when you walk into or see a picture of space. It needs to spark inspiration, bend the rules & is always over the top with details.”
Laura West


I'm a minimalist with a passion for the Bauhaus design style. Completed my course with the New York Institute of Arts & Design. 

Juneid A. Othman
R.I.D.E .Certified

I really enjoyed the certification education and have learned so much! Thanks so much and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sadie E   R.I.D.E .Certified
R.I.D.E .Certified
This has meant a lot to me, and I'm grateful for the time you have taken to point me in the right direction & encourage me!
Thank you again, I regret not being able to meet you in person! 
Thank you so much for everything!
In the spirit of design,

R.I.D.E .Certified
Good evening 

I just wanted to thank you for all your help and your feedback. I really enjoyed the course and studying with you. I will keep working on learning and growing from that.

Thank you again, it was a pleasure!

Sincerely, Vadim   Malibu, California
R.I.D.E .Certified

 ... I know this is the career for me since every lesson is enjoyable and a learning experience. I have not found anything to be boring. Even in the areas that I feel that I am naturally good at, I still find that I am learning something new.  I wish I would have started this career choice 20 years ago!  I look forward to each lesson and my new future. A person is never too old to learn something new or start a new path. 
Have a beautiful day!
Candice D. California
R.I.D.E .Certified

I have really enjoyed this certification course and I want to thank you for all the support, feedback, and help throughout! I have learned a lot and will now be able to use these skills to help me be the best I can be! thank you! I hope you like my Project :) now for the tests ...... 
R.I.D.E .Certified
South Carolina
RIDE Certified
Thank YOU!
I just wanted to take a moment to express gratitude for all your feedback for all of my submissions. Your thoughtfulness and input meant a lot to me. The program was great.
I will miss you! (and your glowing feedback)  ;)
Considering contracts and pricing is a little overwhelming but I'm going to try to start small to keep some momentum going.
I just looked you up on LinkedIn, is that your beautiful horse?! I just tried therapeutic riding before it got too cold to ride this Winter...
Thank you for everything! 

Princeton, MA
R.I.D.E .Certified
OMG!!! you are super awesome!
It's been such a pleasure.
I am inspired and motivated to do more.
Thanks for your great feedback and all that I've learned throughout this class. You are phenomenal!
Thanks for supporting me all the way. I hope I'll get a feedback survey or please let me know how I can share my comments.
Leslyan J
R.I.D.E .Certified
It's been such a great pleasure taking this journey with you. At one point I thought I wasn't going to make it but thanks to you I can say, I DID IT! 
Have a successful year! 
R.I.D.E .Certified
Kate C. 

Springfield, MA
Thank you for creating the certification program and for your dedication to helping students like me gain the knowledge needed to pursue a career in residential interior design. Your kindness and encouragement made my program journey very enjoyable and I truly learned a lot!

I appreciate the emphasis you have placed on creating a sustainable design (something I have never thought about before starting the program) that is now instilled in me. The feedback you gave every lesson was very important to me because not only did they make me good about my work (the assignments) but gave me the confidence I needed to create a successful design project (the final presentation board). I hope to continue this as I start to build a career in residential interior design. I am more excited now to start designing my own home! Once again, thank you for all you‘ve done.

Katherine M
R.I.D.E .Certified
Aubrey, Texas

13th Annual Northwest Design Awards
Do you remember I entered the 13th Annual Northwest Design Awards contest back in the fall sponsored by Seattle Design Center? In the student category, I won 2nd place! At the award ceremony!
You deserved to be proud. Your course rocked the Northwest. 
The awards are going to be given at the Seattle Design Center Gala  "SDC" with the industry leaders and media present. The ceremony is on my birthday, March 8. It’s not heavily publicized yet, but it’s mentioned on the SDC website here and also the SDC Facebook page here. I was e-mailed just a few days ago with good news. I put a PDF together to give you a more detailed look and my entry.
The Residential Interior Designer course was a wonderful experience for me, a person with already three years of college in an unrelated area of study, wanting to enter the interior design field. The instructor, Natasha Lima-Younts, was extremely helpful; she was eager to share her professional knowledge and experience. I greatly appreciate the level of enthusiastic support and the personal and prompt attention offered cheerfully to a student at every turn. I particularly enjoyed the way the course was written -- in a spirit of friendliness and optimism -- and still so informative, yet easy to read. I would recommend this course to any residential interior designer.
R.I.D.E .Certified