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Introducing the easy to follow, step-by-step, anyone can do it...

Interior Design

Business Success Studio

Online Training Courses and Certification

Why do some interior designers thrive, while other designers fail miserably and give up on their dream?

  • It's because there's too much BAD advice out there, (or not enough) about how to start and succeed at your own interior design business.

  • Design school will teach you how to design, but not how to be a Successful Interior Designer

  • Unfortunately our industry commonly uses fear tactics and guilt to discourage new designers from working for themselves.

  • Other Interior Designers might simply not tell you the truth...
    but that's not me!

Learn how to build a successful interior design business filled with happy paying clients, in 7 weeks, and without going back to school

What Do You Want to Learn?

Choose from 3 individual training courses and the Certified Interior Design Professional Program

Learn the Basics

Interior Design School Intensive

If you want to learn the "how" of being an interior designer without going back to college, then this is where to start.

The fundamentals of interior design and important design theories will give you  the confidence you need to take on larger projects.

Learn the Business

Interior Design Business and Project Management System

Have you wanted to learn exactly what steps you need to take to build a successful design business?

Learn how to set up the foundation for a long lasting and profitable career.

Learn the Brilliance

Interior Design Rendering and Powerful Presentations

You have the business, you have the clients, but how are you setting yourself apart from your competition?

Learn to create amazing perspective renderings  and professional design presentation boards that will set you apart from any competition.



Interior Design Rendering and Powerful Presentations

Certification lets potential clients know that you take your business seriously, and have taken the extra steps to prove it.

You'll be joining a group of designers, dedicated to working with  integrity, quality, and client focus.

How Does it Work?

All of the programs include...

Interior Designer Chelsea Coryell Owner of Design for a Living Working with designer
Design for a Living Success Studio Training Program

24/7 Access:  You learn on your time, not a set course schedule on our password protected membership pages.


Engaging Lessons:  Fun information packed training videos.  Each lesson focuses on a specific skill or strategy to build and run an amazing design business.


They're full of concentrated, step-by-step information, so you can listen and learn from every class. You can watch them over and over again, even pause, stop, and rewind.


And More:  Checklists, study guides, and bonus videos.

Copy and Model:  These are the exact tools I use in my own interior design business; they help keep me organized, on track, and productive.


Done for You:  Two of the most requested documents are the sample contract and letter of agreement.  They’re designed to fill in the blanks, and customize to fit your exact needs.


Organization:  You'll have downloadable PDF outlines from the training modules.  These are wonderful tools, with everything you need to run a professional design business, all in one place.

Collaboration:  You won’t be alone in your business; as a member of the New Interior Design Professional group, you can interact with the other positive and motivated designers on our private Facebook page.  You can ask questions, find answers, and share your own experiences.

Support:  We’re here to make sure that you’re on track and happy.  Once your business becomes a huge success, you can share the favor by spreading the word about our group.

Here are some designers who've taken my program, and are now happily designing for a living!

(And actual portfolio pictures from their design business)

"I am the designer that I am today because of your mentorship and your training.  I owe everything to you Chelsea."

Paula Zarzosa

Belle Living Interiors, Murrieta, CA

Chelsea has given me the tools and renewed passion to grow my business and create a unique, personalized experience for my clients as well as myself. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and she will continually work with you, one on one, to create a business platform and mindset that is prosperous and fun!


Thank you Chelsea, you are the best!"

Carolyn Tracy,

Interior Designer, Chicago IL

"Chelsea has the ability to motivate and encourage despite your own insecurities.  She is a person that has an amazing amount of knowledge and experience.  Her coaching and motivation style are very personalized and down-to-earth.  


I am confident that my design business is built on a solid foundation of knowledge, consistency, and vision thanks to Chelsea."


Interior Designer Timothy Rivers

New York, NY

"If I Only Knew Then,

What I Know Now"

I spent four years in college training to be a high-end interior designer.  I was convinced I should work for a big architectural firm and create "aesthetically pleasing" spaces.

Once I started working in the real world, with real clients, I discovered my bachelors degree taught me how to design, but not how to earn a living as a designer.  I was going to have to learn that on my own.


After 25 years of enjoying a successful career as a designer, do you know what my biggest realization was?


Interior design doesn't need to be so complicated!

Some interior designers want to build a big design firm with a staff, and work on multi-million dollar projects.  Others simply want to work out of their house and help people in their neighborhood.


Either way, you need to know how to run a successful design business first.


It doesn't have to be stuffy and cold, it can be fun and rewarding for everyone involved. 

The best part of all is that with the lessons I've learned — both in college and in the school of hard knocks — I can teach almost anyone to have a successful design business just like mine.  I want to share with you my simple Step-by-Step lessons to design your career, so you can Design For A Living!

Chelsea Coryell
Interior Designer,
Design Coach and Mentor,
CEO of Design for a Living
Interior Designer Chelsea Coryell Owner of Design for a Living

Interior Design

School Intensive

Know the fundamentals of designing and sound like a pro

These are the training videos included in this program:

  1. The Fundamentals of Interior Design

  2. Furniture History to Sell Your Designs

  3. Architectural History to Impress Your Clients

  4. The Theory of Color and How to Use it

  5. Furniture Construction and Design

  6. Textiles Basics or Fabric and Upholstery

  7. Planning Out the Space

  8. Using the Principles of Design

  9. Creating Designs Your Clients Will Love

  • Architectural and Furniture History You Can Use in Your Business.
    Learn about the most influential eras in architectural history and how you can incorporate the classic elements into your own designs.

  • Color Relationships and Go-to Combinations that make creating your designs a breeze.  You’re not going to learn everything there is to know about the color wheel. (Trust me you won’t use it) You ARE going to learn how to choose colors for your projects using design basics mixed with years of trial and error.

  • ​Space Planning and Traffic Pattern Rules to Live By. When you're ordering expensive custom furniture you need to KNOW that it will fit.

  • Learn a super easy way to create professional looking CAD style floor plans to impress your clients.

  • Learn sure-fire rules for designing. How high should you hang artwork, what’s the best way to accessorize bookshelves, what the heck is a “Conversation Group” and when should you use it? You’ll learn the answers to these crucial questions.

  • What do you really need to know about furniture so you can feel confident selling designer quality furniture?  Get a go-to list of my top 30 brands, and learn how you can buy from them like a Pro.

  • You’ll get a design dimension “cheat sheet” to take out all of the guess work when you’re creating your floor plans.

  • You'll want to sound like an interior design expert, and learning the key terms and  phrases from the interior design industry will give you the confidence to talk to even the most sophisticated clients.

Interior Design Business and Project Management System

When you want to know how to earn a living as an interior designer

  • How to build your decorating business from the ground up so your business will last.  Business basics like licensing, office set-up, choosing a name and a company brand.  You'll learn how to establish yourself as a go-to designer in your community. (These are steps for beginners and experienced designers alike.)

  • What you're worth and how to charge for YOU!  ​How designers charge for their services, and how can you make REAL money doing something so fun for a living.

  • Step-by-Step System:  Most designers make their job more difficult than it has to be.  I've streamlined the process of working with clients so you save time, make your clients happier, and earn money faster and easier.

  • Get over your fears and self-doubt.  You'll learn how to identify your blocks, and break through them for good.

  • I'm going to share with you the number one mistake interior designers make at their first meeting with a client. (This has killed most design careers, and it's such an easy thing to learn.)

  • Learn how to be a "design genius" to create a room your clients will love.

  • How to create working relationships that send you pre-qualified clients for free.  That means, less time marketing and more time enjoying your life.

These are the training videos included in this program:

  1. Building Your Foundation

  2. Perfecting Your Mindset

  3. Building a Better Business

  4. Let's Talk About Money

  5. Finding Your Ideal Clients

  6. When They Call What Will You Say?

  7. "The Chat"

  8. Say This Not That

  9. Creating Designs Your Clients Will Love

  10. Your Touch Base Appointment

  11. Sales 101

  12. Presentations That Wow!

  13. What's Next?

Interior Design Rendering,

and Powerful Presentations

The secret to sell your designs and amaze your clients

  • What goes where? Design techniques and strategies for a beautiful space. This is the first time that I'm teaching my own personal tips and strategies for designing the best room ever.  I'm going to walk you through my actual design process, and explain each step of the way.

  • If you think that you can't draw, just wait until you learn my simple "anyone-can-do-this" techniques.  I'm going to prove to you that even YOU can create impressive, and effective renderings to sell your designs.​

  • There is a very unique and specific strategy to my quick sketch renderings.  I'll show you how to use these powerful sales tools to wow your clients and close almost every presentation you give.

  • You'll learn my step-by-step quick-sketch techniques to help you QUICKLY layout a rooms space plan.  You'll know which elements to sketch and what you should leave out if you want your design to sell.

  • A super easy way to create a space plan.  Fast, Fun and Free!

  • If you create an amazing presentation, you won’t have to waste time re-selecting and your clients will be ecstatic.

  • Setting a stage that blows their socks off, and how to present your design so your design clients hang on every word.

  • Creating a Wow Factor like no other. The reveal at the end of the project will set you apart from any other designers in your area.

  • Making your client so happy that they can’t help but call all their friends, and immediately recommend your services.

These are the training videos included in this program:

  1. The Art of the Quick-Sketch

  2. An Eye on Perspective

  3. Furniture Basics

  4. Laying Out the Room

  5. Design is in the Details

  6. Adding Color and Dimension

  7. Building Design Boards

  8. Powerful Presentations to Wow Your Clients

  9. Sales Techniques Without Sounding Salesy

When you want it all, your best value, and most complete package...

Certified Interior Design Professional

Full Bundle

Your entire Interior Design business Laid Out Step-by-Step Including all Three Training Program and So Much More!

  • The Interior Design Business in a Box

  • Interior Design School Intensive

  • Interior Design Rendering and Powerful Presentations

  • All of the training videos, checklists, sketching videos, rendering training, and so much more.

  • We're going to mail you a info packed workbook to keep all of your notes and lessons in one place.

  • There are certain tools that I use in every rendering.  I'm going to ship you a collection of my favorite Prismacolor markers and pencils as well as a professional project sketchbook to use with all of your clients.

  • Two private coaching sessions with me.

  • Upon successful completion of the course and exams, you will receive a personalized badge to print on your business card and website.

  • Plus, a digital certificate which is full color, printable and is suitable for framing should you wish to display your achievement at your home or office.

Certified InteriorDesign Professionl Certfication

Of Course I'm Going to Throw in

Some Bonus Goodies:

All of the Courses Will Include...

Business in a Box   ($1997 value)

Printable sample forms for you to use in your new business, 

including sample contract, window treatment worksheet, and design project worksheet.

These are all the forms you'll need to start your new business.

The Interior Design Survival Guide     ($195.99 Value!)

This was designed as a "Save Your Business Tool!"  It's a simple 5-step process that will:


  • Establish productive new business habits so you do only the most income-producing actions each day. – You’ll be shocked at how fast your client list will fill up with grateful, paying clients, instead of tire kickers trying to get free design advice out of you.

  • Give you the confidence to build your “design dream team.” – You’ll learn how to have other people do the hard work for you.  It’s a strategy that made me over $80,000 in design profits from only one team member.

  • Get clarity on your business goals – You’ve seen the best designers in your design magazines. Not because they’re more creative than you, but because they were great at building their design business.  You’ll be inspired, focused, and ready to create a design empire of your own.

Still Undecided?

Let me help put your mind at ease...


I won't be happy, if you're not happy. If you don't feel that the Interior Design Success Studio is teaching you how to build the best design business you can have, then let me know within 30 days. I'll refund your money; no questions asked.

100% Money Back

Let's Recap:

As a member of the Interior Design Business Success Studio, you'll get...

Instant 24/7 Access to Marketing and Business Building Training Webinars

This is a 7-week program where you'll learn in-depth business training, designed specifically for Interior Designers, to help you build and accelerate the growth of your design business.


Complete the 14 core principles that you need to learn to build your dream interior design business.  All of the lessons can be watched online, hosted on our password protected membership page.  These aren't the videos you see on YouTube, these are private, members only lessons.


Downloadable Business Forms, Checklists, Scripts, Templates, and More…

Your design business should be fun and easy to run. To support your success, we will give you a variety of templates, scripts, forms, and checklists to help you run your design business smoothly.


Online Networking and Community

Entrepreneurs LOVE connection, and as a Success Studio member, you'll have access to online networking opportunities where you can ask questions, mastermind, swap ideas and notes, support other members, and create lifelong friendships.


To Keep Your Business Organized...

As soon as you are a registered member, I will be sending you a wonderful downloadable PDF's filled with our training material outlines and notes, along with sample forms.

All of the Bonus Materials:


  • All of my downloadable worksheet templates and contracts, so you can easily personalize them to work for your business. a $1997 value.

  • A copy of "The Interior Design Business Survival Guide, Stop Wasting Time and Make Money NOW!" workbook a $195.99 value.

  • Renovate Your Revenue Selling System

  • Private Facebook Group so you can network and share with other designers just like yourself

And Of Course, My Happiness Guarantee!
100% Money Back

Choose the Program That's Right For You


Learn the


Interior Design School Intensive


11 Full Length Training Videos

Bonus: Interior Design Business Survival Guide

Downloadable PDF Reference Guides

Private Facebook Group for Networking

Learn the


Interior Design Business and Client Management System


16 in-depth Training Videos

Done for you Client contract and Letter of AGreement

Private Facebook Group for Networking

Bonus: Interior Design Business Survival Guide

Learn the Brilliance

Interior Design Rendering and Powerful Presentations


13 Easy to Follow Training Videos

Bonus: Interior Design Business Survival Guide

Private Facebook Group for Networking

The Whole Package

Certified Interior Design Professional


The Interior Design Business Project Management Program

Interior Design School Intensive

Interior Design Rendering and Powerful Presentations

Bonus: Interior Design Business Survival Guide

Design Tool Kit Professional Markers, Pencils, Sketchbook

2 Private Coaching Sessions

with Me

The Whole Package

Would 3 payments be a better choice for you?

3 Payments of $895

The Whole Package

For a limited time, make 6 monthly payments of $479

Meet Chelsea Coryell, Interior Design Business Coach and Mentor;


Not only has Chelsea been a successful interior designer for over 25 years, she's also a nationally ranked award winning design manager.  


Before she started Design for a Living to help new independent designers, she was a highly sought after consultant who would travel to failing design stores and studios to train their designers and managers.​

What resulted was a following of confident designers that actually felt comfortable working with clients, and who closed more sales than they had believed possible.  All of us know what that means...  they made more money than ever.

Chelsea Coryell

  • Q: "How long does it take to finish the course and receive my certification?""
    A: This class is more than 10 hours of video training. To fully understand and apply the materials, you should allow 8 weeks. This way you’ll be signing new clients and working on your new design project along with the videos. You’re actually learning the appropriate strategies and techniques just when you need them.
  • "Am I guaranteed to earn a certification if I take the course?""
    No. A certification that can simply be purchased isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. That’s why our courses are challenging. If we’re going to allow you to display a Design for a Living badge, you better believe you’re going to have to earn it.
  • "Is the final exam difficult?""
    You’ll find that the test is “satisfyingly difficult.” By that I mean, it’s difficult enough that you need to actually know the materials, but it isn’t tricky or difficult just for the sake of being difficult. That said, to preserve the exclusivity and importance of this designation, we have made the tests challenging and the questions do pertain to our proprietary methodologies, so you shouldn't expect to be able to pass the test just because you have taken other interior design trainings or courses in the past. This training is different, and the exams will reflect those differences.
  • "Are there scholarships available?""
    At this time no scholarships are available. Fortunately we have priced our classes so that they are affordable, especially compared to similar certification pathways.
  • "How will this certification help me?""
    It depends on who you are... If you're a brand new designer, this certification is a great way to learn the “real life” business side of interior design yourself. You’re going to learn how to take your natural design talent, and short-cut your way to a complete interior design business filled with happy paying clients. If you're a struggling interior designer, this certification is a tangible way to show that you are a serious interior design professional, which could help you attract and retain better, higher-paying clients. If you're a student, this certificate can set you apart from other graduates who merely have a traditional design degree, but specialized skills that interior design clients are desperately seeking. You’re going to learn how to take all of your new knowledge and actually make money with it. If you're an employee at a design store or small interior design firm, this certificate can make you more valuable to your company, which is the surest way to get that raise or promotion you likely already deserve (but don't have a tangible reason to request). If you’re an interior design store owner, it's a great way to train and certify members of your own team to ensure that they're up to speed on the latest trends and best practices.
  • "How valuable is the certification?""
    The certification itself is highly valuable if you need to set yourself apart from the competition. What's far more valuable than any badge or certificate, however, is the actual knowledge you're going to receive when you take this class and pass all the tests. You will know Interior Design. I'll say that again: YOU WILL KNOW Interior Design.
  • "What if I fail the final exam, can I take it again?""
    Yes, you make retake the test up to 2 times (for a total of 3 attempts). After 3 failed attempts, you will be required to retake the class (which you can do for free) and all the module quizzes prior to attempting the final exam again.
  • "How long do I have to finish the course and take the final exam?""
    You can move at your own pace! We understand that life happens, and that just because you enroll today that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to finish (or even start) the class in just a few weeks. And that’s OK! Take as long as you like. We aren’t going anywhere, and neither is this certification.
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