Student Ambassador

I have always enjoyed decorating my own home and “making things pretty” for family and friends. Once COVID-19 hit, I wanted to start a new career in a field that I was passionate about. After spending months in quarantine and making changes to my own home, I was inspired to take my previous experience in event staging, and expand it to interior decorating and home staging.

My first step was to research all of the online schools available to me. I knew I wanted a school that was based in Canada, but had international potential. What stood out about QC Design School was the vast offering of design courses – including specializations that I hadn’t heard of before! The sample course pages on the website gave me a good idea of what I could expect as a student. The pricing fit my budget, and I was able to take advantage of a promotion that offered me a second course at 50% off. This deal allowed me to secure an education in all of the courses I was interested in, at a fair price!

For my new business, I intend to combine my graphic design skills with the new skills I am learning in my QC courses. The idea for Simple + Styled is to have a one-stop Design Concierge Service for both homeowners and real estate agents. I’ll offer full interior decorating services, as well as smaller packages for homeowners that just need a bit of help picking a perfect piece or color palette. On the real estate side, I plan to offer onsite and virtual staging. I’d also like to design flyers, postcards, and marketing materials for each home.


Here are the courses Maria’s taken with QC

IDDP Certification Badge



AIOP Certification Badge

Staging for


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Training Workshop

Virtual Design