Meet QC Design School’s Tutors

QC’s tutors are successful design professionals, many of whom have completed a QC design course and have gone on to have successful careers in the industry. These experts are eager to share their professional insight and help you achieve your career goals as a home designer!

When you enroll with QC Design School, you’ll be matched with a personal tutor who will review your work and provide industry-relevant feedback with each assignment.

Angie Chapman

Award-winning interior design consultant and QC tutor Angie Chapman has always loved all aspects of interior design, decorating and architecture. After receiving diplomas in both Interior Design and Decorating and Home Staging from the Sheffield School of Interior Design, Angie started her own business, Interiors Just for You, in Peterborough, Ontario in 1998.

Her home design expertise lies in bringing a dull room back to life, as well as working closely with her clients to create spaces that reflect their unique personalities. In 2004, Angie expanded Interiors Just for You to include home staging, and acts as a consultant to both local real estate agents and home owners.

Angie became a tutor with QC Design School in 2006, and loves seeing the passion that QC students have for design, as well as their progression through the course to the final project.

Ivy Ellerby

For Accredited Staging Professional and Advanced Feng Shui Design Professional Ivy Ellerby, the inspiration to pursue a design career started at a very young age. Ivy’s background in clinical and experimental psychology allows her to use feng shui to increase harmony and balance in her clients’ homes.

As a consultant at Eastern Design and Home Staging, Ivy uses her knowledge of feng shui and home staging to help consumers increase profits on home sales and implement new design ideas into their living spaces.

As a tutor at QC Design School, Ivy is passionate about supporting students who want a career in the home design industry. She always encourages her students to put as much effort as possible into their online training assignments, as they provide excellent opportunities to practice real-life design projects!

Michele Ballinger

Multi-talented interior decorator, designer and QC tutor Michele Ballinger is passionate about helping students build their knowledge and confidence. A graduate of the Sheffield School of Interior Design, Michele holds diplomas in Professional Design and Decorating, Staging for Designers, and a Certificate in Redesign, as well as an Award of Merit for excellent technical skills and creative abilities.

As the owner of Finishing Touch Interiors, an internationally-based residential interior decorating and design company, Michele works with clients to select colors, window treatments, furniture and other items to create warm and inviting homes.

As a QC Design School tutor, Michele loves to watch her students develop their individual talents throughout their online design courses.

Niki Panagiotopoulos

Niki Panagiotopoulos is a strong believer in pursuing your passion and finding a career that suits your skills and energy. A graduate of QC Design School with diplomas in Interior Design and Decoration, Visual Display and Color Theory, and a certification in Home Design and Redesign, Niki has enjoyed design and architecture since she was a child.

As the owner of Wish Décor, an award-winning interior decorating firm based in Montreal, Niki provides her clients with personalized service and creative solutions that keep budget and style in mind. Over the past decade, Niki’s home design company has won numerous awards for both design and customer service, and her projects have been featured in Je Décor Magazine.

Although passionate about interior decorating, Niki also loves the challenges of renovating and re-designing, and is a firm believer that design is in the details. As a QC tutor, she encourages her students to continue to learn as much as possible in order to increase confidence and achieve success in the ever-growing home design industry.

Christina Kittelstad

Christina Kittelstad is an accomplished color expert and owner of Spiral Design Color Consulting in Lakewood, Colorado. Through her lifelong passion for all things color, Christina brings a high level of creativity, professionalism and talent to every project. She partners with residential and commercial clients, and is best known for creating beautiful, functional spaces on any budget. She provides clients with a strong sense of style and personality that is uniquely their own. Christina strongly believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the benefits of incorporating color into their lives, homes, and community.

The work of Spiral Design Color Consulting has been featured on HGTV’s House Hunters, Houzz, The Denver Post, Mile High Newspaper, Renew Remodeling Magazine and others.

QC Design School Tutor Tammy Hart
Tammy Hart

Tammy Hart, IDDP, CAPS, is a graduate and tutor of QC Design School. She is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist from the National Association of Home Builders. She is the owner and award-winning designer for Designer Chick Co. and is the previous director on the National Board for DDA (formerly CDECA).

She is a professional speaker, speaking at venues like IIDEXCanada and The Small Business Forum. She’s been featured in East of the City Magazine, as a guest spot on the Rogers Daytime Durham talk show and has won the HOUZZ Service Award 2017. She works to empower young women to become successful future leaders and supports ocean clean-up efforts.

Lianne Cousvis

Lianne Cousvis is a decorating and design professional with a love of color. She graduated from QC Design School with certifications in decorating (IDDP), staging and redesign (ISRP), color consulting (ICCP), and professional organizing (AIOP). Lianne grew up in the Bahamas where color is celebrated, and now owns her own design company ChiChi Fringo Designs in Toronto, Canada. She loves to mix colors, textures, and patterns. Lianne has worked in the creative field in film and television for the last 20 years and continues to be inspired by design on a daily basis. Lianne looks forward to inspiring you and hopes we can all live in color!

Tracy Struthers

Tracy Struthers is a Certified Staging Professional and holds a Diploma in Interior Design. Her inspiration to seek a career in design started later in life. She is a firm believer that you can pursue your passion at any age. Tracy’s background is in advertising and sales, where she has learned important tools over the years such as identifying clients’ needs and how to achieve them. She knows how to ask the right questions, and getting results is important in this industry.

Tracy’s vision of a “less is more” concept has provided her with a natural understanding of the minimalist approach when staging a home or creating calm, beautiful spaces.

As the owner of Tracy Struthers Design, she offers services that range from interior decorating to home staging, to color consultations. Tracy has also developed a Scandinavian wood product line – Leif Décor – that compliments her love of decorating. With these services, she works with clients who are local, as well as those residing across Canada.

As a QC Design School tutor, Tracy encourages anyone who has a passion for the design industry to follow their dreams. She is passionate about learning, excited to inspire, and expects amazing results from her students.

Instructors

Get to know more about the award-winning industry professionals QC Design School works with.

Jane Lockhart

Many will recognize Jane from her television show, Color Confidential, which airs on both HGTV and W Network. In this program, Jane uses both her design expertise and kind demeanor to help people overcome their fear of color. As the host of QC Design School’s Color Consultant course videos, Jane teaches students how to use the color wheel in order to help clients choose the best colors for their home. She also demonstrates how to conduct a professional color consultation, as well as how to build a strong relationship between art and design in the home.

Jane’s achievements are not limited to designing and television – she’s also the best-selling author of two design books, Room Recipes: Cooking Up Style With Color, and Paint: A Great Impression. She also regularly lends her design expertise to various Canadian television shows such as The Marilyn Denis Show and CityTV’s Cityline.

Become a Tutor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a tutor with QC Design School. We’re always looking for talented professionals who are interested in educating those coming up in the industry. If you have several years of experience, good communication skills, and a passion for teaching, we’d love to hear from you.

Please email [email protected] with “Design Tutor” in the subject line. Include a resume and a link to your online portfolio or website.