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

Following a successful career in the events industry, Tammy Hart pursued her passion for design, decorating and entrepreneurship with an accreditation as an International Decorating and Design Professional (I.D.D.P) with Q.C. Design School and the launch of her design and decorating boutique firm Tammy Hart Interior Design, serving Durham and Niagara on the Lake. She strives to bring stylish yet functional design into homes for everyday living and for everyday people.

Tammy is honoured to be sitting on the national board as a director supporting the Ambassador Program for the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (formerly CDECA). In addition to her design work, Tammy enjoys speaking as a keynote on providing excellence in customer service at venues such as IIDEX Canada and Heart of Networking, and has been a featured guest on the Rogers Daytime Durham talk show. In her spare time, you’ll find her spending time with her family and empowering young females to be confident future leaders.

Maristella Bertram

As a Professional Organizer and owner of My Space Reclaimed, LLC, Maristella helps her clients reconquer the spaces in their lives that busy calendars and clutter might have stolen. She helps her clients understand that whether these spaces are physical, emotional, or spiritual, nothing speaks more of hope and new possibilities than de-cluttering their lives of whatever might be impeding their progress and development.

Maristella is a Certified Professional Organizer® and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing Management.  She speaks fluent English and Spanish and has lived and worked in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.  She is a graduate of QC Design School, where she has achieved certification in the areas of Professional Organization, Redesign & Staging, and Feng Shui Design.

Maristella is a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. Maristella holds the designations of  Workplace Productivity Specialist, Residential Organizing Specialist, and Life Transitions Specialist conferred by NAPO.


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