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About Us

Design Biz Blueprint supports entrepreneurial designers and decorators with a unique mix of proven design business systems and tools to have the lifestyles and businesses they love.

Over the years, DBB has helped thousands of interior designs develop creative businesses that pay them what they’re worth through inspirational and educational seminars, webinars, coaching sessions, retreats and business tools.

Terri's Story

Terri_LOW_RESTerri became a serious Interior Designer when she suddenly found herself in the middle of a divorce.

She’d been a stay-at-home mom, working part-time in her husband’s real estate business, and the reality of parenting her five-year-old daughter by herself (and not having a job) was very real and very scary.

So, Terri did what she does best … found solutions.

She quickly accepted a commission based job at a high-end furniture store design studio in Tucson, AZ. There was little to no financial security at this studio, since the tiny draw was less than her mortgage payment. But Terri believed she had a creative gift and that her life’s work was to share it with the world – so she took the leap of faith and began learning the “furniture store” process of giving away her time and ideas in order to sell furniture.

Every day she hoped a customer would walk into the store and ask her to create something significant and wonderful.

Unfortunately, hoping didn’t get her those great clients and nobody wanted to help.

Her coworkers acted as if there was a secret to the business of interior design and and no one was going to share it with her.

She also realized there was no “instruction book” on how to attract clients and found herself at another crossroads; either give up and get a job at a drug store makeup counter OR figure out the business side of interior design.

Terri chose option #2 and made the commitment that design was her life career. She began chasing down every lead she could get her hands on and passed the NCIDQ. She also started doing a million little jobs – worked long hours, made mistakes, and learned from them all.

The first major step came when the furniture store started photographing her work and using it for their advertising. This lead to Terri winning her very first local ASID chapter’s Design Excellence Award. The store continued to showcase her work and soon more of her projects were published in local and national Interiors Magazines.

Then came the faithful day that the furniture store manager came to Terri and told her she HAD to sell pink sleeper sofas, because the store had bought too many and needed to get rid of them quickly.

That did it!

Terri decided she couldn’t take it anymore and made the leap to go out on her own. Even though she had a tween at home, a mortgage, and a new car payment – she knew that the time had come and she HAD to decide what kind of future she wanted to create for herself and her daughter.

She started marketing to her ideal clients, creating systems for selling design services, and writing letters of agreement and proposals. She even created a system for specifying, pricing, selling, ordering, tracking and delivering merchandise.

Terri couldn’t believe it – she’d started having more time to spend with her daughter, no longer worried about paying bills, and was having fun!

She quickly created a backroom system and developed staff to help her grow a multi million business. Her roster of clients included model homes, luxury residential, and commercial projects. The cherry on top came when she won the ASID National Award of Design Excellence within 5 years of starting on her own.

Her reputation started to grow and she found her phone ringing off the hook from fellow designers looking for help in crafting contracts and capturing new jobs.

She was happy to help and after her daughter graduated from Design School, Terri felt like it was time again to make a change and created Design Biz Blueprint.

If you’re an interior designer and decorator facing the same struggles she had those years ago, you can bypass the hard times and mistakes, and start having the life and business you’ve dreamed about and love!