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Home and Garden course topics include: Interior Design, Home, and Garden.

Artistic Landscape Enhancements

Utilize best practices to elevate your understanding of the principles and elements of stunning, artistic landscapes. Leverage a firm grasp of these concepts to approach outdated sites and easily identify enhancements to maximize curb appeal.

Everyone appreciates a beautiful landscape. For weekend gardeners and landscape professionals, this course will teach the principles and elements of stunning, artistic landscapes. By developing a firm understanding of these concepts, participants in this highly interactive course will be able to approach dated landscapes and easily identify enhancements to maximize their home’s curb appeal.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe what makes a landscape beautiful.
  • Explain what steps can leverage this knowledge to enhance dated sites.
  • Map and manage the impact of shade in the landscape.
  • Apply landscape industry best practices for installing enhancements.
  • Manage drainage and rectify erosion issues.

Decorating Basics

Explore basic interior design principles: identification of style components, continuity and flow, selection of appropriate pieces, proper furniture placement, use of color, texture, and lighting, and proper execution of wall art and groupings.


This course will address basic interior design principles such as identification of style components, and how to have continuity and flow while introducing complimentary and eclectic items. Class will also cover proper furniture placement, use of color, texture, and lighting, and how to select appropriate pieces that you presently own and to identify what you need to complete the look. Proper execution of wall art and groupings are also discussed.

Estimating and Proposing Landscape Enhancements

Intended for landscape designers and installation professionals, the course will cover the meaning of margin and mark-up as well as the industry's best techniques and formulas for estimating landscape upgrades, enhancements, and installations.

Offering landscape upgrades such as plant, stone and drainage system installation to your customers can be a lucrative endeavor for your landscape business. Designing and installing these enhancements can be challenging, and there is nothing more disheartening than doing so at a financial loss. Intended for landscape designers and installation professionals, this class will provide you with the information you need to successfully propose landscape enhancements. Learn the meaning of "margin" and "mark-up" and the industry’s best techniques and formulas for estimating landscape upgrades for a profit!

After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Define the difference between "gross margin" and "markup."
  • Calculate material and labor cost for a typical landscape installation project.
  • Accurately estimate and propose landscape enhancements for a desired profit margin.

Introduction to Home Staging

Identify both exterior and interior problems areas of a home and learn professional staging tips and techniques to create a 'show ready' home. Discover professional staging arrangement tools, showcasing, and display solutions to get homes sold.

Home staging is perfecting the art of creating an environment that will draw positive attention to a home for sale. Students will be able to identify both exterior and interior problem areas of a home and will learn professional staging tips and techniques resulting in a "show ready" home.  This course will emphasize professional staging arrangement, showcasing and display solutions to get your home sold.  Whether you are an individual who has a home to sell or someone who is interested in the business of professional home staging, this introductory course will provide you with a foundation for the home staging industry.

After this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify design themes that will sell a home
  • Be able to describe packaging and positioning solutions for  staging a home
  • Identify the three stages of buying/selling a home
  • Apply practical and professional staging tips and techniques to showcase a home for sale

Kitchen Design and Décor

Experts say even minor kitchen remodels return more value than any other project. Explore your style and how you will achieve it, including choices for cabinets, floors, countertops and lighting. Identify tips and techniques to make the job much easier.


Experts say even minor kitchen remodels return more value than any other project on the list--about 81 percent, nationally. Whether you're building or remodeling a kitchen, the process doesn't have to be stressful. Find the inspiration and courage to begin your project with the expertise of noted Interior Design Expert, Lee Anne Culpepper. Explore your style and how you will achieve it. Choices for cabinets, floors, countertops and lighting can be overwhelming – receive the information you need to make the job much easier!

Decorating Basics II

Create beautiful and functional spaces where you live, work, and play as we explore color theory and the physiological effects of color on work environments. Tuition includes exclusive 'trade only' store tour to review concepts and learn industry secrets.

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Create beautiful and functional spaces where you live, work and play, and build on your foundation as we explore color theory and the physiological effects of color on relaxing and productive environments. Learn the techniques of illusion design which include the art of masking architectural flaws including off center doors and windows, and creating spaciousness. Included in the tuition is an exclusive tour of a "trade only" store to explore and learn the secrets of fabric combinations, furniture arrangement, furniture selection, quality determination, and rug purchases.

Landscape Design Certificate

Intended for hobbyists and amateur landscape designers alike, our program will provide both foundational and cutting-edge concepts and techniques for creating functional, crowd-pleasing landscape plans for any type of budget.

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Jump start your design skills by learning from working professionals who share what they have learned from more than four decades of designing and installing award-winning home landscapes.
  • Be able to create professional-grade landscape design plans—from start to finish.
  • Upgrade and enhance your existing landscaping skills to advanced levels of expertise.
  • Build your portfolio and resume with our unique content and projects, designed to improve your credentials.

Intended for hobbyists and amateur landscape designers alike, our program will provide both foundational and cutting-edge concepts and techniques for creating functional, crowd-pleasing landscape plans for any type of budget.

Students needing assistance can meet with instructors during the office hours offered directly before certain class days. Office hours are not mandatory, only classroom sessions are required for certificate completion.

Principles of Design

Explore the latest color and design trends and how to create spaces that inspire. Discover helpful software applications and learn how to incorporate 'green design' elements. We'll also discuss the wide variety of design career options.

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Often a trend will inspire both the amateur and the professional. Explore the latest color and design trends and how to use them to create spaces that inspire. Examine the characteristics of fabrics and learn how to select effectively the appropriate fabric for the scheme, including mixing patterns and colors. Create eye catching rooms by discovering the levels of quality and best uses of furniture. You will be introduced to simple, computer assisted software applications that will allow you to change colors and other design elements in real time on your computer screen. This class will also reveal the importance of incorporating “Green Design” into your master plan and why green is now a standard in the design industry. Finally, be introduced to the variety of career options for design.