Semi-Finalists in The SDP Third Annual Decorating Contest

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The Society of Decorating Professionals announces the top Decorators in the areas of Interior Redesign, Home Staging, Color with No Regrets, Accessorizing, and Decorating. Winners will be announced at the Third Annual Educational Conference in Chandler, AZ. Keynote speaker is Mary Carol Garrity of Nell Hills in Atchison and Kansas City, KS. Terri Bowersock of Terri's Consignment will be addressing the attendees on "Building your Successful Business... while living with Dyslexia and Other Challenges."

Kristine Porter, Executive Director is pleased to announce that The Society of Decorating Professionals (The SDP) has named the semi-finalists of its Annual Decorating Photo Contest. Held in conjunction with The SDP Annual Conference, the goal of the contest is to recognize the high quality of work that members perform while making a difference in their clients' homes.

Photos are judged in two divisions: The SDP Members and The SDP Trainers, and five categories: Redesign, Staging, Color, Accessorizing and Decorating (budget of over $300). A committee including the Board of Directors served as judges, reviewing the myriad sets of before and after photos submitted. The semi-finalists in each category are:

SDP Member Division

Interior Redesign:
Kathy Cortner, KRC Interior Transformations, Cherry Hill, NJ
Marleen Prater, Remixed Rooms, Canton, MI
Paula Henry, Simply Put Interiors, Reisterstown, MD
Erica Cooper, Your Style redesigned, Elk River, MN
Jennifer Bush, Poppy Lane Designs, Westland, MI

Home Staging:
Angela Todd, Angela Todd Designs, Beaverton, OR
Annie Doherty, Stagehouse, Sarasota, FL
Jill Duffey Kearney, Beautiful Healthy Homes, Lehigh Valley, PA
Kim Ausbury, Staged & Styled, Stow, OH
Paula Henry, Simply Put Interiors, Reisterstown, MD

Color with No Regrets:
Heather Klein, Emmy & Me Interiors, Naperville, IL
Paula Henry, Simply Put Interiors, Reisterstown, MD(2 entries in semi-finals)
Leslye Cushing, Creatve Room Makeovers, Fredericksburg, VA
Marleen Prater, Remixed Rooms, Canton, MI

Accessorizing:
Angela Todd, Angela Todd Designs, Beaverton, OR
Beth Batke, Final Touches, Gahanna, OH (2 entries in semi-finals)
Kim Ausbury, Staged & Styled, Stow, OH
Terry Grahl, Terry's Enchanted Cottage, Taylor, MI

Decorating:
Kim Ausbury, Staged & Styled, Stow, OH
Terry Grahl, Terry's Enchanted Cottage, Taylor, MI
Jill Duffey Kearney, Beautiful Healthy Homes, Lehigh Valley, PA
Kathy Kallaus, Dreamy Retreats, Jacksonville, FL (2 entries in semi-finals)

SDP Trainers Division

Interior Redesign Training:
Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, West Chester, PA
Bobi McGinnis, One Day Decorating Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Carie Baumann, Redesigning Interiors, Tucson, AZ

Home Staging Training:
Carie Baumann, Redesigning Interiors, Tucson, AZ
Denise Montgomery,Mais Oui! Redesign, Greenville, NC
Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, West Chester, PA

Color with No Regrets:
Denise Montgomery, Mais Oui! Redesign, Greenville, NC
Carie Baumann, Redesigning Interiors, Tucson, AZ
Sandra Racz, Signature Redesign, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Accessorizing:
Bobi McGinnis, One Day Decorating Florida, Jacksonville, FL
Judy Pelinski, Staging and Redesign Academy, Lake in the Hills, IL
Sandra Racz, Signature Redesign, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Decorating:
Sandra Racz, Signature Redesign, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (2 entries in semi-finals)
Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, West Chester, PA

The winner of each category will be chosen by the membership in attendance at The SDP's Annual Education Conference to be held August 6-8, 2008 at The Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler, Arizona.

The SDP Annual Education Conference is open to both members and non-members who want to expand their knowledge of the decorating industry. Keynote speakers Mary Carol Garrity, author of six books and owner of three retail stores: Nell Hill's, Garrity's and Nell Hills' at Briarcliff Village and entrepreneur and author Terri Bowersock of Terri's Consign and Design are sure to delight and motivate. Specialists in the field of interior redesign, real estate staging and other decorating specialties will offer breakout sessions in their areas of expertise. Networking opportunities abound, making this annual conference is a "must-attend" event. Registration information is available at http://www.TheSDP.com.

The Society of Decorating Professionals
Media Contact: Kristine Porter
Phone: 866-737-4737
Email: Kris @ TheSDP.com
http://www.TheSDP.com

The SDP is the international voice of entrepreneurial decorating professionals who are expert in a variety of interior decorating specialties. The organization serves the public by providing connections to talented, creative, and trustworthy business owners with a passion for creating beautiful spaces. It serves members by raising the bar in IACET certification standards, ongoing education, and providing member networking opportunities. Classes include Interior Redesign Training, Home Staging, Color with no Regrets, and Train-the-Trainer.

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