Britt is a professional interior decorator, stager, and window treatment specialist, and has been in this business since 1993. She has shared her love and expertise of the field with students at KSU’s College of Continuing and Professional Education for the past 17 years. She was asked to teach interior decorating while working at Decorating Mart in Marietta.
“They were looking for something different in home décor, and I was recommended,” Britt said. The first course she wrote was for no-sew window treatments. Since then, Britt has created and taught Interior Decorating for the Homeowner, Intermediate Interior Design and Decorating for the Holidays.
Having a professionally styled home doesn’t have to break the bank.
“I like to help people to do things themselves and save money,” Britt said.
If you hire someone, Brit said, it’s helpful to have some knowledge of interior design because “decorating mistakes can be costly.”
One way she helps students to be cost-conscious is to create story boards in class.
“They save you a ton of money, and you don’t make mistakes that way,” she said. The course curriculum also includes a visit to a student’s home for a class consultation and class trips to fabric stores.
She assesses every class to see what experience they have with design. From there, Britt is able to offer decorating tips for a variety of budgets and home sizes. Topics in her classes include color palettes, home theaters, shutters, contemporary style, and guidelines for buying furniture.
Britt also spends time before and after class to help her students. “Some people take the next step and go into interior decorating themselves,” she said. “It’s really wonderful to see how they can go home and bring it to life. I’ve got fantastic students.”
Her impact on students spans from Cobb County to the Caribbean. Betty North came all the way from the Bahamas to take Britt’s class.
North said, “I had the opportunity to go to Florida to do similar courses that were being offered by institutions in that state, but the course offered by (KSU) appeared more suitable to my needs. Britt’s knowledge and professionalism in interior design was exceptional. It was wonderful to have met her and to glean from her expertise.”
Britt has also been featured on HGTV. The “Decorate With Jan Show” can be seen on wisecast.tv. For her clients and students, Britt says, “I want them to have all the knowledge they can have.” For more information, visit ccpe.kennesaw.edu/leisure or call (770) 423-6765.