Designer Home 101: Create A Home That Looks Like You Hired A Designer

Ever scroll through Pinterest or Instagram and sigh, wishing your home looked that cohesive and put-together? You’re not alone! But what if I told you creating a designer home was possible for you too?

Welcome to Designer Home 101, your step-by-step guide where you’ll learn how to make your home look like you hired a designer.

If you want to learn the secrets interior designers use to create beautiful functional spaces, this course is for YOU!

In this easy-to-follow course, you’ll learn to transform your home into a HAPPY place that reflects your unique style and personality. No experience is necessary – you’ll be guided every step of the way, from finding your style to adding the finishing touches that make a room feel complete.

…And You’ll Have Access To Designer Home 101 For Life!

(Meaning, you can take the course as many times as you’d like — for FREE) 👏

Does this sound like you?

  • You watch design YouTube videos and get all excited, but still feel stuck and unsure where to begin. They inspire you, but you have no idea how to apply them to your own home.
  • Maybe you’ve lived in your home for a while now (and it might be a little embarrassing to admit!), but it doesn’t feel quite designer-worthy.
  • You’ve collected paint chips and pinned images to Pinterest boards, but feel paralyzed by indecision.


Well, you can:

  • Spend hours and hours watching more YouTube videos on home decorating and design.
  • Hire an interior designer (if you can find one that fits your budget).
  • Spend months feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and uninspired every time you walk into your home.

Thankfully, you’ve found Designer Home 101! With over 7 modules, it’s a step-by-step resource you can absorb at your own pace.

why you need

Designer Home 101

  • Learn your design DNA: Identify your design style and use it to create a cohesive living space.
  • Master the art of space planning: Create the perfect layout for your needs and home.
  • Order furniture with Confidence: Learn how to choose key pieces that combine style and comfort, without breaking the bank.
  • Understand color and texture: How to use color and texture to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.
  • Accessorize like a pro: Learn the art of layering, statement pieces, and creating moments for an elevated look.
  • Reduce stress and overwhelm: Get designer tips and tricks to simplify the process.

“Good Design Takes Time”

The designer home course mantra is “Good design takes time, don’t rush the process”.

Creating a space that truly reflects your needs and style requires careful planning and intention. Rushing through the process can lead to impulse shopping and overspending.

This course highlights the importance of living in your home before making any design decisions to create a BEAUTIFUL and FUNCTIONAL space.

What You’ll Learn in Designer Home 101

Module 1: Design Principles

  • Understanding Design Principles
  • Balance and Symmetry
  • Scale and Proportion
  • Helpful Rules: 80/ 20 and 60/ 30/ 10
  • Rhythm and Repetition
  • Emphasis and Focal Points
  • Harmony and Unity
  • Elements of Design

Module 2:  Finding Your Style

  • Interior Design Styles
  • How to find your style
  • Where to find inspiration
  • How to combine styles
  • Setting your intentions
  • Deciding where to start
  • How to Avoid Overwhelm

Module 3: Creating Your Color Palette

  • Color Theory
  • Color Schemes
  • How colors make you feel
  • What to use as a jumping-off point
  • How to create a color palette
  • Color and Texture Combinations
  • Paint Colors

Module 4: Space Planning

  • How to measure a room
  • How to create a floor plan
  • Adding furniture to your floor plan
  • Working with existing furniture
  • Standard clearances
  • Basic furniture groupings
  • Furniture list by room
  • Rugs sizing

Module 5: Mood Boards

  • How to create a concept board
  • Canva Mood Board
  • Photoshop Mood Board
  • Milanote Mood Board
  • Deleting backgrounds
  • How to visualize your room
  • Elevations
  • Mood Board Template

Module 6:  How To Afford A Designer Home

  • Where to shop
  • Where to invest your money
  • How to figure out your budget
  • What to do when you’re over budget
  • How to mix high and low
  • Sofa shopping tips
  • How to choose a coffee table
  • Fabric and Performance

Module 7: Order, Install & Decorate

  • Furniture Spreadsheet
  • White Glove Delivery
  • Install Tips
  • Art and Accessories (placement + rule of 3)
  • Gallery Wall Tips
  • Window Treatments
  • How to decorate like a Pro
  • Celebrate with friends and family! (host a reveal party)


In addition to learning the foundations of design, you’ll also get access to exclusive bonus lessons where I’ll walk you through how to design an Airbnb and Dorm Room. By the end of the lessons, you’ll have all the tools to design these spaces, purchase lists, and our listing settings.

Plus, you get access to…

the downloadable design resource library, packed with:

Cheat Sheets

room design budget printable

Mood Board Templates

black and white living room all design styles

Shopping Guides

airbnb tips welcome book for guests

Stop settling for average. Enroll in Designer Home 101 today and turn your house into a home you love!

Ready to enroll? 

Designer Home 101 Is Perfect If You Want…

  • A clear understanding of your design style and where to shop
  • To learn how to create a color palette and apply it to your room
  • To learn how to decorate with the furniture you already
  • To purchase the right size furniture to fit the scale of your room.
  • To create a mood board so you can visualize your space
  • Confidence to style and decorate your room so it looks complete


Who teaches Designer Home 101?

Hey there! I’m Nicole DelaCruz, a.k.a. Nikki D, and I’m on a mission to help you create a home you LOVE. One that not only looks amazing but is full of your personality and style.

For over 25 years, I’ve transformed living spaces and I’m passionate about sharing my secrets with YOU!

Forget about expensive designers and not knowing where to begin. In Designer Home 101, you’ll learn my proven design process, developed over years of experience working with clients and teaching design to college students.

If they can master this approach, so can you!

Hiring an interior designer to design your home would cost thousands but with this course, you won’t need to!

You’ll learn how to source, shop, and design your home like a pro.

Ready to enroll? 

Frequently Asked Questions

Everyone is welcome to take this course no matter their skill level or experience. This method has been taught to college students who took the class as an elective and they created beautiful spaces. If they can do it I’m confident you can too!

This course is perfect for anyone, regardless of whether you own or rent! You’ll learn to plan, create, and design a space like a pro all while sticking to a budget.

No worries! The course is completely self-paced. You’ll have access to the content and pre-recorded videos for LIFE so you can watch them whenever you want. No limits.

No, but with your purchase you get access to a Facebook community of like-minded students where you can ask questions and get support so you don’t feel alone.

  1. Search the Facebook Group: To see if your question has already been answered. This will save you time and avoid asking a duplicate question.
  2. Ask in the Facebook Group: If you can’t find your question in the search, you can ask it in the group. This will help future students who have the same question.
  3. Email This is a good option if your question is more private or you don’t feel comfortable asking it in the Facebook group. We’ll get back to you ASAP!

Due to the digital nature of the course, all sales are final. If you have any issues with the course email and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

What are you waiting for?! It’s time to take ACTION and create your Designer Home!

(And learn everything there is to know about how to transform any living space from boring to fabulous, from an experienced designer with a proven method that has worked for both clients and students.)