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Decorative Interior's History

Decorative Interiors was started in Green Bay, WI in 1975.  In 1977 we moved to Plymouth, MN .  I have always loved the decorating field.  I have many clients throughout the metro area of the Twin Cities.  I have done decorating seminars, some long distance decorating in other states and countries, decorated Parade models, done some commercial decorating.  My real focus is in the residential area.  I enjoy bringing colors together as well as mixing of various patterns.   I can accommodate a full array of all decorating areas from floor to ceiling and in between. 

Counselor Realty

I started my career in real estate in 1993, after 2 Realtors sold 2 homes I decorated.  They did not do justice to the home.  Having worked with a builder, I understood a lot about the listing and selling process.  After that experience I realized and figured I could do just as good of a job as they did.  The rest is history.  I began my career at Burnet Realty but after 4 years I went to Counselor.  At Counselor, as a stockholder, I am one of the owners.  It is a great organization  to be part of.  I have a say in how the company is run. 

Jan's Bio


  • B.S. degree Physical Education, Health Education - St. Cloud State

  • B.A. degree Interior Design - University of IL.

  • Continuing education in business - University of MN

  • Image Consultant diploma - Beauticontrol - Dallas, TX

  • Prosource - Real Estate licensing

  • Burnet Training

  • Graduate Real Estate Institute

  • Continuing design education      

 Continuing Real Estate education

  • New Construction Certified

  • Certified Buyer Representative

  • Certified Residential Specialist

  • Certified “55” and older Senior Specialist

  • Certified Depressed Property Expert

  • E-Pro (skilled in Internet marketing and usage for Real Estate)

  • Licensed Interior Designer

  • Accredited Buyer Representative           


  • Hancock Schools, Hancock, Michigan - - Teacher

  • Decorator's LTD, Green Bay, Wisconsin - 977 - Interior Designer

  • Wallpapers Plus, New Hope, MN - - helped set up a retail business

  • Started my own Interior Design Business in

  • Started my own Image Consulting business in

  • Volkhart, May & Associates - - lead qualifications for Dayton's

  • Commercial Interiors and Steelcase Office Furniture Company

  • Customer Service for Onan

Real Estate Activities:      

  • Realtor with Counselor Realty

  • New construction specialist

  • Conduct home buying seminars for first time home buyers

  • Participate in ‘Music in the Parks’ series in summer

  • Worked with Tony Eiden Model Homes for 5 years

  • Area Co-Captain of the Tony Eiden Townhomes for 2 years

  • Rep for Francis Homes

  • Worked with Pineview Builders, Plymouth, Mn in design and coordinating of their spec as well as custom homes

Activities Related to Education:

  • Taught K-12 physical education

  • Coached gymnastics, volleyball, and basketball

  • Worked as a recreation supervisor

  • Taught summer school (Elementary level)

Activities Related to Interior Design:       

  • Guest speaker at local Interior Design chapter – Stout, Menomonie, Wi.

  • Conducted several seminars for local Welcome Wagon groups

  • Guided tours of IMS for Plymouth and Maple Grove Community Education

  • Put on seminars through my own business

  • Decorated three parade homes for the Mpls/St. Paul Parade of Homes

  • Decorated model town-homes in Chaska, Minnetonka, Eagan for local builder

  • Renovated a home behind the Guthrie Theater for offices

  • Designed and decorated lobby and model apartment for large apartment complex

  • Judged a Nationwide decorating contest for Carlson Marketing Group

  • Worked with clients in Japan, Brazil, and England

  • Designed and decorated 2 homes for a client in Dallas, TX and in Rye, N.Y.

  • Decorated nurseries for the 7 time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong and ex-wife, Kristin.

Business Activities:      

  • Helped set up a retail wallpaper store

  • Ran several fundraising activities for local businesses

  • Created and ran small catering business

  • Set up and ran my own Interior Design Business )

  • Welcome Wagon Sponsor for eight years

  • Set up complete home office to run my Real Estate and Design businesses

Hobbies and Interests:        

  • Tennis

  • Sewing

  • Swimming

  • Reading

  • Layout design

  • Teaching my grandchildren life skills such as cooking, sewing

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