About

Jan Addams - TIPS

Our TIPS (Training, Information, Products & Services) site is dedicated to helping Baby Boomers that are Interior Design enthusiasts rediscover their best authentic self and transition this into their interior design & organizing style to Age in Place - Resort Style!
 
STYLE STRATEGY TOOLS:
1. Discover your best, authentic self > Discovering Your Inner Style - 8 Steps to G.U.R.U.
2. Create your calm, colourful and inspiring 'Uniquely You' interior space by playing > Design Dominoes - the Interior Process Game (C).
 
 

 
 
Dear Friend, can we talk?
If you are like me you’ve probably been searching for ways to make yourself happier, healthier, younger or prettier.  Or, maybe you have been searching for that perfect mate or, to become better educated or more financially secure.

Well, I have too.  In fact – for more than thirty years – I have been compiling all types of information on both personal and spiritual development.  I was on a personal inward journey, desperately trying to figure out who I was. I asked family. I asked friends. I asked the Church. I received the standard answers, a pat on the head and was told “Don’t worry, have faith”. But faith wasn’t answering my questions, and I had many. I started to read books and attend classes on subjects that had always interested, but also confused, me.

I thought that if I could physically see whatever the “bee in my bonnet” was at that time; there would also be someone who knew the answers to my questions, right? Wrong! I was only beginning to find out how wrong that assumption was.

As I looked around, I realized I wasn’t alone in the wilderness of conflicting ideas and theories. This made me wonder just who they are and what gave them the right to remake me in their image? This led to several years of intense studying. Everything came into question, from ideals to all kinds of theories and concepts.  

Let me introduce myself. 

My name is Janice E. Addams.  I’m a 5’10” model with long strawberry blond hair, legs that don’t quit and a bosom that only Christina Hendricks could challenge.  I have large brilliant blue eyes, the face of an angel and a body built to please…

OK, reality check!                        

Actually, I’m an attractive, green-eyed, 5’ 4” brunette.   My body was built to climb trees, swim, play sports and generally compete with other guys.  As you may have guessed, I was and to a certain degree still am, a Tom Boy.  It is with this background that I went in search of me. I was not like other girls.  I didn’t like playing house unless it was designing or decorating it.  Oh, I played with Barbies.  Actually, I created a townhouse out of an old étagère’ complete with a garage, kitchen, living room, bedroom and all the appropriate handmade furniture and accessories.  (This piece now resides proudly in my Design Office housing paint, laminate, granite and other samples.)

I was totally absorbed with the project until it came to playing with the dolls.  Not only did it feel weird holding these perfect specimens but, what was I suppose to do with them? In addition, talk about a let down –  I thought I would grow up to look like that – Yeah right!

I  read everything I could get my hands on,  took  numerous courses  and  then applied  the knowledge I gleaned both personally and professionally!   It was a long road with many twists and turns of self-discovery.  I have finally found peace after over three decades of being very obsessed with my pains and passions.   I now LOVE, ACCEPT and RESPECT myself for how I look and who I am both personally and professionally!   On this website and in my book – Discovering Your Inner Style – 8 Steps to G.U.R.U. I’ve merged the two seemly uncommon areas.

I have learnt that to feel fulfilled spiritually you have to value yourself physically and marry those two bodies into one to spiral your growth inside and out!  

Simply Me by Design,
Just Jan


 

Who is Jan Addams?

I am Jan Addams DAT Girl (Designer > Author < Trainer) a 35+ yr Interior Design veteran & President of IMAGE TO INTERIOR Inc. the design thru style strategy company based in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

I help people discover their personal style to save money & time when they renovate or build new and simplify the communication process between clients, consultants and construction.

I offer blueprint assessments; and adjust and/or create new floor plans with 3D views to achieve a better lifestyle flow. By catching possible errors in design and/or construction; passing on design discounts on many interior products (tile, flooring, cabinets, plumbing & lighting fixtures, blinds & drapery, furniture & accessories), I have saved my clients on average between *$5 - 50K (*custom new homes and/or full renos). 

I now offer my interior design secrets in an online learning platform available 24/7 to experienced DIY clients and Interior Professionals that only need a 'little' guidance from me and the tools (project binders, forms and colour tools) to bring their interior projects to life.

I am also a wife, mother, sister, friend…

    


I love to talk about interior design and can’t watch a TV show without noticing and commenting on the architectural elements, colours and room layout (much to the annoyance of my family).

All my clients know my passion about having them be authentic and realistic. I don’t want them trying to copy someone else’s style or design. It may not match their location or lifestyle. I also always tell them the pluses & minuses of each style & design choice so they can make wise decisions now and in the future.

For example, I never design a home or office around my personal style. I live with my husband in what we lovingly call ‘the villa‘ with a large teddy bear dog. We have personalised our space with a 'Resort Lifestyle' in mind for ease of entertaining and we have housed and fed many guests.The reason I share this information is because our home is designed for our comfort and easy care foremost in mind. Our family and friends feel instantly relaxed when they come by for a visit. 

 

HOW I WORK… ONLINE Design & Training

I use my varied education & 35+ interior design year work experiences to help both my clients and DIY consumers understand and effectively communicate with their interior consultant. When everyone is one the same page and understand each other’s needs – beautiful, feng-tional & profitable interior spaces are created on time & budget that showcase design integrity, value and accuracy.

I know that everyone wants to live in a calm, colourful and inspiring space. I believe interior design should be fun not stressful! I offer ONLINE interior design in 3, 10 & 20hr design pkgs for awesome clients!  I specialize in using 'universal design concepts' to create 'Age in Place - Resort Style' custom homes and/or 55+ Adult oriented condo complexes.

 

<<< CLICK the ‘On Air MIC to listen to Jan Addams interviewed by
Real Estate Radio Host Tom Lucas regarding ‘How to Downsize’ by ‘Discovering Your Style’.

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

2016
- Interior Designer of Multiple Renovations and New Builds
- Creator of Products to Simplify the Interior Design Process for both Consumers and Consultants
- Proprietary Interior Project Management Systems Trainer & Speaker

PAST:
In 2012 – Jan took on the role of the Past President of The BC Chapter of CDECA™ concentrating on helping Interior Consultants – both Online & Onsite – to simplify & organize their Businesses to become more successful. She continues to work as a Certified Interior Designer with select Custom Home Clients in the Metro Vancouver, BC Area. She offers ‘Online Concept Space & Colour Design’ to those in other regions.

In May of 2011 – Jan was elected as President of The BC Chapter of CDECA™ – the Canadian Decorators Association. She also was the National Director of Education and the Regional Committee Head of the Annual Design Competition.

In March 2009 – Jan was elected as Vice President of The BC Chapter of CDECA™

She worked with Interior Decorators and Designers to increase awareness of what our profession does. She worked on ‘Raising the Bar of Professionalism’ in Interior Decorating and invited ‘Key Note Speakers’ to help members with their businesses. She was also took on the role of Ambassador going to Design Colleges and Schools to talk about the merits of belonging to an Association.

In 2007 – Published the Personal Style Book – Discovering Your Inner Style – 8 Steps to G. U. R. U. to Simplify the Style world and have people believe in themselves.

In 2006 – Changed Company Name to IMAGE TO INTERIOR Inc. to better align with the Interior Design Firm’s Mission

In January 2000 – Jan earned the prestigious MIRM (Member Institute of Residential Marketing) designation from the National Association of Home Builders in the USA. She was the first and is one of only a handful of Interior Designer / Merchandisers in Canada with this designation.

From 1994 – 2004: Jan immersed herself in the new & renovation home industry Interior Designing / Merchandising Show & Model homes for multiple builder / developers in Calgary, AB. She chose all interior finishes, style & theme selection and did all the purchasing, and set up of each home along with other interior professionals to create the desired look according to each Builder’s target market & budget. As a result of combined efforts, several of these homes won the coveted SAM award (Sales & Marketing). Many were featured as Show Home of the week in the Calgary Homes publication.

From 1988 – 1993: Jan started an Interior Design firm called DESIGN DIMENSION and sold window coverings, furnishings and accessories. She also obtained her SREA license (Saskatchewan Real Estate) combining her first love – Interior Design, with showing vendors how to make their home more saleable and then in turn helping purchasers make their new house feel like a home.

Accomplishments: 1988 – 2017

* Currently: President and Principal Designer of Image to Interior Inc.
* 2016 - 2017: Editor & Voice Actor of Audio sitcom 'We put the FUN back in Funerals'
* 2016: Actor, Narrator of Work, Life Balance Video for Neptune Bulk Terminals
* 2015 - 2016: Editor of Supervisor Manuals for Neptune Bulk Terminals
* 2015 - 2016: Narrator of Safety Videos for Neptune Bulk Terminals

* 2012: Past President of The BC Chapter of CDECA™
* 2009 – 2011: Vice President – BC Chapter of CDECA™ www.cdeca.com

* 2010 – 2011: Ambassador Head of CDECA™ BC Chapter
* 2003 – 2010: IIID Style Seminar Speaker / Trainer
* 2006 – 2010: Style Strategy for Solopreneurs & Interior Design Companies
* 2003 – 2010: Interior Designed multiple new home & renovations in GVRD BC
* 2007 – 2009: Interior Designed Restoration of 1910 Historic Home in Vancouver, BC
* 2007: Published Author of “Discovering Your Inner Style – 8 Steps to G.U.R.U.”
* 2005: Featured in the Home Makeover Magazine – Vancouver, BC
* 2000: MIRM Speaker at the National NAHB Convention in Atlanta, GA.
* 1994 – 2005: Interior Designed & Merchandised 100’s of Model homes
* 1994 – 2000: Sales Center Designer for ‘on and off’ site home and condo projects
* 1994 – to Present: Interior Designed dozens of Commercial / Retail Interior Space
Concept Designer for: Dental / Medical Offices / Suntan Studios & Business Offices
* 1997 – 1999: Architectural Controller for a 150 home subdivision
* 1998 – 1999: SAM awards judge (Sales & Marketing)
* 1994 – 2001: Interior Designed several Condo Developments in Calgary, AB

Jan created The Triple ID Style Classification System© to simply and accurately assess an individual's inner motivation, personal image (body shape & colouring) to transition this information into creating their unique style. For talented DIY Decorators and Renovators Design Dominoes - The Interior Process Game© was created to simplify projects and have fun doing it.  It is also part of Contact To Completion™ – The 8 Step Communication System© a project organization system geared for professionals in the Interior Design industry. Both come with 'Online training and forms' plus an 'Interior Project Binder' with 8 custom coloured tabs; several inserts all created to help streamline and simplify the design process to save everyone money & time –Simply Organized by Design.

Jan created BUSINESS Behind DESIGN a 12 Module / 8 Step Interior Design thru Style Classification training program to help Interior Consultants accurately assess and help their clients make wise design choices. (Graduates become CIIID Referral Associates – By Approval Only)

Jan offers virtual Interior Business Coaching Services for Interior Consultants that are using our C2C binders for the Interior Project Management System – Contact to Completion™ – the 8 Step Communication System©