Welcome to Better By Design Academy

I'd like to introduce myself and tell you what inspired me to start this program.

After 25 years of designing professionally I started coaching many individuals through their interior design journey. After years of mentorship I have seen a common denominator that has either prevented or slowed many in pursuit of an Interior Design career. This common factor is the difficulty of bridging the gap between having the knowledge – the tools of interior design - and applying them in a business setting to achieve success.  The interns I worked with had the tools but had no idea how to conduct the business of design or how to succeed as a professional in the field of interior design.  I also recognized there is very little taught on how to apply the knowledge and skills with real world clients. Additionally, many  entrepreneurs are doing it alone and need support.

So as a result, I made a new goal for myself: to help bridge the gap of motivated designers. Providing guidance for them to navigate their way into the design world and to teach them (from personal experience) how to apply those great skills.

With the help of online tools and technology, I was able to make this idea into a reality.  I created Better By Design Academy. On top of content and training programs that deliver steps and insight into the practices of owning  a design business, you can also follow me around via social media and see what being a designer is all about. Trust me, it's not always as glamorous as it appears on HGTV :)  Even better... we are all busy and what’s great about Better By Design Academy is you can be part of our exclusive group.  View the programs, videos and see the results on your time.  When it’s convenient for you.

So, I invite you to explore, learn and utilize the tips and tricks I will be mentioning in the courses. Let me know how it goes, I'd love to hear your success stories. I wish you the very best!


~ Elizabeth Ribons, ASID,CID