Business pair join efforts to teach redesign

by: Submitted photo, Ava Johnson, left, of West Linn has teamed with Daryn Secrist of Gresham to offer classes in West Linn in the principles of one-day home redesign. Both women are certified redesigners.

Throughout her years of redesigning homes in the West Linn area, Ava Johnson has improved the lives of more than 100 families.

During that time, she has very often been asked the question: 'How can I learn to do redesign?'

It was a natural step to move into teaching redesign, but she has been so busy redesigning homes that she didn't have enough time to get organized.

Enter Daryn Secrist of Gresham, the product of the same groundbreaking California school of redesign where Johnson attended more than five years ago.

With a team-teaching approach, the two propose to teach local residents how to do one-day redesign to their own and others' homes.

During an intensive three-day, hands-on workshop, students will learn the principles of interior redesign and how to work with clients, accessorize a home, place furniture, choose wall colors, hang art, market a business and know what is needed in a redesigner's tool box.

Using the learn-by-doing learning style, students also will spend a half-day redesigning one home and another full day redesigning another home. They'll also learn how to build a decorative display shelf, and they'll take it home.

'If you've watched home makeovers on HGTV and asked yourself, 'how do they do that?' this is the class for you,' Johnson said.

With two different teaching styles, the redesigners will share their knowledge with no more than four students in each three-day workshop, ensuring one-on-one assistance.

Students will be provided with a comprehensive manual, relevant information on redesign, three days of intensive instruction and hands-on activities, a color wheel, materials to build a display shelf, Continental breakfasts, lunches and snacks and follow-up consultations with the instructors.

Johnson says people who would benefit from this workshop include anyone with an interest in decorating their own home or the homes of their family or friends as well as anyone who has thought about becoming a redesigner, which Johnson says is the 'fastest growing segment of interior design.'

The next workshop is scheduled for May 21-23, and will be held at the headquarters of Johnson's business, ReDesigns Northwest in West Linn. A couple of openings still exist for that class, and Johnson is taking students on a register-first basis. Other workshops will be scheduled for those who cannot be present during the May class.

For more information, contact Johnson at 503-699-5017 or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit To contact Secrist, call 503-317-9044 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..