MAUREEN KLEIN has inspired audiences for years through her creative community projects, lively seminars, television appearances and informative writing features. She has helped produce and promote designer show houses and other design related special events in the USA and helped to introduce the show house concept in Japan.

In media, she was editor of Good Housekeeping Do it Yourself, Woman’s Day Special Interest Publication’s Weekend Decorating Projects and home editor of City Family magazines. Decorating columns and articles in Walls Windows & Floors, Decorating Ideas, Sew News,  Weekend Remodeling, HOME, Newsday, Jo-Ann Fabrics and others, all show off Klein’s dramatic rooms and original designs. She was one of the authors of Simply the Best Book of Home Decorating from Simplicity Pattern Company and a consultant on the books Creative Window Treatments and Vogue & Butterick Home Decorating Projects. TV audiences have seen Klein and her projects on “CBS This Morning,” “DIY Crafts,” “Good Morning America” and WMAR’s “Around the House.” Behind the scenes, she developed the home decorating segments for the PBS series Sewing Today and has produced designs, booklets and other materials for Velcro Brand Products, Minwax, Coats & Clark and others.

Klein keeps up-to-date with consumers and manufacturers through “how-to” seminars that she presents nationwide, and is called on as a home decorating, entertaining and event expert for industry events. She keeps her eyes on the future; as a seminar specialist for the Do-it-Yourself niche, she researches the decorating, remodeling, hardware and craft markets looking for new products and trends. Her discoveries are soon translated into wonderful, up-to-date projects that are sophisticated, fun and easy to follow or as ideas to incorporate into the next show house or design event.

Klein holds BS and MS degrees, and has taught teens and adults. Because of her creative community programs and design solutions such as starting a Mother’s Morning Out program; spearheading and implementing a colorful, interactive toddler indoor park, TREK; and co-founding Great Neck the Beautiful which beautified traffic medians; she has won numerous local, regional and national awards. She has served on the boards of many community and professional organizations and was recently the NY Chapter President of IFDA, the International Furnishings and Design Association.

In April, 2008, she was invited to Japan to speak to design groups and university students about the concept of a designer show house; how the American designer works; and how volunteering can help you in your business.  She also laid the groundwork for starting a chapter of IFDA. In January 2009 IFDA Japan was formed and the first designer show house in Japan took place in Yokohama in March 2009 and their second in February 2010 in Osaka.

Maureen’s practical and professional experience in corporate, retail and educational environments, plus her extensive contact with consumers across the country, has helped to make her marketing projects, presentations and writings very special indeed.


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