PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENT for Carol Lamkins, CID, CMKBD, creator of The Original IDEX CA Prep Class©

“I’m honored to recommend Carol Lamkins.  Carol Lamkins is a phenomenal, 10+ speaker!  She is a highly respected leader in the interior design industry and her community.”

“She is passionate about Barrier Free Design and incorporates the principles into all of her projects.  She is an advocate for building safe environments, without obstructions for all ages and abilities. I was elated to hear, that Carol was teaching the IDEX California© prep class.  Being a professional interior designer and building code expert, she is the best person for the job.“

Denise Turner, CID, ASID of Color Turners

Carol Lamkins creator of The Original IDEX CA Prep Class©

Carol Lamkins, CID, CMKBD

Carol Lamkins, CID, CMKBD is an award winning Certified Interior Designer, Certified Master in Kitchen & Bath Designer, international and national speaker, interior design professor and author of The Original IDEX CA Prep Class©.  As principal of Design Vision, Carol has over 30 years of both residential and commercial projects to her credit.DEX CA Prep Class

Carol is media savvy!  She is a regarded authority on barrier free design and kitchen and bath design.  She was awarded the first and only HGTV Designer’s Challenge ADA-compliant master bath redesign.  (click here to watch the HGTV Designer’s Challenge featuring Carol).

Carol has written for and has been featured in major international magazines, newspapers, blogs and appears on TV.   She has also written monthly educational articles through the Federal Perkins Grant for instructors of the California Community College Interior Design Departments.  A selection of Published Works by Carol Lamkins can be found under News & Information.

As a respected leader in the interior design industry, Carol served as a member of the IDEX California© Task Force in authoring and developing the exams under the guidance of Castle Worldwide’s psychometricians.  Carol’s first hand knowledge of the IDEX California© content and structure, was invaluable when she created The Original IDEX CA Prep Class©.  As a member of the CCIDC certification board task force creating the IDEX California©, Carol immersed herself into building codes and spent over three months conferring with industry experts, documenting reference sources and scrutinizing the entire California Building Code.  All this resulted in the development of The Original IDEX CA Prep Class© for the exam.

Carol’s objective when creating The Original IDEX CA Prep Class© was to help her fellow California interior designers be more knowledgeable in building codes and other areas tested by the IDEX California© as well as grow their business.

The Original IDEX CA Prep Class© is a stand-alone class, delivered in-person or on-line, focused on what designers need to study for the IDEX California©.


  • Certified Interior Designer #0290
  • Certified Master in Kitchen & Bath Design #101401
  • Certified in Family and Consumer Science #14801


  • Interior design professor – FIDM Los Angeles, Mt. San Antonio Community College, North Orange County Community College District  (Fullerton College) and telecourse instructor for Coastline Community College
  • Trainer – DuPont Corian and Zodiac products, Bosch Cabinetry, Hansa Plumbing Ware and Task Lighting
  • Expert witness in Los Angeles Superior Court for residential case
  • Juror – NKBA Kitchen and Bath Design National Contest and at local colleges
  • Lecturer – Chicago Mart, L.A Mart, Dwyer Group, and Kohler
  • Conference Speaker – KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show), Hanley Wood Surfaces, Malaysian Timber Council, Hanley Wood Remodeler Show and The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers
  • Invited speaker – Interior Design subjects at UCLA and at Mt San Antonio, Saddleback, and Fullerton Colleges. Interior Design Institute and UCLA Extension


  • A.A. at Fullerton College with emphasis in construction and design
  • B.A. at California State University Long Beach (past FIDER Accreditation) graduating with honors with emphasis in interior design and science; advanced master’s work
  • Numerous Continuing Education Units since 1989 in interior design, product specification, marketing, CA Building Standards Codes, Title 24, lighting, accessibility and much more


  • California Legislative Coalition for Interior Design (CLCID) – Past Vice President of Membership, Treasurer, Developer of CLCID Summer Showcases and current Board Advisor
  • National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Industry and Professional Member, past SO CA Chapter President, V.P. Membership and V.P. Academic Relations
  • Past Advisory Board Member for DACOR Appliances, Mt. San Antonio College Interior Design and Educational Policies Committee for California State University, Long Beach
  • Past ASID Secretary and Technology Chair – past professional member


Mollyanne Sherman, CID, CKBD, CAPS

Seasoned home design industry veteran Mollyanne Sherman, CID, CKBD, CAPS, brings extensive technical knowledge of design and building standards.  In addition to running her design firm, Mollyanne has helped to prepare numerous professionals for a variety of certification exams.  She is also committed to the education of aspiring designers by providing comprehensive training at local community colleges and offering internships to students.  Her style of teaching is interactive to help suit various learning styles.


  • Certified Interior Designer #5916
  • Certified Kitchen Designer #801803
  • Certified Bath Designer #801803
  • Certified Green Building Professional (Build it Green 2007)
  • Certified Ageing in Place Specialist (2013)


  • Interior Design Degree from Westland College, Sacramento, CA
  • 20/20 computer-based design software training
  • Ongoing through professional conference and training seminars


  • West Valley College, Saratoga, CA instructor for kitchen & bath design
  • Developer and conductor of in-depth training programs for professional peers and future leaders
  • Seminar presenter to prepare candidates for CKD/CBD examination
  • Provider of training in numerous design topics to employees of home centers


  • Judge for NKBA sponsored Student Kitchen Design Competition
  • Juror for NKBA Kitchen & Bath certification examination
  • Elected to the Board of Governors for Societies, NKBA
  • Elected to the Endorsed College Board, NKBA
  • Four-time winner for NKBA Excellence in Kitchen & Bath Design Awards
  • Selected for Dupont Corian Design Awards:  First Place Kitchen, Best Bath
  • Selected for Kasmar Publications Design Awards:  Kitchens and Baths
  • Achieved Fieldstone Cabinetry Top Sales Award and Miele Appliance Top Sales Recognition
  • Winner of Vent -A- Hood Design Award
  • Received ASID Award of Distinction Community Service Project
  • Published in Sunset Books Ideas for Great Bathrooms and in American Homestyle Kitchen & Bath Custom Planner
  • Selected by Kasmar Publications for Kitchens by Professional Designers & Other room by Professional Designers
  • Published in Orange Coast Magazine, Today’s Home, San Jose Magazine, Kitchen & Bath Design News and Remodeling Magazine
  • HGTV “Bang For Your Buck” filmed June 2009 – broadcasted September 2009


  • President of the California Legislative Coalition for Interior Design
  • Eight term Executive Board member for local chapters of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), Past President of the Northern California Chapter
  • National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI), member
  • Build it Green, member
  • California Coalition of Interior Design Certification (CCIDC)
  • Member of design team for Silicon Valley Dream Homes, Mountain View, CA
  • Trainer for EXPO Design Center, East Palo Alto & Oakland, CA, Home Depot, Campbell, CA & San Leandro District Offices
  • Primary designer for Concepts II Ltd., Kitchen & Bath Design Studio, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Designer for Kitchens del Mar, Kitchen & Bath Studio, Corona del Mar, CA, Selby House Interior Design Firm and the O’Connor Company, Architectural Planner & General Contractor, Atherton, CA, Interior Design Works, Kitchen & Bath Design Studio, San Jose, CA