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About Us



The Studio Destin offers a variety of classes in decorative painting and finishing.  Our specialty classes feature a variety of materials for virtually any surface.  We carry the ICoat system for countertop and floor finishing as well as Metropolis IVAS and ProFaux finishing materials for the professional installer. Our retail showroom is stocked and ready to serve you and inspire you with displayed samples and full product shelves. We are always available to help you with your creative needs!

The Studio was formed in 2010 by Krista Vind and Cindy Manly who have trained hundreds of students in classrooms across the country. While Cindy has decided to semi-retire, she will still be guest teaching her renouned cabinet and furniture finishes periodically.Krista will continue to offer the quality training and support she is known for, offering classes in Icoat Decorative Concrete countertops, flooring, and custom epoxy art as well as unique classes featuring Metropolis IVAS materials.

About Krista:

Krista taught for 5 years at The Faux Finish School in Louisville, KY, one of the most renowned schools in the country, using Faux Effects® cutting edge line of proprietary products, the RS Series. She also taught courses in RS Crete and a Contemporary Finishes class.

She teaches a variety of classes at the International Decorative Artisans League convention each year. As an instructor, Krista is not just a teacher, she is a working finisher! This is important because you will not just learn sample boards; you will learn real world scenarios and finishes that truly sell from an instructor who has vast experience with the products that are taught. Her ultimate goal is to provide students with the tools and knowledge necessary for success! It is an ongoing reward to see beautiful pictures of student’s creations and receive feedback of thanks and pride in their achievements. Many of her students have gone on to become instructors and/or studio owners as well.
Her skill and distinctive style of decorative painting has made her a much sought after artist, as well as teacher.

 She continually recharges the curriculum at THE Studio with fresh ideas and creative new finishes, always determined to offer the highest quality education and unique portfolios to students and ultimately quality finishes for the client. She serves as ongoing technical advisor to graduates of the THE Studio programs.  Krista travels regularly to attend faux finishing classes and stay abreast of developments in this rapidly evolving and increasingly complex industry.

 Her work has been featured in such publications as Faux Effects World magazine, Paint and Wallcovering Contractor magazine, Emerald Coast Magazine, Simply Creative Faux Finishes with Gary Lord, Modello by Design by Melanie Royals.

THE Studio Destin is a proud distributor for ICoat Decorative Concrete, Metropolis IVAS, Pro Faux, specialized tools, and Metamorph-it-Paint.  



416 S. County Road 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Are you flying in? 

We recommend NW Florida Regional (air port code:  VPS) 
Pensacola and Panama City are little over an hour away.
Renting a car is a good idea, taxi service is pricey.  If you need help coordinating
a ride with another student, let us know.

Hotel Recommendation:

We have negotiated year round discount rates at two hotels less than 2 miles from The Studio. The reservation link is at the bottom. 

Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

100 Grand Boulevard Miramar Beach  FL  32550 
The Studio Destin reservation link is below.  We recommend confirming your reservation on or before 30 days before arrival to ensure availability.  Please enter The Studio Destin in the company field when confirming your reservation.

Participating properties include:

  • Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
  • Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

 Reservations can be made up to the day of arrival (based on availability).  If calling to book reservations, please reference the D3Q code to the agent.  If you have questions or need assistance with the reservation link, feel free to reply to this email.  We look forward to welcoming you to Destin, FL for this special occasion!





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