2019 Loudoun’s Best Interior Designer

Leigh Newport was named 2019 Loudoun’s Best Interior Designer by the readers of Loudoun Now, a Virginia based news media outlet. Thank you to all our clients, friends and fans that voted! We are humbled and excited to receive this award. Our team would love to help you with home staging or design needs. Give us a call at...

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Meet the Fab Five

When you love what you do, a “job” doesn’t feel like work. We like to work hard, and play hard. If you happen to catch us behind the scenes, you might see us sweaty, and working at a feverish pace, while doubled over in laughter at a silly comment or observation.   At Staged by Design®, our success is a true team effort. Here’s an inside look into the people who make up our team.  From L to R: Kim, Tracy, Leigh, Wendy, Lauren Meet Kim: Fav 90s jam: Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks (yes I grew up in the South!), Bon JoviFavorite podcast?: The Big Boo Cast – funny ladies just talking about random stuff. What crayon color best defines you?: Cerulean – bright personality that mixes/works well with its neighboring colors.Strangest Talent you have: I have an uncanny memory. I can recall birth dates from people I knew years ago even in elementary school. Favorite Family traditions: Christmas Day we all stay in our PJs all day long What trend do you hope makes a comeback? Snail Mail – who doesn’t like a handwritten letter?!?Favorite decor item: pillows – they are an easy, cheap update to freshen up a roomWhat’s the coolest thing about your job?: Seeing the transformation of an empty blah room to a beautiful room I want to live in. Meet Tracy: Fav 90s jam: I love some Celine DionFav podcast: Fearless Soul on YouTubeWhat crayon color best defines you? : PINK – it’s my color!Strangest talent you have?: Outstanding rhythm and finger dexterity. I was actually tested for this.Favorite Family traditions: Summer Beach vacationsWhat trend do you hope makes a comeback?: Go-go bootsFavorite decor item: FlowersOther fun facts: I was a professional theatre dancer and met Michael JacksonWhat’s the coolest thing about your job?: Seeing fun houses, learning about other people’s lives, wearing leggings and listening to 80s music! Meet Leigh (our fearless leader) : Fav 90s jam: Poison by Bel Biv DevoeFav podcast: The Moth and Snap JudgementWhat crayon color best defines you? : Sea Green-a little blue, a little green, and mixes well with many other colors. Strangest talent you have?: Finding four-leaf clovers. I just look down, and they are there.Favorite Family traditions: One year, my...

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IAHSP Best of Home Staging Awards 2019

The International Association of Home Staging Professionals®, is the largest and longest running Home Staging Industry Trade Association with thousands of members worldwide. Each year, they award deserving home stagers with a multitude of accolades. We are proud to announce that Staged by Design was awarded 2019 Best in Staging Excellence AND Client Care Excellence. Leigh received her ASP staging certification from Staged Homes, which was the first certification program of its kind. Leigh has served on her local chapter of IAHSP in different capacities over the year. It is incredibly gratifying to receive these awards from an association that we have been part of for so many years. A tremendous amount of credit goes to the entire team at Staged by Design who work hard to meet all our clients needs while creating beautiful...

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Tomorrow is Just a Day Away – When is the Best Time to Call in a Home Stager?

The decision to list a home for sale can often occur quickly. It ranges from a result of life or work circumstances, to simply finding the perfect home and needing to sell the current home first. Listing a home can become quite a production for your clients. If you compare it to a Broadway musical, it comes together with the work of many people.  With a musical you have the design of the product (the play), the promotion of the product (marketing) and the appearance of the product (the set and the characters).  All of these components come together to hopefully create a box office hit.  Just like producing a musical on stage, putting a house on the market must be a well-choreographed process.  This process includes promotion, price and product.  As a realtor, you advise the seller to come to the most achievable price point in which to sell.   It is your fiduciary responsibility to provide your client with all the tools at your disposals in promoting the listing. The product, one of the most crucial component to the process, is one of the easiest portions to enhance, yet requires the coordination of many moving parts, of which staging has the overall highest ROI. But when should this part of the process take place?  We have created a great guideline for deciding when a staging consultation should happen.  We believe a good parameter should be 1 week for every year you have lived in your house. For instance, if the seller has lived in the house for 2 years, schedule a consultation two weeks prior to listing.  If the seller has lived in the house for 10 years, plan on 2 ½ months prior to listing.  The need for upgrades and deferred maintenance are substantially higher the longer someone has lived in the house. In addition, the amount of personal possessions tends to grow with each year. Our consultation will outline what maintenance needs to be completed before list date and what should stay or go. The goal of our consultation is to focus on the tasks that provide you with the highest return on investment (ROI).  Our guideline gives sellers plenty of time to schedule contractors for the work to be completed...

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Summer Movie Giveaway!

Summer is known for blockbuster movie hits.  With the heat settling in, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon as a family than sitting in an air-conditioned movie theater.  SO, we decided to do a fun summer movie giveaway.  In addition to the amazing homes we have the privelege of staging throughout Northern Virginia, we started thinking about all the great houses we have seen in movies.  Have you ever dreamed of living in something you have seen on the silver screen?  If so, what house got your attention?  Here’s a few of our favorites: LEIGH – Practical Magic Leigh fell in love with the conservatory in this lovely house featured in the 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.  Being an avid gardener, Leigh would kill to have a room like that in her house. KIM – Father of the Bride Kim really liked the traditional, nostalgic home of the Banks family in this 1991 movie.  The exterior of the home exuded charm and resonated family time. She loved the time spent between father and daughter with that courtyard and basketball hoop! WENDY – Twilight Wendy adored the sleek contemporary house of the Cullen clan in the 2008 Twilight movie. The architecture on this house is AH-MAZING! TRACY – Something’s Gotta Give Tracy was drawn to Diane Keaton’s Hampton beach house in this 2003 movie with Jack Nicholson. Just look at that wall of french doors with a view of the beach (swoon!) LAUREN – It’s Complicated Our California gal, Lauren, liked Jane’s Spanish style hacienda in this 2009 romantic comedy. With the classic terra cotta tile roof, interior arches and cozy kitchen it’s no wonder Lauren fell in love with it. What’s your favorite house from a movie?  Tell us and be entered for a chance to win a $25 Fandango giftcard for you and your family to enjoy! Also, be sure to follow and share on Facebook and Instagram. Winner will be chosen on July 17th!...

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Why Stage in a Hot Market?

You may wonder why it would be beneficial to stage your home or listing in a HOT market. Statistics show us that the average Days on Market for Loudoun County was 22 as of May 2019. Reduced inventory has continued to increase demand over the past year, and sales prices along with it. Many sellers may feel that their house will sell even if they are in need of cosmetic repairs and/or updates. While your home may still sell in a strong market, proper preparation and presentation increases demand by providing compelling online photos and can often create a bidding war. Staging is truly targeted marketing. We utilize photo styling tacticts to create compelling online photos. Over 90% of buyers shop online before stepping foot inside the door of the house. With polished professional photos, a well-designed, de-cluttered home creates that online interest needed to urge buyers to see the home in person. Staging also allows a buyer to visualize themselves and their family in the home. Most people have a hard time arranging and designing their homes. By having it staged, they can instantly see how spaces are used, gain ideas, and acquire a sense of home when they walk in the door. Appealing to the emotion of the buyer is one of the most important benefits of staging your home for sale. Realtors have a fiduciary responsibility to help their clients sell their homes for the most amount of money. The National Association of Realtors cites that staged homes can increase sales prices by 5-10%. In any kind of market, consider sharing one tool they can use to get more money for their home – STAGING! Staged by Design offers consultations for occupied homes, as well as full staging for vacant homes. Feel free to contact us for your staging...

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Leigh Newport in Sterling, VA on Houzz
Best of Houzz 2017

Many of you already know and love the popular home design website, Houzz.com. We at Staged by Design share your enthusiasm and addiction to the site that enables us to search, dream and design our homes using literally millions of photos for inspiration. Houzz has been a platform of communication between clients, source for referrals and testimonials and best of all, a wonderful supplement to our website to be able to showcase the large body of work our company has created throughout the years. We are so pleased to be chosen as one of the “Best of Houzz” for 2017, an honor we have held each year consecutively since 2013. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check it out, we suggest you do so immediately. That is, if you have several hours to...

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Home Staging – Levis Hill House in Middleburg, VA

We recently had the pleasure of donating a full home’s-worth of furniture and decor to a very deserving resident of Levis Hill House in Middleburg, VA. Watch her reaction here. Thanks to the Windy Hill Foundation and My Guys Moving for their much appreciated help and coordination to change someone’s life! Staged by Design is Northern Virginia’s premier home staging company. Contact us today to schedule a home staging consultation and see what a difference staging your property can make. With our extensive experience in home staging and interior decorating, we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less...

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How to Fix Awkward Spaces

Creating both a dining or entry area where neither are clearly defined is essential when showcasing awkward spaces for sale. The entry table in the living room becomes the “foyer”, with the back of the loveseat defining the space and creating a cozy seating area. Integrating a dining table in a kitchen to create an eat in space is best done by using a glass topped table and small scaled chairs to provide purpose, but not overwhelm the space. Buyers only know what they see, not the way it will be. Staged by Design provides purpose to unique rooms and takes awkward to amazing. Staged by Design is Northern Virginia’s premier home staging company. Contact us today to schedule a home staging consultation and see what a difference staging your property can make. With our extensive experience in home staging and interior decorating, we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less...

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Professional Home Stager for Oakridge Communities

Oakridge Communities is a locally owned and operated home-building company in Northern Virginia. We have had the pleasure of working with Mike Gorman of Oakridge Communities over the last year. Catering to the millennial generations, Oakridge has recently built new homes in up-and-coming neighborhoods of Hamilton and Haymarket, Virginia. We have also had the opportunity to stage these homes and have enjoyed implementing the projects immensely. Thanks Oakridge Communities! Staged by Design is Northern Virginia’s premier home staging company. Contact us today to schedule a home staging consultation and see what a difference staging your property can make. With our extensive experience in home staging and interior decorating, we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less...

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The Elements of Home Staging – Lansdowne Woods Article

    Staged by Design is Northern Virginia’s premier home staging company. Contact us today to schedule a home staging consultation and see what a difference staging your property can make. With our extensive experience in home staging and interior decorating, we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less...

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Loudoun Times-Mirror Article on Decluttering

We were honored to be asked for our advice on de-cluttering and preparing your home for sale. This is our first time Staged by Design® has been featured in various local newspapers and we are so happy to be able to contribute! The fall guide of the Loudoun Times-Mirror, September 22 edition featured the following article, Selling your home?  First take time to declutter.  Take a look at what we had to say!   Staged by Design is Northern Virginia’s premier home staging company. Contact us today to schedule a home staging consultation and see what a difference staging your property can make. With our extensive experience in home staging and interior decorating, we help homeowners sell their homes for more money in less...

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