Who We Are

Staged by Design® was founded in 2007 by Owner and Principal Designer, Leigh Newport, ASP, IAHSP, RESA.

Leigh Newport, Owner and Principal Designer, ASP, IAHSP, RESA

Leigh and her team have staged over $550,000,000 in Real Estate since beginning the company in 2007, reflecting an overall Days on Market Average of 23.

Leigh discovered Home Staging as a career in 2005 when the home her family was selling was professionally Staged, and then sold for $25,000 above asking price, just 9 days after listing. Leigh’s love for interior design, experience with re-design and décor projects, her keen eye for aesthetics, and mind for dollars will add to your equity! Prior to Home Staging, Leigh spent a long career as a hospitality and training professional for Marriott International.

Leigh has served on the Board of Directors for the Washington, DC Chapter of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP®), for three years, including the Office of President, and is currently a member of both IAHSP® and(RESA® (Real Estate Staging Association). She is a sought after public speaker, committed to educating home owners and Realtors alike on the benefits of Home Staging through seminars and other engagements throughout the Washington, DC Metro area.

Recent company accolades include being selected as “Best of Houzz”, Customer Service Category 2013-2018.

Staged by Design® has been voted “Best of Loudoun” by the readers of both the Loudoun Times Mirror and Leesburg Today for both 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In the past, Staged by Design® was a Finalist for the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award, Service category, in addition being a three time nominee. Staged by Design’s work has been featured in the Washington Post and numerous other local media outlets.

Leigh is a member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, the Dulles Area Association of Realtors, the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP®), and the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA®).  Leigh and her family live in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Wendy Palmer, Operations Manager

Wendy provides us with  many years of experience as a Retail Operations and Management Professional in the Washington DC area. Her extensive background in retail logistics and inventory control is a tremendous asset in her role as Administrative Assistant and Inventory/Facility Manager, and helps to keep our projects running smoothly. She also takes the lead with our de-staging projects, assists staging projects as an organizational assistant, and also maintains the company’s systems and procedures.

Karen Stephens, Lead Home Stager

Karen brings a diverse background to her home staging efforts.  She spent years in the IT field working as a Microsoft Certified Trainer and later as a partner in an IT services consultancy company with a training focus.

Karen discovered her passion for design while building a custom home for her family. She worked closely with the builder to design the layout, select the fixtures and furnish the home.  Karen pursued that passion by working as a design assistant for a local interior Designer, and later, also became a Real Estate Agent.

Karen brings a high-level of attention to detail, combined with her previous real estate and design background to help clients prepare their homes for sale.

Anna Muhhina,  Home Stager

Anna’s love of travel and adventure brought her to the United States in 2001. With over a decade of professional photography experience, her creative and extensive portfolio includes weddings, events and Real Estate in both Miami and Boston.

Drawing upon a lifelong passion for Interior Design, Anna has successfully combined Design and Photography, and brings a chic, European sensibility to all her staging projects.

Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Accredited Staging Professional International Association of Home Staging Professionals Dulles Area Association of Realtors