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 $750,000,000 in Real Estate since beginning the company in 2007, reflecting an overall Days on Market Average of 18.

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 2013-2019.

Staged by Design® has been voted “Best of Loudoun” by the readers of both the Loudoun Times Mirror from 2015-2019.

Leigh was voted “Best Interior Designer” by the readers of Loudoun Now in 2019. The company was also nationally recognized by IAHSP for “Staging Excellence and Client Care” in 2019 as well.

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 provides a strong foundation for her role. She coordinates the logistics for all staging and de-staging projects, has a key role in client care, inventory management and ordering.

She also maintains the company’s systems and procedures. Is there anything she CAN’T do? We haven’t found it yet. Every company has a person who’s the “glue” that keeps everyone together. For us, that’s Wendy!



Tracy Griffin, Lead Stager

Tracy started staging homes in 2005 after receiving her credentials as an Accredited Staging Professional and joining the International Association of Home Staging Professionals along with the Real Estate Staging Association.
She quickly landed the role as a Series Designer for HGTV’s Get It Sold for a year and then segued to the role of Lead Stager with one of the largest DC-based home staging companies for three years.
After staging multiple homes with Express Homebuyers, Tracy joined the Design team, choosing the correct finishes, fixtures & paint colors for the 150 homes that were flipped over a two-year period.
Tracy proudly became a Design Consultant with Ryan Homes & Lennar Homes, helping homeowners choose the finishes for their new-construction homes prior to returning to her first love of Home Staging.
Tracy’s positive outlook and overall creative vibe are a great fit for the Staged by Design team.

Lauren McFarland, Lead Stager

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lauren comes to us with a life-long passion for design and decorating. Her previous experience includes honing her sales and customer service skills for four years with Marriott International in Los Angeles, as a sales and event planner. 
Most recently, she was a design assistant for several years working directly with clients to create design plans, and sourcing furniture and decor to complete the plan. She has also partnered with several Northern Virginia Real Estate Agents to provide consultations to stage their listings for sale. 
Lauren loves staying on top of the latest trends in home decor and staging. Her enthusiasm and quick decision making are a tremendous asset to our team. She currently lives in Lowes Island with her husband and three daughters. 

Kim Jones, Stager

Kim brings a diverse background to her home staging efforts.  She holds a degree in Education and taught high school business and technology courses for several years.  She also was a Certified Microsoft Office Trainer teaching various software to businesses all over Arkansas.

Kim found her passion for design during her thirteen years managing her family while moving six times across the country.  She has seen a wide variety of styles, having lived in every corner of the United States.   She learned from experience what improvements can sell a home and get the most for return on investment.  It’s from her experiences that led Kim to pursue her Home Staging and E-Design certification.

Kim brings a high level of attention to detail to every job.  She knows the difference between making a house a home for a family and preparing a home as a product for market. Kim uses her experience and knowledge to help you prepare your home for sale, with a guaranteed smile along the way.