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Stephanie Katz
sk@njhomedecorating.com
Phone: 973-670-5661

“Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, with the way we live.”
— Coco Chanel

I have always been a creative person with a love for art and design.  I became fluent working with basic shapes, spaces and color on a daily basis during my former career in graphic design.  One of my final jobs in that industry was creating websites for high end hotel chains around the country, which inspired my interest in the interior design field. My passion for designing and arranging 3-dimensional spaces evolved along this journey.

I love working with people and believe that every house and its architectural details are special.  It is for this reason that I specialize in occupied home staging and redesign.  I enjoy educating realtors and homeowners on the power of home staging and how it attracts higher sales prices and sells homes faster than homes that are not. In fact, I have won acclaim from local realtors in selling staged homes within 10 days of listing on the MLS.  My process includes studying the buyer demographic so that I can market the home to appeal to these buyers.  Home buyers are more likely to make an offer on a home if the home and its furnishings are up-to-date because it stands to reason that the home maintenance has also been kept up-to-date.  Through my training as an Expert Psychological Stager™, I am aware of how to maximize a home’s positive features and minimize negative ones to appeal to a wide audience.  I know how to create an emotional connection with potential buyers by transforming a home into a lifestyle that buyers want.

When I work with redesign clients, I understand that a home and its furnishings don’t have to cost a fortune to be beautiful. Whether staging or designing, I am equally engaged working with items my clients already own and treasure or starting from scratch if it fits your budget.  More often than not, a job will entail both using what you own and supplementing with new purchases to achieve a fresh, stylish look.  Decorating and staging shouldn’t be intimidating. If you want to be part of the process, I’ll teach you as we work together to create your new space. If you’re a “hands off” person, I’ll do it all for you.

I graduated magna cum laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology.  I have also earned certifications from Parsons School of Design in New York in both Interior Design & Architecture and Graphic & Web Design.  I trained with the best, Kristie Barnett, in Nashville, TN, to become a certified Expert Psychological Stager™ and hold a True Colour Expert™ certification from Maria Killam.  In addition, I am a member of RESA®, the Real Estate Staging Association, and am continuously increasing my knowledge in the staging and design industry through various seminars to keep myself challenged and informed on the most recent trends.

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