Hi! My name is Stephanie Katz and I’m the owner of NJ Home Decorating and Staging. We are located in Wayne, NJ, and typically work with clients in Bergen, Morris, Passaic and Essex Counties. As both an occupied home stager and interior decorator, I enjoy working with people going through transition to create stylish, relaxing and functional spaces that they want and deserve.
I love working with people and believe that every house and its architectural details are special. When I work with interior decorating clients, I understand that a home and its furnishings don’t have to cost a mad fortune to be beautiful. In fact, I find that a “high-low” method of setting a decorating budget seems to work best for those looking to have a comfortable, cohesive and polished room. Through meetings, space planning and mood boards, I curate spaces that reflect my clients’ needs and wishes. I love when my clients tell me they are proud of their beautiful homes and excited to return to them every day!
When conducting occupied home staging consultations, I enjoy working solely with homeowners. 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. My favorite clients are those who know they need to make updates but haven’t had a chance to after years of living in the home, raising children and working. I can be their guiding light to confidently making decisions for their homes that will appeal to today’s buyers. In fact, I have won local acclaim for receiving multiple offers on homes (thereby obtaining a higher offer than list price) within 5 days of listing on the MLS.
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. I recently earned a designation as a Residential Project Manager. 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.
And in my free time? I’m a loving wife and devoted hockey mom to two amazing boys. We have a family goal (see what I did there?!) to see every NHL arena in the US and Canada. That being said, we love to travel and explore both in our great country and outside of it. No trip is complete without finding a historic home tour, especially Craftsmen, Victorians and Southern Plantations.