who we are
Marina Kortekaas is a Certified Professional Home Stager, E-Designer and Photo Stylist, certified by Home Staging Resource (HSR). The HSR Certification Program is RESA Accredited and the longest and most comprehensive home staging certification program available today. She is a member of the American Society of Home Stagers and Redesigners and has a BFA in Photography from New York University's TISCH School of the Arts. Marina is also a Certified Color Expert.
She combines her love of design with her passion for photography. When she enters a room she quickly scopes the space with both a "wide-angle and zoom lens".
"In today's market, viewing a house on-line is considered its first showing, the photos have to be well lit, balanced, have pops of color, and devoid of negative visual distractions."
Stephanie Gest, a native of the South of France, spent her formative teen years in East Africa. After earning her MBA from Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, she worked for large corporations until she committed to pursuing her love of decorating.
"As a kid, I would often rearrange my bedroom to keep it clean, uncluttered yet inviting. I thrive in finding the optimum layout of a room while paying close attention to setting a mood ". The goal in Stephanie's projects is to keep the hand of the designer as invisible as possible. She focuses on the authentic feeling of the home while tweaking its dated features for a fresher look. "A home should not feel staged and void of personality but appear open, updated, uniformly tasteful, yet lived-in and comfortable."
We approach each home differently so to enhance its personality and attributes. We create a budget-friendly plan to best showcase the rooms without ending up with an antiseptic "over staged" look. We pride ourselves in not staging two homes alike.
As a team Marina and Stephanie's creative approach to staging, easy-going personalities, and diverse backgrounds nicely complement each other, making them a dynamic duo.
En Vue Staging LLC, home staging and styling in Fairfield County, CT, and Denver, CO. Fully Insured