Back in the summer of 2007, my husband and I put our condo up for sale. Everyone was selling and competition was fierce. The economy was bulging at the seams and our condo sat for 80 long days on the market. We were getting nervous.

It was my mother who first told me about staging and redesign. I took a course and immediately applied the concepts I had learned, redesigning my own place. Ten days later, we sold at asking price.

I get a thrill out of making even tiny adjustments that can take a space from just okay to gorgeous. After that sale, I was hooked. Family members let me practice on their homes. I studied at the Midwest Staging & Redesign Institute, worked with a mentor and learned on-the-job. Before long, Eye to Eye Interiors, LLC was born.

I am a member of RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) and am President of the Greater Chicago Chapter. I am also a member of the Association of Design Education, the Style Exchange at Project Decor, and Benjamin Moore's Professional Design Advisory Board. As a trained actress (AEA, SAG/AFTRA) I'm comfortable with the camera and a crowd - feel free to contact me for speaking engagements.

Photo: Patti Forgie

Photo: Patti Forgie