Tessa Skeens, Chief Designer
When I was a little girl I used to draw and sketch homes with my pencil and pad. I was drawn to the idea of having a home from a very young age. Now I didn’t say I was a great artist but I did fill that sketch pad with tons of doodles and that was the beginning of my passion for homes.
Fast forward to my 20’s and I began working at my dad’s advertising agency as the go to girl for typesetting (yes back in the day when it wasn’t done on a computer), pasteup (again no computer) and bringing in the donuts and coffee. It was a great intro to how the creative process works. Learning design on the fly was quite an education! What I’m most proud of is my design for Colgate’s Peroxyl box and what I remember most was how good it felt to tap into my creativity and get paid for it!
Working in advertising, marketing and publishing for 20+ years set me up with creative skills but what I loved most was the hands on stuff. Gardening, decorative painting and fixing up our series of fixer uppers. I remember the first house we rented had an attic full of cast off furniture. When I got the urge to change up our home decor, I’d head up the ladder and shop the attic!
So when I got laid off from a real estate marketing company in 2008 at the height of the economic crash I decided it was a great time to get back into the business of doing what I loved. Making homes beautiful.
It made sense to start a home staging company because in 2008 homes weren’t selling! It was so rewarding seeing the positive results home staging created; my clients selling their home in a tough market.
Soon I was getting asked to help with investor projects, home decor updates, shopping and even Christmas decorating! Home builders seeking model home designs to woo potential buyers also came calling. Best of all I was getting referrals from happy clients which was the icing on the cake – that’s when I knew I was making a difference.
Looking, talking and dreaming about homes and houses is what I do. Property is my passion!
My Design Mission
My greatest delight is helping my clients achieve their goals.
When you hire me for your project, you’re not only getting my 20+ years of design, marketing and real estate savvy (I’ve passed the real estate exam in FL and CO and personally bought, flipped and sold multiple homes) but you’re hiring a designer who genuinely loves what she does.
If you’re interested in knowing how I can help you with your investment property or second home project just schedule a complimentary strategy call today.