Nikolene staged our home to perfection. Each room looked fresh and inviting. She included many special details to make it fun and unique. It was really WOW! The buyers said that when the entered the house it had a great “vibe” and they had to get it. We sold it in four days.

-Andy and Wendy Scheck

If you are looking for a stager in the Lamorinda marketplace, I can highly recommend Nikolene Isely! She is a true professional in all aspects of her work. Her command of all of the moving parts necessary to take place PRIOR to a home going onto the market is of particular note. She is keenly aware of the current market conditions that affect a desired sale, and she successfully teams with the listing agent and the Seller to present the home in its best light in order to fetch the highest possible price. I wholeheartedly endorse Nikolene Isely.

-Patti Camras

You are simply THE BEST!! My house is now my own beautiful home! You are the best professional designer I have experienced. I truly appreciate your ability to work with my own items & needs. Even my own items became "new" when you related them to each other & new ones. Acting as my professional shopper, you opened up my possibilities & Iwas able to buy beautiful pieces within my budget. I have had many professional "decorators" in past who designed my houses in latest fashion or their favorite way. But you listened to my needs,tuned in to my passions, & made my house reflect my own tastes. I am still amazed at your gift for color! Several times (side we are far apart) you helped me select colors even by cell phone pictures. Thank you for always being available--even to my painter, my contractor, furniture stores, catalogs, etc. your follow through made this renovation easy. It was a pleasure working with you. If ever you want a recommendation, feel free to use me. Sincerely, Patricia

-Patricia Schroeder

It is always such a pleasure to work with you. You truly deliver the "MARKET EDGE" you promise, on time and on budget, to the lasting benefit and gratitude of our clients. The results of your work reflect your personal style appropriately adapted to client needs and the situation. Over fifteen years of working with us you have shown us your dedication, professionalism and creativity. You are the best.

-Diana Parker and Leslie Vilfort

"We always count on Nikolene for staging our properties (even my own home). She does an amazing job of transforming a space and is wonderful interacting with clients as well as managing the project to make sure all details are handled and things run smoothly. You will not believe the difference hiring Nikolene to stage your property will make. "

-Wendy and Michelle Holcenberg

Nikolene was able to quickly understand the needs of our family and help us to repurpose rooms and space to better match how we live. She immediately grasped our design style and impressed us with her ability to make affordable recommendations that enabled us to fully use and enjoy every room in our house. We couldn't be happier!

-Shari Simon

"I've had the pleasure of working with Nikolene on decorating a new house plus various remodels and additions over the past 15 years. She is very creative and knows how to bring rooms to life! She is wonderful with color and arrangements of accessories that give your rooms sparkle and new life. I can wholeheartedly recommend her whatever your decorating requirements are."

-Ellen W. Taylor

"Thank you so much for your help in getting our home ready for sale. Your ideas and suggestions added a lot of value. We even were asking ourselves if it would be nice to stay here. The fact that our home went within a week was largely due to your efforts. Thank you for everything."

-Dan Rego

"Nikolene helped me with our master bathroom remodel and she was a dream to work with. We have never remodeled anything and so were starting out knowing nothing. She was patient, supportive, full of information and resources and just a fun, nice person with whom to work. She struck exactly the right balance of offering ideas and information while encouraging me to follow the style that felt right to me. It was so great to have someone to guide us through all the decisions that have to be made, from style of tub to where to look at tile. She was a calm and yet energetic presence and I was very happy to have had the chance to work with her."

-Lynn Esquer

Nikolene Isely is a gifted designer. She has done both a staging and a remodel for me. Both were done with the utmost professionalism. Nikolene is both talented and dependable. She met every deadline and was available if I had questions. She has the ability to listen to her clients needs and find just the right solution. I would not hesitate to hire Nikoelene for any of your interior design or staging needs.

-Judy Puckett

Some years ago I walked into a friend's home and it felt so different. I asked my friend what had changed and she said, "I hired a stager, Nikolene Isely, and, walla, my home was transformed." Since then I have used Nikolene in a major remodel of our beach house and many times for updates and decisions; like roof color and quality and many times for the inside and outside of our home. Nikolene is a genius at color coice. She has always listened carefully to what I like and who I am. Nikolene can move a picture here or a vase there, and the room comes alive and balanced. I have seen many homes Nikolene has staged, each one has the stamp of their owners and looks inviting, warm and distinctive. I highly recommend Nikolene Isely and Staging By Design to anyone who wants their home to represent them and look terrific.

-Edy Schwartz

When I was getting ready to sell my home in Orinda, I visited several open houses in the neighborhood to do some comparison shopping. I went to one that had great staging and terrific paint color selections. I asked the real estate agent for the name of the person who did the work and she told me it was Nikolene Isely. Later I interviewed then hired Nikolene to help me get the house painted inside and out, modernize the fixtures/hardware, make other interior changes she suggest, bring the exterior (including landscaping) up to date, stage the house for sale and, finally, to manage the whole project because I just didn’t have the time. When the house was finished, I just couldn’t believe my eyes and other people who knew the “before” version couldn’t either. She transformed the place completely and all for the better. It was the most tastefully done re-do I had ever seen. Nikolene is a pleasure to work with and goes all out to please the client, but also to educate the client about what works and what doesn’t. Her eye for color and décor is outstanding. She has a crew of people she works with who follow her plan and produce excellent results. Nikolene is always prompt, very reliable and meets deadlines. When I moved to a condo while my Orinda home was being worked on, I asked Nikolene to be the project manager to oversee some work that needed to be done there as well. She did a splendid job and helped me choose contractors, colors, hardware, floor materials, etc. Once again Nikolene couldn’t have been more helpful even while working under a tough deadline. I highly recommend Nikolene Isely as a stager, project manager, color consultant, etc. She does excellent work at reasonable prices and is a pleasure to work with.

-Cal Darrow