"Jaynee can dig through your glove compartment and come out with dinner for six". While this is not true (depending on the glove compartment), I've always been known for making wonderful somethings out of simply nothings.
Well-travelled daughter of an international airline pilot and a home economics teacher, I have grown up appreciating all cultures, all cuisines, all climates, all colors, all customs.
Years of event design for Washington DC caterers has given me experience in designing for the public, private and international sectors. I've designed countless parties at Smithsonian museums, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The National Gallery of Art, embassies up and down Massachusetts Avenue, the Old Executive Office Building, The Jefferson Memorial, The Capitol, The Supreme Court, The Library of Congress, historic homes such as The Barney House, Dumbarton Oaks, Mount Vernon, Woodlawn Plantation, Collingwood on the Potomac, The Building Museum, Departmental Auditorium, The Audubon Society, The Heurich Mansion, Scottish Rite Temple, and in hundreds of private homes of Washington's political, social, and corporate leaders. I've done events for clients living hours away: Philadelphia, Lynchburg, Annapolis, Harrisburg, and Richmond. Creating event spaces using furniture, equipment, lighting, florals, and of course, food has been my career. Staging is simply catering without the food. I've done it in huge, empty (and typically stunning) spaces, and I've done it in tiny, crowded row houses in Georgetown. I know how to create visual and actual flow -- and magic -- anywhere.
As quoted by Staging and Real Estate Author Barbara Ballinger in her Syndicated Column, June 27, 2007:
There is a fine line between de-cluttering your house so that homebuyers can picture themselves living there with their own possessions and leaving some things about so they know someone else has lived in and loved the house. While most real estate practitioners can offer you tips on what to keep and remove, other professionals also have jumped in to help with a list of do's and don'ts. Some describe themselves as professional organizers; others call themselves stagers. Both groups share the same goal that the practitioners do: make your house look so divine that buyers won't be able to resist making a bid. But the process is more art than science, says Jaynee Acevedo, founder of Capital Style Home Staging, Kensington, Md. She tries to have each room tell a story. In one house, she recently had some of the six bedrooms "tell" that they could be used for other purposes than sleeping. One became an office, one a nursery and one a playroom, says Acevedo, a member Staged Homes, a staging organization. Her fees - and those of most stagers and organizers - vary depending on the size of the house and scope of the project. Acevedo's consultation fee is $225 (THIS, OF COURSE, IS AN OLD PRICE.....I NOW CHARGE $275), but she charges extra for doing any physical work or buying or renting furnishings. The good news is that there's a payback. According to a Staged Homes survey, houses that sat on the market for more than five months sold within two weeks after being staged. Houses that were staged before going on the market sold in less than two weeks. Staging also boosts equity nearly 6 percent, the organization says. Of course, this is not going to be the case in every market, but it shows that staging does have an impact. For the full article: http://www.thetruecitizen.com/news/2007/0627/News/041.html