At IIHS we love having the opportunity to showcase the work of our Shine members as one of our many membership perks! This month, our Home Stager of the Month is the lovely Jackie Fyfe from Styling by Jackie.
Staging properties in the south eastern suburbs of Victoria, Jackie has been running her own home staging business since 2013.
According to Jackie, “with a background in graphic design, fashion and furniture retail, interior styling was a natural progression”.
What made you get into the industry?
I wanted to unleash my creative side and in return, empower and help others to successfully sell their homes for a premium rate.
It all started with a friend in real estate who know I had a ‘flair’ in the interior sector. I was asked to help a neighbour prepare her house for sale.
With some tweaking and practical advice, the neighbour’s house sold within a week for a substantial amount more than expected!
Now consulting and styling, on average, four to five properties a week, the rest is history!
What is your favourite part of working in home staging?
Being able to look back at before and after photos, witnessing the incredible transformations that are made in bringing out the best in properties.
I also love working with homes that are unique, such as mud brick, farm and art deco.
These different styles of homes challenge my creative boundaries in selecting appropriate furniture and accessories to compliment their individual styles.
It’s about creating a unique and tailored look, not simply a one style fits all.
What advice would you give someone wanting to enter the industry?
My advice would be to definitely research the industry thoroughly before diving in.
Although this career is completely rewarding and totally creative, styling properties is hard work.
It involves an innate ability , patience, real estate and vendor understanding, and, of course, a love for all things interior.
A sense of humour is also essential!
To get in touch with Jackie, head over to her instagram @stylingbyjackie