What Does “Home” Mean to You?

Hello! My name is Negaar and I’ve had the pleasure of helping Jacquie and her team on their stagings this summer as part of my internship. I will soon be a Junior at NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) majoring in Interior Design. Many people think staging is the easy, less challenging type of interior design. If you think that, then I have news for you! I know many experienced and talented interior designers that would not be able to do the kinds of stagings that Jacquie does. As I’ve learned, having to make big design choices in a very short amount time that ultimately results in a design that will appeal to everyone is an overwhelming feat and she does it every day.

As someone who left her home and family to move to the other side of the world, the thought of “home” and feeling “lost” is constantly on my mind. I was surprised that working on home staging & design has helped me to feel less lost and more comfortable here. I was amazed at how interior design can change people’s understanding and judgement about time, measurements, and even the season of year. Interior design is not only a decorative art – its emotional and physical impact on people cannot be underestimated.

The first time I went to tour a property, it was a disaster. It was a hot day (which never helps) and I couldn’t find the lockbox. Eventually I was able to find a key, but as soon as I walked in, the backyard door closed on me. Since the house was still under construction, the doorknob had not been installed yet, so essentially I was trapped. I was wandering all around the yard and almost called for help. But then I got creative and found some sturdy boxes that gave me just enough height to jump over the wall. Quite an adventure and one I’ll never forget!

Before I started the internship a few months ago, I was actually doubting my career choice, not to mention my design talent. While I have a good design eye, I didn’t necessarily have an eye for measurements. If you asked me what size bed or dining table will fit into a particular space, I would have to go through a mental catalog one by one before landing on a clear fit. As the summer progressed, I faced many design difficulties and creative challenges in helping execute the best stagings possible. But what I never could have anticipated was how many “impossible” situations were made possible because of the collective power of the team. It means the world to me in knowing that I’m never alone as long as I’ve got a great crew to lean on as I move forward in my career.

At the end of the day I’m an artist, and I love to help people feel healthier and happier through my art. When I first enter a vacant home, I make a floor plan in my mind as I start envisioning where all of those furnishings will go and how people will react to them. After each staging, I walk back through those same rooms and cannot believe the transformation because it’s better than I imagined. I’m proud to have been a part of this work and helping all of your properties stand out a little more above the rest. Each staging gave me the feeling that I have the power to make a change – not just in deciding which area rug or piece of artwork to incorporate – but the greater power of perspective in realizing that no matter where you are in the world, home is never far away. I love this feeling.



Jacquie Wilson