Staged With Appeal
Inspiration, possibilities, and renewal-when it comes to home interiors, Cheryl Hawkins is the go-to person. I was first introduced to her talents, and my trajectory for home improvement was decided, when I had the opportunity to view the transformations she had made in her own home. Every element, including color choices, textures, appreciation of proportion, optimal use of space, and an understanding of stylistic nuances, displays an ability to discern and to honor individual styles.
Cheryl was consistently a guiding hand on my particular journey; her attention to detail, resourcefulness and creativity, and the ability to anticipate my needs and concerns proved invaluable. Her critique was always positive and constructive; in the absence of a given piece of furniture or decorative object, she spared me unnecessary effort by using templates; whether it meant using a table top instead of moving an entire heavy table or a model made of paper instead of having to mount a breakable object while in the trial phase, she brought the concrete outcome to life, thus minimizing time and eliminating drudgery. When it came to choosing the new upholstery, her suggestions for color combinations and texture were spot-on. She experimented with a variety shapes and sizes, respecting the scale of the area; she spent time patiently rearranging and re-combining objects in order to allow each part of the room to shine and maximize the beauty of the room as a whole. The transformation of both my living room and sun porch was dramatic. These are but a few examples of her know-how which brought order and answers out of the chaos of the classic “not knowing what to ask."
Obviously engaged in the process, Cheryl communicated friendliness, patience, respect, and a can-do approach that fostered teamwork—all of which made pleasurable the journey as well as the outcome. I would highly recommend Cheryl as a consultant for staging any home; she will create a win-win situation and guarantee that you will realize your dreams.
S. Parker, Williams Bay,Wisconsin
We have had a wonderful experience with Cheryl Hawkins and Staged With Appeal!
My step dad, Bob , now has Alzheimer's and can no longer do what he loves, painting. He has quite a large collection of his own paintings in an art studio/study that needed arranging in a way to really tell his story through his artwork.
Cheryl chose a paint color for the walls that would hi light Bob's art and that would really bring it all together.
The art was then placed in various groupings that take you through his life's journey and some of the favorite places he has been.
I can't tell you how much this means to our family. This is more than just staging. This is a way to showcase Bob's love of painting in a really special way.
Thank you Cheryl and Staged With Appeal for bringing your vision to a very personal project!
Nancy Matherne, Tucson, Az.
When it came time to sell our home, which, like I'm sure is true for many,it had a lot of emotions and memories wrapped up in it, I knew I would need help with staging so that I could detach from the home and yet make it show like a model, so that its new family could see themselves there. I very quickly reached out to Cheryl Hawkins, who I had known and respected for years, and whose sense of design is impeccable. Best decision and money spent in getting our home ready for sale, no question. From our first meeting, where we discussed goals and options and reviewed every nook and cranny of the house, to the "load-in" of the staging items, right through to the sale, Cheryl was thorough, professional and also sensitive and understanding around the letting go that is needed to be able to depersonalize, stage, and sell a beloved family home. She was there, every step of the way. And her staging plan was flexible, so that we could adjust things based on feedback. The house was absolutely gorgeous - both in the listing photos and in real life when buyers came to see it. Like something out of a magazine, but not so fancy that you couldn't imagine actually living in the space. We are happily settled in our new home, and while I hope to not have to stage and sell any time soon, Cheryl Hawkins would be the first (and only) person I'd trust to guide us through.
Annemarie Serra, Crystal Lake, Il.
Cheryl Hawkins and I worked together on a home staging and it was one of the best experiences I've had. Cheryl is quick and decisive, thoughtful and knowledgeable, and a joy to be around. The home became a show house in no time and I'm sure that was the most important factor in getting it sold in record time! Home staging works!
Lois.Phillips, Palatine, Il.
Lois.Phillips, Palatine, Il.