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We educate and empower clients using simple solutions, allowing homeowners to transform their spaces with affordable decadence. Servicing Orange County, NY Sussex, NJ and the surrounding areas.
Karen Gray-Plaisted is the principal owner of Design Solutions and employs her expertise and knowledge of understanding home owner’s style, and a buyer desires when decorating a home. Her discerning sense of style comes from over a decade of profitable buying experience for major retailers. Her strong knowledge of current trends in decorating and the housing market have contributed to profitable sales for clients.
She is a member of ASHSR and RESA. In 2013 she became a Finalist of the Rising Star category recognized in all of North America by RESA. In 2012 the homes that Design Solutions staged sold on the average in 52 days. Karen holds a BA from Pace University, Merchandising and Buying degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and was trained by HSR as a Certified Professional Home Stager and Re-designer. Karen loves to educate and empower clients using simple solutions, allowing homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.
Design Solutions goal is to create a character in the home that will stimulate imaginations and create excitement, which will generate the highest return on the homeowners investment. We are dedicated to providing services and solutions to our clients with clarity, integrity and quality. Our attention toward detail uses practical solutions, keeping costs to a minimum while distinguishing the property from others. We help customers whether the home is occupied, vacant, they need assistance with organization and de-cluttering, advice on curb appeal, or color consultations our goal is to create an enviroment that clients love. We service Orange County, NY Sussex, NJ and the surrounding areas.
Karen was a joy to work with. Where I was overwhelmed and apprehensive, she was confident and reassuring. Professional and approachable, she staged our home in a way we can live with. It looks like our home, not a showroom.
Valerie Warwick, NY
Wow! What excellent advice. We were ready to put our house on the market and had no idea where to start. We called Karen in and she took us room by room, helping us "set the stage" for buyers. Her advice was fabulous, and the suggestions she made ended up working out really well. Now I really love my house!
Jean Warwick, NY
Without Karen's continuing assistance I'd have a much harder time selling listings. Her no fuss positive approach to dealing with my clients is wonderful. I consider her a key member of my marketing package and as a team player with The V Team
Vanessa Rockland, NY
Thanks for your tireless suggestions and help redecorating my living room. My family says it is the nicest room in the house and I live with all males that usually don't make comments about interior decorating! My younger son said every time he walks by the room he is drawn into it because it feels so good. I still can't get over what a difference your simple idea of moving the dining room rug to the living room made to complete the look! The colors you suggested for the paint are perfect and they compliment the rest of the house. I also appreciate your other ideas that helped me stay within my budget. You really know the right places to shop! Thanks again for working with me and guiding me in all the right directions.
"Uncluttered Simplicity" seems to be the answer. I had tried (and succeeded) to display everything I thought should be in the rooms - to make them look/feel "lived in" - to the point that people thought I had just moved in! (I've been here 12 years!) I wanted all my "nice" things out there, not hidden where I couldn't find them. And guess what? I like what Karen did: The "New Look/The New Me." I love the transformations that she brought to my rooms- FABULOUS!
I was at my wit's end with a small two-bedroom apartment in Westchester County. I had some nice traditional pieces but each room was completely devoid of character and stylistic uniformity. Karen has worked her magic and made my apartment a place I now want to show off. Before she even began with the transformation, Karen was able to clearly envision each room as it should be. She very patiently guided me through decision choices that gave each room appeal. Karen has a true talent in home décor and her candor is refreshing. If you are thinking of updating any of your rooms with simple yet dramatic improvements, Karen is the person with whom you want to work.
Lisa Eastchester, NY
Just came back from the property you staged….I am blown away! Truly amazing, really amazing... what a difference." Thank you, you rock! Chris, Warwick, NY
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