Voted one of the Top Ten Occupied Stagers 2016 by RESA. We help with all decor needs. Servicing Orange & Rockland County NY, Northern NJ and the Hudson Valley.
Get to know Karen Gray Plaisted
Karen Gray-Plaisted is the principal owner of Design Solutions KGP. Her discerning sense of style comes from over a decade of profitable buying experience for major retailers and knows how to find a classic style that appeals to clients whether they are selling or dwelling. 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 and 2016 she has been recognized for her work in the USA by RESA. In 2015 the homes that Design Solutions staged sold on the average in 45 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.
AA ~ Fashion Institue of Technology NYC
BA~ Pace University
2013 RESA Home Staging Industry Top 10 Rising Star Professional Stager of the Year
2016 RESA Top 10 Occupied Stager in the USA
2014/2015/2016/2017 Houzz.com Customer Service award
Design Solutions KGP is dedicated to providing services to our clients that not only appeal to their tastes but also protect their equity. We keep costs to a minimum while distinguishing the property from others. We service Investors, Home Owners, Real Estate Agents, and Corporations with occupied property staging, vacant property staging, wall color and finish choices. We also assist homeowners with organization and de-cluttering. Our goal is to create an enviroment that clients love.
We service Orange County, NY, Rockland County NY, Sussex, NJ and the surrounding areas.
Testimonials for Karen Gray Plaisted
Karen knows current trends, and had fantastic suggestions on how to appeal to the buyer. She knew how to bring out the best in the house. Our realtor had hired her and we were glad to be able to have the advice that helped our house sell within 6 weeks!
Michelle B Homeowner09/11/2015
"Our home looks as if it belongs in a design magazine, Karen you're fabulous! You staged our rooms with the "WOW" factor and made all the difference in scaling our property ahead of the competition. All prospective buyers want the furniture included in the sale. An excellent job in every respect."
Brandon and Jill I Homeowner Greenville NY12/23/2014
Regarding your services, it was great working with you. I was impressed with your attention to detail and follow-up. I knew if something needed to be addressed, you would have taken care of it for us...never a worry. Your phone and email communication is excellent too!
B Coats Community Sales Manager Orleans Homes09/12/2014
Karen from Design Solutions KGP is truly a professional and has an amazing eye for design. My builder was in need of a staging company for one of our spec homes. Prospective buyers were having a difficult time visualizing how furniture would fit. The home has a living/dining room combo and an angled fireplace in the family room (which created a challenge). Karen walked into the home and immediately visualized how everything would fit. She staged the home with furniture, area rugs, and decorations...the house came to life! It only took 3 weeks of this home being staged until it was SOLD!! We then moved the furniture into another spec home and in less than 2 weeks, I have an offer! I would definitely recommend Design Solutions KGP!
J Uniliver Port Jervis01/24/2014
"Thank you for your help. Your professionalism, etc was very much appreciated. The process was a learning experience, and we have found that the recommended packing ahead of time, is making it easier now. We will certainly pass your information along to anyone who may require your services."
Chris S. Better Homes and Gardens Agent09/29/2013
I had recently listed a home and had given Karen's name to the homeowners because we thought staging would be helpful. She more than exceeded our expectations and transformed the home without them having to spend a lot of money. We had an accepted offer on the home if a very short time.
Debbie K-H Homeowner08/23/2013
I really appreciate how you went through our home and helped us set our priorities as to where to begin getting ready to put our house on the market. I think your suggestions make a lot of sense and you really motivated me. I’m ready to get this house sold. Thank you for all your help!
Nora R Homeowner Montebello, NY04/19/2013
…As you might imagine, once we put the house on the market, we were swept up into a whirlwind of non-stop activity! We had an offer within just a few weeks of listing, from one of the first prospective buyers to come through. They saw 36 homes in one weekend and fell in love with ours, saying it was far and above the nicest one they had seen. Thank you for all your help!
Valerie L, Homeowner Warwick, NY03/29/2013
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.