About Stage Right Designs

Creativity + Expertise = Results

Karen DeRuyter
Accredited Staging Professional®
CEO and founder of Stage Right Designs, LLC. 

Prior to becoming an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP®), Karen DeRuyter retired as an IBM executive with over 30 years of experience in sales and management.

Home Staging is a perfect fit for Karen.  She is living her dream, leveraging her natural creative and design talents.  Karen DeRuyter's corporate sales and executive management skills ensure that each project is completed on time and within budget.   Karen is a practical and quick decision maker, who offers direct and sound advice.

Stage Right Designs will tailor a solution to meet any homeowner’s staging needs, no matter how large or small.

We specialize in:

  • Staging occupied or vacant homes for quick sale and top dollar
  • Staging homes for living, ensuring a home functions effectively for you and your lifestyle
  • Staging for special events: holiday, birthday, baby shower, etc

Karen is an Accredited Staging Professional ™ (ASP), a member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP), certified Buyer Trend Specialist and certified Color Consultant.

She is very active in the community:

  • Women Shaping Shepherd - Executive Director and Member
  • Lutheran Coalition Habitat for Humanity - Board Director and Member
  • Cumberland PowerCore Team - Member
  • St Luke Lutheran Church & Choir – Active Member
  • Business & Technology Alliance - Past President and Board member
  • PathBuilders, Achieva Program - Past Mentor (Serving 10 years)
  • Vinings Historic Preservation Society - Past President and Board Member

When not staging, Karen and can be found on the golf course or walking her two Scottish Terriers.

Staging Accreditations


"We needed to sell our home quickly, as our neighbors house was going into foreclosure in the imminent future.  If we didn't sell quickly, we would have been stuck for a couple of years.

Karen is fantastic.  She is organized, efficient and most of all knowledgeable.  She walked through my home - inside and outside - with me.  She advised about what furniture to rearrange or remove.  We picked new paint colors for the walls and office cabinets.  She was extremely helpful.  Best of all, she did not advise me to spend money on new furniture.  She worked with what we had.


We took Karen's suggestions to heart and quickly implemented them.  Our house never looked better.  Just a mere thirty days later, we were under contract for 97.5% of our asking price.  I was amazed.  The other houses in our neighborhood have been for sale for months with no luck.


I contribute the vast majority of our success to Karen.  If we ever sell our new house, Karen will be the very first person I call."

Molly G
Staging for Selling

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