Ellie Mayes — Owner and Lead Stager at UpStaging Designs

Ellie uses a unique combination of skills and expertise in visual merchandising, interior design, buyer psychology, and real estate trends to stage homes that sell quickly for top dollar.

Recognized by her real estate brokerage peers as a stager who understands all sides of the buying and selling process, Ellie has grown UpStaging Designs exponentially through referrals and word of mouth.

She is an accredited professional with knowledge, training, and experience in staging, renovations and marketing. Realtors all over the Triangle trust UpStaging Designs to partner with their seller clients to help them prepare and market their listings and unlock a home's highest value.

Ellie is a licensed Realtor and owns her own boutique firm, UpMarket Realty. She and her husband, Chris, invest in real estate through rehabs and rentals and love DIY projects around their own home. They've lived in Cary, NC since 1995 and are the proud parents of Ben and Silas.


Master Accredited Staging Professional (MASP)

Certified Color Expert (CCE)

Occupied Consultation Specialist (OCS)

Staging Design Professional (SDP)

Broker in Charge (BIC)


International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP)

Real Estate Staging Association (RESA)

RESA Raleigh Durham Chapter, Board Member

Triangle MLS (TMLS)

Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors (RRAR)

NC Association of Realtors (NCAR)

National Association of Realtors (NAR)

Upshot Ventures LLC carries General Liability and Errors & Omissions Insurance



When you have a very nice home that you are proud of, your initial reactions to a stagers recommendations are challenging. Ellie skillfully explained the strategy of staging and the art of allowing a buyer to see themselves living in your home. We are absolutely convinced that implementing Ellie’s recommendations played a very important part in selling our home in 5 days for significantly higher than asking price.
— Ken Paul, Homeowner
I was a believer after sitting through one of Ellie’s consultations. She will be a part of my listing process from now on! The first home she staged for me had two showings, got offers from each, and was under contract in three days. She helped us go above and beyond the competition.
— Lindsay, Realtor