Practical Solutions For Your Home

Whether you’re selling your home and want to ensure you earn top dollar, need advice for improvements to your existing home, or want assistance choosing ideal paint colors—I can help.

I’ve walked side-by-side with Realtors, sellers, and buyers. I’ve been an investor and rehabber. What does that mean for you? I am able to see things that a design-only stager cannot. I am trained and experienced to get you the results you want.


UpStaging Designs Services

Living room in Raleigh NC gets consultation for staging and renovation by UpStaging Designs

Consultations for Staging & Renovation

2 hours - $275 | 3 hours - $375

We’ll focus on seeing your home from a buyer’s perspective in order to unlock your home’s greatest potential. I provide expert recommendations to improve curb appeal, ideally place furniture and accessories, utilize decor, make smart repairs, change paint colors, replace fixtures and hardware, and organize/declutter your space. All this is done while keeping your timing, budget, potential buyer, and list price in mind.

I will send you notes from the consultation, outlining room-by-room recommendations. You’ll also receive an informative staging instructions packet, which includes showing and photography tips, as well as recommendations for vendors, products, and paint.

Larger homes and homes that require more rearrangement and maintenance recommendations may go beyond 2 hours.

Ellie has the expert knowledge to help your house shine, and she delivers it with a gentle confidence that helps and encourages.
— Patrick, Realtor

Photo Preparations for Occupied Staging

1 Hour - $150

For homeowners who have previously completed a consultation, UpStaging Designs will come just before professional photos are taken of your home, ensuring it looks its best. Quality photos of well-staged spaces improves the marketing of your home.

I go through each room in your home folding towels, adjusting furniture placement, fluffing pillows, and styling artwork and accessories.

Upgrade to Accessory Staging
2 Hours - $400+
Includes all services above, plus UpStaging Designs will bring additional art, accessories, greenery, and soft goods—such as towels, bedding and pillows.

Some limitations apply. Pricing is scaled based on service.

Coffee table in Cary NC styled for photo preparations for occupied staging by expert Ellie Mayes

Lovely living room receives color consultation by UpStaging Designs in Raleigh NC

Color Consultation

1 hour - up to 4 colors - $150
2 hour - whole house - $250

As a Certified Color Expert, I help homeowners choose the right interior and exterior paint colors. I consider lighting and existing colors in the home (on walls, trim, cabinetry, finishes) when selecting the perfect shade. Have you ever painted a wall white, only to sit on the sofa and realize it looks green? I’ll avoid any unwanted undertones so your home looks it best when it goes up for sale.

Vacant Home Staging

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Accessory Staging - $400+
Furniture Staging - $1200+

Empty homes often sit on the market longer and sell for less. The good news? It doesn’t take much to transform a home with accessories, lighting, and accent furniture. I evaluate each room, pick the necessary decor, and stage the home to sell. Vacant Home Staging helps buyers see how each room can be used, so they can imagine living there.

Vacant staging can include accessories-only, up to full rooms of furniture.

Ellie Mayes helps a Realtor in Fuquay-Varina NC style this living room for vacant home staging

This cozy bathroom in Wendell NC was staged to live by Ellie Mayes, owner of UpStaging Designs

Stage to Live

2 hours - $275

This two hour consultation service is for homeowners who want to achieve a “staged” look in your home. During our time together, I’ll address paint colors, furniture layout, lighting, and hardware. I’ll provide recommendations to achieve a look that reflects your personality!

Had a staging consultation today with Ellie, scheduled by our Realtor. Let me just tell you, all of a sudden I’m on a mission to start from scratch and declutter! Ellie was so knowledgeable. Now that I’m moving things, I feel like the energy in the house has shifted!
— Happy Homeowner

Preferred Vendors

Need a painter? Window guy? House cleaner? Here are a few of my favorites to get your house in tip-top shape:



  • Rigo Lopez | 919-623-5520

Gutter Cleaning & Power Washing

House Cleaning

Window Repair & Replacement

Odd Jobs

Odor Removal


  • Denny’s Home Solutions | Kyle Carrick

    919-830-0829 |

  • Nick Papaspyros | 919-280-2856


Granite & Quartz Counters

Replacement Shower Enclosure

Tub, Counter & Tile Floor Cleaning and Refinishing

Carpet Cleaning & Stretching

Carpet Installation & Wholesale Flooring Purchase

  • Ignacio (Nacho) Mendoza | | 919-723-0523

    Installer: Carpet, Tile, Vinyl, Laminate

  • Donald Beckwith | 919-285-5163

    Installer: Carpet

  • ProSource | Tim Ailes | 919-834-2525
    ProSource is a membership wholesale company—refer to Ellie Mayes / UpStaging Designs. Stock Colors: Morning Glow (darker) or Canvas (lighter).