About Calm Castle

Our Story

It all started in 2013, when Tenay, the owner of Calm Castle, decided to sell her first property. Having watched tons of HGTV over the years, she set aside a $2,500 budget to make her condo shine in the no-defects market of Northern Virginia. That bought her some granite, outlet stainless steel appliances and upgraded linens. When her condo sold for $10,000 above all the comps (that's a 400% return on investment), she realized she might be onto something. Years later, Calm Castle clients and the National Association of Realtors Statistics agreed: staging sells homes faster and for top dollar!

 

In 2015, Tenay found herself unable to work a full-time job due to medical issues stemming from trauma. Because her wellness appointments were at a different time every week, she could not commit to a part-time job with regular shifts. So, she decided to create the kind of business she wished she could find: one that provided her the flexibility to fulfill her ever-changing schedule. By 2017, after much healing, she transitioned her lifestyle business to a small business that creates meaningful and creative, service-based part-time work for others who are disabled, students, under-employed, and house-parents. Long before COVID-19 asked businesses to consider flexible work arrangements, Calm Castle wanted to prove that companies can enable their workers to serve in a thriving small business while having enough time to care for their health, education, community and family goals. As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business, creating opportunities for people to become healthier and happier became a top priority for Calm Castle.

 

Since then, the stagers & designers at Calm Castle have helped countless Realtors and their sellers get properties on and off the market. Our common sense, common taste suggestions are easy to implement and pack a big punch with most homes under contract in one month!

As our team, expertise, and network have grown over the years, we expanded our services to include a warehouse with rental furniture and accessories. Then, we expanded again to serve home owners and property managers who want the Calm Castle experience when decorating their properties. 

 

We know that being invited into your home during a stressful season is a privilege. That's why we only provide stagers who love people as well as design. We don't believe in memorized scripts that leave you feeling like "just another number"; we believe in compassion, care and consideration for our clients.​ Our reviews and service awards say it all: our clients love us!

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