About Calm Castle

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Tenay Benes

Owner

Tenay has a Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Johns Hopkins University & a Masters of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. At Calm Castle, she does every job but specializes in running the company in line with our vision (below) as well as establishing & maintaining excellent Realtor and Investor relations. She's an Iraq Veteran who continues to serve in the United States Army Reserve.

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Jane Maus

Vacant Stager

Interior Designer

Jane is a home industry expert with five years in furniture store staging and sales. She is a wife and mother of four children, the youngest entering college. At Calm Castle, she leads vacant staging projects, conducts occupied staging projects for seniors, and provides managerial oversight of all on-site activities. Prior to working in the home industry, she provided human resource services to a Federal contracting company.

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Bernice Frimpong

Occupied Stager

Interior Designer

Bernice is passionate about interior design and has an extensive portfolio of varied interior decoration styles. She is a minister, participating in women's conferences & leading a paint- At Calm Castle, she leads vacant staging projects, conducts occupied staging projects for seniors, and provides managerial oversight of all on-site activities. Prior to working in the home industry, she provided human resource services to a Federal contracting company.

Our Service Team

Dated September 2, 2016 (Updated April 5, 2018)

Mission

Calm Castle, LLC will consistently provide high quality staging and design services to clients in central Maryland and Washington D.C. in order to demonstrate the love of Christ.

Method

We achieve our mission through a two-pronged method (with associated values, underneath):

Method 1.    Conduct all of our work as if God was our boss: an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-good boss with high standards for how we work.

Value a.    Quality in our services

Value b.    Creativity in our solutions

Value c.    Professionalism in our operations

Value d.    Wisdom in our approaches

Method 2.    Conduct all of our work with God’s heart for others, being selfless in how we treat people.

Value a.    Freedom in schedule for our workers

Value b.    Balance in work load for our workers

Value c.    Deference to our workers', clients', partners' & vendors' desires

Value d.    Transparency in our operations for our investors

Value e.    Preference to our local community in vendor selection

Value f.    Communication using a 7:1 ratio of affirming to constructive comments

 

End-state

Our ultimate objective is that God is glorified by our conduct, because we publicly associate our company with His name. Specifically, this means:

End-state 1.    Calm Castle is a sufficiently profitable and locally influential business

End-state 2.    Our workers have the energy to work well and the emotional strength to love our clients well

End-state 3.    Our clients (and their clients) are so satisfied with our services that they receive us as friends

End-state 4.    Our investors are confident in the conduct of our business and expectant of their promised returns

End-state 5.    Our community are better connected as neighbors

Approach

 

Professional Certification

We believe in doing things right, the first time. That’s why we pursued top-quality training and certification as soon as we got started operations. Why reinvent the wheel when successful stagers can teach the science of staging?

Professional Business Processes

We were founded by a business student and human capital consultant who believes in the power of knowledge management, lean six sigma and a well-organized team.

Community Relationships

We believe that businesses only thrive in healthy communities, which only exist where neighborliness is a commonplace occurrence. We go the extra mile in our relationships with our workers and vendors, our clients and their clients.

High Satisfaction Rating

We spend a lot of effort to make our clients feel supported. Transparent pricing, a highly responsive team, and free implementation support means we earn our 5-star ratings.

Our Company Vision

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 different every week, she could not even 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, we transitioned to a business model that creates meaningful and creative, service-based part-time work for others who are disabled, students, under-employed and house-parents. We have begun hope our Vision Statement changes work culture in our area so that other 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 is a priority of ours.

 

Since then, Calm Castle stagers & designers at Calm Castle have helped countless Realtors and their Sellers get their 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 and expertise 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 who can't get enough of the Calm Castle experience when staging their properties to sell. 

 

We know that being invited into your home during a stressful season is a privilege. That's why we only hire 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!

 

Our Story

WE ARE OPEN!

We are available to provide face-to-face services, again! For your comfort and convenience, we will continuing to offer virtual occupied staging & interior design consultations for our high-risk Clients. 

Please contact us for details at 443-990-1110 or contact@calmcastle.com.

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Calm Castle | "As Unto the Lord"

(443) 990-1110 | contact@calmcastle.com