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Meeting Celebrities in the Interior Design and Home Staging Industry: My Experience

As an interior designer and home stager in Houston, TX, I've always been inspired by the work of the biggest names in the industry. Their designs and creativity have motivated me to push myself and grow my skills, so when I had the opportunity to meet two of the greatest celebrities in the field - Candice Olson, the Property Brothers - it was a dream come true.

Candice Olson

I had the pleasure of meeting Candice Olson at the Houston Decorative Center where she was speaking about her latest projects. Candice is a Canadian designer known for her hit TV show "Divine Design" on HGTV, as well as her books on design and her own line of home furnishings and wallcoverings.

One thing that stood out to me about Candice was her attention to detail. She spoke about how every element in a room needs to work together to create a cohesive look and feel.

She also emphasized the importance of listening to clients' needs and preferences and incorporating them into the design.

As someone who is passionate about creating spaces that reflect the personalities and lifestyles of my clients, Candice's words resonated with me. It was inspiring to see someone with so much success still emphasizing the importance of personalized and attentive design.

The Property Brothers

Jonathan and Drew Scott, the Property Brothers, are a dynamic duo who have made a name for themselves in the design and real estate world. I had the pleasure of meeting them at an IAHSP Conference.

I was impressed by the Property Brothers' passion for design and real estate. They were incredibly friendly and approachable, and we had a great conversation about their shows on HGTV, including "Property Brothers," "Buying and Selling," and "Brother vs. Brother."

Something that stood out to me about the Property Brothers was their ability to see the potential in even the most run-down properties. They talked about how they love to take on "fixer-upper" projects and turn them into dream homes for their clients. Their creativity and determination were inspiring, and it was clear that they truly love what they do.

Meeting the Property Brothers was a lot of fun, and I left feeling inspired to take on new challenges and push my creativity to new heights.


I had the opportunity to collaborate with Nicole Oditt on a home staging project in Pearland, TX, for HGTV’S House Hunters during COVID, along with Bincy Jacobs, the realtor for the property. I remember the day I got the call - how exciting!

Working with Nicole was a fantastic experience, as we both had different styles and approaches to design and home staging. Despite our differences, we collaborated closely to create a stunning space that would sell quickly and for top dollar.

The project was a shared opportunity for two business owners to come together and use our unique strengths to achieve a common goal. It was inspiring to see how we could work together and learn from each other to create something truly amazing.

The episode was Hurry In Houston, Season 196, Episode 10. I encourage you to watch it.

What I Learned

Meeting two of my favorite interior design celebrities was a major highlight of my career. Each one had something unique and valuable to offer, and I learned a lot from each of them.

From Candice Olson, I learned the importance of attention to detail and personalized design. From the Property Brothers, I was inspired by their creativity and determination to turn even the most challenging properties into dream homes.

But beyond these individual lessons, meeting these celebrities reminded me of the power of inspiration and collaboration in the design and home staging industry.

As designers and stagers, we have the ability to create beautiful and functional spaces that have a real impact on people's lives.

And by working together and learning from each other, we can push ourselves and our industry to new heights.

In my own work, I've been inspired to incorporate more attention to detail and personalized design into my projects, and to seek out more "fixer-upper" projects that challenge me to be creative and innovative. I've also been more committed to collaboration and building relationships with other designers and stagers in my area.

And perhaps most importantly, meeting these celebrities reminded me of the joy and passion that drew me to this industry in the first place. Design and home staging are not just jobs to me - they're my passions, and meeting these incredible celebrities only reinforced my love for what I do.

Thanks for reading,

Yulonda Buster, Designs by Duchess

Award Winning Home Stager and Interior Designer


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