EDGEWOOD — Kevin Miles carefully chose an Edgewood home, and then carefully chose a wife. Upon wedding Stephanie, he freely relinquished the reigns of decorating his home.
The past 23 years of bliss have seen the house nearly double in square footage and undergo a thousand transformations.
“Men look at homes differently than women,” said Stephanie, a real estate agent for 10 years, currently with Diamond Group Realty. “They look at the bones of the house and the structural integrity. This was a two-bedroom, solidly built, all brick ranch – and he liked that.”
What received little to no attention was the décor and flow of the home. Happy to have plenty of space for himself and his two daughters, his needs were met. Stephanie, however, needed to nest.
“He always let me do my thing,” she said. “My mother was an interior designer for many years and had a knack for it. People would walk into her home in stunned silence because it was so beautiful.
"She was constantly changing paint, wallpaper and flooring. I do it, too. I can figure a million different ways to move furniture around in a 9-by-12 foot room.”
Not only does her inherited flair push her to experiment with colors and materials, but her job does, as well.
“The more houses I see, the more I say: ‘Honey, we should do this,’” she explained. “I have a never-ending list of home improvements – much to my husband’s dismay.”
Seeing styles and colors in person sparks the imagination. But one aspect of the job allows her an extra creative outlet – staging homes.
“When I do have a listing that is vacant, I stage it for a client,” Stephanie said. “I love that part of it. I don’t even charge them. I can take a blank canvas and turn it into something people want to live in.”