Heather Kerley owned a salon for seven years that she was always updating and decorating.

“I had closed my salon and was staying home with my children,” she said. “I had considered getting back behind the chair, perhaps a salon suite or converting a she-shed, but I found out that I was more interested in decorating it than working in it.

“That was pretty much a telling sign that I needed to switch gears.”

In November, Kerley launched Heather Kerley Lifestyle, offering home staging and interior decorating services.

“When my husband and I got married, we bought a 1940s Craftsman,” said Kerley. “It was in really rough shape. We completely gutted and renovated it. We did all of the work ourselves, turned an attic into a master suite and knocked down walls.”

Then, three years ago, the couple built their forever home.

“My main goal is to set up and define spaces and show the scale of the room and help people see what will work and what won’t,” said Heather Kerley, who offers both home staging and interior decorating services.

“I love taking a space and customizing it,” said Kerley. “During that time people would say ‘you need to come to my house’. They would ask me to help them decorate.

“We kept our first house and updated it before renting it out,” she said. “I seemed to really thrive in that atmosphere, giving it a new vision for somebody else.”

A need for home staging   

Another motivation to start Heather Kerley Lifestyle came when she was helping her sister look for her first home.