About

Who we are and what we do…

Staging the Nest is an award-winning home staging company serving Houston, The Woodlands, and the surrounding areas. We started this exciting journey in 2016 and have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of homeowners and Realtors each year to assist them with preparing and staging their properties for sale.

Because we truly believe in what we do, we are dedicated to our clients by staying current on Real Estate trends and changes; following top industry standards and best practices; and we pride ourselves on earning 250+ credits of Continuing Education each year. In addition, we are members of the Home Staging & ReDesign Association {HSRA} & the International Association of Home Staging Professionals {IAHSP}, where we attend multiple events every year to learn from the best; share our experiences; and grow our business to better serve you. Plus, our owner speaks on expert panels at national home staging industry. She is on the Board of Advisors with HSRA and has been awarded “Top Influencer” in 2018. In addition, Staging The Nest has been awarded the Top 10 Professional Home Staging Company of 2018 and 2019, Top 5 Professional ReDesigner of the year for 2019, and Best of Houzz for 2018, 2019, & 2020! And recently, we were awarded the IAHSP Best of Home Staging for Staging Excellence & Client Care Excellence! We love what we do, and our clients are like family to us!

In order to serve you in all your home staging needs, we offer a wide range of Home Staging and Design services to help you prepare your home for sale. From Consultations to Full Service Home Staging Solutions, we have the right option that will work for your home! Contact our team today to discuss your home staging needs! 936-588-6710

Meet Your Home Staging Professionals…

Ashley Fuentes | Owner & CEO


Hey y’all, my name is Ashley Fuentes, and I am the owner & CEO of Staging The Nest, LLC. I am a native Houstonian and I currently reside just north of The Woodlands, Texas in an amazing community called Woodforest. I have lived around the Houston area including Spring, The Woodlands, West Chase District, and West University throughout my entire life (35+ years wink wink) so I am very knowledgeable about the area and the real estate happenings. I love the fast pace city, but I also love the laid back and relaxing lifestyle that the suburbs like The Woodlands and Montgomery have to offer.

Growing up in a family owned business, I experienced a lot from a young age. My parents started their bakery business when I was 5 years old and I learned how to bake & decorate cookies, create lobby displays, assist customers, use a cash register (what’s that haha), and so much more. I became the general manager over their 3 locations and oversaw the daily operations, hiring and training, payroll, etc. And after all this time, I still love all things sweet! In 2007, I started an event planning company where I planned and designed hundreds of parties, weddings and corporate events. Then in 2015, I decided to venture into home staging to put my knowledge to work in the real estate industry helping homeowners, real estate agents, brokers, investors and home flippers prepare their homes for sale. I received my training and certification from Home Staging Resource and I participate in constant continuing education in Home Staging and Real Estate in order to provide our clients the best service. In 2016, I started Staging The Nest which has grown into a small team of 4 employees along with our professional contractors, and we will be adding more to our team in 2021! I don’t know about y’all but I am ready for 2021!

I have a beautiful, spunky 8 year old daughter who keeps me quite busy with crafting, make believe, lego building, and sassy drama! Family is always my number one priority, so we love to take time every day to spend quality time together whether it’s during an afternoon walk, dinner, reading a book together, watching our favorite movies, going to the beach, or just relaxing.

Stephanie Miller | Home Stager & Social Media Coordinator

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Hello, my name is Stephanie Miller and I am a home stager with Staging the Nest. I moved to Texas when I was four years old so I consider myself all things Texas! I grew up in Champions and have fond memories of touring model homes and open houses with my dad. This is where my passion for home design/decor began. I moved to The Woodlands, after graduating college (Hook ‘em), and have lived here for 20 years. My husband and I have been married for 16 years and have 2 precious girls.

I am a former teacher and one of my favorite parts was decorating and organizing my classroom each year. During my free-time I began painting furniture to continue to feed my creative side. Through this business I would also help clients envision a functional yet warm space around their updated pieces. This led me wanting to do more than just paint the furniture but really bring the whole room together. I began staging in the spring of 2019 and have loved every minute of it. My passion is marrying the character of a home with just the right accessories as well as adding texture. Spaces can be transformed through lighting, pops of color, and decluttering whether staging or designing.

Outside of staging, you can find me shuffling my girls to their various activities or watching HGTV together. I enjoy cooking, taking fitness classes, and bargain hunting for just the right piece!

Renae Taylor | Sales & Education Coordinator

Hi!  My name is Renae Taylor and I am the Sales and Education Coordinator at Staging The Nest.  I have been working here since March 2020.  I have a business background and venturing into the home staging business has been a fun transition into something new and different for me.  After graduating from Texas Tech, I called Lubbock, TX home for many years before moving to Montgomery in 2016.  We are loving everything about it here and are so glad we now call it home!  My husband and I have two boys who keep us busy and on our toes at all times!

I have always enjoyed following real estate and checking out homes that are for sale.  You can often find me scouting out real estate sights just to see what’s new on the market.  To now be able to learn more about the process of truly getting a home ready to sell is something I am really enjoying.  I am having fun learning this new and exciting business and look forward to working with and educating clients in the home staging business.

In my free time I enjoy traveling and spending time with my husband and boys, preferably laying on a beach somewhere in the summer and hitting the slopes in the winter!  You can also find me shuffling my boys around to all things sports! 

Karen Patel | Home Stager

Hello! My name is Karen Patel and I’m a home stager at Staging the Nest. 
A little about me…I’m originally a Jersey girl, but have called Texas home for the last twenty years. I consider myself an official Texan now, as of two years ago I proudly purchased my first pair of cowboy boots!  Yet, my family still resides on the East Coast, and it will always have a place in my heart. I attended American University in Washington, D.C. where I received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Art. I met and married my husband in northern Virginia, then we moved to Houston.

After having several jobs in the marketing/research fields, I became a stay-at-home mom to care for our three children. I kept busy volunteering at the kids’ schools in various ways from PTO President to Gala Chair to Booster Club Fundraising board member. You name it… I did it! Once my children got older and more independent (I currently have a college graduate, a college sophomore, and a high school junior), I was able to pursue a career that utilizes my interior design passion, creativity, and visual skills. 

I returned to the workforce three years ago at a Texas-based home builder as a hostess and sales assistant. I worked in several model homes in various communities throughout Montgomery and northern Harris counties where I learned a lot about the real estate market and home staging. I have always had a love of art and design. My design classes taught me many basic principles, including balance, weight, contrast and color, which are always at the forefront of my mind while I work to create beautiful spaces and appealing vignettes for your home. I am a complete design junkie and am happiest when perusing the latest store catalogs, scrolling on Pinterest for inspiration, and following design accounts that showcase the latest trends in interiors and styling. On the weekends, you will most definitely find me scouring the stores for treasures to add to our home. In addition to my addiction to decorating, I am a home body who enjoys entertaining, Christian music, and book clubs.

I am excited to bring both my design flair and business experience to help transform our clients’ homes into appealing products that can be marketed and sold quickly for a maximum return!  

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