Why choose Us?
Creative and professional, reliable and experienced.

Our Process

The Distinctive Homestaging interior stylist who first visits you to measure and take the brief will be the same person who quotes, plans, designs, and leads the team to set up the staging. Our senior consultants are supported by highly skilled staging assistants. Our stylist team shares ideas and collaborates to get the best result for the client. We offer very personal service, building trust and empathy with our clients. Every interior is customised to suit the type and size of property. It’s the close attention to detail and those final tweaks that set our interiors apart.

We have one of the largest homestaging warehouses in Auckland where we stock a vast selection of quality furniture, accessories and original art to suit modern or classic interiors. We do all the packing and unpacking, delivering and installing. We have a ten-year close association with a specialist furniture-moving company, familiar with our requirements and our products. They offer us a range of trucks to suit the scale of property.  

Style Trends

Our stylists are up to date with all the current interior design, colour and textile trends. By working closely with a select number of quality importers who bring items into New Zealand on our behalf, we are able to combine special pieces with quality items from leading local manufacturers. To keep our stock fresh and on-trend we procure new accessories on a monthly basis. We own all of our furnishing items, including a large collection of art.  

Colour Schemes

We customise the colour schemes of our furnishings and accessories to enhance the style and size of house. We play with the language of colour to highlight a feature or to play down an imperfection. We feature colour accents with accessories to glam up a muted colour scheme or to contrast bold wall colours with pale-toned furniture.  

Considered Space

We’re experienced at optimising small spaces or odd-shaped rooms to create a perception of spaciousness. This involves carefully controlling the use of colour and the scale of furniture items, and accessorising with a small number of expertly positioned feature items. We’re equally adept at making large interior spaces or rooms with high ceilings into comfortable, desirable living areas.  

Meet the Distinctive Team

Debbie Hassell

Director

Debbie has a passion for creating beautiful interiors that people will love and want to make their own. As director of Distinctive Homestaging, she works collaboratively with her highly skilled team of staging consultants to incorporate the right furniture, colours, art and accessories to showcase each home with emphasis on highlighting its best features and minimising any defects. Debbie has brought to the interiors business her many years of valuable experience working in the film industry and in business management. She is loving combining her business background and interest in interior design to deliver outstanding results for her customers. ‘We want our clients to be 110 per cent happy with their total experience of our service.’

Vivienne Arkesteijn

Staging AND DESIGN Consultant

Viv brings to Distinctive Homestaging her valuable background experience in advertising, property rental and home renovation project management. She has a strong interest in interiors and modern architecture, furniture and colour. Her design talent blends perfectly with her attention to detail. She brings a modern twist to interior styling which is particularly effective with new builds and apartments. Viv consistently achieves results that customers rave about and she enjoys working for a company that sets high standards and focuses on getting the details right.

Christine Copson

Staging and design consultant

Chris is known to the Distinctive team as ‘the cushion queen’ because of her avid interest in fabric and her talent for combining cushions and accessories in fresh and exciting ways. She is the former director of Distinctive Furniture Solutions, one of Auckland’s first homestaging companies. Chris began the business about 14 years ago. She loves styling interiors so much that she has remained working with the company as a staging and design consultant, bringing her extensive on-the-job experience, together with her natural eye for colour, soft furnishings and attention to detail. Chris has been influential in ensuring that Distinctive Homestaging has a unique range of cushions not seen elsewhere in the industry. Chris’ original background was in nursing and her warm and empathetic manner immediately puts our clients at ease.

Clare Rutkiewicz

Staging and marketing co-ordinator 

Clare is passionate about interiors and transforming spaces to showcase their best features. She is married to an architect and immersed in the world of design and interiors. Clare has long wanted to work in the homestaging sector, having renovated, staged and  sold homes in the past. Prior to joining Distinctive Homestaging, Clare worked in the marketing, branding and publishing sectors more than 15 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education from the University of Johannesburg, as well as a post-graduate diploma in marketing strategy and brand management. She enjoys the planning and management of the Distinctive Homestaging team's schedule, as well as joining the team on site whenever she can.

Angela Taylor

Staging Consultant

Angela has a love of textile design and a passion for mid- century furniture. She and her husband have renovated, bought and sold a number of properties over the years, which has given her a good understanding of the buying and selling process. Angela has worked in a number of industries, including the travel sector, and she has experience in commercial and residential property styling. She has an adventurous nature and enjoys exploring exotic destinations, and being exposed to diverse cultures, architecture and cuisines. Angela is friendly and approachable and known for her positive attitude. She has been working with the Distinctive team for three years and she takes great delight in transforming each property into a beautiful, desirable home.

We work with real estate agents.

Our proven track record has enabled us to build great working relationships with real estate agents, who confidently refer us to their vendor clients. We know how to homestage a property to increase and broaden its market appeal. Agents trust us to deliver exceptional design style and execution. We create maximum visual impact to elicit emotional attachment in buyers. We have a solid understanding of the Auckland property market, so we know what’s required to increase the desirability of a particular property.

Real estate agents know that we’ll be professional and businesslike, efficient, cost-effective, and reliable. The interiors we style result in compelling images that hook viewers into their online marketing campaigns. We work to fit with agency marketing plans for each listing and help to improve agents’ performance.  

A proven track record

Our homestaging has a proven record for attracting more buyers, resulting in higher prices and faster sales.

SEE OUR WORK

"We believe that Distinctive Furniture Solution’s team are worth their weight in gold and we will continue recommending them to clients of ours. It is certainly a win, win situation for all concerned."

Ian & Diane Dodds

Co–Business Owners/Marketing Consultants-
Harcourts Real Estate. Browns Bay

"This is the second time I personally have used staging to sell a house. The first time we sold for a great price and I believe it was primarily to do with the presentation. I love working with Viv and her team. They are very professional, stage my home in an  amazing and creative way yet still flexible and open to input and ideas from us. A great experience and highly worth the investment."

Jane Swafford

Private Client

"This is my 'go to' company if I am looking for a property to be staged - they do a great job and one that engenders positive feedback from buyers  Excellent and totally reliable!"

Joan Barton

Takapuna Residential, Bayleys Real Estate Ltd.

"I used this company to stage my property for sale. I have found their service to be proficient and professional. The staging photos are excellent and really make the property look appealing.
Allowing them free reign to use their artistic licence is worth it. They have done a really good job."

Dean Hannah

Private Client

"Excellent service and the finished result was over and above what we were expecting.  Definitely would recommend and use again. Thank you."

Julie Reger

Private Client