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Layla May Ortega

Staging Design Doctor

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C. Go raibh maith agat as an am a ghlacadh chun suí linn chun do scéal a roinnt lenár léitheoirí. An féidir leat tosú amach trí roinnt a roinnt fút féin agus faoi do chuideachta?

Of course! Thank you so much for having me here today. I will begin with a quick background of myself.
As far as I can remember approximately 7yrs old I would be visiting my mothers best friend home and saying, “why are those chairs placed over there and why isn’t there a rug on the floor?” Now you might be thinking what 7 year old thinks like this? At an early age I saw space, color, patterns and light different…well you can blame my mom. She knew we couldn’t move every year or buy new stuff so the girl game began. She, my sister and I transformed every room by rearranging furniture, art work, lighting and sometimes my bedroom would be relocated to the other end of the house.
So my whole childhood was centered around creative, make believe world and it finally led to entering college studying interior design.
So how did I end up being a chiropractor? A major influencer, my interior design professor one day squashed my dream. He told the class we were entering a field that would not provide a livelihood and fear developed. Next semester I was enrolled in the sciences. My main passion is helping people and the healthcare field met that passion. But things changed in the field and my passion wasn’t being met.
I didn’t want to live with regret and wanted to show my high school son the importance of recognizing your passion and following it. So I delved deep to find how to help people in another way, use my creativity, be the kid rearranging furniture and transform living spaces like I transformed my life. That’s when Staging Design Doctor began.

C. Tá scéal ag gach duine faoin gcaoi ar thosaigh siad, cad é an inspioráid nó an chatalaíoch duit chun do ghnó a thosú?

I began flipping homes and would buy the ugly ducklings and turn them into beautiful swans. I would buy the homes that no one wanted. My own son couldn’t at first understand it until he would see the final product and then would tell me he wanted to live in the “modern house”. I would stage every property and the houses were being sold with all the furnishings. I was meant to do this. I just went in a big circle but that’s ok. I learned so much, took courses, and had an amazing mentor.
I did Vacant Staging, Occupied Staging, Yacht Staging, Holiday Staging, faux arrangements, photography, and art work.

After doing all of that I decided to do consultations. So now I’am an Occupied Consultation Specialist. What is that? Well, I work with people who live in their homes.

C. Cad iad na seirbhísí a thairgeann tú? Agus cén fáth ar roghnaigh tú na seirbhísí áirithe sin a thairiscint?

I specialize in Staging consultations for people who live in their homes. I realized a great need for it. Many people have lived in their homes for many years and don’t know were to begin.
I work differently than other stagers. I’m not here to make your house look pretty but more marketable. I look at each room and give you solutions on how to increase value. I give identity to spaces which in turn means more money in your pocket.
My consultations start outside to improve the curb appeal and work my way in. Trust me you will be overwhelmed by all the information but in the end I will give you my top priority list.

Clients will do the work but sometimes need the fine tuning for photos and that’s were I offer my next service Photo Prep.That’s were I come in with a team to get the house ready for the photographer and I also offer Redesign Consultations for my clients as well.

C. An raibh tionscadal nó custaiméir agat riamh, áit a raibh gach rud ag dul amú nó an raibh an tionscadal dúshlánach? An féidir leat a roinnt faoin am sin, agus conas a d'aimsigh tú réiteach, nó an bhfuair tú an dúshlán a shárú?

Oh yes! I was doing a Vacant Staging and an investor wanted to put his two cents in a room he had no idea what to do with. He mentioned how it was the one room he was clueless about but didn’t understand how I was going to make it work. I immediately saw what I can do with it so I told him let me do it and if you don’t like it I will take all of it out. I told him I will let you know when I’m done so you can come back. He couldn’t believe the transformation and told me “ Wow that is now my favorite room in the whole house”. I gave that room an identity which in turn brought up the value.

brandaí ba chóir go mbeadh a fhios ag gach stager baile

C. Ní bhíonn sé éasca i gcónaí gnó a reáchtáil. Cad atá foghlamtha agat fút féin agus faoi do ghnó, ó seoladh do chuideachta?

It’s definitely not easy but definitely doable. I learned not to let fear stop me. I believe that everything I have done in my life has led me here. The dots finally connected.

C. Bhí fostaí nó custaiméir againn go léir agus is fiú go mór an méid atá á dhéanamh againn. An féidir leat scéal a roinnt linn faoi fhostaí, díoltóir nó custaiméir a chuaigh i bhfeidhm go mór ort agus a chuaigh i dteagmháil le do chroí?

I was working with a high end client that didn’t like her home and wanted to sell it. At the time I was doing occupied Staging. It was a large home with good bones just needed help. I totally transformed her home that she decided not to sell. She was so excited that had her family come over and see her new place. Her mom hugged me and with a huge smile said “ my daughter and my grandkids finally have a beautiful home”. It was such a sweet moment for me. I felt so happy for them. Another happy client.

C. Dá bhféadfá dul siar in am agus comhairle a thabhairt duit féin ar conas do ghnó a bhainistiú nó a fhás, cén chomhairle a thabharfá duit féin?

Learn as much as you can, education is key, mentorship is valuable. Meet other people in your trade, choose good content, and learn from each others experiences.

C. Dá mbeadh cliant ionchasach ag léamh an ailt seo faoi láthair, cad a déarfá leo fút féin, faoi d’fhoireann nó faoi do ghnó a chuirfeadh ina luí orthu do chuideachta a roghnú?

Hi, I’m a solopreneur when you call me, you get me. No one else! I will give you the best of me. My advice and recommendations to help you achieve your goal. It’s simple as that.

C. Cad é fírinne amháin fút féin nó faoi do ghnó nach mbeadh a fhios ag formhór na ndaoine?

This is my second year as the president of IAHSP for South Florida. I have a great team with me and I feel blessed to have them by my side. We are all leaders!

C. Cá bhfeiceann tú do ghnó ag dul sna 5 nó 10 mbliana atá romhainn?

Doing consultations worldwide. Meeting new people, learning and teaching others about our industry through social media.

C. Bhí sé chomh iontach suí leat chun níos mó a fhoghlaim fút féin agus faoi do chuideachta. Conas is féidir le daoine tuilleadh eolais a fháil fút féin agus faoi do ghnó?

You can call me at (954) 610-9150

I ask that you please leave a message. I promise to return your call as quickly as possible.

My email is drlaylamay@gmail.com

www.Stagingdesigndoctor.com

C. Go raibh míle maith agat as do scéal a roinnt le hAirteagail IASHP!

Thank you for having me. It was my pleasure.

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Le hAirteagail, leagaimid béim ar an iliomad gnó a dhéanann suas agus a bhaineann le gnó Staging Home agus Real Estate. Cuirimid béim ar ghnólachtaí áitiúla chun foghlaim conas a thosaigh siad, cad a dhéanann uathúil iad agus cén áit a bhfuil siad ag dul. Roinn na scéalta a léann tú le do líonra sóisialta agus cuidigh le daoine eile teacht ar ghnóthaí áitiúla atá ag déanamh rudaí iontacha ar fud an domhain.

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