What clients are saying about working with Sweet Life by Design
Simply put, Leah has excellent taste. She staged our home in Short Hills, selecting everything from wall colors and electrical fixtures to bathroom vanity and bed linen. She was thorough in her walk through, detailed in her suggestions, and cost conscious—even using her own coupons to keep costs down our costs! But what sets her apart is how she went above and beyond to get the job done. On the day of our staging, a snowstorm brought the town to a standstill and made staging impossible. Even though she had another staging scheduled the next day, she came early and returned late evening, working into the night to finish our home. Our home looked so beautiful and well-coordinated, we almost wanted to buy it!
—Mudit, Short Hills
With a keen eye for clean, inviting lines, Leah is a real pro, and a pleasure to work with. She is not only creative, trustworthy, and patient—from proposal to implementation, she delivers every step of the way.
—Staging Client, Short Hills, New Jersey
"Until Leah Gomberg and Sweet Life by Design staged our home we had no idea it could look so lovely.
Our home (built in 1930, three bedrooms, two baths) was always cozy and cute. But it reflected our family's personality, which was okay for us but not necessarily for potential buyers. When we put our house on the market, we wanted people to imagine that it could be THEIR future home.
Leah and her team made this happen. First, they encouraged us to de-clutter -- by giving a unattractive pieces of furniture to Goodwill or the junk man; ridding built-in bookshelves of an excess of books; stripping a broad mantel of myriad family photos and tschotchkes; and generally putting extraneous items on counters and shelves throughout the house into cupboards or boxes. We also removed worn area rugs from lovely golden-wood floors. Suddenly the house look airy and spacious.
Then Leah and her team swooped in, Within a few hours they had moved our furniture items into new and elegant configurations, shifted some of our vases, figurines and coffee table books into more strategic locations, set off our sofas with nice-looking cushions, introduced their own sculptural items into mix, placed fancy towels in our bathrooms to make them look like they belonged in fine hotels -- and much more.
When our son came home from school that day he was wowed -- and he scolded us (good-naturedly) for not having decorated our home so nicely in the first place. I'm convinced that the staging helped us sell our house, for a good price."
–By Gabriella Stern Levy, former resident of Short Hills, N.J.
“I cannot recommend Leah highly enough. I’ve witnessed her ability to transform the several homes we’ve collaborated on. She has a sharp eye for decorating and a wonderful attitude. I always look forward to working with her, confident that her staging will make all the difference in sales for my clients.”
–Suzanne Lear, Broker
Lois Schneider, Realtor
Leah, I want you to know that I was delighted with the final outcome but also impressed with how the whole team worked together to make it happen. I like the way you used what was here blending it with what you brought and making this old house have a more youthful feel. Thank you for all your advice and suggestions along the way and for a final outcome that really is quite beautiful. Whether it works or not we will just have to see but in the mean time I plan to enjoy it. —Betsy Summit, NJ
Leah, thank you so much for all of your work, talent, and creativity. I have to admit that I was skeptical about spending the money. Having watched a trillion staging shows (Sabrina Soto actually recommends the color we used in the small bedroom), I guess I wondered how much will a design eye bring because I was obviously going to declutter the heck out of the place, freshly paint most rooms, and give each space a purpose. Fast forward to the evening after you did the staging and I'm saying to Tom, I can't believe I ever thought I could do this without her. As I said that day, it's so far beyond my expectations that it's hardly worth mentioning my expectations because the distance between expectation and result is so vast. I've read that staging adds an average of 10% to the sale price. Again skeptical, I thought that can't be true -- must be the stagers association's data. I’m a total convert now. I can clearly see how the value of the house has changed dramatically in light of your work and I'm extremely grateful.
I think what I like most is something that's hard to describe so for want of a better term, I'll say 'the vibe'. I think it was genius to choose orange and blue -- such an energizing combo and it even invites the bathroom tile to the party. The little accents of orange and blue everywhere almost seem happy. The whole house feels upbeat. It just makes you smile. And, to me, that seems like it will be an incredibly powerful asset as we go on the market.
—Sally Allen, Maplewood 2015
What a job! We could not have done it without you, Leah and the gang - the team that was here was great - thank you again.
I know that I had some doubts early on, but in the end, it all turned out very well.
I appreciate that you listened to my concerns, dealt with them, and made the house look clean and updated.
Also, your staff was very professional and it was a pleasure working with them.
—Gary D., South Orange 2017
My Goodness, Leah, I just finished looking through them all — Phenomenal. So lovely. So, first, of all, can you come to San Francisco and make our home there feel as coherent and whole? Second, and this is corny, we loved this house which was beaten up and a bit abused when we bought it. So, it also feels nice to have it so lovingly shown off. Houses don’t feel just like dwellings to me. They hold families lives, memories, give them safety, a place to land. We will miss this one. And it is nice to see her given her due, if you know what I mean.