My name is Mary Billish. From my early childhood, I have had an interest in creating a pleasing environment in which to live. I have taken numerous decorating classes. I have worn many hats in my life. I started out as a secretary right out of high school for about 7 years. After about 6 years of secretarial work, my natural desires became apparent. I tried working in a furniture store with the hope of assisting people with decorating. However, this did not turn out as planned. I attended one semester at Harrington Institute of Interior Design and then my boyfriend proposed to me. I decided that I would discontinue this venue as I would be able to decorate our home and would soon have a family, which is what happened. My passion was hidden and on hold.
I then decided to get my bachelor’s degree in Business (since I had all the experience in administrative work), which took a total of 9-1/2 years while I was raising my family. My specialization was in accounting. I then went on to get my CPA designation. I have worked for small accounting firms, my own business, and my husband’s business for approximately 20 years. During this time, I realized my talents in painting. I took some oil painting and decorative painting classes. This provided some pleasure for me. However, I kept on returning to my passion, which is interior design/decorating/staging.
I enjoy creating pleasing spaces to live in. I finally realized this passion because of the enjoyment I have had in decorating my own home and helping others decorate theirs. One day I was talking to a friend and she heard the excitement in my voice when I was telling her about what I had done in my home. That same day, another friend said the same thing. A light bulb went off in my head. This is what I love to do and what I do well. Staging is where I belong. I became certified as an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) from Staged Homes with extensive training. I have been staging/decorating since 2008. I love working with and helping people. I can create a beautiful environment for you, to help you sell your home faster and for more money. I can also help you keep that organized, beautiful space after you move, “staging for living.” I am excited about helping you.
“Our house was on the market for five months. We knew we have a beautiful house, but we kept hearing excuses from prospective buyers. We hired Mary Billish who spent a solid three hours with us going from room to room suggesting what we might do to make it look more like a “model” home.
After about two weeks of preparation and only about $500 in purchases (generic pictures instead of our kids on the walls, new paint in one room, etc.) our house LOOKED like a model home you would walk into by a builder.
We are certain that Mary’s suggestions helped the home look bigger, welcomed prospective buyers by allowing them to see themselves in this home and ultimately selling the home only seven weeks after putting it back on the market.”
“When it was time to put my parent’s house in Evanston on the market our realtor suggested that we contact stagers in the area. We had a time limit when we wanted to have the house listed. Mary was quick to respond and had the house staged within a couple of weeks. She coordinated the rental of furniture and was very conscious of the cost and our budget. She added several accessories to allow potential buyers to visualize the use of each room. My parent’s home had two offers the first week it was on the market and closed shortly after. In a market where foreclosures and short sells puts you at a disadvantage the staging Mary did was an essential part of receiving the listed price for our parent’s home.”
“Just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with the results of redesigning my living room. By implementing your ideas, we’ve turned a large rectangle room into a cozy living room with an entry way. Who knew that by removing one piece of furniture and moving the couch we could totally change the feel of this space from awkward to welcoming? Now everyone can see the entertainment center no matter where they sit. I just love the results! Plus, using the items I already owned we’ve updated this room. Thank you. I look forward to having you over again soon!”
“Please be advised that Staging Works Wonders has provided home staging services for numerous bank owned properties for Midland Federal Savings & Loan. Ms. Mary Billish has significantly improved the marketability of these properties and her services have made our homes standout within the real estate marketplace. I would definitely recommend Ms. Billish for home staging services.
Thank you for any consideration, and if you have any questions regarding this matter please contact me at your convenience.”
“My home was on the market for eight months before I contacted Mary at Staging Works Wonders. My wife had been suggesting we stage our house since day one but I didn’t think we needed it. I finally gave in and it was the best decision I made during the selling process. Within days of our meeting, my clean empty house became a warm inviting home once again. I had a contract within 3 weeks and closed a few weeks after that.
In my opinion, the initial cost of staging our home was worth every penny. I would have sold my home sooner saving money if only I’d done this sooner. Thanks Mary, you’re the best!”