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Awards, Training,
& Affiliations:

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Best Home Staging Companies in the U.S.
Best on the West Coast

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2 Best of Home Staging Awards
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About House Candy

House Candy HOME was started out of a lifetime LOVE for design. We are passionate about designing homes that look beautiful and function in a way that supports all who live there.  We take on projects big and small. We can help you pick a paint color, countertops, design one room, or help you select finishes and furnishings for a full house. We're here to help you have the space you want!

Our process is simple and straightforward. We charge by the hour and share our designer discounts. No hidden fees. No mark-ups. We believe that design should not be intimidating and that everyone deserves to live in a beautiful space. We can help you get there. We like to educate our clients during the process so they understand why suggestions are being made. We do our best to make designing your space an enjoyable process, and dare we say fun!

House Candy HOME offers top notch home staging services that are done by a professional designer. More than half of our staged homes have sold for over asking and a few homes recently sold for ONE MILLION DOLLARS OVER ASKING! Most of our staged homes also sold in days vs months with multiple offers being a regular occurrence. House Candy HOME is also recognized as a leader in the home staging industry. Our staging has been featured on a national TV commercial, we educate real estate agents in our community on the benefits of home staging, plus we were recently featured on the popular Staged4More podcast.


About Ashley


Your home is in good hands. Design is my passion and I truly enjoy what I do. Designing & staging makes me pinch myself happy. I hold myself to the highest standard of professionalism and have been awarded a Staging Excellence and Client care awards from the International Home Staging Professionals Association, I was the winner of the best transformation in the International Home Staging Awards and held 2 of the 10 finalist spots in best occupied stagings for RESA in 2023. I was also a finalist in the2022 International Home Staging Awards where we caught the eye of Apartment Therapy and we were featured on their blog. My education and life experience make me so well suited to interior design and home staging. I attended the AID Academy from New York. I have my master color consultant certification from Staging Studio and I have taken numerous other home staging and styling courses. I hold a degree in business and public relations from San Jose State. As a student, I studied graphic design, fashion, marketing, advertising, and photography. Professionally, I have always held creative positions as an event planner and art director for a chain of thrift stores. One newspaper referred to me as the “Martha Stewart of Thrift”.  For fun, I enjoy home remodeling and decorating projects. I’m always working on something creative. I have an eye for detail and understand what it takes to make your home beautiful and comfortable and I can stage your home to sell for top dollar.

Ashley holds the following:

  • Listed as one of the Best Home Staging Companies in the United States by Apartment Therapy
  • Uploft Academy - Interior Design 
  • Master Color Consultant

  • Master Interior Styling and Composition  

  • Accredited member of RESA 

  • Home Staging Educator and Presenter- Contact me if you'd like me to present to your brokerage or group.

  • Graduate of Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program

  • Approved vendor:  RealVitalize - Coldwell Banker 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Business, SJSU

  • Holds full liability insurance 

I have lived and owned a home in Aptos since 1995 and I am very involved in our community. Our two children attended Aptos schools and live in the community. I am a founder and sponsor of Carrie's Dream Dance Scholarship Fund and dedicated six years to establish a thriving organization which has raised over $165,000 for local youth dance to date! My husband Scott is a long time surfer and water enthusiast and he spends much of his free-time swimming in the Monterey Bay, and he recently completed a swim across the English Channel. Scott is also president of the Monterey Bay Swimming Association. Scott and I have life long passion for snow skiing and spend as much time as we can on the slopes.


-Ashley Tapley, Owner

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