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Local Home Stager Wins Industry Awards and Named the Best Home Staging Company on West Coast

Updated: Sep 6, 2023


Aptos, CA — August 21, 2023 — House Candy Home, a home staging company based in Aptos, California, is thrilled to announce the winning two prestigious awards at the RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) and the International Staging Awards 2023. The company’s talent and dedication to transforming spaces have been recognized on both national and international levels. In addition to these accolades, House Candy Home has also been celebrated by Apartment Therapy as the Best Home Staging Company on the west coast.

RESA's “Best Occupied Home Staging Award for 2023” is a testament to House Candy Home’s commitment to creating captivating and inviting spaces that resonate with buyers. This award showcases the company’s ability to turn ordinary properties into extraordinary homes, enabling potential buyers to envision their own lives in these spaces. To see more before and after photos of this project see blog. The Cardiff Ct. Santa Cruz project was listed by the O’Halloran Group.

Before photo by Ashley Tapley After photo by Beyond Marketing

House Candy Home’s win in the “Best Transformation” category at the International Staging Awards 2023 highlights House Candy Home’s ability to breathe new life into homes, making them more appealing and desirable to buyers. The Walti Santa Cruz project was listed by CoastWoods Real Estate located in Pleasure Point. Simple paint, wood shelving and staging took this property from average to exceptional.

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Walti Project, Santa Cruz: Before Transformation Photo by Alexis Purcell

Walti Santa Cruz Project: After Transformation Photo by Abigail Haney

House Candy Home’s numerous awards and recognitions are a reflection of the transformative benefits of interior design and home staging. Through staging design, layout planning, and attention to detail, the company creates an emotional connection between buyers and properties. Staged homes not only command higher resale values but also tend to sell faster, contributing to a more seamless real estate process.

Apartment Therapy recently named House Candy Home as the Best Home Staging Company on the west coast. Apartment Therapy’s seal of approval emphasizes the company’s exceptional creativity, impeccable taste, and ability to curate stunning interiors that resonate with a diverse clientele. House Candy Home’s Bay Street Santa Cruz Project was featured by Apartment Therapy and listed by Kasey and Brook Hinchman from David Lyng. See the makeover.

Bay Street Project, Santa Cruz Project: Before Before Photo by Ashley Tapley

Beautifully decorated spanish style home
Bay Street Project, Santa Cruz Project: After After Photo by Axton and Liv

One of the most best success stories for House Candy Home involved a staged property that sold for a jaw dropping one million dollars over the list price. This achievement underscores the transformative power of expertly staged homes and their ability to capture buyers’ imaginations, creating exceptional results for sellers.

Eastcliff Project, Santa Cruz: Before Occupied Staging Photo by Ashley Tapley

Eastcliff Project, Santa Cruz: After Occupied Staging Photo by Ashley Tapley

House Candy Home continues to redefine the world of home staging through its unwavering dedication to excellence and creativity. The company’s founder, Ashley Tapley, expressed immense gratitude for the awards and recognitions by industry professionals, stating, “Our passion for creating stunning, inviting spaces is at the heart of our success, and we are excited to continue delivering exceptional results for our clients.”

House Candy Home was founded in 2018 and services the Santa Cruz County area with home staging, color consultations and interior design, and does virtual work anywhere in the world. House Candy Home has quickly become an industry leader, winning awards and training other home stagers both nationally and internationally. Their experience and expertise in getting homes prepared to sell, real estate staging, interior design, and color consultations make them a great choice for home sellers, homeowners/renters and business owners. For more information about House Candy Home and its award-winning services, please visit

Ashley Tapley, Owner/Founder of House Candy Home

Photo by Dream Home Images


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