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Meet Melissa Ryberg of Boston Modern Staging + Design in Dorchester

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Ryberg.

Melissa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
After working in real estate and property management for many years, I realized the impact and value that staging brings to the housing market. Additionally, I realized I enjoyed working with sellers, real estate agents, and developers on preparing homes for sale a lot more than selling them. I enrolled in an extensive training course and received accreditation as a home staging and design professional. I started a home staging company in 2013, and recently went through a re-branding in order to better reflect the type of services I offer.

Has it been a smooth road?
Like most new ventures, I faced many challenges in the first few years! Before re-branding, I was involved in a partnership where we weren’t always able to see eye to eye on many of the operational aspects of running the business. This led me to make the tough decision to take the leap from that partnership and create a sole proprietorship. Although my passion for staging and design takes precedence over financial reports and business operations, I am definitely working overtime to ensure everything runs smoothly and my clients are getting the absolute best service in the Boston area.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Boston Modern Staging + Design story. Tell us more about the business.
My company, Boston Modern Staging + Design, offers a young, fresh perspective on staging and design. My services include home staging, new construction and remodel, set design, interior design, closet and space organization, home decor, window treatments, and photography styling for real estate agents, homeowners, and commercial clientele. I am fortunate to work alongside Amber Price, the owner of Amber Wilhelmina Design + Interiors on many of our projects and her expertise brings such great value to my clients. What sets me apart from other home staging and design companies is my design style. I generally tend to take on a modern approach, which is what the millennial buyer is looking for however, we also offer contemporary and traditional design styles as well depending on the clients’ needs.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The staging industry is growing leaps and bounds and stagers who have a real design talent are busier than ever. Millennials are entering the market, baby boomers are downsizing and lots of positive movement in the housing market, shows 2017 to be very promising. According to CNN and Career Builder, home staging is listed as the number 1 career poised for growth. Real estate agents, homeowners, and developers are realizing the value that staging brings to a property proving to them the US Housing market’s research that staged homes spend 73% less time on the market than non-staged homes and typically sell up to 17% more than non-staged. I’m hopeful the staging industry will continue to provide home stagers, and clients much success over the next 5-10 years.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Dorchester, MA 02122
  • Website:
  • Phone: 7818505771
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @bostonmodernstaging
  • Facebook: boston modern staging + design

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